Good morning friends! I wanted to send out another reminder about playing it extra safe with respect to fires over the next several days. The parched vegetation and drought is making for a very volatile situation in which a simple spark could start a wildfire. This morning the Alabama Forestry Commission was reporting zero active wildfires and ten contained fires. There were 39 wildfires yesterday and over the past 30 days, there have been 1,072 wildfires that have burned 12,795.22 acres! You may notice it feeling a bit more humid when you step outside this morning but the relative humidity levels will tumble throughout the day, making for another extremely dry afternoon. Use ash trays, make sure coals are completely out after grilling, and be careful with any heavy equipment that could cause a spark near vegetation.
ANY RAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE? Unfortunately, I don’t see a drought ending type rain in the forecast. We could see one or two isolated showers on Thursday but the model data is trending drier and drier. The drought will continue to worsen through the weekend and next week. Long range data suggests we may see a few showers return to the forecast around November 3rd. We will keep you posted!
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt