Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS62 KCAE 311828
AFDCAE

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
128 PM EST SAT JAN 31 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE OVER THE AREA TODAY AND TONIGHT. THE HIGH
WILL BE OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST SUNDAY. AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT
WILL MOVE THROUGH THE FORECAST AREA MONDAY MORNING.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN CENTERED OVER THE FORECAST
AREA...WITH LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS. INCREASING MID AND HIGH LEVEL
CLOUDINESS EXPECTED LATE TODAY AND TONIGHT...BUT VERY DRY LOW LEVEL
AIR WILL ENSURE FAIR WEATHER.

&&

.SHORT TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/...
LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE IS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE INCREASE DURING THE
DAY SUNDAY ON SOUTHERLY WINDS. THE MODELS KEEP DEEP MOISTURE WEST
OF THE FORECAST AREA THROUGH THE DAY. A COLD FRONT WILL BE
APPROACHING THE REGION LATE IN THE DAY SUNDAY...AND THIS IS
EXPECTED TO CAUSE AN INCREASE IN THE POPS LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. MOST OF THE DAY WILL BE DRY...BUT DID FORECAST
SLIGHT CHANCE/CHANCE POPS LATE IN THE DAY. THE BEST CHANCE FOR
WIDESPREAD RAINFALL WILL OCCUR BY MIDNIGHT...AND HAVE GENERALLY
GONE WITH CATEGORICAL POPS FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY
MORNING. OVERNIGHT LOWS SUNDAY NIGHT WILL BE MILD AHEAD OF THE
FRONT...WITH READINGS IN THE 50S.

MODELS REMAIN CLOSE ON A MONDAY MORNING PASSAGE OF THE COLD FRONT.
WILL STILL HAVE CHANCE POPS EARLY IN THE DAY BEFORE GOOD DRYING
KICKS IN BY THE AFTERNOON. BIGGER ISSUE ON MONDAY WILL REVOLVE
AROUND THE STRONGER WINDS. MODELS SHOWING SUSTAINED WINDS AROUND
20 MPH. BUFKIT MOMENTUM TRANSFER TOOL SHOWS WIND GUSTS OVER 30
MPH FROM LATE MORNING IN THE AFTERNOON. THIS MAY REQUIRE A LAKE
WIND ADVISORY...ALTHOUGH THE STRONGEST WINDS SHOULD BE CONFINED TO
THE LAKE SHORES. FROM MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY WINDS WILL
DIMINISH. DRY CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL ALSO DURING THAT TIME AS
RIDGE REMAINS ACROSS THE REGION.

&&

.LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
AS WE GET INTO THE LONGER TERM PERIODS...CONFIDENCE CONTINUES TO
BE ON THE LOW SIDE DUE TO CONTINUED DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE ECMWF
AND GFS. THERE CONTINUES TO BE TIMING...STRENGTH...AND MOISTURE
DIFFERENCES...ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT ONWARD. AT THIS TIME BOTH
MODELS DO SEEM TO AGREE THAT WEDNESDAY WILL GIVE US ONE MORE DRY
DAY. AFTER THAT...THE GFS BRINGS A LARGE AREA OF RAINFALL ACROSS
THE REGION WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY. MEANWHILE THE ECMWF
KEEPS THE RAINFALL WELL TO THE SOUTH AND THEN OFF THE
COAST...KEEPING THE CWA DRY. WILL INCREASE POPS WEDNESDAY NIGHT
THROUGH THURSDAY...BUT NO HIGHER THAN CHANCE AT THIS TIME. SLIGHT
CHANCE THROUGH FRIDAY...THEN BOTH MODELS DO INDICATE DRYING ONCE
AGAIN BY THE WEEKEND.

&&

.AVIATION /19Z SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE 24 HR TAF PERIOD.

DRY HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE REGION TODAY INTO
TONIGHT...WITH LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS. VERY DRY LOW LEVEL AIR AND
SOME MID AND HIGH LEVEL CLOUDINESS IS EXPECTED TO PRECLUDE ANY FOG
CONCERNS. HIGH PRESSURE WILL SHIFT TO OUR EAST EARLY SUNDAY.  RETURN
SOUTHERLY FLOW WILL ALLOW SOME MOISTENING AT LOW LEVELS. SOME
POSSIBILITIES OF MVFR CIGS BEFORE 18Z SUNDAY...BUT CONFIDENCE LOW.

EXTENDED AVIATION OUTLOOK...CIG/VSBY RESTRICTIONS POSSIBLE...ALONG
WITH SHOWER ACTIVITY...SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING. BREEZY
CONDITIONS POSSIBLE MONDAY.

&&

.CAE WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
SC...NONE.
GA...NONE.
&&

$$





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