Tuesday Afternoon Discussion Update

I want to thank all of the fine folks at Prebyterian Apartments in Northport for their hospitality today. We visited this afternoon and spoke about our weather department at WVUA-TV. They sent me some wonderful-homemade peanut brittle and a cookbook. This cookbook is full of recipes and it’s been put together by their residents. If you would like to order a copy you can email manager Sue Powell at: presbynp@bellsouth.net

A report was issued by The National Weather Service Today and it highlighted this year, so far, as being the driest on record. We’ve measured 8.42” of rain since January 1st and the runner-up dry years, with totals from January through May, are 9.35” in 1986, and 13.57” in 1967. Many folks have been talking about the dry summer of the year 2000, but that year we went into the month of June with a total of 22.87.” Basically if we were to compare the year 2000 with this year, by the end of August we would need to pick-up over 20” of rain to even tie the reported yearly rain total for August of 2000. As we mentioned yesterday, very isolated thundershowers have popped up over parts of the area, mainly southwest of Tuscaloosa. This activity will continue through the early evening hours and then dissipate. There will be a lot of clouds in place through tonight, with lows dropping into the 60s.

Tomorrow we will deal with more of the same. You can expect a mix of haze, sun, and clouds, with highs in the middle to upper 80s tomorrow. The chance for isolated thunderstorms will continue for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The new data is supporting a trough digging into the eastern U.S. and this will send a front into the region by Sunday. This will bring a good coverage of scattered thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening. The long range data is also hinting at a disturbance lifting into Florida from the southern Gulf. This will be an interesting feature to watch, but I don’t expect it to pose any threat to our region. Be sure to join us tonight at five, six, and ten for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV