Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Greer, SC
FXUS62 KGSP 301434
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
1034 AM EDT TUE AUG 30 2016
A weak tropical system will approach the North Carolina Outer Banks
today before moving back out to sea on Wednesday. A cold front will
approach the region from the north Wednesday night with another
tropical system emerging from the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. This
system is expected to remain just to our south and move offshore
over the weekend. A Canadian air mass is forecast to build over the
region this weekend into Monday.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
As of 1030 AM...still seeing the light returns on the KGSP radar,
mainly over the Midlands, drifting toward the west. Already seeing
it diminish, though, so we should not require much if any
mentionable chance. Sky cover is actually a bit less than expected,
so a downward adjustment was made. Temps look ok for the most part.
Otherwise, a broad subtropical ridge will remain across much of the
southern 2/3 of the CONUS through the period, with a pronounced
weakness in the ridge persisting near the Southeast coast. The
cyclonic circulation around a weak upper level low near Savannah
will continue to spread ocnl sct high/mid clouds into the forecast
area through the period. However, with the more southern position
(as compared to yesterday), chances for showers pushing into our
southern Piedmont areas are considerably lower today. In fact, the
surface ridge over the area will continue to support a relatively
low theta-E air mass, which combined with poor mid-level lapse rates
will yield little in the way of buoyancy across the area this
afternoon. The latest HRRR, which was more or less on the money in
advertising a convection-free forecast area yesterday, is painting a
similar picture for today. Nevertheless, it appears there will be a
little bit better instability near the TN border this afternoon, so
a slight chance for showers will be advertised there. Elsewhere,
chances for convection through tonight are less than 20 percent.
Little change in temps is expected through the period, and forecast
maxes will be advertised very similar to yesterday, maybe 1/2 a
degree warmer in some areas. Min temps tonight will be a little
.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
As of 200 AM Tuesday: On Wednesday, a weak H5 low is forecast to be
centered over southern GA/SC around sunrise, lifting across the
midlands and becoming absorbed in the longwave trough during the
afternoon. Tropical Disturbance nine will likely remain off shore of
the Big Bend area of FL through Wed evening. The 0z GFS indicates
that moisture will deepen across the CWA as a cold front pushes into
the Ohio River Valley. Forecast soundings from the NAM indicate that
the region will remain weakly unstable through Wednesday afternoon.
I will forecast Sct SHRA/TSRA across the mtns, with iso coverage
across the foothills and Piedmont. High temperatures should range
from the mid 80s within the mtn valleys to near 90 east.
Thursday should see the greatest coverage of SHRA/TSRA through the
short and extended periods. The 0z GFS shows the axis of the H5
trough sliding across the southern Appalachian region during the
heat of the day. At the sfc, a weak cold front is expected to sweep
NW to SE across the CWA. Deeper moisture and cooler mid level
temperatures may yield CAPE values between 1500-2000 J/kg along and
ahead of the front. I will forecast an afternoon peak in PoPs,
ranging from likely over the ridges to 30-40 percent across the
foothills and Piedmont. High temperatures should remain within
values reached on Wednesday.
.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
As of 230 AM Tuesday: Friday, NHC forecast indicates that a tropical
cyclone will move across FL, moving over the Atlantic near
Jacksonville, FL during the morning. A sfc cold front over the
foothills and Piedmont may become briefly stationary Friday morning,
then start to slide east as the center of the tropical low moves
further off shore. The environment across the CWA should steadily
dry through the rest of the day. By the late afternoon, the leading
edge of a Canadian air mass should spread over the forecast area.
High temperature will likely remain limited to the upper 70s within
the mtn valleys to the mid 80s across the Lakelands.
This weekend through Monday, medium range guidance shows Canadian
high pressure will remain ridged across the western Carolinas and NE
GA. At the mid levels, the center of a 595 DM ridge should close off
near the MS/AL/TN connection. This pattern should result in slightly
below normal temperatures on Saturday, then gradually warming to
around normal by Monday. I will forecast dry conditions from Sat-Mon.
.AVIATION /15Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
At KCLT: There has been little change in the air mass or the pattern
over the past couple of days. Therefore, the FEW/SCT low VFR clouds
that slowed arrival rates on Mon and Sun could well occur again
later this morning. A FEW035 layer has therefore been added btw
14-18Z to account for this. Lower clouds should lift above 5kft or
scatter out altogether by early afternoon. Otherwise, a relatively
dry air mass will continue to support VFR conditions and virtually 0
convective chances through the period. Winds will remain light NE
through at least the daylight hours.
Elsewhere: KAVL has recently reported FEW/SCT layers at 002/003, but
has yet to report a cig. Still would not rule this out and possibly
a visby restriction this morning, but any fog/low stratus should be
history by 13Z. Otherwise, trends will be similar to KCLT.
Outlook: Scattered high terrain convection may return Wed, while
convective chances increase in all areas as a cold front pushes
through on Thu. AM mountain valley fog/low stratus will remain
possible through the week.
14-20Z 20-02Z 02-08Z 08-12Z
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% High 100%
KHKY High 100% High 100% High 100% Med 79%
KGMU High 100% High 100% High 100% High 100%
KAND High 100% High 100% High 100% High 100%
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