Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS62 KILM 231101

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Wilmington NC
700 AM EDT Wed Aug 23 2017

An approaching cold front will bring increasing storms over the area
late today into Thursday. Canadian high pressure will bring an early
fall feel Friday and into the weekend. Breezy conditions may develop
late Sunday into Monday, as a possible tropical low passes offshore
and interacts with the Canadian high.


As of 300 AM Wednesday...Steamy high pressure offshore will
contribute to another day of hot and humid conditions locally, but
an air mass change is on the way later this week.

Broad trough across the eastern CONUS will help drive a cold front
towards the Carolinas tonight, but before this occurs Wednesday will
feature hot and humid weather once again. Deep SW flow will
gradually shift to westerly above the surface in response to the
shifting upper trough, but surface return flow will persist. This
creates a setup with WAA at the surface, and drying aloft, such that
sunshine and 850mb temps around 19C will drive highs into the low to
mid 90s away from the beaches today. Although dewpoints should mix
out a little, at least inland, heat index values are still forecast
to rise to 100-103 this aftn. Despite this heat creating a very
unstable atmosphere, weak ML lapse rates and drier air aloft should
limit much convection this aftn. That will change however, as a mid-
level impulse and the cold front approach this evening.

This impulse will help deepen the trough and push a cold front,
currently across the Appalachians, slowly into the CWA. Although
this is expected to happen late evening into the overnight hours,
the airmass will still be quite unstable as demonstrated by 1500-
2000 J/kg MLCape on forecast soundings, and 0-6 km shear will
increase to 25-30 kts, as PWATs climb back towards 2.25 inches. Best
upper support does skirt north of the CWA, but SPC has placed the
entire area in a MRGL risk for severe this evening and tonight.
Damaging wind gusts are possible as convection tries to organize
into linear sections late, but with waning instability and weakening
forcing late, severe potential looks to be isolated at worst.

The front will stall across the area tonight even as convection
pushes offshore by Thursday morning. Cool advection lags, so mins
will remain elevated tonight, mid 70s at the coast to low 70s far NW


As of 300 AM Wednesday...A cold front will move through the area
Thursday and off the coast Thursday night accompanied by scattered
showers and storms.  The greatest chances for rain during this
period will be over the south and east.  Small pops will longer
along the coast Friday and south coast Friday night in NE flow as
low level moisture is slow to be driven out of the area.  Max
temperatures will be in the mid to upper 80s both days with mins in
the upper 60s to lower 70s with mid 70s at the beaches.


As of 300 AM Wednesday...At the surface a cold will push into the
Bahamas by early Saturday with high pressure building down into the
Carolinas. Saturday should be cooler and mostly dry although the
easterly flow may keeps some low clouds and perhaps a light shower
or two offshore around.

The forecast gets interesting later in the period when the global
guidance spins up what could be a tropical system along the residual
front and moves it up off the southeast coast. The guidance has been
showing this for a few cycles but the disclaimer of its pretty far
out in time still holds. I did keep a partly to mostly cloudy
forecast intact with some pops increasing especially along the
coast. Temperatures will be on the cool side especially for highs
more near normal for overnight lows.


As of 11Z...Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible
coastal areas this am and along the sea breeze this aftn.  More
numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead
of a cold front and affect all the terminals.  Have continued
VCTS with -SHRA at all terminals late this afternoon into tonight.
Generally expect MVFR with SHRA but brief IFR is possible.

Extended Outlook...Showers and t-storms Thursday associated
with a cold front could produce localized IFR conditions.
Most showers and storms will push offshore Thursday night
into Friday. MVFR ceilings could linger, especially near
the coast Friday.


As of 300 AM Wednesday...High pressure offshore and a cold front
approaching from the NW will pinch the gradient today causing SW
winds to increase across the waters. SW winds of 10-15 kts will
slowly increase to 15-20 kts this evening and tonight, while subtly
veering more to the W/SW. This increase in wind speed will allow the
wind wave contribution to the wave spectrum to increase, with a 3-4
ft/4 sec SW wave topping a persistent 2-3ft/9sec SE swell. These two
groups combined will produce significant seas building from 2-3 ft
early, to 3-4 ft late, and at this time no cautionary statements are
expected. Showers and tstms are expected across the waters late
tonight as well, moving from west to east mostly after midnight,
with gusty winds, lightning, and heavy rainfall.

As of 300 AM Wednesday...Westerly flow of 10 to 15 KT Thursday will
shift to the NE Thursday night and increase 15 to 20 kt by Friday
night.  Seas will build from 2 to 3 FT Thursday to 3 to 5 feet
Friday night.

As of 300 AM Wednesday...Not the best of weekend`s coming up for the
marine community as high pressure will be building down into the
area from the north. At the same time a front will become stationary
to the south and keep the gradient elevated. For basically the
entire period expect northeast winds of 15-20 knots. Seas will be
elevated as well with values from 3-6 feet.





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