Warmer Days Ahead… Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Update – 5pm

Good Wednesday afternoon to you! I hope your Halloween Day is going good. While our weather has turned out very pleasant this afternoon with warmer temperatures and light winds, expect some quick changes after sunset. You’ll need the light jacket this evening if you have an outdoor event planned. Look for temperatures to fall into the 50s after sunset and upper 40s by 10pm. Winds will remain light to calm through tonight. Lows will bottom out between 36 and 40 degrees. There could be a little patchy frost in the typical cooler spots.

We can expect much warmer weather for the rest of the week and into the weekend, as the upper air trough moves out of the area. Look for a high around 70 on Thursday and 75 on Friday. Ridging will nose in from the west late Friday and on Saturday, and many spots could reach the upper 70s on Saturday. Skies will remain sunny to mostly sunny through Saturday. Low level moisture will increase a bit on Sunday and Monday, which will allow for an increase in cloud cover. As a fast moving disturbance moves in from the west, we will have to increase the risk of rain late Sunday and early Monday. Some model data shows a few showers arriving around lunch on Sunday, so you may have to take the rain gear to church Sunday.

Don’t forget we end Daylight Savings Time Saturday night, so set that clock back 1 hour before you go to bed. The official time change is at 2am Sunday morning. Atleast we all get an extra hour of sleep. This is also a good time to make sure your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly.

Cooler weather takes over on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures in the 60s. Temperatures will fall into the 30s Monday night and Tuesday night. Skies will become sunny again late Monday and on Tuesday as cooler and drier air takes over.

Alabama takes on LSU on Saturday… It’s a late game in Baton Rouge, with a 7pm kickoff. Look for partly cloudy skies and the risk of a passing shower or storm. The chance of rain at this point looks rather low for the game. Temperatures will fall into the 60s.

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Alabama Meteor This Evening…Experts Say Impact Likely Occured in North Alabama… Tuesday Update – 9:20pm

Warning… The image above is not from the Alabama fireball, but just a representation of what it may have looked like according to witnesses. We are working to get pictures and video of the event… If you have pictures or video, please contact me by e-mail to rscott@wvuatv.com

Many of you in west and central Alabama reported seeing a fireball earlier in the sky. There were also numerous reports of a sonic boom across north Alabama… Here’s what Dr. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center: “This was NOT a Taurid meteor; probably a random interloper from the asteroid belt. Doppler weather radar shows a meteoritic “rain”, indicating that there are meteorites on the ground in Alabama. The radar signature is stronger than the recent California fireball, which produced meteorites in the San Francisco area.We are still working out a precise location for the meteor impact.”

We are working to get more information on this. This was not a major impact at all, but something very interesting to the scientific community. The small ones like this are very easy to miss and can happen suddenly. Many small meteorites have hit the Earth’s surface in recent years.

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Warmer Days Ahead… Tuesday Night Forecast Update – 9pm

Good Tuesday afternoon! Much of Alabama dealt with another windy and chilly day today, with most spots struggling to reach 60 degrees. The wind made it feel much cooler all morning and afternoon, but winds will gradually calm down this evening. The tight pressure gradient between the surface high west of Alabama and Sandy to the northeast has caused winds to gust to 35mph at times. As the surface high moves over Alabama tonight, winds will gradually calm down after dark and should go completely calm after midnight. Look for lows to reach the upper 30s tonight, with a few middle 30 degree temperatures north of I-20.

We can expect ample sunshine through Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As the surface high hangs out over our area, we will notice the calm and pleasant conditions developing through the week. The upper air trough associated with Sandy will weaken and push northeast, taking the core of the cold air with it. Look for upper 60s for highs on Wednesday and lower 70s on Thursday and Friday. Winds will remain pretty light on Halloween for Wednesday. If you have an event happening Halloween Night or you’re trick or treating, take the jacket.

As the trough lifts out, some ridging will take over, which means a warming trend is likely. Highs will reach the 70s on Thursday and Friday, with mid to upper 70s on Saturday.

A fast moving storm system will move in on Sunday or Monday, which will bring the risk of scattered showers.

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Windy and Cold…Warmer Ahead…Tuesday Midday Forecast Update – 11:45am

Above is the current surface map across the eastern half of the US. The remnant low of Sandy is located over south central Pennsylvania at this hour and is slowly weakening. Sandy is still producing heavy rain and snow across the northeast; in-fact, heavy snow has been reported as far south as the Gatlinburg, TN area. 1 to 3 feet of snow have also been reported across the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.

Around here, we’re stuck between a high pressure to our southwest and Sandy to our northeast. A tight pressure gradient is causing a breezy wind around here. The sunlight is filtered some across much of west and central Alabama thanks to some high level clouds flowing in around Sandy. Meanwhile, the snow will continue to add up for the mountains of Tennessee and points northeast. Alabama’s weather will stay dry and chilly today. Highs will reach the low 60s south of HWY 82 with upper 50s to the north of that line. Winds will gust to around 30 at times today.

As the surface high moves in, winds should go calm tonight, with a low around 39. Middle 30s are possible north of I-20.

Skies will remain sunny on Halloween for Wednesday. Highs will warm into the middle 60s under a sunny sky. If you have plans for Halloween Wednesday eve or night, you’ll need a jacket. It sure is looking chilly after sunset, with 50s just after sunset. Atleast winds will be rather calm on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Thursday and Friday will really start to turn nice, as highs reach the 70 degree mark. The surface high will move over us and provide the calm and clear days. While afternoon temperatures moderate, overnight lows will continue to be pretty chilly. Look for lows to fall around 40 degrees each night through the 1st half of the weekend.

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Great Way To Get Weather Info!

Good Monday Eve,

Be sure to check out our facebook and twitter feed for lots and lots of updates on Sandy, the northeast Superstorm. You can find our facebook feed directly to the right of this blog post. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter. You can find my personal twitter by searching @Richard_wvua. I’ve been posting lots of updates on there. That will be the best way to get quick information and to ask us questions.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Our Local West and Central Alabama Forecast… Monday Update 5pm

Good Monday afternoon! First, I advise you to keep checking our facebook and twitter. You can find our facebook feed directly to the right of this blog post. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter. You can find my personal twitter by searching @Richard_wvua. I’ve been posting lots of updatest on there. That will be the best way to get quick information and to ask us questions.

Sandy is making landfall now as a strong category 1 hurricane. Winds are sustained at 90 mph, with gusts to 115. There was a recent wind gust reported to 117 on the peak of Mount Washington. Keep in mind, that’s a very high elevation. While a huge swath of damaging winds is occurring now across much of the northeast. Storm surge is extreme along the coastal sections, and it will get even worse as high tide is reached around 8 pm. Sandy is a huge hurricane that’s in the middle of an even larger Nor’Easter. This is a setup that’s worse than anything many people have ever seen in these areas. The worst is yet to come as the storm moves inland this evening. Flooding is already extreme and will continue for the next 24 hours. Blizzard conditions are happening across the central and southern Appalachian Mountains and will continue for the next 24 hours.

Be sure to scroll down for the an updated I posted on the blog around lunch today. Again, I’m going to keep the Sandy details short on the blog because I’ve got a running feed on twitter and facebook for lots of details.

Now… Let’s focus on our local weather. It’s been a cold and windy day today thanks to Hurricane Sandy to the northeast. The flow in Alabama is a dry flow, so skies have cleared out nicely. We will notice very cold conditions across our area, with the potential for a light freeze in areas tonight. Lows will average between 30 and 35 across west and central Alabama. Winds will stay up tonight, so don’t look for any frost to develop tonight. Winds will keep the air mixed and prevent frost from developing. There could be a spot or two with a little patchy frost, but the risk of that is low thanks to the wind.

The trough associated with Sandy will keep conditions pretty chilly through Wednesday. Highs will gradually return into the lower 60s on Tuesday and middle 60s on Wednesday. Winds will remain pretty gusty on Tuesday, with winds reaching 30 mph in gusts. Lows Tuesday night will fall into the middle to upper 30s. As winds go calm, there’s a chance of a light frost in spots; especially in the typical cooler locations.

The trough will gradually move out by mid to late week, so warmer air will gradually return just in time for the weekend. If you have plans outdoors on Halloween for Wednesday, look for ample sunshine and dry weather. Winds will be light to calm. Look for a high near 65 on Wednesday. Temperatures will reach the 50s just after sunset Wednesday evening.

Temperatures will warm into the lower 70s area-wide on Friday and Saturday. The 1st half of the weekend is looking great, with mostly sunny skies and warm days. Temperatures will remain pretty cool at night, with lows in the lower 40s through the weekend.

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The Worst Case Scenario! The Monster Is Getting Stronger and Will Cause Unprecedented Damage… Monday Update – 10am

Good Monday morning! Here’s a quick Hurricane Sandy Update. We have bad news… Sandy is stronger, with winds of 90 mph sustained, with gust to 115. Pressure continues to fall. The official National Hurricane Center reports pressure at 943 mb, but pressure was recently found as low as 939 mb! Pressure that low is compared to a major hurricane. The storm will continue to strengthen a bit before making landfall tonight. Remember, this is such a large storm, it will impact a huge area.. Again, tropical storm force winds extend out 500 miles from the center. This will pile up storm surge along the coastal areas through tonight.

It sure looks like landfall will occur somewhere along the New Jersey coastline. Storm surge is already coming into much of the northeast, even with the storm being 250 miles away from the coast. The storm is starting to make the northwest turn now, so confidence is very high that a landfall will occur just south of New York City. This is bad because the highest surges will occur along the New Jersey, Long Island and New York Coastline. Storm surges could reach 12 feet in these areas, which means significant flooding of major metropolitan areas. There’s a high chance the subway systems and major tunnels of New York will be flooded. Storm surge has never reached these heights across this area, so it is extremely important that people evacuate in the at risk zones.

The storm is huge, with Tropical Storm force winds extending out 500 miles from the center. Tropical Storm force winds are already reaching the coast and pushing inland.

This is a unique setup for sure, with a hurricane in the middle of a monster nor’easter. Debris will start flying around in areas of the northeast and mid-Atlantic states this afternoon, evening and tonight. Philadelphia, and New York City are in extreme danger with high winds. Winds will reach or surpass 100 mph in the higher buildings across these major cities. Glass and objects will break off these builds and will cause injuries or fatalities for anyone impacted in the streets. Stay indoors!

Meanwhile, in the Appalachians, blizzard conditions are already occurring and will continue. Over 3 feet of snow is likely for the higher elevations of the central and southern Appalachian Mountains  Power outages will impact millions for sure! Make sure your disaster kit is ready across the northeast, as power may be out over 1 week in some areas. A food and water supply is critical!

As for Alabama, we’ll just deal with a chilly north breeze. Our local impacts are minor for sure… Temperatures could approach a light freeze tonight. Skies remain clear through Wednesday.

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