“A Typhoon Moving Towards Japan”

While we’re monitoring things over the Atlantic, well across the globe in the western Pacific a Major Typhoon is headed for Japan. Typhoon “Usagi” is a category four storm. (Click the high resolution image captured by NOAA for more details.)

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

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Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Break out the water and the shades! Hot and steamy weather has been the story for this first day of August. Most spots have reached the upper 90s and the rain has been hard to find. Much of the area has been rain free and we’re expecting the dry conditions to continue overnight. Tomorrow will be a similar day, with the heat index expected to break the century mark.

All eyes are on the Gulf of Mexico today as we’re expecting an area of low pressure to become better organized. An old frontal boundary has served as the catalyst or seedling to trigger this development. One reason for the close monitoring is the fact that we are well into hurricane season. There is a chance this feature could develop into a tropical depression or even tropical storm. The next name on the 2007 list will be “Dean.” It’s questionable as to where the heaviest rain will setup; however, at this time I can safely say our coverage of scattered thunderstorms will go up this weekend.

Some of the latest data is saying the system will drift towards Dothan spreading the heaviest rain into the southeast corner of the state. This scenario would still mean hit or miss thunderstorms for us. Monday the system will slowly depart, with the afternoon thunderstorms remaining quite numerous in coverage. The good news is the extra clouds and rainfall development will keep our highs around the 90-degree mark. Beyond Monday however, another stretch of very hot weather will return. Highs next Wednesday will be nearing 98-degrees.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV