FRONT ADVANCING: The front we have been talking about the last week, is pushing through the state at this time. It will continue towards the south rapidly today, and by early afternoon we should be seeing a clearing sky, our winds shifting out of the north, and much drier air moving in as our dew points take a tumble. By tonight, we should have mostly clear conditions and lows will be dipping into the mid-60s.
BREATH OF FRESH AIR: Though we will still see very warm afternoons, with highs in the mid-80s for most locations, the real treat comes overnight and early in the morning. The much drier air will make it feel much more comfortable, and Wednesday morning still looks to be the coolest. North of Interstate 20, expect widespread 50s, south of there, lower 60s. Once again, Wednesday should be the morning when record lows get set all across the state, and that means from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast. This air mass looks to hang around for most of the week, and it looks as though we will not see any chance of rain until at least Friday.
BEACH BOUND: Looking to cool off, the Gulf waters are a bit warm and are in the mid-80s up and down the Emerald Coast. Today there will be showers and storms along the beaches, as the front will be making all the way into the Gulf. For the rest of this week, phenomenal weather is expected with sunny conditions each day. This is a great week, to get one more little vacation back in before school starts in the next few weeks. Highs will be the upper 80s, and overnight will be in the mid-70s. Yes, even down on the beaches, the dew points will be lower.
SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: Portions of Alabama have been outlined in a threat for severe weather today as the front will continues southward. It looks as though the bulk of the activity will be to the south of the U.S. 80 corridor, as that is where the instability will be the greatest. The main concern will come from the threat of damaging straight-line winds.
TROPICAL UPDATE: Nearly the entire Atlantic remains very calm, but we continue to monitor the same little disturbance tracking across the low latitude of the Central Atlantic. The same tropical wave is producing disorganized shower activity several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Environmental conditions appear conducive for some gradual development, especially by the middle of the week, while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Over the next 48 hours, the NHC gives this feature a low 10 percent chance of developing. However, after that chance increases to a medium 40 percent chance. We are still waiting on our second named storm of the year, which will be Bertha.
WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 1819: A small but intense hurricane passed over Bay Saint Louis, MS. The hurricane was considered the worst in fifty years. Few houses were left standing either at Bay Saint Louis or at Pass Christian, and much of the Mississippi coast was desolate following the storm. A U.S. cutter was lost along with its thirty-nine crew members. The storm struck the same area that was hit 150 years later by Hurricane Camille and then again in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.
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