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zonal. Another impulse will sweep down the east side of the 
ridge axis later tonight, and a few showers could move across 
the northeast counties. Surface winds have become east southeast 
in response deepening surface low over the Plains States. Warm air
advection in the 1000-850mb layer will increase overnight, but 
low level moisture will be slow to increase due to dry air mass 
over the Gulf of Mexico. Overall, much warmer temperatures tonight
with mainly high level clouds.


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 


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Regional Hourly Observations For FRANKLIN County
500 PM CDT FRI MAR 23 2018
SHOALS AIRPORT PTSUNNY   60  38  43 SE5       30.16F                  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Alabama
Based on observations at 500pm CDT, Friday March 23, 2018

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 58 degrees north, near 69 degrees central, and near 69 degrees south. Current sky conditions are cloudy north, partly sunny central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 47%, and the dew point is near 38 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 28%, and the dew point is near 35 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 34%, and the dew point is near 40 degrees. Winds are from the east at 3 mph north, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 12 mph central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the south at 16 mph south, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 74 degrees at Evergreen. The lowest temperature is 58 degrees at Huntsville, Gadsden, and Decatur.

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.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For FRANKLIN County, AL

212 PM CDT Fri Mar 23 2018

 DAY ONE  Tonight  

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Saturday through Thursday  

The probability for widespread hazardous weather is low.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible Wednesday night. In addition,
locally heavy rainfall is possible from Wednesday through Friday.
Rainfall totals may approach four inches during this time, which 
would cause areal and river flooding concerns by next weekend. 


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

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For FRANKLIN County, Alabama
413 PM CDT Fri Mar 23 2018

Mostly cloudy with occasional sprinkles. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Occasional sprinkles in the evening. Lows in the lower 50s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the morning, then a chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 70. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph, becoming west after midnight.

Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50. East winds 5 to 10 mph.

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

Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50. Highs in the lower 60s.

Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 50s.

Showers likely. Highs around 70. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Showers likely with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s.

Mostly cloudy in the morning, then clearing. Highs in the lower 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 29-APR 2 MAR 31-APR 6    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
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   Temperature:     Normal        Below     Normal      Above                      
 Precipitation:      Above       Normal      Above     Normal                      

....  Medium and long range outlooks provided by NCEP/K. Thomas Priddy
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Almanac Information

Friday March 23, 2018 the 82th Day of Year

Declination 1.410000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 06:47 EDT Set 19:02 EDT
Transit Meridian 12:54 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:23 EDT Ends 19:26 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 vicious tornado hit the city of Omaha NE. The tornado struck during the
late afternoon on Easter Sunday, and in just twelve minutes cut a swath of
total destruction five miles long and two blocks wide across the city
killing 94 persons and causing 3.5 million dollars property damage. (David
Pocatello ID received a record 14.6 inches of snow in 24 hours. (The
Weather Channel)

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