Monday Afternoon Weather Discussion-3:40 PM

The 3:00 p.m. temperature at Tuscaloosa Airport today was 92-degrees. So far this was the second time in which the high topped the 90 degree mark in 2009. I’m sure we will have our fair share of 90-degree days coming up. Tomorrow will also be a hot one, with highs near 92-degrees. A stray thundershower developed over Jefferson County this afternoon but West Alabama has remained dry. We will have another dry day for the most part tomorrow, with mostly clear skies at night.

The hotter temperatures over the southeast go hand in hand with the warming waters over the Gulf and Atlantic. The warmer waters will be monitored closely over the coming months for the possibility of tropical storm activity. Today marks the official start of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season and this year NOAA predicts 9 to14 named storms, 4 to 7 of those hurricanes, and 1 to 3 of those major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, & 5).

Some changes will begin taking place on Wednesday as high pressure losses its grip. A few scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop Wednesday afternoon as temperatures rise into the low 90s. The clouds will increase on Thursday, with a good chance for rain and thunderstorms. A front and associated area of low pressure will drop in on Thursday and there will be enough support to push the front through the area. Other than a stray shower or storm to our south on Friday, we will have a clearing sky. This will lead into another hot and dry weekend, with lots of sun and high near 90. Be sure to join us tonight for more details!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist