Rain expected in forecast for the rest of the weekBy Emily Etheredge Published 2:46pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013
A rainy week is in the forecast for much of Chilton County, continuing a wet trend this summer.
“The forecast will continue to be wet which has been much of the theme this season,” meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Calera Jody Aaron said.
Aaron said both Wednesday and Thursday will have a 30-percent chance of rain with scattered to numerous thunderstorms and highs reaching the mid 80s to low 90s.
Friday’s temperature should reach 91 degrees with a 30-percent chance of rain.
Aaron said Saturday and Sunday will still have warmer temperatures but a chance of showers and thunderstorms will only be 20 percent.
“Typically during the summer it is pretty common to have an afternoon shower or thunderstorm somewhere in the county,” Aaron said. “With a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, you can almost guarantee someone in the county will get a rainstorm or thunder shower during the afternoon hours.”
Aaron said rainfall totals this summer in Alabama have been above average with specific rainfall totals in Clanton for the year to date having 7.99 inches above average.
Aaron said rainfall totals for the year in Clanton are 46.54 inches and the average for Clanton is typically 38.55 inches.
The highest rainfall record in Clanton recorded was 61.92 inches in 1979.
Rainfall totals at the Shelby County Airport measure 46.92 inches of rain so far with 36.41 inches listed as the average.
Aaron said the Shelby County Airport has only been keeping rainfall records since 1995 so the highest rainfall record recorded was 54.39 inches in 2003.
“We are seeing a wet summer this year because we typically have a ridge of high pressure that builds over the plains and the Southern states,” Aaron said. “Last year, that ridge stayed in place for the majority of the summer keeping us dry but this year, that ridge has not been in place so we have seen a lot more rain.”