Monday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Good afternoon! There are no complaints with regard to the weather we experienced today. The sky has been sunny, with temperatures reaching the lower 80s. Currently the National IR satellite image reveals a cold front over the Nations midsection and a deep cold core disturbance over the Mid-Atlantic region. The low along the Atlantic coast looks like a tropical system, but it is far from a classic tropical cyclone. This system is however, fueling strong to severe thunderstorms over that region. We will see this feature eventually slide eastward as high pressure dominates our area.

Right now high pressure is becoming centered near Pascagoula, MS. This feature will keep our sky clear tonight, with lows near 50-degrees. The evening will continue to be quite pleasant, with another big warm-up for tomorrow. Highs will be in the mid 80s tomorrow under a sunny sky. You can expect more sunshine for Wednesday, with a slight increase in the humidity. We were thinking earlier that a few scattered thunderstorms would be possible, but now that threat looks to be west of our area through Thursday.

Another high pressure area will drop into the Mid-Atlantic region and this will send some slightly cooler temperatures in from the east on Thursday and Friday. Also, a cold front will be approaching and this could bring a shower to the northwest corner of the state on Friday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be more likely on the weekend as the cold front drops into central Alabama.

I noticed one of the presidential candidates was speaking in Selma today. On this date back in 1955, Selma was struck by an F2 tornado. Thankfully, there were no fatalities during that event and only one injury was reported.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist