Some Clouds and Cooler Temperatures Ahead… Latest on Hurricane Joaquin… Wednesday Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23
September 30, 2015 Leave a comment
Good Wednesday afternoon! A cold front is moving through Alabama today, and a few showers have developed ahead of the front. As of 4pm, all showers were located south of HWY 80 and moving southeast. The risk of a shower for the rest of this evening has ended. Mid level moisture behind the front will continue to spread some clouds over the area this evening and tonight. Temperatures will gradually fall into the lower 60s late tonight.
We have an interesting forecast over the next few days to say the least, with a strong hurricane to the east of Alabama and a deep upper air trough digging across the area. Moisture from Hurricane Joaquin will spread into Alabama from the east on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This will allow skies to remain generally mostly cloudy. A few showers are possible each day, with the best chance happening over east Alabama. Don’t be shocked if you get a passing light shower in west Alabama this week and to start of the weekend. A fairly strong pressure gradient will set up over the area and you will notice a northerly breeze on Thursday through Sunday. Winds could gust over 20mph in some areas, especially in east Alabama. Highs will struggle to reach the mid 70s on Thursday; in-fact areas north of I-20 could stay in the 60s all day on Thursday through Saturday. Expect lows well down into the 50s at night. I don’t expect upper 40s at this point due to an increase in the cloud cover. The hurricane will also help to pull down the cooler temperatures into Alabama. Anytime a hurricane goes up the east coast in October, we get the nice and cool airmass on the west side of the storm.
By Sunday afternoon through Tuesday, skies will become mostly sunny as the sharp trough starts to progress east of Alabama along with what’s left of Joaquin. Speaking of Hurricane Joaquin, below is the latest track from the National Hurricane Center. We are very concerned for areas along the east coast, as this could be a strong landfalling hurricane over the weekend. Right now, the NHC have the center moving into North Carolina on Sunday, as a category 2 hurricane. Some models suggest this could be a major hurricane at landfall. Anyone from South Carolina to Maine needs to watch this very carefully, as changes in the path are very much possible. Landfall could occur as early as Saturday night or as late as Sunday night. At this point, the threat to the east coast looks high, but it is still not out of the question the storm turns out to sea. Unfortunately, that’s a very low possibility at this time. Keep checking back with us for updates as we move towards the weekend.
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist