Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
We’ve experienced some rapid changes in our weather lately, it’s actually quite amazing. Today we made a complete 180 with blue skies and comfortable temperatures. The sky will remain mostly clear through tonight with lows near 40°. The good news is that sunshine will return tomorrow with afternoon highs rising to near 70°.
FEW SHOWERS SUNDAY: Another cold front is expected to approach our state tomorrow night and this will bring an increase in clouds for Sunday and a few isolated showers. This front should dissipate once it reaches us and it will be lacking upper level support. Temperatures will fall slightly with many areas remaining dry.
WARMER TEMPERATURES MONDAY/TUESDAY: One change that I like in this particular forecast is that the milder weather looks to hang around for more than two days. I’m expecting more bright skies for Monday with ample sunshine and highs in the low to mid 70s. Tuesday will also be a pleasantly warm day however the sky will grow increasingly cloudy as a disturbance approaches from the southwest.
RAIN MORE LIKELY TUESDAY NIGHT/WEDNESDAY: An upper level disturbance over Mexico is expected to enter our region on Tuesday with the possibility of showers as early as Tuesday night. The system will have the greatest impact on Wednesday with showers and a few storms likely. The heaviest rain looks to be in southern portions of the state. A surge of cold air should follow this system with lingering clouds and highs struggling to reach the middle 50s on Thursday. Lows Thursday night will be near freezing in areas along and north of the I-20 corridor.
TIME CHANGE: Don’t forget to set those clocks ahead one hour this weekend. Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday at 2AM. This is a great time for you to test your NOAA Weather Radio and make sure it has fresh batteries.
Have a great weekend!
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
Fox 6 Meteorologist Jill Gilardi spent the day at Gresham Elementary School for their Career Day. It was a perfect opportunity for K-5th graders to ask her all about what she does for a living. Some of the popular questions were: 1. Are you on tv? How much money do you make? Are you nervous ever? Do you work with Mickey? How do severe storms form? Do you like your job? The big hit was the weather radio, something that should be in every ones home, just like smoke detectors. Here's some pictures from the fun day at Gresham.
Fox 6 thanks Ms. Terri Christian for inviting us to come out and share our passion for the field of weather and broadcasting.
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Look for that sunshine to pop out behind those clouds today, and for temps to warm into the low 60s. Under clear to partly cloudy skies tonight, expect lows in the low 40s.
We have a little variety on tap for the weekend. Saturday should be a perfect day for getting outside...with highs close to 70 and clear to partly cloudy skies.
More clouds are expected by Sunday, along with a 10 to 20-percent chance of showers.
Monday and Tuesday should be dry with highs in the low to mid 70s.
An approaching short wave trough will likely give us a few scattered showers by midweek.
Talk to ya Monday!
Mickey Ferguson, FOX6 Weather
It came quite a soaker across the state today. An upper-level system lead to widespread rain and cooler temperatures. Tonight - the rain is moving to the east with temperatures holding in the upper 30s across state.
The rainfall continues to taper off this evening with the heaviest rain for most of today in the eastern part of the state. Fox6 Weather Watcher 24 hour rainfall reports reflect this. Some of the heaviest rain fell in Calhoun and Talladega Counties.
During the overnight hours, expect some visibility issues as temperatures drop closer to the dewpoints. This combined with a wet ground will result in some patchy radiation fog. Winds are expected to pick up out of the northwest on Friday.
Friday Forecast: We'll start the day with some patchy fog and a cloudy sky. The ceiling will gradually lift through the morning hours as the temperatures increase. I expect significant clearing by 11am with plenty of sunshine during the afternoon. Highs will reach the lower 60s. We can expect a cool Friday evening with overnight lows around 41.
Weekend Forecast: Saturday looks even warmer with many spots across the state forecast to reach the 70 degree mark. I expect mostly sunny skies on Saturday. We could see a small chance of rain on Sunday. Both the GFS and NAM models differ on the rain chances. It's possible we could see a small chance of rain late Sunday.
Longer Range: Monday and Tuesday both look dry with mild temperatures. I'm expecting highs in the upper 60s. Another cool front will come through the area on Wednesday. This will mean some rain and a good drop in temperatures. Highs on Wednesday will only reach the 50s with colder temperatures on the way for Thursday. The overall weather pattern keeps us with below average temperatures throughout much of March.
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Wintry weather stopped me a month ago but not rainy weather! ;) I finally, was able to re-schedule the visit to Vestavia Hills East Elementary School's Extended Day Program. I truly enjoyed my time with the K-3rd graders and teaching them about how storms form, static electricity and severe weather safety. My goal each time I visit a school is to teach the students something they didn't know before and sometimes it's not always weather related. I was really impressed by how much the students know about math and science. Way to go teachers and students!!!
1st & 3rd graders
Kindergarten working hard on their drawing of a thunderstorm.
A couple 2nd graders and their drawing of a severe thunderstorm.
Explaining lightning and static electricity
When teaching students about severe weather safety, the first thing I ask them is, "What county do you live in?" Most of the time the younger ones shout out, "Alabama" and are not sure what a county even is. I make sure by the end of my visit that they know what county they live in so that if there is a severe weather warning issued for say Jefferson county, a light bulb goes off and they pay attention to the message. I was truly impressed that the students today knew what county they live in.
Safety is number one! Weather impacts everyone and everyday! Understanding how and why storms form and what to do during severe weather warnings can ease anxiety. Most of us have experienced tramatic weather which can have life long impacts, especially psychologically. So if you haven't already come up with a family disaster plan, now is the time to do so. This plan should be implimented if a tornado watch is issued and especially a tornado warning. Know what you would do if you were at home, work, at the store, in the car, etc. Set aside a bin for severe weather days that have safety supplies in it, an emergency preparedness kit, bike helmets, maybe some games/toys for the kids to distract them during warnings. Always have your weather radio plugged in and on and have a way to get warnings no matter where you are.
For more helpful tips go here: http://www.myfoxal.com/story/24650822/stay-prepared-for-a-weather-emergency
Thank again Mary Clark for inviting us out to talk to the students!
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The upper level portion of a storm system is producing rain across central Alabama and the showers are generally lifting northeast and northwestward in a counterclockwise fashion. The surface low is centered across the eastern Gulf and that's where the most intense rain and storms are today. There's a tornado watch in effect across a large portion of Florida with severe storms lined up offshore to the west.
As the upper level low tracks eastward, showers rotate through and temperatures drop off this afternoon because of that. Take a look at the hour-by-hour forecast below to help you plan your day.
The showers should be out of here by daybreak on Friday. Overall rainfall amounts look lighter through the overnight hours.
So far Birmingham has picked up .28" of rainfall this month which is .58" below the monthly average of .86". Since January, the departure from normal is 3.02". Based on computer model projections for today, we'll get close to the normal daily rainfall amount. The state could use a little rainfall, especially the northwest corner and across Clay, Cleburne and Randolph counties which are experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
Stay dry and warm!
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist
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Grab the umbrella today, it looks like you'll need it. Look for rain showers to develop late in the late morning to afternoon hours. Temperatures will likelly hover in the mid 40s.
Tonight, expect scattered showers and lows in the upper 30s.
Friday should bring a chance of morning rain to east Alabama, then our skies should begin to clear. Highs tomorrow should make it into the low 60s.
Our temps are expected to skyrocket this weekend. Under variably cloudy skies, look for highs in the mid 60s to low 70s.
Dry weather will likely hang with us until midweek next week. A chance of scattered showers is expected for Wednesday into Thursday.
Don't forget the umbrella today!
Mickey Ferguson, FOX6 Weather
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