Central Alabama Earthquake… Tuesday 10 PM Update

Did you feel the earthquake this evening near Birmingham? The USGS has reported a 3.0 magnitude earthquake about 8 miles east northeast of Birmingham. The quake was rather shallow, at 3.1 miles deep. This is one out of several local quakes over the past months. Don’t worry; small tremors are fairly common in this area. While strong earthquakes aren’t expected around here, there are small fault lines that run under Alabama’s surface.

Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV today at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm for the latest on your forecast. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.com. Also, send us your weather pictures by e-mail to weather@wvuatv.com. Have a great day!

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com

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Hot Today, Cooler over the Weekend… Tuesday Update 10:40 AM

Temperatures will get hot again on this Tuesday afternoon, as highs approach the lower to middle 90s. Heat index won’t be much of a factor, as moisture is still rather low. There is no chance of a cooling rain today, but a stray shower is possible on Wednesday. The chance of rain is looking rather low.

A cold front will gradually move in late on Thursday and during the day on Friday. Showers and storms will develop along the front and should give some of us a decent rain on Thursday and Friday. The best chance of rain will shift south of Tuscaloosa on Friday. Look for temperatures to cool back into the 79 to 82 degree range on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll have a sun/cloud mix over the weekend. As a strong high pressure sets up over the northeast, this is a classic pattern for a cold air damming effect. This is where cool air at the surface slides southwest along the Appalachian Mountains. Since the surface high is over the northeast, cooler, Atlantic air is pushed against the Mountains. The cool air right at the surface can’t go over the Mountains, so it’s forced southwest. This is usually the type of setup that keeps east Alabama cloudy and much cooler than west Alabama. That being the case, look for a big temperature spread between west Alabama and east Alabama on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures may stay in the lower to middle 70s east of Birmingham. Again, the western side of the state will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Kickoff is looking great for Alabama football. Temperatures at the 6:30 kickoff will likely be in the middle to upper 70s. At this point, there is no sign of rain other than a tiny, passing shower. I think the best bet for rain will be well south of Tuscaloosa, so we should be good. Temperatures will fall into the upper 50s Friday night and Saturday night, so expect fairly chilly conditions late at night and early in the mornings over the weekend.

Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV today at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm for the latest on your forecast. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.com. Also, send us your weather pictures by e-mail to weather@wvuatv.com. Have a great day!

WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

rscott@wvuatv.com