Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Louisville, KY
FXUS63 KLMK 010816
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
316 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
Issued at 240 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
Strong/severe storms are holding together quite well across parts of
central Kentucky, so in coord with SPC we will do an areal extension
of Tornado Watch 46. One bowing segment just SW of Louisville and
another just SW of Lexington are taking over as the main show, as
the storms over southern Indiana weaken.
Expect this batch of storms to push out before daybreak, with the
squall line currently from FWA-HUF-STL coming in around sunrise.
Issued at 1108 PM EST Tue Feb 28 2017
We continue to watch a three areas of storms to our west. The first
area is a storm moving into SW IN from S IL...just northeast of EVV.
This storm has been maintaining strong rotation and producing hail.
Based on its current path, this will affect our northern counties of
southern Indiana (Dubois/Orange/Washington/Scott) between midnight
and 200 AM EST.
Second area is a cell out near Cape Giradeau. This cell appears to
be producing large hail and contains strong rotation. Based on its
trajectory this cell will likely cross through southern IL and into
SW IN after 200 AM EST and if it holds together it will move through
our southern IN counties.
Third area is down across southern MO including the bootheel and
into NW TN. This activity is along the nose of the nocturnal low-
level jet axis which continues to strengthen this evening. These
storms will affect far SW KY and may affect our southern counties
Atmosphere over the region will continue to destabilize this evening
as large pocket of colder air aloft overspreads the region. This
will help erode a cap that continues to be seen in recent ACARS
soundings out of KSDF. The increasing lapse rates aloft, combined
with increasing shear due to the low-level jet pushing into the
region will result in a kinematic and thermodynamic profile for
supercells and bow echos. Current concern is that our southern
Indiana counties are at most risk for severe weather over the next
several hours. The threat will also increase for areas further
south across KY as the SE MO/NW TN/W KY activity moves into the
.Short Term...(Today through Thursday)
Issued at 309 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
...SEVERE WEATHER THREAT WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS AFTERNOON...
Nocturnal severe weather continues across parts of central Kentucky,
with the Tornado Watch now expanded into the Bluegrass region.
Expect these clusters of storms to push through and exit close to
the scheduled 10Z watch expiration, with all modes of severe weather
still on the table.
Squall line associated with the actual cold front extends from near
Fort Wayne to Terre Haute to St Louis, and will continue to push
south and east through the morning. Southern Indiana will be back
under the gun shortly before daybreak, with the line pushing into
Kentucky by mid-morning. Main threat will be damaging winds, but
there have been plenty of marginal hail reports upstream and we
can`t rule out a brief meso-vortex tornado along the line.
Will clear from NW to SE during the first half of the afternoon,
after which temperatures will drop rapidly through through the 50s
by evening with gusty west winds peaking around 30-35 mph. Gusts to
40 mph aren`t out of the question, but will handle the question of
any advisories once we get through most of the SVR threat. Dry high
pressure will settle over the Southern Plains tonight and Thursday,
with tranquil weather and seasonal temps across the Ohio Valley.
.Long Term...(Thursday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 305 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
Expect a cool end to the work week as a Clipper scoots past to our
north Thu night/Fri morning. Will carry slight chance POPS generally
north of I-64, and it`ll be cold enough to mix in a few snowflakes,
but precip too light and surface temps too warm for any significant
impacts. Temps will run solidly below normal on Friday, and Sat
morning will be the coldest as a 1036mb high settles over Kentucky.
Warming trend begins during the day on Sat as upper ridging builds
from the SW, resulting in a mild and dry weekend. Next storm system
approaches early next week, with SW flow deepening on Monday and
POPs ramping up. For now will limit the high POPs to Mon night where
model agreement is best, but if the GFS wins out that could be
extended or even delayed into Tue. Confidence is high that temps
will be unseasonably warm early next week.
.Aviation...(06Z TAF Issuance)
Issued at 1230 AM EST Wed Mar 1 2017
Two distinct batches of convection ongoing, and the main challenge
in this TAF set is timing them into SDF and BWG. One cluster over
southern Indiana will likely pass just north of SDF, but has spawned
enough scattered convection to its south that we will initialize
with VCTS/CB. As this gets closer, will include a TEMPO for TSRA
running through daybreak, with fuel-alternate ceilings.
BWG will also come under the gun with storms currently working along
the KY/TN border. Will include TEMPO for IFR visibility in heavy
rain overnight, and ceilings also dropping into fuel-alternate.
Should see a break in the action toward morning. LEX should be the
last to get in on overnight convection, so confidence is not as high
with this forecast. A break in the action is expected from daybreak
until perhaps mid-morning, but will maintain MVFR ceilings.
Squall line just ahead of the cold front will move through late
morning through mid-afternoon, with another period of prevailing
TSRA and continued MVFR ceilings, but will stay above fuel-
alternate. Will kick the prevailing wind gusts up to 30 kt, with
potential for substantially higher gusts in T-storms.
Once the cold front pushes through around mid-afternoon, precip
shuts off quickly and ceilings lift to VFR. However, will see very
gusty winds from roughly due west, with gusts near 30 kt until just
after sunset. This wind direction will push the limits of the main
runways at SDF. Winds will subside late evening with the loss of
heating and the weakening of the gradient.
IN...Flash Flood Watch until 1 PM EST /noon CST/ this afternoon for
KY...Flash Flood Watch until 1 PM EST /noon CST/ this afternoon for