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|Sunrise 5:43AM||Sunset 7:58PM||Sunday July 5, 2020 3:06 PM CDT (20:06 UTC)||Moonrise 8:45PM||Moonset 6:00AM||Illumination 100%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Birmingham AL 157 PM CDT Sun Jul 5 2020
UPDATE. Long Term Update.
SHORT TERM. /Updated at 0106 PM CDT Sun Jul 05 2020/
Weak troughing remains over the area aloft with lower-level ridging aloft positioned over the Caribbean. Surface high pressure was analyzed over Northeast West Virginia. A weak area of low pressure was analyzed over the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
Sounding and high-resolution modeling indicates the wet microburst risk is low today. We will be monitoring conditions with the expected increase in drier air aloft from the east, which should help limit development to the east but could potentially enhance microbursts within convection that develops in close proximity to the drier air moving in aloft.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop over the next few hours with the best chances across our western and central counties. PoPs will be lower to the east as an easterly flow though the low and mid levels will advect in slightly drier air. Expect highs to range from the upper 80s east to the low 90s west and central.
Shower and storm chances are expected to linger longer this evening and overnight compared to recent days across portions of our south and southwest counties due to a weak surface low pressure area across the far Northern Gulf of Mexico. Lows tonight will range from the upper 60s north to the low 70s south.
The surface low to our south is forecast to lift northeast late tonight through the day on Monday, tracking roughly along the Interstate 85 corridor across our forecast area. The result will be likely shower and storm chances across roughly the southeastern two-thirds of the forecast area during much of the day on Monday with scattered showers and storms elsewhere. As a result, expect highs to range from the low 80s east to the upper 80s west.
Previous short-term discussion: /Updated at 0341 AM CDT Sun Jul 05 2020/
Today through Monday.
Alabama will continue to be on the east side of an weak upper low situated over southwest Mississippi. Easterly flow over Alabama will draw in a pocket of mid level dry air from Georgia today. This will result in lower rain chances across east Alabama, with slightly higher rain chances elsewhere. Forecast soundings indicate lower SBCAPE values today due to slightly cooler surface temperatures and dewpoints. DCAPEs value also lower than past few days, so diurnal storms should not be a strong as past few days. Showers and storms will linger into the evening hours, and gradually decrease in coverage overnight. The upper low over Mississippi will shift eastward on Monday and pull deeper Gulf moisture northward. Combined with widespread lift with the upper low, numerous showers and thunderstorms expected on Monday, mainly south of I-20. The cloud cover and rain will hold down temperatures on Monday with highs only in the middle to upper 80s.
LONG TERM. /Updated at 0151 PM CDT Sun Jul 05 2020/
Guidance continues to show minor run to run variations between the amplitude/strength and positioning of the low relative to Central AL, but this is having little effect on our progged rain chances due to it's close proximity. The low should become situated over the Carolinas by Wednesday morning although an upstream shortwave trough will continue to provide lift for additional rainfall through Thursday as it slowly moves eastward across the area. Will still need to watch our heat indices for the end of the week as plenty of low-level moisture will remain in place while ridging to our west begins building in behind the exiting trough. I maintained the 40 to 50 percent PoP in the forecast for Friday and Saturday due to the moist low-level conditions (PWATs ~2 inches) as another weak shortwave rotates around the ridge and moves across. Any activity will primarily be diurnally driven, and the potential for a few strong storms may develop as dry, northwesterly flow aloft advects over the moist, unstable airmass below.
Previous long-term discussion: /Updated at 0341 AM CDT Sun Jul 05 2020/
Monday night through Saturday.
A weak surface low begins to lift northeastward from the Northern Gulf Coast through Southern AL Monday night. This will lead to continued rain/thunderstorm chances through the night into Tuesday morning. Thunderstorms become more widespread Tuesday afternoon and evening with support of persistent weak upper level low even as the associated surface low lifts eastward into Georgia. While we could see a few stronger storms, the chance for organized severe weather is limited due to the lack of environmental shear.
Another weak shortwave lingers across the area Wednesday leading to yet another afternoon of widespread showers/thunderstorms. Synoptically, we become wedged between a building ridge to our west and the deepening trough on the East Coast, which will allow for a series of shortwaves to slide through the area Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. It's probable that we'll see numerous showers/thunderstorms each afternoon through the end of the week. There will likely be decreasing coverage through the overnight hours, but some shower/storm activity could linger.
A surface high pressure system in the Gulf slowly builds northward through the week as well. By Thursday and Friday, I think we'll see an increase in warm air advection with the general wind flow shifting out of the west, bringing the warmer air mass from Southern TX into the area. We could start seeing some heat stress concerns Thursday into Friday depending on how that air mass is modified as it builds into Central AL. For now, heat indices are forecast to be near 100 degrees on Thursday and be in the 100-105 degree range for a good portion of the area both Friday and Saturday. The key will be how much coverage of afternoon shower/storms we get and when they develop, so it's much too soon to include heat impacts in the hazardous weather outlook.
AVIATION. 18Z TAF Discussion.
Isolated showers and storms will again develop through the afternoon and persist into the early evening hours. The chances today will be greater across the south and west and the activity in these areas is expected to linger longer into the evening hours tonight.
A weak surface low will track northeast out of the Central Gulf of Mexico, moving across much of our southeast counties Monday. Expect high rain and storm chances with low clouds across our southern and much of our central counties tomorrow with scattered showers and storms elsewhere.
The warm/moist airmass will also continue to be in place today and through much of next week. Numerous showers/thunderstorms expected Monday through at least Wednesday. Min RHs will be in the 50-60% range today, rising to 60-80% for next week.
PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS. Gadsden 70 85 70 86 71 / 20 70 50 90 40 Anniston 71 85 70 85 71 / 10 80 60 90 40 Birmingham 72 87 72 87 72 / 30 80 50 90 40 Tuscaloosa 73 88 71 86 72 / 40 80 50 90 40 Calera 71 85 71 85 71 / 40 80 60 90 40 Auburn 71 84 71 82 71 / 20 80 60 90 50 Montgomery 73 86 72 85 72 / 40 80 60 90 50 Troy 72 85 72 85 71 / 40 80 60 90 40
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