Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Huntsville, AL
FXUS64 KHUN 300723
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Huntsville AL
223 AM CDT Fri Sep 30 2016
The deep upper low has not moved much over the last 24 hours and
remains centered over central Kentucky. This has helped provide the
area with the cooler temps yesterday and the cooler overnight lows.
As of 2 am, parts of central middle TN were in the upper 40s while
northern AL was in the lower 50s. Starting to see some low stratus
and fog forming in central TN which has been progged to continue
south and impact at least the northern half of the area. With
daytime heating, this should lift/dissipate by 15-16z. High temps
today will therefore depend on how far south the overnight stratus
layer sets up and when that burns off. Have kept the northern half a
bit cooler today to account for this. Overall, highs will be in the
lower to middle 70s. Similar conditions from the past two nights
will exist tonight with lows in the lower 50s.
The upper low will slowly move to the north on Saturday and then off
to the northeast Sunday night. This low will cause the cloud cover
forecast to be a bit tricky through the weekend. If the low is
farther south, that means more cloud cover. Right now it looks like
at least the northern half of the area will have some clouds through
Saturday and should be mostly sunny by Sunday. These lows can be
pesky though and I may have been a little optimistic with the skies.
Similarly, temps will also be impacted by the placement of the upper
low. As the low gradually moves north, heights should also rise.
This will bring highs Sat into the upper 70s/lower 80s and Sunday
into the lower/middle 80s. Lows will also rise Sat/Sun Nights into
the middle/upper 50s. Temps in the northern half of the area will be
slightly cooler due to the upper low placement.
As the upper low completely dissipates in the northeast on Monday,
weak ridging and surface high pressure builds in over the southeast.
This pattern holds until a surface low occludes over the northern
states and drags a cold front toward the area. This would be the
next chance of rain with the ECMWF being the wet solution. The GFS
is completely dry with the frontal passage. Both models are handling
the synoptic features and energy similarly but the GFS has Hurricane
Matthew much farther north than the ECMWF which is likely having a
drying effect over the area. The blends seem to be leaning towards
the wetter solution but this will need to be monitored.
Highs through the new work week will generally be in the middle to
upper 80s with lows in the upper 50s Monday night and into the lower
60s for the rest of the week.
(Issued 1209 AM CDT Fri Sep 30 2016)
For 06Z TAFs: Nocturnal satellite imagery suggests that a lower
stratus deck continues to develop from wrn TN sewd into nrn AL, due
to weak lift south of an upper low across central KY. Thus, we will
include BKN025 as prevailing sky cond thru 30/14Z, although stratus
deck may take a bit longer to fill in than currently indicated. Cigs
may briefly fall to arnd 1500 ft btwn 10-13Z, and will include this
in a tempo group at both terminals. Brief vsby reductions may also
occur in a few locations overnight, but winds in the 2-4 knot range
and dry soil conds will limit this threat sufficiently to not include
in either TAF. Stratus deck will begin to lift/scatter by 14Z, and
diminish further after 01/03Z. Lgt wnw sfc flow is expected during
the day tomorrow, with winds bcmg lgt/vrbl tomorrow evening.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Huntsville 77 52 83 54 / 10 10 10 10
Shoals 75 53 80 54 / 10 10 10 10
Vinemont 76 51 81 55 / 10 10 0 0
Fayetteville 73 52 78 54 / 10 10 10 10
Albertville 74 53 80 57 / 10 10 0 10
Fort Payne 73 52 79 55 / 10 10 10 10
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