Sunday Afternoon Weather Discussion – 6:13 PM

For the last day of May, it has certainly felt like it, with temperatures in the lower 90s this afternoon. With some dry air in place, we’ll notice a quick cool down once the sun sets, which is going to set us up for a nice evening; in-fact, temperatures tomorrow morning will start off in the lower 60s. The pleasant temperatures won’t last long, as we’ll quickly heat up into the lower 90s during the afternoon hours. Humidity will remain rather low, so don’t expect very muggy conditions for our Monday; that will be changing by the time Tuesday and Wednesday arrive.

More clouds move in on Tuesday, with a stray afternoon storm in the forecast. The better chances of rain will move in on Wednesday and Thursday as a surface low gets organized close by. As more clouds and showers move in, we’ll drop out daytime highs back into the upper 80s. A low pressure will move just to our north on Thursday, which will bring a good chance of rain and storms; some storms could be strong Thursday afternoon. Due to a mostly cloudy sky and rain in the area, temperatures will struggle to reach the middle 80s. Dry air moves in on Friday, which will leave us dry for the weekend. If you have outdoor plans next weekend, we will be dry and hot. Temperatures will warm back into the upper 80s.

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Richard Scott
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Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion – 6:19 PM

A good Saturday to you! After a long stretch of rainy weather, it’s nice to see some dry conditions this weekend. The dry weather is perfect for the hot air balloon races going on in Tuscaloosa. The next race will be at 6 a.m. tomorrow, and the weather is looking nice for that as well; temperatures will start off in the upper 50s but quickly rise into the upper 80s by noon. Sunny skies will be in the forecast all day tomorrow, with only a stray cloud or two during the afternoon hours. Once the sun sets, we’ll quickly cool off into the upper 60s by 10 p.m. and upper 50s to lower 60s at sunrise Monday morning.

Mostly sunny skies will stick around in our forecast through Monday, with a high in the lower 90s. Humidity will remain rather low until Tuesday. As moisture increases across Alabama on Tuesday, we’ll have a stray shower or storm in the forecast during the afternoon hours. A few more clouds around will help to keep temperatures a little cooler; expect highs in the upper 80s. Pretty much the same deal is expected on Wednesday, as we’ll have a stray shower pop up during the afternoon hours and temperatures in the upper 80s. A disturbance will move in on Thursday, which will bring a few more showers and storms. As of now, I’m sticking with a 30% chance of any one spot getting rainfall for Thursday and Friday. We’ll go back to just a stray shower in the forecast on Saturday. Temperatures will remain in the upper 80s for the middle and end of next week. Be sure to join us on WVUA-TV tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest look at your forecast.

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Richard Scott
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Friday Afternoon Discussion-3:59 PM

Don’t forget that you can send us your weather pictures anytime. Send your pictures to mailto:wxpics@wvua7.com. Your picture may be selected an included in one of our live weather broadcasts. I wish I would have taken a picture of the northern horizon earlier while driving towards Tuscaloosa. It was a gorgeous day out there with just the right amount of sun filtering through the clouds. Tonight it is going to feel great out there, with a light northwest wind. Lows tonight will cool into the upper 50s.

Our weekend forecast looks great! We will have a mostly sunny day for both tomorrow and Sunday. The morning hours will be great, with temperatures rising into the upper 70s and low 80s. A northwest wind will make it feel very pleasant. Even though the early to mid morning hours will be nice, the afternoons are going to be hot. We will have highs in the upper 80s tomorrow, with many spots nearing the 90 degree mark on Sunday. The weather at night will remain tranquil, with lows near 60 degrees.

High pressure will be overhead through Monday of next week and this will keep our area dry. The high will slide east with a south flow developing by next Tuesday. Higher dewpoints will migrate our way and this will make it feel more humid and unpleasant early next week. Many spots could reach the 90-degree mark on Monday and Tuesday. A cold front will approach Alabama next Wednesday and this front should push through on Thursday. This will bring us a partly to mostly cloudy sky, with the chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm.

In The Tropics: The National Hurricane Center just released the latest advisory on Tropical Depression One. This depression has lost its tropical characteristics and will not be developing into a named tropical storm. The system is pushing northeast into the cooler waters of the Atlantic, well away from the U.S.

Hot Air Balloon Race: The weekend forecast should cooperate nicely with Tuscaloosa’s first ever “Hot Air Balloon Race.” The event kicks off at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning and a light north-northwest wind will be in place. For more Information click here.

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Wes Wyatt
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Thursday Afternoon Discussion-3:50 PM

The first tropical depression of 2009 has formed over the eastern Atlantic. At last report the depression was centered about 309 miles south-southeast of Providence, RI. This depression may become Tropical Storm Ana soon and the system is pulling away from the lower 48. Therefore, we won’t be talking about this tropical system for a long period of time. Meanwhile, our weather in Alabama is taking a turn for the better. We’ve enjoyed plenty of sunshine today and we will have a clear sky overnight. Lows tonight will be near 63 degrees, with a light west-northwest wind.

Much drier air will settle into the area tomorrow and we will have a mostly sunny sky. Highs tomorrow will be rising into the middle 80s and it is going to feel less humid. Very pleasant conditions can be expected for tomorrow night, with lows in the upper 50s. Both Saturday and Sunday will be mostly sunny days, with highs in the upper 80s. Dewpoints won’t be quite as high and this should help with the hotter weather. By the way, if your looking for something to do over the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday hot air Balloons will fill the sky over Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. The first hot air balloon race will take place in Tuscaloosa. The gates at the Airport will open between 5:30 AM and 10:00 AM and reopen between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Hopefully the northwest wind will settle down a bit by early Saturday morning.

Dry weather will continue into the start of next week. Monday and Tuesday will be mostly sunny days, with highs near 90 degrees. It is going to grow increasingly humid by Wednesday and Thursday of next week. We will enjoy a nice period of sunshine each day; however a stray afternoon shower or thunderstorm will be possible beyond Wednesday. Be sure to join us tonight for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
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Four Severe T-Storm Warnings

Severe T-Storm Warning Updates: Greene and Sumter Until 5:15 PM, Central Marengo 5:15 PM, Hale/Perry Until 5:00, and Lamar County until 5:45…Updates coming up live on WVUA-TV.

Severe T-Storm Warning Hale/Perry

A new severe t-storm warning has been issued for eastern Hale County and western Perry County until 5:00 PM.

Wednesday Afternoon Discussion-3:57 PM

Today one of the wet weather hot spots has been over northern Greene and Sumter Counties. A severe thunderstorm has dumped over two inches of rain according to radar estimates in areas just north of Boligee and Eutaw. At the time of this posting a severe thunderstorm warning remained in place for Sumter and Greene Counties. High winds, frequent lightning, and hail, will be possible with a storm lingering near the Interstate. The storms are moving much slower today and jogging slightly eastward. This activity will linger through the rest of the afternoon and early evening. A good portion of the area has been rain free through much of the day, although additional rain development can’t be ruled out through 9:00 PM.

Tomorrow a cold front will enter the area and winds will become westerly. Scattered thunderstorms and showers will be developing, with highs reaching the middle 80s. Tomorrow night this activity will dissipate and Friday should be a dry day for the most part. One noticeable change on Friday will be a welcomed drop-off in the humid conditions. This will be more noticeable Friday night, with lows dropping into the low 60s. A stray afternoon shower or storm can’t be ruled out in areas east of Tuscaloosa on Friday; however, we’re expecting a good supply of sunshine. At this time our weekend forecast is looking nice, with highs expected to rise into the middle to upper 80s on Saturday and Sunday. A stray late afternoon shower could popup southeast of Tuscaloosa on Saturday. With that said, we should enjoy a nice period of sunny weather all around.

High pressure will keep most our area dry through the start off next week. Upper air conditions will grow a bit more unstable by next Tuesday and Wednesday. This should allow for a few isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Otherwise, Tuesday and Wednesday will be partly cloudy days, with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

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Wes Wyatt
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