Rainy weekend expected throughout Chilton County

Published 4:56 pm Thursday, July 25, 2013

A sunny summer day is quickly becoming a distant memory with rain expected to continue for much of the weekend in Chilton County.

“Wet has been the theme of the summer,” Matt Anderson meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Calera said. “Saturday is going to be a pretty wet day with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for much of the day.”

Anderson said rain should begin early Saturday morning and continue for much of the day before ending on Sunday.

“Sunday should be mostly dry with highs in the upper 80s,” Anderson said. “It should be somewhat dry for a bit on Sunday.”

Although Anderson did not have specific rainfall totals for Chilton County, he did provide rainfall totals for both Montgomery and at the Shelby County Airport.

Precipitation numbers for the month of July in Montgomery came to 8.26 inches compared to the average of 4.21 inches.

Numbers measured at the Shelby County Airport for the month of July came to 8.26 inches compared to the average of 3.69 inches.

“I think it would be safe to say that Chilton County is somewhere between 6-8 inches of precipitation this summer which is well above average,” Anderson said. “We have had a lot of rainfall this summer and it doesn’t look like it is going to be stopping anytime soon.”

Anderson said part of the reason for high rainfall totals this summer compared to previous summer seasons in Alabama are mainly due to upper level disturbances “dropping” down more than they normally do during the summer.

“We have had a few dry days but for the most part the summer has been pretty wet,” Anderson said.