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FXUS61 KCLE 231354

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
954 AM EDT SAT JUL 23 2016

Weak high pressure will build over the area today. A weak cold front
will move southeast across the region monday then high pressure
rebuilds over ohio for tuesday into thursday.



only slight changes made for the morning update as the current
forecast is on track with hot and humid conditions expected to
continue. 12Z soundings this morning show 850 mb temperatures
from 19-20c which will support the current forecast max
temperature range from 88 to 94. with the ground being rather dry
more of the solar heating will go into warming the air instead of
evaporation and allow for a super adiabatic boundary layer and
hotter afternoon. the only moderating affect may be a light
northerly component to the the wind off of Lake Erie from Cle east
to ERI which may keep the immediate lakeshore cooler.

previous discussion:

The weak cold front moving thru the area early this morning will
provide little in the way of relief from the heat and humidity.
There could be an isolated shra/tsra in the south this afternoon as
a weak upper trough is just east of the area which could support
some convection.

The big issue today is the heat index that will be rising to around
or slightly above 100 for the west 3/5ths of the cwa. A heat
advisory continues for this area thru tomorrow for the marginal
situation. Highs today should run from the upper 80s in the far east
to the lower to locally mid 90s for the central and western counties.


The heat and humidity will continue thru sun then some moderating of
temps back closer to normal will occur starting mon. Highs by mon
should just be in the 80s.

The short term drought affecting most of the cwa will get a little
worse as most of the area will not see significant rainfall from the
next front affecting the area late sun into mon. Luckily, the
pattern does show some change toward the latter part of next week
that should bring a better chance for rain.

There appears enough instability and shear for some strong storms
with the system late sun into mon morning with an isolated
severe storm also possible but mainly for the nw part of the cwa.


The long term forecast begins on Tuesday on the back side of an
upper level trough. Strong AVA behind this trough will create
zonal flow aloft through Thursday and support high pressure at the
surface over the Great Lakes. Like much of this summer,
temperatures will be on the rise with this stable air mass and
above average temperatures should be expected on Tuesday and
Wednesday. Given long term models` trend in forecast towards
climatology, forecast only reflects mid to upper 80s at this time,
but if models continue to keep high pressure in place can see 90s
being adding in the near future.

For Thursday and beyond, the long term models differ just a bit.
Both models show high pressure moving out as a low moves to the
south of the CWA. The GFS has a weaker but faster low that reaches
southern Ohio early Thursday morning with another disturbance moving
through the Great Lakes. The ECMWF has a stronger but slower low
pressure system reach SW Ohio Friday afternoon but has a more
defined warm front ahead of it that can bring precipitation on
Thursday. Then the models keep the area somewhat active and wet
through Saturday. Cannot say that I am all that confident in either
solution as this summer has been very dry with many areas attaining
moderate drought status. But with the long term model solutions have
a slight chance to chance pop mention for early Thursday morning
through the rest of the long term but not too excited about needed
rainfall yet. Temperatures for this second half of the long term
will be around climatology in the low 80s, could be a touch cooler
if the period is really wet and active.


.AVIATION /12Z Saturday THROUGH Wednesday/...
As expected, pockets of MVFR and IFR fog/mist/haze have developed
across northern Ohio this morning with the warm, moist air mass in
place. Reduced visibilities will be in place for the next hour or
two as the sun rises but things should mix out by late morning and
VFR will dominate through the day on Saturday. A very weak and
shallow cold front is presently crossing the Michigan/Ohio Border
and Lake Erie and will make it to northern Ohio and northwest
Pennsylvania shortly this morning. This front will likely not
spark any convection and will do very little other than shift the
wind direction to just north of west. Skies will remain mainly
clear for Saturday.

Given that the same air mass will be in place for Saturday night
into Sunday, it is likely that non-VFR fog will redevelop tomorrow
morning and have mentioned at the inland sites. Left it out of
KCLE and KERI for now, but can see a short window of MVFR Sunday

OUTLOOK...Areas of non-VFR Sunday with morning fog/mist/haze and
non-VFR possible late Sunday into Monday with showers and


A weak and shallow cold front located across central lower Michigan
into lower Ontario will make its way across Lake Erie this morning.
Winds will shift from the SW/WSW to NW/WNW for Saturday. Winds
should be fairly light with 10 knots or less expected. For Sunday,
high pressure builds in and winds will be southerly and 10 knots or
less but will increase late and shift to more westerly ahead of
another but much stronger cold front. There could be a chance for a
small craft advisory behind this cold front as waves will be on the
increase with the stronger westerly winds but still looks like 2 to
4 feet will be the maximum as of now. High pressure then moves in
late Monday and winds will be light and variable 10 knots or less
with waves 2 feet or less.


OH...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT Sunday for OHZ003-006>011-017>021-


NEAR TERM...LaPlante
LONG TERM...Sefcovic
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