Here We Go: Tropical Depression #1

The Pacific Hurricane Season starts earlier than the Atlantic Season, which starts Friday. Even though it will pose no threat to the U.S., this newly formed tropical depression serves as a sobering reminder that we will need to keep a close eye on the tropics in the weeks ahead. 

Wes

Monday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update-Memorial Day

Good Afternoon and Happy Memorial Day! I would like to personally thank all of our fine servicemen and women for what they do for our great nation. I would like to thank those who have served and to all of the families, I salute you!

I get the feeling we won’t have to worry about any weather surprises this month. It appears we will end this month much like it started. I got a kick out of the following email sent in today by our Northport Weather Watcher:

Wes,

I just thought of a couple of ways to make it rain. 1.) On one particular day, everyone in Alabama should wash their car, hang their laundry out to dry, BBQ, and water their yards. 2.) This is one that worked in Louisiana: In 2001 Governor Mike Foster asked all of the citizens of Louisiana to pray for rain to end a 3 year long drought. One week later, Tropical Storm Alison hit. Okay, maybe he should have asked only 1/2 the people in Louisiana to pray for rain. In any case, maybe Bob Riley should do the same?

I guess if it works we can give it a shot and if you have done any of the above it may have worked because rain will finally return to parts of the area this week. Tonight not a whole lot will change. Look for another hazy sunset, with temperatures falling to a low of 60-degrees by daybreak tomorrow. Tomorrow we will rebound into the upper 80s, with some clouds popping up during the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out.

Wednesday and Thursday we will have partly cloudy skies, with highs in the upper 80s. The ridge of high pressure will be weak enough to allow for isolated afternoon and early evening thunderstorms. This trend will continue into the weekend and the good news is that the east coast ridge doesn’t re-strengthen according to the new data. In fact, if the long range data holds true we will have a major pattern shift, with ridging in the central U.S. and a trough in the east next week. This could help spin-up a nice rain maker over the Deep South towards the mid-portion of next week. I will need to see some consistency in the data before I officially add this to our long range forecast. Stay tuned!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

(Image Source: NOAA 48 HR Forecast Surface Map)

Governor Riley Announces Drought Warnings for 37 Alabama Counties

Happy Memorial Day…I just noticed this Press Release in my email box today. I will have a fresh forecast discussion posted shortly.

Governor Riley Announces Drought Warnings for 37 Alabama Counties

MONTGOMERY – Governor Bob Riley today announced drought warnings for 37 Alabama counties after the ADECA Office of Water Resources declared severe drought conditions for parts of the state. OWR activated the Alabama Drought Management Plan based on the current and anticipated hydrologic conditions, which show dangerously low water levels for the northern portions of the state.

The following counties are now under drought warning:

Bibb, Blount, Calhoon,
Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne,
Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene,
Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone,
Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Shelby, St.
Clair, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa and Walker.

“Prolonged droughts like we are seeing now can have devastating effects on our land and water resources,” said Governor Riley. “I hope everyone in the affected areas will heed these warnings and make the appropriate preparations. We can’t control the weather, but by activating the Alabama Drought Management Plan we will offer information and resources
to help our state endure a potential disaster.”

Wes