Friday Morning, September 17, 2021
Meteorologist Alex Puckett/Meteorologist Ben Smith
Stuck In A Rainy Rut For Now
September is usually a month where the weather gets drier in North Alabama, but things look fairly wet over the next several days. We’re stuck in a pattern with deep tropical moisture and no strong front to push that moisture out of here, meaning daily downpours will be the trend through the first half of next week, but there’s some signs we finally get some drier air to move in by the second half of the week.
All this tropical moisture will keep clouds and showers around, meaning afternoon temperatures will stay a bit below average for this time of year. The tradeoff will be morning lows staying well above average for mid September, around 70° through the next week.
High School Football
A few downpours will be possible Friday evening for the high school games across the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures will be in the 70s for games this week, and it will be quite muggy.
Lightning delays appear unlikely, but can’t be totally ruled out.
College Football Forecast
Alabama and Auburn have what could be season-defining games Saturday as the Tide takes on Florida in The Swamp and Auburn plays Penn State in a white-out game in Happy Valley. The Swamp could be quite swampy for the Alabama game. Scattered showers and storms are likely in Gainesville, and lightning delays will be possible. You watch the game on News 19! Rain chances are lower for Auburn’s game at Penn State. Scattered showers and storms are also possible as UNA takes on in-state foe Jacksonville State in Jacksonville after JSU’s shocking upset over Florida State in Tallahassee.
Morning lows around 70°, highs around 80° and scattered downpours are likely through this weekend. No big changes in the pattern. There will be breaks in the rain at times, so you may find some moments to enjoy the outdoor activities planned this weekend like the Monte Sano Arts Festival or the Lincoln County Fair, but be prepared for rain at times through the weekend and into the start of next week.
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