Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Melbourne, FL
FXUS62 KMLB 220321
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
1020 PM EST Sat Jan 21 2017
...Boating Conditions will Begin to Deteriorate Tonight and Become
Very Hazardous Sunday Afternoon through Monday...
Remainder of Tonight...Mild southwesterly flow will continue to
freshen overnight ahead of a developing low over deep south Texas
that will eventually move NE toward the middle gulf coast through
sunrise. Consensus of the model guidance is that any spotty shower
activity will hold off until at after 12Z. More significant chance
for discrete pre-frontal showers/storms, and eventually the squall
line itself, should hold off at earliest until mid-late afternoon.
A steady light to moderate southwest flow coupled with increasing
winds just above the deck, will prohibit fog formation. Current
temps look fine. Made the usual minor tweaks to skies/winds.
.AVIATION...VFR expected through at least sunrise. While there may
be some low level IFR stratus development per MAV/LAV MOS, it busted
last night, so no plans to include it tonight. VCTS onset 18Z for the
far NW aerodromes, spreading E/SE through 00Z (and beyond).
.MARINE...Offshore/SW flow already starting to increase per short
range model forecasts. SCA already poised to start at 09Z (4AM)
Sunday morning, with period of "near-gale" conditions possible well
away from the coast starting late Sunday afternoon and continuing
throughout Monday into Monday evening.
LONG TERM/IMPACT WX...Sharp
.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 253 PM EST Sat Jan 21 2017/
...Threat for Severe Storms Sunday Afternoon into Sunday Night...
Sunday...Focus will remain on the higher than usual threat of
significant "dry-season" severe weather impacts to east central
Florida. Amplification of a mid/level shortwave trough ejecting
from the Rockies will induce an area of low pressure over north
TX/OK tonight. This system will steadily intensify as it
traverses the south during the day on Sunday. Confidence continues
to increase that an organized and potentially powerful squall
line will develop over the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the
afternoon, moving rapidly east between 40 to 50 mph and impacting
central Florida late Sunday afternoon and into the evening.
Given the fast forward motion of the squall line, strong winds
between 40 and 50 mph will likely accompany the leading edge of
the convection. "Bowing" segments embedded within the line will be
capable of producing damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph.
Isolated, brief tornadoes and hail up to 1" in diameter will also
be possible. While we continue to focus on the afternoon and
evening hours for highest impact, some uncertainty in exact timing
remains, with some mesoscale modeling indicating the squall line
may not reach Lake/Volusia County until late in the afternoon. The
band of convection is expected to move rapidly across the forecast
area and push offshore the Treasure Coast around or just after
Given the deepening moisture and increasing low/mid level south
flow, will need to watch the evolution of any convection that
manages to develop out ahead of the main squall line. There is the
potential for isolated supercell development which would bring a
higher threat for locally damaging winds and tornadoes; however,
confidence in this solution remains low.
Windy southwest flow will allow temps to soar into the low to mid
80s in the afternoon. Surface heating looks more substantial
across the south where record highs may be in jeopardy (see
climate section below).
No substantial changes to forecast reasoning for the mid/extended
range based on 12z guidance. Previous discussion follows...
Monday-Tuesday...Axis of low aloft will shift east of the state by
Monday afternoon and may generate areas of light rain and isolated
showers during the morning hours. Otherwise cooler and drier air
will build into the area ending rain chances and producing
temperatures closer to normal into early next week. Highs will range
from the upper 60s to low 70s over much of the area each afternoon,
with lows falling as low as the mid to upper 40s. Windy conditions
will occur Monday behind the front, with sustained westerly winds
increasing to around 20-25 mph with higher gusts. Wind speeds will
then decrease into Tuesday ahead of an approaching area of high
pressure from the west.
Wednesday-Saturday...High pressure shifts east of the area into mid
week, with flow becoming S/SW and temperatures warming into the mid
to upper 70s Wed/Thu afternoons. A cold front is then forecast to
move southward through the region into Thursday night, bringing with
it only a slight chance for showers and ushering in cooler than
normal temperatures Friday into Saturday.
VFR conditions anticipated through early Sunday morning in
increasing south flow. Some MVFR cigs may develop after 06Z tonight
but the primary concern will be increasing wind fields above the
surface which will likely produce non-convective wind shear at
MCO/SFB/LEE/DAB. South winds will pick up shortly after sunrise,
becoming quite gusty into the afternoon. Rain/storm chances will
increase substantially from west to east on Sunday, but generally
Rest of Today/Tonight...The S/SW pressure gradient will continue
to tighten as high pressure pushes east and away from the area,
increasing to 15-20 knots this evening especially in the Gulf
Stream. The gradient will continue to tighten overnight with 20
knots developing over the offshore waters late tonight and spread
over most of the waters early Sunday. So have raised a Small Craft
Advisory for all the waters starting at 4am Sunday.
Sunday-Monday...Hazardous boating conditions Sunday are expected
to become very hazardous Sunday night. S/SW winds up to 20-25
knots Sunday will exist across the waters ahead of an approaching
cold front and pre-frontal squall line that is currently forecast
to push offshore from late afternoon through evening time frame.
Winds will veer to the west and continue to increase into Sunday
night. A Gale Watch has been hoisted for the offshore waters where
frequent gusts to gale force are expected beginning late Sunday.
Monday...Westerly winds will remain strong behind the front to 20-25
knots nearshore and 25 to 30 knots offshore with frequent gusts to
gale force offshore. Seas will build to 4 to 7 ft near shore and up
to 10-11 feet well offshore.
Mon Night-Tuesday...Winds/Seas will remain very hazardous into
Monday night before decreasing from the NW by Tue afternoon. Higher
seas will linger offshore into the day on Tuesday with seas up to 7
to 9 feet offshore in the gulf stream in the afternoon.
Tue Night-Thu...High pressure across south Florida Tuesday night
will transition east into the Atlantic on Wed with winds returning
to the south/southwest. Winds/seas will should be fine for boating
Wed into Thu morning before another cold front passes through the
waters Thu night and elevates winds/seas into late week.
Record highs for Sunday, January 22, 2017.
DAB 22-Jan 83 1937
MCO 22-Jan 87 1929
MLB 22-Jan 86 2007
VRB 22-Jan 86 2007
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DAB 66 82 61 69 / 20 80 80 20
MCO 66 82 64 71 / 10 80 80 20
MLB 67 84 65 74 / 10 60 80 20
VRB 66 84 66 74 / 10 50 80 20
LEE 66 81 63 69 / 20 90 70 20
SFB 66 82 63 69 / 10 80 80 20
ORL 66 82 63 71 / 10 80 80 20
FPR 65 85 66 74 / 10 40 80 20
AM...Small Craft Advisory from 4 AM Sunday to 9 AM EST Tuesday for
Flagler Beach to Volusia-Brevard County Line 0-20 nm-
Sebastian Inlet to Jupiter Inlet 0-20 nm-Volusia-Brevard
County Line to Sebastian Inlet 0-20 nm.
Gale Watch from Sunday afternoon through Monday evening for
Flagler Beach to Volusia-Brevard County Line 20-60 nm-
Sebastian Inlet to Jupiter Inlet 20-60 nm-Volusia-Brevard
County Line to Sebastian Inlet 20-60 nm.
Small Craft Advisory from 4 AM to 4 PM EST Sunday for Flagler
Beach to Volusia-Brevard County Line 20-60 nm-Sebastian
Inlet to Jupiter Inlet 20-60 nm-Volusia-Brevard County Line
to Sebastian Inlet 20-60 nm.