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FXUS62 KGSP 181442
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1042 AM EDT MON AUG 18 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
A WEAK LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL CROSS THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS
TODAY...THEN ENTER THE MID ATLANTIC COASTAL WATERS ON TUESDAY. THIS
SYSTEM WILL BRING INCREASING MOISTURE TO THE REGION. THEN A LARGE
UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI
VALLEY FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK...RESULTING IN ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND DRIER WEATHER.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
AS OF 1025 AM...REMNANT STRATIFORM REGION ASSOCIATED WITH EARLIER
LARGE CONVECTIVE CLUSTER IS MOVING INTO THE SOUTHWEST MTNS/UPPER
SAVANNAH RIVER VALLEY ATTM. THE MORE ROBUST CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY IS
REMAINS NEAR THE GA/TN/AL INTERSECTION...WHERE A DEEP W/SW FLOW IS
FEEDING FAIRLY UNSTABLE AIR INTO THE BACK EDGE OF THE SYSTEM.
MEANWHILE...THE LEADING LINE CONVECTION HAS BEEN DIMINISHING...
PROBABLY DUE TO A DEEPENING COLD POOL ENCOUNTERING WEAKER LOW LEVEL
SHEAR. DESPITE THIS...THE REMNANT STRATIFORM/EMBEDDED CONVECTION
REGION WILL CERTAINLY HOLD TOGETHER FOR AT LEAST A FEW MORE
HOURS...SO POPS HAVE BEEN INCREASED TO CATEGORICAL INTO EARLY
AFTERNOON ACROSS THE SC/GA MTNS AND FHILLS...AS WELL AS THE SOUTHERN
NC MTNS.

SKIES HAVE BEEN CLEARING A BIT ACROSS THE PIEDMONT/FHILLS THIS
MORNING. DESPITE MOIST THERMAL PROFILES...A CONSENSUS OF MODEL
GUIDANCE AND MODIFIED SOUNDINGS SUPPORT SBCAPE VALUES OF 1500-2000
J/KG ACROSS THE PIEDMONT THIS AFTERNOON. THUS...BY THE TIME THE
ONGOING ACTIVITY/ASSOCIATED COLD POOL APPROACH OUR EASTERN PIEDMONT
AREAS...CONDITIONS SHOULD BE FAVORABLE FOR STRONG/ISLD SEVERE
CONVECTION. ALTHOUGH THE FLOW ALOFT IS MODERATE (MEAN CLOUD BEARING
WINDS AROUND 20 KTS)...CELL TRAINING ALONG OUTFLOWS COMBINED WITH
ABOVE NORMAL PWATS WILL SUPPORT A LOCALIZED HEAVY RAIN THREAT.

1030 UTC UPDATE...POPS AND QPF HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED UP IN THE SW NC
MOUNTAINS AND UPPER SAVANNAH RIVER VALLEY PER RADAR TRENDS.

AT 230 AM EDT MONDAY...A WEAKENING SHORTWAVE WILL CROSS WESTERN
NORTH CAROLINA TODAY IN ZONAL FLOW ALOFT. INSTABILITY IN EXCESS OF
1000 J/KG AND THE LACK OF AN UPPER LEVEL CAP WILL SUPPORT CONVECTIVE
DEVELOPMENT. NEARLY UNIDIRECTIONAL SPEED SHEAR WILL BE PRESENT IN
THE LOWER LEVELS...BUT DRY AIR ALOFT FOR EVAPORATIVE COOLING WILL
GENERALLY BE LACKING...LIMITING DOWNBURST AND HAIL POTENTIAL. BY THE
TIME A LOW LEVEL DRY LAYER DEVELOPS LATE IN THE DAY...INSTABILITY
WILL BE WANING. THE BEST CHANCE FOR CONVECTION...AND PRECIPITATION
IN GENERAL...WILL BE ACROSS NC...CLOSEST TO THE TRACK OF THE
SHORTWAVE. MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES WILL RUN ABOVE NORMAL IN GA AND
SC...BUT NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL IN NC UNDER BETTER RAIN
COVERAGE.

A STRENGTHENING SHORTWAVE CROSSING THE GULF STATES TONIGHT WILL
APPROACH THE UPPER SAVANNAH RIVER VALLEY TOWARD DAWN TUESDAY.
ALTHOUGH SOME DRY AIR WILL HAVE MOVED IN ALOFT BEHIND THE DEPARTING
SHORTWAVE...LOW LEVEL WILL MOISTEN AGAIN AHEAD OF THE SECOND SYSTEM.
INSTABILITY WILL BE NEGLIGIBLE LATE AT NIGHT HOWEVER. THIS SECOND
ROUND OF RAINFALL WILL MAINLY AFFECT THE SW NC MOUNTAINS...NE
GA...AND THE WESTERN MOST PORTIONS OF UPSTATE SC. MINIMUM
TEMPERATURES WILL RUN SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL DUE TO CLOUDS AND
MOISTURE.

&&

.SHORT TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 300 AM MONDAY...A WEAK UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE WILL CROSS THE
CWFA EARLY TUESDAY...BRINGING IN MAINLY CONVECTIVE DEBRIS CLOUDINESS
AND SOME LINGERING CONVECTION. THIS MAY KEEP TEMPS IN CHECK
SOMEWHAT...NEAR NORMAL. FCST SNDGS SHOW MODEST CAPE OF 1500 J/KG OR
SO...WITH WEAK SHEAR. SO NOT EXPECTING MUCH MORE THAN GARDEN VARIETY
TSTMS.

ON WEDNESDAY...UPPER RIDGE BEGINS TO BUILD ACRS THE LWR-MID MS
VALLEY...WHILE A TROF PROGRESSES ACRS THE GREAT LAKES TO THE EAST
COAST AND DIGS. THE NAM IS A LITTLE WEAKER ON THE RIDGE...AND HAS
MORE ENERGY DIVE SOUTHEAST THRU THE OHIO VALLEY...HINTING AT A
POSSIBLE MCS TRACK RIDING AROUND THE UPPER RIDGE. FOR NOW...I WILL
KEEP A DIURNAL CHC POP IN THE MTNS AND SLGT CHC POP ACRS THE PIEDMONT
FOR WEDNESDAY INTO WED NIGHT. TEMPS ARE EXPECTED TO BE A COUPLE
CATEGORIES WARMER THAN TUESDAY...AS HEIGHTS RISE ALOFT.

&&

.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
AS OF 315 AM MONDAY...THE UPPER LEVEL FLOW CONTINUES TO AMPLIFY INTO
A STRONG MS VALLEY RIDGE AND EAST COAST TROF FOR THURSDAY INTO THE
WEEKEND. THIS WILL KEEP THE CWFA WITHIN A PERSISTENT DEEP-LAYER NWLY
FLOW REGIME. SHORTWAVE ENERGY WILL CONTINUE TO DIVE SOUTHEAST ACRS
THE CWFA FROM THE RIDGE AXIS TO THE TROF. A WEAK SFC BNDRY WILL
LIKELY ALSO SET UP PARALLEL TO THE MID-UPR FLOW...WHICH MAY KEEP THE
AREA A LITTLE MORE UNSETTLED. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY LOOK LIKE THE
WARMEST DAYS...IN THE LWR-MID 90S EAST OF THE MTNS...WITH SLIGHTLY
COOLER TEMPS PERHAPS FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. I BLENDED IN THE
LATEST WPC GRIDS WITH MODEL CONSENSUS AND THE OFFICIAL...RESULTING
IN ONLY CHC POP TO THE NW...TO MAINLY DRY CONDITIONS ACRS THE I-85
CORRIDOR AND SE THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...THEN MORE WIDESPREAD LOW-MID
CHC POPS FOR SATURDAY AND SUNDAY...AS THE STALLED FRONT INVOF THE
FORECAST AREA BECOMES MORE ACTIVE.

&&

.AVIATION /15Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
AT KCLT...MODEL TIME SUPPORT LOW VFR CLOUDS...BUT OBSERVATIONS HAVE
YET TO CATCH UP. AS GREATER LOW LEVEL MOISTURE MOVES IN FROM THE
WEST AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING MID LEVEL SYSTEM...CIGS SHOULD LOWER
TO LOW VFR. CONVECTION ASSOCIATED WITH THE SYSTEM SHOULD PEAK IN THE
AFTERNOON...THOUGH IF COULD CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING. SW WINDS WILL
PREVAIL...WITH GUSTS DURING THE DAY. GUIDANCE SUPPORTS AT LEAST LOW
VFR FOG BY DAYBREAK ON TUESDAY...BUT NOT A CIG RESTRICTIONS AT THIS
TIME.

ELSEWHERE...CONVECTION HAS SURVIVED THE TRIP OVER THE MOUNTAINS FROM
E TN...REACHING THE VICINITY OF KAVL. THIS ACTIVITY IS TRAINING
TOWARD SC SITES...WHICH MAY SEE THUNDER THIS MORNING. DEW POINT
DEPRESSION ARE LOW AT MOST SITES...AND DAYBREAK FOG REMAINS A
POSSIBILITY. THE BEST CONVECTION IS STILL EXPECTED IN THE AFTERNOON
IN ASSOCIATION WITH A MID LEVEL SYSTEM...BUT COULD CONTINUE INTO THE
EVENING. SW WINDS WILL BECOME GUSTY TODAY...BUT SHOULD VEER NW AT
KAVL. MODEL GUIDANCE SUPPORTS IFR VSBY AT KAVL TUESDAY MORNING...
WITH MVFR AT KHKY...AND LOW VFR AT SC SITES. GUIDANCE SUPPORTS LOW
CIGS IN THE MOUNTAINS...BUT SEEMS A BIT OPTIMISTIC WITH HIGH VFR
CIGS IN THE FOOTHILLS. FOR NOW LOW VFR CIGS WILL BE CARRIED EAST OF
THE MOUNTAINS...BASED ON MODEL TIME HEIGHTS.

OUTLOOK...UPPER LEVEL RIDGING WILL SET IN BY MIDWEEK WITH ENOUGH
MOISTURE IN THE PROFILE TO SUPPORT DIURNAL CONVECTION THROUGH WEEKS
END LEADING TO AFTERNOON TSRA RESTRICTIONS AND POSSIBLE EARLY
MORNING FOG.

CONFIDENCE TABLE...

            14-20Z        20-02Z        02-08Z        08-14Z
KCLT       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%
KGSP       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%
KAVL       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  94%     HIGH  85%
KHKY       HIGH  94%     HIGH 100%     HIGH  94%     HIGH  91%
KGMU       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%
KAND       HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%     HIGH 100%

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...ARK
NEAR TERM...JAT/JDL
SHORT TERM...ARK
LONG TERM...ARK
AVIATION...JAT






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