Excessive Heat Warning for West Alabama – Saturday 1:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for all of Central Alabama until 9 pm Sunday. An intense heat wave with near record high temperatures will continue with temperatures and heat indices climbing to potentially dangerous levels across Central Alabama.

Temperatures – 100 to 106 degrees today and 101 to 105 Sunday afternoon. With that in mind, the all time record high in Tuscaloosa is 107, we could approach that today.

* Heat index values – around 110 degrees Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
* Impacts – prolonged exposure to this heat can be dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken.

Precautionary/preparedness actions –

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

All areas around Central Alabama have the potential to break record highs today. Tuscaloosa’s previous record was 103 set back in 1954, we are already forecast to hit 106 today. It may be a heat wave for the record books. Stay cool out there. I’ll have your updated Home Team Forecast tonight on WVUA News at 10.

Daniel Sparkman
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WVUA Weather

Watching the Tropics – Invest 97 – Saturday 1 a.m.

Once again we have our eyes down on the tropics. The National Hurricane Center is watching a new tropical wave called Invest 97. The wave is located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands and is moving west at about 10 to 15 mph.

The area marked ‘2’ above is Invest 97. Area 1 is the remnants of Debby and area 3 is an area of disorganized showers that has little chance of becoming organized, at this time. Now back to Invest 97. The associated thunderstorm activity hasn’t changed much in organization over the past few hours, due to drier air in the vicinity of the system. As of the 1 a.m. update the National Hurricane Center is giving this system a 20 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours. The latest forecast models tend to disagree.

Above you can see the latest models forecasting intensity. Given that the most recent models were released about 5 hours ago. All but two models indicate that the system, will become a Tropical Storm within the next 48 hours. Most have it occurring between 7pm Saturday and 7am Sunday. These models also indicate that the system, over the next five days, will peak in intensity Monday night before losing some strength. The next map may help explain why.

From Monday night on the model data is fairly inconsistent. As you see above, the cone of uncertainty encompasses the entire Caribbean Sea. And this will continue to be the case until the storm can form and get caught in a steering current that will determine it’s eventual path. As you can see there are some solutions that will bering the system, into the Gulf of Mexico, but that is still a week or more away. We will of course keep you up-to-date on the tropics and Invest 97. If there is more to share, I’ll be sure to do that here and later on WVUA News at 10. Until then, have a great Saturday and stay cool!

Daniel Sparkman
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WVUA Weather

Dangerous Heat Today Through Monday… Maybe A Few Storms Next Week – Friday Update 10pm

Check out the highs this afternoon across our area. Tuscaloosa reached 105, which is 2 degrees shy of our all time record high of 107. This is dangerous heat that we don’t deal with very often. We will continue to see temperatures like this through Sunday and Monday. Skies will remain mostly sunny through Sunday. As the upper air ridge weakens some, temperatures will gradually drop. Highs will fall into the 98 to 102 degree range on Monday through next Friday.

The risk of scattered storms will also increase early to mid portion of next week. We will have to keep an eye on any storms that develop northwest of our area on Tuesday through Friday, as they have the risk of growing into an MCS or Mesoscale Convective System. It will not be an all day or night rain at all, but there are signs of atleast some risk of rain. While storms should remain isolated to scattered next week, there is a small risk of a complex of storms moving into the area, so stay updated on any forecasting changes. Skies will remain partly cloudy next week.

Here are some heat stats put the National Weather Service office in Birmingham put together. Much of the area is breaking records, and that will continue through Monday.

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT SATURDAY…

* TEMPERATURES…ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WILL CLIMB TO AS HIGH AS 104 DEGREES SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THIS HEAT CAN BE DANGEROUS IF THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Dangerous Heat Through The Weekend…Some Storms Next Week – Friday Afternoon Forecast 5:30pm

Good Friday afternoon to you! We are dealing with a classic early summer heat wave across the deep south. A very intense summer ridge has moved into Alabama, and this is producing very hot and dry weather. Reports of forest fires are breaking out over parts of Tuscaloosa County and Alabama. You’ve got to use caution outdoors due to the heat and no burning due to the dry conditions. There are two major concerns through the weekend, one is for heat illness, and two is for forest fires.

Temperatures this afternoon are reaching the 103 to 106 degree mark across much of the area. Tuscaloosa has reached 103 as of 5pm, which breaks the old record of 102. Ronald Hughes reports a high of 103.4 at his house in Coker (west Tuscaloosa Co.)

Heat index values are as high as 110 in parts of west and central Alabama. With air temperatures and heat index values this high, you’ve got to use caution. The ridge will continue to impact our area with triple digit heat and sweltering heat indices. Try to stay indoors during peak heating hours. If you have to work outdoors, drink lots of water and take lots of breaks. Be sure to avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol due to the risk of rapid dehydration. Temperatures will top out between 103 and 106 on Saturday and Sunday as well. The all time record high for Tuscaloosa is 107. Temperatures aren’t forecasted to reach that level, but don’t be shocked if we get very close to it.

The upper air ridge will start to break down a bit early next week, and that will allow for temperatures to drop a few degrees and scattered afternoon storms to develop across the area. Monday through Thursday will feature partly cloudy skies with the risk of scattered storms. At this point, rain chances are low, but changes are possible. Some spots will deal with a nice cooling shower next week, while other spots will remain hot and dry. Temperatures will top out between 98 and 101 on Monday through next Friday. Overnight lows will fall into the lower to middle 70s each night through next week.

Wednesday is looking hot, with the risk of a few afternoon storms. If you have plans to the river or lake on the 4th, keep an eye out to any afternoon storms that develop. If you hear thunder, go indoors until the storm passes. The rain chance is at 20%, so most spots will remain rain free on Wednesday.

The beach forecast is looking great over the next few days. Highs will reach the lower to midle 90s along the Alabama and northwest Florida Gulf Coast. The risk of rain over the weekend and early next week is less than 20%, so the beach trip is looking good. Water temperatures range in the lower to middle 80s along the northern Gulf Coast.

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Richard Scott

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Boy Is It Hot Outside! – Friday 5 p.m.


Well it is officially summer in the South. I ventured out today to grab a bite to eat at about 3:30p and this is what my car said. It’s very hot and it is fairly dry outside. Humidity values are below 40 percent in most places and it has been dry and hot for several day so the ground is drying out. We are in fact starting to get reports of forest fires in parts of Tuscaloosa County and other places around Central Alabama. This is not a good time to be outside burning. With little chance for substantial rainfall, any fire that get out of hand could spread quickly and lead to a larger fire. While conditions are like this just take it easy and stay inside. Remember to check on your pets and give them lots of water.

Richard will have your full Home Team forecast on WVUA News at 5, 6, and 10. I’ll see you tomorrow on WVUA News Weekend.

Daniel Sparkman
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WVUA Weather

Heat Danger Today Through Weekend! Friday Morning Update 11am

Good Friday Morning to you! The map above shows the watches, warnings and advisories across our area. All of central and west Alabama is under a heat advisory, while much of north Alabama is under an Excessive Heat Warning. Temperatures across all of our area will top out between 102 and 106 this afternoon. As of 11am, we are getting close to 100. Look for temperatures to climb through 4pm, then gradually start to fall off after 5pm. Due to high dewpoints, heat index values are over 100 now and will reach the 106 to 112 degree range this afternoon. Please use caution when outdoors today through Sunday. The extreme heat will continue all weekend. Drink lots of water, take breaks and stay in the shade or indoors when possible. Also, try to get yard work done early in the morning and late in the evening.

Skies will remain mostly sunny through the entire weekend. The risk of rain is very low through Sunday, so don’t count on any rain to cool you off. Scattered afternoon storms will become possible on Monday through Thursday, as the upper air ridge weakens some. Highs will still remain close to the 100 degree mark through the middle of next week. Look for lows to fall into the lower to middle 70s. As temperatures increase over the weekend, it’s possible than an excessive heat warning is extended southward into central Alabama.

Info on Heat Advisory:

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT SATURDAY…

* TEMPERATURES…ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WILL CLIMB TO AS HIGH AS   102 TO 104 THIS AFTERNOON AND AS HIGH AS 105 DEGREES SATURDAY   AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS…PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THIS HEAT CAN BE DANGEROUS IF   THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

Info on Excessive Heat Warning:

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY.TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Developing Drought Across Central and West Alabama! Friday Morning Update 10am

Good Friday morning to you! As you know, it’s dry across our area. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor is out and shows that our area is starting to get in bad shape, especially in east Alabama. Due to the very hot weather, higher summer sun angle, and lack of rain, conditions will get bad in a hurry. I wouldn’t build an outdoor fire until after the next good rain event. The risk of wildfire will continue to increase across much of Alabama. At this point, the risk of rain is less than 10% through the weekend. As the upper air ridge weakens a tad early next week, the risk of scattered, afternoon storms will increase. Look for rain chances at around 20% on Monday through Wednesday. Here’s the latest on our drought:

The recent hot and dry conditions across Central Alabama has resulted in some westward expansion of drought conditions in Central Alabama.  The latest U.S. Drought Monitor indicates exceptional drought exists to the right of a line from near Texasville to just north of Eufaula. Extreme drought is found to the right of a line from near Brundidge to Meadville to Wetumpka to north of Alexander City to Barfield to Napoleon. Moderate to severe drought is found to the right of a line from Linden to Brookwood to Birmingha to Ashville to Hokes Bluff to Centre. Remaining areas are indicated to be near normal or abnormally dry. 

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Dangerous Heat Ahead…Isolated Storms Next Week – Thursday Forecast Update 2:30pm

Good Thursday afternoon to you! The intense summer ridge is building into the deep south this afternoon, and temperatures will continue to increase as heights continue to increase. Most spots will reach 100 this afternoon, but the heat index value is much higher. Most spots are showing heat index values between 102 and 109 across the area. As moisture levels come up, the heat index will become more of a factor through the pre-4th weekend.

The map above is the 500mb chart off the GFS computer model. Much like a elevation map, the numbers above show at what level 500mb occurs. The 594 ring over Alabama means that 500mb occurs 5,940 meters above the ground. Since hot air expands, the column of air above it will expand upwards. 5,880 meters is rather high, but 5,940 meters is very high. Due to the dry ground, temperatures will continue to warm easily each day. Since the Sun’s energy goes into heating the ground rather than evaporating the moisture out of th ground, it doesn’t take much for temperatures to reach hot levels.

Temperatures will reach the 99 to 103 degree mark this afternoon across much of the area. We are under a heat advisory, which means this is a danger to your health. Temperatures will reach the 103 to 107 degree range on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Skies will remain mostly sunny through Saturday.

The ridge will start to break down a bit on Sunday through next Thursday, but temperatures will remain very hot. You’ll notice a little extra cloud cover as heights come down some. Also, afternoon storms will become possible on Sunday and last through the middle of next week. The risk of rain is low on Sunday at only 10%, but chances will increase to 20% for Monday through Thursday. While that is still low, a cooling afternoon or evening storm is possible. Most spots will remain dry, with highs reaching the low 100s through Thursday.

The 4th of July happens on Wednesday this year. Look for highs to reach the 100 degree mark, with the risk of an afternoon storm or two. Skies will remain partly cloudy on Wednesday.

Here’s some heat safety information from the National Weather Service in Birmingham…

The Alabama Department of Public Health advises the public to be alert to the warning signals of heat illnesses

People should drink plenty of water, stay in an air-conditioned room, and keep out of the sun. The public should also check on the elderly and ensure pets have plenty of water to drink and a shady place to cool off.

Heat related illnesses occur when the body`s temperature control system is overloaded. The Alabama Department of Public Health cautions everyone to be alert to the warnings that may signal help is needed.

Heat stroke, sometimes called sunstroke, is the most serious heat related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. The body`s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106 degrees F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

Warning signs of heat stroke vary, but include the following:

 — an extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F)

 — red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)

 — rapid, strong pulse

 — throbbing headache

 — dizziness

 — nausea

 — confusion

 — unconsciousness

Get the person to a shady area, cool rapidly in a tub of cool water, place in a cool shower, spray with cool water from a garden hose, splash with cool water, or, if the humidity is low, place in a cool, wet sheet and fan vigorously. Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the person`s body temperature drops to 101 to 102 degrees F. If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call a hospital emergency room for further instructions.

Dr. Donald Williamson, State Health Officer, said, “Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency. A person with heat stroke is likely to be unconscious or unresponsive, so he or she cannot safely consume any liquids. Under no circumstances should you give any alcohol to a person with heat stroke or any heat illness.”

Follow these preventive measures to avoid heat illnesses:

 — drink more fluids, and avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.

 — when temperatures are extreme, stay indoors, ideally in an air-conditioned place.

 — take a cool shower or bath, and reduce or eliminate strenuous activities during the hottest time of the day.

 — protect yourself from the sun with a wide brimmed hat, light colored and loose fitting clothing, and use a sunscreen   of SPF 15 or higher.

 — never leave pets or people in a parked vehicle.

Individuals with heart problems, poor circulation, diabetes, a previous stroke or obesity are at greater risk of becoming sick in hot weather. The risk of heat related illness may increase among people using medications for high blood pressure, nervousness or depression.

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Heat Wave Ahead… 4th of July Forecast… Wednesday Update 5pm

Good Monday afternoon to you! Conditions will remain very hot over the next few days, as highs continue to climb over the century mark. Look for the heat wave to continue and become life threatening as we move into the pre 4th of July weekend. The intense summer ridge is positioned west of Alabama this afternoon, but the ridge is building east and will basically sit on top of Alabama for a several days.

Many of us stayed below the 100 degree mark this afternoon due to a lingering trough across the east and northeast. The trough is moving out and the ridge is building in behind it. Look for skies to remain sunny through sunset and clear overnight. Temperatures will reach the 90 degree mark at 7pm, then the 80 degree mark at the 10pm hour. Lows will fall into the middle 60s before daybreak tomorrow morning. It will feel pleasant tonight and early tomorrow, but conditions will get very hot for the rest of the week and into the weekend. As heights increase, highs will warm into the 100 to 103 degree range on Thursday under a sunny sky. The ridge will suppress the air over our area, so storms are unlikely through the weekend. I can’t rule out a stray shower, but the risk is low. Heights will continue to increase on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so afternoon temperatures will reflect that. Look for highs to reach the 104 to 106 degree range on Friday through Monday. Conditions will also become muggy, so temperatures at night will only fall into the lower 70s. With muggy weather across the area, you’ll notice the heat index over the weekend and early next week reaching the 110 to 115 degree range.

Please use caution if you are working outdoors Thursday through next Wednesday. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated. If you can avoid working outdoors between 10am and 5pm, you will reduce the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Temperatures will stay at or above 100 through next Wednesday.

Your 4th of July plans are looking very hot, with highs near 103. Heat index values will range between 110 and 115 degrees. The risk of rain is less than 10%, and skies will remain mostly sunny. Don’t forget that the ground is very dry, so there may be some issues with fire or fireworks in your area at that point.

The tropics are becoming a little more quiet, but we are still watching what’s left of tropical storm Debby. That system is now east of Florida and continues to move east. There is another area of concern well out in the central Atlantic. That system has lots of time to watch, and there are no signs of it developing into a tropical storm over the next 24 to 36 hours.

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Heat Advisory for West Alabama…Dangerous Heat Wave! – Wednesday Update 4:30pm

Good Wednesday afternoon! Above is a graphic the National Weather Service in Birmingham put together. This shows information on records for cities such as Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston and Montgomery. Some of these records will be broken over the next few days due to the extreme heat…

Here’s a statement from the National Weather Service:

AN EARLY SEASON HEAT WAVE WILL SET UP OVER CENTRAL ALABAMA FOR THE END OF THE WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND. TEMPERATURES WILL CLIMB TO NEAR STRESSFUL AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF CENTRAL ALABAMA THURSDAY AFTERNOON. A LARGE UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE CENTRAL UNITED STATES IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING TEMPERATURES WELL ABOVE NORMAL. WHILE HEAT IS USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH SUMMERTIME IN ALABAMA…SOMETIMES THE HEAT RISES TO A LEVEL THAT BECOMES MORE THAN JUST AN INCONVENIENCE…AND IS MORE OF A SERIOUS ISSUE FOR SOME PEOPLE.

…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM CDT THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM CDT THURSDAY.

* TEMPERATURES…ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA WILL CLIMB AS HIGH AS 101 DEGREES THURSDAY AFTERNOON WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES APPROACHING 105 DEGREES. THESE TEMPERATURES MAY BE EVEN WARMER ON FRIDAY AND  THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

* IMPACTS…PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THIS HEAT CAN BE DANGEROUS IF THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.com or WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Also, join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm and weekends at 10pm for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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