Slight Risk of Severe Weather Tonight… Nice Weather Ahead… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:15pm
October 17, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Wednesday afternoon! The weather has been very nice on this Wednesday, with ample sunshine and mild temperatures. Most spots have reached the upper 70s to lower 80s, but look for a gradual drop in temperatures after sunset this evening. It’s interesting to note how dry the air is today. Maybe you’ve noticed the deep blue skies across all of west and central Alabama today. This lack of moisture is a good thing leading into a severe weather event. Moisture is a key source of fuel for thunderstorms. While dewpoints are expected to increase some this evening and tonight, I feel like moisture will be rather limited for this event.
There’s lots of talk about the severe weather threat across the deep south and the Mississippi River Valley this evening and tonight. First, let me say up front that the threat of severe weather is low across Alabama. There is a good chance of organized severe storms to the west of Alabama and along the Mississippi River, but the storm intensity will gradually decrease as they reach west Alabama. The weakening trend is likely tonight due to a decrease in instability and dynamics.
Above is a map of central and west Alabama. The map shows where there’s a threat of severe storms, what the threat includes and the time-frame this will occur. The squall line will reach west Alabama sometime between 11pm and 1am, and then continue southeast to impact cities such as Jasper, Tuscaloosa, Greensboro, Demopolis and Linden between midnight and 3am. There is a chance of an isolated tornado or damaging wind across western Alabama tonight, but the risk of severe weather will continue to decrease to nothing more than a batch of showers and storms after 3am.
Make sure you have a source of weather information tonight incase a tornado warning is issued for your area. Again, the chance of a tornado is pretty low across our area.
Dry and cooler weather will take over on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Look for cool nights and mild days through the weekend. Highs will continue to reach the lower to middle 70s through Sunday, with lows in the 40s each night. The trough across the east will gradually lift out of the area early next week. This will give west and central Alabama a warming trend early next week. Highs will reach the lower 80s, with lows returning into the 50s.
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