Saturday/Sunday Storms then Sally Strengthens to the South
TROPICAL IMPACTS POSSIBLE OVER THE AREA MIDWEEK
Moist easterly flow from the Atlantic continues this weekend. We saw plenty of showers and thunderstorms yesterday, and a repeat is on tap for today, with slightly lesser coverage on Sunday. Highs will be in the 86-90 range over the weekend with lows between 69 and 74.
The region will see somewhat of a lull in activity on Monday and early Tuesday as what will likely then be Tropical Storm Sally gathers strength over the northern Gulf. The latest forecast has the storm inching northwest towards a landfall on the northern Gulf coast Wednesday. Rain chances will begin to increase locally Tuesday evening and become likely Wednesday and Thursday.
While we likely won’t see tropical storm force winds from Sally, the wind field aloft from the storm will be close enough where we may see an isolated tornado or two from the storm, especially during Wednesday afternoon and evening. We will keep an eye on this developing threat over the weekend and early next week. The greatest risk for severe weather should remain south and west of the viewing area, however.
Rain chances begin to diminish Thursday and especially Friday as Sally’s remnants pull away from the area. A drier and slightly cooler air mass looks to settle into the region for next weekend, with temperatures near seasonal averages for mid-September.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker