Very Warm Days Continue… Active Next Week… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23
January 12, 2017 Leave a comment
Good Thursday afternoon! Upper air ridging continues to influence our weather significantly today, with temperatures 20 degrees above average for all of west and central Alabama. Keep in mind, we should be in the middle 50s this time of the year, instead, temperatures are in the middle 70s. With a deep layer of moisture and slight uplift over our area, skies remain mostly cloudy this afternoon. Temperatures will slowly drop into the 60s overnight, with lows in the upper 50s to near 60 by sunrise tomorrow morning.
Friday through Sunday will feature a little more sunshine mixing through the clouds, with skies becoming partly cloudy to partly sunny on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Highs will easily reach the middle 70s both afternoons. With a slight drop in dewpoints and some clearing at night Friday night through Sunday night, overnight lows will dip into the lower to middle 50s.
Early next week, a south wind will resume, and dewpoints return into the 60s. We will be watching with interest a shortwave trough pulling out of the southwest US and northern Mexico. This could spark the development of a surface low over the southern Mississippi River Valley on Tuesday or Wednesday. Uplift, instability and wind shear would rapidly increase across Alabama sometime Wednesday night or on Thursday, with the risk of thunderstorms increasing. There is some hint at a risk of strong to severe storms, but that will all depend on the exact track of the surface low and strength of the shorwave coming through the area. Lets just keep an eye on it at this time, incase parameters come together for a severe weather threat Wednesday or Wednesday night into Thursday.
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist