Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:05AM||Sunset 7:20PM||Friday April 20, 2018 3:30 PM CDT (20:30 UTC)||Moonrise 9:57AM||Moonset 12:00AM||Illumination 29%|
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area forecast discussion
national weather service birmingham al
147 pm cdt Fri apr 20 2018
Not much has been needed as of changes to both the short and long
term forecast this afternoon, just a few tweaks here and there.
The overall timing and discussion remains in tact for the long
term, so will not make any changes there.
As for tonight, winds will decrease overnight and will become
negligible in most locations. With clear skies and calmer winds,
look for some pretty good radiational cooling for the well
protected areas and colder valleys. Have made adjustments at these
locations downward a few additional degrees for the night. The
majority of the area will be in the 40s, but those cooler
locations will most likely get into the upper 30s, with even a
few spots in the mid 30s. The coldest spots may see some frost at
their location, but it will be few and far between, so an advisory
will not be issued.
Saturday through Thursday (issued at 354 am).
One last dry day is expected Saturday ahead of the approaching
upper low as the flow aloft becomes southwesterly. Southeasterly
flow will result in an increase in low-level moisture and
associated clouds, and high clouds are expected as well, but mid-
levels will remain too dry for precipitation. Easterly winds
associated with high pressure extending from the great lakes to
the mid-atlantic will prevent significant warming, but still
expect pleasant highs in the low to mid 70s. This will be the day
to get any outdoor activities done this weekend. The upper low and
associated weak surface low will move towards the ok ar border
region Saturday night. A warm front will lift northward over the
arklamiss region, while further east the warm front will remain
near the gulf coast. The heavier precipitation should remain west
of the forecast area prior to sunrise. But height falls ahead of
the system, strongly diffluent flow associated with the left exit
region of a strong upper-level jet streak on the southwest flank
of the upper low, and low and mid-level isentropic lift should
result in scattered showers developing over central alabama after
midnight as the LLJ strengthens. Increased cloudcover will result
in milder low temperatures.
The upper low and weak surface low will move slowly eastward,
reaching the arklamiss region Sunday afternoon and west alabama
late Sunday night. Plentiful gulf moisture and forcing for ascent
will result in widespread precipitation moving in from the west
during the day, potentially in the form of a weak mcs. Models
continue to trend slightly further north with the placement of the
warm front, as the east coast surface high position does not look
favorable for a strong cad wedge to develop during this timeframe.
It's possible that the warm front could make it up towards the us
80 corridor late Sunday afternoon. But the widespread
precipitation will inhibit the northward progress of the warm
front and associated destabilization, as well as the potential for
coastal convection. Couldn't rule out a couple stronger storms in
our extreme southwest counties, but this will likely be west of
the main LLJ axis in an area of weaker low-level shear, so severe
potential remains too low to mention in the hwo at this time.
Widespread precipitation will continue over much of the area
Sunday night, decreasing in coverage over the southwest counties
as a mid-level dry slot moves in. Storm-total area average
rainfall amounts of around 1.5-2.5 inches are expected across the
western two-thirds of the area, while rainfall amounts over 3
inches are expected in east alabama as the system slows down
Sunday night. These are areas that received the least amount of
rainfall last weekend, and streamflows are not elevated there.
Overall expect minor flooding of poor drainage areas and
additional rises on area streams and rivers, but confidence in
widespread flash flooding is too low to mention in the hwo at this
The upper level low and associated cold core aloft will be located
overhead on Monday, while the weak surface low will be located
over SE al SW ga. The mid-level dry slot will be over most of the
area, except perhaps the northeast counties. This will result in
lighter rainfall rates, but still expect good coverage of showers
as a moist easterly flow wraps around the low pressure and a wedge
develops. Couldn't rule out a couple rumbles of thunder in the
southeast counties closer to the surface low due to the cool air
aloft. Models are trending a bit more progressive with the upper
low during the Monday night Tuesday timeframe as a southern stream
shortwave gives it a push. But clouds will still mainly stick
around with continued chances for showers drizzle. The low finally
lift away as an open wave Tuesday night ahead of a strong
shortwave. There are some timing differences in the models by this
point, with a cold frontal passage somewhere in the
Wednesday Thursday timeframe, but moisture return looks limited
ahead of this front.
18z TAF discussion.
Vfr through the period. As the high pressure slides northeast winds
will begin to switch to an eastern flow then southeast flow by
15z Saturday. Winds will calm tonight only to increase to 10 to
15kts by 15z.
A dry airmass will remain in place overnight and will be the main
contributing factor no fog development through the morning.
Afternoon rh values will fall to or below 30 percent Saturday
afternoon, for portions of the area. Northeast to east 20ft winds
remain below 10mph. Critical fire weather conditions are not
expected to be met. Rain chances return Saturday night, with
widespread rainfall on Sunday into Sunday night.
Preliminary point temps pops
Gadsden 38 73 52 64 54 0 0 30 90 100
anniston 40 73 53 66 55 0 0 30 90 100
birmingham 46 75 56 66 56 0 0 30 100 90
tuscaloosa 46 76 57 69 57 0 0 50 100 70
calera 46 75 56 67 57 0 0 30 100 90
auburn 47 73 55 66 58 0 0 30 90 100
montgomery 47 77 58 71 60 0 0 40 100 90
troy 48 76 57 71 60 0 0 40 100 90
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