Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Wakefield, VA-- Highlight Changed Discussion --
-- Discussion containing changed information from previous version are highlighted. --
FXUS61 KAKQ 221932
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Wakefield VA
232 PM EST Wed Feb 22 2017
A trough of low pressure crosses the area today. Meanwhile, low
pressure tracks east across the eastern Gulf of Mexico and
Florida Peninsula tonight through Friday. A strong cold front
crosses the local area Saturday.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
Mid level shortwave crosses the area today. Light rain/shwrs will
accompany this feature as it slowly sags SE with the best forcing
progged across the Piedmont. Thus, will maintain 30-50 pop west of
the Ches Bay with a buffer area of slght chc pop along the coast.
Continued mild despite the cloudy cover and sporatic pcpn. Highs
in the 60s except 55-60 at the beaches due to the SSE flow off
the water. QPF less than one tenth inch.
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY/...
Models indicated just enuf left moisture around tonight to keep
slght chc pops in the grids. Kept pcpn type as shwrs for now. Could
also be some patchy fog after midnight as dew point temps rise. Mild
with lows in the upr 40s-lwr 50s.
Weak high pressure ridge extends west from the main "Bermuda" high
Thurs thru Fri night. This keeps AKQ unseasonably warm in between
the low off the FLA coast and deepening trough over the upper
midwest. Some model differences wrt how much moisture gets trapped
across the area so will maintain slght chc pops Thurs. Dry Thurs
night through Fri night ahead of the approaching cold front as the
southerly flow builds H5 heights.
Some record highs will be challenged Thurs but Fri numbers appear
safe since they are higher. See CLI section below. LL thicknesses
and H85 temps support highs both days in the low to mid 70s west of
the Ches Bay, 65-70 along the coast. Lows in the upr 40s-lwr 50s.
00z runs from both the GFS/ECMWF are in good agreement for a strong
cold frontal passage between 18Z Sat and 00Z Sun. Data continues to
support a swath of moisture and marginal instability with the boundary
with the best forcing/dynamics from the northern zones on northward.
However, decent low level moisture will exist ahead of it (sfc temps
btwn 70-75 with 55-60 degree dew points) along with gusty SW winds
(15-25 KTS). These combined with the available stability parameters
results is the chance for tstrms across the fa during the afternoon
shifting to the coast through the early evening. Thus, make some
adjustments to the grids allowing tstrms to be included in the text
products. Clearing and colder Sat night. Lows in the mid 30s-lwr 40s.
.LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
Cold front slips off the coast Sat evening...w/ drying/gusty
WNW winds and temperatures returning to near normal (beginning
Sun). Sfc hi pres drifts over the FA Sun night...resulting in
mainly SKC and chilly conditions. Quick moving low pressure
tracks from the OH Valley Mon across the FA Mon night w/
increasing cloudiness and low PoPs (15-25%). Another warm up
begins Tue and continues through Wed as sfc hi pres sets up off
the coast...and return S flow develops. Dry and mild Tue...a
warm front lifting through the FA Tue night may clip the region
w/ clouds and low PoPs (10-20%). Breezy/warm Wed ahead of
approaching cold front from the W. Models push that front
through the region late Wed (possibly accompanied by SCT RASH).
Lows Sat night in the u30s NW to the l40s SE. Highs Sun in the
m-u50s. Lows Sun night from the l30s N and W to the u30s-around
40F SE. Highs Mon in the u50s-around 60F on the eastern shore
to the 60s elsewhere. Lows Mon night in the u30s NW to the m40s
SE. Highs Tue again in the u50s-around 60F on the eastern shore
to the 60s elsewhere. Highs Wed in the 60s on the eastern shore
to the 70s elsewhere.
.AVIATION /19Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
CIGS between 3-7K Ft will prevail as a trough of low pressure
sags SE across the area today. Spotty light rain/shwrs possible
mainly across the Piedmont extending east towards the Ches Bay
through the daylight hours. Not enough to warrant a prevailing
condition in the RIC/PHF TAF but did include a VSCH. Kept the
coastal TAFS dry for now. Data suggesting additional moisture
in the lower levels tonight resulting in patchy fog. Went
with MVFR VSBYS after midnight.
OUTLOOK...Complex frontal system will affect the area late in the
week with small chances for showers Thu and Thu night. A strong cold
front passes through the Mid Atlantic States Saturday with a chance
for showers and thunderstorms. High pressure and dry weather returns
No headlines into the weekend. Predominantly SSE winds aob 15 kt
through Fri night. Waters ranging from 1-2 ft waves over the
Ches Bay and 2-3 ft seas over cstl wtrs. With lo pres invof FL
Thu pushing off the southeast coast Fri...guidance indicating
some increasing long period swell moving up to the local area
wtrs for Fri-Sat w/ seas building to 4-6 ft...which would lead
to SCA headlines along the coast starting around Fri night. Some
increase in SSW winds resulting from WAA Sat...though speeds
expected to remain below SCA. Cold front crosses the waters Sat
night...to be followed by a period of modest low level CAA. SCAs
likely Sat night through Sun morning before winds wane to end
of the weekend.
Feb 2017 is shaping up to rank among the warmest on record
given continued warmth over the next week. Daily record highs
are listed below for Thu and Fri, with the top 3 warmest
February`s on record listed below that. Expecting RIC, ORF, ECG
to be at least into the top 3 warmest (and possibly the
warmest). SBY looks on track to be 4th or 5th warmest.
Daily Record Highs for Thursday 2/23 and Friday 2/24:
RIC 75 in 1985 82 in 1985
ORF 79 in 1975 82 in 2012
SBY 74 in 1943 77 in 2012
ECG 77 in 1975 79 in 1985
Warmest February`s on record:
1) 49.9 (1890)
2) 48.5 (1976)
3) 48.1 (1884)
1) 52.4 (1890)
2) 50.5 (1909)
3) 50.1 (1990)
1) 46.1 (1976)
2) 45.8 (1984)
3) 45.7 (1925)
1) 52.1 (1990)
2) 51.8 (1939)
3) 50.3 (1976)