Sunday Afternoon Weather Discussion

I hope you are having a great Sunday! Today is the 7th Anniversary of the tragic Tuscaloosa Tornado. I remember waking up that morning and feeling the very warm temperatures. In-fact, when I walked outside, I noticed that it was very warm and humid; much unlike what we typically see in Mid-December. My mom had planned on going shopping that Saturday morning, and being 15, I really didn’t want to spend my Saturday going shopping; plus, I wanted to watch the guys on TV broadcasting the severe weather coverage. As we made our trip from Linden, I remember listening to meteorologist on the radio talk about a tornado heading towards Tuscaloosa; we were actually behind that same storm the whole way on the interstate. When we got into Tuscaloosa, there were cars parked under overpasses and people with cameras, filming the tornado. Fortunately, we weren’t in a dangerous position; in-fact, we could see some debris in the air well ahead of us, but we didn’t know how bad it was until later on that day. Our hearts and prayers certainly go out to all of the people affected by this devastating event. Thankfully, we have a great staff here at WVUA that helped in getting the warning out before the tornado struck.

At least we didn’t have to worry about any severe weather today, as it has been very cold; highs were only in the 40s. Tonight, get ready for a hard freeze, with temperatures expected to dip into the middle 20s! Be sure to take care of the 4 P’s: People, Pets, Plants and Pipes tonight because it will be a hard freeze. Temperatures are already back into the middle 30s as of 6 p.m. We will slowly begin the moderating process by tomorrow, with highs reaching the middle 50s, but we will have lots of sunshine, so that should help make it feel a little warmer. On Tuesday and Wednesday, highs are back into the low 60s, with partly cloudy skies.

Our next system marches into town by Thursday, with a 50% chance of rain and storms. Some storms may grow strong, so be sure to stay tuned. We will dry out on Friday, with highs remaining in the mid 60s, but our next system quickly makes it into town for Saturday. We are going to have to watch this system closely, as we will have lots of moisture around, along with warm temperatures. Once that storm system makes it through here, you can expect a return to cold weather, with highs next Sunday forecasted to only make it into the upper 40s.

Looking ahead towards Christmas, it is looking like we will have cold temperatures in-place, so Santa will feel right at home. Of course, that is still a long way out, so be sure to stay tuned while we fine-tune our forecast. Have a great night at stay warm!

WVUA TV’s Richard Scott

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