Radar Update – 5:35 PM Thursday

There’s some active storms on home team interactive radar this evening, with a line of strong storms extending in a line from Tuscaloosa to Greensboro to Demopolis to Thomaston. These storms are moving west to southwest at 20 MPH. Look for heavy rain, gusty winds and lots of cloud to ground lightning with the storms. They won’t last very long, in-fact, storms will last about an hour on average. This will cool off much of the area for the rest of the evening. There could be a few other storms through the evening hours after these pass by. The chance of rain goes down after sunset, but more storms are likely tomorrow afternoon.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

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Strong Storm in Tuscaloosa… Thursday Update 4:57 PM

 

There’s a big storm moving into the city of Tuscaloosa and northport. Lots of cloud to groud lighting can be expected with this batch of storms as they move west southwest at 10 to 20 MPH. Go indoors and let these storms pass by before you go back outside. The lightning output from this storm is incredible. The storms will last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

We’re looking for your pictures of a cool summer dish. The theme this season is Taste of Summer. We want to know how you stay cool in the summer heat. If you have a treat you make during the hot summer days to stay cool, we would love to know about it. Send us a picture of your home-made dish, along with your name, town name, and recipe. You may be featured on WVUA-TV during our 5, 6 and 10 O’clock broadcast. Be sure to send your pictures to weather@wvuatv.com. We look forward to seeing your pictures, but be sure to hurry so you have a better chance of being featured on WVUA-TV. We’ll continue to show these pictures through the end of July.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Thursday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4:45 PM

 

A good Thursday to you! Scattered to numerous showers and storms are happening across our state this afternoon. Like clockwork, afternoon storms have developed and are cooling many towns off. We need the rain and the cooler air during the evening hours is welcome. There are several reasons for all of the rain. One, a deep layer of tropical moisture is hovering over Alabama and much of the south. Two, the intense upper air ridge is west of us and we’re on the edge of the ridge. Typically, enhanced showers and storms can be found on the edge of a ridge this time of the year. Three, an upper air disturbance is developing over the northern Gulf of Mexico. This is enhancing the coverage of showers and storms over our state.

The added soil moisture and lack of an intense upper air ridge in place, our temperatures are a little cooler today. Highs have topped out in the lower 90s this afternoon, and that is a welcome sight. Look for this to continue through the weekend. It’s not going to rain all day this weekend. Look for 1 to 2 hours of rain each day through the weekend. If you have outdoor plans, storms will fire up very fast and will produce heavy rain, lots of cloud to ground lightning and gusty winds.

The upper air ridge will start to move eastward again early next week. This will drop our rain chances back to 20 to 30% and temperatures will rise. Look for highs to return into the upper 90s. Heat index values will top 105 at times.

We’re looking for your pictures of a cool summer dish. The theme this season is Taste of Summer. We want to know how you stay cool in the summer heat. If you have a treat you make during the hot summer days to stay cool, we would love to know about it. Send us a picture of your home-made dish, along with your name, town name, and recipe. You may be featured on WVUA-TV during our 5, 6 and 10 O’clock broadcast. Be sure to send your pictures to weather@wvuatv.com. We look forward to seeing your pictures, but be sure to hurry so you have a better chance of being featured on WVUA-TV. We’ll continue to show these pictures through the end of July.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

Taste of Summer for Thursday… Updated 3:35 PM

Today’s taste of summer was sent by Nichole Wilcher from Tuscaloosa.

Here’s the recipe:

Start with a bed of white rice…

Salted diced onion, bell pepper in oil.

Add bacon bits

Add shrimp last, and then add salt and pepper.

We’re looking for your pictures of a cool summer dish. The theme this season is Taste of Summer. We want to know how you stay cool in the summer heat. If you have a treat you make during the hot summer days to stay cool, we would love to know about it. Send us a picture of your home-made dish, along with your name, town name, and recipe. You may be featured on WVUA-TV during our 5, 6 and 10 O’clock broadcast. Be sure to send your pictures to weather@wvuatv.com. We look forward to seeing your pictures, but be sure to hurry so you have a better chance of being featured on WVUA-TV. We’ll continue to show these pictures through the end of July.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com