Police direct traffic on Hwy. 280 after the weather knocked out the traffic lights. | Kenneth Boone
Police direct traffic on Hwy. 280 after the weather knocked out the traffic lights. | Kenneth Boone

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Thunderstorm slows traffic, downs tree

Published 1:08pm Saturday, June 29, 2013

Strong rains, winds sweep through Alexander City

While summer showers and storms are a common occurrence in Alabama, this summer is seeing slight changes in the area’s weather patterns.

Thunderstorms are forecasted for the next seven days, which is not uncommon for Alexander City in the summer, but current weather patterns are showing more organized storms than usual.

“There’s high pressure kind of centered both east and west of us. We are in kind of a weakness, which is allowing these thunderstorms to develop,” said Mark Linhares, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Birmingham. “These storms are a little bit more organized than the general summertime pattern.”

With current patterns, Linhares said the rain chances are slightly above what they usually are for this time of year.

Linhares also said the result of the current weather patters is storms and showers over a wider area.

“A lot of times in the summertime we will have thunderstorms that are called air-mass thunderstorms. That means the thunderstorms actually develop because of the heat of the day,” Linhares said. “What we have had here over the last couple of days is storms that are a little more organized. Usually it’s clusters of storms or lines of storms. It’s not rare, but it’s not super common in the summertime for storms to be this organized.”

Linhares said he expects the pattern to continue for at least a few more weeks, and residents can expect storms to continue blanketing a wider area.

“With your normal summertime patterns where you have these scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, your coverage is not large,” Linhares said. “These storms are moving and it’s a little bit more organized, so the actual coverage area of the rain is a little bit larger. That is why we are getting at or above the normal rainfall right now.”

Alexander City is forecasted to have a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms each day through Tuesday.