Here comes the sun! Monday – 4:45pm Update

“Here Comes the Sun Little Darling”… After the stormy afternoon, this Beatles song comes to mind. It’s amazing how fast our weather has changed this afternoon. We had severe storms in the Tuscaloosa area less than 2 hours ago. Here’s our view of Tuscaloosa now, with the sun breaking through the clouds. With some high level clouds in the area, we will have a very nice sunset in west and central Alabama in an hour or so. Be sure to scroll down for an update on your forecast. Have a great day!

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

Severe T-storm Warning for Perry County until 5PM

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
439 PM CST MON FEB 28 2011

ALC001-047-105-282300-/O.CON.KBMX.SV.W.0030.000000T0000Z-110228T2300Z/
DALLAS AL-AUTAUGA AL-PERRY AL-439 PM CST MON FEB 28 2011

…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR EAST CENTRAL PERRY…WESTERN AUTAUGA AND NORTHERN DALLAS COUNTIES UNTIL 500 PM CST…

AT 435 PM CST…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES WEST OF VALLEY GRANDE…MOVING EAST AT 55 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…  BURNSVILLE…GARDNER ISLAND…MULBERRY…BILLINGSLEY…VIDA  JUNCTION…AUTAUGAVILLE…BARRETT CREEK…VALLEY CREEK JUNCTION…  PLANTERSVILLE AND DAWSON MILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. TORNADOES CAN DEVELOP QUICKLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY…IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE…SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

Monday Afternoon Forecast Discussion – 4 PM

After today’s severe weather threat, the rest of the forecast is looking a little more settled; atleast until we get to the weekend. Temperatures will be a little cooler tomorrow, with a high between 64 and 67. Skies will become sunny tomorrow, with a north breeze at 5 to 10 mph. After a cool Wednesday morning, a nice warming trend is back in store, with highs back in the lower 70s. A few extra clouds will likely swing by on Wednesday and early Thursday, but they will come and go, as more sun is likely by Thursday afternoon.

Temperatures will remain in the lower 70s for highs through the first half of the weekend before another storm system approaches our area. Showers and storms become a good bet on Saturday, with some strong storms being possible. Model data is rather inconsistent with this next feature, so we’ll have to keep an eye on any surprises over the next day or two.

Some cooler air looks to arrive on Sunday and Monday, as highs return into the 60s. It’s possible that temperatures fall into the 50s on Sunday, but that looks unlikely at this point. Skies will become mostly sunny again by early next week.

Be sure to join me today at 4, 5, 6 and 10 on WVUA-TV for the latest on your forecast. Have a great day!

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

Severe Weather Is Moving East – Monday Update at 3:05PM

The severe weather threat is ending over west Alabama, where drier conditions are filtering into the state. A cold front is moving into Tuscaloosa now, with a broken line of strong to severe storms just ahead of the front. The severe weather threat is now over for the city of Tuscaloosa. A tornado watch is in place for everyone until 7pm tonight, but the watch will be trimmed back from west to east, as the front continues to move through our area. The storms should be to Centreville, Marion and Demopolis by 3:45pm. Expect the possibility of strong winds, large hail and an isolated tornado. The tornado threat is much lower over central Alabama, but the chance is still there. Once the storms move through your area, the severe weather threat will quickly diminish.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

Severe T-storm Warning for Bibb and Shelby until 4PM

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL 259 PM CST MON FEB 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…  NORTHERN BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA… SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 400 PM CST

* AT 254 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED  ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM IRONDALE TO BEVILLE LOCK AND DAM…AND  MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… HELENA…PELHAM…ALABASTER…CHELSEA…MONTEVALLO…CALERA…
  COLUMBIANA AND WILSONVILLE.

THIS INCLUDES…INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 228 THROUGH 247…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. TORNADOES CAN DEVELOP QUICKLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY…IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED…ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE…SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 3:15 pm

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
232 PM CST MON FEB 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
  JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 315 PM CST

* AT 231 PM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A LINE OF
  SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND
  DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED
  ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM WEST JEFFERSON TO 5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
  BRYANT DENNY STADIUM…AND MOVING EAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
  HUEYTOWN…GARDENDALE…FULTONDALE…FAIRFIELD…BIRMINGHAM…
  BESSEMER…PINSON-CLAY-CHALKVILLE AND HOMEWOOD.

THIS INCLUDES…
INTERSTATE 65 EXIT NUMBERS 250 THROUGH 282…
INTERSTATE 459 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 33…
US 78 EXIT NUMBERS 81 THROUGH 91…
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 62 THROUGH 140…
INTERSTATE 59 EXIT NUMBERS 130 THROUGH 143…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. TORNADOES CAN
DEVELOP QUICKLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH NOT IMMEDIATELY
LIKELY…IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED…ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF
SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE…SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL
INTERIOR ROOM.

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TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER…
CALL 1-800-856-0758.

Tornado Watch Until 7PM For all of Central Alabama

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED  TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 3  NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 130 PM EST MON FEB 28 2011
  
   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A  TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
  
          CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST ALABAMA
          NORTHWEST GEORGIA
          WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
          UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA
          SOUTHERN MIDDLE AND EASTERN TENNESSEE
  
   EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 130 PM UNTIL 800 PM EST.
  
   TORNADOES…HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER…THUNDERSTORM WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH…AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE  AREAS.
  
   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 110 STATUTE  MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES NORTH OF HICKORY NORTH CAROLINA TO 50 MILES SOUTHEAST OF TUSCALOOSA ALABAMA.  FOR  A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCh  OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).
  
   REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR   TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH  AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR  THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS  AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
  
   OTHER WATCH INFORMATION…THIS TORNADO WATCH REPLACES TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 31. WATCH NUMBER 31 WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT AFTER 130  PM EST. CONTINUE…WW 32
  
   DISCUSSION…STORM COVERAGE/INTENSITY SHOULD INCREASE THROUGH THE  AFTERNOON ALONG AND IMMEDIATELY AHEAD OF A WEAK SURFACE WAVE ACROSS MIDDLE TN…AND IN ADVANCE OF A MIDLEVEL TROUGH OVER NRN MS/WRN  TN/WRN KY.  THE STORM ENVIRONMENT REMAINS FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS
  AND A FEW TORNADOES ACROSS SE TN/AL/NW GA PER THE 18Z BMX SOUNDING.  FARTHER N…STORMS IN ERN TN WILL DEVELOP EWD INTO NW NC…ALONG THE OUTFLOW BOUNDARY FROM THE EARLIER CONVECTION THAT CROSSED INTO VA.  INSTABILITY WILL BE A LITTLE WEAKER THAN AREAS FARTHER SW…BUT VERTICAL SHEAR REMAINS STRONG…AND THE POTENTIAL WILL REMAIN FOR  EMBEDDED SUPERCELL STRUCTURES.  LATER DURING THE AFTERNOON…CONVECTION IS EXPECTED TO EVOLVE INTO MORE OF A LINEAR SYSTEM WITH A THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND BRIEF SPIN UPS ALONG THE  BOWING LINE SEGMENTS.
  
WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott