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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
351 AM CDT Wed May 24 2017

Today and Tonight.

Feels like I have made this first statement everyday this week,
rain showers are once again moving into the area from the west.
Today`s rain is brought to you by a shortwave moving along the
base of the eastern CONUS trough. This shortwave is sliding
eastward through the area and will drag the cold front along the
Mississippi River that stretches to a surface low in Indiana along
with it. By 9 to 10 AM the leading edge of the showers and storms
should be near or just east of the I-65 corridor. This is where
things get extremely complicated and will likely require a
mesoscale analysis as we get closer to the timeframe of concern.
For now we will go with the main area of concern for areas east of
I-65 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Models are hinting that that the 10 AM to
1 PM window would be the highest chances for any severe weather
at all as we get into better heating of the day. Damaging winds
will be the primary concern with any storm through the early
afternoon in the east. Really looks like the better dynamics and
timing will be just to our east but there is enough of a chance
to continue the mention of severe in the HWO.

By 2 to 3 PM we should see this first wave with the front pushing
out and then additional showers and isolated storms move back
into the area from the west. This will be associated with the
upper low itself as it begins to move through the area. The upper
low will be slow to move through but should be just to our east by
Thursday morning. Until then scattered showers and isolated
thunderstorms will be possible for the entire area after 12 PM.
Severe weather is not expected with the upper low. Activity will
decrease after Midnight, but isolated showers can not be ruled


Thursday through Tuesday.

We could have some lingering clouds in the northeast on Thursday
morning and possibly some drizzle, but most of the rain should
have exited the area to the east and we can briefly dry out
through at least Friday. Temperatures will be cool on Thursday
behind the front then will begin to warm again on Friday.

An approaching front will move closer to the area on Saturday. So
with the increase in temperatures and increase in moisture those
summer time thunderstorms will once again develop and impact a good
portion of the area as the front tries to drape into the area over
the weekend. Those discrepancies that existed yesterday with the
timing of the models remain especially from Tuesday onward. Once
again the GFS tries to clear the front on through while the Euro
stalls it out. So what happens after Tuesday is still up in the
air but at this point would side on the side of the Euro as it
handled this past event fairly well by stalling the front and
keeping the area moist. More on that in the upcoming days.



06Z TAF Discussion.

Initial round of rain is moving out of Central AL currently. CIGs
are dropping at some TAF sites, and there`s no reason to think
CIGs won`t drop at the remain sites overnight. Have lowered to
700-1000 ft across the area. KEET is seeing some lowered VIS due
to fog. Unsure at this time how widespread the fog will become.
Have opted to leave it out of the TAFs for other sites at this
time, but will amend quickly overnight if it looks necessary.
Guidance at MGM and TOI show LIFR CIGS moving in soon, but won`t
drop it that low initially.
Another round of rain moves in from the west during the morning
hours between 12-15z. Isolated periods of heavy rain can be
expected to lower VIS briefly. Any widespread rain/storm activity
moves out by 15-18z leaving scattered chances too low to mention
in any specific site for the rest of the day. Winds generally from
the southwest to west, gusty in the afternoon.




Shower and thunderstorm activity will continue across portions of
Central Alabama as a cold front moves through today and then an
upper low slides through tonight. A few strong to isolated severe
storms are possible through early afternoon across the eastern
half of the area. Rain free and cooler conditions are expected on
Thursday. Conditions will warm for Friday with rain chances
returning by the weekend. Critical fire weather are not expected.


Gadsden     71  52  74  53  85 /  80  50  10   0   0
Anniston    72  53  74  55  85 /  80  50  10   0   0
Birmingham  72  54  76  58  87 /  80  50  10   0   0
Tuscaloosa  73  52  77  58  88 /  80  40   0   0   0
Calera      73  53  76  58  87 /  80  50   0   0   0
Auburn      74  54  73  57  84 /  80  40  10   0   0
Montgomery  77  55  79  58  89 /  70  30   0   0   0
Troy        77  54  78  58  88 /  50  20   0   0   0




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