Monday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Good Afternoon! We’ve experienced quite a warm-up for this final day of April, with temperatures in the middle 80s. Unfortunately, the month didn’t bring us much relief in the rain-fall department, with a deficit of 13.68.” You can expect more dry weather as we work into the first day of May. Lows tonight will be in the 50s under mostly clear skies. Tomorrow as the ridge of high pressure remains overhead, you can expect another partly to mostly sunny day. Temperatures will warm into the middle to upper 80s.

There is an isolated upper level storm system, spinning away back over Texas. This system sure is amazing to see as it spins away on the latest satellite images. There are some strong storms with this system and that activity is down over south Texas. The question is will this system bring us rain anytime soon? For now I’m expecting the ridge of high pressure to hold strong through at-least Wednesday. The disturbance will help weaken the ridge a bit on Thursday and this will allow for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Friday will be very similar, with the ridge tightening its grip again by Saturday.

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Mostly Sunny with Warmer Temperatures….

We will see mostly sunny skies with warmer temperatures as we head into the beginning of the week.  The high tomorrow afternoon will be around 87 degrees.  Tomorrow evening, we will see clear skies with a calm wind with overnight lows dropping down to around 52 degrees.  For the week ahead, skies will remain mostly clear with showers possibly moving back in late Thursday.

Updated: Michael White

Mostly Sunny and Pleasant….

We will see a beautiful day tomorrow across the area with a mostly sunny sky and gorgeous weather throughout the day.  The high for tomorrow will be 84 degrees.  The sky will remain sunny this week and we shouldn’t be seeing any rain until late Thursday and early Friday.  Have a great night!

Updated by:  Michael White

Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

The weather has been beautiful today, with high temperatures in the 70s. You can expect clear skies for tonight, with lows dropping into the low 50s. A fast moving disturbance will drop in from the northwest tomorrow and this will bring an increase in clouds, with a stray afternoon shower or thunderstorm possible. Most locations will stay dry, with temperatures warming into the 70s. An evening shower or storm may linger tomorrow night, with gradual clearing. Sunday and Monday will be dry days, with temperatures warming into the lower 80s. It looks like highs will be reaching the middle 80s by Tuesday and Wednesday, with a mixture of clouds and sun.

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Be sure to tune in tonight for the exclusive fish and game forecast. Also, we will be debuting our new segment called, “Ask the Weatherman?” Be on the lookout for our crews in West Alabama. Maybe you will be on our show asking your question soon!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

We finally received some much needed rainfall, check out the following totals:

    Tuscaloosa: 1.26”
    Birmingham: 1.98”
    Livingston: 2.10”
    Hamilton: 0.98”
    Cordova: 0.68”
    Fayette: 0.45”
    Bessemer: 1.25”
    Abernant: 1.83”
    West Blocton: 1.52”

The rain is now out of the picture for the time being and dry air is moving in. The sky has remained partly cloudy and there will be additional cloudiness overnight. The sky cover and the west-northwest wind should keep lows in the mid 50s. Tomorrow will be a partly sunny day and it’s going to feel nice, with readings in the comfortable 70s.

A small-scale disturbance will spread more clouds into the area on Saturday and a few afternoon showers will be possible. This will be a weak system and many locations could stay rain-free. The chance for a passing shower will linger into Saturday night, with a return to warm and sunny conditions on Sunday. The forecast remains on track regarding early next week, it appears high pressure will keep us dry, with a warm-up into the mid 80s for the start of May.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT IN EFFECT FOR TUSCALOOSA…FAYETTE AND

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT IN EFFECT FOR TUSCALOOSA…FAYETTE AND
WALKER COUNTIES UNTIL 1000 PM CDT…

AT 912 PM CDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
THUNDERSTORM ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES WEST OF CARBON HILL TO 14 MILES NORTHWEST OF NORTHPORT…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

THE PRIMARY THREATS ARE STRONG GUSTY WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH AND
FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. STRONG WINDS WILL BREAK OFF SMALL TREE LIMBS AND BLOW AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS SUCH AS LAWN FURNITURE AND TRASH CANS. TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM LIGHTNING BY SEEKING SHELTER IN A SUBSTANTIAL ENCLOSED BUILDING OR A METAL AUTOMOBILE. IF YOU ARE ON THE WATER AND YOUR BOAT HAS A CABIN…USE THE CABIN FOR A LIGHTNING SHELTER. OTHERWISE…BOATERS SHOULD HEAD TO SHORE AND SEEK SHELTER THERE. AVOID ELECTRICAL DEVICES AND OTHER OBJECTS WHICH CAN CONDUCT LIGHTNING. WAIT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES AFTER THE LAST RUMBLE OF THUNDER BEFORE RESUMING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT IN EFFECT FOR PICKENS COUNTY UNTIL 915

847 PM CDT WED APR 25 2007

…SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ALERT IN EFFECT FOR PICKENS COUNTY UNTIL 915
PM CDT…

AT 847 PM CDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED ALONG A LINE OF THUNDERSTORM EXTENDING FROM 11 MILES NORTH OF REFORM TO 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ALICEVILLE…MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

THE PRIMARY THREATS ARE STRONG GUSTY WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH AND
FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. STRONG WINDS WILL BREAK OFF SMALL TREE LIMBS AND BLOW AROUND UNSECURED OBJECTS SUCH AS LAWN FURNITURE AND TRASH CANS. TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM LIGHTNING BY SEEKING SHELTER IN A SUBSTANTIAL ENCLOSED BUILDING OR A METAL AUTOMOBILE. IF YOU ARE ON THE WATER AND YOUR BOAT HAS A CABIN…USE THE CABIN FOR A LIGHTNING SHELTER. OTHERWISE…BOATERS SHOULD HEAD TO SHORE AND SEEK SHELTER THERE. AVOID ELECTRICAL DEVICES AND OTHER OBJECTS WHICH CAN CONDUCT LIGHTNING. WAIT AT LEAST 30 MINUTES AFTER THE LAST RUMBLE OF THUNDER BEFORE RESUMING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.

Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

I had a blast over at Northington Elementary School today talking to the Pre-K “Superstars!” They are all excited about the big summer break that’s just around the corner. A decaying line of showers to our north sent a boundary through our area and that caused a slight drop in the dewpoints and temperatures. A surge of warm/moist air is now pushing into the Meridian area and this will continue to march northward into our area. Overnight it’s going to feel warm and humid, with widely scattered showers possible. Later tonight a line of rain and thunderstorms will push into West Alabama. I feel that the chance is there for some of the storms to grow severe, especially since there will be a convergence of warm/moist air over the state. With the loss of afternoon heating, the line will start to weaken, but there is still a chance for a heavy thunderstorm.

The rain will be tapering off in West Alabama during the morning hours tomorrow and there could be some redevelopment over the eastern half of the state. That means the chance of rain will linger into the afternoon for east Alabama counties. Highs tomorrow will be in the 70s, with lows in the mid 50s. We will be watching things for you tonight so be sure to check in. If updates are needed, we will certainly let you know!

Sunshine will return on Friday, with clouds increasing again on Saturday. A fast moving system dropping in from the northwest could bring a shower or two late Saturday and into Saturday night. If your going to the big race this weekend, some showers may move over the Talladega Raceway Saturday night. Sunday we will experience clearing, with warm/dry weather to kick-off next week. Highs will remain in the 70s through the weekend, with lows in the 50s.

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

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update

We’ve had a lot of clouds overhead today and temperatures once again topped out in the lower 80s. A stray shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out overnight, with lows in the middle 60s. Several tornadoes have been spotted back over the Plains states as a powerful storm system is shifting out of the Rockies. Parts of East Colorado were under tornado warnings, while 60 miles away, to the west, heavy snow was falling. Therefore, you can easily get the picture that this is a very intense storm system.

The main storm center will be passing to our north late tomorrow night and into the morning on Thursday. This will drag a cold front into the state, which will mean a decent chance of rain by Thursday morning. If you have big plans for tomorrow, it will be breezy with clouds; however, the rain looks to hold off until tomorrow night. Thunderstorms will be possible by Thursday morning, as a strong south flow will transport unstable air northward. The good news is that the activity will march into West Alabama during the hours where we won’t be experiencing peak heating. If that were the case it would become further unstable. The rain will gradually taper off from west to east, with some rays of afternoon sunshine.

The long-range data has been all over the place with the weekend weather forecast. Now it looks like an upper level disturbance may squeeze out some showers Saturday night and early Sunday. Even if we get the needed rain, I don’t see the weekend being a washout. If your planning on attending the big race in Talladega this weekend, I would carry along the raincoat just to be safe.

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

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Monday Forecast Discussion Update

The forecast still looks dry for today, but we have introduced a chance of rain for the evening hours tonight and tomorrow. The satellite imagery this morning revealed clouds starting to spread into West Alabama. Dewpoint’s are higher back over Mississippi and there is an axis setting up that could spark showers and thunderstorms to our northwest. There is a chance that some of this activity could hold together long enough to make it into our area. Therefore, I’m calling for partly sunny skies today, with a stray shower or thunderstorm this evening. Highs will be near 82, with lows in the mild 60s. Tomorrow the sky will become partly cloudy as temperatures warm into the 80s again. A stray afternoon shower or thunderstorm could pop-up, especially north of Tuscaloosa.

Today the weather will be quite active for our friends back over the Central Plains. Parts of Texas and Oklahoma remain under a Moderate Risk for Severe Weather. That risk will also be in place tomorrow. The same system will be swinging a front into the state late Wednesday and today the data actually supports better rain chances. Look for a good chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday night, with the activity tapering off early on Thursday. There is a chance some of the storms could be strong Wednesday night. The counties bordering Mississippi are already under the slight risk zone for severe weather according to the Storm Prediction Center. We will have a mixture of clouds and sunshine as the rain departs on Thursday, with highs near 80-degrees. Join us at midday, five, six, and ten for more details!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV