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|Sunrise 6:12AM||Sunset 5:41PM||Friday February 28, 2020 12:40 PM CST (18:40 UTC)||Moonrise 10:03AM||Moonset 11:17PM||Illumination 27%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Birmingham AL 1213 PM CST Fri Feb 28 2020
UPDATE. For 18Z Aviation.
SHORT TERM. /Updated at 355 AM CST Fri Feb 28 2020/ Through Saturday.
The first in a series of quick hitting waves is moving across north Alabama early this morning, with an increase in mid and high level clouds. Area radars show weak returns across north Mississippi and west Tennessee, but have to look back to the Arkansas/Tennessee state line for obs reporting precipitation. Overall column remains dry outside of the moisture associated with the cloud deck around 700mb. Will not rule out a slight chance of light rain across the north around sunrise through early morning. Given the low level temp profile and evaporative cooling potential, a few snowflakes are also possible. The next, stronger, wave moves through mid day, and will maintain the chance of isolated light rain showers across the far north through the day. This wave will push a weak cold front southward through much of the area by sunset. Only noticable change with the front will be increased winds from the west this afternoon. Highs today will be in the 50-60 degree range.
Tonight, the final wave moves through the area as the western side of a longwave trough finally begins to push east of the area. Like the others, this wave is moisture-starved, and will limit rain chances to the far north tonight. There could be a brief window early Saturday morning where a few snowflakes could mix with light rain across the extreme northeast. Lows will be in the mid 30s.
Saturday, clear skies and dry conditions return as surface ridging builds into the region. Highs will be in the low 50s to low 60s.
LONG TERM. /Updated at 355 AM CST Fri Feb 28 2020/ Saturday evening through Sunday.
High pressure will be in control across much of the Southeast for the weekend. Thus, conditions across Central Alabama appear to be pretty quiet with a warming trend by Sunday afternoon due to a transition to southerly low-level flow. However, isentropic ascent will foster increasing cloud cover from the west during this time with a transition to more westerly flow aloft. A persistent fetch of southwesterly 850 mb flow will eventually lead to enough moisture advection to support light rain showers Sunday night as an axis of at least weakly confluent flow establishes from the ArkLaTex into the TN Valley. Thus, PoPs begin to increase Sunday night from the northwest, with light rain showers becoming more widespread thereafter.
Monday and Tuesday.
After an initial round of showers Sunday night and into Monday morning, a low amplitude ridge will continue to develop across the Gulf Coast region, with continuance of warm/moist advection across the Deep South. With a frontal boundary now in place from near the ArkLaTex into the Ohio Valley, moisture will continue to surge northward Mon afternoon and into Tuesday where rain chances really get going just to our north and west near axis of better forcing. A broad strengthening low-level jet and ample low-level warm advection is progged Tuesday afternoon and evening downstream of a southern stream disturbance ejecting into the Southern Plains. Thus, kept rain chances somewhat elevated across Central Alabama with best chances along/north of I-20 through Tuesday night. Kept mentioning of thunderstorms Mon and Tue as enough instability may be present across the establishing warm sector to get a few embedded thunderstorms going as well.
Wednesday and Thursday.
Guidance is struggling with the evolution of the disturbance progged to eject across the Lower Mississippi River Valley Tuesday night and into Wednesday. Unlike previous solutions, many members are now suggesting a bifurcation of the phased northern and southern stream trough axes. This would invite a scenario where the southern stream feature cuts off from the Polar jet & generally weakens, slows down, then subsequently flattens & lifts out. This would lead to a less amplified system & weaker cyclogenesis along the frontal boundary - now farther south with a more southerly propagation thereafter. If the low remains more along the I-10 corridor or Gulf Coast as now suggested, the favorable warm sector supportive of severe weather would remain mostly out of our area. A switch to a more heavy rainfall event may evolve instead. Due to these recent inconsistencies, confidence in the HWO will not be increased as once expected. If these trends continue, heavy rainfall with the potential for flooding would become the more likely impact across the area. Nonetheless, will keep the low-confidence severe threat as- is until run-to-run trends can be established. In the end, a severe threat could still evolve across the region in some manner and area, while also accompanying heavy rain/flooding. Thus, will closely watch trends in subsequent updates and adjust HWO items as necessary.
AVIATION. 18Z TAF Discussion.
VFR TAFs are expected for the next 24 hours. There will be a couple of waves moving across North Alabama this afternoon through late tonight into early Saturday morning. However, mainly mid/upper clouds are expected for some of the northern TAFs sites associated with it. Westerly winds are noted across Central Alabama at this time ahead of the weak trough approaching. We may see a few gusts. Winds will turn more northwest later today post trough, but should go lighter tonight as the trough is weak. A low level jet late tonight could create some LLWS issues at a few TAFs. Another boundary should push south on Saturday with more northwest winds expected. Only small precipitation chances are possible on this afternoon and tonight, and those chances are all north of the TAFs.
A couple upper-level disturbances are forecast to move across the area which may result in a few isolated instances of light rain across the north today and tonight. Winds should remain out of the west to northwest at 10-15 kts, with higher gusts. Otherwise, most areas remain dry today with this trend to continue into Saturday. Afternoon minimum relative humidity values remain above ~30% today and tomorrow, with increasing moisture and southerly flow expected on Sunday. Our next widespread chance for rainfall returns early next week, with strong storms and heavy rain possible on Wednesday.
PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS. Gadsden 49 33 52 31 62 / 20 20 0 0 0 Anniston 52 34 53 33 63 / 20 20 0 0 0 Birmingham 52 36 55 37 64 / 10 10 0 0 0 Tuscaloosa 56 36 59 39 67 / 0 10 0 0 0 Calera 54 36 56 36 64 / 10 10 0 0 0 Auburn 55 36 56 34 62 / 0 10 0 0 0 Montgomery 60 37 60 37 67 / 0 0 0 0 0 Troy 60 38 60 36 66 / 0 0 0 0 0
BMX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES/. None.
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|Anniston Metro Airport, AL||23 mi||4.8 hrs||WSW 7||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||38°F||27°F||65%||1024 hPa|
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