A joint service of the UK Ag Weather Center and the National Weather Service.
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.
Alabama Forecast Discussion (NWS)
National Ag. Weather Outlook, International Ag. Weather Summary
Current Surface Map,
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Regional Hourly Observations For DALLAS County
800 AM CDT THU MAR 22 2018
WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA
CITY SKY/WX TMP DP RH WIND PRES REMARKS
TUSCALOOSA FAIR 37 35 92 CALM 30.38R
DEMOPOLIS N/A 37 37 100 CALM 30.37R
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 DALLAS 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.
SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT
Activation of storm spotters and emergency management is not
expected at this time.
NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook
7-Day Forecast For DALLAS County, Alabama
902 AM CDT Thu Mar 22 2018
Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 5 to
TONIGHT Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Northwest winds
around 5 mph in the evening then becoming light.
FRIDAY Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. Southeast winds
around 5 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT Mostly cloudy. Lows around 50. South winds 5 to
SATURDAY Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s. Southwest
winds 10 to 15 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT Warmer. Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance
of showers. Lows in the lower 60s.
SUNDAY Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in
the mid 70s.
SUNDAY NIGHT Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers.
Lows in the mid 50s.
MONDAY Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs
in the upper 60s.
MONDAY NIGHT Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain
showers. Lows in the lower 50s.
TUESDAY Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly
cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower
TUESDAY NIGHT Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 50s.
WEDNESDAY Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.
12-48 Hr Surface Forecast Maps,
TWC 4-Panel Surface Forecast,
Day 1 Precip,
Day 2 Precip,
Days 1-5 Precip,
Severe Weather Pot.-Day 1,
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
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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 ,
Thursday March 22, 2018 the 81th Day of Year
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
HISTORIC WEATHER EVENTS
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
Ag Weather Center, Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky