Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion

I hope you are having a great holiday weekend! There are a lot of festivities going on around the area today, with many folks outdoors. I’ve been watching the radar all afternoon, and there have been some healthy storms on there for much of the day. In-fact, there have been several severe thunderstorm warnings scattered about; if you scroll down, you will see some of our severe weather posts from earlier today. The good news is that they have been scattered in nature, so some places have stayed dry today, while others picked up a downpour. Most of the activity is fading away, as we are loosing the daytime heating. This will continue to be the trend, with most storms going to bed before midnight. I still can’t rule out a stray shower overnight, with a very moist air mass in-place, but all showers will be widely scattered. You can expect a very similar setup for tomorrow, with a good chance for afternoon storms. Much like today, some storms will be strong, with heavy downpours associated with them; highs will top out in the lower 90s. Conditions will dry out some on Monday and Tuesday, as drier air works in from our north. This will be the trend, with only a few afternoon storms possible both days. The best chance of rain will be south of Demopolis. With more sun around and less humid weather, temperatures will climb into the lower and middle 90s.

We will quickly get a return flow out of the Gulf of Mexico by Wednesday, as more storms can be expected during the afternoon hours. I have a 30% chance for afternoon storms on Wednesday on through the weekend. Temperatures will remain rather seasonal, with highs in the lower 90s. There is another front on the way for Thursday, so we will see a better coverage of afternoon storms. Depending on the southward progression of our next front will greatly change our coverage of storms. I have a 30% chance for afternoon storms on Thursday, but those chances may have to be bumped up a little. Stay tuned!

The tropics have become somewhat active, with Tropical Storm Bertha charging westward across the central Atlantic. There is a lot of model confusion in dealing with its future path, so be sure to keep with us on the latest progression of Bertha. Check out the image above from the National Hurricane Center. That is a five day chart on the projected path of the storm. As of this afternoon, winds were sustained at 50 MPH with a westward progression at 21 MPH. Stay with WVUA as we continue to track Bertha and let you know the latest position and track of the storm. Also, join us for a live newscast tonight at 10 p.m. for your updated forecast. Have a great day!

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Richard Scott
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fayette and Walker Counties Until 8 p.m.

Home Team Interactive Radar

Home Team Interactive Radar

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT
FOR WEST CENTRAL WALKER AND NORTHERN FAYETTE COUNTIES……

* * UNTIL 800 PM CDT

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT
FOR WEST CENTRAL WALKER AND NORTHERN FAYETTE COUNTIES…

AT 733 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
HUBBERTVILLE…OR ABOUT 6 MILES SOUTH OF WINFIELD…MOVING EAST AT 15
MPH.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
HUBBERTVILLE BY 740 PM CDT…
FOWLERS CROSSROADS AND 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF KANSAS BY 800 PM CDT…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD
TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

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.

Remember, you can send us pictures of the weather here in West Alabama, or from other places you’ve visited, just by sending them to us via email. The address is wxpics@wvua7.com, or you can send them to any member of WVUA-TV weather team. Also remember, do not put yourself in harms way to snap any picture!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lamar and Marion Counties Until 4:45 PM

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Home Team Interactive Radar

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
NORTHWESTERN MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF HAMILTON…
EXTREME NORTHEASTERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* * UNTIL 800 PM CDT
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT
FOR WEST CENTRAL WALKER AND NORTHERN FAYETTE COUNTIES…

AT 733 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUED TO INDICATE A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING PENNY SIZE HAIL…AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
HUBBERTVILLE…OR ABOUT 6 MILES SOUTH OF WINFIELD…MOVING EAST AT 15
MPH.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
HUBBERTVILLE BY 740 PM CDT…
FOWLERS CROSSROADS AND 9 MILES SOUTHWEST OF KANSAS BY 800 PM CDT…

THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE
IMMEDIATELY FOR DAMAGING WINDS…DESTRUCTIVE HAIL…AND DEADLY CLOUD
TO GROUND LIGHTNING. PEOPLE OUTSIDE SHOULD MOVE TO A SHELTER…
PREFERABLY INSIDE A STRONG BUILDING BUT AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

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.

Remember, you can send us pictures of the weather here in West Alabama, or from other places you’ve visited, just by sending them to us via email. The address is wxpics@wvua7.com, or you can send them to any member of WVUA-TV weather team. Also remember, do not put yourself in harms way to snap any picture!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jefferson and Shelby Counties Until 4:15 PM

Home Team Interactive Radar

Home Team Interactive Radar

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CENTRAL JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…VESTAVIA HILLS…MOUNTAIN BROOK…
IRONDALE…HUEYTOWN…HOOVER…HOMEWOOD…FAIRFIELD…BIRMINGHAM…
BESSEMER…
CENTRAL SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* * UNTIL 415 PM CDT

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
331 PM CDT SAT JUL 5 2008

* AT 327 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 MADISON…
OR NEAR FAIRFIELD…AND MOVING EAST AT 25 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
BIRMINGHAM FAIRGOUNDS…ROSS BRIDGE AND VILLAGE CREEK AVENUE W BY
340 PM CDT…
BLUFF PARK AND LEGION FIELD BY 345 PM CDT…
VESTAVIA HILLS…HOMEWOOD…SAMFORD UNIVERSITY AND U.A.B. CAMPUS BY
350 PM CDT…
MOUNTAIN BROOK BY 355 PM CDT…

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.

Remember, you can send us pictures of the weather here in West Alabama, or from other places you’ve visited, just by sending them to us via email. The address is wxpics@wvua7.com, or you can send them to any member of WVUA-TV weather team. Also remember, do not put yourself in harms way to snap any picture!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Pickens & Tuscaloosa Counties

Home Team Interactive Radar

Home Team Interactive Radar

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… NORTHEASTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… REFORM… GORDO… WEST CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 2:45 PM CDT

* AT 2:03 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 REFORM… AND MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR… 7 MILES NORTH OF GORDO BY 2:25 PM CDT…

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.

Remember, you can send us pictures of the weather here in West Alabama, or from other places you’ve visited, just by sending them to us via email.  The address is wxpics@wvua7.com, or you can send them to any member of WVUA-TV weather team.  Also remember, do not put yourself in harms way to snap any picture!

Robert Stevenson
WVUA-TV Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – Sumter County

Home Team Interactive Radar

Home Team Interactive Radar

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… SOUTHWESTERN SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA… THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF… YORK… LIVINGSTON… CUBA…

* UNTIL 2:45 PM CDT

* AT 1:50 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 BOYD… OR 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF YORK… AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR… YORK… 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF LIVINGSTON AND 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA BY 2:05 PM CDT… 8 MILES NORTHEAST OF CUBA BY 2:10 PM CDT… 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF COATOPA AND 9 MILES NORTHEAST OF KINTERBISH BY
2:25 PM CDT…

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… FREQUENT 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-TV Weather