Wednesday Afternoon Update 3:30 PM

The weather remains picture-perfect in West Alabama! We’ve had a sunny sky, with highs today in the lower 80s. Winds will calm overnight and this will set the stage for a big cool down into the lower 50s. I still anticipate some upper 40s over the eastern half of the state. After the cool start, temperatures will make a quick recovery tomorrow. This will mean more delightful weather conditions for our Thursday. Our weather will be quite similar on Friday. We will have a cool start, with a comfortable afternoon. It may be rather breezy late Friday and Friday night.

At this time lots of focus is on an area of low pressure near the Carolinas. During this time of year it is rather common for east coast lows to develop into warm core tropical systems. This may grow into a depression or storm soon, and the National Hurricane Center is keeping a close eye on the possibility of further development. Regardless of today’s development, there are already 65 mph wind gusts possible north of the system due to a tight pressure gradient between a high over the northeast. Another disturbance over Puerto Rico may grow into a depression soon as it begins track northward. So, what does all of this mean for West Alabama? Basically, this will mean a continuation of a cool and comfortable flow through the weekend. There may be a few more clouds overhead; however, dry weather will prevail.

A deep upper level trough will materialize by Tuesday of next week and this will open the gate to much cooler air. We will have highs possibly in the 70s next Wednesday, with lows at night possibly dropping into the 40s next Wednesday night. There will be lots of clouds around and some showers will be possible starting on Tuesday.

I want to thank all of my little friends in Foster’s, at Myrtlewood Elementary School, for allowing me to visit today. I will have video from that visit posted this evening and you can find it on our Kid’s Page. Tomorrow we will be back on the road, visiting the second graders at Cottondale Elementary School.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Tuesday Afternoon Update 4:17 PM

We’ve almost reached the mid point for the week and the dry spell continues. The weather story for the next several days will be titled, “A Double Dose of Fall Air.” First off, today you might have noticed a strong easterly breeze. This is a reinforcing shot of dry air and this will make for cool nights. Lows will be in the mid 50s at night and tomorrow night we will be falling into the low 50s. Some portions of the state, especially northeast will drop into the upper 40s tomorrow night.

I’m expecting nice conditions during the daytime hours. Bright skies will make for a nice recovery in our temperatures, with highs in the low 80s. As for precipitation, our forecast looks dry through the rest of the week. We may have a few more clouds around over the weekend. Our next chance for rain will arrive around the mid portion of next week. This will be due to a developing upper air trough and low pressure system. Look for increasing clouds on Tuesday and if the data holds true, another blast of cool air could easily drop our lows in the 40s by next Wednesday and Thursday morning. This is the second dose of fall air that was mentioned earlier in the discussion.

It is the peak of hurricane season and there is still a healthy disturbance near Puerto Rico. This feature may become better organized and some data supports this system tracking towards the northeast over the next several days.

On the Road: I had a great time over in Northport today. I visited the kindergarten class at Northport Elementary School. I was really amazed with the amount of knowledge these kids had regarding the topic of weather. I look forward to hitting the road again tomorrow. We will be visiting Myrtlewood Elementary School in Fosters.

WVUA/Alabama Credit Union Severe Weather Safety Guide: Get an early start on preparing for the fall severe weather season. Don’t forget to pickup your free copy of the WVUA TV Severe Weather Safety Guide at any nearby Alabama Credit Union location.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Pleasant outlook as Fall Begins, Monday Update 4:30pm

National Hurricane Center Tropical Outlook
As we were beginning a new week today, the summer of 2008 was coming to an end. The autumnal equinox arrived at 10: 44 a.m. Over the next couple of days we will have equal hours of daylight and darkness. In fact, from here on the days will be getting shorter as we close in on the winter season.

You can say goodbye to the extreme heat. Our temperatures will remain very comfortable throughout the rest of the week and weekend. We will have a clear sky tonight, with lows in the 50s. An area of high pressure building into the northeast will force some cooler/dry air southward. We will start feeling this wedge tomorrow as an easterly flow develops. This will make for a very comfortable day, with lots of sun and highs in the 80s. The east breeze may be slightly stronger on Wednesday, with more bright skies and comfortable temperatures. I do think we will experience some really cool conditions Wednesday night, as lows will be near 52 degrees. Some locations may be in the upper 40s by Thursday morning. Needless to say, it’s probably time to break out some of those sweaters.

The pattern locally won’t change much through the rest of the week. We will have more clouds around on Friday and Saturday. This will be in response to a disturbance to our northeast. What is quite interesting is that a tropical disturbance over Puerto Rico is expected become more organized and track northward. Some data even suggests that a more potent tropical system may impact the northeast by early next week. Be sure to tune in tonight for more local weather details!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist

Sunday Afternoon Weather discussion; Posted at 2:30 p.m.

Current Active Tropical Systems

Current Active Tropical Systems

Today is the last day of summer, and it certainly feels like fall is already here. Temperatures today were only in the upper 70s to lower 80s across the entire state. The good news is that the temperatures won’t top the mid 80s all week. Monday is the first official day of fall, and with highs in the middle 80s and sunny weather, it will feel like fall. The rainmaker that moved through on Friday and Saturday will be long gone by Monday, and high pressure will begin to move in and give us sinking air. With that being the case, we will have limited clouds and no rainfall in the forecast. With high pressure positioned to our northeast, we will have an east flow around the highs, which will drive slightly cooler and drier air into our area. Expect low humidity values to hang around through the rest of the week.


The nice weather will be here from Monday through next Sunday. Highs will be in the lower to middle 80s, with lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. The weather will be nearly the same each day. The only trouble we will be watching is the tropics. There is an area of low pressure over the eastern Caribbean that could develop into a tropical depression or storm at anytime over the next 24 to 48 hours. In-fact, a reconnaissance aircraft is investigating this system right now. We will be able to tell whether a tropical depression or storm has developed later this afternoon, so stay tuned. The next name on the list will be Kyle. Be sure to tune in tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your forecast. Have a great Sunday!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion; Posted at 8:45 p.m.

A good Saturday to you! Temperatures today were very nice, as we dealt with lots of clouds and showers across the area. Highs reached 77 degrees at the Tuscaloosa Airport. The good news is that the heat won’t be too bad over the next 7 days. As for Sunday, we’ll still see a mix of sun and clouds, with a small chance for showers. Many neighborhoods will remain dry. The upper-air disturbance that brought the shower activity yesterday is moving out, which will set us up for a drier forecast. As a surface high moves in from the north, we will have sinking air over the southeast, which will prohibit many clouds or showers from developing. This will begin on Monday and last through next Saturday.

Monday is the first official day of fall and it will feel like fall, with highs in the lower 80s. We will see mostly sunny skies through next weekend, with highs in the lower 80s and lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. The forecast will be very tranquil over the next 5 to 7 days.

The tropics are beginning to heat up, with a strong tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean; this could become our next tropical storm over the next couple of days. Be sure to stay with your home team, as we continue to monitor the latest on the tropics. Be sure to watch our newscast tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your forecast. Have a great Saturday!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor

Friday Afternoon Update 4:14 PM

The final Friday of summer 2008 ended on a warm note. Even though temperatures were in the low 80s for highs, cloud cover helped to filter out the sunshine. In fact, if you stepped outside today you probably noticed a familiar scene from earlier in the week. The clouds and below seasonal temperatures can be attributed to unsettled conditions aloft. An upper air disturbance now spinning through the lower Mississippi River valley will help to produce additional clouds tonight and there may be a stray shower early. You can expect another mostly cloudy sky for tomorrow and Sunday, with isolated showers and thunderstorms possible. Highs this weekend will be near 80 degrees. The unsettled weather looks to linger into our Monday. Therefore, I’ve included a small chance of showers for the first day of autumn.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be brighter days thanks to an area of high pressure building northeast of Alabama. This will bring us a pleasant northeast breeze by the mid portion of next week, under a mostly sunny sky. A crisp air mass will be more noticeable by Wednesday morning, although a slight increase in moisture will bring a return to milder conditions by next weekend. We will have more details about our weekend weather coming up at five, six, and ten…be sure to join us!

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist