Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Greer, SC
FXUS62 KGSP 271131
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
731 AM EDT Thu Oct 27 2016
A weak and mostly dry cold front will cross the area today...with
warm high pressure building back in on Friday. Another weak frontal
passage occurs late Sunday...before strong and dry high pressure
returns early next week.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
As of 645 AM...not much happening across the western Carolinas apart
from thickening mid/high clouds streaming overhead. Upstream radars
show some light returns, but it seems unlikely that any precip will
reach the ground over the western zones before mid morning. Min
temps should be a few degrees warmer than normal.
Over the next 24 hours, our hopes for some much-needed rain are
pinned on a short wave approaching from the west, driving a
weakening surface front down across the fcst area this evening. I
suspect the overwhelming majority of us will end up disappointed.
The models show the short wave dampening and weakening as it moves
in from the west late in the day. The models never showed much in
the way of upper forcing either. There isn`t much hope of making up
the lack of mid/upper forcing at low levels, either, as the cold
front will tend to lay down across the region this evening. The NAM
appears to be doing its usual misrepresentation of sfc dewpoint east
of the mtns this afternoon and evening, with lower 60s values
driving the sfc based CAPE up to a respectible 1500 J/kg. Don`t bet
on it. The GFS at half that is probably still overdone given the
lack of moisture flux from the Gulf and the very dry land surface. A
slight chance of showers/storms will be included east of the mtns,
but that still feels almost like a wish-cast at this point. The best
chance will be across the NC mtns this afternoon as convection may
fire in ern TN and move in before we lose daytime heating. The small
precip chances will gradually diminish from the west in the evening
hours. High temps today will be on the order of a few degrees warmer
than yesterday. Low temps tonight will be a bit warmer with the
front laying down across the region.
.SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
As of 205 AM EDT Thursday: Lingering llvl cloud cover will wane
rather quickly Fri as a small scale hipres center traverses
southeast across the mid-Atl region and the Carolinas. This high
will merge with Atl ridging into Sun all while a strong and dominant
sub-trop high builds over the srn CONUS. Model soundings show a very
deep dry layer with little chance of Cu development and a strong subs
inversion setting up arnd H7. Thus...a dry fcst will continue over
the period with max temps reaching about 10 degrees above normal Fri
and Sat. Mins will be persistent as well with readings in the m50s
non/mtns and arnd 50 mtn valleys. Afternoon mixed dewpoints will
remain high enuf and winds weak enuf to preclude any meteor fire wx
concerns...however fuel moisture levels will remain low and become
even lower thru Sun.
.LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
As of 220 AM EDT Thursday: Not much change was needed or made over
the ext range. The op models continue to show very good agreement
with a high confidence synoptic pattern. Sun will begin with
nearly zonal low aloft as a weak s/w pushes east across the mid-Atl
by the evening. An associated cold front will reach the NC mtns by
00z...but with little dynamics and nil available llvl moisture...the
greatest effect will be increased cloud across the nrn zones. The
front will stall or wash out just to the north of the CWFA early
Mon...while the srn sub-trop high strengthens and centers east
across the deep south with long wave ridging extending into New Eng.
This deep ridging will help bring down a Canadian high into ME and
ridging will advance a fairly dry backdoor cold front into the area
Mon night. The GFS has a few -shra assoc with the leading edge of this
front overnight...however will keep the fcst dry given the extent of
the deep layered dry air and subs inversion. The sub-trop ridge
continues to advance east and will center/strengthen over FL by Wed.
This will continue the dry fcst through the period. Max temps shud
have no problem reaching arnd 10 degrees above normal each
afternoon. The NC fhills and Piedmont may be a little cooler Tue
with the ne/ly sfc high building in. Mins will remain a couple cats
.AVIATION /12Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
At KCLT...VFR conditions are expected to persist for at least the
next 12 hours or so. Expect a light SE wind with thickening high and
mid clouds through the mid morning hours, at which point the wind
should come around to SW and stay there for the rest of the day and
into the evening. Some lower clouds will eventually arrive but the
base should be above 050. The operational models suggest a shower
chance in the late afternoon/early eve, but prefer to keep only a hint
of this with a VCSH after 21Z. Even if this does develop, in all
likelihood it would not produce a flight restriction. The actual
cold front will be moving through during the early morning hours on
Elsewhere...the initial problem might be an MVFR-level cloud deck
encroaching on the Upstate of SC around daybreak. Some of the model
guidance has this, so a TEMPO or prevailing condition was included
at KAND through the late morning. Once that lifts, there could
be an isolated shower or patches of light rain, so a VCSH was thrown
in. The best chance...around 30 pct...will be at KAVL thru the
afternoon hours. The front will cross the mtns this evening,
bringing the wind around to NW by the end of the period at KAVL.
Outlook: Dry high pressure will build in behind the front Friday
through the weekend. The influence of the high will continue into
early next week with VFR conditions.
11-17Z 17-23Z 23-05Z 05-06Z
KCLT High 100% High 100% High 100% High 100%
KGSP High 100% High 100% High 100% High 100%
KAVL High 100% High 100% High 100% Med 66%
KHKY High 100% High 100% High 100% High 100%
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
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