Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:46AM||Sunset 5:11PM||Saturday January 23, 2021 11:19 AM CST (17:19 UTC)||Moonrise 1:54PM||Moonset 3:20AM||Illumination 78%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Birmingham AL 1118 AM CST Sat Jan 23 2021
UPDATE. Midday Update and 18Z Aviation.
SHORT TERM. /Updated at 1052 AM CST Sat Jan 23 2021/
Fair conditions across the area today as broad ridging aloft was located over the Plains and Southern Mississippi River Valley regions. Expansive high pressure centered near Chicago will continue to support a northeast to easterly wind 6-12 mph. Highs today will range from the mid 50s northeast to the low 60s southeast.
A closed low over Central California will dig southeast this afternoon and open into a shortwave trough as it ejects northeast over the Desert Southwest through the day on Sunday. Expect ridging to amplify aloft locally as a result.
Towards the surface, high pressure over the Ohio River Valley region tonight will weaken as it approaches the Mid Atlantic region on Sunday. The stationary front to our south over the Northern Gulf of Mexico will begin lifting as a warm front through the day Sunday as a surface low develops over the Central Plains ahead of the shortwave trough.
Expect a gradual increase in clouds tonight from the south and west as the surface front begins to return northward and as the flow in the lower levels intensifies from the south and southwest. Winds will be light out of the east to southeast overnight with a wider spread in the low temperatures, from lows around freezing northeast to readings in the mid 40s west and south, largely modulated by the thickening cloud cover and weak warm advection across the south.
On Sunday, clouds will continue to increase across the area. Isentropic lift will support isolated showers early Sunday morning south and west, expanding northeast across the area during the daytime hours. The better chances for rain will be across the west and northwest, closer to the upper-level support. I did include a small mention of thunder Sunday afternoon west and northwest, but confidence is low as what instability manages to develop will likely be elevated in nature and rather meager in magnitude. Winds will be breezy out of the southeast 10-20 mph at times. Highs will range from the mid 50s northeast to the mid 60s southwest.
LONG TERM. /Updated at 0314 AM CST Sat Jan 23 2021/
Sunday night through Friday.
Southwesterly 850-700mb flow will increase Sunday night in advance of an approaching storm system. Warm advection and associated isentropic lift near a northward-moving warm front should trigger a band of showers and perhaps some embedded thunderstorms mainly north of I-20 Sunday evening. The warm front and most concentrated rain should advance north of I-40 by daybreak on Monday. A shortwave is projected to track from the Texas Panhandle to Illinois with a warm sector established south of I-40. The main area of 500 mb vorticity with this system is expected to be compact and remain several hundred miles our northwest, while a subtropical ridge remains in place near Cuba. Our assessment of the severe weather potential has not changed from 24 hours ago. Parameters appear somewhat supportive of severe weather, but a lack of lift across the warm sector will significantly hinder the potential for severe storms. This is due to a lack of height falls, anticyclonic curvature at 500 mb, and the shortwave greatly displaced to the northwest. At this time, we will continue to refrain from including severe storms from our forecast.
Showers with perhaps some embedded thunder will move across the region Monday afternoon and evening as the weakening front loses momentum and eventually stalls to our south. Another shortwave should induce southerly flow on Wednesday leading to isentropic lift north of the warm front near the Gulf coast. Rain could become widespread with embedded thunder across the region Wednesday and continue through early Thursday, with the greatest rainfall potential south of I-20. Thursday afternoon will feature strong cold advection with a return to freezing temperatures by Friday morning.
AVIATION. 18Z TAF Discussion.
VFR conditions will persist through this cycle.
Expect good flying conditions today with only a gradual increase in high level clouds from the south and west this afternoon through the evening. Low-level winds will be out of the east- northeast up to 10 kts.
For overnight through midday Sunday, expect high and mid level clouds to thicken and lower, but bases look to remain above restrictive criteria. A few SHRA will be possible at TCL generally after 15Z Sunday but probabilities were too low to include. Low- level winds will be light overnight from the east/southeast followed by breezy southeast winds during the day Sunday with speeds from 10-15 kts.
Patchy fog will continue in a few locations this morning. Otherwise, dry conditions and light northeast winds will prevail today with RH values falling into the 30-40 percent range. Moisture and rain chances will increase Sunday and into Monday ahead of an approaching storm system as winds become more southerly.
PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS. Gadsden 56 34 57 46 68 / 0 0 40 80 80 Anniston 59 36 57 50 69 / 0 0 30 60 70 Birmingham 58 39 58 51 70 / 0 0 50 60 80 Tuscaloosa 59 42 60 54 72 / 0 0 50 50 80 Calera 58 39 57 53 70 / 0 0 40 50 80 Auburn 60 39 56 52 69 / 0 0 10 30 50 Montgomery 61 43 61 56 75 / 0 0 30 20 60 Troy 63 45 62 56 74 / 0 0 20 20 50
BMX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/. None.
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|Birmingham, Birmingham International Airport, AL||8 mi||26 min||N 0||10.00 mi||A Few Clouds||51°F||24°F||35%||1024.3 hPa|
|Alabaster, Shelby County Airport, AL||19 mi||26 min||ENE 7||10.00 mi||Fair||50°F||27°F||41%||1023.7 hPa|
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