Feelin’ Like Summer (10:55PM 5/27/2016)

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We’ve settled into a typical summer-like pattern across central Alabama. Temperatures will consistently be near or above 90 degrees in the afternoon in each of the next seven days. Morning lows will fall to near 70 around 5AM each day.

Tropical Depression Two (likely to become Tropical Storm Bonnie in the hours or days ahead) won’t have any direct effects on our daily weather… The storm will likely impact the Carolinas as a minimal tropical storm in the days ahead.

Memorial Day will be warm, perhaps with a few isolated showers in the afternoon and evening hours… Very typical for a late May day here in central Alabama.

Enjoy the evening!

Spinks Megginson
WVUA Weather

Tropical Depression Two Forms (8:40PM 5/27/2016)

The National Hurricane Center has initiated advisories on Tropical Depression Two, located in the western Atlantic Ocean east of Florida. The system will likely become a tropical storm in the hours or days ahead before a potential U.S. landfall along the South Carolina coast.

NHC expects the system to intensify, but only slightly. Maximum sustained winds are near 35mph right now. Maximum winds are forecast to reach 45mph by tomorrow (Saturday, May 28) before landfall.

Hurricane Alex happened in January in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, well away from land. If Tropical Depression Two intensifies into a tropical storm, it will be deemed Tropical Storm Bonnie.

We’ll be closely monitoring this system… No direct effects are likely for Alabama.

Join me tonight for WVUA23 News at 10 for the very latest on this system.

Spinks Megginson
WVUA23 Weather

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Nice Weather For Memorial Day Weekend…Thursday Evening Update 4:21 p.m.

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Good Thursday Evening! It was another hot one across central Alabama with many breaking into the 90’s. Tonight skies will continue to remain clear as temperatures drop back into the upper 60’s so it’ll be another mild evening for everyone. Tomorrow will keep the warm pattern, but some may catch an isolated shower or storm in the afternoon. Don’t worry though, most will remain dry.

This Memorial Day Weekend will continue to remain mostly dry as temperatures remain hot. The opportunity for an isolated shower or storm will carry on through the weekend. Overall, it looks to be a great weekend to get out doors and enjoy family and friend time.

Monday and the remainder of next week will continue to remain mostly dry and warm, but conditions become a little more favorable for shower and storm develop thinks to the tropical low approaching the east coast providing a little extra uplift.

Mentioning the tropics, The National Hurricane Center now has a high risk of this low pressure system becoming Tropical Storm Bonnie on Friday or Saturday, as it approaches the southeast US coastline. The environment is becoming more favorable for development, however, water temperatures are too cool for rapid development or for this to become a strong system. At most, this will become a weak to moderate tropical storm, with a small area of tropical storm winds. This will become a rainy weekend at times for some coastal areas from northern Florida to North Carolina. Despite the hype you may hear on the news or some online sources, this system will not be a big deal in respects to wind. However, if you plan on going to the beaches in the areas mentioned above, be very careful for an increase in rip current risk and larger waves.

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This system will NOT get into the Gulf of Mexico, so if you have plans to travel to the Gulf Coast for the holiday weekend, enjoy!

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Reggie Roakes
Twitter: MetRoakes
Facebook: Meteorologist Reginald Roakes

Watching Tropics… Bonnie Soon? Thursday Update – 9am #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday morning! I just wanted to post a quick update on the tropics, as Memorial Day Weekend fast approaches. We are watching a tropical low become better organized to the northeast of the Bahamas. This system is moving northwest, directly towards the southeast Atlantic coastline. Expect some problems this weekend for coastal sections of north Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina at times this holiday weekend.

What to expect: The National Hurricane Center now has a high risk of this becoming Tropical Storm Bonnie on Friday or Saturday, as it approaches the southeast US coastline. The environment is becoming more favorable for development, however, water temperatures are too cool for rapid development or for this to become a strong system. At most, this will become a weak to moderate tropical storm, with a small area of tropical storm winds. This will become a rainy weekend at times for some coastal areas from northern Florida to North Carolina. Despite the hype you may hear on the news or some online sources, this system will not be a big deal in respects to wind. However, if you plan on going to the beaches in the areas mentioned above, be very careful for an increase in rip current risk and larger waves.

This system will NOT get into the Gulf of Mexico, so if you have plans to travel to the Gulf Coast for the holiday weekend, enjoy!

Join us live on WVUA23 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@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

Hot Weather Continues…Thursday Evening Update 3:15 p.m.

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Good Thursday afternoon! It was another hot one across central Alabama with temperatures ranging between 85 and 90 degrees across the area, accompanied by mostly sunny skies. Hopefully everyone is enjoying the warm weather because it doesn’t look to be budging anytime soon over the coming week. Tonight skies remain mostly clear as temperatures drop to a mild 68 degrees here in Tuscaloosa, while other areas will see a temperature low. Thursday will keep the mostly sunny skies and temperatures quickly climb back into the 80’s by lunchtime.

Friday caps the weekend off with the same conditions taking place now and for Thursday with warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies, but a stray shower or storm can not be ruled out in the afternoon; no worries though, most will remain dry.

This Memorial Day Weekend will be the same to Friday with warm temperatures in the upper 80’s and mostly sunny skies for most, with just the brief opportunity for a select few to catch an isolated shower or storm: overall, it looks to be a great weekend to get outdoors, cookout, hang out with family and friends, and celebrate our veterans.

The beginning of next work week, including Memorial Day, still keeps the same trend for the weather. Warm temperatures will continue to hung in the upper 80’s and because of all the daytime heating, some may see a stray shower or storm. Overall, mostly everyone continues to remain dry and HOT!

Taking a quick look at the tropics, things are certainly becoming more active now that we are getting into the summer. Right now eyes are being kept on an area of cloud and showers over the western Atlantic Ocean northeast of the Bahamas that is associated with the interaction of an upper-level trough and a weakening front. While development is not
anticipated for the next couple of days, environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for tropical or subtropical development on Friday. This area of disturbed weather is forecast to move slowly west-northwestward or northwestward and gradually
approach the southeastern United States over the weekend. As of now, the system looks to have no impact on Alabama’s weather, but we will continue to monitor it.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Reggie Roakes
Twitter: MetRoakes
Facebook: Meteorologist Reginald Roakes

Hot Days Ahead… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! As an upper air ridge continues to build across the area, surface temperatures are gradually increasing each afternoon. Most areas are reporting upper 80s as of 4pm, but a few spots have touched 90 degrees. With plenty of sunshine this afternoon and a strong ridge in place, it didn’t take much to get hot afternoon temperatures. Expect a slow drop in temperatures overnight, with lows in the lower 60s.

Wednesday and Thursday will feature dry and hot days, with highs near 90 degrees. Overnight lows Wednesday night and Thursday night will fall into the upper 60s.

The ridge weakens a tad Friday through Memorial Day Weekend, but only enough to allow highs to drop back into the upper 80s. I’ve got a 10% risk of a stray shower or storm during the afternoon hours Friday through the weekend, but most of you will not see a drop of rain. This will be your typical stray afternoon summer-like shower or storm. Expect lows in the upper 60s at night. Memorial Day is looking great for outdoor activities, such as a trip to the pool, lake, river or beach. Speaking of the beach… Expect lots of sunshine along the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, with highs in the 80s and lows near 70. No issues are expected at the beach this weekend, so enjoy!

Join us live on WVUA23 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@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

Hot Days Ahead… Monday Forecast Update – 3:45pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Conditions are starting to feel rather hot across the state today, as an upper air ridge builds into the southeast. Temperatures will get even hotter this week, as many of us experience low 90s for the first time this year. With an upper air ridge over the area this week, don’t expect any widespread rain for a while.

Tonight, temperatures will fall into the upper 50s. While it will feel nice overnight, temperatures certainly won’t be as cool as lastnight. Expect a clear sky tonight and a sunny sky on Tuesday. A rapid jump in temperatures will take place, from a morning low in the upper 50s to an afternoon high in the upper 80s. Some spots could hit 90 tomorrow.

Low 90s are likely for some areas on Wednesday and Thursday, with a good dose of sunshine. As moisture levels increase on Thursday through the weekend, I can’t rule out a lone afternoon shower or storm, but the risk of that is only 10%. The ridge will weak a little over the weekend, allowing temperatures to drop into the 86 to 88 degree range. I know that’s not a major drop, but it’s atleast a few degrees cooler. Overnight lows will remain in the upper 60s this weekend.

Join us live on WVUA23 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@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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