Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion… Updated at 4:18 PM

A good Thursday afternoon to you! I had a great time speaking to the summer camp at Friendship Baptist Church this morning. I want to say a special thanks to Mrs. Gladys Wright for inviting me to speak to the group. We’ll have video of this on our 5, 6, and 10 pm newscast. If you miss that, be sure to click the weather visit section under the weather section on the main site. I have video from all of our last few visits on there.

Our forecast continues to be rather unsettled, as we’re on the outer edge of a ridge of high pressure. Plus, a deep layer of tropical moisture is serving as a fuel source of showers and storms. This morning’s rain was a surprise for some of us; in-fact, some places picked up over 3 inches in Fayette and Walker County.

Showers and storms are more scattered to isolated this afternoon, but as temperatures continue to warm, scattered storms will continue to pop up in spots. Just like most summer afternoons, it’s nearly impossible to tell who will get rain and how much. These storms are very hard to predict. Look for the scattered to numerous showers and storms through the weekend and early next week. Temperatures will remain in the lower to middle 90s, with lows in the lower to middle 70s. We’ll have some sun and clouds at times. While the sky will not be completely sunny, we’ll have a good amount of sun at times.

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

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

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Taste of Summer for Thursday… Updated 4:07 PM

Here’s today’s taste of summer sent to us by Chelsey Pearce out of Northport. Chelsey sends us a Key West Pie. My favorite part of this is that it has an S on it. Maybe that’s for my last name…Scott? Here’s the recipe:

3 eggs yolks, 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk, ½ c. lemon juice (or substitute lime juice)

Graham cracker crust, Separate eggs; set aside whites. In a mixing bowl, hand-whisk egg yolks; stir in sweetened condensed milk and lime juice. Mix thoroughly and pour into pie crust.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Cool; refrigerate until chilled. Makes 8 servings. Prep time: 10 minutes

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.

Richard Scott
rscott@wvuatv.com
WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Some Morning Rain… Thursday Update at 8 am

Check out the much needed rain falling across part of north and central Alabama this morning. Sure, some places aren’t getting a drop, but there’s a lot of land getting a good soaking this morning. Showers and storms have developed in response to a very small upper air disturbance. These things like to ride the outer edge of a ridge and are very hard to predict. Expect this same setup to continue through the weekend and into early next week. Not only do we have small scale disturbances riding the outer edge of the ridge, we’re under a very deep layer of tropical moisture. So, we have lift and we have a fuel source. That’s all you need to get rain. Afternoon heating helps increase the lift, so that’s why I think the best bet for widespread thunderstorms will happen each afternoon. Don’t be suprised if we get another morning or two of some storms.

There are even flooding issues this mornings for some areas, as the rain has been heavy and hasn’t let up. This batch of rain is moving westward very slow. New thunderstorms are developing over southern Hale and parts of Greene and Sumter County. Once they get organized, they will move west at a slow speed of 10 to 20 mph. This is a little more rain than I expected, so keep an eye on the radar if you have outdoor plans any day through early next week. It sure looks like storms may bother some of our plans.

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com