Today was another hot day to add to our string of hot days. High pressure from the west is still holding its position and will help to block Tropical Storm Debby in the near future from any noticeable impacts in our area. Tropical Storm Debby is the big thing on people's minds tonight. Tropical Storm Warnings have been posted for the Gulf Coast from the Mississippi-Alabama line to the Suwannee River in Florida. If you have plans this week to venture to the Gulf Coast, even if your destination is outside the warning area, you should avoid the water due to an increased risk of widespread deadly rip currents and rough surf. High pressure centered over us is wrapping southwestward over Texas, and will help to block any major northward or westward progression of Tropical Storm Debby. A low pressure trough digging south over the East Coast is expected to pick up the storm, bringing about a northeasterly motion later this week, though very little motion of Tropical Storm Debby is likely through at least Wednesday. Tropical storm force winds are already spreading over the Florida Panhandle and coastal areas of the Florida Peninsula north of Tampa Bay. Moisture associated with Debby is mainly east of the circulation center, and the areas east and northeast of the center are at an enhanced risk for tornadoes and very heavy rainfall. Landfall will likely be between Destin and the Suwannee River. It could happen as early as Tuesday or as late as Thursday depending on the speed of movement. The primary heavy rain and tornado threat will be over the central and northern Florida Peninsula from Tampa-Orlando north to Tallahassee-Jacksonville.
As far as East Mississippi and West Alabama are concerned, very little impact is expected. What we will notice is a stiff east to northeasterly wind during the day on Monday that could gust up to around 20 mph. Subsiding air common around the outer edge of tropical storms and hurricanes should help to keep us dry, especially on the current forecast track of Tropical Storm Debby. Some models indicate Tropical Storm Debby could drift back out over the Gulf later in the week and pick up some westward motion. If that happens, more direct impacts are possible, but for now our forecast goes with the official forecast track and keeps any issues from the storm away from us.
Tonight will be mostly clear. The low will be near 70. The wind will be from the east/northeast at 4-10 mph. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny. The high will be near 97. The wind will be from the east/northeast at 4-14 mph with gusts up to 20 mph. Tuesday will be mostly sunny. The morning low will be near 70. The afternoon high will be near 96. Wednesday will be mostly sunny. The morning low will be near 65. The afternoon high will be near 93. Thursday will be mostly sunny. The morning low will be near 68. The afternoon high will be near 96. Friday will be mostly sunny. The morning low will be near 69. The afternoon high will be near 95. Saturday will be mostly sunny. The morning low will be near 68. The afternoon high will be near 95. Sunday will be mostly sunny. The morning low will be near 69. The afternoon high will be near 95.