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Today and Tonight.

A weak low pressure system will move southeastward into the TN 
Valley by this evening, stretching a west to east oriented cold 
front through the TN Valley tonight. Expect rain chances to 
increase ahead of and along the front in the northern portions of
Central AL this afternoon and evening. Better moisture fields 
shift southward overnight, and will extend chance pops southward
as well. Do begin to see a northwesterly wind shift work into the
area early Sunday morning as the front sinks southward. 

Highs today will be in the 70s, and lows tonight in the mid 50s to
mid 60s.


Sunday through Saturday.

A weak cold front is pushing through the area on Sunday as cold air 
damming sets up in the Carolinas. Light rain is possible along the 
frontal boundary Sunday morning and afternoon as it pushes to our 
south, but coverage isn't expected to be overly high. Therefore, 
will keep 30-40% chance of rain in the forecast. By Sunday night 
through the overnight hours and into Monday morning, a backdoor cold 
front moves east to west across our area. Moisture return looks to 
be minimal, so again, not expected widespread rainfall through 
Monday afternoon. Upper level ridging moves through Monday and 
Tuesday with the cooler easterly flow keeping temperatures more 

A deep longwave trough slides through the Four Corners Region 
Tuesday as the center of the high pressure over the Florida 
Peninsula gets shifted eastward slightly. This will limit the cold 
air damming influence in Central AL and moist southerly flow will 
return. A slow moving cold front pushes eastward through the MS 
River Valley later Tuesday night and begins to move into the TN 
Valley early Wednesday morning. Models have been trending better in 
regards to consistency, showing a positively-tilted trough pushing 
the cold front through Central AL Wednesday through Thursday. Both 
the GFS and EC are having difficulties resolving any specific 
surface low development and both keep instability modest through the 
period. Overall, expect a slow moving frontal boundary to push 
through the area bringing longer-duration rainfall and possibly a 
few thunderstorms. Lack of instability and modest lapse rates will 
limit any severe potential with this system.

By Friday, the front has moved off to our south and east, ending 
rain chances for Central AL. Cooler and dry weather expected on the 
backside of the trough as we go into the weekend. 


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Regional Hourly Observations For JEFFERSON County
1200 PM CDT SAT MAR 24 2018
BIRMINGHAM     CLOUDY    69  55  60 SW13G25   30.04F                  
MONTGOMERY     PTSUNNY   73  56  54 SW20G26   30.09F                  
SHELBY CO ARPT CLOUDY    70  58  65 S13G25    30.04F                  
MAXWELL AFB    PTSUNNY   74  57  54 SW12G22   30.07F                  
GREENVILLE     FAIR      73  54  51 S15G22    30.08F                  
SELMA          PTSUNNY   73  57  56 SW18G26   30.07F                  
PRATTVILLE     CLOUDY    70  57  64 SW7G16    30.08F                  
BESSEMER       PTSUNNY   68  57  68 S16G24    30.04F                  
TALLADEGA      CLOUDY    67  56  69 SW12G20   30.06F                  
PELL CITY      PTSUNNY   68  57  68 S10G18    30.04F                  
MARION         CLOUDY    72  58  61 MISG      30.05F                  
SYLACAUGA      CLOUDY    70  59  69 S15G21    30.07F                  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Alabama
Based on observations at 1200pm CDT, Saturday March 24, 2018

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 64 degrees north, near 69 degrees central, and near 73 degrees south. Current sky conditions are cloudy north, cloudy central, and partly sunny south. In the north, relative humidity is near 72%, and the dew point is near 55 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 60%, and the dew point is near 55 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 63%, and the dew point is near 60 degrees. Winds are from the south at 10 mph with gusts at 21 mph north, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the southwest at 13 mph with gusts at 25 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the south at 15 mph south, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 75 degrees at Dothan. The lowest temperature is 63 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 JEFFERSON County, AL

338 AM CDT Sat Mar 24 2018

 DAY ONE  Outlook through Tonight.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Sunday through Friday.

No hazardous weather is expected at this time.


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

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For JEFFERSON County, Alabama
1230 PM CDT Sat Mar 24 2018

Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Near steady temperature in the lower 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain showers in the morning, then slight chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 70s. West winds around 5 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Cooler. Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Lows around 50. Northeast winds around 5 mph shifting to the east after midnight.

Cooler. Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the upper 50s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows around 50.

Cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s.

Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers. Lows in the upper 50s.

Cloudy with chance of rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Rain showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows around 60. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Rain showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 50s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Partly cloudy. 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 
                MAR 29-APR 2 MAR 31-APR 6    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
                 -----------  -----------  --------  ---------
   Temperature:     Normal        Below     Normal      Above                      
 Precipitation:      Above       Normal      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

Saturday March 24, 2018 the 83th Day of Year

Declination 1.810000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 06:46 EDT Set 19:03 EDT
Transit Meridian 12:54 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:22 EDT Ends 19:27 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

...1910...Louisville's warmest March temperature: 88 degrees. 
(NWS Louisville)

...1912...Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a 
storm produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. The snowfall 
total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern 
record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 
inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and 
the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a 
record. By late February of that year Kansas City had 
received just six inches of snow. Olathe KS received 37 
inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm 
record for the state of Kansas. (23rd-24th) (The Kansas City 
Weather Almanac) (The Weather Channel)

...1921...Near Stamping Ground (Scott County, Ky) a tornado 
(unofficially F2) killed horses and cattle as it destroyed 
several barns. A stronger tornado (unofficially F3) destroyed 
two homes near Kirksville (Madison County), blowing one of 
the homes' rugs a mile away.  (NWS Louisville)

...1929...Louisville's warmest March temperature: 88 
degrees. Also Bowling Green's warmest March temperature: 92 
degrees.  (NWS Louisville)

...1937...A powerful tornado (unofficially F4) moved 
from extreme eastern Fayette County, Ky to Winchester (Clark 
County KY), where most of the destruction and the five 
fatalities probably occurred.  (NWS Louisville)

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