“A Black Berry Winter in West and Central Alabama”

If you haven’t already heard the term Black Berry Winter, you are certainly experiencing it right now. “Black Berry Winter” refers to a cool snap in late spring when the blackberry’s are in bloom. The cooler air is believed to keep the flowers of the blackberry bush nice and colorful.

Even though all data was pointing at a record setting low this morning in Tuscaloosa, we didn’t quite make it. We hit a low temperature of 43, just one degree above the record. Tonight it’s still going to be chilly; however, the official low for our area will be closer to 50-degrees. Right now a broad surface area of high pressure is stretched across our region. This stable air will keep the sky clear tonight and mostly clear tomorrow. After the cool start we should reach the lower 80s by tomorrow afternoon.

Looking ahead to Friday, the weather will feature increasing clouds and a stray afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Rain and thunderstorms will be more likely Friday night and through the midday hours on Saturday. This activity should be tapering off from west to east during Saturday afternoon, with highs in the 70s. There is a slight risk for severe weather for Mississippi Friday night. At this point, I can’t rule out a stray thunderstorm growing strong or severe, but the severe weather threat will be lower over our area as opposed to locations west of Alabama.

We will have another short stretch of dry weather for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Another system still looks to impact the state next Wednesday, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. We may likely see this system bring the greatest impact around the Thursday timeframe of next week.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist