Severe Weather Possible on Wednesday? Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update at 4:30 PM

A good Tuesday to you! Our weather has turned out hot today, with many locations topping out between 84 and 87 degrees. The hot temperatures will continue over the next 7 days, with the only relief in the heat happening on Wednesday and Thursday, as rain will become possible.

There are big questions coming up for Wednesday’s forecast. TheStormPredictionCenterhas placed much ofAlabamaunder a slight risk of severe weather. This isn’t a tornado event, but large hail and damaging winds will become the primary threat. The surface low is well north ofAlabama, so surface winds won’t be “backing winds” as we call it. For tornadoes to occur inAlabama, a south or southeast wind is needed for a big deal with tornadoes. This is what increases the wind shear needed for tornadoes. Large hail will be a big concern for areas north of Moundville. Showers and storms will continue in the forecast through Thursday, but the chance of severe storms will trend downward.

The ridge of high pressure over the Gulf will re-organize and build northward on Friday. This will push the active storm track well north ofAlabamaand will bring the heat bubble into the deep south. With a south wind and a hot airmass moving in, it’s going to feel nasty on Good Friday and Easter weekend. Heat index values will approach 95 at times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Actual highs will range from 85 to 89, with lows in the middle 60s. Get ready to crank up the AC over the next few days!

Weekend rain chances are looking low at this point, with only an afternoon shower or storm. This will be very similar to the weather we experience in June or July.

Scroll down for the very latest on the tornadoes that moved through centralAlabamaon Friday. We’ve got lots of new information in this afternoon. If you have any damage pictures, send them to weather@wvuatv.com

Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV today at 5, 6 and 10 for the very latest. Also, if you have any weather picture, send them to weather@wvuatv.com

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

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Friday Tornado Outbreak Tornado Tracks… Updated Tuesday at 4 PM

Here are the latest survey updates from the NWS in Birmingham. These are all tornado tracks across central Alabama, but all survey reports haven’t come back yet. There’s a chance that up to 4 more tornadoes will be updated for Marengo County soon. Keep it here for updates. By the way, the Tuscaloosa tornado was rated EF-3.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Tuscaloosa Tornado Rated EF-3… Updated Tuesday at 2:33pm

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
213 PM CDT MON APR 18 2011

…UPDATED SURVEY INFORMATION FOR TUSCALOOSA TORNADO…

…BLACK WARRIOR TORNADO (GREENE AND TUSCALOOSA COUNTIES)…

PRELIMINARY DATA…
EVENT DATE: APRIL 15, 2011
EVENT TYPE: EF-3 TORNADO
ESTIMATED PEAK WINDS (MPH): 140
INJURIES/FATALITIES: NONE
EVENT START LOCATION AND TIME: 33.012/-87.739 AT 316 PM
EVENT END LOCATION AND TIME: 33.190/-87.504 AT 343 PM
DAMAGE PATH LENGTH (IN MILES): 19
DAMAGE WIDTH (IN YARDS): 500

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE IN FAR  NORTHEASTERN GREENE AND SOUTH CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA COUNTIES. IT HAS  BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO. WINDS  WERE ESTIMATED AT 140 MPH. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NORTH OF  COUNTY ROAD 86 IN GREENE COUNTY…ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF  RALPH…UPROOTING DOZENS OF HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES. FROM  THERE…THE TORNADO TRAVELED NORTHEAST….MOVING PARALLEL TO AND  LESS THAN 2 MILES EAST OF THE INTERSTATE 20/59 CORRIDOR…SNAPPING  AND UPROOTING TREES ALONG THE WAY. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE  OCCURRED AS THE TORNADO CROSSED THE BLACK WARRIOR RIVER NEAR MAXWELL  LOOP ROAD. HUNDREDS OF TREES WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED AND A POWER  TRANSMISSION TOWER WAS CRUSHED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED NORTHEAST  MOVING NORTH OF SHELTON STATE…AND CROSSING HIGHWAY 69 NEAR  TAYLORVILLE AND THE INTERSTATE 20/59 CORRIDOR NEAR HIGHWAY 82. ALONG  THIS PATH…DAMAGE CONSISTED OF SNAPPED OR UPROOTED TREES AND  STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES. THE TORNADO LIFTED NEAR  MAYFAIR DRIVE…SOUTH OF VETERANS MEMORIAL PARKWAY. THE TORNADO  DAMAGE PATH WAS 19 MILES LONG AND WAS 500 YARDS WIDE AT ITS WIDEST POINT.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com