Friday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a brief shower or thunderstorm in the evening and/or overnight. High 93, Low 65
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with periods of rain and thunderstorms likely. Rain may be heavy in some spots, and rain chances should continue into the overnight hours. High 88, Low 70
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms across the area. Locally heavy rains are still a possibility, where showers/storms do form. High 89, Low 72
Labor Day: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of thunderstorms. High 90, Low 71
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of a passing thunderstorm. High 92, Low 70
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a 30% chance of thunderstorms. High 91, Low 71
Thursday: Partly cloudy with minimal rain chances. High 93, Low 72
Friday: Thunderstorms likely. High 90, Low 78
Saturday: Thunderstorms likely. High 86, Low 80
Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 40% chance of thunderstorms. High 88, Low 80
So tonight/tomorrow marks the 9-year-anniversary of when the remnants of Hurricane Katrina moved across the Tennessee Valley. I remember it well, because I used to sleep on a couch on our porch with my cat . . . and one of my brothers, who always thought this eccentric, read me the riot act: "For God's sakes man, you can't camp out here tonight - there's a . . . hurricane coming!"
If you'd like to keep up with the tropics yourself (though they are pretty quiet at the moment), your best source is probably the National Hurricane Center. I feel it is important to point people there once in a while, since so much misinformation/scary hype gets out over social media from time to time.
All right, so we saw a mostly sunny day in Cullman with light winds mostly from the south. Our High was 91, and our Low was 62. Those cool nights sure have been a treat, if you've happened to venture out or crack a window. In Huntsville we saw a High of 93 and a Low of 70. I'm forecasting for Cullman these days though. Blame it on Sara Evans. I went to one of those concerts she had around these parts, in response to the storms, and she won me over. It wasn't her sultry side that persuaded me in this direction . . . eh, it was her iron logic . . . I promise . . . ;)
Had some showers and thunderstorms in Tennessee today, but I believe they stayed mostly north of I-40, not a lot going on in the counties that border Alabama, which are the ones I tend to keep more of an eye on. We do have some moisture slowly spreading northeast from that tropical disturbance that has moved into Texas and Mexico. Temperatures have mostly cooled into the 80's this evening. We do have a frontal system draped cross the Midwest/Plains and also through the Ohio Valley and even stretching to parts of the East Coast. It looks like this front will not affect us not that much after all, but the overall upper pattern will change. Our upper-level ridge of high pressure seen above will start to shift off to the east, and a series of shortwave troughs will impact our weather. If you want the simple version, our rain chances max out Saturday and Saturday night but linger through Sunday and gradually taper off as another ridge sets up mid-late next week. If you want more details, see the forecast above or read on.
And we'll probably see an inch or so of rainfall, on average, for this forecast period. I don't think the rain Saturday through Sunday will be "uniform" though, even if it's widespread and locally heavy in certain spots. Some places could see two inches of rain or more. The probability for that is highest in Northwest Alabama, espeically the Shoals. But really, everybody isn't going to get the same amount of rain. And isolated spots even on the eastern side of the area may get really slammed with a heavy shower or thunderstorm and get totals as high as two inches or greater, before this holiday weekend is over. And actually, I wouldn't doubt that a few spots actually escape any significant rain. It's one of those deals. For Saturday though, I personally would play it safe and prepare for some rain/thunder wherever you're going or whatever your plans. That can be a nuisance at ball games and other outdoor events, obviously. Decent chances Sunday too, but Saturday is the day I'd definitely pack an umbrella or rain jacket or whatever.
Thanks for reading. This next week or two, I may take off, got more important things to take care of. Or more likely I'll just post sporadic forecasts like I've been doing lately, when I feel up to it. Tried to be a little more in-depth this time, but nothing in the weather around here seems critical at the moment. I guess there is a low risk of localized flash flooding over this weekend, but that's simple to handle . . . just don't drive into water that covers the road. I hope to power up this site a little bit in another week or two. For night now, I'm just knocking some rust off. Really do appreciate anyone who's reading. See you in the funny papers.