Severe Storms Symposium This Weekend

This weekend I will be in Tuscaloosa gearing up for the big UCP telethon. Other members of our weather team Michael White, Michael Hill, and Richard Scott are in Starkville, MS attending the Mississippi State Severe Storm Symposium. I’m looking forward to hearing reports form the event as it highlights severe weather events over the past year across the area. Richard Scott has filed the first report and it’s included below. Also, weather-wise it sure feels nice this evening. Temperatures are in the 60s under fair skies. The forecast looks good and I will have a fresh discussion posted by 6:00 a.m.

WesSevere Storms Symposium Update

I just got back from Starkville, Mississippi this afternoon. I was at the 6th Annual Southeast Severe Storms Symposium at Mississippi State University. It is an educational program that was developed to help Broadcasting or Operational Meteorologist learn more about the science, stay up-to-date, and learn about past weather events. The program started at 9:30 a.m. this morning and lasted until about 4 p.m. Several guest speakers came into town to talk to the students and give helpful advice about Meteorology. Today’s guest speakers were Leigh Brock, Bernie Rayno, Barbie Bassett, Russ Geller, James Spann, Dr. Amy Stapleton, and Jonathan L. Howell. I spoke with Josh Johnson, who is the former Chief Meteorologist for WTOK in Meridian; Josh worked weekends when Wes was Chief Meteorologist in Meridian.

It was good to have the opportunity to spend the day on the campus, talking with professors and meteorologists, while learning more about Broadcast Meteorology. Tomorrow is the last day for the program; it begins at 8:20 a.m. and last until 4:40 p.m. Tomorrow’s show is concentrated more on Operational Meteorologist, but if your interested in becoming a meteorologist, be sure to go to the Mississippi State Campus tomorrow; it cost $30 to get in and you don’t have to register early; it is held in the WIFE Center, which is on the western side of campus.

Richard Scott

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Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Another week is almost in the books for us and the weather couldn’t be nicer! Unfortunately, we’re in a situation where we desperately could use some rainfall. With that said, you can’t beat the temperatures or the comfortable south breeze we’ve had in place. This is the kind of weather that makes me want to head to the beach! If you have a trip planned to the Alabama Gulf Coast, the weather will be great this weekend. Partly cloudy skies will be in place through Monday, with a slight chance for a shower Monday night. Highs will be in the 70s and I have noticed water temperatures starting to build into the low 70s. Back here at home, we will be setting record highs this weekend. That trend could start today as we climb near 82-degrees. High pressure will keep us partly to mostly sunny, with highs in the middle 80s.

An upper air storm over the southwestern portion of the country has prompted a moderate risk for severe weather back over West Texas. This system will weaken as it moves northeast and it will drag a weakening front into the region by early Tuesday. This boundary will produce little in the form of wet weather, with only isolated showers and thunderstorms expected. There will be a few more clouds around and highs will be slightly lower. Some cooler air digging in from the northeast, commonly know as the wedge, may set up a smaller scale boundary that could help trigger a shower or thunderstorm on Tuesday. Otherwise, dry weather will be in place for the remainder of the upcoming workweek. The long-range data is hinting at a more potent cold front bringing a rain opportunity next weekend and this could be followed by cooler air around the April 2nd time frame.

Be sure to join us tonight at five, six, and ten for more weather details!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt