Cool Days Ahead… Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion – 5:30pm Update

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Good Thursday afternoon! It’s a cool and dry day across Alabama, with most spots reaching the lower to middle 50s for highs. This is the first of two shots of cooler air, with the second round of chilly weather taking over late tonight and early on Friday. Despite the sun tomorrow, temperatures will stuggle to reach the middle 40s for highs.

There could be a few snow flurries over the northeast corner of Alabama sometime late tonight or early Friday. That will not include cities such as Tuscaloosa and Birmingham… Skies will remain mostly sunny on Friday, but the chilly airmass will not modify that much across our area. As the upper air trough moves east over the weekend, we’ll notice a warming trend on Saturday and Sunday. Highs will reach the upper 50s on Saturay and Sunday. There could be a shower or two on Saturday, but many of us will stay dry. The stray shower or two is in response to a fast moving upper level disturbance. Since the air is so dry, it’s going to be hard to get any rain to the surface.

Skies will become sunny on Sunday and Monday. Lows at night will remain in the low to middle 30s, so expect the chilly nights to continue. Highs will moderate into the lower 60s on Monday and Tuesday. We could reach the middle 60s by the middle of next week. Another weak disturbance may bring the risk of a passing shower on Tuesday and Thursday of next week, but I doubt we get that much rain then either.

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Lots of Sun Ahead… Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion – 4:45pm Update

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Good Wednesday evening! After severe weather issues earlier this morning, conditions are becoming pretty quiet this afternoon and evening. As of 4:30 pm, a batch of showers were moving across parts of west and central Alabama, but most of us are starting to dry out. Conditions will continue to dry out later this evening and tonight. Skies are expected to become clear later tonight.

As cool air replaces the warm air, look for temperatures to fall into the upper 40s after 7 pm and upper 30s after 10 pm. It’s going to be a pretty chilly night across west and central Alabama. Temperatures will dip below average highs on Thursday and Friday. Highs will reach the lower 50s on Thursday and upper 40s on Friday. A reinforcing shot of cooler air will move in on Friday, which explains the decrease in temperatures for that day.

The upper air trough will retreat east over the weekend. A disturbance will move into Alabama on Saturday, so we’ve included a 20% chance of a passing shower or two. The risk of rain is low due to little moisture in the atmosphere. Highs will top out in the upper 50s on Saturday, so there’s no threat of wintry weather with that system. As the disturbance moves out early Sunday morning, skies will quickly become sunny through the day.

Temperatures will start to reach the lower 60s for highs first thing next week, with skies remaining mostly sunny to partly cloudy. Overnight lows will warm into the lower 40s at night next week. At this point, I don’t expect any additional rain to start off next week, as our pattern dries just a bit.

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Rain Is Ending…Cool Air Is Back… Wednesday Update – 2:45pm

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Good Wednesday afternoon! As of 2:45pm, all severe weather issues were in the state of Georgia; in-fact, things have been pretty quiet over the past several hours across all of west and central Alabama. While it has rained a lot this morning, the severe weather issues didn’t last long early this morning. All we’re left with this afternoon is a cool rain across the eastern half of Alabama.

As of 2:45pm, rain has ended for the most part across much of west Alabama. A little drizzle is possible through 4pm in west Alabama, but that won’t amount to much at all. Areas near and east of I-65 will see the steady rain end a little later this afternoon. The back edge of the rain should work into Georgia by 4 or 5pm.

I’ll admit, I didn’t expect this much rain across west and central Alabama. The rain moved through slower than expected, the reason we got a big soaking. While there were a few flash flooding issues, I haven’t heard of anything major in terms of flooding at this time.

As of severe weather issues from this morning, it sure seems like much of west and central Alabama was spared any major issues. That being said, there was significant wind damage reported across parts of Fayette, Walker and Winston County. It was the classic winter time system, where a little more instability would have caused a major problem across all of our area. Fortunately, instability was lacking a bit, which caused issues to be more isolated. We had several tornado warnings, but I have not heard of any confirmed reports of a tornado touchdown in our area at this time.

Check out this video from the Adairsville, Georgia area. Notice how a little more instability can turn into a bad situation…

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Severe Weather Issues Ending Fast… Wednesday Update 8:50 am

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Good Wednesday morning! As of 8:50am, severe weather issues have ended for most of west Alabama. While rain is still falling over much of west Alabama at this time, the severe threat is on the leading edge of the rain. As of 8:50am, the damaging wind portion of the storms were located in a line from Birmingham to Brent to Marion to Linden. Areas west of this line will have no issues with severe weather for the rest of the day.

If you live east of the cities listed above, you’ve got a risk of isolated wind damage or a quick spin-up tornado between 9am and 11am. You can see the map above, where I’ve noted the area of possible severe weather issues for the rest of the morning. The line will reach Montgomery by 11am.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Marengo and Hale County Until 845am Wednesday

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…SOUTHERN HALE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…NORTHERN MARENGO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 AM CST

* AT 757 AM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MYRTLEWOOD…OR NEAR LINDEN…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… LINDEN…PIN HOOK…CHICKASAW STATE PARK…ARCOLA…FAUNSDALE… NEWBERN…PROVIDENCE AND OLD SPRING HILL.

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. TORNADOES CAN DEVELOP QUICKLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH NOT IMMEDIATELY LIKELY…IF A TORNADO IS SPOTTED…ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE…SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

Richard Scott

Radar Update 7:30am Wednesday… Severe Weather Moving East

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Good Wednesday morning! As of 7:30am, the line of strong to severe storms has passed east of Fayette, Jasper, Tuscaloosa, Vernon, Reform, Eutaw and Geiger. Areas east of Livingston, Eutaw, Tuscaloosa and Jasper will still deal with a threat of damaging wind and an isolated tornado over the next couple of hours. This mess should be east of I-65 by 9 or 10am and into Georgia by noon…

Temperatures will drop fast once the cold front reaches your area! Look for rain for about an hour or two after the severe weather threat passes east of you.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sumter Co Until 8:15am Wednesday

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…SOUTHERN SUMTER COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 AM CST

* AT 728 AM CST…THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING  DAMAGINGWINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH.  THIS STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES WEST OF KINTERBISH…OR 8 MILES SOUTH OF CUBA…AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…CUBA…YORK…LIVINGSTON…KINTERBISH…THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST ALABAMA…COATOPA…BLUFFPORT AND DUG HILL.

THIS INCLUDES…INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 1 THROUGH 17…

WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH WILL BREAK LARGE TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SOME DAMAGE…ESPECIALLY TO SMALLER STRUCTURES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION…MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS.

Richard Scott