Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KPAH 200845

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
344 AM CDT FRI MAY 20 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday night)
Issued at 344 AM CDT Fri May 20 2016

Rain will keep spreading over the area today as developing surface Low
pressure rides northeastward along an inverted trof/boundary that
stretches across and just south/east of the PAH FA. Models show
elevated instability sneaking/nosing in across our southeastern
counties still, like last night, so we include a slight chance of
a thunderstorm there, esp as the Low lifts northeast across the
Tennessee valley later today.

Heaviest qpf/highest pops will thus be southeast, tapering to
lesser pops north/west across area with time, but all should see
some wet weather at some point today.

Pops wind down west to east tonight as the low tracks off to the
east, but we do retain a troffy pattern that could linger an
isolated shower even into the early weekend (Saturday). We`ve
precluded pop mention for now but wouldnt be shocked to see a few
echoes Saturday diurnally esp, but pops less than 14 for this

Cloud/rain muted 60s today yield to 70s tmrw with sunshine, with
50s for lows continuing.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Thursday)
Issued at 344 AM CDT Fri May 20 2016

A sharp ridge will be over the PAH forecast area at the beginning of
the extended forecast period, providing warm, clear, and dry
conditions through nightfall Monday.

After that, the medium range models remain in good overall agreement
that the ridge aloft will be suppressed by an expanding western
CONUS longwave trof. By Monday night, the low level winds will have
returned to the south over the PAH forecast area, helping to
increase moisture a modest amount in the lower trop, but not
excessively so. Meanwhile, a warm advection regime will set up, with
difficult-to-time shortwaves in the mid/upper flow generating
clusters of shower and tstm activity starting early Tuesday.
Currently, the models do not necessarily agree on the finer details
of the position and intensity of a particular mid level shortwave in
the central Plains moving toward the Great Lakes, but it appears
that Wednesday/Wednesday night will be the best time interval for
the highest PoPs and QPF for us. This feature should have some
semblance of a surface reflection, and should help focus lift ahead
and to the south of it.

By Thursday (Day 7), slight ridging aloft may help to suppress
vertical motion in the mid/upper levels, possibly suppressing deep
moist convection somewhat. There shouldn`t be anything to assist
with low level focus for lift. Therefore, there is somewhat of a
drop-off in PoPs and cloud cover in the forecast for Day 7.

Expect slightly above average temperatures through the extended


Issued at 246 AM CDT Fri May 20 2016

As moisture saturates down atmos column early today, anticipate
VFR cigs to do likewise. Will ultimately some MVFR decks enter
into pic with MVFR restricted vsbys in shower activity, from mid
morning through mid pm. Isolated thunder chances are primarily to
south/east of terminal locales. Rain draws to end during the
evening, west to east, but MVFR to low VFR decks linger thru
planning period in overall troffy upper pattern that continues
into the weekend.


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