Wednesday Afternoon Discussion

I had a great time over at Coleman Coliseum today playing host for the annual financial Affairs Celebration. Hundreds of people where attending the event and there was some great musical talent. Gary and I managed to break out a classic rendition of Brown Eyed Girl. It was lots of fun and I always look forward to being a part of this event. I did get a few questions regarding the weather. The one thing I noticed is that we’ve had very little sunshine. It feels like stepping out of a steamy shower today. It’s very warm and humid, with light showers to sprinkles continuing over the area. A front is currently stalled over the state and this feature is draped right across Pickens, Tuscaloosa, and Jefferson County. Patchy areas of light rain continue to march eastward along this focal point and the trend should continue overnight. We haven’t seen much thunderstorm action, but don’t be surprised if you hear a few rumbles of thunder. Tomorrow we will have more showers and the possibility of thunderstorms, especially south of Tuscaloosa.

Friday and Saturday are still looking dry for the part. Other than a stray shower, the main weather impact will be the heat. Highs will be in the lower 90s, with a partly cloudy sky overhead. Saturday will be a similar day and with the humidity in place, it’s going to feel quite steamy. High pressure looks to build in from the north and east by Monday. This will keep the warm flow in place.

The ridge looks to lessen its grip a bit as a disturbance works into the Midwest. This should occur late in the weekend and our chances for a passing shower or thunderstorm will pickup in coverage, slightly, for Monday and Tuesday. Other than smaller scale weather elements, I don’t foresee any major storm systems impacting our area through the early portion of next week.

June kicks off on Sunday and that date also marks the start of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The long range data is already starting to show some impressive disturbances over the Gulf. However, much like our winter weather situations, the long range data has a bias in showing lots of tropical features in the long range.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

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