Bibb County Earthquake/Thursday Afternoon Weather Discussion

Over the past 48 hours we’ve measured an official rainfall total of 0.72” in Tuscaloosa. Other locations within our coverage area have certainly measured higher totals, with Livingston measuring well over one inch over the past 48 hours. The rain comes as good news on a larger time scale because our yearly rainfall total is near two inches below average. It was an entirely new picture today, with sunshine and cold weather here in West and Central Alabama. Tonight we will have low temperatures ranging from upper teens near Hamilton to middle 20s in Linden. The sky will be clear and prepare to dress in layers early tomorrow. The good thing is that sunshine will return tomorrow, with highs rebounding into the middle 50s.

A 1028 MB surface high will be passing to our south tomorrow. This feature will keep us dry through tomorrow night and early Saturday. We will have a fast return flow of moisture however, with clouds thickening on Saturday. Showers will return by Saturday afternoon and I can’t rule out a rumble of thunder to our south. The data is hinting at a rapid recovery into the lower 60s for some spots late Saturday. I’m holding on to a forecast high of 59 degrees. The rain will continue Saturday night and there will be a sharp temperature drop behind the front. I still can’t rule out a few snow flakes mixing in as the rain tapers off Saturday night. The sun will return on Sunday with dry conditions lingering into Monday of next week. Some long range data continues to indicate rain possibilities for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week.

Earthquake: Due to the busy severe weather event yesterday we failed to mention the fact that an earthquake occurred in Bibb County. This quakes epicenter was south of Centreville and it measured at 2.2 on the Richter Scale. Her are some epicenter distances from the USGS: 17 km (11 miles) SSE (159°) from Centreville, AL: 18 km (11 miles) SSE (147°) from Brent, AL: 18 km (11 miles) W (278°) from Maplesville, AL: 43 km (27 miles) N (355°) from Selma, AL: 84 km (52 miles) SSW (197°) from Birmingham, AL: 270 km (168 miles) WSW (248°) from Atlanta, GA

Wes Wyatt WVUA Chief Meteorologist