Remnants of Tropical Storm Karen should bring rain to county (updated)

Published 2:33 pm Friday, October 4, 2013

Remnants of Tropical Storm Karen should affect Chilton County on Sunday with rainfall expected.

Jessica Chase with the National Weather Service in Calera said rainfall from the tropical storm expected to make landfall at the Gulf Coast late Saturday or early Sunday should hit Chilton County on Sunday.

“Chilton County will be on the west side of the storm so it will keep most of the wind and rain to the south and east,” Chase said. “It looks like for the most part, rainfall totals should be up to 1-2 inches on Sunday.”

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Friday a statewide state of emergency due to expected impact from Tropical Storm Karen.

Chase said due to the uncertainty of the path, projected rainfall for Chilton County on Sunday is 70 percent.

“Saturday is going to be a nice day with some breezes throughout the county coming off of the gulf so rain chances are small and only set at 10 percent,” Chase said. “Sunday will be rainy and followed by a cold front coming down on Sunday so temperatures will be cooler for the start of next week.”

Temperatures for Saturday should reach 87 degrees for the high and 69 degrees for the low with Sunday temperatures a bit cooler at 70 degrees and lows in the 60s.

For the upcoming week, Chase said afternoon highs will remain in the mid-to upper- 70s but lows throughout Chilton County should reach the mid-to upper-50s.

Although no severe weather is anticipated in Chilton County from the tropical storm, Chase said there is always the possibility of an embedded thunderstorm.

According to Alabama’s monthly climate report for the month of September, produced by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the cool and wet summer gave way to a typical September with warm and dry periods.

In Chilton County, the climate report indicated 1.27 inches of rain recorded for the month of September.

The report also stated that October is usually the driest month of the year in Alabama, with a normal statewide average rainfall of only 2.9 inches.

November is the second driest with 3.71 inches.