Happy 4th Of July everyone! Mother nature is proving to be in the holiday spirit this weekend as she dazzled us with her own fireworks show last night and setting the stage for round 2 this afternoon and evening. We're continuing to track a line of strong storms that are traveling east through central and southern portions of Alabama. As expected these will impact some outdoor activities but it will not completely washout holiday plans.
AFTERNOON/EVENING: The strong line of storms that are pacing through this afternoon are feeding off our unstable atmosphere. This gives us a better chance for severe storms but more so in southern Alabama. Good news is most models have cut our expected rainfall amounts, indicating as the initial line of storms conditions look to calm exponentially.
Futureview agrees with the calmer nighttime forecast with weaker storms brewing mainly in eastern and southern Alabama. So basically the sooner the initial line of storms arrives in your area the better. Skies will be calmer and temperatures well cooler, with only isolated cores of strong thunderstorms remaining.
Given how most of us will try to be outside tonight to properly celebrate the 4th with fireworks the best timeline has most of us dry after 9PM. But for folks in eastern and southeast Alabama it looks like a wet night ahead since you will be the last ones to meet this combative line of storms.
Once again the timeline above is heavily dependent on where you are located in the state. Folks on the west side of the state will be the first to see skies clear up, followed by central Alabama. Residents living on the east side will have the best shot of having a few showers lasting through 10PM.
Our 7-Day has only a slight change compared to prior forecast. Sunday's rain chance remains on the high side for most of us so expect more thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures do creep up near the mid 90s by Thursday as widespread rain chances decrease.
Vernon Turner, Doppler 12 StormVision Meteorologist
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