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FXUS62 KGSP 280554
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Greenville-Spartanburg SC
154 AM EDT Wed Sep 28 2016

.SYNOPSIS...
A stationary front will remain over the Midlands of South Carolina
and the Sandhills of North Carolina through mid week. An upper level
low will drop south into the Ohio Valley on Wednesday and linger
there through the end of the week.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/...
As of 1025 PM, convection has been continuously redeveloping within
an area of convergence across the upper Savannah River Valley and
moving over portions of Elbert, Abbeville, and especially Greenwood
Counties over the past 2-3 hours. Amounts haven`t been too scary
thus far, with maximum 3-hr amounts in the 1.5-2+ inch range noted
over parts of Greenwood County. In fact, folks are probably enjoying
the rare rainfall. However, the situation may get a little
concerning if the engine doesn`t shut off in the next hour or so
(and it is indeed beginning to show signs of doing so). Pops have
been reoriented to high chance/likely across the southern zones for
the next couple of hours. With the front still more or less stalled
from north GA into far western NC, chances remain for additional
spotty development across the area tonight, and slight chances will
be maintained through the overnight in most areas. Min temps will be
more than 5 degrees above climo once again.

In the big picture, the western Carolinas and north Georgia should
remain in the cyclonic flow aloft through Wednesday as a large upper
low over L Superior today drops almost due S over the next 24 hours,
keeping the trof axis to our west. This development should keep the
front moving only slowly east across the fcst area overnight. The
front will probably still be hung up across the foothills/wrn
Piedmont on Wednesday. Synoptically, we should retain much of what
we have today, that is weak upper divergence and a few weak spokes
of vorticity rotating around the upper low. Combined with the low
level focus of the sfc boundary, expect that new storms will fire
over the Piedmont/Upstate during the late morning and afternoon.
There should be enough shear and buoyancy along/east of the front to
provide for a few strong/severe storms, although the
shear/instability combo will be better just to the east. The Day 2
has the wrn Piedmont in the Marginal Risk and again this will not be
debated. Will not be surprised to see it expand west or get an
upgrade in later issuances. Leaned toward the warmer guidance for
for highs on Wednesday with the front not all the way through the
area.

&&

.SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/...
As of 100 PM Tue: The region will still be in the process of pattern
change Wednesday night, as a cold front pushes into central NC and
the SC Midlands, and a deep cutoff low moves south into the lower
Ohio Valley. Consensus of NAM, GFS and SREF suggests convective
activity will linger over our lower Piedmont zones thru the evening
along/ahead of the front. Meanwhile, CAA sets up over East Tennessee
overnight into Thursday morning, concurrent with enough moisture to
warrant steady PoPs in our Tenn border zones. Min temps Thu mrng will
be back around normal.

The proximity of the upper low will permit deep mixing and sustain
good lapse rates aloft over much of the CWFA thru Thursday.
Deterministic models do not respond to this pattern with appreciable
QPF, so the higher PoP output from some MOS is assumed to reflect the
association of the pattern with abundant if not shallow showers.
Though the low remains centered in essentially the same position
Friday, heights are higher and profiles more stable over our area, so
we can advertise a dry forecast then. Temps will be refreshingly
cooler Thursday, with maxes near normal. These trend still cooler for
Thu night and Fri over most of the area, with the additional sunshine
seemingly offsetting the cooler air in the north and mountains. They
should top out generally 2-4 degrees below normal.

&&

.LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/...
As of 155 PM EDT Tuesday...Starting at 00Z Saturday the cut off
upper low will be centered near Louisville KY. This low will slowly
lift north and fill as it becomes absorbed in the westerly upper
flow near the eastern Great Lakes Sunday night into Monday.  Models
still have a surface high pressure over eastern Canada to start the
week ridging southward to the Carolinas. A high amplitude upper
ridge will be over the East during the first of the week as a trough
sweeps across the northern Rockies and plains states.  Ridgetop
convection becoming more favorable in the PM of Day 7 for the NC
Mtns.

Concern will be building next week as a pending hurricane moving
north out of the Caribbean.  The 06Z GFS has it crossing Haiti at
12Z Monday then just east of Cape Hatteras as a powerful hurricane
at 18Z Wednesday as it heads toward Long Island. The old ECMWF has
it crossing eastern Cuba at 18Z Wednesday so this model is much
slower.  The new 12Z GFS has a track farther to the east with still
a powerful hurricane at 12Z Thursday halfway between NC and Bermuda.
All progression of this tropical system must be watched very closely.

Temperatures are expected to be a few degrees above normal from
Saturday through the first half of next week after the cut off low
has departed and we are under the upper ridge. Although Min Temps at
first will be near or a little below Saturday.

&&

.AVIATION /06Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
At KCLT: VFR to begin the period but should see some MVFR to
possibly IFR restrictions developing in the pre-dawn hours, with
typical improvement after sunrise. Convection is expected to develop
again this afternoon with the cold front still in the vicinity, so
kept the current PROB30 already in place. Winds generally on the S
side through the period, lgt/vrb overnight and increasing to between
5-10kt this afternoon.

Elsewhere: Main concern overnight is for development of LIFR to
VLIFR restrictions especially at KAVL, which went VLIFR just before
the 06z TAF. Included TEMPO IFR cig/vsby for all others but KAND.
Convection chances this afternoon not high enough to include PROB30
anywhere but KHKY. Wind trends similar to KCLT.

Outlook: Dry high pressure will build in slowly behind the front
into Thursday, which should bring VFR conditions in most places
through the end of the week, although some instability could lead to
showers over the NC part of the area on Thursday afternoon.

Confidence Table...

            06-12Z        12-18Z        18-24Z        00-06Z
KCLT       High  88%     High  92%     High 100%     High 100%
KGSP       High  93%     High  94%     High 100%     High 100%
KAVL       Med   60%     Med   79%     High 100%     High 100%
KHKY       High  96%     Med   79%     High 100%     High 100%
KGMU       High  88%     High  91%     High 100%     High 100%
KAND       High  96%     High  94%     High 100%     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:

www.weather.gov/gsp/aviation

&&

.GSP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
GA...None.
NC...None.
SC...None.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...DEO
NEAR TERM...JDL/PM
SHORT TERM...Wimberley
LONG TERM...DEO
AVIATION...TDP



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