Ida Update: Rain & Storms Still Possible – Winding Down Through the Afternoon

Weather
A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Tuesday. The greater chance for strong storms will be over eastern sections today.

What was once destructive Hurricane Ida weakened to Tropical Depression Ida Monday over Mississippi. The remnant low passing from Mississippi over North Alabama Tuesday leaves us with multiple threats of disruptive weather from now through at least mid-morning Tuesday:

  • Leftover rain could drop another inch locally.
  • Wind gusts as high as 30 miles per hour possible.
  • Thunderstorms embedded in rain bands could cause isolated flash flooding.

The rest of Tuesday’s weather

Overnight into Tuesday, temperatures don’t change much: lows in the lower 70s early Tuesday, highs around 75-80ºF Tuesday afternoon. It looks breezy and wet for most of the day; in fact, occasional wind gusts around 20-25 miles per hour (or higher) keep going all day long into the early evening as Ida’s remnant low passes between Huntsville and Nashville.

The heaviest rain slacks off early, but there will still be occasional light showers and a breeze shifting to the west: still gusting over 20 mph at times in the afternoon.

Drying out after Ida

It has been a muggy summer.

Using dew point temperatures at or above 72ºF as our benchmark, Huntsville’s 2021 summer data so far registers the fifth-most number of extremely humid hours on record since 1959.

So if you thought it’s been a lot more humid than normal, you are correct.

After Ida passes to the northeast on Wednesday, drier (and slightly cooler) air moves in for the rest of the week.

The cool down is more noticeable at night: lows in the 50s and 60s. Days still get warm even though temperature stay below average: highs in the mid-to-upper 80s.

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