Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

I want to send out a big thanks to Lisa Bryant for inviting me to host the 7th Annual Financial Affairs Celebration at the University of Alabama this year. The event took place at Coleman Coliseum today and I actually kicked of the entertainment portion of the program with the crowd helping sing most of “Sweet Home Alabama.” We had lots of fun, but of-course I did get a couple of request for rain today. Even though we don’t have rain to talk about, we do have some air quality concerns. I got really tickled when reading today’s afternoon discussion update by the NWS Birmingham. In the discussion, there is a statement to put a Boston Butt on the hood of your car and it will be smoked in two days. That is the truth!

Smoke has been a problem today and this has settled in from all of the wildfires that continue to ravage South Georgia and North Florida. The smoke was really thick during the start of the day, but as temperatures warmed and mixing started occurring, the atmosphere visibilities gradually improved. You can expect reducing visibilities tonight, as the east-southeast flow will transport more smoke in our direction. Lows will be in the mild 60s, with another warm-up into the middle 80s tomorrow. There has been some scattered shower and thunderstorm activity over parts of Southeast Alabama and Southwest Georgia. This activity is expected to weaken and remain to our south.

Hazy sunshine will return tomorrow and this will help to keep temperatures lower and we will see a slow reduction in the smoke throughout the day. If you have respiratory problems, I would plan on staying indoors tomorrow.

An incredible ridge of high pressure over the eastern U.S. fails to move. This ridge is creating an unusually strong east flow that’s actually sparking upslope rain and clouds for locations like Gatlinburg, TN and points northeastward. The ridge will hold strong and keep us dry through the Memorial Day Weekend. Look for lots of sunshine, with highs warming to near 90-degrees. The weather will also be nice along the coastal areas of Alabama. Stay tuned for more details! (Image: Visible Satellite Displaying Broad East-Southeast Flow)

Wes Wyatt

Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV