The shortwave responsible for the showers and thunderstorms on Thursday into last night has pushed south to along the coast this morning.
The showers and thunderstorms are along the coast and just offshore, where the best chances of seeing rain today will stay in that region.
The high pressure ridge will build into Alabama and keep a mostly dry northwest flow aloft.
We can’t take the rain chances totally out of the forecast today. There is enough humidity combined with the daytime heating we could see some scattered showers and thunderstorms.
I don’t see as many storms as we experienced on Thursday and the chances are in the 10 to 20 percent range.
Afternoon highs will be close to normal for this time of the year with low 80’s across the north…mid 80’s for central locations and upper 80’s down south.
The weekend weather is looking mostly dry as high pressure dominates the Alabama weather. Another cool front is expected to move into the state at the start of next week.
I’ve been surprised by the active weather this afternoon and continuing into the evening hours across parts of Alabama.
Look for scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms especially for areas across west Alabama.
The storms will produce frequent lightning and wind gusts up to 35 mph.
The activity should die on down by 11pm or Midnight.
A northwest flow aloft is located over Alabama this morning. Generally, the weather setup would tend to keep most of the rain out of the area.
However the affects of an upper level system that fell apart over Arkansas last night have triggered scattered showers over extreme north and northeast Alabama.
Look for some showers and a few thunderstorms across the far northeast sections early this morning generally along and northeast of an Athens to Oneonta to Wedowee line.
There is some patchy early morning fog across the far south…generally south of the Interstate 85 corridor.
Otherwise, for today, look for partly cloudy skies across Alabama with highs in the lower to middle 80’s across the north to the upper 80’s to the lower 90’s elsewhere across the southern half of the area.
High pressure is forecast to move into Alabama today from the northwest. This should lead to several days of rain free weather for most of the state.
Morning clouds should mix out and give way to lots of sunshine today.
The front that moved into Alabama on Tuesday has moved off the coast, so the drier air should be felt state wide. However, there will be a slight chance of a thunderstorm for the southern sections of the state today.
A northwesterly upper level flow through the rest of the work week should keep the Gulf moisture shut off for most of the state.
We will have to continue to watch what happens to the remnants of Odile…as there is a chance that some of the tropical moisture associated with that storm could eventually get carried eastward into the southeast states.
As for now, the next chance of any rain won’t come until Sunday.
Afternoon highs today will be around 80 over the Tennessee Valley. Low and mid 80’s for central sections and near 90 in the south.