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|Sunrise 6:35AM||Sunset 4:38PM||Monday December 16, 2019 6:54 AM CST (12:54 UTC)||Moonrise 10:22PM||Moonset 11:28AM||Illumination 77%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Birmingham AL 626 AM CST Mon Dec 16 2019
UPDATE. For 12Z Aviation.
SHORT TERM. /Updated at 336 AM CST Mon Dec 16 2019/ Today through Tuesday.
Severe storms are likely across all of Central Alabama late this afternoon and tonight, with the relatively highest risk west of I- 65. Southerly low-level flow and associated moisture return/isentropic lift has produced widespread low stratus across Central Alabama this morning. A few light showers are possible as well. Dew points are in the low 60s across West Alabama, with some mid 60s along the Alabama Gulf Coast, suggesting greater moisture quality later today compared to previous systems. A quasi-stationary frontal boundary extends southwestward from northern TN to a weak surface low in central Texas. A band of showers and thunderstorms is currently located along the cool side of the front. A strengthening LLJ should cause enough mixing for some breaks in the clouds to develop today, allowing highs to reach the 70s in most areas.
A low-amplitude shortwave trough will push eastward from the High Plains to the Ozarks and Midwest today, while interacting with some northern stream waves near and north of the Canadian border. While CVA with this feature will remain well northwest of the forecast area, it will result in height falls and upper-level divergence with mid-level west-southwesterly flow strengthening to around 60 kts. Meanwhile, a weak area of low pressure will lift northeastward across northern MS and northwest AL into middle TN, causing a cold front to move through tonight and tomorrow morning, preceded by a 45- 50kt LLJ. Supercells will initiate over the ArkLaMiss along and ahead of the front this afternoon, and around 50 kts of 0-6km bulk shear oriented around 45 degrees relative to the slow-moving front will allow them to stay ahead of the front. This shear vector orientation will help keep the line semi-broken, and the modest synoptic forcing will probably also be another factor that prevents large-scale upscale growth into a large-scale QLCS. Instead, mixed storm modes of supercells and line segments are expected. HREF members are in fairly good agreement on a broken line of storms moving into West Alabama during the late afternoon/early evening hours, with indications of a few semi-discrete supercells ahead of the broken line.
Of particular concern with this event is the stout elevated mixed layer (EML) indicated on upstream soundings with 700-500mb lapse rates of 7-8C/km. This certainly indicates favorable conditions for hail, and also results in surface temperatures of only 68-72F producing SBCAPE values of 700-1200 J/kg due to cool temperatures aloft, which is decent for mid-December. Thus the loss of daytime heating prior to the main timing of the event will not be too much of a factor. The enhanced risk has been expanded a bit further to the northeast where the best instability will be, generally along and west of I-65 and along and south of I-22. Damaging winds will be possible with any bowing segments, but given the shear vector orientation favoring at least embedded supercells, SRH of 200-350 m2/s2, large/curved low-level hodographs, and critical angles near 70 degrees, tornadoes will likely be the main concern. Hail will also be a threat with supercell updraft cores.
Storm interactions within the messy storm mode will likely make or break this event. Some mid-level backing/hodograph weaknesses may also promote messy storm modes. Warm air at the base of the strong EML and associated capping is also another possible limiting factor. A strong tornado or two would be possible with any sustained supercells that can avoid interference from other storms, but given the uncertainty will not explicitly mention this potential at this time. All in all, everyone in Central Alabama needs to remain weather aware and be ready to enact their severe weather plan tonight. Another thing to note is that that forcing along the front is slower across the southern counties, and there could be a relative lull around midnight before another surge in activity after midnight across the south-central/southeastern counties, which would allow an increase in instability ahead of the line. Will have to monitor trends for any possible expansion of the enhanced risk eastward across the southern counties. Some minor tweaks to the timing were made to account for this potential, and extended the end time to 7AM Tuesday as the severe threat may not be clear of Barbour/Russell Counties by 6AM. Overall rainfall amounts look manageable with activity remaining progressive, but some minor flooding of poor drainage areas is possible.
Rain will linger Tuesday morning across the southeast half of the area, before exiting by afternoon. Cold air advection and post- frontal stratus will result in fairly chilly conditions Tuesday afternoon, with temperatures in the upper 30s to mid 40s.
LONG TERM. /Updated at 336 AM CST Mon Dec 16 2019/ Tuesday night through Sunday.
Cool and dry conditions are expected Tuesday night through Thursday night due to east coast troughing and a deep upper low sinking into the northeast CONUS. A 1032 mb high across much of the eastern CONUS will maintain northerly winds. Most areas will be near or below freezing Tuesday night and Thursday night with most areas in the 20s Wednesday night. The next trough moves in on Friday with some spread in the guidance regarding whether an upper low will close off in the southern stream. Either way, moisture return looks limited, and will just maintain small chances of showers Friday night through Sunday for now. Ridging builds into much of the central/eastern CONUS by the end of the period.
AVIATION. 12Z TAF Discussion.
This AM we have low cigs/drizzle/light rain showers for most except MGM/TOI where a few light showers are possible but conditions remain VFR. Cigs should slowly improve during the day ahead of our main area of convection which will arrive during the overnight hours for most except for TCL which could see TSRA as early as 21z. Some strong to severe TSRA are possible with storms along the front. Outside of storms gradient winds will be elevated at times and gusty by afternoon. Lower cigs (at least MVFR and some IFR) and reduced visibilities are possible with the storms along the front.
Widespread low clouds continue this morning. Rain and storms are forecast this afternoon through early Tuesday, some of which may be severe. Breezy northwesterly winds are expected on Tuesday, easing overnight. Rain free weather is expected for Wednesday and Thursday, with the next system bringing increased cloudiness for Friday and a chance of showers by Saturday.
PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS. Gadsden 69 44 53 28 46 / 40 100 30 0 0 Anniston 69 47 54 29 48 / 40 100 50 0 0 Birmingham 70 43 52 30 48 / 50 100 20 0 0 Tuscaloosa 74 43 51 29 50 / 70 100 10 0 0 Calera 71 45 53 30 48 / 40 100 20 0 0 Auburn 69 54 58 32 48 / 20 100 80 0 0 Montgomery 74 51 58 32 51 / 30 100 50 0 0 Troy 73 54 61 33 50 / 20 100 70 0 0
BMX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/. None.
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|Auburn-Opelika Airport, AL||17 mi||59 min||SE 4||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||55°F||51°F||87%||1023.2 hPa|
|LaGrange-Callaway Airport, GA||17 mi||80 min||S 4||10.00 mi||Overcast||57°F||46°F||68%||1020.3 hPa|
|Columbus, Columbus Metropolitan Airport, GA||22 mi||64 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Overcast||55°F||46°F||74%||1020.8 hPa|
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