Sunday Afternoon Weather Discussion

I hope you are having a great Sunday! Today, we finally saw some good rainfall totals. It was not enough to get us back to our average totals, but the moderate rain certainly helped. Tuscaloosa received 0.54”, but Mobile saw 2.54”. South and east Alabama got to see the better totals, where northwest Alabama didn’t see any. This system has moved out of our area, but things will quickly change over the next 48 hours.

Tomorrow will be a gorgeous day, with lots of sunshine; highs will be in the middle 60s. You can also expect a south wind. Our next front will be here early Tuesday morning, but with limited moisture, we won’t see much in the way of rainfall; we can’t rule out a sprinkle or two, but it shouldn’t amount to much. Colder air will work in from the northwest through out the day. We will reach our high during the morning hours, with temperatures dropping into the 40s by early afternoon. The temperatures really drop off by sunset; lows will be near 20 degrees by sunrise Wednesday morning. Many places will be in the teens. Despite the sunshine on Wednesday morning, it’s going to be very cold! Highs on Wednesday will be in the lower 40s. Northeast Alabama may see a few snowflakes late Tuesday into Wednesday.


Temperatures will slowly recover back into the 50s by Friday and 60s by the weekend. Also, there is a small chance of showers and storms by next Sunday. Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest look at your forecast.

Richard Scott
WVUA TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

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Saturday Night Thoughts

NOAA Radar ImageryHope you’re having a safe weekend.  The weather today was a mix of sun and clouds… but those clouds will thicken tonight and we expect some rain showers to develop as well.  Temperatures won’t be too bad, with lows in the lower 40s.

Sunday morning, we should see more of those rain showers around the area.  I think most of the rain will taper off by lunchtime.  Highs will be in the upper 50s.

Sunday night, the clouds will break and we’ll enjoy lows in the middle 30s.

Monday, New Years Eve, will be very pleasant, with highs in the middle 60s under mostly sunny skies.

Looking ahead, a strong cold front will usher in some cold temperatures for the middle of next week.  Highs will stay int he 40s for a few days with lows in the lower 20s and upper teens around West Alabama.

I don’t see another chance for rain until next weekend.

Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather

Friday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Home Team Interactive RadarIt was a busy day today in the weather center.  We had a couple of tornado warnings mid-morning in eastern Alabama, and then at about 2 in the afternoon, a tornado warning for portions of Bibb and Perry Counties.  Fortunately, there have been no reports of damage from the storms.  The rain has pretty much moved out of West Alabama as I write this.  There are a few light showers in Marengo County.   The tornado watch we had for our southeastern counties has been cancelled.

For tonight, look for mostly cloudy skies, with temperatures near 39.

Tomorrow, the clouds hang around, with maybe a few peaks of sunshine, with highs in the upper 50s.  As we go through the day tomorrow, rain chances begin to return, as the front that moved through Friday, lifts back to the north.  Saturday night, into Sunday through mid-day, looks to be the best time for rainfall.

Monday, New Years Eve, looks like we’ll see sunshine with pleasant temperatures in the lower 60s.

Tuesday, the first day of 2008, we get a push of much colder air… along with a few clouds… highs will only be near 50.

Lows the following couple of nights will be in the lower 20s!  Expect some teens in the usual colder spots of West Alabama.

Wednesday, we’ll stay in the 40s all day, after those frigid morning lows.

Temperatures look like they’ll moderate some by the end of next week.

If you’re heading to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, the kick-off temperature should be about 52 degrees with partly cloudy skies.

Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather

Tornado Watch

Tornado WatchThere is a Tornado Watch until 6 p.m. for portions of the viewing area.  Details from the National Weather Service are below.

TORNADO WATCH
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1045 AM CST FRI DEC 28 2007

TORNADO WATCH 745 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CST FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

AUTAUGA              BALDWIN             BARBOUR
BIBB                 BLOUNT              BULLOCK
BUTLER               CALHOUN             CHAMBERS
CHEROKEE             CHILTON             CHOCTAW
CLARKE               CLAY                CLEBURNE
CONECUH              COOSA               COVINGTON
CRENSHAW             DALLAS              ELMORE
ESCAMBIA             ETOWAH              HALE
JEFFERSON            LEE                 LOWNDES
MACON                MARENGO             MOBILE
MONROE               MONTGOMERY          PERRY
PIKE                 RANDOLPH            RUSSELL
SHELBY               ST. CLAIR           TALLADEGA
TALLAPOOSA           WASHINGTON          WILCOX

Robert Stevenson/WVUA Weather

Thursday Afternoon Weather Update

Some of the latest data coming to us is showing the potential of some threatening weather for Friday. The main time frame is from around noon until the late evening hours. According to the Storm Prediction Center, there is the threat of isolated tornadoes, as there a lot of low level wind shear in place; this will help the storms that develop rotate. If things get out of hand, we will be sure to let you know about it. Also, make sure you have a reliable weather source for severe weather information throughout the day tomorrow, incase things get bad around here. As of this evening, we are under a slight risk for severe weather, and confidence is increasing on the potential of strong storms. Be sure to watch tonight at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. for full details on your forecast.

Richard Scott
WVUA TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Thursday’s Forecast Discussion Update

For today, you can expect sunshine to make a return by this afternoon. Highs will be near 60 degrees. Tonight, lows will drop into the mid 40s, with increasing clouds; also, we have a small chance of rain late tonight. Tomorrow is the better chance of rain, with an 80 % chance of rain and storms. The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of Alabama under a slight risk for severe weather, so make sure you have a reliable weather source tomorrow. It looks like we may see a few strong storms tomorrow afternoon. The rain chance continues through Saturday and Sunday, with a 30-40% chance of rain; highs will be near 60 degrees, with lots of clouds around. Things will really begin to change by Monday into Tuesday. A sharp cold front will work in here by Monday night, dropping highs back into the lower 50s by Tuesday, but even colder air filters in by Wednesday, with highs near 40 degrees. It looks like a cold start to 2008, with temperatures struggling to reach the 40s. Overnight lows Tuesday and Wednesday nights will be in the lower 20s. These temperatures may actually be too warm, as some of the latest data is showing even colder air arriving. Be sure to join us tonight at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. for the latest look at your forecast.

Richard Scott
WVUA TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Wednesday’s Weather Discussion

After the morning fog lifts out, you can expect a return of sunshine by the noon time hour. But, by this evening, I believe that we will be dealing with more clouds streaming in; this will all be ahead of our next system. We are under a very progressive pattern, with periods of rain and dry weather. Tonight, showers will become widespread; in-fact, as I type this discussion, there is a large area of rain developing over western Louisiana. All of that will spread in here shortly after dark. Earlier this morning, there was even a mix of precipitation over southern Arkansas; I don’t imagine much of that is reaching the ground. No worries of winter weather here, as temperatures are expected to stay well above freezing. By tomorrow, that system will be long gone, and here comes another one. Our second storm system will be here by Friday, when we could even deal with some strong to severe storms; highs will reach the middle 60s, with an 80% chance of rain and storms. We are going to have to keep a close eye on certain severe weather parameters to see if strong storms will be much of a threat. We will keep you posted on that!

There is not much cooler air behind Friday’s rainmaker, as highs will cool off into the lower 60s by Saturday, but we will continue a small chance of a shower in our forecast. There is a better chance of rain and storms for Sunday. Once that one leaves town, you can expect much colder weather to follow behind. Highs on Tuesday will drop into the low 50s, but by Wednesday, we may be dealing with the coldest air this season; highs will be in the low 40s. That forecasted high may actually be too warm, so be sure to stay tuned as we fine tune our forecast on the artic air invasion by next Wednesday. Be sure to check us out on the television today at 11 a.m. and tonight at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. for the latest on your forecast. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor