NOAA issues Winter Weather Outlook

As winter progresses into the Southeast it will be guided by El Niño. The National Weather Service has issued a winter outlook for this year in relation to the El Niño. This winter in the southeast we can expect cooler than average temperatures. There are also expectations of above average rainfall totals and increased probability of tornadic activity. This outlook is charted December through February and does not included snow storms, as they are too hard to predict more than seven days in advance. For the full winter outlook for the country visit: http://http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20091015_winteroutlook.html
(source: NOAA)
Cecilia Reeves
WVUA Weather Intern

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Forecast Discussion Update 10/26 2:35 PM

This week we’re going to be talking about some fast changing weather across Alabama. Clouds are on the increase and late tonight showers will begin lifting into the state. Moisture will be overrunning Alabama as a wave of low pressure passes across the region. The low will track just south of the Tuscaloosa area tomorrow, with occasional rain showers. Many areas could measure up to an inch of rainfall. Look for the wet weather to taper off from west to east tomorrow night, with a partly sunny sky on Wednesday.

A strong upper level storm system digging into the southwest United Sates will pull into the nation’s midsection by Thursday. This will orient another strong flow of moisture into the southeast, with milder air surging north Thursday. Some showers can’t be ruled out in our area late on Thursday, with increasing clouds. A cold front associated with this system will slide east on Friday, with rain and thunderstorms likely over Alabama. There may be a few strong thunderstorms as this system makes its final push into Alabama. On Saturday and Sunday, cooler and drier air will settle in. Highs will be in the low 70s for Halloween, with sunshine returning. It is going to be on the chilly side for those trick-or-treaters at night, with lows near 50 degrees. Have a great evening!

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Wes Wyatt
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