Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KLZK 122059
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Little Rock AR
259 PM CST Tue Dec 12 2017

.SHORT TERM...Tonight Through Thursday
Latest satellite imagery and surface observations indicate clear
conditions continuing across the mid south, with near normal
afternoon temperatures. The clear conditions will continue during
this period.

Of particular concern are expected fire weather conditions,
especially between 18z and 00z Wednesday. fastest forecasts
indicate values approaching red flag criteria across the western
third of the forecast area during this time. After coordination
with neighboring offices, headlines have not been issued, but
this situation will need to be monitored closely.

Compressional flow will aid in warming conditions on Wednesday. A
quickly moving cold front will move south through the state
Wednesday night and will promote cooler than normal temperatures
for Thursday. No precipitation is expected with this feature.

&&

.LONG TERM...Thursday Night Through Tuesday

Thursday night through Sunday...Northwest flow aloft will persist
through Friday night inhibiting any attempt at moisture return to
the state of Arkansas. The persistent northwest flow pattern that
has been keeping us extremely dry here in Arkansas is expected to
change on Saturday as a large upper trough is forecast to dig south
over the Rockies towards New Mexico and west Texas. This large upper
trough will set up a short term upper air pattern that is much more
favorable for rainfall by bringing southwest flow aloft over the
state.

The consensus of the GFS and ECMWF is that shortwave troughs within
the southwesterly flow aloft will keep the low-level jet veered on
Saturday and Saturday night preventing a true "warm sector" from
setting up over Arkansas. However the change in flow regime is
expected to allow deeper moisture to return aloft which should lead
to a decent chance of rain across Arkansas as the stronger forcing
for ascent associated with the upper trough swings over the state.
At this time the consensus of model guidance is that this lift will
arrive over the state Saturday night through Sunday morning. As a
result have a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain in the forecast during
this time.

Because the best low-level moisture/theta-e pool is  expected to
remain southeast of Arkansas...do not think that rainfall rates will
be heavy and should consist of rain shower activity instead of
thunderstorms. The limited access to better low-level theta-e air
will limit rainfall rates likely keeping rainfall totals at less
than an inch across the state. It`s not much rain, but at this rate,
we`ll take what we can get! This system certainly does not look like
a drought buster, but any additional soil moisture is welcome with
much of the state mired in D2 and D3 drought conditions according to
the UNL Drought Monitor.

Uncertainty regarding when the best lift will arrive this weekend
resulted in lower POPs being spread out in the forecast through
Monday morning. It will likely not rain consistently from Saturday
night through Monday morning...and the forecast window of best rain
chances will be tightened up as confidence increases in the timing
of the lift in later forecasts.

Early Next Week...Confidence in the forecast beyond this upcoming
weekend is somewhat low. There is a chance that another shortwave
trough will bring some light rainfall over the state Monday night
into Tuesday morning...but opted to leave rain out of the forecast
for now due to ongoing drought conditions across the state. There`s
certainly nothing in the boundary layer or state of vegetation
across the state that`s going to contribute as a source of moisture
early next week. As a result will continue to side with a dry
forecast at this time.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Batesville AR     31  63  35  47 /   0   0   0   0
Camden AR         30  66  37  55 /   0   0   0   0
Harrison AR       31  64  32  43 /   0   0   0   0
Hot Springs AR    31  65  37  52 /   0   0   0   0
Little Rock   AR  32  65  37  50 /   0   0   0   0
Monticello AR     33  63  39  53 /   0   0   0   0
Mount Ida AR      29  67  35  52 /   0   0   0   0
Mountain Home AR  29  64  32  44 /   0   0   0   0
Newport AR        30  62  35  47 /   0   0   0   0
Pine Bluff AR     31  64  37  52 /   0   0   0   0
Russellville AR   30  64  35  49 /   0   0   0   0
Searcy AR         29  62  35  47 /   0   0   0   0
Stuttgart AR      31  63  35  49 /   0   0   0   0
&&

.LZK Watches/Warnings/Advisories...NONE.
&&

$$

Short Term...55 / Long Term...CAVANAUGH



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