Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS62 KMHX 232313

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
713 PM EDT Sun Apr 23 2017

A frontal boundary will lift north and inland along the coast late
tonight as low pressure moves slowly northeast along the coast
Monday and Tuesday. High pressure in the central Atlantic will
build in Wednesday through Friday.


As of 7 PM Sunday...Latest sfc analysis is showing the sfc low
over GA while spreading the rain into the Carolinas this
evening. Based on the latest Hi-Res models have reduced PoPs
down to chance as most of precip will be scattered and coming
from the ocean side. The warm front will work its way back north
late tonight with temperatures and dewpoints slowly climbing by
the early morning hours...causing an increase in instability in
the morning...which could start some convection firing up
offshore and moving onto land. Kept overnight PoPs in the likely
range...but think while the PoPs are high, QPF totals will be
fairly low overnight. The overnight low will likely be around
midnight with temperatures remaining steady then rising after


As of 410 PM Sunday...Closed upper low will pivot into southern
Georgia and South Carolina during the day Monday as
strengthening surface low redevelops off the South Carolina
coast late Monday afternoon. This coupled with a deep feed of
moisture from the E/SE...will lead to a threat of heavy rain and
flash flooding along with strong gusty winds. There will be the
threat of some convection moving onshore early in the morning
with the warm front...with perhaps a few brief spin-ups near the
coast. Based on some of the higher-resolution models...expect
only spotty showers and fairly light QPF elsewhere through
midday on Monday. By Monday afternoon...moisture transport
increases markedly and heavy rainfall should begin to fall over
inland areas by 18-21z and increase overnight. The Flash Flood
Watch has been extended north and east to include all but the
far northern counties and Outer Banks. High temperatures should
be in the lower 70s over most areas for Monday.


As of 245 PM Sun...Heavy rain and flash flooding possible for
portions of Eastern NC through Tuesday morning. Summer like
weather expected late week with highs in the upper 80s.

Monday Night and Tuesday...The heaviest rain is expected to fall
Monday night into early Tuesday morning. The heaviest QPF
continues to shift slightly westward, however 2-4 inches of rain
is still expected over Eastern NC. Locally higher amounts to 6
inches are possible wherever strong convection develops or
training storms occur. Some high res. models show a secondary
axis of heavy rain further east near Carteret, Craven, and
Pamlico counties. With still moderate uncertainty where the
heaviest rain will fall, have extended the Flash Flood Watch
further east to include Carteret, Craven, Pamlico, Pitt, and
Beaufort counties. Rain appears to taper off late Monday morning
as a dry slot entrains into the mature cyclone that will be
located just off the NC/SC coast.

Another concern for this period is the threat of severe weather.
As winds pick up Monday night, higher dewpoints are advected off
the Gulf Stream up into the southern NC coastal counties, and
later into the OBX. As a result CAPE values increase to
1000-1500 J/kg, bulk wind shear values increase to 35-45 knots,
and 0-1 km SRH values increase 150-300 m2/s2. The window for
severe storms and an isolated tornado looks to be 00z-12z Tues.

Upper level low pulls away later in the day Tuesday and showers
slower taper off. Highs Tuesday will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Wednesday through Sunday...A building heat wave is expected
following the departure of the upr low as hts/thicknesses soar
above climo. In fact model fields indicate heights up to 2
standard deviations above normal by late in the week as massive
ridge of high pressure develops over the eastern CONUS. If this
verifies record high temps would certainly be threatened with
temps in the upr 80s to lower 90s. Mainly dry conditions with
only isolated threat for sea breeze convection each afternoon,
more typical of mid Summer vs late April.


Short Term /through 18Z Monday/
As of 7 PM Sunday...High confidence of IFR confidence will
dominate most of the TAF period. Strong low level jet will
prevent any fog development overnight, but significant amt of
low level moisture will help keep flying conditions in the IFR
range. Forecast sounding are showing some lifting during the
morning as the warm front lifts north and precip increases...but
visibility will remain with MVFR levels. NE winds at 10-15
knots will continue tonight then increase to 10-20 knots and
gusty for Monday.

Long Term /Monday through Thursday/...
As of 330 PM Sun...Sub VFR conditions appear likely through
Tuesday night with widespread heavy rain, scattered
thunderstorms, and gusty winds. Conditions improve greatly for
Wednesday and the rest of the work week.


Short Term /Tonight and Monday/...
As of 7 PM change at this time. Latest buoy obs are
showing NE winds 10-20 gusting to 25 knots. Seas 5-7 feet.

Gusty NE/E winds will persist this evening before dropping a
bit late tonight and early Monday. As strong surface low moves
off the SC coast...winds ramp up again late Monday. Have issued
Gale Warnings for the coastal waters from Oregon Inlet south and
for the Pamlico Sound beginning late Monday afternoon. Small
Craft Advisories remain in effect until 11 pm this evening for
the Albemarle Sound...Alligator River and coastal waters north
of Oregon Inlet as winds continue to gust to around 25 knots and
seas are around 6 feet. Winds/Seas will subside tonight before
increasing again Monday afternoon and night as deep closed upper
low moves across the region and strengthening surface low moves
off SC coast by late Monday.

Long Term /Monday through Thursday/...
As of 330 PM Sun...Widespread rain and scattered thunderstorms
appear likely through Tuesday afternoon as a deepening low
pressure system approaches the coastal waters on Monday, and
then stalls off the southern NC coast until Tuesday afternoon.

Winds will be increasing Monday night to 30 to 35 knots out of
the SE with wind gusts to 40 knots. Seas continue building,
peaking 9-14 ft early Tuesday morning Gale Watch may be needed
for portions of the coastal waters as near gale force winds are
expected. . Winds on Tuesday will
mostly be out of the south 15 to 25 knots, before the low
pressure crosses the region Tuesday afternoon, turning winds WNW
at 10 to 15 knots. Seas on Tuesday will drop below 10 feet by
late morning and become 5 to 8 feet. Winds Wednesday and
Thursday will be SW around 10 knots, and seas will be 4-6 ft
Wednesday and 3-5 ft Thursday.


As of 430 AM Sun...Flash flood watch for western sections of
the CWA as this area has best chance of seeing upwards of 3-4
inches of rain with locally higher amounts. Heaviest rain will
occur Monday evening through early Tuesday morning ahead of
advancing strong low pressure.


NC...Flash Flood Watch from Monday afternoon through Tuesday
     morning for NCZ044-079-080-090>095-098.
     Beach Hazards Statement from Monday morning through Monday
     evening for NCZ095-098-103-104.
     Beach Hazards Statement until 8 PM EDT this evening for NCZ103.
MARINE...Gale Warning from 5 PM Monday to 1 AM EDT Tuesday for AMZ135-
     Small Craft Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for AMZ130-
     Gale Warning from 5 PM Monday to 5 AM EDT Tuesday for AMZ152-
     Small Craft Advisory until 2 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ150.
     Gale Warning from 5 PM to 11 PM EDT Monday for AMZ158.


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