Tuscaloosa’s Tornado Alley…Look Back at Tornado Paths… Update: Feb 23, 2017 #alwx @wvua23

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On this date in 1975, an F-4 tornado ripped right through the middle of Tuscaloosa, killing one and injuring nearly 50. The tornado took a path from the current Shelton State location north northeast into the current University Mall area and into Holt. Since my post on this tornado earlier this morning, I have got tons of questions on past tornadoes that have hit Tuscaloosa directly, so I decided to do a little digging. If you’ve lived in the Tuscaloosa area for a number of years, you will stories of how Tuscaloosa is its own tornado alley. After looking back at all tornadoes reported since 1920 in the range from EF-1 to EF-5 or the previous F scale, I found something very troubling.

I plotted the exact track lengths, width and colored intensity of every tornado stronger than an EF-0 that impacted the Tuscaloosa area. The map above shows a jumbled looking mess. It is nearly impossible to discern the difference between some tornado paths, as multiple paths overlap. I also added the date to each tornado track. Nearly every square inch of the city of Tuscaloosa has been impacted by atleast one tornado since 1920. That means, if you are in your 90s and have lived in Tuscaloosa your entire life, at some point you likely had damage or lost your property to a tornado. Not only has a large portion of Tuscaloosa been impacted directly by a tornado, most of the tornadoes were at EF-3 or stronger.

Does this mean more strong to violent tornadoes will hit Tuscaloosa in the years to come? According to statistics, absolutely. However, the atmosphere does not follow statistics and anything is possible. There’s no doubt all of west and central Alabama is in a tornado prone zone. Any time we have a risk of severe weather across portions of Alabama, it is always a good idea to have a plan and be ready. We could have another big tornado looming at any time…

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Very Mild Now… Cooler Weekend… Thursday Forecast Update – 5:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather started off gloomy in many areas early this morning, but sunshine has mixed out across all of west and central Alabama. Temperatures warmed well into the 70s this afternoon, and that is a good 10 to 15 degrees above average. Patchy fog is possible tonight, but widespread fog is not likely.

Upper level ridging will really pump up over the southeast on Friday, sending temperatures into the low 80s across most of west and central Alabama. I don’t expect any rain during the day on Friday, but showers will become possible Friday evening after 9pm, ending after midnight Friday night.

Cooler air will take over this weekend, with highs struggling to reach 60 on Saturday and a chilly north breeze. Temperatures will drop into the low 30s Saturday night, as a surface high moves over the area. A light frost is a good possibility for many areas. Look for plenty of sunshine on Sunday, with a high in the lower 60s.

A weak surface low and upper air trough axis will influence out local weather on Monday, with a good chance of occasional rain. Rain will remain possible on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the front stalls across our local area. There are some big model differences in how much rain we get, but it is possible conditions get rather wet early next week. Temperatures will modify into the 70s on Monday through Wednesday.

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Very Mild Days Ahead… Cooler Weekend… Wedneday Forecast Update – 5:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! After a gloomy start to the day, the afternoon turned out really nice. Temperatures reached the low 70s across all of central and west Alabama, with a gradual decrease in clouds. Some areas of fog will develop overnight, with temperatures dropping into the middle to upper 50s.

Expect a very warm Thursday and Friday, as heights increase a bit. Highs will reach the upper 70s to near 80 on Thursday, with low 80s more widespread on Friday. A cold front will move into northwest Alabama late Friday night, bringing a risk of showers overnight Friday night into the pre-dawn hours Saturday morning.

Cooler air will take over this weekend, with highs dropping back into the low 60s on Saturday and Sunday. Skies will be mainly sunny this weekend, with a breezy north wind on Saturday and light to calm wind on Sunday. Temperatures Saturday night could approach freezing, as a surface high moves over our area. With a calm wind and clear sky, areas of light frost area likely early Sunday morning. If you have already planted a garden or have frost sensitive plants outdoors, I would take cold weather precautions Saturday night.

A modifying trend will take over early next week, with highs warming back into the 70s. A few showers are possible on Monday.

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Showers Tonight… Warmer Air Ahead… Tuesday Forecast Update – 5pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon to you! It has turned out to be a great sleeping day across Alabama, with a large swath of light to moderate rain moving through. The rain is associated with an upper level low just west of Alabama. As the upper level low continues to move east, the main axis of rain will also spread east. A few showers will remain possible overnight, with temperatures gradually falling into the upper 50s. Some patchy fog is possible as well.

A stray shower or two will remain possible on Wednesday, but widespread rain is not expected. Look for highs to warm into the lower 70s on Wednesday.

An upper air ridge will build into Alabama on Thursday and Friday, sending temperatures into the upper 70s to low 80s both afternoons. Skies will remain partly cloudy on Thursday and Friday. Showers arrive late Friday night into very early Saturday morning. Cooler air will move in this weekend, with the risk of a frost in some areas Saturday night.

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Soaking Rain Tomorrow… Warm Days Ahead… Monday Forecast Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Today has turned out incredible mild on a late February day, with most areas reaching the upper 70s to lower 80s across west and central Alabama. Temperatures will remain mild overnight, with lows dropping into the upper 50s to near 60 overnight. Clouds continue to increase, but I don’t expect any rain before midnight.

The pesky upper level low we have been watching for a few days has become much more aggressive than previously thought. Forecast model data has really ramped up the amount of rain expected for Tuesday, with a soaker likely. I do not expect any severe weather issues or flooding, but widespread rain amounts of 1/2 an inch to 1 inch are likely with this event. Rain will spread into west Alabama during the very early morning hours of Tuesday, then slowly spread east through midday. Periods of rain will continue possible into the afternoon and evening hours, but the rain intensity will decrease during the afternoon and evening.

The low will move east quickly on Thursday and our local area will become dry again. Expect highs in the middle 70s on Thursday, with a stray shower still possible. Upper level ridging will build in on Thursday and Friday, sending temperatures into the upper 70s to low 80s. In-fact, Friday could feature a day with widespread highs around 80! Expect clouds to increase Friday afternoon, with the risk of a few showers and storms Friday night into early Saturday morning. The air will turn a bit cooler over the weekend, with highs dropping back into the 60s.

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Beautiful Day Today, warmer days continue… forecast update 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

7 Day -SHELTON STATE Forecast - Offset Lows - PM.pngI hope everyone has enjoyed this nice Sunday afternoon with plenty of sunshine! Today started  of in the mid 40s and by the afternoon most areas hit in the mid to low 70s.Warmer air has moved in for the week and you can expect those nice temperatures in the mid 70s for most of the week.

Monday expect a similar day with some sun, but by Tuesday clouds will begin to move back in. Tuesday evening a chance for a small stray shower appears and this pattern will continue throughout Saturday. Models continue to have conflicting data about the rain chance for each day, so be prepared for some light rain through Saturday.

Thursday is going to be a warm one with temperatures in the upper 70s and in some areas possible low 80s! This is a sharp contrast to the cooler air that will start to move in by Saturday. Temperatures for your weekend will fall in the mid 60s with cooler mornings in the 40s.

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Warmer Air Rapidly Approaching! Saturday Forecast Update 5:30 pm #alwx @wvua23

7 Day -SHELTON STATE Forecast - Offset Lows - PM (1).pngAfter a wet start this morning, clouds have stayed across many areas in central Alabama this afternoon. This has kept temperatures in the mid to low 60s for much of the state, with the exception of a few counties like Cullman and Gadsen, who struggled to reach the high 50s.

Temperatures are beginning to drop for the evening, but the clouds will stay acting like a blanket to keep us in the high 40s for the night. By the morning a warmer air will push its way in bringing temperatures into the mid 70s for your Sunday afternoon. Clouds will begin to decrease as the day continues making Sunday a great day to spend outside! Lows will begin to move a little higher in the evenings as well, with areas in the mid to high 50s by Tuesday morning.

The chance of a scattered shower appears on Tuesday and continues throughout Friday evening, with a greater chance of stronger showers on Friday. By Saturday the system will have passed and cooler air will begin to move in.

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