Richard Scott Meets With Jim Stefkovich

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Jim Stefkovich, the Meteorologist-In-Charge at the National Weather Service, was in
Tuscaloosa tonight conducting a storm spotter seminar. I want to thank Jim for making it in to be on our 5:00 broadcast. It was interesting to hear Jim’s perspective on the new warning process that ill localize areas within counties. Jim says you won’t experience changes in how you receive statements on your NOAA weather radio, but you will hear a more localized statement. Our very own intern Richard Scott was at the spotter course tonight and said it was quite informative. You can find a complete listing of times for training sessions conducted by the National Weather Service by clicking here.
(Image-Intern Richard with Jim Stefkovich)

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Thursday Afternoon Forecast Update

Severe Weather Awareness Week rolls on and the topic for today is flooding. It’s hard to believe but flooding is the number one weather related killer in the United States. You’ve probably noticed during times of bad weather, a few different types of flood statements issued on our station. One is the Flash Flood Watch, which means conditions are favorable for sudden short term floods that last less than 6 hours; this could be floods from a dam or levee failures. A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flood is imminent within the 6 hour period. Flood Warnings or River Flood Warnings pertain to floods that will last over six hours or when a flood is occurring on a reservoir/lake/river. In a flash flood event don’t drive your car into water of unknown depth. Always, turn around don’t drown!

Today the weather has been picture perfect. We haven’t had a cloud in the sky and temperatures have remained very comfortable, with highs in the middle 70s. Tonight we will tumble into the upper 30s, but look for another nice recovery to near 70-degrees tomorrow.

The weather will quickly go down hill on Saturday as a strong low-pressure system and associated cold front pull into the Southern Plains. Look for a gusty south wind to develop Saturday and this will transport moisture northward into the state. This energy will continue to build going into Saturday evening. A line of thunderstorms will develop to the west and gradually shift east, feeding off of the warm/moist air. The atmospheric profile over our area by Sunday will favor lots of wind shear and veering directions with height in the atmosphere. That means the ingredients will be in place for possible severe thunderstorms or isolated tornadoes. At the earliest this activity will reach us Saturday night, around midnight, and the activity will gradually push from west to east across the state on Sunday.
Look for the sun to return on Monday and Tuesday, with more pleasant daytime temperatures. Another storm system will bring rain and thunderstorms next Wednesday night and into the day on Thursday. It’s still too early to determine any specific details on whether we will deal with severe weather next week; however, we will iron out those details in the days ahead.

Don’t forget that tonight the National Weather Service will be conducting an advanced storm spotter course at the old fire station, on McFarland, across from Brunos, That starts at 6:30, so be sure to get there early so you’ll have a good seat.

Updated by: Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt