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FXUS62 KGSP 302038
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
438 PM EDT SAT AUG 30 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
A BERMUDA HIGH WILL DEVELOP AND LINGER INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK...
RESULTING IN TYPICAL SUMMERTIME HEAT AND SCATTERED AFTERNOON
THUNDERSTORMS EACH DAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH SUNDAY/...
430 PM EDT UPDATE...LATEST COMP RADAR TRENDS SHOW CONV ACTIVITY
CONFINED ACROSS THE WRN ZONES OF THE CWFA. A 4 DEGREE F DROP OF SFC
TD/S IN THE PAST 3 HRS HAS KEPT SBCAPE VALUES LOW EAST OF THIS AREA
WHILE STRONG H5 RIDGING HAS NULLIFIED MLVL LAPSE RATES. THIS GENERAL
PATTERN WILL CHANGE LITTLE OVER THE NEXT FEW HRS AND THE BEST H85
MOIST TRANSPORT WILL REMAIN ACROSS WRN TN. THUS...ISOL TO SCT CONV
WILL CONTINUE WEST ALIGNED IN MECH LIFT AND SOME MEASURE OF ULVL
DPVA...WITH ISOL CELLS LIKELY DEVELOPING EAST ACROSS THE UPSTATE AND
NC FTHILLS. NOT EXPECTING ANYTHING STRONG NOR SEVERE THRU 800 PM
WITH ECHO TOPS ONLY REACHING 35-40 KFT ASSOCIATED WITH FAIRLY
WEAK UPDRAFTS.

AS OF 215 PM...LATEST CAM`S SHOWING A LITTLE MORE CONVECTIVE
RESPONSE THIS AFTERNOON SO HAVE NUDGED THE POPS HIGHER OVER THE
WESTERN UPSTATE AND THE MOUNTAINS. IT STILL LOOKS LIKE CONVECTIVE
COVERAGE WILL INCREASE AS THE AFTERNOON PROGRESSES OVER NE GA AND
THE SW MOUNTAINS...WITH COVERAGE THEN SPREADING NE INTO THE CENTRAL
MOUNTAINS/NORTHERN MOUNTAINS DURING THE EVENING HOURS AS A WEAK
SHORT WAVE MOVES THROUGH TN. CAN`T RULE OUT SOME SHOWERS/STORMS
AFFECTING THE ADJACENT FOOTHILLS/PIEDMONT DURING THE EVENING SO HAVE
BUMPED POPS UPWARD THERE PER LATEST CAMS. HAVE DISCOUNTED THE
SPURIOUS DEEP CONVECTION AND HEAVY QPF THAT THE NAM DEVELOPS IN THE
NC PIEDMONT OVERNIGHT. DO NOT SEE THE TRIGGERING MECHANISM FOR SUCH
A RESPONSE AND THERE IS NO SUPPORT FROM ANY OTHER MODEL.

IN REGARD TO THE BIG PICTURE...THE UPPER HIGH WILL BE GRADUALLY
SUPPRESSED TO THE SE AS A SERIES OF SHORT WAVES MOVE THROUGH THE TN
VALLEY INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES. THE FIRST OF THESE SHORT WAVES
WILL MOVE BY THIS EVENING AND THEN ANOTHER ON SUNDAY. AS THE FIRST
WAVE MOVES BY TO THE WEST TONIGHT...SCT SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL
OCCUR MAINLY OVER THE MOUNTAINS...POSSIBLY CONTINUING INTO THE EARLY
MORNING HOURS OF SUNDAY. WITH MOIST PROFILES AND WEAK WIND FIELDS...
SEVERE STORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER...SOME LOCALLY HEAVY IS
POSSIBLE.

ON SUNDAY...SCT SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AGAIN AS
ANOTHER SHORT WAVE MOVES BY TO THE WEST COINCIDING WITH MAX HEATING.
THE MODELS HAVE BEEN TRENDING AWAY FROM SHOWING MUCH QPF RESPONSE
OUTSIDE THE MOUNTAINS ON SUNDAY. HENCE...HAVE DIALED BACK POPS TO THE
SLIGHT CHANCE/CHANCE RANGE OVER THE PIEDMONT. THE BEST COVERAGE
SHOULD BE ALONG THE SPINE OF THE MOUNTAINS WHERE NUMEROUS STORMS MAY
OCCUR.

USED OUR CONSALL BLEND TO POPULATE MOST FIELDS. TEMPS WILL CONTINUE
ABOVE CLIMO. MAX TEMPS ON SUNDAY WILL BE CLOSE TO TODAY`S
NUMBERS...THOUGH PERHAPS A COUPLE DEGREES LESS WARM IN THE MOUNTAINS
DUE TO MORE CONVECTIVE COVERAGE.

&&

.SHORT TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/...
AS OF 200 PM SATURDAY...FAIRLY STANDARD LATE SUMMER WEATHER IS
EXPECTED THROUGH THE SHORT TERM...AS SUBTROPICAL/BERMUDA HIGH
PRESSURE REMAINS AS THE DOMINANT SYNOPTIC SCALE FEATURE ACROSS THE
SOUTHEAST. THIS SHOULD GENERALLY SUPPORT WARM AND HUMID CONDITIONS
THROUGH THE PERIOD...WITH CHANCES FOR DIURNAL CONVECTION GENERALLY
EXPECTED TO BE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE CLIMO (30 PERCENT MTNS/20
PERCENT ACROSS THE LOWER TERRAIN) MON AND TUE AFTERNOONS. CONVECTIVE
CHANCES MAY INCREASE SLIGHTLY ACROSS OUR WESTERN AREAS BY TUE
EVENING...AS DEEP LAYER MOISTURE INCREASES AHEAD OF A WEAK FRONTAL
ZONE. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN ABOUT A CATEGORY ABOVE
NORMAL THROUGH THE PERIOD.

&&

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...
AS OF 230 PM EDT SATURDAY...THE LATEST GLOBAL MODELS INDICATE THAT
H5 HEIGHTS WILL CONTINUE TO RISE OVER THE FORECAST AREA TUE NIGHT
INTO FRI AS A BROAD UPPER RIDGING AMPLIFIES ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST AND
GULF STATES. BY SAT...WEAK UPPER NWLY FLOW WILL SET UP AS THE CENTER
OF UPPER ANTICYCLONE RETROGRADES TOWARD THE WESTERN CONUS. AT THE
SURFACE...HIGH PRESSURE WILL WEAKEN AND SLIDE SOUTH OF THE AREA TUE
NIGHT AS A WEAK COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE NW. THE FRONT WILL
PUSH THRU THE AREA ON WED AND BECOMES STATIONARY JUST TO OUR SOUTH
BY THU. A BERMUDA HIGH WILL THEN BUILD BACK IN FROM THE SE BY FRI
AND REMAIN IN PLACE THRU DAY 7. AS FOR OUR SENSIBLE WEATHER...HAVE
MENTIONED 30/40 POPS WED/THU DUE TO INCREASING MOISTURE AND BUOYANCY
ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE FRONT. FRI/SAT...DIURNAL BUOYANCY AND
MOISTURE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF BERMUDA HIGH WILL BE SUPPORTIVE OF
SCATTERED AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ON EACH
DAY...MAINTAINING POPS IN THE 30/40 RANGE. TEMPERATURES WILL STAY
AROUND 2-5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL WED/THU BEFORE COOLING TO NEAR
NORMAL BY FRI.

&&

.AVIATION /21Z SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
AT KCLT...GENERALLY VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL THROUGH THE PERIOD
WITH SCT-BKN LOW VFR CLOUDS. LOOKS LIKE CONVECTION SHOULD REMAIN
CAPPED DUE TO DEEP LAYER RIDGING OVER THE AREA. CONSIDERABLE
BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE MAY ALLOW FOR SOME MVFR FOG RESTRICTIONS
CIRCA 12Z.

ELSEWHERE...GENERALLY VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL THROUGH THE
FORECAST PERIOD. SIGNIFICANT RESTRICTIONS DUE TO FOG APPEAR LESS
LIKELY EARLY SUNDAY DUE TO INCREASED CLOUD COVER. HOWEVER WITH
CONSIDERABLE BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE IN PLACE...MVFR RESTRICTIONS
ARE POSSIBLE. THE BEST CHANCE FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE OVER THE
MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...SO HAVE CARRIED A VCTS AT
KAVL.

OUTLOOK...GENERALLY VFR CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY NEXT
WEEK WITH THE EXCEPTION FOR RESTRICTIONS IN THE EARLY MORNING DUE TO
LOW CLOUDS AND FOG...PRIMARILY IN THE MOUNTAIN VALLEYS. DIURNAL
CONVECTION IS EXPECTED EACH AFTERNOON WITH THE MOST COVERAGE OVER
THE MOUNTAINS.

CONFIDENCE TABLE...

            20-02Z        02-08Z        08-14Z        14-20Z
KCLT       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  86%     HIGH  96%
KGSP       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     MED   76%     HIGH  96%
KAVL       HIGH 100%     HIGH  87%     MED   71%     HIGH  95%
KHKY       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  89%     HIGH  96%
KGMU       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  95%     HIGH 100%
KAND       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  98%     HIGH  95%

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...JOH
NEAR TERM...LG/SBK
SHORT TERM...JDL
LONG TERM...JOH
AVIATION...LG






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