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Today and Tonight.

Sunny skies are prevailing across the local area this morning 
with expansive surface high pressure centered over northern 
Arkansas. Temperatures dropped below freezing across much of our 
counties located along and north of the Interstate 20 corridor. 
With full sunshine, temperatures have quickly risen above freezing
over the past hour across much of our forecast area. A pleasant 
day is expected with mostly sunny skies and highs warming into the
mid 60s across our southwest counties while cooler reading will 
be found across our northeast counties with highs in the upper 
50's. Lows tonight will be slightly warmer compared to this
morning so patchy fog will remain possible across the the normally
colder locations in our northeast counties. The expected patchy
nature and limited areal coverage of frost does not appear to
warrant a frost advisory for tonight at this time.


Friday through Thursday.

Surface high pressure continues to slide across the area with 
ridging aloft as the upper level trough shifts eastward off the East 
Coast Friday into Saturday. By early Saturday morning, the center of 
high pressure is over the Florida Peninsula, leading to southern 
flow for much of Central AL. A surface low moves through the Central 
Plains and into the TN Valley on Saturday, stretching a east to west 
oriented cold front that will push into the region for the weekend. 
This will lead to increased chances of rain both Saturday and 
Sunday. However, models disagree on how long the cold front lingers 
around into Sunday. Both the GFS and ECMWF develop a cold air 
damming pattern and a backdoor cold front moves into the area Sunday 
night. The GFS tries to keep moisture from the first cold front in 
the area and produces showers for both Sunday and Monday. The ECMWF 
pushes that first cold front through and has the backdoor cold front 
move in with less available moisture. Have opted to continue with 30-
40% chance of rain for both days due to the uncertainty of moisture 
availability and movement of frontal boundaries. 

Ridging builds back into the area on Tuesday. The GFS tries to 
maintain a moist airmass in the area with southerly flow around a 
high pressure center positioned over Southern Georgia. However, the 
ECMWF slides the high pressure closer to us and limits any precip. 
Therefore, will only carry slight chances of rain Tuesday into 
Wednesday, but this could be decreased if models trend to the high 
pressure being more directly over Central AL. 

Meanwhile, deep troughing slides through Southwestern States 
Wednesday into Thursday and models hint at a few impulses that move 
through providing increased rain chances along a stalled frontal 
boundary along the MS River Valley. However, models have been 
inconsistent on the timing of this front moving into our region and 
the evolution of the trough , so will only mention chance PoPs on 
Thursday for portions of Central AL.


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Regional Hourly Observations For BLOUNT County
800 AM CDT THU MAR 22 2018
MUSCLE SHOALS  FAIR      35  31  85 NW5       30.36R WCI  31          
HUNTSVILLE     FAIR      36  31  82 NW5       30.32R WCI  32          
DECATUR        FAIR      35  30  82 CALM      30.34R                  
HALEYVILLE     FAIR      35  35 100 CALM      30.36R                  
GADSDEN        FAIR      33  31  92 CALM      30.32                   

Current Temperatures, Dewpoint, RH, Wind, Regional Obs, Surface 4-Panel

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Alabama
Based on observations at 800am CDT, Thursday March 22, 2018

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 35 degrees north, near 36 degrees central, and near 47 degrees south. Current sky conditions are fair north, fair central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 30 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 33 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 68%, and the dew point is near 37 degrees. Winds are calm north, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are calm central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the north at 8 mph south, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 48 degrees at Brookely Field. The lowest temperature is 33 degrees at Gadsden and Alexander City.

Current NOWCAST not available:
Nowcasts are not issued routinely during fair weather. Only when
precipitation or other significant weather is occuring in this county will these
forecasts be issued. Currently, there is no short term forecast in effect.

U.S. Radar Map, All NWS Radars (In near-real time), Current Livestock Heat Stress Index (LSI), Current Wind Chill Map
Hazardous Weather Outlook For BLOUNT County, AL

809 AM CDT Thu Mar 22 2018

 DAY ONE  Outlook through Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Friday through Wednesday.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


Activation of storm spotters and emergency management is not
expected at this time.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For BLOUNT County, Alabama
902 AM CDT Thu Mar 22 2018

Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the upper 30s. North winds around 5 mph in the evening then becoming light.

Partly cloudy. Patchy frost in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Southeast winds around 5 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.

Warmer. Mostly cloudy. Lows around 50. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 50s.

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 60s.

Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 40s.

Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 50s.

Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 40s.

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 60s.

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 50s.

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 70s.

12-48 Hr Surface Forecast Maps, TWC 4-Panel Surface Forecast, Fire Danger, Day 1 Precip, Day 2 Precip, Days 1-5 Precip, Severe Weather Pot.-Day 1, Day 2

Medium & Long Range Outlook For Alabama
                 6 TO 10 DAY  8 TO 14 DAY   30 DAY    90 DAY 
               MAR 27-MAR 31 MAR 29-APR 4    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:      Above       Normal     Normal      Above                      
 Precipitation:      Above        Above      Above     Normal                      

....  Medium and long range outlooks provided by NCEP/K. Thomas Priddy
5 Day Rainfall Forecast, 6 to 10 Day , 8 to 14 Day , Text, 30-Day Outook, 90-Day Outook, 120-Day Outlook
Almanac Information

Thursday March 22, 2018 the 81th Day of Year

Declination 1.020000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 06:48 EDT Set 19:02 EDT
Transit Meridian 12:54 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:24 EDT Ends 19:25 EDT

Calculations made for central point in the state.
Time in ET -- and will vary due to location and
elevation -- Priddy

Historical Weather And Climate Facts For Today

A spectactular display of the Northern Lights was visible as far south as
Bradenton FL, El Paso TX, and Fresno CA. At Detroit MI, the display was
described "so brilliant as to blot out all stars below first magnitude".
(22nd-23rd) (The Weather Channel)
A great flood crested on rivers from Ohio to Maine. The flood claimed 107
lives and caused 270 million dollars property damage. (David Ludlum)
Six to ten inch rains caused the Chicago River to overflow its banks. (The
Weather Channel)

Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky