MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A hodgepodge of heat, humidity and scattered thunderstorms will greet us each day; we’re now in August, which is usually one of our hottest, driest months each year. The bad news about that is that July was very dry, so we find ourselves needing to make up ground in August. Most in our area are running a rainfall deficit, ranging from a few inches in the central counties to over one foot in southeast Alabama.
The good news is that scattered showers and thunderstorms will make a daily appearance each afternoon, including this one!
The coverage and placement of these will vary from one day to the next, so you might get drenched with an hour of torrential rain one day, but stay sunny, hot and dry the next. For those who are fortunate enough to get under one of these thunderstorms, you could easily pick up a half-inch to one inch of rain.
But, not everyone will get wet, and that’s the issue. For those unlucky places who miss these scattered storms, we’ll see a worsening and expansion of the drought.
In the tropics, there is growing evidence that a cluster of storms in the central Atlantic Ocean will become a tropical system over the next five days. In fact, the National Hurricane Center now gives it a 60% chance of development. It bears watching.
Closer to the U.S., a cluster of storms between Puerto Rico and the Bahamas has a tiny chance of development. Even if something forms there, it will not impact us. For those with last minute beach plans the weekend before school starts, there will be no impact from either system down at the Gulf of Mexico.