Wine’s Weekend Weather: Tropical Update and Wiregrass Forecast

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Weather never stops, so we won’t either! Welcome to the first edition of Wine’s Weekend Weather where I’ll post about the latest weather for the Tri-State, updates on the Tropics, and interesting weather facts and videos. Let’s begin!

We have quite a few scattered storms through the area, but those will pick up over the next couple hours. Expect them to start dissipating around 7 tonight, but a lingering shower or storm won’t be ruled out.

Tomorrow will be much like today with temperatures in the low 90s and scattered storms starting around Noon and ending around 6 or 7 PM. Church-goers and early morning errand-runners should be just fine, but bring the umbrella with you if you’re heading out to brunch!

Monday-Thursday will be cooler and full of rain with a 60% chance each day. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the days we get the most rain and for longer periods of time.

Things won’t start warming up until we get to the end of the week with temperatures barely returning to the seasonal average of 92 degrees. We’ll keep the scattered storm chances in the forecast for Friday. Saturday’s rain may come from a line of storms, so we’ll keep an eye out for the chance for severe weather that day.

TRACKING THE TROPICS: Hurricane Hanna is the first hurricane of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season! It’s packing 85 mph winds as it steamrolls its way toward the Texas coast between Corpus Christi and Brownsville, TX. An official landfall is less than a couple hours away.

Of course, Hurricane Hanna isn’t the only tropical system out there. Sticking with to the Americas, we have Tropical Depression Gonzalo. As it moved past the Windward Islands and closer to South America, it weakened from a tropical storm to a tropical depression with winds of 35 mph. Models don’t predict it to do much strengthening in the Southern Caribbean as it approaches Central America. However, we’ll continue monitoring the system just in case it hooks to the north and starts heading our way.

Closer to Africa, we have a tropical wave that will take a similar path as Gonzalo. The National Hurricane Center has given it a 70% chance of forming into a tropical depression over the next 5 days. If it reaches tropical storm status, it will be named Tropical Storm Isaias.

Finally, the Pacific Ocean had Hurricane Douglas churning out winds upwards of 130mph (Category 4 strength) just a couple days ago. It is on track to impact the Hawaiian islands, and a direct hit is certainly possible. Although it is expected to weaken before passing north of or even directly over the islands, it’s current winds of 100 mph are not something to be trifled with.

Thanks to all of you for joining me as I start this journey here at WDHN! I can’t wait to meet so many of you and to grow here in Southern Alabama. For more weather info or to send in pictures of the weather, follow @MatthewWine_wx on Twitter, Matthew Wine Wx on Facebook, or email me at mwine@wdhn.com.

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