Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Tuscaloosa County – 7:54 p.m.

753 PM CDT THU JUL 31 2008
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…TUSCALOOSA…NORTHPORT…HOLT…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 750 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NORTHPORT…AND MOVING EAST AT 11 MPH.

Home Team Interactive Radar

Home Team Interactive Radar

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR… TUSCALOOSA AND 8 MILES NORTH OF UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA BY 805 PM CDT… HOLT AND 8 MILES NORTH OF UNIVERSITY MALL BY 815 PM CDT… DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS BY 840 PM CDT… 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF BROOKWOOD…8 MILES NORTH OF LAKE WILDWOOD AND 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF BEVILLE LOCK AND DAM BY 845 PM CDT…

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 68 THROUGH 100.

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES. IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS. REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather

Thursday Afternoon Update: 5:00 p.m.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms have developed northwest of our area. I do expect showers and thunderstorms to develop closer to home this afternoon and during the early evening hours. A boundary is making a push towards the I-20 corridor. As is the case during this time of year, the loss of daytime heating will allow most of the rain to dissipate overnight. Tomorrow we will have more clouds around, with a good chance for a shower or thunderstorm during the afternoon.

Our weekend is going to be a hot one as we kick off the month of August. Highs will be reaching the middle to upper 90s, with only isolated thunderstorms possible. The bulk of the rain will shift into south Alabama for Saturday and Sunday. By Sunday a disturbance will develop near South Mississippi and this feature may help to trigger a few afternoon thunderstorms for Monday and Tuesday of next week. I still expect plenty of sunshine and hot temperatures, with highs in the mid to upper 90s. The heat index will likely top the 100 degree mark at times. Also, don’t forget to send in pictures of your pet beating the heat. It’s the dog days of summer and we’re asking viewers to send in pictures of their dog beating the heat. Send your images to wxpics@wvua7.com/ We already have some great pictures and we will share those with you on our live broadcast.

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A Look Back: 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes California

Earthquake Shakes California Residents

Credit: Michele Hogan

 

This is Tiffany Spencer, intern for WVUA’s weather team. I wanted to post a summary, looking back at the Earthquake to strike California this week. On July 29, 2008 around 11:42am, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Los Angeles metropolitan area of California, leaving buildings shaken and damaged, and fortunately, no one injured. The only damage that was reported was of buildings being shaken and grocery products being cleared from shelves by the moderate disturbance. This has been the largest earthquake in California since 1999. The earthquake’s epicenter was near Chino Hills, California, and was felt as far as San Diego, California, by residents in the area. Governor Arnold Scwarzenegger said that he is glad that no one was hurt and the earthquake only reminds residents to be prepared. Afterwards, buildings and railroads were inspected for safety, local theme park rides were shut down, and levees were checked for leaks. The only problem that was found was a water main break. According to the Uniform California Rupture Forecast, there is a 99% chance that California will experience another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 or larger within the next 30 years.


Tiffany Spencer
WVUA weather

The Dog Days of Summer

We are in the middle of the “dog days of summer” here in central Alabama which means it is hot and humid! To most of us, this is a phrase that we have heard all of our life but never really knew what it meant or where it came from. The saying is actually a very old expression dating back to the time of ancient Greek astronomy. The Greeks adopted this phrase because they related the hot, sultry weather with the visibility of the star Sirius, also know as the dog star, the brightest star in the sky during this time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. The Greeks believed that the star was the cause of evil times. During these times each year, their people became sick and their seas boil. It was believed the start added to the heat making it feel hot and sultry. The well-known Old Farmer’s Almanac describes the dates of the “dog days” to begin on July 3rd lasting through to August 11th, although they can vary. The “dog days” do not exist in the Southern Hemisphere because Sirius can be visible at all times. But back here in Alabama, and much of the United States, we will be thinking more about the sun and the heat as opposed to the stars. Our weather team is now asking for you to send pictures of how your dog is beating the heat. Send your pictures to wxpics@wvua7.com

Laura Radford
WVUA Weather

Wednesday Afternoon Discussion: 4:20 p.m.

Widely scattered thunderstorms have popped up over West and Central Alabama and this activity will linger into the evening hours tonight. A disturbance to our south, combined with an approaching boundary from the north, will help to trigger a good coverage of thunderstorms for tomorrow. Some of the storms may be on the strong or severe side, with gusty straight-line winds and hail.

Friday will be a mostly cloudy day, with another good coverage of rain and thunderstorms. Over the next couple of days the rainy weather will be more likely in the afternoon hours; however, a thunderstorm can’t be ruled out during the morning time frame. By the weekend a boundary will be in place just south of Tuscaloosa and this will be the main focus area for thunderstorm development. We will have more sunshine and hotter temperatures, with highs rising into the mid 90s. By Monday and Tuesday the afternoon thunderstorms will be few and far between, meaning another very hot start to the week.

The tropics are quiet right now, but there is a strong tropical disturbance just west of Africa. This system has the potential to further organize. We will keep you posted on the tropics, plus we will keep you posted on our chances for much needed rain. Have a great evening!

 

 

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Severe T-Storm Warning: Tuscaloosa/Fayette

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CDT
FOR SOUTHEASTERN FAYETTE AND NORTH CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTIES…

AT 539 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING NICKEL SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NEW
LEXINGTON…OR ABOUT 17 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FAYETTE. THIS STORM WAS
NEARLY STATIONARY.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO WINDHAM
SPRINGS…WHITSON…BOLEY SPRINGS AND BERRY

HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF NICKELS HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH THIS STORM. IF
YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THE STORM…TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT
LIFE AND PROPERTY.

Severe T-Storm Warning: Jefferson County

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 449 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE
  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING
  WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MOUNTAIN
  BROOK…AND MOVING NORTHWEST AT 5 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
  HOMEWOOD…KINGSTON…BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT…U.A.B. CAMPUS…KETONA
  LAKES…TARRANT…B.J.C.C….LEGION FIELD…BIRMINGHAM
  FAIRGOUNDS…ENSLEY…VILLAGE CREEK AVENUE W…FORESTDALE AND MINOR

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME
DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

IN ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS…CONTINUOUS CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. MOVE INDOORS
IMMEDIATELY! LIGHTNING IS ONE OF NATURES NUMBER ONE KILLERS.
REMEMBER…IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER…YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.