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Today and tonight.

Looking at the overall synoptic pattern across the area, a front is 
draped across Central Alabama. Convection is limited to an outflow 
boundary that moved through the area earlier Saturday evening. 
Meanwhile, a large upper low is centered over the Ohio Valley and 
beginning to slip down toward Tennessee. To emphasize the extent of 
the upper lows impact, feeder bands into this low can be observed on 
IR satellite stretching across the Atlantic and down to near Cuba. 

So for today, the main upper low will begin to drift toward the 
south and begin to impact northern Alabama this afternoon. The cold 
front will slowly slide south at the same time. As it slides south, 
it will also pivot to more of a southwest to northeast orientation, 
in conjunction with the upper low. Rain chances for today will be 
highest in the south ahead of the front, as well as in the northeast 
as the upper low moves in. Activity will likely be more rain showers 
than thunderstorms in the northeast, while activity in the south 
will be mainly thunderstorms. There could be a stronger storm late 
morning and into the afternoon in the southeast in advance of the 
front, but severe potential remains too low to mention at this time. 
Temperatures today will generally be in the 80s north of the front 
and 90s south of the front. 

As we move into tonight, the rain chances in the south will diminish 
by Midnight, at the latest, as the front clears. Activity in the 
northeast will likely continue through the night, with generally a 
scattered nature. Again activity will likely be more showers with a 
rumble or two of thunder. Temperatures overnight will be in the 60s 
north and central, with some lower 70s in the south. 


Monday through Sunday.

The overall synoptic pattern doesn't change much through the first 
half of this week. The strong ridging over the Southwest US persists 
as the deep longwave trough is over the Eastern US. The upper low 
tries to become cut-off over the Gulf States on Monday, but 
eventually does get phased back in with the upper trough Tuesday 
into Wednesday. Expect synoptic scale lift associated with the upper 
low to provide increased rain and thunderstorm chances for Central 
AL, especially the eastern two-thirds of the area. We normally don't 
have this type of large-scale forcing in the summer months, so 
thunderstorm coverage will be a little more widespread. Therefore, I 
have gone with generally 60-70% PoPs each afternoon through 

Around mid-week, another strong low pressure system moves through 
Manitoba and into Ontario, which acts to lift the troughing over the 
Gulf States northeastward into New England. A remnant frontal 
boundary will likely remain stretched southwestward along the 
East Coast through the second half of the week, but models 
disagree on exactly where this will become stationary. The current
GFS has the stationary boundary setting up through the 
Appalachians and into Central AL, which would lead to continued 
rain chances through at least Saturday or Sunday. However, the 
ECMWF keeps more along the East Coast, so the best convergence is 
south and east of us, allowing us to have more of a typical 
summertime diurnal pattern. For now, have split the difference in 
PoPs for Thursday through Sunday until we know more about where 
the boundary will set up. 

Temperature-wise, we should have more of a moderated daily range 
considering the increased cloud cover, rain chances, and overall 
cold core nature of the upper low. Towards the end of the week, I've 
started a warming trend, but that will again be dependent on how the 
remnant frontal boundary behaves. 


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Regional Hourly Observations For FRANKLIN County
700 PM CDT SUN JUL 22 2018
COURTLAND HCN    N/A     82 N/A N/A N6          N/A                   
RUSSELLVILLE     N/A     81 N/A N/A MISG        N/A                   
SHOALS AIRPORT NOT AVBL                                               
SHOALS TVA RES   N/A     82 N/A N/A MISG        N/A                   

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Alabama
Based on observations at 600pm CDT, Sunday July 22, 2018

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 80 degrees north, near 88 degrees central, and near 93 degrees south. Current sky conditions are partly sunny north, fair central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 66%, and the dew point is near 68 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 44%, and the dew point is near 64 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 59%, and the dew point is near 77 degrees. The heat index is near 107 degrees south. The livestock heat stress category is no stress north, danger central, and emergency south. Winds are from the northwest at 10 mph north, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northwest at 15 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are variable at 6 mph south, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 96 degrees at Brookely Field. The lowest temperature is 75 degrees at Gadsden.

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 FRANKLIN County, AL

609 PM CDT Sun Jul 22 2018

 DAY ONE  Tonight  

The probability for widespread hazardous weather is low.

Isolated ordinary thunderstorms will be possible until late this 

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Monday through Saturday  

Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will continue from Monday 
through Wednesday, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours.  
Storms will become fairly isolated on Thursday and Friday, before 
increasing in coverage once again on Saturday.


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
613 PM CDT Sun Jul 22 2018

Partly cloudy. Slight chance of thunderstorms this evening. Lows in the mid 60s. North winds around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation 20 percent.

Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Partly cloudy with chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows in the upper 60s. North winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Partly cloudy in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. North winds around 5 mph.

Partly cloudy in the evening, then clearing. A 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 60s. North winds around 5 mph.

Sunny in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s.

Mostly clear. Lows around 70. Highs in the upper 80s.

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Lows in the lower 70s.

Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Lows 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 
                JUL 28-AUG 1 JUL 30-AUG 5    JUL       JUL-SEP                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:      Below        Below      Above      Above                      
 Precipitation:      Above        Above     Normal     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

Sunday July 22, 2018 the 203th Day of Year

Declination 20.070000
Distance 0.999716 AU
Rise 06:54 EDT Set 20:55 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:54 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:27 EDT Ends 21:21 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

Richmond, Kentucky's hottest temperature on record: 108 degrees. 
(NWS Louisville)
A single bolt of lightning struck 504 sheep dead in their tracks at the
Wasatch National Forest in Utah. Sheep often herd together in storms, and
as a result the shock from the lightning bolt was passed from one animal to
another. (David Ludlum)
Hurricane Estelle passed 120 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands creating a
ten to twenty foot surf. The large swells resulted from a combination of
high tides, a full moon, and 50 mph winds. The hurricane also deluged Oahu
Island with as much as 6.86 inches of rain on the 24th and 25th of the
month. (Storm Data)
Barrow AK receives 1.38 inches in 24 hours on the 21st and 22nd, an
all-time record for that location. The average annual precipitation for
Barrow is just 4.75 inches. Thunderstorms in Montana produced 4 to 6 inches
of rain in Glacier County causing extensive flooding along Divide Creek.
Missoula MT received 1.71 inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the
month of July. (The National Weather Summary) (The Weather Channel)
Six cities in the south central U.S. reported record low temperatures for
the date, including Pueblo CO with a reading of 48 degrees. Thunderstorms
over the Atlantic Coast Region drenched Wilmington NC with 6.49 inches of
rain in about eight hours. (The National Weather Summary)
Showers and thunderstorms prevailed across the southeastern third of the
country. Afternoon thunderstorms in Florida produced wind gusts to 86 mph
at Zephyrhills, and gusts to 92 mph at Carrollwood and Lutz. Thunderstorm
winds gusting to 69 mph at Crystal Lake damaged nineteen mobile homes.
(Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
A Louisville man was slightly injured when lightning struck a utility pole 
and traveled through the phone lines into his living room. Lightning also 
damaged a house in Bardstown (Nelson County). (NWS Louisville)
Lexington Area  (ThreadEx Station)
Daily Almanac
Date: Jul 22, 2011

Daily Values         Observed    Normal       Record/Year    Prev Year
Max Temperature           -         86        102 in 1901          89
Min Temperature           -         67         50 in 1947          71
Avg Temperature           -         77       88.5 in 1983        80.0
Precipitation             -       0.15       2.35 in 1892        0.01
New Snowfall              -        0.0        0.0 in 2010+        0.0
Snow Depth                -          -          0 in 2010+          0
HDD (base 65)             -          0          4 in 1947           0
CDD (base 65)             -         12         24 in 1983          15

Month-To-Date        Observed    Normal       Record/Year    Prev Year
Avg Max Temperature    88.0       85.9       95.6 in 1936        87.6
Avg Min Temperature    68.3       66.1       59.8 in 1947        67.5
Avg Temperature        78.2       75.9       82.1 in 1936        77.5
Total Precipitation    3.88       3.49       9.56 in 1896        5.45
Total Snowfall          0.0        0.0        0.0 in 2011         0.0
Avg Snow Depth            0          -          0 in 2010           0
Total HDD                 0          1         10 in 1972           0
Total CDD               283        244        383 in 1936         282

+ indicates record also occurred in previous years (last occurrence listed).

This station's record may include data from more than one, possibly incompatible, 
locations. It reflects the longest available record for the Lexington Area.
Normals used in this product are from LEXINGTON BLUEGRASS AP

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