Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Jackson, KY

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Jackson KY
415 AM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday)
Issued at 330 AM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016

Mid/upper level ridging across the eastern CONUS will keep a hot
and humid air mass in place across eastern Kentucky through the
weekend. Can not rule out an isolated shower or thunderstorm
Saturday afternoon across our southern and southwestern zones as
a very weak upper level disturbance manages to track around the
south side of the mid/upper level ridge centered over the
Atlantic seaboard.

Sensible weather will see summer like weather with hot and humid
conditions continuing across the forecast area. Weather will also
be dry except for isolated showers and thunderstorms generally off
the Cumberland Plateau and higher terrain along the Virginia
border Saturday afternoon. Seasonably hot afternoon temperatures
will climb into the lower 90s today and Saturday. Very humid air
in place will keep overnight lows up around 70 tonight.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Thursday)
Issued at 415 AM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016

A strong upper level high will be centered just to our east at the
start of the period, with a hot and fairly humid air mass in place
at the surface. Diurnal heating may be enough to get some
thunderstorms going in this regime, especially over higher/more
rugged terrain. With very weak flow aloft and nothing in the way
of meaningful features aloft to clearly focus convection,
convection will be disorganized and relatively low in coverage.

The upper high is expected to weaken during the long term period,
and an upper trough will deepen over the northeast CONUS. Both the
ECMWF and GFS show this scenario, but do not agree on how deep the
trough will be. Often in this scenario we will have a back door cold
front pass through. However, neither of the models shows a cold
front, but only a potential for a gradual filtering of slightly
drier air into our area by late in the week. One more factor in some
recent model runs involves a tropical system possibly moving through
the southeast CONUS, but the most recent GFS and ECMWF suggest this
may be less of an issue. With such a murky picture, slight chance
POPs are in order through much of the period.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
ISSUED AT 218 AM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016

VFR conditions expected for most terminals. Both KLOZ and KSME
could see some MVFR VSBYS due to fog late tonight into the early
Saturday morning. Fog should lift and dissipate totally across
the area by 10 a.m. Winds will be light and variable through the
period.

&&

.JKL Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...RAY
LONG TERM...HAL
AVIATION...RAY



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