Tuesday Night Thoughts/Update

Good Evening! I want to thank Richard Scott for filling in at five and six. I was over at Shelton State for the annual Taste of The Town. This year I hosted the local UCP “Dancing Under The Stars,” and I want to congratulate Lynn Brooks for winning second place.

I’ve had to do some investigative work into the archive temperature data for this area. If you recall, last night we mentioned that Tuscaloosa’s longest stretch, with consecutive days at or above 100-degrees, was eight days. This official data was reported by our National Weather Service Office in Birmingham. Some viewers have contacted me about the stretch of hot weather that occurred during the summer of 2000. As always, I want to thank the viewers that called in to share their interest in the climate data. If you search for articles related to the 2000 heat wave you will be sure to find that Tuscaloosa had sixteen straight days at or above 100-degrees. However, after contacting the NWS, I learned that the sensor at the Airport was ruled to be in an inappropriate location and the summer 2000 data for Tuscaloosa was ruled invalid. I hope this clears up some of the confusion out there regarding Tuscaloosa’s climatology.

The 18Z data sure looks interesting as it now brings the tropical system, a possible hurricane, Dean into the Gulf by the end of next week. I’m not saying that this is the exact forecast, but it sure means we need to keep a close eye on the developments. Also, any moment now we could have a new tropical depression aimed for south Texas. There is a healthy disturbance over the central Gulf of Mexico. Be sure to join us tonight at ten!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV

Tuesday’s Weather Discussion

Once again, the main story in the weather office is going to be the hot temperatures. It seems like these 100 degree readings have been sticking around for a while now. In fact, our temperatures have been at or above 100 for the past 7 days.

Today, we will see mostly sunny skies, with highs around 104. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but the chance of rain is under 20%. It will be dangerously hot today, so be sure to take it extra easy, especially if you have plans to be outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Lows tonight will bring little relief in our hot weather, with overnight lows in the middle 70s. The good news is that it will not be as humid today as it has been over the past few days. The humidity will return by Thursday, with highs remaining at or just above 100. Unfortunately, the rain chances over the next five days will remain below 20%, which is really hurting in our drought situation.  

The tropics have become active in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. There is hurricane Flossie in the Central Pacific, which will be passing very close to the big island of Hawaii. The impacts for the big island include strong winds, heavy rain, and large waves. In the Atlantic, we have newly formed Tropical Storm Dean that is moving off towards the west at around 21 MPH, with maximum sustained winds of 40MPH. Dean is located well out into the Atlantic, and will not effect any land masses until at least Saturday; it is then, when the Virgin Islands may be feeling the impacts from this storm. Whether it will affect our weather, it is way too early to say. Some of the latest guidance takes this storm towards the east coast as a hurricane; we will just have to wait and see. Also, there is some action developing in the Gulf of Mexico. A low pressure has formed just north of the Yucatan this morning; there is a hurricane reconnaissance aircraft scheduled to investigate this system later this afternoon. It is possible that a Tropical Depression could form out of this today, but it will not impact our weather, as it is heading for Texas and Mexico. 

Be sure to tune in at 5, 6 and 10pm for the latest on your home team weather forecast. 

WVUA Weather: Richard Scott