Dry Tomorrow, Rain by Friday… Wednesday Forecast Update — 5pm

Good Wednesday afternoon! A couple of earthquakes shook parts of Central Alabama this afternoon, the epicenter is located 11 miles northwest of Eutaw, Alabama in Greene County. The second of the two quakes was the strongest, marking a 3.4M on the Richter Scale around the 3pm this afternoon. No damage has been reported thus far, but the shaking could certainly have caused some concern for those nearby.

Some low clouds from this morning mixed out around lunchtime leaving us with a beautiful sunny afternoon and evening. Tonight our temperature will drop into the upper 30’s with some patchy clouds starting to work their way back into the area over night.

Thursday cloud cover will start to increase ahead of the next system. While some areas may see a stray afternoon shower accompanying the clouds, most areas will remain dry. The clouds will thicken overnight Thursday before rain develops across West Alabama late Friday morning. Temperatures will remain in the low 50’s for highs this weekend with cloud cover and rain.

Friday evening will be quite soggy. The rain will develop throughout the afternoon and could be quite heavy at times. Before the system clears out of Alabama, we could anywhere from 0.75″ to 2″ of rainfall.

The rain will finally clear on Saturday, we’ll dry out in the west first, but by Saturday evening, all of Central Alabama should be dry and clearing out.

Sunshine returns to end the weekend and start the week of Christmas, temperatures will still be seasonable in the low to  mid 50’s Sunday and Monday.

Clouds return Tuesday ahead of a fairly strong cold front that will swing south Tuesday evening, bringing more rain, and some cold air just in time for Christmas Eve. Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 50’s, and Tuesday night will be mild in the mid 40’s, but Wednesday’s high could easily remain in the 40’s, and be quite chilly and windy for Christmas Eve.

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Dry Now, Rain Arrives Late This Week… Tuesday Forecast Update — 4:15pm

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Good Tuesday afternoon! The sunshine returned this morning and we’ve seen a very nice December day with highs reaching into the upper 50’s in some spots. Clear skies today and tonight will help contribute to our temperatures teetering around the freezing mark tonight.

Sunshine remains in the forecast for Wednesday with temperatures climbing back into the mid 50’s. A few more clouds return Wednesday night ahead of the next system. Thursday will be dry for the majority of Alabama with clouds increasing throughout the day. A few showers are possible in northern Alabama. Temperature will remain in the 50’s through the end of the work week.

Clouds and rain settle in Friday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be cool in the low 50’s as the rain develops and moves across Alabama during the afternoon on Friday. Things will be fairly soggy Friday night as we could see anywhere from 1-2″ of rain across Central Alabama. The highest rain amounts will be over west Central Alabama by Saturday evening once the system has moved east.

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We’ll see an end to the rain Saturday morning for western Alabama, and eastern Alabama will dry out Saturday afternoon. Temperatures will be cool as a north wind pushes the clouds and rain out, highs just in the low 50’s.

Sunshine for Sunday and Monday will the mercury holding steady in the low 50’s for each afternoon and lows down into the mid 30’s. Some clouds try to swing into Central Alabama Tuesday afternoon which could keep our temperatures cool for the middle part of Christmas week.

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A Look Back… 14 Years Ago… December 16, 2000

It was 14 years ago today, when Tuscaloosa County was devastated by a tornado that formed from a supercell storm originating in Mississippi. This particular supercell was strongest in an outbreak of storms that stretched from Mississippi to North Carolina. A tornado was first noted with this storm just north of Meridian, MS. The cell tracked northeast along the I-20/59 corridor and produced a tornado that tracked through southern Tuscaloosa County. The first structural damage reported was near Englewood School, where homes were destroyed. The tornado then continued east just missing Hillcrest High School and crossing US Highway 82 and Interstate 20/59 east of Tuscaloosa, damaging shopping centers, homes, mobile homes, and commercial businesses along the way.

This is severe weather coverage from Jon Mason during the December 16th, 2000 Tuscaloosa tornado. Our television station was located on Jug Factory Road at the time. The tornado was just feet away from the television station! Jon Mason stayed on the air the entire time.

This is a reporter package from the day of the event. The tornado was rated an F-4, with winds approaching 260 MPH.

The path of the tornado was 750 yards wide and 18 miles long, with estimated wind speeds of 207-260 miles per hour. The National Weather Service determined the tornado to be an F4 on the Fujita Storm Intensity Scale, which translates into “Devastating Damage, whole frame houses leveled, leaving piles of debris; steel structures badly damaged; trees debarked by small flying debris; cars and trains thrown some distances or rolled considerable distances; large missiles generated”. This storm killed 11 people, and injured another 144. The total damage cost is estimated to be around $12.5 million.

Peter Crank

WVUA Staff Meteorologist

Twitter: crankyweather

Rain Tonight, Sunshine Tomorrow Afternoon… Monday Forecast Update — 4pm

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Good Monday afternoon! Clouds and rain moved back into Alabama this morning and afternoon and will stick with us overnight tonight before clearing out on Tuesday.

Tonight, anticipate showers across the area with cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 40’s. The rain will push southeast as we approach Tuesday morning.

The sky will clear from west to east as we go through the day on Tuesday. As the sky clears, expect a somewhat brisk westerly wind to kick as well. Temperatures will be cooler in the upper 50’s Tuesday afternoon.

The core of the cool air behind this front will settle in Tuesday night as temperatures fall into the low and mid 30’s across Central Alabama. Wednesday will also be cool despite seeing a good amount of sunshine. Highs will top out in the mid 50’s Wednesday afternoon.

The cool and sunny weather will be short-lived as another system brings clouds back into the area Wednesday night with a few showers possible Thursday morning for northwestern Alabama. The system gathers strength in Texas late Thursday and moves across Mississippi and Alabama Friday afternoon and evening. Temperatures late this week and into the weekend will remain cool in the low and mid 50’s.

We will dry out late Saturday afternoon and then temperatures cool again for Sunday with highs just in the low 50’s.

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Clouds & Rain for Monday… Sunday Forecast Update — 7:45pm

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Good Sunday evening! The clouds finally cleared late this morning and today ended quite pleasantly under a sunny sky.

Tonight will begin clear before some high level clouds stream in ahead of the next rain maker. Temperatures will be cool, back down into the upper 30’s and even some mid 30’s for eastern Alabama. Monday will be cloudy during the day, before showers move in late Monday afternoon. I don’t expect this to be a wash out, but have the umbrella or jacket handy as the showers move through.

Rain and clouds clear out of eastern Alabama during the morning on Tuesday and sunshine returns Tuesday afternoon, however temperatures will be a little cooler in the upper 50’s. The core of cool air settles in by Tuesday night as temperatures drop into the mid 30’s and Wednesday high will only be in the mid 50’s despite plenty of sunshine.

Another system begins to approach Alabama Wednesday night into Thursday. For most of us in Central Alabama, we will just see partly cloudy conditions Thursday, but some showers could sink south from Tennessee late Thursday afternoon. The best chances for rain kick in during the day on Friday. Models indicate a good amount of moisture to be in place for Friday and Saturday which could allow for some soaking rains to swing through over the weekend.

Temperatures ahead of the system will be in the mid 50’s, behind the front, Sunday’s high is looking a little chilly, in the upper 40’s and low 50’s.

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Dry End to Weekend, Rain Monday… Saturday Forecast Update — 6:20pm

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Good Saturday evening to you! Some stubborn low clouds hung around central and northern Alabama today, and that has kept us just a bit cooler than anticipated. Overall, a very nice day for graduation pictures as the University of Alabama held their December Commencement ceremony today. More sunshine is on the way for Sunday and temperatures will respond accordingly.

Temperatures tonight will be in the mid 30’s with partly cloudy conditions. More sunshine for the day on Sunday and temperatures will bounce back into the low 60’s.

As we head into the beginning portion of the work week, more clouds will stream in from the west ahead of a cold front that will bring us some showers Monday afternoon and evening. Temperatures on Monday will still be warm, in the mid 60’s; however, behind the front, cool air is returning. The cool air settles in place by Tuesday night and Wednesday with lows in the mid 30’s and highs on Wednesday only in the mid 50’s despite lots of sunshine.

Another system is trying to bring some showers into the area beginning Thursday; however, these will remain in north/northwest Alabama Thursday before sliding into Central Alabama Friday into Saturday. Current timing has us drying out Saturday afternoon, but we’ll continue to monitor the timing of this system to see when over the weekend we can expect sunshine.

There are only 11 more sleeps until Christmas, and the forecast is looking a little more active with some better chances at precipitation; unfortunately, we are looking at temperatures above the freezing mark, and at least right now, a white Christmas does not appear to be in the forecast for Tuscaloosa. Remember, we are still 12 days out, and plenty of things can change in the next 12 days in terms of weather.

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Nice and Mild Weekend… Friday Forecast Update — 3:30pm

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A good Friday to you! Welcome to the weekend, and Mother Nature has cooked up a pretty great December weekend for us here in Central Alabama. The sunshine we have seen today will continue throughout the weekend.

Clear conditions tonight will let our temperatures fall into the low 30’s by Saturday morning, but we’ll warm up nicely again tomorrow morning and afternoon and temperatures will top out Saturday afternoon in the low to mid 60’s.

Saturday night through Sunday will remain sunny, calm, and mild. Overnight lows will be a little warmer Sunday morning than Saturday morning’s. Afternoon temperatures will be back in the 60’s.

The next shot at rain is trying to push in for the day on Monday, the front that is kicking up the showers will be weakening it moves into the Deep South, so Monday will not be a washout, but look for showers across the area during the afternoon and evening on Monday.

We dry out for the middle of the week. The next big disturbance will gather steam in Texas late in the week, and try to swing through Friday night into Saturday. Temperatures during the middle of the upcoming week will remain seasonable in the upper 50’s and low 60’s.

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