It has been a wet week so far with lots of showers and storms. So how much has your area seen from Sunday through Wednesday? Most places in Central Alabama received less than two inches total and some areas even less than a half of an inch. Meanwhile, along the Gulf Coast, amounts exceeded 6" and even 10" cumulative. This is due to the scattered nature of the rain and storms and training of activity, like along the Gulf Coast.
Flooding hasn't been a problem across Central Alabama due to the fact that there hasn't been extended periods of heavy rainfall. That and the fact that spring vegetation absorbs most of the rain that falls along with the soil. The National Weather Service in Birmingham says that helps limit the amount of runoff into area rivers and streams, and as a result, so far we have not had any significant flooding issues from this week's rain.
CLIMATE RAINFALL INFO:
CITY MONTHLY RAINFALL DEPARTURE MONTH DEPARTURE YEAR
ANNISTON: 4.08" +1.99" +1.17"
BIRMINGHAM: 4.10" +1.83" +0.16"
TUSCALOOSA: 3.06" +0.89" -0.13"
What's interesting is even though rainfall amounts have exceeded the monthly normal, for the year most locations are pretty close to normal.
So how much more rain are we expecting between Thursday and the weekend? It appears we will continue to see rounds of rain and storms as an upper level storm system to the west gradually approaches and an additional 2" to 3" of rainfall could occur. What's tricky about this particular weather pattern and trying to forecast the impacts of an upper level low is that models have a tough time with the small scale features. Each day, it's recommended that you check with us for storm details because much beyond a day the uncertainty increases. One model might show storms at a certain time period while the other model shows dry weather, just to give you an example. There may be some dry windows between now and Tuesday and the first one may or may not occur on Friday morning. Much drier weather is expected by next Tuesday as the pattern finally adjusts.
The threat for flooding remains low, though some localized areas may experience some urban flooding that usually is short lived. Don't ever attempt to cross a flooded roadway. Remember you can track the latest rain and storm activity and keep up to date with any weather alerts for your location at the palm of your hand using our Fox 6 Weather App.
Fox 6 Meteorologist Jill Gilardi