Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KPAH 240504

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
1204 AM CDT SUN APR 24 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday night)
Issued at 139 PM CDT Sat Apr 23 2016

Any remaining low level clouds will continue to dissipate before
evening. Otherwise clear skies will prevail through Sunday as the
axis of the surface high pressure ridge shifts to the eastern
seaboard by Sunday afternoon. This will also allow winds to shift to
a southerly direction by Sunday morning boosting temperatures
to around 80/lower 80s Sunday afternoon.

Monday becomes a transition day as surface low pressure develops to
our north and west. This will be close enough to warrant small
chance POPS in our NW tier of counties beginning Monday/Monday
afternoon and then mainly north of I-64 Monday night. Dry weather
will dominate elsewhere through Monday night compliments of the
continuing influence of surface high pressure.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Saturday)
Issued at 139 PM CDT Sat Apr 23 2016

Average confidence starts off the long term with forecast models in
fairly good agreement, but still some uncertainty over convective
timing and placement. Confidence decreases to below average by late
next week with greater model variability regarding the potential
arrival of another storm system next weekend.

Starting with Tuesday, a cold front is forecast to be draped just
north of the region along the I-70 corridor. This front should drop
south through the forecast area during the day Tuesday prior to
stalling near or just south of the region Tuesday night. Moisture
pooling along this front will yield somewhat better instability by
Tuesday afternoon, and consequently the potential for scattered
thunderstorm development.

The stalled frontal boundary is forecast to move back to the north
as a warm front on Wednesday as low pressure slowly tracks east from
the Central Plains into the Missouri Valley. The greatest potential
for showers and thunderstorms in the immediate area should arrive
Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night as shortwave energy pivots
northeast into the Middle Mississippi Valley. There remains some
concern for strong to severe thunderstorms during this time frame
given the juxtaposition of instability and bulk shear, but it is
still too early to iron out the details.

Beyond Wednesday night, the forecast becomes much less certain. The
ECMWF and Canadian both sweep most of the precipitation potential
south and east of the area on Thursday in the wake of a cold frontal
passage. The incoming drier air mass delays the next chance of
storms until late Friday night or Saturday (ECMWF) and possibly even
later (Canadian). Meanwhile, the GFS keeps a quasi-stationary
frontal boundary in the general vicinity through the period. With a
much more humid air mass, the potential for at isolated to scattered
thunderstorms also sticks around through late week. At this point,
the current forecast reflects a blend of models, which keeps very
small chances in from Thursday through Friday night, and introduces
somewhat better chances by Saturday with the approach of our next
storm system.

Much of the extended period will be influenced by southwesterly flow
of varying degree. As a result, temperatures are forecast to be
warmer than normal through the period. Highs should range from the
upper 70s to lower 80s, with lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s.


Issued at 1203 aM CDT Sun Apr 24 2016

Quite a quandry with weak surface pressure gradient along and east
of the Mississippi River, along the western extension of the high
pressure ridge and a sharper gradient over Missouri as of 04z

Seeing alot of visibility observations dip into the MVFR to
IFR/LIFR category across Southern IL and adjoining parts of KY and
IN. With unrestricted ceilings and an implied ridge axis over the
same area, temperatures/dewpoint depressions have rapidly
diminished, generating dew and some fog. However,
horizontal/slant/vertical visibilities from sites, such as KPAH, are
not exactly matching visual observations of fog development.

With this in mind, am keeping visibilities in the MVFR category
through 12z, but have added a mention of MIFG to account for
transient pockets of lower visibilites. Model suggest some minor
lift for low cloud development around 12z, but not seeing much in
the way of moisture to be lifted near the boundary layer. The LAMP
and short range model consensus guidance appear to have a handle
on the current visibility reductions. The greatest visibility
reductions should remain in Southeast Illinois, and away from the
WFO PAH TAF sites during the first 6 hours. Otherwise, the VFR
forecast remains intact for the remainder of the forecast period.


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