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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
705 PM EDT SUN MAY 1 2016

...Updated Aviation Discussion...

.SHORT TERM (Now through Tuesday Night)...
Issued at 305 PM EDT Sun May 1 2016

...Severe Storms Ongoing this Afternoon...

The synoptic pattern early this afternoon features broad southwest
flow across the Ohio Valley.  A dampening trough was moving through
portions of the Midwest, interacting with a surface front located
across portions west-central KY northeast into portions of southern
Ohio.

Strong to severe thunderstorms have developed along residual outflow
boundaries and along the surface front this afternoon. Dewpoints in
the low to mid 60s coupled with temperatures rising into the low 80s
has resulted in MLCAPE values in excess of 1500 J/kg.  Deep layer
shear around 50 knots is contributing to long, straight hodographs
which will favor supercells (possibly splitting) and a few multicell
clusters.  Main threat will be hail with wet bulb zeros around 9-10k
feet, but given dry air around 700mb some dry air entrainment into
downdrafts may lead to localized damaging winds as well.

Convection should wind down in coverage tonight as instability wanes
and the front pushes east/southeast.  However, this front will stall
just to the south of the region tonight.  Yet another PV anomaly
will eject out of the Southwest and will ride up along the front
Monday afternoon into Monday evening, which will result in renewed
showers and a few thunderstorms mainly across the southeastern half
of the LMK CWA. It appears much of the region will be on the cool
side of the boundary, so severe weather is not anticipated.  Highs
will be cooler on the north side of the boundary with temperatures
in the 60s to lower 70s.

The trough will deepen across the eastern CONUS on Tuesday,
spreading its trough axis through the region Tuesday afternoon.
There won`t be much low-level moisture to work with, but think lift
will be sufficient to squeeze out a few very light showers Tuesday
afternoon.  Temperatures will be even cooler in the northwesterly
flow, with temperatures only expected to make it into the mid 60s.

.LONG TERM (Wednesday through Monday)...
Issued at 249 PM EDT Sun May 1 2016

A deep upper trof is still expected to dig into the eastern half of
the United States for the second half of the work week, followed by
ridging building in from the Plains for most of the weekend.

A surface cold front will come in from the north Wednesday, pushing
off to the south and east Wednesday night. There is some wind energy
with this system but very little instability as we only get into the
60s for highs that afternoon. Precipitable numbers aren`t all that
great either. So, at this time it just looks like showery weather
with maybe a few rumbles of thunder. A few CAA showers may also
linger behind the front in the Blue Grass on Thursday.

Canadian high pressure dropping to the southeast along with rising
heights aloft will lead to pleasant weather for late this week and
into the weekend. Can`t rule out a few showers generally along and
east of I-75 closer to the upper trof, but coverage should be low.

The upper trof will bring downright chilly temperatures with lows
Thursday morning and Friday morning well down into the 40s. Folks in
the Blue Grass may see readings not get out of the 50s on Thursday.
A warming trend will then ensue as the Plains ridging moves in, with
afternoon temperatures back up near 80 by Sunday.

&&

.AVIATION (00Z TAF Update)...
Updated at 705 PM EDT Sun May 1 2016

A cold front is draped along the Ohio River. As long as the front is
in the area, for the next few hours, widely scattered convection
will be possible. However coverage looks to be too low to include
TSRA in the TAFs at this point. Probably the best timing for
showers/storms would be during the 4-8Z time frame.

Best confidence right now is in a VFR forecast. However, will have
to keep an eye on a deck of low stratus currently stretching from
northern Illinois to northern Ohio, as some model data suggest it
may drift at least far enough south to graze SDF in the morning.

A wet system will move by to our south Monday afternoon but should
mostly miss the TAF sites, with BWG on the northern edge of the most
significant rainfall.

&&

.LMK Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
KY...NONE.
IN...NONE.
&&

$$

Short Term........KJD
Long Term.........13
Aviation..........13


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