There's really no other way to describe the weather pattern we're in other than tropical. A strong southerly wind flow over the last week has done an excellent job of raising dewpoints into the lower 70s. This "juicy" atmosphere is ripe for heavy rain and even the occasional severe thunderstorms. Higher dewpoints mean more instability in the atmosphere. Needless to say, there is a lot of water in the atmosphere. That is also why we have seen some localized flooding.
We've seen a few strong to severe storms over the last several days with gusty winds and some minor wind damage. The high dewpoints also favor patchy fog during the overnights and early mornings. Expect some visibility issues early tomorrow morning. Forecast models are indicating the rain and thunderstorm activity will continue through the early evening. The heaviest rainfall will likely move into East Alabama during the evening.
Friday morning should be mainly dry, but we will see showers and storms develop during the afternoon. The coverage should be more limited than the last several days. This is the RPM data output for Friday around noon. Temperatures will warm into the lower to mid 80s during the afternoon.
Friday evening should be mainly dry with temperatures falling into the mid to upper 70s during the evening. We're seeing some improvement in the forecast over the weekend with mostly dry weather expected on Saturday. Highs will reach the upper 80s. The five day forecast trend is indicating some drier weather on Saturday with increasing clouds and a chance for thunderstorms on Sunday.
Rain chances will increase again as we get into early next week. Monday's forecast is looking fairly wet right now with more thunderstorms expected on Tuesday.
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Fox6 Chief Meteorologist