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with north winds 10-15 mph. Winds will become calm this evening 
as a surface ridge moves into Alabama from the west. With dry air
in place and minimal cloud cover, temperatures will drop quickly 
this evening. No freezing temperatures expected tonight, but 
readings still will be below normal with lows in the middle 30s 
east to around 40 west. Patchy frost possible for areas along and 
east of I-65. A zone of low level warm air advection across
eastern Missouri will extend southeast overnight and bring some 
mid level clouds into northwest Alabama after midnight.


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.


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Regional Hourly Observations For HOUSTON County
600 PM CDT THU MAR 22 2018
DOTHAN         FAIR      62  26  25 NW15      30.26S                  
OZARK          FAIR      62  29  28 NW12      30.24R                  
TROY           FAIR      61  28  28 NW12      30.26R                  
EUFAULA        FAIR      63  28  26 VRB5      30.22S                  

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

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

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 58 degrees north, near 60 degrees central, and near 69 degrees south. Current sky conditions are fair north, fair central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 32%, and the dew point is near 28 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 28%, and the dew point is near 27 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 27%, and the dew point is near 34 degrees. Winds are from the north at 8 mph north, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the northwest at 13 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the north at 9 mph south, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 70 degrees at Brookely Field. The lowest temperature is 57 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.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook For HOUSTON County
Hazardous report currently not available
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7-Day Forecast For HOUSTON County, Alabama
142 PM CDT Thu Mar 22 2018

Clear. Lows in the lower 40s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny. Highs around 70. Northeast winds around 5 mph shifting to the southeast up to 5 mph in the afternoon.

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds up to 5 mph.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s. South winds up to 10 mph increasing to southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Warmer. Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 80s.

Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the mid 50s.

Cooler, cloudy. A 20 percent chance of rain showers in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s.

Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.

Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Mostly cloudy in the evening then clearing. Lows in the mid 50s.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 50s.

Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s.

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 28-APR 1 MAR 30-APR 5    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   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 , Text, 30-Day Outook, 90-Day Outook, 120-Day Outlook
Almanac Information

Thursday March 22, 2018 the 81th Day of Year

Declination 1.020000
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

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
Weather Channel)

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