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)

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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