What is the latest on the Drought?

As the month of April comes to an end tomorrow we will still be around 4.67” below average for the year. The good thing is that we’ve had some decent rain events lately. The rain we had this past Sunday night brought just over an inch of rain to Tuscaloosa. What’s nice is that we had lots of rain and now we have a couple of days for the soil to soak up the rain. This is great for the vegetation however, when looking at the monthly rainfall data as compared with last year we are still very much in a drought. Another good rain chance will arrive Friday night and then I see another big rainmaker around the Tuesday/Wednesday time frame of next week. We’ll keep you posted!

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion

April is almost in the books! The good thing you can say about this year is that at-least we’re getting to enjoy a Spring Season. Over past couple of years it has seemed like one day its cool and the next day the heat index is nearing 100. Thankfully, that has not been the case this year and we’ve been able to enjoy some very comfortable conditions. Today it was actually on the cooler side due to a northwesterly breeze. The winds will die off tonight and we will have a big cool down to near 40-degrees tonight. Make sure you grab the jacket early tomorrow morning. What’s interesting is that this cool down early tomorrow morning will likely mean a new record low for Tuscaloosa. The old record is 42-degrees, which was set in 1965 and tied in 1969. Other records for tomorrow morning include 36 for Birmingham and 45 for Montgomery. The good thing is that it won’t take long to warm up tomorrow as the sky will be sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.

High pressure will become centered over North Carolina tomorrow and we will be on the back side of this feature. I’m expecting the south flow to pickup, with a gradual recovery in temperatures. Tomorrow night we will still drop into the low 50s and upper 40s in some areas. Thursday will be a rather breezy day, with ample sunshine. During this time frame a storm system will be pulling out of the northern Rockies. This system will send a cold front in our direction for Friday.

Clouds will be on the increase late Thursday night and into Friday, with rain likely by Friday night. There will be the chance for thunderstorms and with the main storm center passing well north and the system arriving late, the severe weather threat will be low. The rain will depart on Saturday, with sunshine returning. It looks like the first full week of May will begin on a wet note, with rain possible during the Tuesday/Wednesday timeframe of next week.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist