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FXUS62 KILM 231158
AFDILM

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
758 AM EDT SAT AUG 23 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTH ACROSS THE AREA TODAY. THIS FRONT
WILL BRING A GOOD CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
TODAY...BEFORE COOLER AND DRIER AIR FILTERS INTO THE REGION FOR
SUNDAY. HIGH PRESSURE EXPANDING SOUTH FROM NEW ENGLAND WILL
MAINTAIN COOLER AND DRIER WEATHER FOR THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT WEEK
WITH A RETURN TO MORE SEASONABLE WEATHER LATER IN THE WEEK.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
AS OF 6:30 AM SATURDAY...NO CHANGES TO THE FORECAST WITH THE
LATEST UPDATE. PREVIOUS DISCUSSION FOLLOWS:

AN UNSEASONABLY STRONG COLD FRONT WILL DROP SOUTH ACROSS THE
FORECAST AREA TODAY...LIKELY BRIEFLY BECOMING HUNG UP OVER THE
SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE CWA THIS AFTERNOON...BEFORE PUSHING MORE
DEFINITIVELY SOUTH OF THE AREA OVERNIGHT. WE CAN STILL COUNT ON
ANOTHER HOT DAY THOUGH...WITH HEAT INDEX VALUES RANGING FROM THE
MID 90S UP NORTH TO 103 DOWN SOUTH...AS COLD AIR ADVECTION AS
INDICATED BY THICKNESS PACKING WILL LAG FRONT BY A GOOD BIT. DO
NOT EXPECT COOLER AND SOMEWHAT DRYER AIR TO ARRIVE UNTIL AFTER
MIDNIGHT. HOWEVER...TODAY WILL BE A FEW DEGREES COOLER THAN
YESTERDAY AS CLOUD COVER AND PRECIPITATION WILL KEEP MAXIMUM
TEMPERATURES DOWN A NOTCH.

A REASONABLY MOIST COLUMN COMBINED WITH FROPA...THE SEA BREEZE FRONT
AND OTHER RESIDUAL BOUNDARIES WILL ALLOW FOR SCATTERED
CONVECTION...ESPECIALLY DURING THE HEAT OF THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY
EVENING. AT THE UPPER LEVELS...DISTURBANCES EMBEDDED WITHIN A DEEP
NWLY FLOW REGIME WILL KICK OFF STRONGER ROUNDS OF CONVECTION. TIMING
OF THESE EVENTS IS UNCERTAIN. A WEAK IMPULSE IS ENTERING THE CWA
FROM THE NW AT THIS TIME...BUT IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS WE HAVE AN
UNFAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR CONVECTION...AND THE ACTIVITY IS FADING.
WATER VAPOR LOOPS SHOW THE NEXT DISTURBANCE MAY MOVE IN LATE THIS
MORNING.

MODEL SOUNDINGS SHOW AMPLE LOW LEVEL MOISTURE THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT
HOURS AS DRYER AIR WILL ALSO LAG FROPA. KEEPING IN SLIGHT CHANCE
POPS AS A RESULT...BUT WITH ONLY MINIMAL QPF.

&&

.SHORT TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 300 AM SATURDAY...RIDGE BECOMES HIGHLY AMPLIFIED UP THE
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE NORTHEAST EARLY NEXT WEEK AND BUILDS
EASTWARD WITH TIME. AT THE SAME TIME SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS
DOWN FROM THE NORTH. INCREASING SUBSIDENCE AND DRY AIR WILL ACT TO
INHIBIT CONVECTION. OVERALL MOISTURE THROUGH THE COLUMN WILL BE
DIMINISHING WITH PCP WATER VALUES DROPPING FROM CLOSE TO 2 INCHES
EARLY SUNDAY DOWN TO 1.25 BY SUN NIGHT AND LESS THAN AN INCH BY
MONDAY MORNING. MAY FEEL MORE LIKE EARLY FALL-LIKE WEATHER FOR THE
START OF THE WEEK WITH COOLER AND DRIER NORTHERLY FLOW OFFSET
SLIGHTLY BY LATE SUMMER SUNSHINE...WITH TEMPS REACHING BELOW
NORMAL INTO THE LOW TO MID 80S. ANY CLOUDS EARLY SUNDAY WILL
DISSIPATE AS DEWPOINT TEMPS DROP FROM NEAR 70 DOWN TO NEAR 60 BY
MONDAY MORNING. THESE LOWER DEWPOINT TEMPS WILL ALLOW TEMPS TO
DROP INTO THE MID 60S MOST PLACES OVERNIGHT.

&&

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
AS OF 300 AM SATURDAY...CONTINUED COOL AND DRY WEATHER THROUGH
MID WEEK AS HIGH PRESSURE RIDGES DOWN FROM THE NORTHEAST INTO THE
CAROLINAS AND UPPER RIDGE CONTINUES TO BUILD EASTWARD. THE COOLER
NORTHEAST FLOW WILL BE OFFSET BY PLENTY OF SUNSHINE TO PRODUCE
TEMPS NEAR NORMAL...IN THE MID 80S. 850 TEMPS AND LOW LEVEL
THICKNESSES WILL BE ON THE RISE AS RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE SOUTHEAST
AND H5 HEIGHTS INCREASE WED. MOISTURE MAY BE ON THE RISE BY LATE
WED INTO THURS DEPENDING ON THE EXACT TRACK OF TROPICAL SYSTEM
FORECAST TO MOVE UP THROUGH THE OFF SHORE ATLANTIC WATERS TO OUR
EAST LATE WED/THURS TIME FRAME. THE ECMWF CONTINUES TO THE BE THE
FASTEST AND FURTHEST EAST WITH THE SYSTEM WHILE THE GFS REMAINS
THE SLOWEST AND FARTHEST WEST. AT THIS POINT LOOKS LIKE MAIN
EFFECTS OF THIS TROPICAL SYSTEM WILL BE ALONG THE COAST WITH
INCREASED ON SHORE WINDS AND SWELLS THROUGH MID WEEK. HIGH
PRESSURE SHOULD HOLD OVER LAND WITH RIDGE HOLDING STRONG ALOFT.
FOR NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THIS SHOULD HELP TO SUPPRESS SHWR ACTIVITY
THROUGH MUCH OF THE WEEK BUT MAY SEE SOME CLOUDS AND SHOWERS MOVE
ON SHORE...MAINLY OVER COASTAL AREAS AS TROPICAL SYSTEM PASSES TO
OUR EAST THROUGH MID WEEK. GFS ALSO SHOWS COLD FRONT MOVING INTO
THE CAROLINAS FROM THE NW BY THE WEEKEND. TEMPS NEAR OR BELOW
NORMAL TO START WILL BEGIN TO MODERATE AS MOISTURE INCREASES
THROUGH THE COLUMN THURS INTO FRI WITH DEEPER ON SHORE FLOW.

&&

.AVIATION /12Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
AS OF 12Z...A COLD FRONT WAS LOCATED IN THE VICINITY OF THE
TERMINALS THIS MORNING. MVFR CIGS WERE OCCURRING AT KILM AND WILL
MOVE INTO KLBT OVER THE NEXT HOUR OR TWO. MVFR VSBYS IN BR WERE
OCCURRING AT KCRE/KMYR. MOST SHRA/TSRA HAS BEEN OCCURRING WELL
BEHIND THE FRONT NE OF KILM.

THE BOUNDARY WILL SHIFT SOUTH OF ALL TERMINALS THIS EVENING.
WIDESPREAD LIGHT SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED TO WIDELY SCT HEAVIER
SHRA/TSRA EXPECTED ALONG AND BEHIND THE FRONT MAINLY DURING THE
AFTERNOON. HEAVIER SHRA/TSRA POTENTIAL SHOULD SHIFT SWRD AS THE
EVENING APPROACHES. THERE IS LOW CONFIDENCE ON TIMING OF THE HEAVIER
SHRA/TSRA IN THE TAFS. LIGHT WINDS EARLY THIS MORNING WILL EAST
BEHIND THE FRONT LESS THAN 10 KT. KCRE/KMYR WILL LIKELY SEE E-SE
WINDS IN THE AFTN BEHIND A SEA BREEZE BEFORE THE FRONT PASSES
THROUGH IN THE EVENING.

ISOLATED SHOWERS WILL LINGER INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS NEAR
KCRE/KMYR. POST FRONTAL MVFR CIGS ARE EXPECTED WITH REASONABLE
CONFIDENCE OF POST-FRONTAL IFR CIGS AT KFLO/KLBT OVERNIGHT.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK...MVFR/IFR CIGS/VSBYS POSSIBLE SUN MORNING.
OTHERWISE EXPECT VFR TO PREVAIL SUN THROUGH WED AS HIGH PRESSURE
RIDGES OVER THE EAST COAST IN THE WAKE OF THE COLD FRONT.

&&

.MARINE...
NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
AS OF 6:30 PM SATURDAY...NO CHANGES TO THE FORECAST WITH THE
LATEST UPDATE. PREVIOUS DISCUSSION FOLLOWS:

A COLD FRONT WILL DROP SOUTH ACROSS THE WATERS THIS
MORNING...STALL BRIEFLY THIS AFTERNOON OVER OUR SC WATERS...THEN
PUSH SOUTH OF THE FORECAST AREA OVERNIGHT. WINDS WILL SWING FROM
THE WEST EARLY THIS MORNING TO THE NE AND THEN EAST LATER THIS
MORNING AND AFTERNOON...BECOMING FIRMLY NE OVERNIGHT. NO REAL COLD
SURGE INITIALLY MEANS WINDS WILL BE LIGHT FOR MUCH OF THE
PERIOD...PICKING UP TO AROUND 15 KTS BY DAYBREAK ON SUNDAY. SEAS
WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE AS A RESULT...FROM PRESENT 1 TO 2 FT RANGE
TO 2 TO 3 FT OVERNIGHT.

SHORT TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 300 AM SATURDAY...NORTHERLY SURGE AS COOL AND DRY HIGH
PRESSURE BUILDS DOWN FROM THE NORTHEAST. WINDS WILL RISE SHARPLY
THROUGH SUNDAY UP TO 15 TO 20 KTS ACROSS THE WATERS. THE INCREASE
IN WINDS WILL IN TURN PRODUCE AN INCREASE IN SEAS UP CLOSE TO SCA
THRESHOLDS BY SUN EVENING. SEAS WILL REMAIN UP CLOSE TO 4 TO 6 FT
OVER A GOOD PORTION OF OUR LOCAL COASTAL WATERS THROUGH MONDAY
NIGHT AND BEYOND IN PERSISTENT STRONG NORTHEASTERLY WINDS.

LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
AS OF 300 AM SATURDAY...HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING DOWN FROM THE
NORTHEAST THROUGH THE CAROLINAS WILL PROVIDE A CONTINUOUS
NORTHEAST FLOW UP TO 15 TO 20 KTS THROUGH MID WEEK. THIS WILL KEEP
SEAS UP TO 4 TO 6 FT POSSIBLY INCREASING FURTHER WED INTO THURS
DUE TO INCREASING SWELLS FROM A TROPICAL SYSTEM MOST PROBABLY
MOVING NORTH THROUGH THE OFF SHORE WATERS. AT THIS TIME MUCH
UNCERTAINTY STILL EXISTS CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT AND FATE OF
THIS POTENTIAL TROPICAL SYSTEM.

&&

.ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
SC...NONE.
NC...NONE.
MARINE...NONE.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...RGZ
NEAR TERM...REK
SHORT TERM...RGZ
LONG TERM...RGZ
AVIATION...MRR
MARINE...REK/RGZ







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