Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

I guess I was looking forward to the weekend yesterday, but I jumped the gun and put Friday on yesterday’s forecast discussion update. I assure you that today’s discussion is right on track as the big Memorial Day weekend is upon us! First off, I want to throw some travel weather details your way. The only concerns will be over parts of Texas and northward into the Midwestern states. The southeast will be dry along with much of the eastern United States through the weekend. At last report it was 81-degrees in Gulf Shores Alabama, with a 15 mph southeast wind, gusting to 18 mph. Look for highs in the middle 80s along the Alabama Gulf Coast this weekend, with lows in the middle 60s.

Here at home it’s going to be very warm and dry! High pressure will still be in control and this will allow us to warm to near 90-degrees, with lows at night near 60-degrees. With ample sunshine expected, be sure to carry plenty of sunscreen with you to the pool or to that barbeque.

By Tuesday the ridge will be showing some signs of weakening and we will have more clouds developing. An upper air trough pivoting in from Texas will give us the chance for the development of scattered showers and thunderstorms for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It’s nice to at-least, have rain back in our long range forecast. Be sure to join us tonight for more details! (Image: Beach Forecast For The Alabama Gulf Coast)

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Smokey Conditions In Southwest Alabama

p5250173.jpgp5250174.jpg Here are a couple of pictures that I took this morning from the thick smoke in Linden, Al. It is hard to believe that the smoke is associated with the wildfires in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida, which is several hundred miles away. It is amazing how far the smoke can travel.

WVUA Weather Intern: Richard Scott