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FXUS62 KGSP 181141
AFDGSP

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
741 AM EDT THU SEP 18 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
A COOL...WEAK RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL PERSIST ACROSS THE
AREA...BEFORE STRENGTHENING ON FRIDAY. THIS PATTERN IS EXPECTED TO
PERSIST THROUGH THE WEEKEND...BEFORE A COLD FRONT CROSSES THE AREA
EARLY NEXT WEEK.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
AS OF 650 AM...WIDESPREAD LOW STRATUS PERSISTS ACROSS THE EASTERN
HALF OF THE AREA THIS MORNING...BUT IS GENERALLY MORE PATCHY ACROSS
WESTERN AREAS...OTHER THAN IN THE MTN VALLEYS. SKIES WILL REMAIN
MOSTLY CLOUDY TO CLOUDY FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS...BUT CIGS
SHOULD LIFT/SCATTER RATHER QUICKLY...WITH SOME SUN POSSIBLE BY LATE
MORNING.

STRATOCU CONTINUES TO GRADUALLY EXPAND ACROSS EASTERN AREAS...WHILE
A FAIRLY EXTENSIVE AREA OF MID-LEVEL CLOUDS CONTINUES TO ENCROACH
FROM THE WEST. THIS SHOULD CONTINUE TO PRECLUDE ANY DENSE FOG
CONCERNS EARLY THIS MORNING. OTHERWISE...WITH WEAK MID-LEVEL SHORT
WAVE TROUGH AND UPPER JET ENTRANCE REGION PUSHING EAST OF THE AREA
BY LATE MORNING...WE ARE EXPECTING SCATTERING/LIFTING OF CLOUDS TO
OCCUR A BUT QUICKER THAN IT DID YESTERDAY...WHICH SHOULD RESULT IN
TEMPS WARMING TO NEAR 80 IS MOST AREAS OUTSIDE THE MTNS...AND MID
70S IN THE MTN VALLEYS. AS A RESULT...NAM FORECAST SOUNDING CAPE IS
SURPRISINGLY ROBUST...AROUND 2000 J/KG IN THE PIEDMONT. HOWEVER...IT
IS THE ONLY MODEL THAT FEATURES EVEN ANYTHING APPROACHING THIS
DEGREE OF INSTABILITY. IN FACT...THE SREF /LIKELY PROBABILITY/ OF
CAPE > 500 J/KG IS CONFINED TO A RATHER SMALL AREA AROUND THE
SOUTHERN PERIPHERY OF THE CWFA. MEANWHILE...ONCE THE MID-LEVEL WAVE
PASSES BY LATER THIS MORNING WITH LITTLE FANFARE...THERE WON/T BE
MUCH OF A SIGNIFICANT SOURCE OF RISING MOTION. THEREFORE...WHILE
CONVECTION IS POSSIBLE LATER TODAY...THIS IS CERTAINLY SUPPORTED BY
THE LATEST CONVECTION ALLOWING MODELS...IT SHOULD PRIMARILY BE OF
THE SHOWER VARIETY AND ISOLATED IN NATURE.

TONIGHT...SHORT TERM MODELS DEPICT A BIT OF AN INCREASE IN THE LOW
LEVEL EASTERLY FLOW...ALONG WITH A PERSISTENT QPF RESPONSE...ESP
NEAR THE BLUE RIDGE. POPS WILL THEREFORE INCREASE JUST A BIT
TONIGHT...ESP ALONG THE EASTERN ESCARPMENT...BUT CHANCES ARE STILL
EXPECTED TO BE NO BETTER THAN 30 PERCENT. MIN TEMPS WILL AVERAGE
FAIRLY CLOSE TO CLIMO.

&&

.SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 300 AM THU...SPRAWLING CONTINENTAL HIGH PRESSURE INITIALLY
COVERS MUCH OF THE ERN CONUS FRIDAY MORNING...BUT UPPER PATTERN
REMAINS PROGRESSIVE AND THE HIGH STEADILY SHIFTS OFF INTO THE
ATLANTIC DURING THE PERIOD. AIDED BY CONFLUENCE IN THE CO-LOCATED
ENTRANCE REGION OF A SHORTWAVE...THIS HIGH WILL CREATE A SHORT-LIVED
CAD EVENT AGAINST THE SRN APPALACHIANS. EASTERLY FLOW INITIALLY WILL
WARRANT POPS NEAR THE BLUE RIDGE...BUT AS MOISTURE BECOMES MORE
SHALLOW THRU THE DAY THIS BECOMES A LESSER FACTOR. UPGLIDE OVER THE
WEDGE IS UNIMPRESSIVE...APPEARING CAPABLE OF A FAIR AMOUNT OF CLOUD
COVER BUT NOT MEASURABLE PRECIP. HOWEVER NAM/GFS BOTH INDICATE MODEST
INSTABILITY DURING PEAK HEATING...AND FOR THE AFTN HOURS THAT IS THE
MAIN DRIVER FOR POPS. AT LEAST A SCHC IS INCLUDED EVERYWHERE...WITH
CHC OVER MTN RIDGES. THESE POPS SLOWLY DIMINISH FRI NIGHT AS LLVL RH
CONTINUES TO DROP. MAX TEMPS WILL BE ABOUT TWO CATEGORIES BELOW
CLIMO...WITH MINS NEAR CLIMO SAT MRNG.

THOUGH RIDGING IS SEEN DOWN THE ERN SEABOARD ON SATURDAY THE WEDGE IS
LIKELY TO LOSE ITS GRIP ON THE REGION AS THE PARENT HIGH MOVES
FURTHER AWAY. ISENTROPIC LIFT BECOMES ESSENTIALLY NEUTRAL AND
MOISTURE OVER THE WEDGE IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO EXPECT MUCH CLOUD COVER
TO PERSIST THRU THE DAY. RISING HEIGHTS ARE REFLECTED IN WEAKER LAPSE
RATES ON MODEL PROFILES...BUT AS FAR AS IMPACTING INSTABILITY THIS IS
COUNTERACTED BY WARMER SFC TEMPS. NONETHELESS BLENDED GUIDANCE
SUPPORTS A DRY FCST. TEMPS WILL REBOUND SLIGHTLY...TOPPING OUT A
COUPLE DEGREES BELOW CLIMO SAT AFTN. HOWEVER MINS SHOULD BE A LITTLE
BELOW CLIMO SUN MRNG UNDER CLEARER SKIES.

&&

.LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
AS OF 300 AM THU...DEEP TROUGH WILL DIG INTO THE ERN CONUS SUNDAY AS
THE UPPER PATTERN AMPLIFIES ONCE AGAIN. THIS WILL DRIVE A COLD FRONT
SEWD THRU THE OH/TN VALLEYS SUNDAY...CROSSING THE MTNS SUNDAY NIGHT
AND CLEARING OUR AREA BY LATE MONDAY. 18/00Z GFS AND 18/00Z EC ARE IN
PRETTY GOOD AGREEMENT ON THIS TIMING AND BOTH MODELS SHOW A WELL
DEFINED SHORTWAVE COMING THRU THE AREA WITH THE FRONT...EVEN IF WIND
FIELDS ARE NOT THAT IMPRESSIVE. NEITHER MODEL DEVELOPS THAT MUCH
QPF...WITH THE FRONT INTERCEPTING DEEP DRY AIR OVER THE SOUTHEAST.
ANOTHER LARGE AREA OF DRY CONTINENTAL HIGH PRESSURE ARRIVES IN THE
WAKE OF THE FRONT...WHICH SHIFTS ACRS THE MTNS TUESDAY TO USHER IN
EASTERLY FLOW THROUGH THE END OF THE PERIOD...THOUGH MOISTURE
PROFILES REMAIN SEASONABLY DRY SO NO POPS WILL BE MENTIONED AT THAT
TIME. TEMPS WILL BE AROUND NORMAL SUN-MON...BEFORE DROPPING TO A FEW
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL FOR TUE-WED.

&&

.AVIATION /12Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
AT KCLT...IFR CIGS/MVFR VISBY SHOULD CONTINUE THROUGH ABOUT
14Z...WITH THE PRIMARY ITEM OF CONCERN BEING WHETHER CONDITIONS WILL
GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER. WHILE A BRIEF PERIOD OF LIFR
CANNOT BE RULED OUT...I DON/T THINK IT/S LIKELY...GIVEN A PERSISTENT
3 DEGREE DEWPOINT DEPRESSION. THUS...WILL MAINTAIN CONDITIONS MORE
OR LESS AS IS...BUT INTRODUCE A TEMPO FOR SCT003/3SM THROUGH 13Z.
OTHERWISE...VFR CONDITIONS SHOULD RESUME BY LATE MORNING...WITH
LIGHT NE WINDS BECOMING LIGHT E/SE DURING THE AFTERNOON. CANNOT RULE
OUT SOME ISLD/WIDELY SCT SHOWERS DEVELOPING OVER THE PIEDMONT THIS
AFTERNOON...BUT CURRENT THINKING IS THAT COVERAGE SHOULD BE TOO
LIMITED TO WARRANT A TAF MENTION. YET ANOTHER ROUND OF LOW CIGS
APPEARS POSSIBLE...IF NOT LIKELY LATE TONIGHT...AND WILL FEATURE A
RETURN TO MVFR CONDITIONS BY THE END OF THE PERIOD.

ELSEWHERE...IFR/LIFR CONDITIONS PERSIST AT KHKY/KAVL...WHILE
GENERALLY VFR PREVAILS AT THE UPSTATE SC TERMINALS. AN AREA OF IFR
STRATUS MOVING FROM EAST TO WEST ACROSS THE EASTERN UPSTATE WILL
HAVE TO BE WATCHED CLOSELY...AS IT MOVES CLOSER TO KGSP...BUT FEEL
CIGS SHOULD BEGIN LIFTING ALONG THE LEADING EDGE OF THIS CLOUD COVER
BY THE TIME IT REACHES KGSP AROUND 13Z OR SO...AND WILL FEATURE ONLY
MVFR CONDITIONS AT THAT TIME. FLT CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE QUICKLY
DURING MID/LATE MORNING...WITH VFR EXPECTED BY NOON. A FEW SHOWERS
WILL BE POSSIBLE NEAR THE BLUE RIDGE LATER TODAY...BUT CHANCES
AREN/T HIGH ENOUGH TO WARRANT A TAF INCLUSION ATTM. YET ANOTHER
ROUND OF LOW CIGS APPEARS POSSIBLE...IF NOT LIKELY LATE TONIGHT...
AND WILL FEATURE A RETURN TO MVFR CONDITIONS (IFR AT KAVL) BY THE
END OF THE PERIOD.

OUTLOOK...THE POTENTIAL FOR LATE NIGHT/MORNING FOG/STRATUS WILL
PERSIST INTO THE EARLY PART OF THE WEEKEND...ESPECIALLY IN THE MTN
VALLEYS. CONDITIONS MAY FINALLY DRY OUT FOR THE LATTER PART OF THE
WEEKEND. A COLD FRONT MAY BRING INCREASING CHANCES FOR SHOWERS/TSTMS
EARLY NEXT WEEK.

CONFIDENCE TABLE...

            11-17Z        17-23Z        23-05Z        05-11Z
KCLT       MED   79%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  81%
KGSP       MED   76%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     MED   72%
KAVL       HIGH  81%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  80%     MED   70%
KHKY       MED   71%     HIGH 100%     MED   66%     LOW   56%
KGMU       HIGH  92%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     MED   72%
KAND       HIGH  88%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     MED   63%

THE PERCENTAGE REFLECTS THE NUMBER OF GUIDANCE MEMBERS AGREEING
WITH THE SCHEDULED TAF ISSUANCE FLIGHT RULE CATEGORY. COMPLETE
HOURLY EXPERIMENTAL AVIATION FORECAST CONSISTENCY TABLES AND ENSEMBLE
FORECASTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: (MUST BE LOWER CASE)

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/GSP/AVIATION_TABLES

&&

.GSP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
GA...NONE.
NC...NONE.
SC...NONE.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...JDL
NEAR TERM...JDL
SHORT TERM...WIMBERLEY
LONG TERM...WIMBERLEY
AVIATION...JDL






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