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Soggy at times this weekend

Big pattern change means nicer weather, but we’ll have to wait...
Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 5:07 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 10:14 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The more things change, the more they stay the same. A soggy weather pattern continues across the state through early next week. Yes, that means we will dodge raindrops over the weekend. I don’t think either weekend day will be an all-day soaking, but intervals of rain and a few thunderstorms are a good bet. Outdoor plans will need a backup option, and you’ll need to watch the radar on the WSFA weather app if you’re going to be outside.

Scattered rain and thunderstorms will continue on Monday, Tuesday and possibly the first part of Wednesday. No two days will be identical in terms of who sees the most rain and when it falls, but the chance of getting wet between now and next Tuesday is about as high as it gets.

Numerous showers and storms expected Saturday.
Numerous showers and storms expected Saturday.(WSFA 12 News)

Each day will bring the threat of heavy tropical downpours and embedded thunderstorms. No severe weather is anticipated at this time.

Rain lingers through the weekend
Rain lingers through the weekend(WSFA 12 News)

By the time we get to the middle of next week, our area will pick up 2-3″ of additional rainfall. We are not anticipating any big flooding issues due to the rain falling over a period of several days.

Could we see a few random instances of flash flooding due to the potential for heavy tropical downpours? Yes. Is it likely? Absolutely not.

With the high-end rain coverage and extra cloud cover we’re only expecting high temperatures in the 80s. Our normal high for mid-September is 89 degrees, so we are certainly running below average.

Total rain through next Wednesday morning will be 1-3" for most.
Total rain through next Wednesday morning will be 1-3" for most.(WSFA 12 News)

Unlike the temperatures, the humidity will certainly not be below normal. It will be very muggy with tropical-like. Dew points will continue to be in the 70s until a cold front sweeps through next Wednesday afternoon.

This cold front is a game-changer! That front will usher in a much more comfortable air mass characterized by non-existent humidity, sunshine and much cooler weather. Behind this front, afternoon highs will drop into the 70s, humidity will nosedive, and morning lows will plunge down into the 50s!

A fall cold front will push through next Wednesday, which will shove the mugginess and rain out...
A fall cold front will push through next Wednesday, which will shove the mugginess and rain out of here.(WSFA 12 News)

Speaking of tropical-like, let’s take a look at the current scene out in the Atlantic Basin...

We’ve still got three areas being monitored for tropical development. Two of those have a “high” chance of becoming a tropical depression; one in the eastern Atlantic and one off the coast of the Northeast.

Two areas maintain a "high" chance of development in the Atlantic Basin.
Two areas maintain a "high" chance of development in the Atlantic Basin.(WSFA 12 News)

Each of them will likely become a tropical depression and then have a chance at strengthening into a tropical storm. If they both do in fact reach tropical storm status, they will receive a name. The next two names on the 2021 list are Odette and Peter.

We are definitely running behind 2020 despite it being active once again. We were already at Vicky as of mid-September last year!

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