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Through Tonight.

High clouds continue to blanket central Alabama, but have
gradually thinned out across the northern counties. There will
be a window later tonight and into early Wednesday morning when 
cirrus clears out, which is why guidance is likely showing cooler 
temperatures Wednesday morning than occurred this morning. The air
mass is still very dry, which will help with radiational cooling.


Wednesday through Tuesday.

Ridging builds in across most of the Eastern CONUS Wednesday ahead 
of a trough sliding through the Rockies. The trough picks up the 
remnant energy from Hurricane Willa and lifts the now shortwave 
energy through Southern TX and into the Northern Gulf of Mexico by 
Wednesday night into Thursday morning. A surface low forms early 
Thursday and is expected to push eastward along the Gulf Coast 
Thursday into Friday, increasing rain chances for Central AL. Models 
have come into good agreement on the overall timing of this system, 
so I've trended PoPs upward, closer to the 80-90% range, for the 
southern half of our area. 

The main longwave trough remains over the Eastern CONUS for several 
days, and at least two more shortwaves dip into the Gulf States 
before we get into early next week. The first of these comes 
Saturday evening into early Sunday as an upper low digs through the 
Ohio River Valley and into the Central Appalachians. Expect early 
Saturday to be mostly rain-free, but chances increase through the 
afternoon and evening as the shortwave axis moves through. 

Sunday should remain mostly dry ahead of the 2nd shortwave that 
follows a similar track to the previous one. However, moisture 
return ahead of this one is more limited, and guidance keeps most of 
the energy to our north and west, so I have held off adding 
mentionable PoPs in the forecast for early next week. 


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Regional Hourly Observations For FRANKLIN County
1100 PM CDT TUE OCT 23 2018
MUSCLE SHOALS  FAIR      48  45  89 CALM      30.25R                  
HUNTSVILLE     FAIR      47  46  97 CALM      30.22R                  
DECATUR        FAIR      46  43  89 CALM      30.23R                  
HALEYVILLE     FAIR      45  44  97 CALM      30.24S                  
GADSDEN        FAIR      44  44 100 CALM      30.22R                  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Alabama
Based on observations at 1100pm CDT, Tuesday October 23, 2018

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 46 degrees north, near 49 degrees central, and near 63 degrees south. Current sky conditions are fair north, fair central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 89%, and the dew point is near 43 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 90%, and the dew point is near 46 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 61 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 northeast at 7 mph south, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 67 degrees at Brookely Field. The lowest temperature is 44 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

645 PM CDT Tue Oct 23 2018

 DAY ONE  Tonight  

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Wednesday through Monday  

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


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
842 PM CDT Tue Oct 23 2018

Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

Sunny in the morning, then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.

Cloudy. Chance of rain in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. Highs around 60. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Rain. Near steady temperature in the upper 40s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

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

Cloudy. Slight chance of rain in the evening. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain in the morning, then chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Mostly cloudy with chance of rain in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Sunny in the morning, then partly cloudy with slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 60s. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Mostly cloudy with chance of rain in the evening, then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s.

Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the mid 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 
                OCT 29-NOV 2 OCT 31-NOV 6    OCT       OCT-DEC                      
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   Temperature:      Below        Above                                            
 Precipitation:      Above        Above                                            

....  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 October 24, 2018 the 297th Day of Year

Declination -12.080000
Distance 0.999722 AU
Rise 08:00 EDT Set 19:03 EDT
Transit Meridian 13:32 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 07:36 EDT Ends 19:28 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 four day rain swelled the Merrimack River in New Hampshire and
Massachusetts to the greatest height of record causing extensive damage to
bridges and mills. (David Ludlum)
A hurricane produced widespread damage across North Carolina, Virginia,
Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At Philadelphia PA, the hurricane
was the worst of record. (David Ludlum)
A snow squall in Buffalo NY tied up traffic in six inches of slush. (David
The Bar Harbor holocaust occurred in Maine when forest fires consumed homes
and a medical research institute. The fires claimed 17 lives, and caused
thirty million dollars damage. (David Ludlum)
Sacramento CA reported a barometric pressure of 29.42 inches, to establish
a record for October. (The Weather Channel)
Unseasonably cold air gripped the northeastern U.S. Lows of 10 degrees at
Concord NH and 6 degrees at Albany NY established October records. (The
Weather Channel)
Snow fell across northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin overnight,
with five inches reported at Poplar Lake MN and Gunflint Trail MN.
Thunderstorm rains caused flash flooding in south central Arizona, with
street flooding reported around Las Vegas NV. Strong northwesterly winds
gusting to 50 mph downed some trees and power lines in western Pennsylvania
and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. (The National Weather Summary)
(Storm Data)
Strong winds circulating around a deep low pressure centered produced snow
squalls in the Great Lakes Region, with six inches reported at Ironwood MI.
Wind gusts to 80 mph were reported at State College PA. (The National
Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
A storm in the western U.S. produced up to three feet of snow in the
mountains around Lake Tahoe, with 21 inches reported at Donner Summit.
Thunderstorms in northern California produced 3.36 inches of rain at
Redding to establish a 24 hour record for October, and bring their rainfall
total for the month to a record 5.11 inches. Chiefly "Indian Summer" type
weather prevailed across the rest of the nation. Fifteen cities in the
north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as
readings soared into the 70s and 80s. Record highs included 74 degrees at
International Falls MN, and 86 degrees at Yankton SD. (The National Weather
Summary) (Storm Data)
A severe weather outbreak occurred across the midwest. A major tornado outbreak 
occurred across parts of Indiana and Ohio. Trees were blown down all across 
eastern Kentucky. At the Hazard Technical College a brick wall was ripped from 
one end of the building and an empty tractor trailer was blown over damaging a 
nearby bulldozer. In Inez, the wind damage was so bad that it closed all 
businesses along main street. (NWS JKL)

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