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FXUS62 KGSP 240651

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
251 AM EDT Fri Mar 24 2017

High pressure will move off the east coast today. A low pressure
system emerging from the Great Plains over the weekend will bring
moisture to the southeast Saturday through Sunday. Unsettled weather
will continue through Tuesday as another low pressure system moves
from the plains to the Ohio Valley, allowing Gulf of Mexico moisture
to persist over the southeast.


A strong ulvl ridge axis will cross the fcst area over the period.
This will keep mlvl air relatively dry as a subs inversion develops
down to h85. An associated sfc high will be shifted eastward during
this time and good llvl GOM moist flow will encompass the wrn half
of the FA. Good waa is noted at h925 and this will limit any
potential for conv this afternoon while holding mixing to arnd 15-18
Kft. good gust potential will be had. There will be
increasing mech lift associated with the llvl jet across the srn
escarpment overnight and this will help spawn shallow -shra with
limited precip amounts thru daybreak. Clouds shud scatter out most
locales this afternoon and allow max temps to reach right arnd
normal levels. Re-developing stcu overnight will hold mins a couple
cats above normal.


As of 230 AM EDT Friday: The numerical models feature relatively
good agreement through the short range with a 500 mb low pressure
center lifting from the southern plains Saturday morning to the
southern shores of the Great Lakes by late Sunday. At low levels of
the atmosphere, upslope/upglide flow and increasing moisture should
allow scattered showers to gradually break out in and near the
mountains through the day on Saturday. Meanwhile, strong pre-frontal
convection moving east across the lower MS valley will slow down as
it approaches the base of the southern Appalachians through Saturday
night - getting increasingly hung up in the veering southwesterly
flow aloft east of the lifting wave. Peak PoPs for our area should
develop late Saturday night into Sunday morning as the upper trough
acquires a negative tilt, the associated upper level forcing lifts
northeast through the western Carolinas, and deeper moisture
arrives. 850 mb flow will back slightly and strengthen through
Saturday night, with surface to 3 km bulk shear values reaching
around 35 to 40 kt in western sections. Instability should be a bit
limited, however, given the general early morning timing, but a
thunder mention for most southern tier sections seems warranted for
AM Sunday.

An open Gulf and persistent southwest flow at low levels will then
keep shower chances going through Sunday despite the departure of
the better upper support. Sunday afternoon SBCAPE values could well
reach 1000 J/kg across the lower piedmont and scattered to numerous
thunderstorms will be featured across the area with max temps in the
70s east of the mountains. Sunday night should again be quite mild
with 50s min temps all but the higher ridges.


As of 240 AM EDT Friday: Deep layer southwesterly flow will persist
between systems on Monday as another plains trough moves east to the
mid MS River Valley. Expect mainly scattered diurnal convection
during day Monday with maximum temperatures in the 70s all but the
northern mountains. The approaching trough should then cross the
Appalachians Monday night/Tuesday morning and pull east through the
day on Tuesday. The timing of the overnight passage of the deeper
pre-frontal convection may serve to limit instability somewhat, but
shear will need to be closely monitored for an isolated strong to
severe thunderstorm threat.

Some drying is then indicated from late Tuesday through Wednesday.
Broad upper ridging should be in place Wednesday through Thursday as
the next upstream low pressure system carves out across northern TX.
A passing cold front may settle just south of the region and stall
on Wednesday, but with limited attendant moisture. Atlantic/Gulf
moisture may then start working back north over the boundary on


At KCLT and Elsewhere:  Mainly VFR conds thru the period. Some
lowering into MVFR stcu is possible across all sites except KCLT
arnd daybreak for a few hrs. KCLT will remain too far from the
better llvl moisture sct020 has been included there.
Vertical mixing will remain quite low thru the day as h92 waa
creates a strong cap. Thus...winds will remain s/ly and weak all
sites with no good gust potential. Skies will scattered out this
afternoon with heating...with generally VFR cigs returning during
the overnight period.

Outlook: Increased precip chances return Saturday thru Sunday which
will create flight restrictions across the most terminals. An
unsettled and moist pattern will persist next week and maintain the
chances for low CIGS and VSBY.

Confidence Table...

            07-13Z        13-19Z        19-01Z        01-06Z
KCLT       High 100%     High  95%     High 100%     High 100%
KGSP       High 100%     High  83%     High  98%     High 100%
KAVL       High 100%     High  97%     High  96%     High  98%
KHKY       High 100%     High  95%     High  98%     High 100%
KGMU       High 100%     High  82%     High  98%     High 100%
KAND       High 100%     High  83%     High  98%     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:




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