Thursday Afternoon Update 3:30 p.m.

Good Afternoon! I hope you’ve been able to stay cool today. It has been very hot and as I write this post, numerous thunderstorms are building. A severe thunderstorm has developed over Lowndes County and more storms are firing up to our west and east. Also, Lamar and Pickens Counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 3:30 p.m. Our chances for measuring some rain still looks good for this afternoon and evening as a weak boundary remains draped over the state. The storms and showers will not be as great in coverage by the late night or early morning hours; however, by tomorrow afternoon we will have another good coverage of thunderstorms. I can’t rule out some of the cells pulsing to the severe level, with the main threat being gusty straight-line winds, frequent lightning, and hail.

Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy days, with spotty thunderstorms popping up in the afternoon hours. The highs will be rising into the lower 90s, with heat indices near 100. A surface high to the north will contain some much drier air and this feature will slide southward early next week. A front leading this drier air will help to increase our chance for a passing thunderstorm on Sunday. As the drier air settles in it won’t feel quite as humid on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday; although highs will still be in the lower 90s. The main difference will be more noticeable at night, as the air will be rather crisp. Lows will be dipping into the 60-degree range by early Monday and Tuesday mornings. Other than a stray thunderstorm possible to our south on Monday, I’m not expecting any wet weather during the mid portion of next week.

Bertha is still churning northward today as a category one hurricane. Bertha will pass east of Bermuda on Sunday and the system is expected to continue northward. There is a chance Bertha could shift slightly northwest or northeastward by Tuesday. By that time frame the system should be a weaker storm. Otherwise, no other systems look suspicious in the Atlantic Basin.

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Wes Wyatt
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Severe T-Storm Warning: Lamar & Pickens Until 3:30 p.m.

* UNTIL 330 PM CDT

* AT 302 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 6 MILES
NORTHWEST OF ETHELSVILLE…OR 8 MILES EAST OF COLUMBUS…AND MOVING
EAST AT 17 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR…
ETHELSVILLE BY 315 PM CDT…
6 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MILLPORT BY 330 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.