Hot Days Ahead… Strong to Severe Storms on Sunday… Thursday Update – 5:45pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! I wrote a long post looking back at the 6 year anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. The link is below…

https://sky7weather.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/6-years-ago-today-a-day-that-changed-my-life-alwx-wvua23/

Our local weather has turned out beautiful this afternoon after a stormy night for much of Alabama lastnight. Storms are long gone now, with no issues expected for today through Saturday. Upper level ridging will build in on Friday and Saturday, sending temperatures into the upper 80s; in-fact, we may reach 90 on Saturday. There is a small chance of an isolated shower or storm both Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, a very deep upper air trough to the west of Alabama will gradually become negatively tilted, sending lots of energy in the atmosphere our way. Wind shear and uplift will greatly increase across west and central Alabama by Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening. As instability increases during the day on Sunday, we’ll have to carefully watch radar trends. There is a chance our area could deal with a round of strong to severe storms beginning during the early to mid afternoon hours over west Alabama and extending into the early overnight hours for east Alabama.

Based off the current setup, it appears a long squall line will move across the area from west to east, with the primary risk being damaging strait line winds and perhaps a few isolated tornadoes. If the storms remain in a line, the tornado risk will be somewhat lower, with mainly a risk of strong strait line winds. The main risk will be over west Alabama, to the west of I-65. Heavy rain may also become an issue depending on how fast storms progress east. We’ll need to carefully watch for any flash flooding potential. Given the ground is rather dry, it would take a lot of rain to cause flash flooding…

Storms are gone by sunrise Monday morning, with slightly cooler air. Highs will top out in the lower 70s on Monday.

For more updates, go to the weather blog at wvua23.com, scroll to the weather tab and click weather blog. Updates are also on our Facebook and Twitter page. My twitter is @RichardWVUA23 and facebook is WVUA23RichardScott

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
Facebook: WVUA23RichardScott

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