Total Lunar Eclipse Late Tonight… Tuesday Update – 7:20pm #alwx

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Good Tuesday evening! In the pre-dawn to dawn hours of Wednesday morning, Alabama will get to experience a total Lunar Eclipse. The Eclipse will begin in Alabama just before 4am, then end around 7:30am. Sunrise for Tuscaloosa is at 6:50am, so we won’t have the ability to see the very final portion of the Lunar Eclipse, but you will have the ability to see the main show. Plus, the moon will be setting as the Eclipse ends and as the sun rises. Take lots of pictures and send them our way!

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Very Warm Days Ahead… Isolated Storms Possible (Low Chance)… Tuesday Update – 4:45pm #alwx

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out rather hot today, with most areas reaching the middle to upper 80s across west and central Alabama. Gusty south winds have increased dewpoints today, which has brought back a humid feel to the air. While humidity isn’t overly high, it’s enough to give a slight discomfort to the air today. An isolated storm or two will remain possible for areas north of I-20 this evening and tonight, but I expect most areas to remain dry.

Wednesday through Friday will include quiet weather, with highs in the middle 80s and lows in the lower 60s. Average highs for this time of the year are in the upper 70s to near 80, so we’re certinally above that… I can’t rule out a shower or storm on Wednesday through Friday, but many areas will not get rain.

A weak cold front will stall out just to the north of Alabama over the weekend, but with some uplift nearby and higher moisture levels, a few spotty storms are possible. Depending on how far south the front progresses over the weekend will determine how much rain west and central Alabama will get. At this time, I’ve got a 30% risk of rain on Saturday and Sunday, but keep checking back with our forecast for any changes made. Highs will top out in the lower 80s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Football Friday: Most stadiums should be dry for high school football Friday night, with only a 20% risk of an isolated storm or two. Temperatures will fall into the 70s during the local games under a partly cloudy sky.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Twitter: Richard_wvua

Little Rain Means Less Brilliant Fall – Tuesday Update.. 4pm

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Above is a map from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The map shows the current dry conditions over the state. As of September 30th, much of Central Alabama is considered to be in “moderate drought”. We have had some rain since, but dry conditions still persist across Alabama.

The dry conditions have a big effect on our Fall foliage. According to NOAA, drought conditions during late summer and early fall can trigger an early “shutdown” of trees as they prepare for winter. This causes leaves to fall early from trees without reaching their full color potential. Changes in weather can speed up, slow down or change the arrival time of Fall’s colorful foliage. Today’s high of 88 isn’t Fall foliage weather.

If we see higher rain amounts in the next few weeks, we will see some brighter Fall foliage this season. Below is a photo of current foliage at the University of Alabama. As you can see, most of the trees are still holding on to their shades of green. We haven’t made it to our peak Fall foliage though in Alabama, so we still have plenty of time to see the colors change.

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Caitlin Golden

WVUA Weather Intern