Sunday Afternoon Weather Discussion

I hope you are having a great Sunday! We picked up some good rainfall totals across our southern counties this morning. According to doppler radar, some places over Sumter and Marengo Counties received more than 2 inches! The radar’s have quieted down this evening, and the chance of more rain tonight is very small. Some drier air has begun to work into the area, which will limit the chance for rain over the next couple of days. Temperatures will remain hot, as highs approach the lower 90s for Monday and Tuesday. I have a 20% chance for afternoon storms in the forecast, but this will be mainly for areas south of Tuscaloosa. Get ready for lots of sun for both days.

We will get a return flow out of the gulf by Wednesday and Thursday, which will set us up for a few muggy days. Also, a front is forecasted to wash out north of Tuscaloosa on Thursday, so I’ve bumped the rain chance to 40%. Depending on how far south the front makes it will determine our coverage of storms. According to the latest data, the front won’t make it all the way in here, so I’m not expecting a washout, but a good coverage of storms is expected; highs will top out in the lower 90s. The chance for rain will be lower on Saturday and Sunday, with the typical afternoon storms we see this time of the year, as highs approach the lower 90s.

Tropical Storm Bertha has become better organized today, with winds sustained at 60 MPH. It is moving WNW at 20 MPH and is expected to make a jog to the northwest over the next 3 to 5 days. It’s looking like it will re-curve before reaching the US Coastline, but is still too early to be certain. Stay with us for the latest on Bertha over the next few days as we continue to track the storm. Elsewhere, the tropics are quiet. Be sure to watch out newscast tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your forecast. Have a great day!

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Richard Scott
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bibb, Chilton, Shelby Counties Until 6:15 p.m.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
538 PM CDT SUN JUL 6 2008

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
  EAST CENTRAL BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  NORTH CENTRAL CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  SOUTHWESTERN SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…MONTEVALLO…CALERA…

* UNTIL 615 PM CDT

* AT 536 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 BRIERFIELD
  IRONWORKS PARK…OR NEAR MONTEVALLO…AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 3
  MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
  BRIERFIELD IRONWORKS PARK BY 545 PM CDT…
  ASHBY BY 605 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.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

WVUA TV’s Richard Scott

Bertha Is Strengthening; 5 PM Advisory

…BERTHA STRENGTHENING…COULD BECOME A HURRICANE.

AT 500 PM AST…2100Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM BERTHA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.1 NORTH…LONGITUDE 47.0 WEST OR ABOUT 1055
MILES…1700 KM…EAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS.

BERTHA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH…32 KM/HR. A GENERAL WEST-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION WITH A GRADUAL DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. IT IS MUCH TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE IF BERTHA WILL EVENTUALLY AFFECT ANY LAND AREAS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 60 MPH…95 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST AND BERTHA COULD BECOME A HURRICANE DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 85 MILES…140 KM FROM THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 998 MB…29.47 INCHES.

REPEATING THE 500 PM AST POSITION…18.1 N…47.0 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD…WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 20 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…998 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 1100 PM AST.

WVUA TV’s Richard Scott
Source: National Hurricane Center