Update on Storms/Weather Statistics: 9:40 p.m.

This week will go down in the books as a classic example of summer in the south. Hot and humid weather was the story for most areas and we measured some high heat index values. At one point today it felt like 101 in Tuscaloosa! The rain has been on the scattered side and it was nice to see some rain actually measured at the airport today. We picked up 0.16.” This certainly won’t put an end to our rainfall deficit but this will help. While driving to the station this evening, from southern Tuscaloosa County, I noticed some lightning in the distance. This lightning is often referred to as “heat lightning,” however there is not a particular heat lightning. What you are seeing is simply lightning from a thunderstorm in the distance, over the horizon. I still think we will see some of these scattered thunderstorms tomorrow, mainly in the afternoon.

Here are some of Today’s National Weather Extremes:

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)…………………75 Littlefork, MN

On this Date in History:

  • In 1987, strong winds associated with a severe thunderstorm
    collapsed a circus tent, injuring 44 people in Howard, Wisconsin.
  • In 1988, heavy rainfall on the Monongehela River in western
    Pennsylvania led to severe flash flooding, and the river cresting
    32 feet in only 24 hours.
  • In 1990, an incredible hailstorm rocked the front range of the
    Colorado Rockies. The impacted regions extended from Estes Park to
    Colorado Springs. Hail up to the size of baseballs stripped trees,
    smashed cars and knocked out many utility locations for thousands
    of people. Damaged totaled near 625 million dollars, making it the
    most costly hailstorm in U.S. history.
    (Source: AP)

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

Friday Afternoon Update-3:23 p.m.

Despite numerous thunderstorms drifting through the area yesterday, the airport didn’t measure any rain. Hopefully, tonight we will have some measured rain to talk about as our deficit continues to grow. For the remainder of this afternoon and early evening we will have an opportunity for a passing thunderstorm or shower. Temperatures have reached the mid 90 degree range, with heat indices around the century mark. Late tonight the storms will come to an end and we will have morning low clouds to kick off our Saturday.

Tomorrow and Sunday will be partly cloudy days and highs will be reaching the lower 90s. We will have early morning low clouds giving way to partly sunny skies. After the 1:00 time frame in the afternoon, scattered thunderstorms will develop, especially on Sunday as a front moves into the state. This front may help to trigger a shower or thunderstorm Sunday night. Dry air will drop in on Monday, keeping much of the area rain-free. Highs will be near 90-degrees but the lower dew points and light breeze will help out. You will really notice the impact of this dry air on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings as lows will be in the mid 60s. Otherwise, we will have lots of sunshine through the mid portion of the week, with no rain expected. Highs will be in the lower 90s.

A Tropical Storm Watch is up for Bermuda as Hurricane Bertha is moving nervously close to that island. Bertha is still a Category One hurricane and the system is forecasted to eventually make a shift northeast, passing Bermuda on Sunday. To our south, the sky will be cloudy at times along the Alabama gulf coast this weekend. There will be a chance for scattered storms each day, with a gusty south to southwest wind.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist