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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
251 AM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

.Short Term...(Today through Saturday)
Issued at 250 AM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

...Record February Warmth and Severe Storms Possible Late This
Afternoon and Tonight...

994 mb low moving across northern Missouri early this morning is
forecast to shift northeast toward Chicago early this afternoon. Our
environment, out ahead of the attendant cold front, will be
characterized by record February warmth, likely near 80 at SDF, a
strong mid-level cap, and brisk southerly winds. By 25/00Z, that low
will be into southern Michigan, with the trailing cold front likely
along the Wabash.

Forecast soundings for SDF have that cap breaking down in the 22-01Z
time frame, allowing for some initial convective development,
generally along and west of the I-65 corridor. Given the timing with
peak heating, these cells will have the best chance to grow quickly
and possibly become supercells. Dry near-surface soundings would
tend to limit tornadic potential, but low wet-bulb zeroes indicate
better potential for any rotating cells to generate some hail. As
the cap erodes further, forcing along the front should allow cells
to develop southward, almost as a zipper, and merge into a linear
feature as the general motion of the line heads eastward. Stronger
winds aloft could mix down with any bowing segments along this line.
Also, as the evening progresses, LCL`s drop some and NCAR ensemble
shows an uptick in updraft helicity that may allow for continued
stronger cells within the line, or possible some book-end vortices
along bowing segments. There is a narrow window around 02-03Z where
instability and helicity match up before the former fades. At this
point, that window lines up just east of I-65, but it is still a bit
early to have too much certainty in either location or time, given
the mesoscale nature of the event.

The cold front will blast east overnight, bringing a sudden end to
the record warmth. Any record warm min temperatures for Friday
likely will have to wait till Midnight Friday night for the falling
temperatures. Crashing temperatures in the atmospheric column will
mean a continued large low-level lapse rate through the day
Saturday. Cannot rule out some convective showers developing, with
even a few flakes of snow possibly mixing in north of I-64 during
the morning. Cloud cover likely will stay over the region most of
the day Saturday, keeping highs ?????

&&

.Long Term...(Saturday night through Thursday)
Issued at 230 AM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

Surface high pressure over the Lower MS River Valley Sat. night will
shift east into the Southeast U.S. Sunday, bringing a start to
another warm up. For the work week, we look to have a broad
southwest flow aloft. Models are struggling with timing impulses
moving within this flow and their subsequent chances for precip.
Opted mostly to maintain the blended model forecast for this period
outside of some minor tweaks.

That forecast calls for Tuesday to be the warmest day, with
temperatures in the 60s.  The best chance for precipitation is late
that day and into Wednesday.

&&

.Aviation...(06Z TAF Issuance)
Issued at 1233 AM EST Fri Feb 24 2017

A surface low will move out of the eastern Plains up into the Great
Lakes region through this cycle. It will drag a strong cold front
into and through the TAF sites later this evening/night. Ahead of
this front, a moist and unstable airmass will develop, but will be
capped through much of the afternoon. So, expect a VFR and dry day
with the only concern being gusty SSW winds between 15 and 25 mph,
and gusts around 35 mph at times. Will note some marginal LLWS early
this morning with the 40 knot LLJ and an inversion evident on
forecast soundings.

Expect storms to fire along a pre-frontal trough and cold front by
early evening, and have depicted the best timing with this cycle at
each site. Strong winds, briefly heavy rainfall, and lightning are
possible as the broken line of storms moves through the area around
and after sundown.

&&

.Climate...
Issued at 200 AM EST Fri Feb 24 2016

Record temperatures for today. ** indicates current forecast calls
for that record to be tied or broken.

Louisville:
**Feb. 24 record warm low: 56 (1930)
**Feb. 24 record high:     71 (2000)

**All time record February high:   78 (1932, 1887, and 1883)
All time record February warm low: 62 (1954 and 1932)

Lexington:
**Feb. 24 record warm low: 55 (1930)
**Feb. 24 record high:     71 (1944)

All time record February high:     80 (1996)
All time record February warm low: 59 (1890)

Bowling Green:
**Feb. 24 record warm low: 55 (1930)
**Feb. 24 record high:     74 (1875)

All time record February high:     83 (1918)
All time record February warm low: 64 (2008 and 1895)

Frankfort:
**Feb. 24 record warm low: 52 (1930)
Feb. 24 record high:     78 (1996)

All time record February high:     80 (1932)
All time record February warm low: 61 (1954)

* means most recent occurrence, record occurred in previous years as
  well

&&

.LMK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IN...None.
KY...None.
&&

$$

Short Term...RJS
Long Term...RJS
Aviation...BJS
Climate...RJS


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