Sizzling heat ends, rumors of storms begin

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Muscle Shoals tied a record high at 98ºF;  Huntsville and Decatur topped out at 97ºF, and even Scottsboro and Fort Payne reported temperatures as high as 96ºF briefly on Friday afternoon.  Can it just be Fall?

Not yet.

Saturday and Sunday still look very hot and dry, but there are some signs of change next week: a cold front, some showers and storms, and more seasonable weather for the Tennessee Valley in late September.

live-alert-locationsLooking for more specifics about the weekend or next week?

They’re always online at and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19! By the way, Live Alert 19 gives you the ability to check the weather at home and wherever else you may travel across the country.

That tool can come in handy if you are traveling to the beach, following active weather in other parts of the country, or have a vacation planned anywhere from coast to coast.

And speaking of the coast, it may come in very handy for watching some tropical development within the next two weeks.

A classic pattern for tropical cyclone development in the Caribbean and Gulf sets up during the first week of October.  We are past the formal “peak” of hurricane season, but we can have some serious storms in October; names like Opal in ’95, Lili in 2002 and Wilma in 2005 may ring a bell.

A hurricane-making pattern, or just a cool, dry air mass?

A hurricane-making pattern, or just a cool, dry air mass?

Late next week, a strong area of Canadian high pressure settles in over the East enhancing the pressure gradient over the Gulf and Caribbean.

Multiple storms have formed in this kind of environment over the years, so we will be watching to see what happens with disturbed weather developing down that way around September 29th through the first week of October.

You will probably see a lot of model graphics in your social media feeds in the next 10 days or so; just be aware that a hurricane FORECAST is more than a pretty picture.

We’ll keep you posted if there’s any threat to the Gulf Coast!

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