Watching the tropics as weather is routine into weekend

Rain chances are nil through the week

A few more clouds, but still mild temps in place for the month of August across Central Alabama. Rain is still not in the forecast for the overnight, but the moisture will continue to increase across the region and that will help to set the stage for a shot at some isolated showers.

Rain chances will start to go up throughout the weekend with about 30 to 40% of us getting a few shower or thundershower before the weekend is over. Otherwise, the temps will be back up to near 90 degrees each afternoon and partly cloudy with muggy conditions hanging around.

Next week, there will be scattered showers each afternoon with temps in the upper 80s and lower 90s. Overnights will continue mild and lows will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s through the middle of next week.

ERIKA is still a tropical storm tonight, but the forecast models and the NHC track has it going up the east coast of Florida. While that is certainly a possibility, there are a number of factors that have to hold true for that to happen…including the weakening of the Atlantic high on the SW edge. Remember, if that high pushes just 50 miles southwest or doesn’t weaken quite enough, this storm could quickly become a future Gulf of Mexico storm. We’re going to track it carefully, but take all of the models and tracks with grain of salt because over the past 25 years of tracking tropical systems, I’ve seen them not do anything the way models suggest. Let’s hope this track holds true, but we’ll be keeping you posted!

ERIKA

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