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Weather forecast for the Hangout Music Festival 2016. Photo by: The Weather Channel, screenshot taken Monday, May 16.
Weather forecast for the Hangout Music Festival 2016. Photo by: The Weather Channel, screenshot taken Monday, May 16.

Hangout Fest Weather Forecast

Hangout Music Festival 2016 is taking place this week in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Over the past four years, we have provided coverage on the festival. This year we are planning ahead to work with the weather over the four day event.

Many local residents note that the weather changes faster than normal in the Gulf Coast region. The main weather outlets have already changed their predictions over the past week. That is one reason I wanted to help plan ahead for all types of weather.

The storm system that will be passing over Gulf Shores, Alabama doesn’t not seem to be severe, but it is important to plan ahead in case the festival has to temporally evacuate guests for a storm with lightening.

The Boom Boom Tent is the only covered area at the festival, and holds close to 5,000-7,000 people. (Red Rocks Amphitheater holds 9,525. I am making a close estimate.) The festival usually has people coming and going throughout the day with peaks around sunset, and when the headliners start performing. I would guess 20,000-25,000 guests will plan to be on grounds on Friday evening. Guests will need to be ready for rain, and possible evacuation.

I also suggest that 92 ZEW have artists perform on radio, in the studio, (I can film it, post it on YouTube,) and share it with guests at the event. (In case of turbulent weather.)


Weather forecast for the Hangout Music Festival 2016. Photo by: The Weather Channel, screenshot taken Monday, May 16.
Weather forecast for the Hangout Music Festival 2016. Photo by: The Weather Channel, screenshot taken Monday, May 16.

On a good note, when evacuations occur at large scale music events, they usually only clear the festival grounds until the lightening cells/storm clouds pass, and then usually reopen the event. Additionally, when headliners have to cut their set short due to weather, rarely is it possible for them to perform the next day. The Weeknd does not have another show set for the following day, but The Chainsmokers do have another scheduled event for Saturday. If The Weeknd wants to earn points with the Hangout Fest community, he will stay an extra day if his headlining performance is cut short due to lightening.

One main problem with an evacuation is that hundreds/thousands of guests will rely on shuttle services to transport them back to a hotel or condo.


The Weather Channel is currently reporting that there is an %80 chance of rain of Thursday evening in Gulf Shores, Alabama. They report that the storm system will move in during midday. Expect rain, and a possible thunderstorm.

Friday will mark the most rainfall over the four days at Hangout Music Festival. There will be a 90% chance or rain with thunderstorms likely. Bring your rain gear on Friday.

The skies will begin to clear on Saturday afternoon. Guests will be able to engage with live entertainment with ease on Saturday. TWC currently notes a 20% chance of rain. Bring sunblock on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures will hit the mid ’80s with sunny skies on Sunday. The weather and live entertainment will go out with a bang on Sunday.