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Today and Tonight.

The line of showers and storms have exited the region and now we
wait for the upper low to swing into the area. We are seeing some
patchy dense fog this morning across portions of northern Central
Alabama, particularly sheltered locations. As the upper low works
into the winds will begin to pick up. This should help eradicate
any fog, but low clouds will build in along with isolated to
scattered showers through the day. Winds are also going to be a
concern with 15 to 25 mph sustained this afternoon with gusts up
to 35 mph. This is really going to be a concern in areas that did
have damage from the storms as additional trees/limbs and debris
could fall due to the wind. 

As we move into the evening hours, winds should begin to subside,
but slowly as we continue to see the cold air work into the area.
Temperatures will drop in the 30s areawide by Wednesday morning.
Overall not expected any major areas of freezing temperatures,
with the exception of a few locally sheltered areas in the north.
Also winds should remain around 5 mph so frost should not be an


Wednesday through Monday.

High pressure builds into the area on Wednesday, with temperatures
in the low 50s north to low 60s south. We will see the winds begin
to dissipate shortly after sunset and then temperatures will drop
once again into the 30s. There is a possibility of seeing freezing
temperatures in the northeast and portions of the northwest.
Further south temperatures may remain above freezing, but areas of
frost can be expected. Did not issue a Freeze Watch this morning
as confidence is just not high enough and still too early for a
frost advisory but the potential is there so take precautions now
if needed. 

We will see temperatures slowly modify warmer each day through the
the end of the week and into the weekend as southerly flow returns
to the area. A weak shortwave will work toward the area on Friday
but moisture will be limited, so just included a slight chance of
rain for Friday. The ridge begins to break down on Saturday, but
remains strong enough to keep the next system draped across our
north, so for right now will only go with pops across the north
and see where the boundary sets up over the next week. 

By Monday the ridge begins to amplify in the Plains and models
indicate a backdoor wedge to build into place for Sunday through
Monday. This may increase rain chances for the first of next week,
but will need to be monitored for the changes and the extent of
the rain as we get closer to this time. 


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Regional Hourly Observations For LIMESTONE County
1200 PM CDT TUE MAR 20 2018
MUSCLE SHOALS  CLOUDY    51  44  77 W17       29.68S                  
HUNTSVILLE     CLOUDY    51  47  86 W8        29.65R                  
DECATUR        CLOUDY    51  46  83 W15G21    29.66S                  
HALEYVILLE     LGT RAIN  48  48 100 NW9       29.70R                  
GADSDEN        CLOUDY    59  51  75 W9        29.64R                  

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

Current Agricultural Weather Conditions in Alabama
Based on observations at 1200pm CDT, Tuesday March 20, 2018

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 51 degrees north, near 54 degrees central, and near 66 degrees south. Current sky conditions are cloudy north, cloudy central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 83%, and the dew point is near 46 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 74%, and the dew point is near 46 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 48%, and the dew point is near 46 degrees. Winds are from the west at 15 mph with gusts at 21 mph north, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the west at 18 mph central, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to strong winds. Winds are from the west at 16 mph with gusts at 22 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 Dothan. The lowest temperature is 51 degrees at Muscle Shoals, Huntsville, 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.

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 LIMESTONE County, AL

305 AM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018

 DAY ONE  Today and Tonight  

Patchy dense fog is possible through the early morning hours in 
areas east of Interstate 65.

Brief freezing temperatures are possible in isolated locations 

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Wednesday through Monday  

Widespread low temperatures below freezing are possible Wednesday
night into Thursday morning. 

Isolated thunderstorms return to the forecast Saturday through


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

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For LIMESTONE County, Alabama
1212 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018

Showers likely. Much cooler with highs in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers in the evening, then mostly clear after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, diminishing to around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Sunny. Highs around 50. Northwest winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Clear. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, diminishing to around 5 mph after midnight.

Sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Lows around 40.

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the lower 60s. Lows in the mid 40s.

Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs around 70. Lows in the mid 50s. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 50 percent.

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 25-29 MAR 27-APR 2    MAR       MAR-MAY                      
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   Temperature:      Above        Above     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

Tuesday March 20, 2018 the 79th Day of Year

Declination 0.230000
Distance 0.999721 AU
Rise 06:51 EDT Set 19:00 EDT
Transit Meridian 12:55 EDT
Civil Twilight Begins 06:27 EDT Ends 19:24 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 tornado (unofficially F2) struck the north side of Lexington, KY destroying 
barns and a roundhouse. (NWS Louisville)
A late winter storm in Oklahoma produced nearly a foot of snow at Oklahoma
City and at Tulsa. (David Ludlum)
The city of Juneau received 31 inches of snow in 24 hours, a record for the
Alaska capitol. (20th-21st) (David Ludlum)
A severe three day winter storm came to an end over the Central Plains. The
storm produced up to twenty inches of snow in Colorado, Nebraska and
Kansas, and left a thick coat of ice from eastern Kansas across
northwestern Missouri into Iowa. (Storm Data)

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