Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
FXUS64 KLIX 211716
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
1216 PM CDT Fri Oct 21 2016
VFR conditions will prevail through the TAF period. Gusty winds
from the north-northeast and north will subside later this
afternoon, though it will remain breezy through this evening at
KNEW and to a lesser extent at KMSY.
.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 755 AM CDT Fri Oct 21 2016/
Three words...cold air advection. The wind profile is backing as
the winds in the low levels are from the north-northeast and then
rotate counter-clockwise to the northwest and finally west in the
upper levels. Wind speeds sampled above the surface average
between 35 to 40 knots. Some of these gust, though perhaps not as
strong, may be able to mix down before winds begin to abate during
the day. The surface temperature is about 10 degrees lower than 24
hours ago and about 20 degrees lower than 12 hours ago. An
elevated inversion begins at 1500 feet and extends to about 4300
feet with an additional, weak inversion centered around 7650 feet.
The precipitable water value has plummeted by almost an inch to
0.42 inches and is well below normal for this part of October.
12z balloon info: A successful flight that reached a height of
20.6 miles above the ground bursting near Cat Island 39 miles
downrange from the office. The ascent lasted 107 minutes.
PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 356 AM CDT Fri Oct 21 2016/
A strong cold front that entered the forecast area yesterday has
pushed through, just now passing the mouth of the Mississippi
River. Some locations have dropped as much as 25 degrees so far
overnight. Strong cold air advection today will lead to limited
warming, so went on the colder side of guidance. Highs today will
generally be in the lower to mid 70s. Actual numbers are a couple
degrees colder than the previous forecast. Another repercussion of
CAA will be strong and gusty winds, especially on the southshore
of Lake Pontchartrain this morning. Latest observations in the New
Orleans metro show wind speeds in the mid 20s with higher gusts.
Those gusts could touch 40 mph along the lakefront. So will be
issuing a wind advisory for parishes along Lake Pontchartrain.
Winds will begin relaxing in the afternoon hours as the surface
ridge center moves in closer and the gradient relaxes slightly.
Temperatures will drastically drop Friday night, falling into the
mid 40s for much of the CWA as the post frontal air mass moves in.
Cooler conditions will continue into Saturday as the upper trough
amplifies while tracking east and surface ridge builds in behind it.
Highs Saturday look to be about the same as today but even colder
going into the overnight hours. Blended model guidance likely way to
warm in a cold air drainage pattern that the area will be in with
the surface ridge centered to the northeast. So went with a bias
corrected MOS/MEX combo with some individual tweaking. A few
locations in coastal/SW Mississippi will see upper 30s and lower 40s
reaching as far south as the I-12 corridor. Temperatures will begin
moderating Sunday onward as upper trough exits and ridge builds back
in from the west. A northern clipper trough passing across the upper
Mississippi Valley mid week will break down the upper ridge
overhead which may open up the area to a few coastal showers.
With the passage of the cold front last night strong offshore
winds quickly developed. Small craft advisories are currently in
effect for all locations through this afternoon. By this afternoon
winds should begin to relax, especially over the tidal lakes, but
have opted to extend the advisory a few more hours over the tidal
lakes as mdls indicate winds just above the sfc will still be
around 25 kts with weak cold air advection still occurring. Cold
air advection should begin slack off early this evening as high
pressure sits in over the region. Much quieter conditions will be
in place after tonight. /CAB/
The period of MVFR ceilings has about cleared up with cigs hghts
improving at all locations and even clearing out. VFR conditions
will then prevail for the remainder of the TAf forecast period.
Breezy to windy conditions are expected through the day Friday,
particularly downwind of Lake Pontchartrain at KNEW and KMSY. 11
DSS code: Blue.
Activities: Small Craft Advisory
Decision Support Services (DSS) Code Legend
Green = No weather impacts that require action.
Blue = Long-fused watch, warning, or advisory in effect or
high visibility event.
Yellow = Heightened impacts with short-fused watch, warning
or advisory issuances; radar support.
Orange = High Impacts; Slight to Moderate risk severe; nearby
tropical events; HazMat or other large episodes.
Red = Full engagement for Moderate risk of severe and/or
direct tropical threats; Events of National Significance.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
MCB 44 74 42 79 / 0 0 0 0
BTR 46 75 44 81 / 0 0 0 0
ASD 45 75 41 78 / 0 0 0 0
MSY 53 73 52 80 / 0 0 0 0
GPT 48 73 45 75 / 0 0 0 0
PQL 44 76 38 78 / 0 0 0 0
LA...Wind Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for LAZ058-060>062-
GM...Small Craft Advisory until 1 AM CDT Saturday for GMZ532-534-536-
Small Craft Advisory until 4 PM CDT this afternoon for GMZ530.
GM...Small Craft Advisory until 1 AM CDT Saturday for GMZ534-536-538-