Severe T-Storm Warning/Friday Afternoon Discussion Update

First off, a severe thunderstorm warning was just issued for North Central Jefferson County. The warning goes until 5:00. Nickel size hail, damaging winds, and dangerous lightning will be possible 6 miles northeast of Sayre and near Warrior. This storm is drifting northward. We’ll keep posted!

 I’ve given in and started taking request for rain! I’ve had two people approach me and say they needed rain in their neighborhood. One viewer from Fosters told me that he measured 0.20” of rain this week and less than a quarter mile away, a neighbor measured 2.20.” I told the viewer, “I certainly know what you’re talking about.” Here at the station we’ve had two good downpours this week; however, at my house in south Tuscaloosa, I haven’t seen a single drop of rain!

Even though I can’t create rain, I’ll certainly be watching the radar and cheering on the chance of more rain reaching our area. Today we’ve had more scattered thunderstorms, as forecasted. Unfortunately, the activity has been widely scattered and drifting slowly through the area. Tomorrow I’m expecting a better coverage of afternoon thunderstorms. Our friends at the National Weather Service brought up a good point in their afternoon discussion. Due to better upper air support, the storms tomorrow will be covering more real estate. Therefore, if your working outdoors tomorrow afternoon and a storm pops up, it should pass along, rather than sitting in one spot all afternoon. Temperatures will be warming into the lower 90s tomorrow, with the heat index value approaching 100-degrees at times. We’re going to be begging for rain tomorrow, to at-least help cool us off.

A weakening front will drop into the state tomorrow and this will be the trigger for the afternoon thunderstorms. The front will be in the vicinity on Sunday and this will trigger more spotty afternoon storms. I’m expecting drier weather to return by next Tuesday and continue into the Fourth of July holiday. There will be the chance for rain in the forecast later next week and I will iron out those extended weather details in my next forecast discussion. See you tonight at five, six, and ten!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

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