Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
FXUS63 KLMK 242025
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
325 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017
.Short Term (Now through Saturday Night)...
Issued at 320 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017
...Severe Storms Possible This Evening...
Main challenge is timing and impact of strong/severe storms this
evening. 997mb surface low over southern Lake Michigan continues to
draw strong southerly flow into the Ohio Valley, with record
February warmth and wind gusts up to 35-40 mph.
Strong cap in place over Kentucky, with model soundings suggesting
800mb temps near +10C. Thin line of storms over Indiana extending
from near Muncie to Evansville is currently most notable for
producing quite a bit of lightning.
Once the cap breaks, expect rapid development as the mid-level lapse
rates are near 9C/km. Limiting factor will be the ability to match
up the 50-70 kt of effective shear near the front, and the 1000 J/kg
CAPE out ahead of the front. Any window for supercell potential is
quite narrow, but worth keeping an eye on. The more likely scenario
is that storms will organize into a squall line, with damaging winds
as the main threat. SPC Enhanced risk is now focused roughly along
and north of I-64 and east of I-65, where there is a non-zero
tornado threat, which will mostly be tied to brief meso-vortex
spinups within the squall line. Areas west of I-65 have a lesser
threat as it is a narrow window of opportunity for the cap to break
before the forcing moves east.
The cold front will push through around midnight or an hour or two
after, bringing a quick end to the precip. Strong cold advection
behind the front will send temperatures crashing, with Sat morning
readings ranging from just above freezing in southern Indiana to the
lower/mid 40s near the I-75 corridor.
Saturday will be a cloudy and raw day under the cold pool aloft.
Steep low-level lapse rates and just enough low-level moisture will
support at least isolated showers, which could reach the ground as
either rain or snow given cold enough temps in cloud. Minimal
recovery in temps, especially over the Bluegrass region. Look for
gradual clearing Sat night as the mid-level trof exits, and temps
will drop into the 20s, which is actually just a few degrees below
.Long Term (Sunday through Friday)...
Issued at 300 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017
Upper-level pattern becomes zonal and the surface high shifts
quickly to the east. Sunday looks like a dry day with temps
recovering to near climo after a chilly start.
As the flow aloft backs to WSW, a series of southern stream
disturbances will swing through, bringing a few different rounds of
precip to the Ohio Valley. Timing is always tricky in such a
progressive pattern, so we`ll keep POPs capped in the likely range
and QPF on the light side. Best chances of rain will be Monday
night, and again on Tuesday night. By Tue night/Wed the pattern is a
bit more amplified, so will see the return of unseasonably warm
temps and also include a slight chance for thunder.
Surface high pressure and broad upper trofiness for the end of the
work week, but heights do not drop that much and temps will run near
climo. Fast-moving trof drops through the Great Lakes on Friday, but
with most of the energy remaining to our north, will not include a
Day 7 POP.
.Aviation (18Z TAF Update)...
Issued at 1215 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017
Gusty south-southwesterly winds will continue through the afternoon
ahead of a cold front moving in tonight. Showers and storms are
expected to fire up along and ahead of the front late this afternoon
into this evening. The bulk of the activity should impact the
terminals after 0Z. The latest guidance has shifted the timing an
hour or two slower than previously forecast, particularly at LEX. A
TEMPO TS group has been added to the forecast to account for this.
In the wake of the cold front, winds will shift to west-
northwesterly. Sustained winds will remain in the 10-15 knot range
with gusts of 20-25 knots.