Tuesday Afternoon Weather Discussion-3:01 PM

I had a great time over at Plum Grove Baptist Church today speaking to the community Senior Citizens Group about severe weather safety. The group sent me away with a nice homemade caramel cake! I will have some scenes from the visit this evening. By the way, if you’ve wondered where Robert has been over the past several days, be sure to join us at 4:00 p.m. I will have a funny picture to share with you.

All eyes are on the thermometer this afternoon and it’s certainly feeling like mid-summer out there. At the time of this posting the temperatures was 90 degrees in Tuscaloosa and the heat index was 93 degrees. Tonight is going to be very warm and muggy, with a mostly clear sky. High pressure will keep us dry tonight and tomorrow we will experience similar conditions, with highs rising into the middle 90s.

A moderate risk for severe weather is currently in place over portions of Eastern Kansas and Oklahoma. Thunderstorms are developing along a boundary over the Nations midsection. This boundary will drift eastward by the end of the week and we will have a better coverage of scattered thunderstorms during the afternoon hours on Thursday and Friday. The risk for severe weather should be much lower because the main upper air support will head north of our area. I wouldn’t be surprised however, if a complex of thunderstorms and rain dropped in from the northwest Friday night. This time of year is notorious for what’s called “mesoscale convective systems.” These complexes of storms can ride in from the northwest around the periphery of the high pressure ridge and bring us lots of rain. Regardless, I think the rain threat will mainly be during the afternoon and evening hours. Scattered thunderstorms will also be a threat on Sunday and Monday, with highs near 90 degrees. I will be sure to lay out more details for you tonight…be sure to join us!

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist