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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tallahassee FL
150 PM EDT Wed May 24 2017

.AVIATION [Through 18Z Thursday]...

Scattered convection may briefly impact the TLH, ABY and VLD
terminals until the frontal passage later this afternoon and
evening. Gusty SW winds will be swifting to W or NW behind the
front and remain gusty into the late evening. VFR conditions will
prevail with brief periods of MVFR conditions possible through
tonight.

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION [1204 PM EDT]...

.NEAR TERM [Through Today]...
A deep upper level low with a +PV anomaly lies over the upper
Mississippi valley with it`s surface reflection a little ahead of it
over the Ohio valley. A currently stationary front extends south
from this low into central TN and then southwest across MS and over
the coastal LA and TX. Another frontal boundary out ahead of it over
central AL has been the main forcing for our showers and
thunderstorms the past two days. The 00Z TAE sounding last night
showed 1.5" PW values, enough deep layer moisture is present to
produce periods of moderate to heavy rainfall. The sounding also
showed SBCAPE around 1500 J/kg, which is also what our CAM guidance
is showing tomorrow in north FL. Low level (0-1 km) shear around 20
kts and deep layer (0-6 km) shear around 50 kts across southwest GA
and the FL Big Bend tomorrow along with the previously mentioned
environmental factors will make for a favorable environment for
isolated severe weather. The main threat will be damaging wind gusts
and possibly another isolated tornado or two. SPC has our area
outlined in a slight risk east of the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee
rivers. This threat will move eastward through the day, most likely
clearing our area by the evening hours, though some light to
moderate rain may continue behind the strongest storms. In terms of
rainfall, our local CAM guidance indicates another 1-3" of rain is
possible today, mostly over the areas that have been in drought.
Therefore, the flash flooding threat appears to be diminishing,
although localized flooding will still be possible.


.SHORT TERM [Tonight Through Friday]...
At the start of the period the cold front will be east of the
region with the main upper low dropping into the Mid South. Rapid
drying will lead to a quick decrease in rain chances across the
eastern half of the region, with precip likely to end by 03z.
Expect a breezy night as cooler and drier air continues to move
into the region. It`s possible that temperatures by Thursday
morning will be in the upper 50s.

A dry and tranquil forecast is in store for the remainder of the
short term period. Thursday will be on the cool side with highs
generally around 80 degrees. The warming trend will start on
Friday as high temperatures return to the mid to upper 80s,
however with dewpoints still in the low to mid 50s, it should feel
quite mild for late May.


.LONG TERM [Friday Night Through Wednesday]...
High pressure at the surface and aloft will build over the region
through Saturday and keep rain chances out of the forecast. The
ridge will begin to break down on Sunday as a frontal boundary
approaches the Northern Gulf Coast states. As a result, rain
chances will increase on Sunday and especially on Monday as this
boundary stalls over the region. There`s some disagreement between
the models by Tuesday whether the weak frontal boundary will drop
south of the region or instead dissipate over the forecast area.
For now the forecast will show the boundary dissipating over the
area, leaving a moist tropical airmass that would support at least
scattered convection during the afternoon and evening hours.


.MARINE...
Winds at advisory levels will increase through the morning hours
and east of Apalachicola begin to gust frequently to gale force by
early afternoon. Once the cold front moves through the marine area
this evening, winds will begin to decrease and then gale force
gusts are no longer expected. However, advisory conditions will
likely continue into Thursday morning. Thereafter, winds will be
on the decrease into the weekend as high pressure builds over the
area.

Due to strong westerly flow this afternoon, surf will build to 6
to occasionally 7 feet along the west facing beaches of the
Florida Panhandle, mainly from Panama City Beach eastward to
Indian Pass. As a result, a high surf advisory has been issued for
this area today.


.FIRE WEATHER...
Aside from increased transport winds, which will cause high
dispersions Thursday afternoon, there are no fire weather concerns.


.HYDROLOGY...
Rain today is expected to be heaviest across the Southeast Florida
Big Bend and perhaps into far Southern Georgia. While widespread
rainfall amounts forecast have decreased a little, it`s still
expected that most areas will see 1 to 2 inches of rain today
with isolated heavier totals of 2 to 4 inches possible, mainly in
the Florida Big Bend. These amounts, while helping improve
ongoing drought conditions is unlikely to cause any flood
problems.

With lighter rainfall amounts occurring north of the region,
discharges down the Chattahoochee River are lower than previously
expected. As a result, the Apalachicola River at Blountstown is
now expected to crest well below action stage. There are no other
river flood concerns in the region.

For the coastal flood risk today...the strong west southwesterly
flow is expected to peak this afternoon at 25-30 knots with gusts
to 35 to 40 knots. This should focus the greatest potential for
coastal flooding along the Southeast Florida Big Bend coast from
near Steinhatchee southeastward down the West Coast of Florida.
Model guidance suggests the highest surge is expected southeast
of Steinhatchee into Dixie County, particularly at Horseshoe Beach
and Suwannee. In these areas, storm tides ranging between 3.9 to
4.5 feet above sea level (NAVD88) are anticipated. This is
roughly equivalent to 2 to 3 feet of inundation peaking around the
time of high tide. As a result, a coastal flood warning has been
issued for Dixie County. The magnitude of the surge should be less
in Taylor County and substantially so in Wakulla and Jefferson
Counties. In these areas, a coastal flood advisory has been
issued.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...

Tallahassee   59  82  56  89  62 /  10   0   0   0   0
Panama City   64  77  66  82  72 /  10   0   0   0   0
Dothan        57  79  60  88  65 /  10   0   0   0   0
Albany        57  78  57  88  64 /  20   0   0   0   0
Valdosta      59  80  56  88  63 /  30   0   0   0   0
Cross City    64  80  59  87  64 /  40  10   0   0   0
Apalachicola  64  81  65  85  70 /  10   0   0   0   0

&&

.TAE WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...

FL...Coastal Flood Warning until 5 PM EDT this afternoon for Coastal
     Dixie.

     High Rip Current Risk through late tonight for Coastal Bay-
     Coastal Franklin-Coastal Gulf-South Walton.

     High Surf Advisory until 5 AM EDT /4 AM CDT/ Thursday for
     Coastal Bay-Coastal Gulf.

     Coastal Flood Advisory until 5 PM EDT this afternoon for Coastal
     Jefferson-Coastal Taylor-Coastal Wakulla.

GA...None.
AL...None.
GM...Small Craft Advisory until 11 AM EDT Thursday for Apalachee Bay
     or Coastal Waters From Keaton Beach to Ochlockonee River Fl
     out to 20 Nm-Coastal Waters From Ochlockonee River to
     Apalachicola Fl out to 20 Nm-Coastal waters from Suwannee
     River to Keaton Beach out 20 NM-Coastal waters from
     Apalachicola to Destin FL out 20 NM-Waters from Suwannee
     River to Apalachicola FL from 20 to 60 NM-Waters from
     Apalachicola to Destin FL from 20 to 60 NM.


&&

$$

NEAR TERM...Barry
SHORT TERM...Barry
LONG TERM...Moore
AVIATION...Barry
MARINE...Godsey
FIRE WEATHER...Moore
HYDROLOGY...Godsey



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