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FXUS62 KRAH 200205
AFDRAH

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC
1000 PM EDT FRI SEP 19 2014

.SYNOPSIS...HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED NORTHEAST OF THE GREAT LAKES WILL
EXTEND DOWN THROUGH VIRGINIA AND THE CAROLINAS THROUGH THE WEEKEND.
A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM THE NORTHWEST SUNDAY... THEN MOVE
SOUTHEAST THROUGH THE REGION SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY MONDAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 1000 PM FRIDAY...

SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS SKIES CONTINUING TO CLEAR ACROSS THE AREA AS
MOISTURE IS SHUNTED OFF TO THE NORTHWEST. THERE IS STILL A FAIR
AMOUNT OF MOISTURE BELOW 700MB TO KEEP SOME PATCHES OF CLOUDS
OVERNIGHT.  HIGH CLOUDS JUST OFFSHORE SHOULD BEGIN TO SPREAD BACK
ACROSS THE COASTAL PLAIN LATE TONIGHT AS AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OVER
THE SOUTHEAST US BEGINS TO LIFT NORTHWARD AND A SURFACE LOW DEVELOPS
ALONG THE CAROLINA COAST.   HOWEVER...THE CLOUD COVER SHOULD REMAIN
RELATIVELY THIN AND NOT HAVE MUCH IMPACT ON LOWS.   AT THE
SURFACE...HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDING INTO THE AREA FROM THE NORTHWEST
WILL MAINTAIN A LIGHT EAST-NORTHEASTERLY WIND OVERNIGHT.SO WHILE
DEWPOINT DEPRESSIONS ARE RATHER LOW ALREADY...FOG SHOULD BE VERY
ISOLATED.  LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S. -BLS

SATURDAY:
HEIGHTS ALOFT WILL CONTINUE TO RISE OVER THE CAROLINAS ON
SATURDAY...AS AN EXTENSION OF THE MID LEVEL RIDGE CENTERED OVER THE 250
CENTRAL US RIDGE NOSES NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE AREA...SANDWICHED
BETWEEN THE AMPLIFYING NORTHERN STREAM DIVING SEWD OUT OF SOUTHERN
CANADA AND THE REMNANT LOW ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST. AT THE
SURFACE...DRY AIR SURFACE RIDGE AXIS WILL WEDGE SOUTHWESTWARD DOWN
THE MID ATLANTIC STATES AND THROUGH THE CAROLINAS AND GEORGIA.
SHOULD SEE AN INCREASE IN HIGH LEVEL CLOUDINESS FROM THE SOUTHEAST
DURING THE DAY AS THE AFOREMENTIONED LOW OFF THE SE COAST BEGINS TO
LIFT NE. IMPACTS FROM THESE CLOUDS SHOULD HAVE LITTLE TO NO BEARING
ON FORECAST HIGHS SATURDAY AFTERNOON. LOW LEVEL THICKNESSES RANGE
IN THE 1395-1402M RANGE...SUPPORTIVE OF MAX TEMPS NEAR-LOWER 80S.

SATURDAY NIGHT...AS THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES NORTH-NORTHEAST
OFFSHORE OF THE CAROLINA COAST...PRECIP SHOULD REMAIN CONFINED TO
THE IMMEDIATE COAST. PRESENCE OF HIGH LEVEL CLOUDS ACROSS THE EAST
SHOULD MAINTAIN MILDER OVERNIGHT TEMPS IN THE EAST WITH COOLER TEMPS
OUT WEST WHERE SKIES SHOULD REMAIN MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE UPPER
50S WEST TO MID 60S SE.

&&

.SHORT TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
AS OF 300 PM FRIDAY...

CENTRAL NC WILL BE SANDWICHED BETWEEN TWO SYSTEMS TO START THE DAY
ON SUNDAY. FIRST...TO THE EAST...A SURFACE LOW WILL BE TRACKING
ALONG THE REMAINS OF A STALLED SURFACE BOUNDARY. THE LATEST THINKING
FROM THE HURRICANE CENTER IS THAT THIS SYSTEM WILL NOT TAKE ON ANY 250
TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS AS IT ACCELERATES NORTHEASTWARD.
REGARDLESS...THE LOW WILL REMAIN FAR ENOUGH OFFSHORE THAT ALL THE
ASSOCIATED PRECIP WILL BE CONFINED TO THE COAST. THIS WILL RESULT IN
A DRY...MOSTLY SUNNY AND FAIRLY WARM DAY ACROSS OUR REGION AS
WESTERLY/SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW INCREASES OVER THE REGION AHEAD OF OUR
NEXT SYSTEM...WITH HIGHS GENERALLY IN THE MID 80S. THIS NORTHERN
STREAM SHORTWAVE WILL TRACK ACROSS THE EAST COAST... PROPELLING A
COLD FRONT THROUGH THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY. GIVEN THE POOR
DIURNAL TIMING AND LIMITED MOISTURE RETURN...ONLY WIDELY SCATTERED
SHOWERS WILL LIKELY ACCOMPANY THIS SYSTEM SUNDAY NIGHT. THE FRONT
SHOULD BE SOUTH OF THE FORECAST AREA BY LATE MONDAY MORNING...WHICH
MEANS ANY CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE BOUNDARY WITH DIURNAL
HEATING SHOULD BE SOUTH OF THE AREA. HIGH TEMPS ON MONDAY ARE
EXPECTED TO BE IN THE UPPER 70S TO LOWER 80S WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS
FALLING INTO MOSTLY THE MID TO UPPER 50S...MAYBE NEAR 60 DEGREES
ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEAST.

&&

.LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
AS OF 300 PM FRIDAY...

STRONG HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD EAST (AND STRENGTHEN) BEHIND THE
DEPARTING FRONT...BECOMING CENTERED OVER THE NORTHEAST US. THUS...
HIGH PRESSURE WILL RIDGE DOWN INTO CENTRAL NC THROUGH THE END OF THE
WEEK. AS A RESULT...MOSTLY DRY AND MILD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED...
WITH HIGHS IN THE 70S AND OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE 50S THROUGHOUT THE
PERIOD. THERE IS SOME DISAGREEMENT TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK WITH
REGARDS TO PRECIP CHANCES. THE LOW LEVEL FLOW AROUND THE HIGH WILL
INCREASE AND BEGIN TO GRADUALLY TAKE ON MORE OF AN EAST OF NORTHERLY
COMPONENT ALLOWING SOME MOISTURE TO RETURN TO THE AREA. IN
ADDITION...MODELS CONTINUE TO HINT AT COASTAL WAVE/INVERTED TROUGH
DEVELOPING NEAR THE SOUTHEAST COAST (ALTHOUGH TO VARYING DEGREES
AMONG THE MODELS). THIS WOULD INCREASE CLOUDS AND PRECIP CHANCES
(ESPECIALLY ACROSS EASTERN NC). HOWEVER...WILL HOLD OFF INTRODUCING
ANY POPS AT THIS TIME UNTIL MODELS CONVERGE TO A SOLUTION...BUT WILL
INDICATE INCREASED CLOUDINESS.

&&

.AVIATION /00Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
AS OF 800 PM FRIDAY...

HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDING DOWN THE EAST COAST WILL RESULT IN MAINLY
VFR CONDITIONS OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS... AND SKIES ARE BECOMING
MOSTLY CLEAR OVER MUCH OF THE AREA. WINDS WILL REMAIN LIGHT OUT OF
THE NORTH TO NORTHEAST.

A DEVELOPING AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OFFSHORE WILL SPREAD A VEIL OF
HIGH CLOUDS ACROSS THE EAST HALF OF NC LATE SATURDAY THROUGH EARLY
SUNDAY. A MOISTURE STARVED COLD FRONT WILL THEN APPROACH FROM THE NW
SUNDAY AND CROSS CENTRAL NC SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH EARLY MONDAY.
EXPECT A PERIOD OF VFR CEILINGS WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE FRONT
SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE THE LATE MORNING HOURS ON MONDAY. AN
EXPANSIVE DRY AIR SURFACE RIDGE WILL RESULT IN DRY VFR CONDITIONS
THROUGH THE MIDDLE PART OF NEXT WEEK.

&&

.RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...HARTFIELD
NEAR TERM...CBL/BLS
SHORT TERM...KRD
LONG TERM...KRD
AVIATION...SEC/CBL


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