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The environment remains favorable for severe thunderstorms with 
wind shear continuing to increase across our northern and central 
counties. Though storm development remains more isolated across 
our southern and central counties, any activity that develops and 
intensifies will have the opportunity to tap into favorable 
instability and dynamics that will support all convective hazards 
from very large hail to tornadoes to damaging winds. Currently, 
the most favorable area for severe storms in where the best low 
level convergence is from Double Springs to Oneonta to Helfin. 
These storms will slowly move south and east the nest few hours.

An effective surface dryline extended from near Natural Bridge in
Winston County southwest to near Vernon in Lamar County. The
severe weather threat will end as the dryline progresses further

We have launched special weather balloon soundings every 3 hours
since 18Z this afternoon and the trend over time has been
increasing wind shear across central Alabama while robust
instability has been maintained due to the solar heating much of
the area experienced for much of the afternoon along with
generally southerly winds that have helped maintain dew points
generally in the 60's across much of our forecast area.

A limiting factor in convective development has been the remnant
Elevated Mixed Layer (EML) that has persistently been present in
the observed soundings aloft this afternoon. This dry layer has
helped to promote the accumulation of convective available
potential energy while only permitting the strongest of updrafts
to break through the cap. This has resulted in the cap holding
strong across much of our south-central counties since mid
afternoon while earlier development across northeast Mississippi
and northwest Alabama have maintained their development and
further expanded in extent and intensity over the past few hours.


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Regional Hourly Observations For RUSSELL County
1200 AM CDT TUE MAR 20 2018
ANNISTON       CLOUDY    61  59  93 CALM      29.57R                  
ALEXANDER CITY RAIN      70  70 100 W8        29.56R                  
AUBURN         CLOUDY    69  68  96 SW16G22   29.57F                  

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

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

Across Alabama...temperatures are near 52 degrees north, near 65 degrees central, and near 70 degrees south. Current sky conditions are fog north, fair central, and fair south. In the north, relative humidity is near 100%, and the dew point is near 52 degrees. In the central part of the state, relative humidity is near 87%, and the dew point is near 61 degrees. In the south, relative humidity is near 93%, and the dew point is near 68 degrees. Visibility is less than one mile north. Winds are from the north at 3 mph north, where conditions are not favorable for spraying due to fog. Winds are calm central, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Winds are from the southwest at 9 mph south, where conditions are favorable for spraying. Based on current available observations, the highest temperature is 72 degrees at Montgomery and Brookely Field. The lowest temperature is 52 degrees at 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 RUSSELL County, AL

1147 PM CDT Mon Mar 19 2018

 DAY ONE  Outlook Through Tonight.

A small threat of a tornado, large hail, or wind gusts to 60 mph
exists through 3 am. The area of concern will be near Montgomery and
Prattville eastward to areas near Auburn, Alexander City, and

 DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN  Tuesday through Sunday.

Cooler air moving in behind the system will result in the potential 
for lows at or below freezing across parts of north central Alabama 
Wednesday night into Thursday morning.


Activation of storm spotters and emergency management will be  
needed through early Tuesday morning.

NWS Severe Weather Map , Convective Outlook

7-Day Forecast For RUSSELL County, Alabama
102 AM CDT Tue Mar 20 2018

Mostly cloudy. Chance of thunderstorms after midnight, then slight chance of thunderstorms early this morning. Lows in the lower 60s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

Partly cloudy in the morning, then mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. West winds 10 to 20 mph.

Much colder. Mostly cloudy. Lows around 40. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Clear. Patchy frost after midnight. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Sunny. Patchy frost in the morning. Highs in the mid 60s.

Mostly clear. Lows around 40.

Partly cloudy. Highs around 70.

Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.

Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s.

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

Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s.

Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 50s.

Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs 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 
                   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