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FXUS62 KGSP 292036
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
436 PM EDT MON SEP 29 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
RAINFALL WILL TAPER OFF LATER TONIGHT AND EARLY TOMORROW. DRIER HIGH
PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD BACK OVER THE REGION ON TUESDAY AND LINGER
THROUGH THURSDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL ARRIVE FROM THE NORTHWEST ON
FRIDAY WITH A COOL AND DRY AIR MASS MOVING BACK INTO THE REGION OVER
THE WEEKEND.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY/...
AS OF 430 PM...WIDESPREAD PRECIP BEGINNING TO SLIDE EAST OF THE
AREA. HOWEVER...NUMEROUS LIGHT SHRA LINGER OUTSIDE OF THE MTNS.
LATEST GUIDANCE SUGGESTS THE SHRA WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EAST AND OUT
OF THE AREA...BUT SLOWLY THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON...THEN MORE
QUICKLY THIS EVENING. ALL REMAINING PRECIP WILL BE VERY LIGHT. DO
NOT EXPECT ANY TSRA THIS AFTERNOON GIVEN THE COOL AND CLOUDY
CONDITIONS AND THE OBSERVED WEAK INSTABILITY. HAVE LOWERED TEMPS AND
RAISED DEWPOINTS IN LINE WITH LATEST OBS...ALONG WITH SKY AND WINDS.

AT 200 PM EDT MONDAY...AN UPPER TROUGH AXIS WILL CROSS THE SOUTHERN
APPALACHIANS THIS AFTERNOON...AND MOVE OFF THE COAST BY LATE
TUESDAY. MEANWHILE...AND UPPER RIDGE WILL PROGRESS FROM THE PLAINS
TO THE MS RIVER VALLEY. A SHORTWAVE ROUNDING THE BASED OF THE TROUGH
WAS PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR WIDESPREAD LIGHT RAIN IN THE
PIEDMONT....WHILE ANOTHER WAS PRECEDED BY A BAND OF SHOWERS NEAR THE
BLUE RIDGE. ALTHOUGH THE ACTIVITY IN THE WEST IS MUCH MORE
LIMITED...INSTABILITY WILL BE GREATER IN THE MOUNTAINS DUE TO
LESSENING CLOUD COVER...AND ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS
CANNOT BE RULED OUT THERE.

DRYING FROM ALOFT IS EXPECTED BEHIND THE PAIR OF SHORTWAVES THIS
AFTERNOON...WHILE PRECIPITATION DIMINISHES ACROSS THE AREA. WINDS
ARE EXPECTED TO BE QUITE LIGHT LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND OVERNIGHT...
AND MODEL GUIDANCE IS SUPPORTIVE OF FOG ACROSS MOST OF THE AREA...
WITH DENSE FOG QUITE POSSIBLE IN THE NC MOUNTAIN VALLEYS. ALTHOUGH
MODEL TIME HEIGHTS SHOW SOME MOISTURE LINGERING THE LOWER LEVELS...
CLOUD COVER IS EXPECTED TO BE LIMITED. MINIMUM TEMPERATURES ARE
EXPECTED TO RUN AROUND NORMAL.

ON TUESDAY...WITH ONLY LIGHT WINDS EXPECTED TO COME UP FORM THE
NE...MORNING FOG MAY TAKE SOME TIME TO BURN OFF. WINDS WILL
GRADUALLY VEER FROM TO THE SE DURING THE DAY...REMAINING LIGHT. WITH
MORE SUNSHINE AND RISING HEIGHTS ALOFT...HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE
EXPECTED TO RUN SEVERAL DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PRECIPITATION IS NOT
EXPECTED ON TUESDAY DUE TO THE DRIER AIR MASS...AND A WARM NOSE
ALOFT BETWEEN 600 AND 400 MB.

&&

.SHORT TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/...
AS OF 215 PM MONDAY...AN UPPER RIDGE IS FORECAST TO BUILD ACROSS THE
EASTERN U.S. DURING THE MIDWEEK TIMEFRAME IN RESPONSE TO A
SIGNIFICANT UPPER TROUGH DIGGING SOUTH THROUGH THE ROCKIES. SURFACE
HIGH PRESSURE INTIALLY OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES IS FORECAST TO
RIDGE SOUTHWARD OVER THE REGION. THIS WILL PROVIDE A WARM AND
GENERALLY DRY STRETCH OF WEATHER THROUGH THURSDAY. THE EXCEPTION MAY
BE OVER PORTIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS WHERE UPSLOPE FLOW MAY TRIGGER
SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS EACH AFTERNOON. TEMPERATURES WILL BE ABOVE
CLIMO THROUGH THU.

&&

.LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
AS OF 210 PM MONDAY AFTERNOON...THE MEDIUM RANGE FCST PICKS UP AT 00Z
ON FRIDAY WITH WEAK UPPER RIDGING IN PLACE OVER THE SE REGION AND A
FAIRLY POTENT LOOKING SOUTHERN STREAM UPPER SHORTWAVE DIGGING DOWN
OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. OVER THE NEXT 24HRS...THE SHORT IS
EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE FCST AREA AND SIMULTANEOUSLY BECOME
ABSORBED BACK INTO THE NORTHERN STREAM UPPER TROF. BEYOND THIS
POINT...THE LONG RANGE MODELS STILL DIFFER WRT THE EVOLUTION OF THE
MAIN UPPER TROF. THE ECMWF REAMPLIFIES THE TROF MULTIPLE TIMES FROM
SAT THRU EARLY NEXT WEEK AND KEEPS THE TROF AXIS ORIENTED TO OUR
NORTH. ON THE OTHER HAND...THE LATEST RUN OF THE GFS MAINTAINS A
MUCH BROADER LONGWAVE TROF OVER THE EASTERN CONUS THRU NEW DAY 7.

AT THE SFC...WARM SLY LOW LVL FLOW WILL BE IN PLACE AT THE START OF
THE PERIOD EARLY FRI. OVER THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HRS...A ROBUST COLD
FRONT WILL MOVE OVER THE CAROLINAS AND SHOULD MOVE OFF THE CAROLINA
COAST BY SAT MORNING. IT ITS WAKE...COOL AND DRY HIGH PRESSURE WILL
SPREAD OVER THE CWFA AND REMAIN THRU THE WEEKEND. THE MODELS ARE
SUGGESTING THAT ANOTHER LOW WILL DEVELOP OVER THE GREAT LAKES EARLY
NEXT WEEK AND MOVE A SECOND COLD FRONT OVER OUR AREA. AT THIS POINT
HOWEVER...THE TIMING BETWEEN MODELS IS INCONSISTENT AND THEY SUGGEST
THAT THE FROPA WILL BE ESSENTIALLY DRY. AS FOR THE SENSIBLE FCST...I
STEADILY RAMP POPS UP FORM WEST TO EAST ON FRI WITH THE HIGHEST
VALUES BETWEEN ROUGHLY 12Z AND 18Z. BY 12Z SAT...POPS DROP BACK
BELOW 20% FOR MOST OF THE CWFA. THE REST OF THE MEDIUM RANGE SHOULD
BE DRY. TEMPS WILL COOL AFTER THE FROPA WITH HIGHS IN THE LOW 70S
OVER THE WEEKEND FOR THE LOWER ELEVATIONS AND LOWS IN THE LOWER TO
MID 50S.

&&

.AVIATION /21Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
AT KCLT...PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO DECREASE FROM THE WEST TODAY
AS MID AND UPPER LEVELS DRY OUT BEHIND A SHORTWAVE. CANNOT RULE OUT
AN MVFR CIG THIS AFTERNOON/EVENING GIVEN THE NEARBY SITES...BUT CHC
IS LOW. GUIDANCE DOES NOT FAVOR LOW CLOUDS OVERNIGHT...BUT MODEL
TIME HEIGHTS SUGGEST THE MAIN DECK WILL BE BELOW 3000 FT...ALBEIT
WITH DECLINING CLOUD COVER. IF CLOUDS ARE SLOWER TO SCATTER OUT...A
BRIEF MVFR CIG WOULD BE POSSIBLE AT DAYBREAK. GUIDANCE IS MORE
SUPPORTIVE OF A DAYBREAK VSBY RESTRICTION IN FOG. LIGHT NE WINDS
WILL GENERALLY PERSIST...WITH PERHAPS SOME BRIEF ESE WINDS THIS
EVENING.

ELSEWHERE...DO NOT EXPECT MUCH IN THE WAY OF IFR THIS AFTERNOON OR
EVENING...BUT MVFR WILL CONTINUE UNTIL CLEARING MOVES IN FROM THE
WEST.GUIDANCE SUPPORTS WIDESPREAD FOG BY DAWN...BUT KEEPS ITS LOWEST
VSBYS IN THE MOUNTAIN VALLEYS. FOR NOW FOOTHILLS SITES WILL HAVE
MVFR VSBY IN THE TAFS...WHILE KAVL WILL HAVE IFR VSBY AND CIG. LIGHT
WINDS WILL FAVOR THE NE...EXCEPT AT KAVL WHERE THEY WILL CHANNEL UP
VALLEY OR GO LIGHT AND VARIABLE.

OUTLOOK...VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
MORNING...WITH FOG/VSBY CONCERNS REMAINING ACROSS THE MTNS AND
FOOTHILLS EARLY EACH MORNING. A FRONT WILL APPROACH ON FRIDAY WHICH
COULD TRIGGER SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...WITH ASSOCIATED
RESTRICTIONS POSSIBLE.

CONFIDENCE TABLE...

            20-02Z        02-08Z        08-14Z        14-20Z
KCLT       HIGH 100%     HIGH  87%     LOW   54%     MED   61%
KGSP       HIGH  92%     HIGH  95%     MED   74%     LOW   59%
KAVL       HIGH  93%     HIGH  86%     MED   73%     LOW   58%
KHKY       HIGH  96%     HIGH  94%     MED   72%     LOW   54%
KGMU       HIGH  94%     HIGH  97%     MED   68%     LOW   59%
KAND       HIGH  96%     HIGH  91%     MED   73%     LOW   56%

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...JPT
NEAR TERM...JAT/RWH
SHORT TERM...LG
LONG TERM...JPT
AVIATION...JAT/RWH






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