Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43
FXUS63 KPAH 182010

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
310 PM CDT Thu May 18 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Saturday night)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Thu May 18 2017

Well, apparently the mid-level warm air is still effectively
capping convection this afternoon. We have had a few lightning
strikes, but nothing of any significant intensity has been able to
sustain itself for long. LAPS indicates that 2500-3000 J/kg of
CAPE is available over much of the region, so if deep convection
can develop, we could see a few strong cores. Shear still looks
too meager to expect much storm organization.

Whatever happens late this afternoon should dissipate with or
shortly after sunset this evening, and much of the night should be
dry. Some of the latest CAM data indicates that an MCS may push
eastward into the area overnight, but the timing on this varies
considerably. Did increase PoPs from the west around 09Z, and then
spread good chances eastward across the area through the morning.
Everything should lift back north in the afternoon, leaving much
of the region dry heading into Friday evening.

Similar to late tonight, there is a signal for another MCS to move
eastward into our region late Friday night into Saturday. This is
when the upper-level system begins to lift north out the Plains,
and the larger-scale models really push plentiful QPF into our
region. Given the time of day and weaker wind fields over
our region, figure that any such system will be weakening as it
arrives. However, with PWs over 1.5" and climbing up near 2"
later Saturday, heavy rainfall and flash flooding will be a
concern. There is far too much uncertainty in this convectively-
driven situation to consider a Flash Flood Watch at this time, but
the potential will have to be monitored closely over the next 24

As the storm system lifts north northeast into the Upper Midwest,
the trailing cold front will eventually push into our region
Saturday night. This should provide a decent focus for more
widespread convection and of course more heavy rain concerns.
Storm total QPF is currently 1-2" throughout the area tonight
through Sunday. Of course, some more isolated areas are likely to
see much more rain, but it is just too soon to determine where.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Thursday)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Thu May 18 2017

By Sunday, we will be dealing with departing precipitation through
the morning hours mainly, as a cold front continues shifting
eastward. Best chances for lingering precipitation will be across
our eastern counties, as models are in good agreement on timing
right now. A dry Sunday afternoon looks fairly reasonable at this
point for most locations except for maybe the far far southeastern
sections. Much cooler air will be filtering in behind this cold
front so highs on Sunday should only reach into the 70s.

Dry weather will continue Sunday night into Monday as sfc high
pressure settles over the region. Highs will remain in the mid/upper
70s on Monday.

Timing of our next front seems to handled fairly well by the latest
guidance, at least initially. Another frontal boundary will be
impacting our area late Monday night into Tuesday with another round
of scattered showers and storms possible. Some wrap around showers
will be likely on Tuesday night into Wednesday with the passage of
the upper system, though timing of the upper system is still in
question at this there will be a dry period in there.

Another cool blast will arrive on Wednesday with that upper system
and temperatures on Wednesday may not get out of the 60s for highs
in many locations. We should see some warmer and drier weather on
Thursday as the upper trough shifts eastward. Low temperatures
during the extended forecast period look to be in the 50s. A few
locales could dip down close to the upper 40s at some point early
next week, especially north, according to some of the latest data.


Issued at 1239 PM CDT Thu May 18 2017

Scattered TS are expected to develop initially over southeast
Missouri early this afternoon and then spread northeast through
southern Illinois and into the EVV Tri State by late afternoon.
KCGI is the most likely terminal to take a direct hit, but all
sites will at least have a VCTS for a few hours this afternoon.

There should be a lull for much of tonight, but there is some
potential for a convective system to move into southeast Missouri
and southern Illinois late tonight into Friday morning. This would
most likely impact KCGI, but confidence is not great at this
time. A periodic MVFR ceiling will also be possible late tonight
into Friday morning over the entire area.

Gusty southwest winds currently across the area should weaken
through the afternoon.




AVIATION...DRS is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.