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James Spann: hot days, pleasant nights and secluded showers for Alabama

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MAINLY DRY TODAY: Alabama weather won’t change much today; we expect good sunshine with a maximum in the mid-80s this afternoon; the average high for Birmingham on September 28 is 83. Downpour could break out in Mobile and Baldwin counties, but the rest of the state will be dry.

REST OF THE WEEK: Humidity levels will increase a bit and we will bring a chance of isolated showers, mainly over the western counties of the state, from Wednesday to Friday. The chances of a place getting wet every day are 20-30% west of I-65 and 10% east of I-65. Otherwise, look for partially sunny days with peaks in the mid-80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Most of Alabama will be dry on Saturday, although we would brace ourselves for the possibility of isolated showers over the Tennessee Valley. On Sunday, a few isolated showers are possible statewide, but again, the chances of a community seeing rain remain low, in the 20-30% range. The high will be in the mid-80s on Saturday, followed by a low in the 80s on Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: The weather will not change much. A few isolated showers are possible almost daily. Otherwise, look for partially sunny days with peaks of 77 to 81 degrees.

RACE WEEKEND: Saturday will be partly to mostly sunny and warm in Talladega, peaking in the mid-1980s. On Sundays, expect partly sunny skies with just a small chance of downpours; the top will be in the bottom of the 80s.

TROPICS: Hurricane Sam this morning is about 600 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands in the Atlantic with winds of 130 mph. Sam will turn north by the end of the week and cross east of Bermuda on Saturday on his way to the North Atlantic. It remains well east of the USA

Two tropical waves in the eastern Atlantic have a high chance of turning into a tropical depression or storm over the next five days, but both are expected to turn north and do not appear to threaten land. The Gulf of Mexico is calm and is expected to remain so until next week.

AT THIS DATE IN 1837: The first recorded hurricane to sweep the entire Texas coast was Racer’s Storm, named after a British war sloop that encountered the system in the far northwest of the Caribbean. One of the most destructive storms of the 19th century is remembered for its extreme duration and its 3,000 km path of destruction.

AT THIS DATE IN 1998: Hurricane Georges made landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi with maximum winds of 110 mph and minimum pressure of 964 millibars, making it a Category 2 hurricane. After making landfall, Georges moved very slowly across southern Mississippi and weakened to a tropical depression on the morning of September 29, when the center was about 30 miles northeast of Mobile. One death has been reported in the continental United States directly related to the hurricane. This isolated death occurred in Mobile due to freshwater flooding.

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