Forecast Discussion Update 9/29 4:10 PM

Our first true taste of fall is here! We started off the day with some neighborhoods in the 40s. The city of Pinson was one of the colder spots, with a morning lows of 46 degrees. The official low in Tuscaloosa was 50 degrees. The sky will be clear tonight and with light winds, lows will be dropping into the middle 40s area-wide. After a cold start tomorrow, get set for another enjoyable afternoon. We will have a sunny sky, with highs in the upper 70s. A warmer southerly flow will take over on Thursday, with some clouds arriving late. Highs on Thursday will reach the low 80s.

A low pressure system and associated cold front will move into the nation’s midsection on Thursday. This storm system will bring the threat of severe weather to the Plains states. A band of rain and storms will track into western Mississippi Thursday evening. We may have some showers locally, with our greatest chance for rain on Friday. Thunderstorms will also be possible locally, especially in areas to our south. The cold front will move through with drier air arriving on Saturday.

We should enjoy dry conditions through much of the weekend, although some clouds will linger. In the long term, a moist southwest flow will return early next week. Energy riding through this flow will bring a return chance for showers next Tuesday and Wednesday. Be sure to join us tonight for more details!

(Graphic: From SPC-Slight Risk Outlook for Severe Weather)

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Wes Wyatt
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“Tsunami In The Pacific”

A large earthquake struck about 120 miles southwest of American Samoa around noon(Local Time). This caused a tsunami that struck the island of Pago Pago. This was an interesting email that was forwarded to my email box. One of our engineers has a friend who owns a radio station in Pago Pago.

He writes:

A little over 2 hours ago, an 8.3-magnitude earthquake (originally reported to be a 7.9) struck about 120 miles southwest of American Samoa. An hour and a half later, a 20-30 foot tsunami hit Pago Pago. I was able to speak with Joey briefly and he says things are “really, really bad.” Whole buildings in the Pago Pago Harbor area have been destroyed. Many people may have died, but nothing confirmed yet. It happened just after 7am local time, so the school buses were on the road.

We were able to air the tsunami warning several times before it hit. Power went off shortly thereafter. The generator for the studio is in the parking lot, which is under 15 feet of water, so we’re now off air until we figure out an alternate power source.

Our studio facility is on the second floor of the building, so we’re dry and intact, just no power.

Our staff is all accounted for. Many of our automobiles are not.

I’m in Mississippi this week. More as I know it.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist