Hot Weather Continues…Scattered Storms At Times Today Through Next Sunday…Nice Beach Forecast – Monday Update 5:40pm

Good Monday afternoon to you! It’s been a hot day in west Alabama, with temperatures flirting with 100 degrees. While west Alabama bakes in the heat, central and east Alabama is dealing with a nice refreshing day. Numerous showers and storms moved across much of east and central Alabama this morning, cooling temperatures drastically. While a few storms did manage to reach the western side of the state, it didn’t rain long enough to keep us cool this afternoon; plus, the sun returned quickly after the rain stopped.

Lots of people have been complaining about their yard turning brown or their garden dying over the past couple of weeks. I’m in the same situation as you area. I haven’t had a drop of rain at my house in Northport in weeks. My yard is turning into sand and my garden is hanging on by a thread. I hope we all get some nice rain amounts over the next 7 days, and I think that will happen. The ridge of high pressure has shifted northwest of the area, and temperatures are cooling above the surface. Hot and humid air at ground level, with cold and dry air above the ground creates instability. This is a key factor in getting shower and thunderstorm development across our area. Plus, there are lots of small scale disturbances moving along the edge of the ridge. One disturbance moved through this morning. Since we will remain on the outer edge of the ridge over the next 5 to 7 days, I can’t rule out scattered storms at any point. The risk of rain will continue through this week and into next weekend both during the day and at night. That being said, I still think the best chance of showers and storms will occur during the afternoon and evening hours due to maximum instability.

If you have plans outdoors for Independence Day on Wednesday or the following weekend, expect a partly cloudy sky and hot temperatures. Highs will continue to reach the upper 90s each day with a heat index nearing 108. There will also be some thunderstorms in the area at any point, so keep the rain gear handy. If you are at the lake, river, pool or beach, keep in mind lightning safety. If you are close enough to a storm to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. Go indoors quickly and stay indoors until after the storm passes. I know people that stay at the river or lake during a nearby thunderstorm; that can turn into a life-threatening situation. Lightning is a weather killer, and it can happen very sudden. Be smart and go indoors. The good news is that storms will remain scattered to isolated each day, and if a storm hits your area, it may last 20 to 30 minutes and be over with. Plus, not everyone will get rain each day; this activity is expected to be hit or miss. There’s also the risk of a few severe storms each day this week. The main concern is hail and damaging winds.

The beach forecast is looking great this week, with a mostly sunny sky and hot temperatures. The risk of rain along the Alabama Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle is at 20 to 30% today through next weekend. While there is a risk of scattered storms along the coast, they won’t last long at all. Water temperatures are now in the middle 80s along the coast.

It’s that time of the year, as we enter the Dog Days of Summer. Send us your pictures of how your dog stays cool in the summer heat. Send the pictures to weather@wvuatv.com or tag us on facebook. Search our like page on facebook by WVUA-TV Weather.

Be sure you include your name, your dog’s name and the town you live in. We will start featuring these on WVUA-TV tomorrow (Tuesday). This will last through August 11th. We’ve got some great pictures already, so hurry and send yours in so we can show your dog staying cool in the summer heat on TV.

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!

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Dog Days of Summer… Send Us Your Dog’s Picture! – Monday Update 3pm

Good Monday afternoon to you! It’s that time of the year, as we enter the Dog Days of Summer. Send us your pictures of how your dog stays cool in the summer heat. Send the pictures to weather@wvuatv.com or tag us on facebook. Search our like page on facebook by WVUA-TV Weather.

Be sure you include your name, your dog’s name and the town you live in. We will start featuring these on WVUA-TV tomorrow (Tuesday). This will last through August 11th. We’ve got some great pictures already, so hurry and send yours in so we can show your dog staying cool in the summer heat on TV.

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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More Scattered Storms This Afternoon Through Sunday… Monday Update 12:15pm

Things are a little more quiet at this midday hour. The big batch of storms over central Alabama has really died out, but some storms are still developing in southwest Alabama at this 12pm hour. Storms are along and just north of US HWY 80 from Demopolis to Uniontown to Selma. These cells are drifting south at 10mph. Rain cooled air has taken over central Alabama, but it’s still hot in areas west of I-65 and south of HWY 78. As temperatures warm this afternoon, look for additional showers and storms to develop in the area. If you didn’t get rain this morning, you stand a fair chance of getting rain at your house this afternoon or really any day this week. The risk of rain is at around 40% today through Sunday.

Temperatures will continue to be hot each day, with highs reaching the 96 to 100 degree mark through the weekend. With deep tropical moisture in place, we can’t rule out a thunderstorm at any point, but the best chance of scattered storms will occur during the peak heating hours. This morning’s rain was due to a weak trough of low pressure moving across our state. This feature was very small scale and not very well forecasted. We will have to keep a close eye on these small scale features like that, as they can trigger shower and thunderstorm development quick and at any point. If you have any outdoor events planned this week or on the 4th, keep an eye to the sky. If a thunderstorm develops in your area, go indoors immediately. Lightning is a weather killer, and it can strike miles away from a storm. Due to the high level of instability, storms will produce a high rate of lightning. Some could even grow to severe limits, with the risk of hail and damaging winds.

While not everyone will see rain each day, I think everyone will get atleast one good downpour between today and Sunday. Some spots will get lucky and pick up lots of rain between now and then. Also, this will not be an all day rain today or anyday this week. Rain may last at your house for 30 minutes or an hour, then be done for the day. Look for partly cloudy skies each day this week, with the risk of scattered storms to continue.

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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Big Storms on Radar This Morning! Scattered Storms Likely At Any Point Through Next Weekend…Monday Morning Update 8am

Good Monday morning to you! As of 8am, there is a batch of morning storms over parts of northeast Tuscaloosa, east Fayette, east Marion, all of Walker, Winston and Jefferson Counties. These storms have grown to severe limits at times and are producing very heavy amounts of rain. The storms are gradually moving southeast and over the same areas, so some flash flooding is possible. We do note the thunderstorm that’s developing over Hale County. That cell is moving east. While the cells are moving east and southeast, the storms are building west as a weak trough moves westward across our state. Look for storms to continue to build west and move through parts of west Alabama through the mid morning hours. Much of Alabama is dry this morning, but don’t be shocked if a storm develops at your house. Look for rain to continue in parts of our area on and off through the morning hours. More storms are likely this afternoon.

Other than areas that are getting rain now, the risk of storms across our area have increased to 50%. This means there’s a good chance of scattered to numerous thunderstorms across our central and west Alabama counties through this evening. With the deep tropical environment in place and warm to hot temperatures, the risk of rain will continue at about any point over the next 5 to 7 days. This is good news due to the high need for rain in our area. The bad news is that not everyone will get rain every day. There may be spots that don’t get a drop today or tomorrow. While the storms will remain scattered, most places will pick up a nice storm at some point. Due to the scattered nature of the storms, it is impossible to tell you when it will rain at your house more than an hour or two in advance. These storms often develop and die in the same place. It’s important to go inside when a thunderstorm develops near your area. If you are close enough to a storm to hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

The best chance of storms today through next weekend will occur during the afternoon hours. Again, the tropical environment in place now will allow storms to develop at any time, day or night. So, don’t be shocked if a storm wakes you up at night. The storms ongoing right now across parts of central Alabama will likely continue through the morning hours. Storms may reach severe limits at times and produce damaging winds and hail. Storms will also produce lots of lightning and heavy rain…

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

rscott@wvuatv.com