Lake Tuscaloosa

laketuscaloosaspillway_debris_1_7_09This picture was sent in from Jack Hubner. The image is from the Lake Tuscaloosa Spillway, another local waterway feeling the impacts of the heavy rain. Tuscaloosa police are asking home owners who live along the lake and who have piers or boats to check property immediately. TPD Lake Patrol Officers have found that many boats have been floating unsecured in the lake. If you have pictures feel free to send them to wxpics@wvua7.com

 

Wes  

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Wednesday Afternoon Update 4:42 PM

I was just checking some observations from our WVUA Weather Watchers. Our Northport observer, Barry Durand, reports a monthly rain total of 4.61” and it is only the 7th day of January. If you have reports please feel free to drop them in our comments section on the blog or send them to us via email. River Flood Warnings continue and the river stage graphic includes the latest stage, the flood stage for that particular area, and the forecasted crest stage. The good news is that the rain is well out of the picture for now and the water levels will begin to improve soon. Tonight the sky will be clear, with lows in the upper 30s. There will be a light southwest wind and this will keep our temperatures above freezing. Tomorrow another surge of dry air will drop into Alabama on a north wind. Highs tomorrow will be in the 50s, with abundant sunshine.

We will start off sunny on Friday, with some afternoon high clouds. Another cold front will drop in for Saturday producing a few showers. This front will be associated with a weaker clipper system and very moisture starved. Therefore, this will not be a heavy rain maker and we will have dry conditions returning for Sunday.

Our thoughts on the weather for next week have changed as more data is coming into agreement that really cold air could break away from Canada. We’ve been monitoring some really cold air over the arctic region and this air mass will be on the move by Monday. Another clipper will guide this colder air southward on Tuesday and we could have a few showers on Tuesday, followed by a deep freeze. Temperatures may only top out in the 40s on Tuesday, with lows near 23 by Wednesday morning.

Some data even supports single digit lows for portions of the state beyond Tuesday. Earlier model runs were suggesting overrunning moisture by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The overrunning precipitation scenario is not being advertised at this time. However, due to subfreezing temperatures being forecasted, we will have to keep a close eye on any surprises that could popup in the long range data.

Wes Wyatt
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Another River Flood Warning

THE FLOOD WARNING  FOR  THE CAHABA RIVER NEAR CAHABA HEIGHTS.
* UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING…OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS CANCELLED.
* AT 9:30 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 16.7 FEET.
* MINOR FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 14 FEET.
* FORECAST…THE RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO FALL TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY
  THIS EVENING.
* IMPACT…AT 17.0 FEET…FLOODING OF SOME COMMERCIAL PROPERTY IN THE
  AREA BEGINS.  FLOODIND ALONG THE CAHABA WILL RECEDE AS THE RIVER
  DROPS TO BELOW FLOOD STAGE.