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Clouds remain thick over the eastern third of the area this morning, but they are beginning to push into Georgia and the western edge is eroding as it does. Most of Jackson, DeKalb, Cherokee, Etowah, Calhoun, Cleburne, Clay and Randolph Counties are still cloudy.
It was interesting to watch stratocumulus clouds fill in a clear area over Jefferson and Blount Counties between 8:15 and 9:15 as heating gave just enough instability to make them pop. But as quickly as they appeared, they have been eroding as the scant moisture aloft pushes east with the trough.
If you drove west from Birmingham on I-20, you would have only crystal clear skies all the way to Abilene, Texas!
Temperatures are in the 30s now climbing toward the 40s. Highs won’t make it much past the lower 40s for most today, with some middle 40s thrown in as cold air continues to flow into the area.
It looks like the best chances for rain this week will come during the day on Tuesday as a low pressure system passing to our north drags a cold front through here. The chance of any severe weather looks minimal.
After a brief cooldown Wednesday, temperatures will trend back toward Springlike readings through the end of the week. We could be close to 70F by Sunday. But more storms will arrive early in that following week.
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The title is a quick description of the weather for Central Alabama for the next several days. We are into March and the severe weather season, so there is some good news – that we don’t see any significant threat for severe weather any time soon.
Clouds this morning will be breaking up as the upper trough axis finally clears Alabama. But even with the sun, do not expect to see warm temperatures. Look for the afternoon highs to remain in the 40s – but that does beat the highs in the 30s yesterday!!
The upper ridge moves in late today and Monday which should bring a nice warm up even though it will be brief. The upper ridge gets forced out by a strong upper low moving southeastward from the Dakotas on Monday to Southeast Iowa on Tuesday. The surface low associated with it will move across the Mid-South region and bring rain and perhaps an isolated thunderstorm to Central Alabama. Dynamics do not support any severe weather potential. In fact, limited moisture will mean that rainfall amounts are likely to remain around a half inch or less.
The upper low reaches the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Wednesday bringing another round of chilly weather to the Southeast US. This system will not be nearly as cold as the one we are experiencing right now, but do look for lows to dip down to around 30 on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
After that another upper ridge will build into the eastern half of the country ushering in a nice warming trend that should have us into the 60s Thursday and Friday and into the weekend. Another system promises a round of weather for us on Monday, March 11th.
The long range projections into week 2 suggest a moderation to the weather pattern with the establishment of an upper ridge, a pretty strong upper ridge, over the eastern half of the country. Besides the warm up, this pattern could spell a period of wet weather for us since the pattern taps into Pacific moisture.
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