Thursday Evening Forecast Discussion – Posted at 5:15pm

A good Thursday afternoon to you! After the storms move out this evening, skies will go clear late tonight and conditions will cool off a little. Lows will drop into the lower 60s tonight. The cold front moving through Alabama isn’t a true cold front. The airmass behind it isn’t that cool. In-fact, the airmass will warm over the weekend as a ridge builds back into the southeast.

Highs will top out in the middle and upper 80s on Friday, but the humidity won’t be that bad. Skies could start off cloudy Friday morning, but sun will quickly return during the mid morning hours. The ridge will start to nose into Alabama Friday evening and over the weekend. Highs will top out in the lower 90s on Saturday and Sunday. As moisture increases, humidity will become rather high. This will put our heat index values into the middle and upper 90s in spots, especially on Monday. If you have plans outdoors for Memorial Day Weekend, expect a summer-like feel to the air. The only thing missing will be afternoon storms. I don’t expect any rain over the weekend or early next week.

The ridge gets even stronger by the middle of next week, and temperatures will respond to that by increasing. Highs will be closer to 95 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will remain mild at night, with upper 60s each night of next week.

Be sure to join me tonight at 6 and 10 for the latest on your forecast. Have a great evening!

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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Nasty Storms In West Alabama… Thursday Update at 4:04pm

Storms are becoming severe in west Alabama, as this line gets a little out of hand. These storms are moving east at about 20 MPH, so they are moving into the Tuscaloosa area. If this line holds together, we can expect strong winds and hail with these storms. Also, there will be a lot of cloud to ground lightning. Once the storms move into your area, they will last about 1 hour or less.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Severe T-storm Warning for Greene and Pickens Until 4:30 PM

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
353 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… NORTH CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  SOUTH CENTRAL PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 353 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING  WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BENEVOLA…  OR 7 MILES EAST OF ALICEVILLE…AND MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…  BENEVOLA…MANTUA AND PIONEER.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Severe T-storm Warning for Greene, Pickens, Sumter Until 4:15pm. Thursday Update at 3:53pm

BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
351 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… WEST CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
  SOUTHWESTERN PICKENS COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…  NORTH CENTRAL SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 415 PM CDT

* AT 347 PM CDT…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE  THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL…AND DAMAGING  WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR PANOLA…OR 17 MILES SOUTH OF ALICEVILLE…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…  NEW WEST GREENE…WEST GREENE…WARSAW…NEW MOUNT HEBRON…
  PLEASANT RIDGE AND CLINTON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Storms Growing Strong… Thursday Update at 3:30 PM

A line of showers and thunderstorms are developing and slowly moving east. They should get into the Tuscaloosa area between 4:15 and 5pm. Once they arrive, they won’t last longer than 30 to 45 minutes. The storms could die out before reaching us, but according to radar trends, they may blast through Tuscaloosa and Northport. Heavy rain and thunderstorms are happening right now just west of Coker and over Samantha and Gordo. The line extends back into northern Sumter County. Once the storms push through, dry weather will take over for a good 7 day stretch.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

New Storms Over Pickens and NW Tuscaloosa County… Updated Thursday at 2:50 PM

Look at the line of showers and storms developing over northwest Tuscaloosa County and central Pickens County. If they hold together and keep organizing, Tuscaloosa may get some rain. If that happens, it won’t last more than 30 minutes or so. We all could use the rain to cool things off, so bring it on. We don’t want any severe weather. So far, these storms are well below severe limits. There could be a strong wind gust and small hail with these storms as they move eastward. They should all be out of here by sunset.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Big Storms East and South of Tuscaloosa… Updated at 2pm Thursday

There’s some big storms out there this afternoon, but all of the activity is moving east of Tuscaloosa. We needed the rain in the city, but the storms have dodged the city. Several severe thunderstorm warnings are happening for parts of central and east Alabama. Any storms have the chance of producing hail and damaging winds and lots of lightning. The stormy mess will continue moving east and should be into Georgia by sunset.

We will then go into a dry stretch, with no rain over the next 7 days. The ridge will really warm us into the middle 90s by the early and mid portion of next week.

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

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com