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Taking the edge off summer

Summers in TuscaloosaTuscaloosa, Alabama come early, but they seem to slow everything way down. The heat is usually capped in the low 90s, but the number is both kept low numerically and augmented in effect by oppressive humidity. Neither the heat nor the humidity were able to show up this weekend, as a strong cold front swept all that junk out to sea. An unseasonably pleasant dome of high pressure kept temperatures in the 80s, with lows dipping to a sleepable 64 degrees on Sunday morning. The stifling heat was kept at bay following some early rain on Saturday, but it will surely come soon enough. Victoria-Weather had the top forecast for the weekend.
Actuals: Saturday – .34 inches of rain in thunderstorms, high 86, Low 73
Sunday – High 81, Low 64

Grade: B-C

Tuscaloosa, Alabama to State College, Pennsylvania

It’s truly not on purpose, but once again, it appears that we have avoided terrible weather for our road trip. We will cover a day and a half, straddling the Appalachians as we move from Alabama to Pennsylvania. The mileage on this trek is 896 miles, which we will proceed at a pace of 64.7mph, which means our first, longer day will necessitate 517.5 miles on day one. Let’s see if we can find State College.


DAY ONE (Sunday)

Now that a cold front has reached the coast, and a nice pool of cool, dry air has settled in over the interior southeast, there isn’t much more you could ask for as a motorist. We should reach the southern end of the Appalachians without any problems, and will enjoy the view through eastern Tennessee and on into western Virginia with a few little dabs of puffy white clouds painted across the sky. We’ll nearly make it to Blacksburg, but will stop for the night in Pulaski.

DAY TWO (Monday)
An upper level trough is rotating its way into the eastern part of North America, a small pool of energy moving through the Great Lakes has, and will continue to kick up some light rain showers. The batch of energy isn’t strong enough to really threaten to overcome any elevated terrain, looking almost like a batch of lake effect snow. At the very end of our day Monday, we might encounter a spot of light rain in State College, but before that, expect mostly sunny skies and perfect temperatures for rolling down the windows.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

All right gang, let’s head down to Alabama, where they have recently been battered by Tropical Storm Cindy. Will it be just as problematic at the back end of the storm? Certainly not, but how will it be in Tuscaloosa?

At 120AM, CT, Tuscaloosa was reporting a temperature of 73 degrees with light rain. A stronger round of thunderstorms has just shifted through Tuscaloosa, leaving a smattering of rain from Tuscaloosa westward. The remnants of Cindy have been absorbed by a broad upper level trough that has swept into the eastern United States, and a ranging cold front is sweeping from the Eastern Seaboard to the Carolinas and west towards the Red River Valley. Unlike what is typically seen with similar features, this boundary is ultimately progressive, so the training shower activity presently seen in Alabama is also drifting south. Expect rain to end around midday.
The upper level trough is very strong, almost springlike in its structure. The cold pool is strong enough that it is going to force the cold front all the way south to the Gulf Coast, and bring a stabilizing area of high pressure over the northern half of Alabama when the rain clears out this afternoon. Expect a much more pleasant weekend in Tuscaloosa than most residents of the south are used to in late June, with cooler, drier air prepared to allow all manner of outdoor activities this weekend.
Tomorrow – Early showers,  then clearing and pleasant, High 86, Low 73
Sunday – Sunny and unseasonably cool, High 83, Low 68

TWC: Tomorrow – Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High 84, Low 72
Sunday – Intervals of clouds and sunshine.High 84, Low 67

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a shower or thunderstorm around; humid High 83, Low 73
Sunday – Some sunshine High 84, Low 68

NWS: Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between noon and 5pm. Mostly cloudy High 85, Low 72
Sunday – Partly sunny, High 84, Low 68

WB: Tomorrow – Thunderstorms likely, High 81, Low 74
Sunday – Partly cloudy, HIgh 82, Low 69

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely, High 82, Low 73
Sunday – Partly cloudy, High 84, Low 66

FIO: Tomorrow – Rain until afternoon. High 85, Low 74
Sunday – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 82, Low 68

Here is a look at the rain, showing the last of the really heavy activity shifting away from Tuscaloosa for the time being. Good days to be outside for the next couple of days.

The Arctic comes to Alabama

The trend in western Alabama during the end of the week was progressively cooler air marching in from the northwest. We saw that, in Tuscaloosa, where dense cold air moved in much more swiftly than any outlet had really bargained for. Low temperatures were at midnight, and since the cool down came faster and stronger than expected, everyone was far too warm on the overnight lows. Weatherbug ultimately earned the top forecast by having the coldest combined low forecasts for Thursday and Friday.
Actuals: Thursday .03 inches of rain, High 57,, Low 44
Friday – High 54, Low 31

Grac: C-D

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tuscaloosa was the home of one of the most devastating tornadoes of recent history. The sincere hope, of course, is that this won’t be a worry for today’s forecast.

At 753PM, CT, Tuscaloosa was reporting a temperature of 53 degrees with fair skies. Dew points in the upper 40s were indicative of the threat for fog by tomorrow morning, particularly given the clearing skies. A weak boundary is being analyzed over the Tennessee Valley at the moment, and as it moves towards the Gulf overnight into tomorrow,  there is a chance some of that fogginess turns into low clouds, producing a bit of drizzle on Thursday night into the wee hours Friday morning.
High pressure in the Midwest will build south quickly on Friday. The threat for the light rain will move to southern Alabama, while Tuscaloosa will be left with sunny skies and unseasonably cool temperatures as they prepare for the weekend.
Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, foggy early with some light rain late. High  61, Low 49
Friday – Early AM showers, then clear with cooler temperatures, High 53, Low 34

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 61, Low 46
Friday – Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 52, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy and cooler with a passing shower or two High 60, Low 45
Friday – Mostly cloudy with a stray shower High 53, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after 9am. Cloudy, High 59, Low 48
Friday – A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, High 54, Low 42

WB: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers, high 59, Low 44
Friday – Cloudy with a 40% chance of rain showers, High 51, Low 36

WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with isolated showers, High 57, Low 45
Friday – Partly cloudy, High 50, Low 45

FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 60, Low 47
Friday – Mostly cloudy until evening. High 54, Low 39

Low temperatures will come at the midnights of our forecast period. The front shows nary a trace on the satellite below, but it will have a big enough impact on temperature after it passes by.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Fayetteville, North Carolina

This afternoon we will be planning for a little trip from Alabama to North Carolina. It’s a 578 mile drive between the two cities that we can cover in a day at the meager pace of 62.8 miles per hour.

Tuscaloosa
It’s surprisingly cool in the Southeast today, as it will be tomorrow. Everything is postfrontal at this point, so we aren’t going to have to deal with any weather. There may be some fog when we get to southern North Carolina in the wake of the rain, but it seems unlikely. After all, a stiff west wind and an arrival at about 7pm makes it seem unlikely that haze would still be an issue. So get out and enjoy Fayetteville!
Fayettevillenc

York, Pennsylvania to Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Our day and a half trip from Pennsylvania to Alabama will follow the course of the Appalachians until the high country ends in northeastern Alabama. This is a 876 mile trek, and our ground speed is going to be 63.9mph, so on that first day, we will cover 511 miles. Hopefully the rain can end for us, because driving through the rain in the mountains is no fun.

DAY ONE
York
There may be a little bit of snow falling in York as we try to get out of town tomorrow, with temperatures dropping precipitously behind the very strong cold front moving through the eastern US. A formidable westerly flow behind this system will bring about some snow showers on the western exposures of the Appalachians in West Virginia, but we will instead spend most of our day in western Virginia. The difference is subtle, but very real. Our threat for snow will end around the time we cross into Maryland, so we shouldn’t have many problems as we head south to Morristown, Tennessee, where we will pack it in for the night.

DAY TWO
Overnight, a finishing blow with this deep trough will wrap south from the Ohio Valley, and the Smokeys, as well as I-40 just off to the west of the mountains will see a quick coating of snow before we leave for the day. After we pass through Chattanooga and continue on our trek to the southwest, we should be AOK, with no precipitation issues. It will be a bit cooler than you might expect for a trip to Alabama, but if we stick around, it will eventually warm up!
Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Off to the home of the University of Alabama, and the site of one of the worst tornadoes in the past 3 years.

At 1053AM, CT, Tuscaloosa was reporting a temperature of 57 degrees with cloudy skies and rain. A strong cold front that has produced a great deal of severe weather, and is even presently responsible for a tornado warning just northeast of Tuscaloosa, as well as tornado damage in the Atlanta area, had just worked its way through Tuscaloosa, and the post frontal rain is all that’s left, and should be clearing out shortly. To the west, temperatures are in the 40s in parts of Arkansas, demonstrating the cold air behind the system.
The rain will likely end through this afternoon. The responsible trough is very strong and is associated with a push of Arctic air. Tuscaloosa will be at the base of this trough for the next two days, which will mean a northwest wind and cooler than normal temperatures, but fortunately, things will start to alleviate as soon as Friday. Sunny skies and dry weather will carry Tuscaloosa into the weekend.
Tomorrow – Sunny and breezy, High 57, Low 32
Friday – Clear and cool, High 48, Low 29

TWC: Tomorrow – Sunny High 54, Low 34
Friday – Sunny, High 48, Low 34

AW: Tomorrow – Bright sunshine and cooler High 54, Low 32
Friday – Mostly sunny High 47, Low 31

NWS: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 52, Low 31
Friday – Sunny High 49, Low 34

WB: Tomorrow – Cooler…sunny. High 53, Low 31
Friday – Sunny High 49, Low 34

A look at the radar shows where the end of the rain is and where the warnings are. Looks like Tuscaloosa avoided it this time.
Tuscaloosa

I guess it was a cold front

A weak little boundary was supposed to sweep through Tuscaloosa on Tuesday, with the city recovering on Wednesday with temperatures climbing back into the 80s. Well, that’s what we mostly thought was going to happen. As it turned out, the little boundary brought some cooler air along with it. The jet aloft strengthened considerably compared to the expectation which fostered the cooler advection, and the high on Wednesday was 6-8 degrees cooler than expected, depending on who you asked. The top spot went to Victoria Weather and the Weather Service, who lost points for forecasting more showers on Wednesday.
Actuals: Tuesday – .12 inches of rain, High 80, Low 57
Wednesday – High 76, Low 57.

Grade: C

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Home of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa is perhaps downtrodden after they lost to South Carolina, the first lost for the Crimson Tide in 18 games. Perhaps the weather will be better.

At 1153AM, CT, Tuscaloosa was reporting a temperature of 82 degrees with sunny skies. Like much of the country, a persistent area of high pressure was leading to some near record warmth across the state of Alabama, and with a return flow setting up over the Gulf, humidity will begin to crawl back up into uncomfortable territories as well.
A weak area of low pressure that has taken a south-north path through the Plains will now make an easterly turn from Kansas and Oklahoma. Interacting with the rising humidity in Alabama, expect a few thunderstorms through the day tomorrow, however the wave is expected to be short enough that the system will pass quickly through town, and the pendant front will follow the jet, which is well south of the coast, meaning any lingering threat for wet weather will remain over the Gulf of Mexico.
Tomorrow – Showers and thunderstorms possible early, High 81, Low 59
Wednesday – Clearing and sunny, High 83, Low 52

TWC: Tomorrow – A few showers in the morning with scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High 84, Low 56
Wednesday – Mainly sunny High 83, Low 53

AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and warm; a thunderstorm in the afternoon High 84, Low 60
Wednesday – Times of clouds and sun with a shower or thunderstorm High 82, Low 52

NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny High 84, Low 58
Wednesday – A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny High 83, Low 56

WB: Tomorrow- Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon, High 84, Low 59
Wednesday – Partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers, High 84, Low 56

It appears some of the forecasters aren’t as optimistic about clearing skies.