Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Greer, SC
FXUS62 KGSP 060729
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
229 AM EST Tue Dec 6 2016
Low pressure will track northeast of our region today with high
pressure building across the area tonight and Wednesday. Expect a
strong cold front to approach from Tennessee Wednesday night and
cross the Carolinas on Thursday. This front will bring the coldest
air of the season so far for Thursday night through Saturday.
Temperatures returning to near normal early next week ahead of the
next cold front.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
As of 215 AM EST Tuesday: We are in a bit of a lull in precipitation
right now, as one slug of moisture associated with mid-level
diffluence and vortmax pushes to our southeast, and the other
remains to our northwest. The upper low over TX will continue to
lift northeast as it damps today, with the diffluence shifting and
passing over the Southern Appalachians with increasing PVA.
Meanwhile as the surface high slowly shifts east, it has begun
ridging down the Eastern Seaboard with a strong damming signal, with
northeasterly winds picking up across the area to between 10-15kt
(some slightly higher sustained winds are possible with typical low-
end gusts). The surface low associated with the TX upper low will
develop into a Miller B pattern as we have been advertising all
week, with the wedge front strongly in place between the two surface
Atop the cold dome, southeasterly winds at 850mb ahead of the
approaching trough will increase and lead to orographic upglide, so
even before the next round of moisture arrives, we`ll start seeing
some isentropic/orographic light rain redeveloping across the area.
This is apparent in hi-res reflectivity output at rain fills in
again but with more substantial precipitation spreading across the
area around and after 12z. As this falls into the cold dome, it will
serve to reinforce the damming, and as a result high temperatures
today will be held 5-10 degrees below seasonal normals today. Ended
up undercutting guidance temps for today because, as usual, guidance
wants to erode the cold dome too quickly and thus warms temperatures
up a little more this afternoon. Once the upper low, which by that
time will be more of an open wave, passes to our northwest this
afternoon, we`ll lose the isentropic/orographic upglide with
precipitation reinforcing the cold dome and erosion will begin, so
there definitely remains some bust potential with temperatures, but
if we go down, we go down together since afternoon his are pretty
well collaborated with surrounding offices.
As to the question of thunder, just really not feeling it this
morning. The surface inversion is very strong and while it can be
argued that lapse rates above 850/875ish mb might support some
elevated CAPE and indeed SPC has about 2/3 of the forecast area in
general thunder, but we start losing upper level moisture just after
daybreak this morning in southwest zones where elevated instability
seems most likely. Just doesn`t seem to add up so have not included
any thunder in the zones. Never say never especially when dealing
with weather of course.
.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
As of 200 AM EST Tuesday...A broad longwave trough will persist
across the eastern 2/3rds of the CONUS during the Short Term, with
strong shortwave energy diving in from the west and shifting the
trough axis eastward. This trough will be accompanied by a strong
cold front, which will cross the CWFA on Thursday. Low-level flow
will turn out of the SW with some WAA and moisture to support
variable amounts of cloudiness on Wednesday into Wednesday night.
The front will have little moisture to work with, however. The 00Z
ECMWF is dry with the fropa, while the GFS and NAM have a little
QPF, mainly in the western zones. The GFS is about 6 hours quicker
than the NAM. So all this disagreement makes the PoP forecast
challenging, but still expect the band of precip (if there is any)
to push into the mountains around daybreak Thursday. Even if the
wetter NAM verifies, it looks like a very quick-moving line of
showers with only a few hundredths to about tenth of an inch.
Whatever precip does fall, temps will support rain in the valleys
and rain/snow mix in the high elevations, but with little to no snow
Temps will be near normal on Wednesday and above normal Wednesday
night with increasing clouds. Then noticeably colder in the
mountains Thursday with gusty NW winds. Winds will linger thru
Thursday night as temps continue to fall within strong CAA. So
elevations above about 3500 ft may see wind chills dip below zero,
especially near the TN border. Min temps Friday morning will be the
coldest so far of the season, ranging from the single digits and
teens in the mountains to the 20s across the entire Piedmont.
.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
As of 130 AM EST Tuesday: Good cold air advection continuing at the
start of this period Friday morning with NW wind at 850mb varying
from 15 to 35kts. The center of the surface high Friday morning over
the Mississippi Valley then centered over our area Saturday morning
with little or no wind. Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below
normal through Saturday. Wind chills in the single digits for higher
elevations Friday night before the wind dies down.
As the high moves offshore on the mid Atlantic Saturday into Sunday,
return flow from the Gulf feeding into the Mississippi Valley will
begin ahead of the next cold front. Scattered upslope showers may
begin late Sunday and Sunday night from near Clayton GA to Tryon NC.
The bulk of the precip with this system should be on Monday
depending on which model is presenting the evolution. The GFS is the
faster model bringing frontal moisture across the NC Mtns Sunday
night then slowly drying out this moisture as it reaches the
Piedmont by Monday afternoon. The ECMWF brings in deeper moisture
late Monday across our whole area then shifts it east late Monday
night. The GFS has our region dry Monday night. Of course, this is a
week away and many changes will occur as model data evolves in the
next several days.
Temperatures of course 10 to 20 degrees below normal Friday and
Saturday then moderating to around normal Monday.
.AVIATION /08Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
At KCLT and elsewhere: Area of RA continues to push east, with only
scattered -RA affecting the TAFs sites. This will be short-lived
however with next slug of moisture lifting NE out of GA. Cigs and
vsbys will drop with the rain, with IFR expected everywhere. LIFR
cannot be ruled out but will continue to monitor upstream conditions.
NE winds will intensify through the early morning hours as CAD
strengthens, with some low-end gusts possible; exception will be
KAVL with SE down-valley winds. Rain will begin tapering off from
the west around daybreak but strong CAD wedge in place will keep IFR
to low MVFR cigs in through the day. With the passage of the cold
front late in the period, cigs begin to lift for western sites, but
should still see some vsby restrictions with low-level moisture in
Outlook: The cold front will scour out the cold air damming air mass
and low clouds late tonight, with improving conditions on Wednesday.
Another front will approach on Thursday with some restrictions
possible. Dry and much colder through the weekend.
07-13Z 13-19Z 19-01Z 01-06Z
KCLT Med 78% High 86% High 97% High 89%
KGSP High 84% High 90% High 95% High 85%
KAVL Med 78% High 83% Med 76% Med 77%
KHKY High 89% High 86% High 94% High 84%
KGMU Med 78% High 90% High 95% High 83%
KAND High 92% High 89% High 86% 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
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