Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Fairbanks, AK
FXAK69 PAFG 302247
Northern Alaska Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fairbanks AK
247 PM AKDT TUE AUG 30 2016
.DISCUSSION...A quiet weather pattern is expected across northern
Alaska over the next few days. The dominate weather feature over
the northern half of the state is an upper level ridge over the
west coast. This 580 dam low at 500 mb is currently centered over
the Seward Peninsula. This ridge will slowly move to the west overnight
tonight into tomorrow causing 500 mb heights to fall across the
northern half of the state.
At the surface, a 1037 mb high is currently just north of
Mackenzie Bay, while a 1025 mb low is centered north of
Wainwright. The low will move east to just north of Barrow late
this evening before starting to move to the southeast overnight
tonight. The low will be about 50 miles southeast of Deadhorse by
Central and eastern interior...Gusty east to northeasterly winds
across much of the Interior will continue this evening before
dropping down tonight. The winds today are slightly greater than
what is currently being advertised by any of the models. Clear
to mostly clear skies will continue for most if not all of the
interior for the remainder of the workweek. An overall cooling
trend is expected through the weekend; however, temperatures will
remain above normal for this time of year.
North Slope...Fog is the main concern in the short term. Dense
fog continues this afternoon on the western arctic coast and will
most likely persist into tomorrow. An upper level shortwave will
pass over the eastern arctic tomorrow morning bringing along with
it increased chances of rain, with the best chances south and east
West coast and western interior...A general cooling trend is
expected through the weekend as slightly cooler air works in
aloft; however, temperatures will remain above normal for this
time of year. Clear to mostly clear skies will persist across the
area through the end of the week
Coastal Hazard Potential Days 3 and 4...None.
.FIRE WEATHER...no issues at this time.
.HYDROLOGY...no issues at this time.
Small Craft Advisory for PKZ240-PKZ245.