THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Arlene is making a landfall this morning near Cabo Rojo Mexico. This system is making a landfall as a potent tropical storm with winds of 65 mph. The northern rain bands associated with Arlene are reaching the southern tip of Texas this morning.
Here is the Full Report from NHC: AT 400 AM CDT...0900 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ARLENE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 97.3 WEST...OR ON THE COAST OF MEXICO VERY NEAR CABO ROJO. ARLENE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 9 MPH...15 KM/H...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY AND TONIGHT. ARLENE IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE MOVING INLAND OVER MAINLAND MEXICO TODAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH...100 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. WEAKENING IS FORECAST TODAY...AND ARLENE IS EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE ON FRIDAY.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 205 MILES...335 KM...MAINLY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 996 MB...29.41 INCHES.
We’re enjoying some very pleasant morning temperatures for this last day of June. Some areas are waking up to upper 50s! Unfortunately, the pleasant temperatures won’t last long. It will start to feel a bit uncomfortable by mid morning as our highs will be peaking in the middle 90s. We will have a less humid northeast breeze throughout the day, with a mostly sunny sky overhead. A Code Orange Air Quality Alert will be in place for today.
High pressure centered to our west will be dominating the weather in Alabama. The stable upper air conditions will cap off rain development over the next few days. Each day will start off mostly sunny, with a few clouds in the afternoon hours. Highs each day will be on the rise, with upper 90s during the afternoons. A south flow will make a return by July 4th and this will make it feel more humid. Our heat indices by early next week will be peaking in the 100+ range.
Models suggest the upper air ridge will be weakening by the 4th and this will allow for a return chance of scattered thunderstorms and showers. The chance for a passing afternoon storm will be in place for at-least the first half of next week.
...CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR JEFFERSON AND SHELBY COUNTIES...
THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (ADEM) HAS ISSUED A CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR JEFFERSON AND SHELBY COUNTIES FOR THURSDAY...JUN 30, 2011.
UNDER CODE ORANGE CONDITIONS...GROUND LEVEL OZONE CONCENTRATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH LEVELS THAT ARE UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS. CHILDREN AND PEOPLE WITH ASTHMA...ARE INDIVIDUALS MOST AT RISK UNDER THESE EXPECTED CONDITIONS.
ADEM RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS DURING AN OZONE ALERT DAY...
CONSERVE ELECTRICITY AND SET YOUR AIR CONDITIONER AT A HIGHER TEMPERATURE.
LIMIT DRIVING AND COMBINE ERRANDS.
USE THE BUS OR CARPOOL TO WORK.
AVOID USE OF GASOLINE POWERED LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT.
REFUEL CARS AND TRUCKS AFTER 6 PM.
LIMIT ENGINE IDLING.
USE HOUSEHOLD...WORKSHOP...AND GARDEN CHEMICALS IN WAYS THAT KEEP EVAPORATION TO A MINIMUM...OR TRY TO AVOID USING THEM WHEN POOR AIR QUALITY IS FORECAST.
Careful driving during the early morning especially in areas north and east where a Dense Fog Advisory is in effect. The fog should burn off rapidly after 8 am, and we do see at least a chance for a shower today but generally hotter, drier conditions can be expected for the remainder of the week.
Don't forget to hydrate. We're heading into what is traditionally the hottest part of the year.
TROPICAL STORM ARLENE SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012011 700 PM CDT TUE JUN 28 2011
...TROPICAL STORM FORMS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO... ...TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF MEXICO...
SUMMARY OF 700 PM CDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...21.2N 93.7W ABOUT 280 MI...450 KM ESE OF TAMPICO MEXICO ABOUT 240 MI...385 KM E OF TUXPAN MEXICO MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 7 MPH...11 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1003 MB...29.62 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE COAST OF NORTHEASTERN MEXICO FROM BARRA DE NAUTLA NORTHWARD TO BAHIA ALGODONES.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR... * BARRA DE NAUTLA TO BAHIA ALGODONES
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.
The severe weather threat is over for this evening. We may see a few light showers tonight and some patchy fog. A weak cool front is sliding southward and this means drier weather over the next several days. The cool front will not mean a dramatic change in temperatures. Highs tomorrow will still reach the lower 90s. Expect sunshine and hot temperatures Thursday and Friday with highs in the upper 90s.
So far - the 4th of July weekend looks good with highs in the mid to upper 90s through Monday. A few isolated PM storms are possible Saturday through Monday.
Have a great evening!
James-Paul Dice Fox 6 Chief Meteorologist firstname.lastname@example.org
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 6 pm for much of Central and South Alabama including Chilton, Fayette, Jefferson, Perry, Marengo, Sumter, Bibb, Coosa, Greene, Lamar, Pickens, Hale, Shelby, Walker and Tuscaloosa counties.
Hail to 1.5 inches in diameter, wind gusts to 70 mph and dangerous lightning are all possible in these areas.