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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
National Weather Service Jackson KY
410 PM EDT Sat Aug 19 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 332 PM EDT SAT AUG 19 2017

Afternoon surface analysis shows an area of high pressure off to
the southwest with winds light out of the SW. This will keep much
of the region under mostly sunny skies with a few CU or higher
level clouds passing through. That said, a trough axis continues
to move across the region, and this is leading the development of
a few showers and thunderstorms to our northwest. Some of these
could drop southeast into the Bluegrass and therefore kept the
slight POPs going for a few more hours in the grids. These
isolated storms will diminish late this afternoon and we will be
left with mostly clear skies tonight.

Models are in good agreement with heights rising in the wake of
the previously mentioned trough and given the clearing skies kept
at least patchy fog across a good portion of Eastern KY. Did opt
to go areas in the deeper valley locations. The fog will burn off
through the morning on Sunday. Then continued rising heights will
lead to a mostly sunny day for Sunday, but a few afternoon CU
will remain possible. These rising heights will combine with
rising 850mb temperatures to send the temperatures into the upper
80s for most by Sunday afternoon.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 410 PM EDT SAT AUG 19 2017

Ridging at the surface and aloft over the southeast CONUS should
result in a quiet but warm start to the period. For the partial
solar eclipse on Monday, some fair weather cu and thin ci are
expected, but at this time it does not look like enough to foil
the event. Based on what was reported during an annular eclipse in
1994, have made some minor adjustments to our temperature grids on
Monday. Have allowed for the temps to level off or even dip
slightly near the peak coverage, and have shaved a couple degrees
off of what would otherwise be the maximum.

A southwest to northeast oriented upper trough dropping southeast
into the CONUS is expected to settle over the Great Lakes by
Tuesday evening. A cold front associated with it will approach
from the northwest on Tuesday and Tuesday night, and move through
on Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms are likely for most of the
area ahead of the front, with anything lingering into Wednesday
coming to an end as the front departs. The upper trough will be
fairly significant, similar to others we`ve seen periodically late
this summer. This will result in a very noticeable change to a
cooler and drier air mass at mid week, with lows at least as cool
as the 50s for a few nights in a row late in the week, and highs
in most locations not getting out of the 70s.

By Saturday there could be enough low level moisture creeping
back to the north for some showers/thunderstorms to pop up. Any
activity would likely be poorly organized, low in coverage, and at
this point appearing to be limited to the southern part of the
area.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
ISSUED AT 138 PM EDT SAT AUG 19 2017

An upper level trough is swinging across the Ohio Valley this
afternoon. The lack of better moisture will lead to overall lack
of coverage for showers this afternoon and continued to keep any
mention out of the SYM TAF. Otherwise VFR conditions will be the
story, with a few afternoon CU at around 5 kft. We will see
mostly clear skies tonight and this will aid in fog development
especially in the deeper valleys. That said, did opt to go with
the MVFR fog toward 5Z at LOZ/SME and 8Z at SYM. Winds will
continue to remain light through the TAF period.

&&

.JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...DJ
LONG TERM...HAL
AVIATION...DJ



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