Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Birmingham AL
341 AM CDT Fri Mar 23 2018

Today and Tonight.

High pressure is centered over Alabama this morning and will remain
over the Southeast through the afternoon. The high pressure system
will slide east of the area by Saturday morning. This will allow the
next storm system to push into the Plains and push/develop a warm
front through the northern portions of the area after Midnight.
Really the only effect it will have will be a switch to a  southerly
flow and increased cloud cover. Did add in a small chance at a
shower in the far northeastern areas as shortwave slides along the
front overnight. Highs today will be in the 60s/70s with lows in
the 40s/50s.


Saturday through Friday.

A weak low pressure system moves southeastward through the Upper
Plains and into the TN Valley Saturday into Sunday. This will
stretch a west to east oriented cold front through the TN Valley by
Saturday evening. Expect rain chances to increase along the front in
the northern portions of Central AL Saturday evening and into the
overnight hours through Sunday morning. The front begins to weaken
and stall across the area Sunday afternoon. Models show scattered
showers at best by this time, so I`m hesitant to go much above 40%
chance of rain for the region.

Cold air damming sets up in the Carolinas Sunday evening into Monday
morning, which results in a backdoor cold front moving east to west
across Central AL. The global models develop a little more shower
coverage with this boundary than the NAM does, so will keep
chance PoPs in the forecast. The question for rain chances will be
just how far south the initial cold front pushes and whether any
moisture remains to fuel the showers as the backdoor cold front
moves in. The cold air damming pattern remains in place through
Tuesday, limiting any rain chances due to the drier easterly flow
in addition to the upper level ridging moving across the area.

Meanwhile, a deep trough moves through the Western US and a surface
low moves quickly into the Great Lakes Region, stretching another
cold front through the Ohio and MS River Valleys. A high pressure
system remains in place over the Florida Peninsula Tuesday into
Wednesday, which stalls that front to our north and west. By
Wednesday evening/night, the deep trough shifts eastward through the
Great Plains and pushes the high pressure eastward. The GFS and
ECMWF are in decent agreement with the overall setup, hinting a
surface low developing and moving northeastward through the TN
Valley. However, models are having a difficult time resolving the
low, which means they are keeping it weak at this time. For now,
will forecast for a positively-tilted trough and cold front to push
through the area Thursday into Friday, bringing increased rain and
thunderstorm chances. Modest instability and a good amount of shear
is in place, but the upper jet and LLJ aren`t aligned in the current
model guidance. Confidence just isn`t there with how the parameters
are lining up to mention any severe threat for Thursday/Friday right



06Z TAF Discussion.

The terminals remain VFR through the period. A few place may
experience some drainage winds overnight, but light all around.
Mid and upper level clouds become ceilings over the area by 13z as
surface winds start off light and east to southeast. A front
inches toward the northern part of the state Friday, but will stop
short as another system develops to our northwest. Surface winds
will become southerly by 18-19z around 6kts. Ceilings should not
dip below 070.




Dry weather continues today with next chance of rain coming over
the weekend. RHs will be slightly higher today than the previous
afternoons. There are no fire weather concerns at this time.


Gadsden     64  46  72  58  69 /  10  10  40  50  40
Anniston    64  46  73  58  70 /  10  10  30  50  40
Birmingham  67  51  75  60  72 /  10  10  30  50  40
Tuscaloosa  72  52  77  61  75 /   0  10  10  50  40
Calera      68  50  76  60  74 /   0  10  10  50  40
Auburn      66  47  75  60  71 /   0  10  10  40  40
Montgomery  72  47  80  61  78 /   0  10  10  30  40
Troy        71  48  78  62  78 /   0  10  10  30  30




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