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Flash Flood Watch – Cold, Wet & Nasty – THURSDAY VIDEO

Good Morning!  There’s no way to sugarcoat this forecast.  We have a pretty miserable day ahead, with a drenching rain, cold and becoming windy.  Flash Flood Watch.  Adding insult to injury,  we will be sampling some Arctic air.  The rain ends tonight, but colder air funnels in.  We have three cold nights ahead.  At least, we won’t have to deal with Winter Weather issues like some of our neighbors.  A band of snow will make headlines, across the South next 24 hours…but, NOT FOR US.  I’ll update you on how much rain may fall, plus the latest on the weekend forecast.

 

Low pressure near the Gulf Coast will be the culprit for the cold, drenching rain today, which will taper off tonight, as colder air funnels in, and we fall to the mid 30’s overnight.

Flash Flood Watch today and tonight.  If we get 2-3 more inches …that will take our storm totals to near 5-6″ in spots.

COLD air funnels in.  We fall to the mid 30’s tonight.  Barely the low 50’s with sunshine Friday, but winds will make it seem colder.  Upper 20’s Saturday at Dawn.  A little milder over the weekend, and next week, as  more rain returns.

A southern snow storm will be a big headline maker.  Could be a lot of snow in places like North Carolina and in the Great Smokey Mountains.

Wet Times Ahead – Colder Late Week – TUESDAY VIDEO

Good Morning! It was a wet & stormy overnight, and we have more of the same today.  We may get a little break daytime Wednesday, before another disturbance brings us a cold drenching rain late Wednesday night, through Thursday.  Rivers are running high and we could see some locally heavy rainfall amounts.  I’ll show you how much will fall.  We’ll look ahead to  drier days, as the weekend approaches.  And, could there be a significant storm system at the start of next week?

 

Flash Flood Watch covers most of central Alabama.

 

Rain and storms at times today and tonight.

First surge of showers and storms ends Wednesday morning.  Second surge comes in late Wednesday night.

After morning rain, much of Wednesday is dry.  More rain late Wednesday night into Thursday.  A Cold rain. Chilly Friday.  Dry Saturday.  More showers late Sunday.

Rainfall amounts could be rather excessive in parts of central Alabama.

Severe Weather Awareness week in Alabama continues.  Last year was a busy, deadly year for tornadoes in Alabama.  There were 81 tornadoes, and more two dozen deaths.

Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of the powerful Prattville Tornado which did extensive damage, injuring 50.  Miraculously nobody was killed.

Wet Much of This Week – Colder Late Week – MONDAY VIDEO

Good Morning! No doubt about it, your umbrella will come in handy in the week ahead.  A series of disturbances will affect the area for much of this week.  It could be stormy at times, too.  If you have plans on this President’s Day holiday, much of this day will be dry.  The action starts overnight tonight.  Plus, I have news about a surge of colder air late week.  How much rain?  When does it end?  Any winter weather problems anticipated for Alabama?  I’ll bring you up to speed.   A few words about Bailey at the end…

Dry much of this President’s Day holiday…but the action starts late tonight.  Showers and thunderstorms.

Wet for much of the week ahead.  Cooler Wednesday.  A COLD rain Wednesday night and Thursday.  Chilly Friday.  Dry Saturday.  More rain Sunday.

Another potentially very wet week ahead.  Many of us could easily see 2-4″+.

It’s going to be a tough day at the Work place…  Bailey…I love forever.  I miss you.

SUNDAY UPDATE:  Showers Today – Periods of Rain This Week

   There are new wrinkles in today’s forecast, and new wrinkles in the forecast for the week ahead.  I have raised the rain chances today, and I have lowered the expectation on today’s high temperature.

It looks like an active weather week ahead.  We’ll be dealing with the main storm system, and front, Tuesday and Tuesday night.  But, there will be a secondary system, which will bring another surge of moisture and a COLD rain to the state Thursday.  Late week will be sharply colder.  I have adjusted the rain chances, and temperatures on the graphic below.

TODAY & TONIGHT:  Good chance of on and off showers anytime today into tonight.  High temperature will be held down to the upper 50’s with the clouds and showers. Low tonight 49.

Future Radar gives you an idea of how widespread the showers across the state today.

NEXT FEW DAYS:  Most of President’s Day should be dry.  It will be a warmer day.  Showers and storms become likely Monday night, Tuesday, and through Tuesday night, as a cold front cuts across the state.  Right now, any potential severe weather threat appears to be very low.  We may get a little break in the rain, briefly, on Wednesday, before more rain Wednesday night into Thursday.  Looks like a cold, miserable rain Thursday, in the colder air behind the front.  Right now, I do not anticipate any winter weather issues in our area.  I’ll leave it at that.  Not sure about other parts of the state.

HOW MUCH RAIN?:  Wet times ahead, once again this week.  Total rainfall, through late week could total 2-4” in spots.

Thank you again for all your support, following the loss of my dog Bailey.  Your kind messages are helping me get through my sense of loss.  As you know, if you’ve gone through this before, it is a difficult work in progress.

I will have a video update for you first thing tomorrow morning. It should be online by about 4:45AM.   Have a nice day!

 

–Rich

SATURDAY UPDATE:  In-between Storm Systems – Warming Trend Soon

It’s a COLD sub-freezing Saturday morning start.  But, total sunshine will help us make a big afternoon recovery.  That will lead to a mild Sunday, too.  But, guess what?  Showers will be returning to the forecast and it looks like some wet times in the week ahead.  Warmer days are on the way, before yet another late week Cold Front.

TODAY AND TONIGHT:   A Cold start, below freezing this morning.  But, total sunshine will lead to a nice afternoon recovery.  High today 61.  That’s actually normal.  So, for various Mardi Gras parades and festivities, it should be a good day. (Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph)   Partly cloudy tonight.  Low 42.

“FFY” SUNDAY:  Some models show showers Sunday, others don’t.  I have a small 30% chance in for Sunday and Sunday night.  High in the Low to mid 60’s.

NEXT FEW DAYS:    A few Spotty showers on President’s Day Monday.  Showers and thunderstorms become more likely Monday night, Tuesday into Wednesday.  Highs will be in the 70’s Monday and Tuesday.  Cooler Wednesday.  Much cooler Thursday and Friday.

BAILEY – THE BEST DOG IN THE WORLD: 

     “My heart is broken in a million pieces
since we said our final goodbye today, Bailey.
But here’s the best part. We got to spend an extra six wonderful weeks together.  You were happy, hungry, and playful …wagging your tail, and smiling. Even yesterday, you were a completely normal, happy dog.
I am thankful for each of the 1,978 days we spent together
. Who rescued who?
Nobody could ever love a dog as much as your Daddy has loved you.
  I will see you again someday. I’m sure of it! “
-Your Daddy

Thanks to all of you for your kind messages.  This is an absolute terrible loss for me.  My world was Bailey-centric.  But, I have wonderful memories and pictures, and I am a better person for knowing and loving this dog for seven+ years.  BEST dog in the world…  It hurts.

I’ll have another Blog update for you in the morning.  Have a nice Weekend

-Rich