Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

The sky has been partly to mostly cloudy today and you can tell moisture has increased due to the mugginess in the air. Tonight there could be some areas of fog, with low clouds developing by morning. Overnight lows will be dropping to near 60-degrees. Tomorrow the sky will be partly to mostly cloudy, with isolated thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. We will enjoy another warm day, with highs near 83-degrees.

The main storm track has shifted north for the time being; however, low pressure currently passing through the Midwest will guide a front in our direction. Currently rain and thunderstorms are impacting the Arklatex region. Also, a severe thunderstorm watch box in place for this region. A cold front stretched across this region will drop southward and stall over the next 48 hours. A stray shower or thunderstorm could pop-up during the afternoon hours over parts of our area, especially north. Still, I think the main impact will be cloud cover from time to time due to the rainy weather northwest of our area.

The warm muggy daytime conditions and mild nights will continue through Thursday, with isolated thunderstorms. I’m afraid the weather will go downhill quickly on Friday as a deep upper air trough develops. This shift in the flow will bring a likelihood of rain and thunderstorms on Friday. There is a chance that some of the storms may grow severe on Friday. Get ready for that possible final cool snap! Colder air will be filtering in this weekend and with the aid of some clearing by Sunday night, lows early Monday will be in the low to mid 30s. Stay tuned!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

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April 8th, 1998 Tornado

F-5Today marks the 10th anniversary of the tornado outbreak that spawned an F-5 over eastern Tuscaloosa and western/central Jefferson County. First an F3 tornado touched down in eastern Pickens and western Tuscaloosa County. The tornado developed just southeast of Gordo and tracked north of Lake Lurleen, leaving a path of damage extending to the point where highway 69 crosses Lake Tuscaloosa. The same storm spawned an F-5 that touched down north of Kellerman and tracked into Jefferson County. According to the National Weather Service, the F-5 was the most significant tornado to impact central Alabama since 1977. As an F-5, the tornado produced winds in excess of 260 MPH. The final total revealed that 32 people lost their lives, with more than 250 injuries. To learn more about this event click here to see pictures and much more.

(Image SRC: NWS Birmingham)

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist