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Through Tonight. 

The upper level trough is now moving across the area today,
bringing low clouds and light rain showers to northern portions of
the area. Most locations across the northern portion of the area
will likely see a brief period of light rain this afternoon and
early evening. Because most locations will not officially 
measure, pops will remain in the 20-40% range. 

Rain showers end and skies will gradually clear tonight as drier
air advects into the area. Gusty winds will also diminish. With
cooler and drier air filtering southward, lows tonight will be in
the mid 30s to lower 40s. A few sheltered places across the north
might see light frost early Wednesday morning, but wind speeds
should remain high enough to prevent widespread frost. 


Wednesday through Monday.

High pressure builds into the area on Wednesday, with temperatures
in the low 50s north to low 60s south. We will see the winds begin
to dissipate shortly after sunset and then temperatures will drop
once again into the 30s. There is a possibility of seeing freezing
temperatures in the northeast and portions of the northwest.
Further south temperatures may remain above freezing, but areas of
frost can be expected. Did not issue a Freeze Watch this morning
as confidence is just not high enough and still too early for a
frost advisory but the potential is there so take precautions now
if needed. 

We will see temperatures slowly modify warmer each day through the
the end of the week and into the weekend as southerly flow returns
to the area. A weak shortwave will work toward the area on Friday
but moisture will be limited, so just included a slight chance of
rain for Friday. The ridge begins to break down on Saturday, but
remains strong enough to keep the next system draped across our
north, so for right now will only go with pops across the north
and see where the boundary sets up over the next week. 

By Monday the ridge begins to amplify in the Plains and models
indicate a backdoor wedge to build into place for Sunday through
Monday. This may increase rain chances for the first of next week,
but will need to be monitored for the changes and the extent of
the rain as we get closer to this time. 


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Regional Hourly Observations For COLBERT County
100 AM CDT WED MAR 21 2018
SHOALS AIRPORT FAIR      37  32  82 NW7       29.92S WCI  32          
6HR MIN TEMP:  37; 6HR MAX TEMP:  43; 6HR PCP: TRACE;                

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Alabama
Based on observations at 100am CDT, Wednesday March 21, 2018

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 38 degrees north, near 40 degrees central, and near 49 degrees south. Current sky conditions are cloudy north, cloudy central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 82%, and the dew point is near 33 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 79%, and the dew point is near 34 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 80%, and the dew point is near 43 degrees. Winds are from the northwest at 7 mph north, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 33 degrees north. Winds are from the northwest at 9 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. The wind chill is near 34 degrees central. Winds are from the west at 3 mph south, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 53 degrees at Dothan and Brookely Field. The lowest temperature is 37 degrees at Muscle Shoals.

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 COLBERT County, AL

358 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018

 DAY ONE  Tonight  

Low temperatures briefly cooling to 32 degrees are possible in 
isolated locations late tonight.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Wednesday through Monday  

Widespread low temperatures below freezing are possible Wednesday
night into Thursday morning. 

Mainly isolated thunderstorms return to the forecast Saturday 
through Monday. 


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

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For COLBERT County, Alabama
112 AM CDT Wed Mar 21 2018

Partly cloudy. Near steady temperature in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Clear. Areas of frost after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds around 5 mph.

Partly cloudy in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph, becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the mid 40s.

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

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

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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

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 26-30 MAR 28-APR 3    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
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   Temperature:      Above        Above     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

Wednesday March 21, 2018 the 80th Day of Year

Declination 0.620000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 06:50 EDT Set 19:01 EDT
Transit Meridian 12:54 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:26 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 tornado swarm occurred in the Deep South. Between late afternoon and
early the next morning severe thunderstorms spawned 31 tornadoes in
Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. The tornadoes killed 334
persons and injured 1784 others. Northern Alabama was hardest hit.
Tornadoes in Alabama killed 286 persons and caused five million dollars
damage. (David Ludlum)
Severe thunderstorms spawned thirty-one tornadoes across Arkansas,
Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky. The tornadoes
killed 343 persons and caused 15 million dollars damage. Arkansas and
Tennessee each reported thirteen tornadoes. The towns of Judsonia AR and
Henderson TN were nearly wiped off the map in what proved to be the worst
tornado outbreak of record for Arkansas. A tornado, one and a half miles
wide at times, left a church the only undamaged building at Judsonia.
(David Ludlum) (The Weather Channel)

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