Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Tampa Bay Area, FL
FXUS62 KTBW 060737
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL
237 AM EST Tue Dec 6 2016
...A Few Strong To Severe Storms Possible Today...
...High Risk of Rip Currents Along Area Beaches Today...
...Turning Much Cooler Late In The Week...
.SHORT TERM (Today - Wednesday)...
A negatively tilted upper level trough and attendant surface low
over the lower Mississippi valley early this morning will lift out
to the northeast and weaken as it moves through the Tennessee
and Ohio valleys later today as a secondary low pressure area
develops over the mid Atlantic coast by this evening with this low
then moving northeast into the Atlantic overnight into Wednesday.
As this storm system lifts out to the northeast a trailing cold
front will move east across the Florida Panhandle and northern
peninsula through midday today, then south through forecast area
during this afternoon and early evening.
Ample moisture (Pw`s ~2 inches) along with weak instability and
increasing ascent within the warm sector ahead of the approaching
cold front will support increasing chances for showers and
isolated storms across the forecast area the remainder of the
morning and through the day as the front moves into and through
the region. A strong low level jet (40 to 55 knots) over the Gulf
coast along with effective bulk shear (40-45 knots) and helicity
values between 250 and 300 m2/s2 may support a few strong to
severe storms from the I 4 corridor north into the Nature Coast
today as the front moves into the region with a risk of a few
supercells with the main threats being isolated damaging winds and
a tornado or two. In addition to the severe weather threat some
locally heavy rain, gusty winds, and frequent lightning strikes
will be possible.
Tonight into Wednesday the rain will come to an end as the front
moves into and stalls out across the far southern peninsula as it
becomes parallel to the upper level flow. Weak surface high
pressure building in from the north in the wake of the front
will support mainly dry conditions under partly cloudy skies.
Temperatures will remain above normal today and tonight, then fall
back to near seasonal norms on Wednesday.
.LONG TERM (Wednesday Night - Monday)...
The long term period will begin with a somewhat messy pattern over
the Florida Peninsula, with a lingering cold front over southern
Florida and weak surface high pressure filling into northern
Florida from the northwest. This will leave a dramatic moisture
gradient across the forecast area, with a dry airmass filling in
north of Interstate 4, but a rather moist environment remaining to
the south near the front. As a result, a few showers will be
possible Thursday over Southwest Florida and as far north as the
Tampa Bay area. Temperatures will be a little cooler, though will
still be a few degrees above normal Wednesday night and Thursday,
then near normal Thursday night.
The upper level longwave trough will finally swing through the
eastern seaboard Thursday night and Friday, propelling a secondary
surface cold front through the Florida Peninsula. Moisture return
ahead of this front will allow for a chance of showers across the
entire forecast area Thursday night, with the last traces of rain
chances clearing out of Southwest Florida Friday morning.
Temperatures will cool off significantly behind this reinforcing
cold front, with highs Friday ranging from the mid 50s to upper
60s, then lows Saturday morning approaching freezing in northern
parts of the Nature Coast, and ranging from the mid 30s to around
50 farther south.
Strong surface high pressure will fill in north of Florida behind
the front during the weekend, allowing winds across the forecast
area to quickly turn around to the east. By Sunday and Monday, a
quick moving shortwave will be moving through the central Plains
and into the Midwest. This will help usher the surface ridge
east into the Atlantic and allow surface flow over the forecast
area to continue to veer to southeasterly by Monday afternoon. As
a result, after the strong cool down at the end of the week,
temperatures are expected to quickly rebound into early next week,
returning to several degrees above normal Monday afternoon.
VFR conditions will deteriorate into the MVFR range between 09-12Z
as lower ceilings and vsbys develop across the region as a line of
shra/tsra approach from the west along and ahead of a cold front.
Some brief IFR cigs/vsbys will also be possible between 12-16Z as
areas of shra with embedded tsra move across the region and have
included tempo groups to handle this. Widespread MVFR cigs will be
prevalent at most sites through 00Z tonight, with marginal VFR
returning after 02Z. South winds in the 10 to 15 knot range this
morning will become southwest and increase to 15 to 20 knots after
12Z with gusts up to 35 knots possible in the vicinity of tsra.
Winds will become west to northwest and diminish to around 10
knots after 01Z tonight.
A storm system over the lower Mississippi Valley early this
morning will weaken as it lifts northeast through the Tennessee
and Ohio valleys later today with a secondary low developing along
the mid Atlantic coast by early tonight. A trailing cold front
from this storm system will move into the northern Gulf waters
later this morning and south through eastern Gulf waters this
afternoon before stalling out across the southern waters on
Wednesday. South winds in the 15 to 20 knot range this morning
will shift to the southwest and west as the front moves south
through the waters later today with winds becoming northwest to
north tonight into Wednesday as the front moves to the south and
stalls out across the southern peninsula. Based on current and
expected wind and sea conditions will hoist Cautionary headlines
for the central and northern near and offshore waters through
early afternoon in the early morning marine package. In addition,
the breezy onshore flow will also bring favor a high risk for rip
currents along area beaches as well, so plan to issue a coastal
hazard message for the rip current risk later this morning.
During late Thursday into early Friday a stronger cold front will
sweep south through the waters with a tightening pressure gradient
supporting northerly winds increasing to around 20 knots with
higher gusts along with building seas with small craft and
hazardous boating conditions a good bet. Winds and seas will
gradually diminish and subside during the upcoming weekend as the
flow becomes east as surface high pressure builds in over the mid
Ample moisture will keep humidity values well above critical
levels today through mid week with no fire weather issues expected.
Much drier and cooler air is expected to overspread the region
late in the week as a strong cold front moves through the region
with long durations of low humidity values below 35 percent and
high dispersion indices possible on Friday. The cool dry air mass
will modify during the upcoming weekend as a return easterly wind
flow develops over the region with no other fire weather issues
expected at this time.
.Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs...
TPA 78 63 75 61 / 70 10 10 0
FMY 81 68 80 66 / 50 30 10 10
GIF 81 61 78 59 / 70 20 10 0
SRQ 77 65 75 62 / 70 10 10 10
BKV 80 57 74 53 / 70 10 10 0
SPG 77 65 74 61 / 70 10 10 10
FL...High Rip Current Risk from 7 AM EST this morning through
this evening for Coastal Charlotte-Coastal
Hillsborough-Coastal Lee-Coastal Manatee-Coastal
SHORT TERM/AVIATION/MARINE/FIRE WEATHER...57/McMichael
MID TERM/LONG TERM/DECISION SUPPORT...18/Fleming