Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS62 KGSP 251850

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
250 PM EDT Sat Mar 25 2017

Low pressure will lift from the southern plains to the Midwest and
push a band of moisture toward the southern Appalachians tonight and
Sunday. Deep moisture and persistent southwesterly flow will set up
over the southeast Sunday through Tuesday with several rounds of
showers and thunderstorms expected. Drier air should return by the
middle of next week.


As of 230 PM EDT...a robust cumulus field has developed over the
fcst area during the past few hours with sct to bkn cirrus above
20kft. Sky cover should remain sct to bkn over most of the area into
the evening. Going forward, POP trends are still intact from
previous fcsts with precip chances slowly ramping tonight and
overnight. Widespread precip coverage is not expected until later in
the morning with the best coverage expected between about 14 and
20z. Widespread thunder chances are not looking very favorable over
most of the area with profiles showing warmer temps aloft thereby
squashing much of the CAPE potential.

Otherwise, the upper lvl ridge axis will slowly shift east of the
area thru the period as H5 heights begin to fall across the western
zones. An active occluded system has developed across the southern
plains and this will track to the NE...reaching the Midwest by 12z
Sun. Meanwhile...good diffluent flow aloft will spread over the CWFA
and continue generating thick cirrus over the fcst area. Precip
coverage should be on a downward trend by the end of the fcst period
at 00z Monday with the most favorable dynamics shifting northward.


As of 230 PM EDT Saturday: the early part of the next week still
looks unsettled. One wave will have already lifted to the NE at
00Z Monday. In its wake, a short wave ridge will move past Sunday
night, but with the negative tilt, we should maintain a southerly
component to the flow. The models suggest that any remaining precip
production will retreat back toward the Blue Ridge, so the highest
precip probability was kept there and precip chances were nudged
downward over the ern part of the fcst area. The short wave ridge
axis moves past by Monday afternoon and then the next short wave
trof approaches from the west. This will see the precip chances
start to trend back upward Monday night and Tuesday as the short
wave passes. Once the wave moves past, precip chances should
end east of the mtns and pare back to the upslope areas on the
TN border. Think we should see some kind of break in the action
early Wednesday morning. Severe weather and heavy rain chances
look minimal through the period. Temps should be on the warm side
of normal.


As of 225 PM Saturday: Fairly complex, split-flow pattern will be in
place across the Conus through the medium range. In the southern
stream, the tendency for short wave troughs to dig into the Four
Corners and close off across the southern Rockies/southern Great
Plains, only to get kicked out a day or two later by the next wave
making landfall on the West Coast will continue. Meanwhile,
northern stream activity will actually be the primary driver of the
weather across our area early in the period. This is the result of
sprawling surface high pressure spilling east of the Appalachians,
in the wake of a deep area of low pressure pulling away from the New
England Coast. Global models depict cooler and drier air funneling
down the Eastern Seaboard toward our forecast area sometime in the
Thursday/Thu night time frame. Due to timing uncertainty (with the
ECMWF pushing the back door cold front into the area 6-12 hours
slower than the GFS), huge temperature bust potential exists, as
areas ahead of the front could well see maxes in the 80s on

In terms of the precip potential, moist isentropic lift developing
over the post-frontal air mass may result in expansion of light
precip Thu night into Friday, and pops will gradually ramp up during
that time. By Friday/Fri night, global models indicate the southern
Plains upper low will be kicked out over the Ohio/TN Valley.
However, the GFS and ECMWF differ widely regarding their handling of
this feature, with the GFS maintaining a closed circulation in split
flow, while the ECMWF opens the wave and phases the northern and
southern stream. Interestingly enough, these differences don`t
result in a great deal of discrepancy in terms of the sensible
weather regime, as both solutions depict a bit of an evolving
Miller-B scenario (the intensity of surface features/forcing being
the primary differences), and likely pops appear warranted for
upglide/upslope precip Friday through at least early Saturday.

The severe weather potential for late week appears to be
underwhelming but non-zero, mainly due to the specter of
in-situ/hybrid cold air damming to limit surface-based buoyancy.
Nevertheless, some instability will be present around the periphery
of the cold air damming air mass, while wind shear should at least
be moderately strong.


At KCLT: expect VFR conditions thru the early morning with cigs
dropping to MVFR by about 10z with a PROB30 from 12 to 14z for IFR
cigs and visby with -SHRA. I expect cigs will remain MVFR for the
remainder of the 18z period, but precip chances are not high enough
to carry anything more than a PROB30 and then VCSH at this point as
POPs have been trending downward for tomorrow. Winds will remain out
of the S to SE thru the period with increases in speed by the early

Elsewhere: similar trend as KCLT except that MVFR and then IFR
conditions should occur a few hours sooner with a greater likelihood
of those conditions persisting for the remainder of the period.
Sites are also more likely to see prevailing -SHRA from the late
morning onward.

Outlook: areas of precip will continue into Sunday evening likely
creating additional flight restrictions across the area. An
unsettled and moist pattern will persist thru next week and maintain
chances for low CIGS and VSBY.

Confidence Table...

            19-01Z        01-07Z        07-13Z        13-18Z
KCLT       High 100%     High 100%     High  88%     High  81%
KGSP       High 100%     High 100%     Med   77%     High  85%
KAVL       High 100%     High  85%     Med   67%     High  86%
KHKY       High 100%     High 100%     Med   69%     High  84%
KGMU       High 100%     High 100%     Med   74%     High  84%
KAND       High 100%     High 100%     Med   72%     Med   77%

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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