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FXUS63 KJKL 261931

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Jackson KY
331 PM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday night)
Issued at 331 PM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016

Upper level high pressure center continues to churn from the
Appalachians into the Mid-Atlantic, with disturbances and associated
storms riding around its western periphery from the Mid-Mississippi
Valley into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. Weak surface ridging
across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes will keep light downslope flow
in place, thus maintaining a relatively drier airmass across eastern
Kentucky. Still seeing dewpoints in the mid 60s to low 70s, but this
is lower than those in the low to mid 70s experienced yesterday.
This afternoon`s cumulus field has therefore been more shallow and
less vast in coverage, allowing temperatures to continue climbing
through the upper 80s and into the lower 90s within the next hour
or so.

Clearing skies will then take place this evening. Expecting fog
development to be less robust than what occurred last night given
lower crossover temperatures with this afternoon`s lower dewpoints.
Light downslope flow should preclude much in the way if any fog from
occurring in the higher terrain of eastern Kentucky. Will likely
still see patchy development, perhaps becoming dense at times, in a
few of the typically fog-prone river valleys.

Saturday should be largely a repeat of today, but will leave
isolated storm mention in place across southeastern Kentucky into
the Lake Cumberland region as a slight uptick in deep layer moisture
occurs as aforementioned surface ridging to the north shifts east.
Will continue to see shortwave perturbations move around the
western periphery of the upper high, with a stronger wave expected
to move through the northern Plains into the western Great Lakes.
While forcing from this latter feature will be displaced well
northwest of the Bluegrass, strong diabatic heating once again,
evidenced by temperatures climbing into the low-mid 90s, combined
with veering winds ushering in this slightly greater moisture
could be enough to spark a shower or storm across the higher
terrain. Most likely scenario is for convection to occur along the
Cumberland Plateau and move north/northwest into the Lake
Cumberland region during the mid-late afternoon. Without any real
semblance of forcing aloft, any storm should remain shallow and of
the pulse variety. Warm and humid conditions will then bring
another night of patchy valley fog Saturday night into Sunday.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
Issued at 331 PM EDT FRI AUG 26 2016

The period will begin with a large ridge of high pressure parked off
the southeastern CONUS. The flow around the western edge of the high
will continue to bring warm and moist air off the western Gulf of
Mexico into the Ohio and Tennessee valley regions. The warm and
humid air mass that will be in place should provide enough energy to
spark showers and storms across the area, particularly in our more
rugged terrain, as it appears there will still be no well defined
trigger available. The best chances for rain will be during the
afternoon and evening hours during the period, with disorganized
scattered convection expected at best.

Temperatures will be hot and muggy to start things off, with daily
highs in the lower 90s Sunday and Monday, and around 90 on Tuesday.
Wednesday should be slightly cooler, as clouds and precipitation
cool things off a bit. Highs on this day are forecast to be in the
upper 80s for most locations. By Thursday we may even see a weak
cold front move through from the north. This change in air mass
would allow for even cooler readings, with highs on Thursday in the
mid 80s on tap, with the warmest readings in our far south along
the Tennessee border.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)

VFR conditions with light easterly winds will persist today as the
afternoon cumulus field dissipates this evening. This will once
again set the stage for fog development, potentially becoming
dense in some river valleys. Current thinking would be that
terminals will see less of a threat for dense development given
strong heating and lack of precipitation today, but persistence
and nearby presence of weak surface ridging centered near the
Great Lakes warrants maintaining at least IFR visibilities for now
at LOZ/SME/SYM from approximately 8-13Z. Very light downslope
flow may provide just enough subsidence to keep fog from reaching
SJS/JKL. Have also seen dewpoints mix lower early this afternoon,
so perhaps crossover temperatures will have a little tougher time
being reached, thus inhibiting widespread fog development.


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