Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
FXUS63 KLMK 242306
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOUISVILLE KY
706 PM EDT Thu Apr 24 2014
...Updated Aviation Discussion...
.SHORT TERM (Now through Friday Night)...
Issued at 310 PM EDT Thu Apr 24 2014
In the near term, afternoon visible satellite imagery shows high
level cirrus clouds progressing northeast across central KY and
southern IN, in advance of a shortwave to our west, with surface
temperatures warming steadily to near 70 east and lower and mid 70s
west. Temperatures will continue to rise a couple/few more degrees
through late afternoon before falling back this evening.
Pronounced shortwave over KS/OK at this time will move steadily east
tonight accompanied by an increase in low-level moisture and
southerly winds, which will effectively limit/end our evening fall
in surface temperatures overnight. Surface winds should become gusty
overnight. Currently, this system is causing widespread convective
development from western MO to eastern OK and AR. Models are in good
agreement bringing these storms in a band into central KY and
southern IN late this evening and overnight. The 15z HRRR and 12z
in-house mesoscale models bring the leading edge of the convection
to our western forecast area border around 04 UTC.
Looking at model soundings, boundary layer cools this evening but
steep lapse rates and elevated instability remain if lifting a
parcel from about 900-950 mb. This will support continuation of
convection as axis of precipitation moves across our area,
especially western part of forecast area. With increasing winds at
925 and 850 mb, there is a chance that greater momentum air could
mix down to surface and create a few strong wind gusts with the
strongest cells (again, more likely in western sections), but
presence of weak-to-moderate nocturnal boundary layer inversion
should keep strongest winds aloft, unable to penetrate to surface.
After this band passes, there could be a brief lull in precip, but
models bring another area of moisture through from early to mid
morning (from west to east) associated with the actual mid-level
trough axis and surface front. As a result, additional scattered
showers and thunderstorms are expected during that time, with models
again indicating presence of some instability.
Front passes through the area first half of Friday. Winds behind the
boundary will become quite gusty from the west-northwest around 30
mph. Morning clouds and lingering showers will move off to the east
followed quickly by a clearing trend. Highs Friday afternoon should
be in the upper 60s and lower 70s, depending on how rapdily skies
clear. Friday night will be mainly clear with lows again down in the
40s in most locations.
.LONG TERM (Saturday through Thursday)...
Issued at 318 PM EDT Thu Apr 24 2014
Saturday - Sunday...
Heights will rise through the weekend as a progressive upper ridge
axis approaches and then slides through. Meanwhile, a cold front
will sag southward across southern Ohio and into central IN,
stalling by Saturday evening as it becomes parallel to the upper
level flow. Technically, it would be a back door cold front if it
were to make progress through the area, but it looks to stall just
to our north. Either way, the boundary will be moisture starved and
we should stay on the warm side of it. This will lead to a dry and
warm weekend. Expect highs on Saturday in the upper 70s north to low
80s south. Lows Saturday night should dip into the lower 50s. Should
start to see an gradual increase in mid and upper level clouds on
Sunday as the ridge axis starts to slide east, however 1000-850
thicknesses and 850 mb temps will support a 2-3 degree increase from
Saturday. Therefore, have gone with mostly lower 80s on Sunday. A
few Bluegrass or southern IN counties may stay confined to upper 70s.
Will continue to leave the slightest of chances for a shower or
storm in our far western tier or two of counties late Sunday
afternoon, however bulk of precip will not arrive until Sunday night
Sunday Night - Tuesday...
By Sunday night, blocking upper ridge axis will be off to our east
with an impressive closed upper low over the central Plains.
Southwesterly flow through a deep layer will overspread the Ohio
Valley, including a 40 knot low level jet nosing in. The
quasi-stationary frontal boundary will be just off to our northeast
with expansive mid level deformation aloft. By dawn on Monday,
expect scattered to numerous showers and a few t-storms mainly along
and west of I-65. These likely shower and t-storm chances will then
encompass the entire CWA on Monday. Tough to tell how well we
destabilize in this environment, but it appears that a stronger to
possibly severe storm threat will be conditional upon
destabilization, especially along and west of I-65.
Another threat of stronger to severe storms may move in later Monday
night into early Tuesday as the exit region of another impulse
rotating around the upper low ejects out of the southern Plains.
Again, strength of storms would be conditional upon destabilization.
Scattered to numerous showers and storms could then plague the area
again later Tuesday afternoon/evening.
Will continue to monitor threat for stronger storms to start the new
work week, but will also keep an eye on the threat for periods of
heavy rain and flooding. With repeated rounds of t-storms possible
and PWATs jumping up around 2 std deviations above normal for this
time of year, flooding could become a concern. Tough to judge
temperatures during this time, solid reading in the 70s seem
reasonable each day on the warm side of the boundary and warm
advective flow. Obviously, convection will be the deciding factor.
Lows will be mild during this time, at least in the low 60s in most
Tuesday Night - Thursday...
We begin to transition to a cooler period by the middle and end of
the week as the wobbling upper low and its associated surface
reflection slide into the Midwest. Precipitation chances look to
become more scattered in nature during this time with thunder
chances becoming less likely. These days will likely not be
wash-outs, but will be mostly cloudy and considerably cooler. Look
for highs Wednesday and Thursday in the 50s and lows in the low and
mid 40s by Wednesday night.
.AVIATION (00Z TAF Update)...
Issued at 705 PM EDT Thu Apr 24 2014
VFR conditions will prevail for the early part of the evening hours
and then we should see things deteriorate after 25/04Z. Current
data suggests that activity over Missouri and Arkansas will
continue to push eastward late tonight and early Friday morning. The
storms will be running into a drier and somewhat more stable airmass
late tonight. Nonetheless, expect conditions to drop to MVFR late
tonight at the terminals as the convection spreads through the
region. At this time, we expect the best window of convection to
affect KBWG between 25/04-08Z, KSDF between 25/06-09Z and KLEX
between 25/07-11Z. After the convective line swings through, we`ll
see winds shift around to the southwest with scattered showers
continuing through the pre-dawn and early morning hours on Friday.
Winds look to shift to the west/west-northwest after 25/15Z at
KBWG/KSDF and after 25/17Z at KLEX. Winds will be gusty Friday
afternoon with sustained speeds of 12-15kt and gusts up to 25kts at