SATURDAY UPDATE:  Triple Digit Heat Streak – DAY 5

We have a streak underway, and we would love to see it end.  Today is likely to be the fifth day in a row of 100 degree heat at the Montgomery Airport.  We haven’t seen a streak of Triple Digit Heat like this since that heatwave back in August of 2007.  (Today’s Record High is 102 from 2000)   At least the humidity has come down a bit, so we are staying below Heat Advisory criteria.  After today, we’ll probably stay below 100, as humidity returns, and so the threat of scattered random storms.  Showers and storms will be quite numerous by Monday, and through much of next week.

TODAY:   Sunshine will be dominate.  Again today we should be dry.  High near 100.  Low tonight 75.  Humidity will be tolerable, by Alabama standards.  Winds will be light.  The record high for today is 102.

HUMIDITY WILL RETURN:  Yesterday at 4PM, Montgomery’s humidity was only 24%.   Today, with dewpoints in the 50s again, it will feel much like Friday.   But moisture is returning.  Sunday will be more humid.  Dewpoints in the 70’s will be returning, as a southerly flow takes hold.  Showers and storms will creep back in the forecast tomorrow and become more numerous by Monday.

NEXT FEW DAYS:  Showers & storms will be back in the forecast Sunday, and the storms will be more numerous by Monday through Thursday.   It will be humid a again.  Highs well up in the 90’s with triple digit heat indices.

TROPICS:  The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a disturbance along that old stalled front across north Florida.  It has given this Area to Watch a 20% chance of development off the southeast coast over the next 5 days.  Later next week, we’ll be monitoring the western and southwest Gulf.

AUGUST 2007 HEATWAVE:  Do you remember that torrid August of 2007?  We had 15 days of 100 degrees or higher and 12 record highs.  We got to 106 four times!

HURRICANE HISTORY – HURRICANE CAMILLE 50 YEARS AGO:    The summer of 1969 was pretty amazing.  We Moon Landing, Chappaquiddick, Woodstock, and a Hurricane named Camille.  This is the day, in the pre-dawn hours, that Category 5 Hurricane Camille came ashore in south Mississippi with winds estimated at 200 mph.

What a night at the Richelieu Manor Apartments in Pass Christian, Mississippi on that Sunday night, 50 years ago.  This is the site of the ill-fated Hurricane Party. Here’s the before and after picture. A night of terror.

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I will have another Blog update tomorrow morning.  Have a nice weekend!   Stay hydrated!

-Rich