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

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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

Lyrid Meteor Shower

If you’re an early riser be sure to glance towards the eastern sky, just before sunrise. You may see some meteors as the earth is now passing through a debris trail from the comet “Thatcher.” The Lyrid Meteor shower is underway and it’s currently at its peak. The best place to be is outside the city in a very dark location, looking eastward. These meteors travel at speeds of over 100,000 mph and some can appear very bright as they cross the sky.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

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Sunday Forecast Discussion Update

The weather turned out perfect for all of the big weekend events. I was actually in Birmingham yesterday for the annual AP Awards Banquet. I’m happy to report the station won several awards and our very own Robert Stevenson won the Best Weather Anchor Award. I was quite amazed when I arrived back in T-Town and heard about the record attendance at yesterday’s A-Day game. Thankfully, the weather turned out nice and if your heading outdoors this evening you can expect more comfortable conditions. Lows tonight won’t be too chilly, with readings in the middle 50s.

You can expect a repeat in the weather for tomorrow and Tuesday. A ridge of high-pressure overhead will keep the sky mostly sunny and temperatures will be topping out near 80-degrees. A storm system moving into the Central Plains will spark a severe weather outbreak tomorrow and Wednesday. Parts of north Texas and Oklahoma are under Moderate Risk Zones for severe weather. The same storm system will track northward and drag a front into the state Wednesday night. This could bring a passing shower or thunderstorm, but the chance for rain looks low. This system will depart on Thursday, with more dry weather expected on Friday. I will be filling-in for Michael tonight…Be sure to tune in at 10:00 for a complete update. (Image: NOAA 48 HR Forecast Surface Map)

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Another Sunny Day….

It sure was a beautiful day across
West Alabama. It was great weather to play a football game in. Tonight we will drop off into the upper 40’s. If you liked the weather today, we are going to have a same type weather day tomorrow with highs in the low 80’s under sunny skies. The dry weather will continue until Wednesday, when our next system will bring us a chance of showers and even a few strong storms on Thursday. We will be watching things for you, be sure to tune in to WVUA-TV news at ten tonight for a detailed look at your seven-day forecast. Have a great and safe Sunday!

 

 

Michael White

Friday Afternoon Update

Greeting from the weather center.  What a gorgeous day we’re having in West Alabama.  Temperatures are in the middle 70s with plenty of sunshine.  It looks like the weather will stay about the same right through the start of next week.

One thing we do need is some rain!  Looking at the climate summary for Tuscaloosa from the National Weather Service today, we’re 13.34 inches behind on rainfall for the year.  Right now, it looks like we’ll get some rain the middle of next week… which should put a little dent in that deficit.

I’ll see you on the air at 5 and 6 this evening with more on the forecast, including a break-down of the weather for tomorrow’s A-Day game and Triathalon.

 Robert Stevenson\WVUA Weather