Forecast Discussion 5/31 3:31 PM

I would like to wish you a happy Memorial Day and I hope your enjoying this unofficial start to the summer season. Numerous thunderstorms have developed over the area this afternoon and these storms are bringing heavy rain and dangerous cloud to ground lightning. Much like yesterday, the storms will settle down overnight, with the loss of daytime instability. Lows tonight will be in the middle 60s.

Tomorrow will be a similar day, with scattered thunderstorms redeveloping late. This greater coverage of afternoon storms is due to an upper level disturbance that is rotating through the region. This feature will slide eastward and conditions aloft won’t be quite as unstable starting on Wednesday. This will set the stage for some drier and hotter conditions for the latter half of the week. Highs will reach the low 90s, with isolated afternoon storms expected. According to the long range data, Saturday and Sunday will be very hot and dry days.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off tomorrow and some of our viewers have asked about the relationship between tropical activity and the oil spill in the Gulf. NOAA has compiled an excellent report answering all kinds of questions regarding how a tropical system may impact the oil spill, or vice versa. Click here for the complete report (this is a .pdf file).

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Wes Wyatt
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Sunday Afternoon Weather Update – 6:20 PM

A good Sunday to you! We dealt with another day of active thunderstorms, with some places picking up over an inch of rain. The better concentration of storms has been over east Alabama through the afternoon hours. As the sun is getting ready to set, we’re losing our afternoon heating. Many of the storms are going to bed, but a stray storm or two are possible through the night. We’ll have a partly to mostly cloudy sky tonight as well as our Monday.

The upper level low that has brought us rounds of showers and thunderstorms over the past few days is still with us. It has been cutoff from the main flow, which explains the slow movement of the system. The low will gradually weaken and lift north over the next couple of days. This will reduce our coverage of thunderstorms by the mid portion of next week; in-fact, we’re only forecasting a few afternoon storms on Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures begin to get a bit hotter, as highs approach the lower 90s on Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll have more sun than clouds by the mid portion of next week as well.

There is some hint that a cold front will reach Alabama on Friday. It is possible that the front makes it through central Alabama. If that is the case, then drier air will reach us by the weekend. I’m not ready to buy into that forecast yet. We’ll fine-tune your forecast as we get a little closer to it. Be sure to join me tonight at 10 pm for more on your forecast. Have a great Memorial Day!

Richard Scott
WVUA Weekend Meteorologist

Saturday Evening Weather Update – 8:35 PM

A good Saturday to you! Storms became widespread this afternoon, with a batch of strong thunderstorms working across central Alabama. An upper level low is keeping our weather very unsettled. Much like the past several days, morning sunshine has led to afternoon storms. We can expect this pattern to continue through Tuesday; in-fact, rain chances are looking very high tomorrow and on Monday. With any storms that develop, lightning will be the main issue. If you are out on a lake or river, keep an eye to the sky. If you hear thunder, don’t take a chance and go indoors. The good news is that most of the storms will pass by quickly.

Our upper level low begins to weaken on Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll gradually see a decrease in showers and storms by the middle of next week. A small chance of afternoon storms still exists for Wednesday, but rain chances are around 30%.

A cold front tries to make it into Alabama on Friday. As the front gets closer, we’ll deal with another chance of thunderstorms. It’s hard to get a cold front through Alabama this time of the year, so rain chances may stick around through the weekend. As of now, it looks like mainly afternoon storms. Be sure to join me tonight at 10 PM for more weather on WVUA-TV. Have a great Saturday!

Richard Scott

WVUA Weekend Meteorologist

Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 7 PM

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 232 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM CDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

AUTAUGA              BALDWIN             BARBOUR
BIBB                 BULLOCK             BUTLER
CHAMBERS             CHILTON             CHOCTAW
CLARKE               COFFEE              CONECUH
COOSA                COVINGTON           CRENSHAW
DALE                 DALLAS              ELMORE
ESCAMBIA             GENEVA              GREENE
HALE                 HENRY               HOUSTON
LEE                  LOWNDES             MACON
MARENGO              MOBILE              MONROE
MONTGOMERY           PERRY               PICKENS
PIKE                 RUSSELL             SUMTER
TALLAPOOSA           TUSCALOOSA          WASHINGTON
WILCOX

WVUA Meteorologist Richard Scott

Evening Update

A steady rain continues for places like Tuscaloosa, Eutaw, and Union tonight. The rain will slowly come to an end late, with lows in the middle 60s. Join us at 10:00 for more details!

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Walker, Hale, and Fayette Counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning through 6:15 PM.

Areal Flood Advisory

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR…
  NORTHWESTERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  EASTERN TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 455 PM CDT A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUES TO PRODUCE VERY
HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE AREA. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES HAS
ALREADY OCCURRED WITH AN ADDITIONAL ONE OR TWO INCHES POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS…AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS…
HIGHWAYS…STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE
AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS. PONDING OF WATER ON COUNTRY ROADS AND
FARMLAND ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE.