Weather Blog: August Tropical Update

Jordan's Weather Blog

        Today is August 1st. It starts the last full month of Meteorological summer and is a sure sign it’s time for the kids to return to school for another year. Best of luck to all of you! We’re also now getting into the heart of hurricane season.

2019 Atlantic Tropical Names

To date, the 2019 season has been quiet. We’ve only seen two named storms in the Atlantic, and only one of those actually made landfall on the continental United States.

Current tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean

        Things are beginning to ramp up though. Right now, there are two different disturbances sitting in the Atlantic Ocean. The first is sitting just off the Florida Peninsula and dumping heavy rain on parts of South Florida and the Bahamas. It has an incredibly low chance of further development and poses no additional threat to the United States. It will eventually track NE staying well east of the east coast of the United States. The second is still well out in the Atlantic. This disturbance is expected to strengthen over the next five days and gain Tropical Depression status as early as this weekend.

        Given our upper-level pattern that is ridge west and trough east, I expect this storm will have a difficult time getting close to the United States. It is still way too early to make any sort of conclusion on that matter, but it is an early observation.

History of named storms

The point of this blog is to stress that the above discussed increased activity is actually right on schedule. Historically the number of named storms sharply increases between August 1st and the end of October.

History of named storms that become hurricanes

        Not only does the number of named storms increase, but the number of named storms that become hurricanes also increases between the same period.

        This means we should exercise caution when making beach plans. I don’t want you to cancel your plans, I just want you to be mindful that if a storm is forecast you can plan accordingly.

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Overcast

Huntsville

56°F Overcast Feels like 56°
Wind
9 mph SSE
Humidity
77%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy skies early, then off and on rain showers overnight. Low 54F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
54°F Cloudy skies early, then off and on rain showers overnight. Low 54F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Wind
10 mph S
Precip
40%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

Decatur

57°F Overcast Feels like 57°
Wind
8 mph SE
Humidity
77%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy skies this evening followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight. Low 56F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
56°F Cloudy skies this evening followed by scattered showers and thunderstorms overnight. Low 56F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Wind
13 mph S
Precip
40%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

Florence

60°F Overcast Feels like 60°
Wind
5 mph ESE
Humidity
78%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Showers this evening then thundershowers developing overnight. Low 53F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
53°F Showers this evening then thundershowers developing overnight. Low 53F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Wind
11 mph S
Precip
60%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

Scottsboro

53°F Overcast Feels like 53°
Wind
6 mph SE
Humidity
82%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy with occasional showers. Low 53F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
53°F Cloudy with occasional showers. Low 53F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Wind
7 mph S
Precip
60%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous
Overcast

Guntersville

52°F Overcast Feels like 52°
Wind
6 mph SE
Humidity
82%
Sunrise
Sunset

Tonight

Cloudy skies this evening. A few showers developing late. Low 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
54°F Cloudy skies this evening. A few showers developing late. Low 54F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Wind
8 mph S
Precip
30%
Sunset
Moon Phase
Waning Gibbous

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