As higher pressure will move eastward towards the Carolinas today, our next cold front will seep farther south from the Central Plains, sending in a southerly wind in before it passes come Saturday morning. Muggy air will return and the chance for rain will go up starting with pop up showers on Tuesday to widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday.
Possible strong thunderstorms can be expected for the end of the workweek with winds in excess of 30 to 40 mph, heavy rain, and small hail. Rain totals could reach up to 2 inches by Friday night.
Once the cold front passes Saturday morning, drier air will yet again return in our forecast by Saturday afternoon, breaking the humidity and allowing for an abundance of sunshine for this weekend
WEATHER SUMMARY: Staying very hot and dry Tuesday with highs in the mid 90s. The pattern will start to change Wednesday but not much rain is expected on that day. A cold front comes close to the Valley but the best forcing for storms will be north of our viewing area.
The pattern becomes more unsettled Thursday with more numerous showers and storms expected. This pattern will also last through Friday. Some storms could be on the strong side this week but as of right now, no severe weather is anticipated.
Temperatures will also cool off a little with the clouds and rain later this week. A couple of days may end up in the upper 80s depending on the timing of the rain.
The beginning of August has certainly been kind to us as overnight lows have fallen into the mid 60's with comfortable conditions!
A northerly wind has been funneling in drier air into the Tennessee Valley, making waking up this morning very pleasant. In fact, at 5:30 A.M. this morning, Cullman, AL hit a low of 58 degrees!
Today will be our last day of less humid conditions as higher pressure will move eastward towards the Carolinas. This will allow for our next cold front to seep farther south from the Central Plains, sending in a southerly wind in before it passes come Saturday morning. Muggy air will return and the chance for rain will go up starting with pop up showers on Tuesday to widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms on Thursday.
Rain totals could reach up to 2 inches by Friday night. Gusty winds and heavy rain will be the biggest concern, which could cause a few storms on Thursday and Friday to become strong thunderstorms.
Once the cold front passes Saturday morning, drier air will yet again return in our forecast by Saturday afternoon, breaking the humidity and allowing for an abundance of sunshine for this weekend!
DRY START TO THE WEEK: Monday and Tuesday we will see continued hot and dry conditions. Temps will be in the mid and upper 90's, and the air mass will be mostly dry. Rain chances through Tuesday will be near zero.
THE NEXT WEATHER MAKER: Starting Wednesday, we'll be watching as a front moves in from the north. We could see minor rain chances late Wednesday, but a bulk of the rain looks to move in on Thursday. Models are showing rain totals of a half inch to an inch through Friday evening. The temperatures look to drop into the 80's for the first time since July 6th. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all look to see afternoon highs in the uppers 80's. Sunday we'll have temperatures beginning to climb back into the 90's.
DRY AIR HANGS AROUND: This weekend will remain very pleasant as dry air stays in the Tennessee Valley as we head into a new work week. This dry air does two things:
1. Helps our lows to drop into the 60's
2. Afternoon highs don't feel nearly as hot.
With high pressure and dry air in place our rain chances will remain at zero as we head into Monday. There will also be minimal cloud cover, making for some near perfect weather for outdoor activities. Towards mid week, our highs will go from mid 90's to upper 90's.
MUGGY WEATHER WILL RETURN: Starting around Tuesday, we'll see the dew points begin to rise, and the temperatures get hotter. Overall this will make it feel like its over 100 degrees during the afternoon hours. Most of the last half of the work week will see heat indices in the upper 90's and lower 100's.
RAIN CHANCES: The computer models are trying to bring in a little disturbance Tuesday that could bring very minor rain chances. Right now, the chances are so low, I'm omitting them from the seven day, but we'll continue to watch as we start the new work week. Our best chance at rain will come late in the work week, and next weekend. This is also expected to bring in cooler temps with it as well.
JULY 2015: The month is over and we are coming in at number 4 for hottest July on record for Huntsville International Airport. The North West Alabama Regional Airport didn't even come close to the top 10.
WEATHER SUMMARY: High pressure and dry air will linger through the weekend. We will see daily highs in the low 90s and see plenty of sky conditions just like this.
THE DRY AIR HAS ARRIVED: Most of the summer has seen hot and humid conditions, but that wont be the case this weekend. Starting Friday we'll see temps in the lower 90's with dew points in the lower 60's. This will greatly take the edge off of the temperatures and make it feel more comfortable outside. The dry air will hang around through the weekend, although, temperatures will climb into the mid 90's.
LITTLE TO NO RAIN: In addition to having dry air in place, we won't have to worry too much about rain chances. For kids that go back to school next week, this means that you'll have a near perfect final weekend of summer. Anything you want to do outdoors, this is the weekend to do. Best chance of rain comes next Thursday with 20 percent chance of an isolated shower.
HOTTER WEATHER NEXT WEEK: Temps are expected to climb back into the upper 90's next around mid week. For the most part, we wont have as oppressive heat indices as we've seen the rest of this July. Temps will drop again late next week as our rain chance increases.
A viewer sent me a message on Facebook asking what was this large circle on radar that has been in the same exact location the last two days. Just coming and going in a little over an hour.
The answer for this was birds. If you were awake between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. you probably saw a large flock of birds flying about the sky. This was located in southeastern Limestone County and originated from some farmland. Which is a perfect place for birds to eat and sleep.
Even looking at the velocity data you can see the speed and direction of how fast they are flying in the different directions.
You can see a lot of different things on radar: bugs, birds, bats, insects, butterfly migrations, traffic, chaff and smoke plumes just to name a few.
COOLER, DRIER WEEKEND: After a cold front works through the valley, we will be set up perfectly for the weekend. Our highs will top off in the lower 90's, but with lower dew points it'll will feel so much more comfortable outside. We'll have plenty of sunshine making this weekend perfect for just about anything outdoors. Rain chance will remain minimal through the weekend. Although temps will still feel much cooler this weekend, they will remain above average.
HEAT RETURNS NEXT WEEK: Those muggy temps aren't done with us just yet, we'll have highs returning to the upper 90's next. A few models are hinting at possible triple digit heat by Tuesday, although that seems unlikely right now. We'll have heat indices in the 105-110 range through at least Wednesday next week, and likely into next Thursday as well.
HEATED HISTORY: On this date back in 1930 we recorded the highest temperature at the Huntsville International Airport.
THURSDAY: A cold front will move through the Valley. Most of the area will be dry with the small chance of some isolated showers or Sand Mountain. Highs will still make it into the low 90s.
FRIDAY AND BEYOND: High pressure comes back to the southeast. Initially this system will bring drier and slightly cooler weather. Overnight lows will be comfy going into the mid to upper 60s. The weekend will have complete sunshine with highs in the mid to upper 90s. Even with the heat in place it won't feel all that bad with the dew points staying in the mid to upper 60s. Temperatures will continue to be in the mid to upper 90s but we will see dry conditions for the first full week of August.