Wednesday Forecast Discussion Update

Happy Halloween! Our weather has been far from dark and gloomy today. The weather has been picture perfect, with plenty of sunshine and very comfortable afternoon temperatures. It will be hard to not get out and trick or treat on this Halloween as evening weather conditions will be excellent. It may be a bit chilly starting around 8:00 and I’m expecting lows to drop into the middle 40s.

The weather outlook over the next 3 to 4 days looks very dry. Each day we will have ample sunshine, with highs reaching the comfortable middle 70s. A cold front will move through early tomorrow and the only thing we will experience is a shift in wind direction. A reinforcing shot of cool dry air will settle in and this will mean seasonal temperatures through the weekend.

The only major storm system near the southeast is a tropical storm over Cuba. Noel continues to slowly make a turn towards the Bahamas. The system will later make a turn northeastward into the Atlantic, away from land. The only impacts to the U.S will be coastal erosion along Florida’s East Coast.

Beyond the weekend, the data continues to point at a very cold air mass invading the country next week. By next Thursday a shallow layer of very cold air will sink southward towards Alabama and we will quite possibly see our first round of freezing temperatures by next Thursday or Friday morning. There could be a stray shower along with a few clouds as this cold air approaches on Tuesday; otherwise, not much rain at all is expected. Be sure to join us at five, six, and ten for more details!

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather

Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Good Afternoon! The satellite imagery over Alabama today reveals a few clouds over the central part of the state, with a broad shield of clouds over extreme south Alabama. We will continue to have lots of sunshine this afternoon, with temperatures warming into the lower 70s. I’m still expecting the sky to be clear tonight, which means another big cool down into the low 40s…upper 30s will be possible in some spots north of Tuscaloosa.

The data has been advertising a couple of frontal passages this week, which will reinforce the cooler air in place. I’m expecting the first front to arrive late tomorrow night and early Thursday. This will bring a slight increase in clouds tomorrow night, but the lack of energy will mean rain free conditions tomorrow night. Therefore, all the little trick-or-treaters need to plan on bundling up for the chilly evening temperatures. The front will quickly move through early Thursday, with more sunshine expected. Highs will stay in the 70s, with lows in the 40s.

During the Thursday timeframe the tropical system Noel, pronounced “NOL”, will be taking a turn northeastward out of the Bahamas Islands Chain. This system is currently positioned over the western part of Cuba and the system will be tracking into the Bahamas over the next 24-48 hours.

The dry weather will be continuing over the weekend and we will continue to experience a seasonal fall air mass. Highs will stay in the 70s, with lows in the 40s. High pressure will become centered over the region this weekend and this will set the stage for very calm and crisp fall weather. Once the high slides east early next week another cold front will move in during the Tuesday/Wednesday timeframe. This boundary will bring an increase in clouds along with a small chance for rain. I will need to see a couple of more model runs before I completely accept the magnitude of the cool down advertised by the data. The latest guidance is suggesting a big time blast of cold air late next week, with freezing temperatures possible by Thursday morning of next week. Stay tuned as we continue to fine-tune our long-range weather outlook.

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather

Comet Holmes

cometholmes102707.jpgThe above image was sent to us by UA Astronomy Professor Bill Keel. The bright object in the middle of the image is the Comet Holmes, which is undergoing a dramatic outburst. This comet has a circumference of illumination as large as the Planet Jupiter. The comet will not appear as bright as the Planet Jupiter, but it will be visible to the unaided eye, by looking north after sunset. It will appear as a hazy-visible-star in the constellation Perseus. For a detailed star chart and more information click here.

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather

Monday Forecast Discussion Update

We started the day on a cold note, with an official morning low of 44-degrees in Tuscaloosa. Look for a recovery to near 70-degrees for an afternoon high, with a mostly sunny sky overhead. As we finish the month of October, dry weather will be the story. We will have lots of sun for tomorrow and Halloween, with cold mornings and comfortable afternoons. The little ghosts and goblins won’t have to worry about being forced stay indoors Halloween night due to weather. In fact, the weather will stay calm right on through the rest of the week.

A couple of cold fronts will move through the region this week. Both fronts will be rain free but they will bring us reinforcing surges of cool/ dry air. One boundary will arrive during the Wednesday/Thursday time frame and another over the weekend. Once again, I’m not expecting rain: however, you will need to keep the jackets handy, with cold overnight temperatures expected. Look for a partly to mostly sunny sky for the next several days, with clear nights.

Even though we’re shifting into that cold weather mode, it’s still hurricane season. Yesterday Tropical Storm Noel formed near Haiti and the system is currently moving across that island, spreading heavy rain’s to both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The system is forecasted to be a tropical storm as it churns towards the Bahamas and then later turns out to sea on Thursday.

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather

Sunday Afternoon Weather Update

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If you are looking for nice weather, Alabama is the place to be! I hope you are having a great Sunday! Today was another picture-perfect day, with sunny skies and a cool breeze out of the north. Tonight, temperatures will quickly drop off into the upper 40s for lows, with clear skies in place. This will be the pattern over the next 5 to 7 days, as we will see cold nights, followed by warm and sunny afternoons.  

Things will remain very tranquil for a while, with a nice fall like pattern in place. Also, for Halloween, our spooky forecast doesn’t look spooky at all. Highs on Wednesday will be in the middle 70s, with lots of sun. For all of the trick-or-treaters heading out Wednesday night, you will need to bundle up because temperatures will quickly drop after the sun sets. We have a very dry air mass in place, so our temperatures will heat and cool very rapidly.  

A look into November shows no big changes anytime soon. Highs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday look normal this time of the year, with lots of sunshine across the area. However, things do look very interesting in about 10 days out, with a setup for rain and much colder temperatures afterwards.  

The tropics have begun to heat up once again. We are now watching Tropical Storm Noel. The 5 p.m. advisory on this storm has winds sustained at 60 mph and was situated very close to Haiti. Noel has been undergoing a stage of rapid development, but with it’s proximity to the mountainous terrain of Cuba and Haiti, it is unlikely that it will strengthen much more tonight. The big question is will it impact the U.S. Mainland? As of now, the projected track from the National Hurricane Center turns Noel out to sea before making much of an impact to Florida. Our friends in South Florida will need to keep a close eye to this storm as it moves close by.  

Be sure to tune tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on Noel and your home team forecast. 

WVUA TV’s Richard Scott 

Image source: (National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Depression # 16 forms in the Caribbean

DEPRESSION ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING A TROPICAL STORM…
…SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL AND FLOODING POTENTIAL FOR PORTIONS OF THE
CARIBBEAN…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE SOUTHWESTERN PENINSULA OF HAITI FROM THE HAITI-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BORDER TO PORT-AU-PRINCE.  A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA
WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN CUBA IN THE PROVINCES OF GRANMA…SANTIAGO DE CUBA…AND GUANTANAMO.  A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR JAMAICA.  A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 36
HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 1100 AM EDT…1500Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIXTEEN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.5 NORTH…LONGITUDE 72.5 WEST OR ABOUT 220 MILES…355 KM…SOUTHWEST OF SANTO DOMINGO IN THE DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC AND ABOUT 145 MILES…235 KM…SOUTH OF PORT AU PRINCE
HAITI.

THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 6 MPH…AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.  EVEN THOUGH THE CENTER OF THE DEPRESSION COULD PASS SOUTH OF HISPANIOLA…HEAVY RAINS TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER WILL PASS OVER THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND HAITI DURING THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MPH…55 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST…AND THE DEPRESSION COULD BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY.  AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER
AIRCRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO INVESTIGATE THIS SYSTEM THIS AFTERNOON.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1003 MB…29.62 INCHES.

WVUA TV’s Richard Scott

Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion

I hope you are having a great Saturday! Things turned out nice today after a very cold start to the morning. Our low this morning was 38 degrees! With sunny skies this afternoon, temperatures quickly warmed into the upper 60s.  

Tonight, you can expect another cold night for our area; lows will drop into the upper 40s, with a light north wind. Much like today, temperatures will quickly rebound once the sun is out in full force; highs tomorrow afternoon will be in the low 70s, but with a north wind in place, it will feel a little chilly outside. With a very dry air mass in place and clear skies, temperatures will drop into the upper 40s again tonight.  

The beginning of this work-week looks very nice; highs will be in the low 70s, under mostly sunny skies. This nice weather will continue into Halloween, with highs Wednesday in the middle 70s. If you plan on being outdoors Wednesday night, be sure to bundle up because temperatures will quickly drop into the upper 40s after dark.  

A sneak peak into November shows the nice weather continuing; highs Thursday and Friday will be in the middle 70s, with partly cloudy skies around the area.  

Looking ahead, I don’t see another good chance of rain until next Monday, with an upper-level-low moving our way. This could set the stage for similar conditions we saw a few days ago, with cloudy, cold and rainy weather. Then, some models are picking up on a change to much colder weather after that. Of course, this is well out into the future, and skill in a forecast past 7 days is not very good. Be sure to stay tuned for more weather updates.

 WVUA Weather: Richard Scott

Friday Forecast Discussion Update

I sure had a great time hosting The Tuscaloosa Convention & Visitor’s Bureaus Tourism awards last night, along with my wife Nicole. A big thank you goes out to Steve Gilbert, David Daniel, and Robert Ratliff. Thanks to a great partnership, our weather team now provides forecasts for Welcome 103.3 FM and the TV Channel “Traveln Alabama”….and yes, its spelled Traveln. The TV station is a source for all Tuscaloosa visitors in helping to find the best places to stay, shop, and eat while in town.

The upper air storm system that has kept us cloudy through much of the week is now finally lifting out of Alabama. This will mean big improvements as far as sky conditions go. The sun is returning and this will allow us to warm into the middle 60s by the afternoon. Overnight with a clear sky overhead, we will experience probably the coolest night of the fall season so far, as lows are expected to be near 42 degrees. Some of our normally cooler locations could wake up to a low of 39 tomorrow morning. Temperatures will make a recovery to near 70 degrees in the afternoon hours.

The main weather maker for the weekend will be a 1020 MB high over northern Mississippi. Another high pressure area dropping out of Canada will take over much of the eastern U.S starting on Sunday. This will give us another surge of fall air, which means we won’t see much of change temperature-wise through the start of next week. Look for highs in the low 70s, with lows in the middle 40s. The sky will be sunny for the most part, through at-least next Friday.

The long range data is painting some changes around the November 4th and 5th time frame. We may see a storm system try to develop in the Gulf and track northeastward across Florida, helping to pull some really cold air into Alabama. Remember we’re still in hurricane season so it will be interesting to see what happens with that feature over the next few model runs. Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather

Space Shuttle & Space Station

When going through my email box earlier this week I found another interesting email from professor Bill Keel of the UA Astronomy Department. We always like hearing from Professor Keel and relaying the information he has to offer. The good news is that the weather conditions for viewing the night sky will greatly improve starting tomorrow. Feel free to share your observations. Here is the email:

When the weather finally gives us some gaps in the clouds, we have an unusually good set of chances to see the space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station together this week. The geometry has been poor for the last several missions (for reasons mostly to do with lighting requirements for launch video, part of the increased inspections after the loss of Columbia). The best place to get detailed predictions is www.heavens-above.com, linking to http://www.heavens-above.com/main.aspx?lat=33.21&lng=-87.54&alt=0&loc=Tuscaloosa&TZ=CST gets it set up for Tuscaloosa’s location and time zone. If there happens to be a brief break in the clouds tonight, we get a near-overhead pass of ISS from 6:44-6:50, when it should be a bit brighter than Jupiter and thus outshine everything else in the sky but the Moon, followed only a minute or so later by the shuttle as it closes in for docking tomorrow.

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather

Thursday Forecast Discussion Update

There is one thing I can say about the weather in Alabama, “It always seems like there is no in-between.” One day it’s blazing hot and the next day it’s very cold. That sure has been the case here lately and today the cold weather remains the story. An upper air storm system continues to churn overhead, keeping temperatures below average and bringing more needed rain. Over the past 24 hours we’ve seen more impressive totals, with Gadsden measuring 2.00”, Hamilton measuring 1.16”, and Jasper measuring 0.60.” The Tuscaloosa Airport has only measured 0.08”; however, our weather watcher in Elrod had a report of nearly one inch by 10:00 last night.

The upper air storm will continue to produce cold and damp conditions. Look for mostly cloudy skies, with on and off showers, mist, and light drizzle. Highs today will struggle to break out of the upper 50s. As for tonight, showers will continue, with lows dropping into the upper 40s. Tomorrow all data is telling us the upper air storm will start a retreat northward, but I see this as being a slow process. Therefore, we will mostly likely wake up to low clouds, drizzle, or mist, with improving conditions by the afternoon. We should see some sunshine in the afternoon allowing us to climb into the 60s. With temperatures getting off to a slow start tomorrow that will mean it won’t take long for us to drop into the 40s tomorrow night. Early Saturday morning we may see 39-degrees on some backyard thermometers…I’m calling for a low of 42.

Look for partly to mostly sunny weather to continue through the start of next week. Each day the highs will be climbing to near 70-degrees, with lows at night dropping into the 40s. I will be hosting the annual Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Tourism Awards tonight, so Richard will be covering for me. Take Care!

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather