West Alabama Monday Briefing
Monday, August 14, 2023, is bringing us another Excessive Heat Warning for all of West Alabama through 9:00 tonight. The Heat Index could react upwards of 115 degrees today.
Good news, Tuesday is expected bring us the last of the excessive heat for a while. Noticeably cooler air will begin filtering into the state tomorrow bringing with it highs in the 80s and lows in the 70s and even mid-60s in some spots for a more typical weather pattern this time of the year.
However, as we approach the peak of the 2023 hurricane season next month, there are two areas of low pressure that could develop in the far eastern Atlantic from the middle to the latter part of the week. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring their progress.
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 99. Heat index values as high as 110. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. South wind around 5 mph
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 65. North wind around 5 mph.
Daytime highs in the 90s will return Thursday, into the weekend. However, humidity levels may remain below advisory limits.
Topping the News:
Alabama’s legal battle over congressional districting heads back to federal court in Birmingham today. The U-S Supreme Court ordered the legislature to add a 2nd majority minority district. Instead, law makers increased minority voting power in one district, not a majority-minority. Plaintiffs in the case are asking the federal court to turn down the state drawn map and draw one for the state.
One of two men shot Saturday night at Hodo Haven Apartments on 33rd Street East remains in critical condition this morning. The other victim received non-life-threatening wounds. The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit has not released any further information about the incident.
Sumter County Schools begin a delayed school year today. The county's board of education refused to fill vacancies in classroom teacher and school bus driver positions due to financial shortfalls resulting from an end to federal pandemic subsidies for schools.
The Alabama Board of Education has taken over the financially and administrative plagued system and has appointed an overseer. The near 12-hundred student system had been scheduled to report back last Thursday.
Despite criticism from the Lt. Gov., Mayor of Montgomery and even former President Donald Trump; Gov. Ivey has reaffirmed her commitment for the Highway 43 four-lane construction between Tuscaloosa and Mobile. She is calling the project a vital road project to open up economic development along Alabama’s western border.
Critics point to traffic issues along the heavily used I65 corridor in claiming that heavily used north-south corridor should receive priority.
It is getting closer...Only 12 days remain before the kickoff of the 2023 College Football Season. 19 days before Alabama opens the season at Bryant Denny.
Tyrell Shavers caught one pass in his three years as a receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide. In Saturday'spre-season NFL game between Buffalo and Indianapolis, he caught a 22-yard TD pass from Matt Barkley to help the Bills to a 23-19 win over the Colts.
Ross Pierschbacher was one of the best centers in Alabama football history. He signed a $1.03 million contract extension with the Detroit Lions in March. Now he is looking for a new team. Pierschbacher was released by Detroit with an injury settlement from an undisclosed injury during this past weekend's exhibition game with the New York Giants. He was a four-year starter at center for the Crimson Tide and played four years with the New York Jets before moving to Detroit.
Keep cool today! More comfortable weather is just ahead!