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Area forecast discussion...updated
National Weather Service Huntsville Alabama
1110 am CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Near term...(rest of today)
issued at 1022 am CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Early morning cloud cover continues over Mississippi and southwest
of Cullman and Jefferson counties in Alabama. Some lower cloud cover
earlier was over the Muscle Shoals area and has since dissipated.

The cap above 850 mb is a slightly weaker today based on 6 am bmx
sounding, but still pretty Stout (18 degrees above 850 mb). A fairly
good looking shortwave can be seen in satellite imagery over the
western Florida Panhandle and southern Mississippi/Alabama. Models
move this shortwave north into central/northern Alabama later this
afternoon and evening. The big question is whether this forcing
combined with instability will be able to produce convection later
this afternoon/early evening. Model forecast instability is very good
this afternoon with cape values forecast to climb into the 2000-4000
j/kg realm.

Current temperatures are already in the lower 80s (close to 85 in
huntsville) and dewpoints in the mid to upper 60s at this hour and
SBCAPE values are already between 1500 and 3000 j/kg. Cloud cover
associated with the shortwave based on satellite imagery trends and
guidance will likely not really retard high temperatures values until
after noon or 1 PM and this should occur mainly over northeastern
Alabama. Therefore, cape values around 4000 j/kg are not unreasonable
later today, as dewpoints shouldn't mix much and temperatures rise
into the upper 80s to lower 90s later this afternoon. Given such
strong instability and some forcing associated with the shortwave
pushing north this afternoon, believe isolated pulse thunderstorms
are possible. The main threat with the strongest storms will be
damaging downburst winds around 60 mph (dcape values 1000-1200 and
SBCAPE 3000-4000 j/kg). Small hail will likely be possible as well
with wet-bulb temperatures lowering to around 9500 feet this

Raised high temperatures into the 91 to 94 degree range in
northwestern Alabama and near the I-65 corridor. Coupled with a very
moist atmosphere near the ground, this will allow heat index values
to climb to between 95 and 100 degrees in some locations, especially
near and west of I-65.

Short term...(tonight through monday)
issued at 345 am CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Focus of attention in the short term will then shift to Sunday and
especially late Sunday afternoon and night as a broadening upper
trough moves from the Southern Plains into the Midwest. A cold front
associated with the trough will develop and approach the Tennessee Valley
region during the day on Sunday. Strong forcing for ascent associated
with the sfc front and coupled with favorable upper level jet
dynamics will produce a line of strong to perhaps severe
thunderstorms just along and ahead of the front. Thunderstorms are
likely to begin impacting northwestern Alabama during the late
afternoon and move slowly across the area during the evening and into
the overnight period. A low/mid level capping inversion will tend to
limit development well out ahead of the line of storms most of the
day Sunday, but a few isolated cells may develop immediately ahead of
the line and merge with the line causing some enhanced local
vorticity with stronger updrafts. So, there will be a slight tornado
threat with cells especially late in the afternoon and early in the
evening over northwestern Alabama. This threat is expected to
gradually weaken as the line moves eastward and overall large scale
instability weakens with loss of daytime heating. The main threat
with this line of showers/storms will probably be damaging winds with
an enhanced low-lvl jet containing wind speeds perhaps ~60-70 kts.
Also, high precipitable water values, deep layer ascent and some cell training may
give rise to a localized flash flood threat. Our relatively high
antecedent soil moisture values already suggest perhaps a longer-term
areal and/or stream/river flooding threat which will have to be
watched immediately following the heavy rain event, which should
produce around 1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall across the area.

The storms will gradually come to an end on Monday night from west to
east with the last of the rain/storms exiting eastern parts of the
area on Monday morning. A drier airmass will filter into the region
on Monday, with dew point temperatures falling into the 40s during
the day and highs on Monday only forecast to reach the low 70s at
most locations.

Long term...(monday night through friday)
issued at 330 am CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

The cold front should be well to our east Monday night with a
general zonal flow aloft. A mid level ridge will start to build in
Monday night and into Tuesday with weak high pressure over the area,
leading to the quick return of southwesterly flow. Lower dew points,
in the 40s, will return along with a brief temperature relief. Lows
Monday night will be around 50 degrees which surprisingly is
slightly below normal.

Relief is short lived as warm advection returns as the mid level
ridge strengthens with sunny skies and high temperatures in the
upper 70s for Tuesday. The ridge starts to break down on Wednesday
as the next upper system starts to sharply dig into the Texas
Panhandle. Highs will remain in the upper 70s. As the trough digs
east, surface cyclogenesis will occur somewhere in the Arkansas/la/MS area
with differences noted between the GFS/ECMWF. Timing wise, both are
consistent in bringing in the precip between 18-00z Wednesday. The
European model (ecmwf) quickly lifts the surface low northeast with the rainfall out
of the area by 00z Friday. GFS however has a much deeper upper
trough, stalls the frontal boundary with waves of low pressure
riding along it and much higher quantitative precipitation forecast. Much of the higher values are
to the south, along the coast, but multiple waves of rainfall
continue through almost 12z Saturday. The rainfall after Friday
morning would be associated with strong wrap around upper lift. The
superblend pops therefore are quite high given the GFS forecast and
have not made any changes given how far this is and the major
differences. Overall instability and shear is weak with this system
so embedded thunderstorms is more likely with a low threat of
severe. Heavy rain and training of cells seems to be more of a

It will get cooler Thursday/Friday with 850mb temps around 0-2c
leading to highs in the mid to upper 60s with lows in the mid to
upper 40s.


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Sunday morning)
issued at 620 am CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

A low cloud deck moving into the area is beginning to disperse
already, but current predom MVFR ceilings may continue for another
hour or two at kmsl. Otherwise, ceilings and vis are likely to
remain predom VFR for most of the period at khsv and kmsl. Southeast
winds will veer more southerly and will quickly become gusty with
the onset of mixing this morning. Gusts are likely to exceed 20 kts
by 17-18z and possibly sooner. A few thunderstorms may develop in
northern Alabama today, but expected coverage is low and will not warrant
mention in the tafs at this time.


Hun watches/warnings/advisories...


Near term...ktw
short term...kdw
long term...line

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