Saturday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:01 PM

A good Saturday to you! The tropics have begun to really heat up across the Atlantic, with Tropical Storm Ana and Tropical Depression # 3. TD # 3 is likely to become Tropical Storm Bill this afternoon. The models have become rather inconsistent in the direction and intensity for both of these storms, so be sure you stay with us for any changes. The environment around Ana is rather harsh at this time. There’s a chance that it could fizzle away before reaching land. If Ana survives, there’s a chance it could end up in the Gulf of Mexico in 5 days. Again, we’ll be watching Ana very close. As for TD # 3, conditions are much more favorable for tropical development. Some computer models ramp it up into a major hurricane in about 5 days. A deep trough is expected to form in the eastern US late next week, which should keep it well away from Alabama. We will still keep a nervous eye on this system as well.

Our weather over the next few days will become increasingly stormy. A few afternoon storms are expected tomorrow, but most of the rain will stay over southeast Alabama. A disturbance in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will move in our direction and bring a better chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday. Look for a 50% coverage of rain and storms on Monday. With a good deal of clouds around, temperatures will likely stay in the 80s all day. Rain chances will begin to decrease on Tuesday, with most of the rain northwest of Tuscaloosa.

A ridge of high pressure nudges in from the Atlantic, which will increase our temperatures and decrease our rain chances. Temperatures will top out in the lower to middle 90s on Wednesday and Thursday. The forecast becomes very tricky on Friday and Saturday.

Some computer models develop a deep eastern US trough. This trough will be responsible for bringing a cold front our way on Saturday, which will enhance our rainfall chances. Will the trough steer our tropical trouble away from Alabama? It’s still too early to be certain. Stay with WVUA for the latest on both systems over the coming days. We’ll have new weather discussions on here every day.

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Have a great day!

Richard Scott

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