Severe Weather Thoughts for Monday/Tuesday…. Thursday Update – 6:30pm

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Good Thursday evening! I just wanted to share some quick thoughts on next week’s system. There’s lots of buzz on the streets that suggest this event will be like April 27th… First off, we don’t compare events until they have ended and we get the storm surveys back from the National Weather Service. It’s just irresponsible to suggest this event is going to be like a historic event in our past, when we’re still this far out. As we get closer, we will be able to fine-tune the time line and what exactly will happen. It’s just a little too early to know that just yet.

Here’s what we know so far. A very strong storm system will produce severe weather to our west on Saturday and Sunday. Tornadoes, wind damage and hail look to be a big risk west of Alabama, as a slow moving storm system progresses east. Several waves of energy and uplift will rotate into our area starting on Monday and ending by Tuesday night.

The first wave early Monday morning will likely fizzle out somewhere over west Alabama or east Mississippi. I’m not concerned with severe weather early Monday morning, as the best shear and dynamics will be well west of the state. A second wave of energy will track into Alabama Monday evening and Monday night. This will bring a good chance of rain and storms, with some storms becoming severe. Wind shear isn’t all that extreme, but it appears high enough to cause a risk of tornadoes, wind damage and hail. There could also be some flooding with this system. Most models agree that we’ll catch a break in the action as this bit of energy lifts out of the area. If we can catch a large enough of a break in the rain and clouds Tuesday morning, we may have time for the atmosphere to destabilize for our final wave of energy.

The final area of uplift will pass through Tuesday afternoon and evening. This will once again bring the risk of wind damage, hail, tornadoes and flooding. The severity of this event will depend on how much surface heating we can get before the uplift gets to Alabama.

The bottom line… Keep a close eye on any forecasting changes over the next few days, as we deal with atleast a risk of severe weather across parts of Alabama. In the next couple of days, we’ll really nail down what you can expect here. My hope is that model data backs off some of our severe weather ingredients, and this just turns into a rain event. Please make sure you have a source of severe weather information both Monday and on Tuesday…

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Twitter: Richard_wvua

Showers Tonight… Nice Weekend… Severe Storms Next Week?… Thursday Forecast Update – 5pm

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Good Thursday afternoon! It has turned out to be a very warm spring day, with highs today in the lower to middle 80s. Most of the day has featured sunny skies, but clouds are gradually starting to spread back into the state from the west. We are watching severe storms near the Mississippi River at this hour, but these storms will be weakening after sunset. Once they reach Alabama, we can expect some showers near and after midnight tonight. There could be a few showers early Friday morning, but most of the day will be dry and sunny.

If you have plans outdoors this evening, expect temperatures to fall into the middle 70s at 7pm, upper 60s at 10pm and middle 60s at midnight. There’s no risk of rain between now and 11pm, but a few showers will start to move in after 11pm. Rain totals will remain light tonight, and some areas won’t get a drop, especially for areas south of I-20.

Skies will become sunny on Friday, with a high in the lower 80s. Expect cool temperatures Friday night, with a low in the upper 40s. Highs will top out in the middle 80s on Saturday and Sunday. Clouds will gradually increase on Sunday, ahead of a powerful storm system to our west. The risk of rain is very low this weekend, but an isolated shower can’t be ruled out.

Monday and Tuesday are two days that need to be watched very close… A strong storm system will slowly move out way and will bring us atleast 2 rounds of heavy rain and strong to severe storms. There are still lots of questions in terms of how severe this system will be. Whether this turns into a low end risk or a significant risk, it is very important to keep a close eye on the latest forecast with this system. It’s just a little too early to know the exact time-frame and type of severe weather we will deal with. The best chance of severe weather, if we have any, would occur Monday afternoon and Monday night, with more strong to severe storms on Tuesday and Tuesday night. Models tend to agree there could be 2 rounds of strong to severe storms. Make sure you have a source of severe weather information in the days ahead, and come up with a severe weather plan before the event starts. If you don’t have a NOAA Weather Radio, be sure to get one before Monday. Make sure it’s programmable county by county.

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.comor WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

Twitter: Richard_wvua

 

Nice Weekend Ahead… Severe Weather Next Week?… Wednesday Update – 5pm

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Good Wednesday afternoon! I had a great time speaking to the 1st and 2nd graders at University Place Elementary School this morning! I’ll have the kids on WVUA at 5, 6 and 10pm.

Our local weather today has really turned nice. Dry air has spread over Alabama, with ample sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s. Temperatures will slowly fall into the 60s after sunset this evening, with temperatures dropping into the lower 50s late tonight and early Thursday morning. Temperatures will really heat up a bit on Thursday, with a high in the lower to middle 80s. There is no risk of rain on Thursday, but a few showers and storms are possible Thursday night and early on Friday. Most areas will remain dry, as this fast hitting system moves by. No severe weather is expected with this system… Highs will top out in the lower 80s on Friday.

The weekend is looking mostly dry and very mild, with a high in the lower to middle 80s on Saturday and Sunday. The risk if rain is very low this weekend, but a passing shower or storm is possible during the afternoon hours. The risk of rain is only at 10%.

The next storm system to keep an eye on comes on Monday and Monday night. This will bring a good chance of rain and storms, with a risk of severe weather as well. At this time, it’s just too early to know how big of an event this will become, or if it will give us any issues at all. I will say this, confidence is increasing that much of Alabama will deal with the risk of damaging winds, hail tornadoes, and flooding. Again, it’s still early to be specific, so keep checking back with us as we get closer. The best time-frame we can give at this time is Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. That time-frame will be nailed down a bit more in the next day or two.

Please keep in mind that the Jefferson County (Birmingham) NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is down and will be until sometime next week. If you get your alert from that area, make sure you switch the signal frequency to one you can get clearly. If you have questions with that, send me an e-mail to rscott@wvuatv.com.

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.comor WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

Twitter: Richard_wvua

 

Showers Ending… Warm Days Ahead… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4:45pm

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Most of west and central Alabama has had some rain at times today, but rain totals have been generally under 1/2 an inch. Rain has ended for most of the area now, as a weak cold front passes through the area. Dry air will continue to take over tonight, with slightly cooler temperatures. If you have plans outdoors this evening, expect mostly dry conditions, with some sun mixing through the clouds. Temperatures will fall to 70 at 7pm, then lower 60s at 10pm and upper 50s at midnight. Skies will gradually go clear late tonight.

Wednesday and Thursday are both looking very nice and sunny. Highs will top out in the upper 70s on Wednesday, then lower 80s on Thursday. Overnight temperatures will get rather cool, with low 50s tonight and lower 50s Wednesday night.

A weak cold front will pass into Alabama on Friday, which will bring a small chance of isolated showers and storms. Highs will remain in the lower 80s on Friday and through the weekend. There could be an isolated shower or storm over the weekend, but many areas will remain dry. Lows at night will warm into the lower 60s by Thursday night and remain in the lower 60s each night through the weekend.

 We will be watching things close for Monday and Tuesday of next week, as a powerful storm system moves into Alabama. There is a chance someone in the deep south could have severe weather issues, but some ingredients are still in question. We will update the forecast as we get a bit closer, but it is something to keep an eye on…

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.comor WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

Twitter: Richard_wvua

 

Some Rain Tuesday…Warm Week Ahead… Monday Forecast Update – 5pm

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Good Monday afternoon! Our weather has turned out very mild and sunny today, with temperatures reaching the lower 80s in many areas. Clouds are gradually increasing from west to east across Alabama this afternoon. While clouds are on an increase, there is no rain across the area and none is expected through midnight tonight. Temperatures will drop into the 60s overnight tonight, with the risk of a passing shower or storm after midnight.

A weak cold front will track through Alabama on Tuesday, which will feature a good chance of scattered showers and storms. While there is a good rain chance, it will not rain all day. Rain totals will range between 1/4th an inch and 3/4th an inch, so no flooding is expected. Also, no severe weather issues are expected with this system.

Temperatures at night will cool into the lower 50s both Tuesday night and Wednesday night, but daytime temperatures will remain very mild on Wednesday and Thursday. Expect daytime highs to reach the upper 70s on Wednesday, then lower 80s on Thursday and Friday.

A weak cold front will try to reach Alabama on Friday, which will bring the risk of a passing shower or storm. Rain chances are looking low at this time, but forecasting changes are possible. The weekend will feature summer-like weather, with mild temperatures and the risk of a passing afternoon storm. Rain chances are at 20% this weekend.

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.comor WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

Twitter: Richard_wvua

 

WVUA is Moving into Bryant-Denny Stadium… Monday Update – 4:15pm

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As many of you know by now, WVUA/WUOA is moving into the north endzone of Bryant-Denny Stadium this upcoming weekend. This move is really fascinating, as we will be doing something no other TV station in the world has done… move into a Football Stadium. People often ask, where do you fit a TV station in a football stadium? I remember having the same questions years ago… Recent stadium expansions have created a huge space for use in both the north and south facing sides of the stadium. If you’ve been around Tuscaloosa over the past 8 to 10 years, you have likely seen the stadium expansions.

A few years ago, we stared this exciting project of building and developing a huge space in the North Endzone of Bryant-Denny stadium, directly below the Zone. We have nearly 50,000 square feet to use, which will belong to WVUA, Center for Public Television & Radio and Crimson Tide Productions. The project itself has cost a little over 14 million dollars. The Center for Public Television & Radio and Crimson Tide Production already calls Bryant-Denny home, and starting on Monday, so will WVUA. This weekend, we will make the big move out of Reese Phifer and into the Digital Media Center of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

I’ve worked the weather shift for WVUA-TV since the summer of 2007. When I started working here, it was only a rumor that we would make such a big move. 7 years later, the move is actually happening, and I couldn’t be more excited about this new start for WVUA. I’ve been a Bama fan all my life, and to have the opportunity to work on the University of Alabama campus as a meteorologist, is a really cool gig! Now, I get to add “working in Bryant-Denny” to my list.

Once we move into the Digital Media Center this weekend, we will have a little transition period to go through, as we are still in the process of getting brand new sets for news, sports and weather. I will do weather in front of the Green Screen, as normal, but in the new location. News and sports will be done in the brand new news room inside the DMC for now. Once our new sets are complete, we will then shift our newscasts into our new sets. The sets are really awesome, and I can’t wait for you to see them too!

Thank you all for the support these recent years, and I look forward to what’s next for WVUA! I’ll be sure to share pictures this weekend, as the move happens.

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.comor WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

Twitter: Richard_wvua

 

Sunny Easter Sunday; Rain on Tuesday (8:15PM 4/19/2014 Update)

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Happy Easter!! Great weather is ahead for Easter Sunday. In fact, you can expect sunny skies throughout the day with afternoon highs around 78 across central Alabama. Sunrise on Easter Sunday is at 6:14 A.M. There are quite a few Easter sunrise church services going on across Tuscaloosa and central Alabama. It will be a bit cool in the morning at sunrise, with temperatures around 50. You may need a light jacket if you’re planning to attend a sunrise church service.

Mostly clear skies on Sunday evening set the stage for a mostly sunny Monday morning, with clouds likely increasing throughout the day ahead of our next rain event. We could have a rogue, isolated rain shower on Monday, but odds are the vast majority of the area stays dry.

Rain moves in on Tuesday ahead of a cold (or cool) front. Most places across central Alabama will be wet on Tuesday, so be sure to have the rain jacket and umbrella handy. By Wednesday afternoon, the rain and clouds will be gone. That means you can expect mostly sunny skies with afternoon highs around 80. By Thursday, we hit the mid-80s for afternoon highs.

At least one of our weather models is hinting that the next rain chance could occur on Friday into the early morning hours of Saturday. We’ll watch that system and update you as the week progresses.

Tune in to WVUA-TV tonight at 10:00 P.M. for all of the latest news and weather information. I’ll be delivering the weather forecast! We hope you will join us!
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Spinks Megginson
WVUA Weekend Weather Anchor

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