Sunday Evening Forecast Discussion – 5:35 p.m.

The surface front has begun to push southward as the main upper short wave trough digs southward into the lower Mississippi River Valley region. The surface front has pushed to near the I-20 corridor and a band showers has developed ahead of the front. There is some convection upstream near a vorticity maximum, but do not expect this activity to reach North Alabama and do not anticipate any rainfall for areas north of the surface front for tonight.

As previous models have advertised, the significant rainfall will likely stay near the coast tonight with a northward shift in the rainfall shield Monday morning as a weak surface low develops over southwest Alabama. The rain should mostly be east of Central Alabama by sunset Monday, but a few showers may linger over the extreme southeast areas as the surface front hangs up in this area. Mostly clear with lower humidities on Wednesday.

Mid week will be a mostly rain free period with daytime temperatures rising back to near normal readings for mid August. The main upper trough will shift east of area with a more zonal upper flow pattern by late in the week. Humidity levels will slowly increase as low level flow becomes southeast on back side of exiting surface high. Increasing chances of rain by the weekend as a short wave trough moves into the plains states.

Daniel Sparkman
dsparkman@wvuatv.com
WVUA Weather

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New Tropical Low… One To Watch Close! – Sunday Update 12pm

Good Sunday midday to you! We’re watching a new area of low pressure track across the Atlantic. This system really needs to be watched because of the forecast track and forecast data. Some data tracks this low to the west across the Caribbean, then northwest into the Gulf of Mexico. The low is very large and most data develops it into a tropical storm within the next 36 hours. This feature has a high chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next day or two. While we have time to watch it, you’ll need to keep an eye on forecast updates. There is a chance we could be looking at a Gulf Hurricane in 6 to 8 days.

We will continue to update you on the latest as this storm develops.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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More Damage Pictures from Linden Yesterday… Sunday Morning Update 10am

Good Sunday morning! I want to send out a special thanks to Bruce Ward, Jason Griffith, Sarah Hale Stephens, Jon Michael Stephens and others for the damage pictures and reports out of Linden. Here’s more damage pictures from the Linden (Marengo County). A complex of storms moved through the state yesterday evening, and produced lots of rain across much of west and central Alabama. The only problem we had happened over Marengo County, where a storm got out of hand. There was no warning for Marengo County, but a storm did produce severe damage in the city of Linden. Since Linden is so far from a radar site, it can be hard for the National Weather Service to detect low level rotation or straight line winds within a thunderstorm. Viewers out of Linden reported winds nearing 80 mph and compared it to the effects of Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

That was the only area of reported damage across west and central Alabama yesterday evening. The National Weather Service will send out a survey team today and determine whether it was tornado damage or straight line winds. When the report comes out later today, I’ll update you.

Here’s an update from the National Weather Service in Birmingham:

0607 PM     TSTM WND DMG     NE LINDEN               32.31N 87.80W
08/18/2012                   MARENGO            AL   EMERGENCY MNGR

ABOUT ONE DOZEN LARGE HARDWOOD TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED IN THE CITY OF LINDEN. A FEW SNAPPED TREES WERE ALSO VISIBLE ON COUNTY ROAD 44 5.5 MILES NORTHEAST OF LINDEN. ESTIMATED WIND SPEEDS 80 MPH.

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Richard Scott

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