MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Yesterday featured one of the loudest clasps of thunder I've ever heard in my life. Sitting on my balcony around 2 in the afternoon (with sunshine, mind you) a bright bolt of lightning struck a few hundred yards away. The thunder was instant and loud enough to set off several car alarms. That was my queue to head back inside. These heat-driven storms can be intense, and they can develop rapidly. That's our story as we head into our Tuesday...
TODAY: Clusters of storms have been ongoing generally just north of our viewing area this morning, although a lucky few have gotten wet north of HWY 80 & I-85. In typically Summertime fashion, our greatest coverage of storms will come in the afternoon today. In the meantime, temperatures will climb into the lower and middle 90s with heat index values into the triple digits. The nice thing about this active pattern is it allows many areas to experience a solid downpour. Rain chances today remain high at 60 percent.
While most of this activity will remain below severe limits, it's not impossible we see a few Warnings from the strongest cores. Gusty winds will accompany very heavy rain and dangerous lightning. Most of this activity fizzles after dark.
REST OF THE WEEK: We remain in a generally active patter with lots of heat, moisture & in turn rain chances. We'll stay at 50/50 coverage tomorrow and trend downward to around 30 percent by Friday.
Evidence continues to mount that we'll see another surge in temperatures late week (although perhaps less overall humidity). Model data supports air temperatures in the upper 90s to around 100 degrees Friday afternoon.
A frontal boundary will allow this heat to back off for the weekend as cooler air settles in. We'll also be drier this weekend.