Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KAKQ 280413
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Wakefield VA
1213 AM EDT Sun May 28 2017

.SYNOPSIS...
A cold front will continue to drop into the Carolinas early this
morning, and then return north as a warm front late tonight into
Monday morning. Another cold front approaches from the
northwest on Memorial Day.

&&

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/...
Large hail affected much of central and southern VA Sat evening,
with several reports of hail to 2". Severe threat now over, but
small hail and locally heavy rain still possible through around
08Z. Variably cloudy N and mostly cloudy S with lows in the
upper 50s N to the low 60s S.

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.SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY/...
The initial shortwave trough pushes offshore Sunday morning,
with shortwave ridging building over the Mid-Atlantic. The
surface cold front drops into the Carolinas Sunday with N/NE
flow developing across the region in the wake of the mid-level
trough and surface cold front. Variably cloudy with some patchy
morning stratus or fog possible. Cooler over the Ern Shore with
highs in the low/mid 70s. Highs generally in the low/mid 80s
for central/srn VA and interior NE NC.

The surface boundary returns newd into the region late Sunday
aftn into the evening and early overnight hours. This will
combine with another shortwave trough resulting in an increasing
possibility of showers/tstms approaching from the west during
the evening and overnight hours. 0-6km bulk shear rapidly
increases to 35-45kt after 00z resulting in a chc of a few
strong to marginally severe tstms mainly during the evening.
Mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s.

A cold front will be crossing the mountains Monday morning, and
then continue ewd Monday aftn. Additional showers/tstms are
expected Memorial Day aftn/evening. There is some model
disagreement with respect to coverage, so PoPs will remain
30-50%. Increasing WSW flow aloft ahead of a trough digging
across the Great Lakes will yield 0- 6km bulk shear values of
40-50kt. This will combine with 1000-2000 J/kg of 0-1km MLCAPE
resulting in the potential for severe thunderstorms. Partly
sunny then mostly cloudy on Memorial Day with highs ranging
through the 80s, with the potential for near 90 SE, and 70s
along the Atlantic coast of the Ern Shore.

&&

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...
The long term period beginning Tuesday night features near normal
temperatures and generally low chances for precipitation. Weak and
poorly defined frontal boundaries affect the area and confidence in
the details of the precipitation forecast are rather low.
Thunderstorm chances Wednesday were kept relatively low as weak high
pressure builds in. A frontal boundary moves in for Thursday and
settles just off the coast Friday and Saturday. Highest POPs (30 to
40 percent) are currently set for southern portions on Friday
afternoon and evening.

High temperatures are forecast to range from 80 to 85 Wednesday and
Thursday and the upper 70s to around 80 Friday and Saturday.
Readings will be a bit lower near the coast. Lows are expected to
range from 60 to 65.

&&

.AVIATION /04Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
As of 17z...conditions were fairly quiet across the area with
solid VFR conditions. River breezes were apparent on the NEXRAD
reflectivity and winds at ORF were out of the northeast off the
Bay. Still expect convection to develop late in the afternoon
and have TEMPO groups for thunderstorms at RIC from 22 to 00Z
and at the three southeast sites from 00 to 02z. These will be
updated as needed. Strong to possibly severe winds gusts (50kt
or higher) will be possible with the thunderstorms.

Model consensus suggest widespread stratus for Sunday morning which
would be reasonable given wet ground conditions from precipitation
limited low level mixing and developing onshore flow. Included
low ceilings at RIC with a broken to overcast sky across the
area through.

OUTLOOK...The chance for showers/tstms returns Sunday evening/night
and again Monday aftn/evening. Minimal chances for aftn/evening
showers/tstms persist into Tuesday through Thursday. Stratus
and patchy fog will be possible each morning.

&&

.MARINE...
Late this aftn, weak low pressure was extending fm the cntrl VA
piedmont westward into the OH valley. Winds were generally SE 5
to 15 kt over the waters, with Waves ~1 foot and seas 1-2 ft.
The low pressure area will move ESE acrs the region and to the
coast this evening into early Sun morning. Winds will become SSW
south of the low and ENE north of the low, as the low moves
thru. Speeds will be arnd 10 kt or less, but stronger in any
tstms. Flow becomes NE or N at 5-15 kt Sun morning, as the low
slides just off the Mid Atlc coast. The low stalls offshore
for the remainder of Sun, as high pressure nudges in fm the
northeast. Flow becomes onshore thru Sun evening at 5-15 kt.
The next area of low pressure lifts over the eastern Great Lakes
region Sun night and into eastern Canada on Memorial Day. A
trailing cold front reaches the waters late Mon into Mon night,
then washing out over NC during Tue, as high pressure slowly
builds in fm the west thru Thu. Winds generally at or below 15
kt.

&&

.AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MD...None.
NC...None.
VA...None.
MARINE...None.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...AJZ/JAO
NEAR TERM...AJZ/JAO
SHORT TERM...AJZ/JAO
LONG TERM...LSA
AVIATION...LSA
MARINE...TMG


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