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|Sunrise 6:04AM||Sunset 7:40PM||Sunday August 9, 2020 6:08 AM CDT (11:08 UTC)||Moonrise 11:12PM||Moonset 11:27AM||Illumination 71%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Birmingham AL 348 AM CDT Sun Aug 9 2020
SHORT TERM. /Updated at 0348 AM CDT Sun Aug 09 2020/
A fairly typical summer day on tap for today. Overall we have a large ridge to our west, and several areas of high pressure surrounding us. The stationary boundary that has been migrating throughout the area will lift today as a warm front. This will allow a little bit better of a focus for the development of scattered showers/storms in the northeast this afternoon. Meanwhile, surface high pressure will build in from the south. This will increase the southerly flow in the south and will likely push a sea-breeze northward into the area late afternoon/early evening. Have increased PoPs here as well for late afternoon/early evening. Really expect this to possibly continue through 8 to 9 pm so continued the scattered wording into the evening. With the warm front lifting there will be an increase in temperatures especially in the west. Surface readings will get into the upper 90s in the west to the mid 90s in the northeast. It will definitely be a warm one and a few areas will approach the 105 heat index reading needed for a heat advisory. However, most indications are that this will be generally spotty, so there is not enough coverage to warrant an advisory at this time for today.
As the warm front lifts north of the area and stretches up to Missouri/Iowa, we will be in a northwest flow aloft. This is our typical flow for MCS development. So we will need to watch for the development late this afternoon/evening. A good consensus of the models develop a MCS and bring it close to/into the northeast late morning or at least a remnant of the MCS. The exact placement will extremely critical in regards of what could occur from lunchtime Monday through Monday afternoon. For now, the consensus is to bring the MCS outflow into the northeast and then spread south and west through the afternoon around the high pressure set up to our west. Will also need to monitor for stronger storms Monday afternoon, with the outflow as it moves through. There will be plenty of instability available as the storms tap into the warm airmass.
If the MCS/outflow comes into the area with more of the morning time frame, then temperatures will be difficult to reach the mid to upper 90s, thus a heat advisory will not be needed. If the MCS go more into Georgia or is a few hours slower than forecast then a heat advisory may be needed for the entire area. With the given uncertainties in the path and overall timing will continue to mention in the HWO with low confidence for now. At this time though the best chances for reaching the 105 criteria would be in the southwest, where the best moisture will combine with the warmest readings.
LONG TERM. /Updated at 0348 AM CDT Sun Aug 09 2020/
Tuesday through Saturday.
Models are in general agreement for Tuesday, indicating a small shortwave ridge over the forecast are which could suppress convection through much of the day. However, by late afternoon into the evening, a remnant boundary from Monday's convection could be come active once again with thunderstorm development. Placement of this feature is difficult to predict at this time.
From a broader perspective, there is a clear signal for depressed 500 mb heights across the Deep South for Wednesday through Saturday. With PWAT values hovering between 1.8 and 2.1 inches, plenty of moisture will be available for scattered to numerous showers and storms each day. Afternoon high temperatures may gradually trend downward through the forecast period due to an increase cloud cover and rainfall.
AVIATION. 06Z TAF Discussion.
Some patchy MVFR fog already at a few locations and possible at a few others. Isolated activity again this afternoon, with the best chance in southeast. Included a prob30 for TOI and MGM. Activity may increase on Monday for all of the area, but will be detailed in the next 2 discussions.
Afternoon minimum relative humidity values should remain above 35 percent today. Scattered showers and storms will also be possible. Moisture and rain chances will trend upward through midweek. Winds will be light through the forecast period.
PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS. Gadsden 94 71 93 72 93 / 40 20 60 20 50 Anniston 95 72 93 73 94 / 40 20 60 20 50 Birmingham 95 74 94 75 94 / 40 20 60 20 50 Tuscaloosa 97 74 97 75 95 / 30 20 40 20 50 Calera 95 72 94 73 93 / 40 20 50 20 50 Auburn 93 72 94 73 93 / 30 20 60 20 50 Montgomery 96 75 96 75 96 / 30 20 50 20 50 Troy 95 74 95 74 94 / 30 20 50 20 50
BMX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/. None.
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|Birmingham, Birmingham International Airport, AL||18 mi||76 min||NNE 3||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||75°F||70°F||84%||1020 hPa|
|Alabaster, Shelby County Airport, AL||22 mi||76 min||N 0||4.00 mi||Fog/Mist||73°F||72°F||96%||1019.7 hPa|
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