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FXUS63 KPAH 130716

216 AM CDT Sun Apr 13 2014

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Tuesday night)
Issued at 200 AM CDT SUN APR 13 2014

All things are still on track for a front to take shape, approach
late today, and make passage tonight. It will bring showers/storms
with it, including a slgt risk of svr for mainly our western 1/2
of the region beginning early this evening. Bulk shear/instability
weakens with time and further east, so the ongoing late day storms
to the west that move in will hold/pose svr threat thru SEMO, then
probably lose a little umph east of the MS river. Time will tell
how far east they can maintain themselves in less favorable
environ during the overnight period.

The actual front makes its passage late tonight-early Monday. It
may yet linger a chance of thunder in the eastern half of the FA
thru 18z Monday, thereafter a post frontal chc cat PoP lingers til
the upper trof makes passage Monday night. While colder temps
aloft rotate in, surface temps stay at or above 40F thru midnite,
which should preclude changeover to frozen pcpn (though we`re not
dismissing its possibility altogether). Moisture shrivels up after
that, when cooler temps more supportive filter thru the blayer to
the surface.

After another warm prefrontal day today, Mon-Tue still look
markedly colder as forecast, with highs/lows in the 50s/30s
predominantly. This may include a chance of frost Tuesday night,
when skies clear and winds are light.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Saturday)
Issued at 200 AM CDT SUN APR 13 2014

By Wednesday morning, the ridge of high pressure will extend from
the Ohio Valley into the Tennessee Valley. As it continues to shift
east of the region, southeast winds and a resultant moderating trend
will develop as we head into late week. Highs Wednesday will range
around the 60 degree mark, then surge well into the 60s on Thursday.
Lows through the period will remain above the 40 degree mark, so
frost does not appear to be a concern through the remainder of the

The approach of upper level shortwave energy will result in our next
chance of precipitation by Thursday night and Friday. Confidence is
increasing in the solution depicted by the GFS, as the ECMWF appears
to be trending towards a somewhat stronger and slower solution as
well. Model forecast instability is rather meager at this point, but
some weak elevated instability will be present as the core of the
system moves through on Friday. As a result, we will maintain a
mention of thunder on Friday, with showers Thursday night and Friday

There is still some uncertainty with regard to how the pattern will
play out over the weekend. At this time, prefer to maintain the
going dry forecast on Saturday in the wake of the Friday system.


Issued at 200 AM CDT SUN APR 13 2014

Gusty south winds continue. Mid-High cigs will slowly
lower/saturate into the low VFR range. As a front approaches from
the west this evening, and makes passage overnight, cigs may further
restrict to MVFR with vsbys to IFR at times, in fairly widespread



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