Hot Days Ahead… Isolated Storms Possible… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:33pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out hot this afternoon, with many areas reaching the 90 degree mark. At 4:30pm, scattered storms were impacting portions of west Alabama, moving northeast. Storms will fade away shortly after sunset this evening.

Upper air ridging will build into the area from the south on Thursday, which will reduce the risk of isolated afternoon storms to 30% or less. Highs will warm into the lower 90s, with a heat index over 100 each afternoon through the weekend. Lows at night will drop into the middle 70s.

On Monday, Alabama will experience a solar eclipse during the early afternoon. The main show will be happening between noon and 2pm, with the peak of the eclipse happening right around 1:30pm. Most of central and west Alabama is in the 90% to 94% eclipse, meaning we’re not in the totality zone. We will see an incredible eclipse however, as only 10% or less of the sun will be visible for a few minutes. As always, we advise you not to look directly at the sun, and use some sort of protective glasses to view the eclipse. There are lots of options online or in local stores to purchase… There is a 30% risk of a few isolated afternoon storms on Monday of next week, so some people will not get a view of the eclipse, while others will. Given the random nature of scattered storms, it will be impossible to say where the puffy clouds will block out the sun at 1:30pm. By the way, totality (100%) eclipse will be at it’s closest point to our area in central Tennessee, so make a quick trip north if you want to see that.

Hurricane Gert has winds up to 100mph now, making that storm a category 2 and the strongest of the season. Fortunately, this storm is moving out to sea. Below is a visible satellite of the storm, with a fairly well defined eye. There are 3 other tropical waves we’re watching in the central Atlantic, but no risk to the US over the next 5 days. After that time-frame, we’ll need to watch carefully…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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