James Spann: Alabama moisture levels slowly rise in coming days

NICE DAY FOR AN ECLIPSE: As expected, most people across north and central Alabama had a great setup for viewing the solar eclipse today — scattered cumulus clouds, no showers. The temperature at the Birmingham Airport dropped from 91 to 88 degrees during the eclipse; the drop was more pronounced in the path of totality over Tennessee.

This is one of the best shots I have seen today; the photo is from Barry Butler, taken in Southern Illinois.

REST OF THE WEEK: Moisture levels will slowly rise, and a few scattered showers or thunderstorms are possible tomorrow afternoon. The coverage of showers will be higher Wednesday as a surface front approaches from the north.

The latest model data suggests that the surface front will hang up somewhere over north Alabama Wednesday night, and we will need to maintain some risk of scattered showers and storms Thursday and Friday as well. The most numerous ones should be over the southern half of the state. Highs drop back into the 80s over the latter half of the week.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks like a case of scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 80s, along with a mix of sun and clouds.

Models suggest some cooler air (for late August) will creep into north Alabama next week; highs could drop into the lower 80s Monday and Tuesday — maybe even 70s in spots. A reminder we are getting close to the beginning of meteorological fall (Sept. 1).

TROPICS: The disturbance formerly known as Tropical Storm Harvey will cross the Yucatan Peninsula over the next 48 hours, and has potential to develop into a tropical storm again later this week. The main threat will come from heavy rain over south Texas late this week.

Another disturbance near the Bahamas will bring the threat of locally heavy rain to parts of the Florida peninsula (not the panhandle) over the next few days before it turns back out into the Atlantic.

No systems are threatening the northern Gulf of Mexico for the next five to seven days.

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