More Heat & Humidity...and a Few Storms, Too
Before the afternoon storms rolled in, big heat affecting all of the Gulf Coast on this Friday. A high of 96° in Mobile, combined with our high humidity made it feel more like 105°. Late storms helped to cool us back off into the 70s and 80s. Whew!
As for the weekend: At one point during the week it looked like a wet one...but a large upper-level low with tropical moisture we have been tracking looks like it will stay a little farther south as it moves west across the Gulf of Mexico. That would limit our storm potential somewhat. Yes, we will see some pop-up storms this weekend, but not everyone will get a soaking and more abundant sunshine will lead to more HOT days on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday Solar Eclipse Forecast: Our area will see 75-85% of the complete solar eclipse on August 21st, assuming the weather cooperates. Between noon and 3 pm on Monday, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with developing storms. In other words, we are not looking at an overcast sky, but passing clouds are very common at this time of year. Most of us should be able to view some or all of the eclipse. It begins at 12 Noon, peaks at 1:33 pm and ends at 3pm Monday afternoon. Remember, NEVER look directly at the sun!
Tropical storm Harvey, currently moving through the eastern Caribbean, is a minimal tropical storm at this point with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It will likely stay about the same strength through the weekend, then strengthen a bit early next week as it approaches Honduras and Belize in the western Caribbean early next week. I am not anticipating this to become a Gulf threat for us at this time, but we'll watch it every step of the way.
We also have our eyes on a couple of other potential tropical trouble spots in the Atlantic. One tropical wave could develop into a more organized tropical system (60% chance from NHC) and it's track would take it close to Cuba/Bahamas by early next week. This one could become a threat to the Gulf if it forms and moves into that area early next week. However, it faces quite a bit of shear, which would prevent it from getting better organized in the next several days.
The only other potential wave is even farther out in the Atlantic and would likely end up in the middle of the Atlantic.
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Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn
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