Discussion Update/Erika Forms 4:03 PM

I want to thank the senior citizen group at 1st Baptist Church in downtown Tuscaloosa for allowing me to visit and serve as guest speaker today. I had a great time and was able to hand out some of our WVUA/Alabama Credit Union Severe Weather Safety Guides. Gary was going to assist me today but he had to remain at the station because of the breaking news regarding Crimson Tide Athletics.

Our weather will be partly to mostly cloudy through tonight and tomorrow. The upper air environment over the state remains unstable and this is providing enough instability for a few isolated showers. A stray shower can’t be ruled out this afternoon and evening. Tomorrow and Thursday will be just like today, with times of clouds and sun. The long range data is continuing to show the upper trough lingering through the weekend. Given the setup from the past two months, I’m going to continue a mention of a stray shower through the weekend. We will enjoy some sunny periods, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s.

In the Tropics: Tropical Storm Erika has formed near the U.S. Virgin Islands with winds of 50 mph. This system is expected to make a slow turn northeast towards the east coast of the U.S. This system will be near the Bahamas by Sunday. Also, Jemina remains a dangerous hurricane in the Pacific. This system will be impacting the Baja of California tomorrow night.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist