Barry Forms

Today is the official beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and this season is off to a quick start. As of 4pm this afternoon we have our second named tropical system for the year of 2007. Tropical Storm Barry is positioned about 235 miles west of Key West, FL moving north at 12 mph, with maximum sustained winds at 45 mph. Barry’s tropical storm force winds extend 90 miles from the center of circulation.

Michael Hill
WVUA-TV Weather Intern

Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

The 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season is now underway and already things are active in the tropics. At this time we’re monitoring an area of low pressure in the Gulf, which now has its eyes set on Florida. The hurricane hunters are investigating the tropical disturbance and we will have word on the systems status just in time for our news at 5:00, so be sure to tune in. This tropical disturbance actually comes as good news because one extreme drought zone is located over Central Florida. The heaviest rains are expected to impact the central sections of Florida.

Back here at home our dry weather woes continue for this first day of June. Yesterday we had more of an easterly flow that transported more smoke in our direction. Today the smoky-haze was back in a big way! The good news is that rain is falling in parts of the area today. Scattered thunderstorms have developed over Fayette County. Also, some small cells are near the southern Pickens and Sumter County line in Mississippi. This activity may drift into West Alabama. Tomorrow will be very similar, with more isolated afternoon thunderstorms. By Sunday a cold front will be dropping in from the northwest and this will bring us a chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm Sunday night and into the day on Monday. Looking ahead into next week, a disturbance passing to our south around Wednesday will help increase the coverage of scattered thunderstorms over West Alabama. Be sure to join us tonight for more details.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV