Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KAKQ 211850 AFDAKQ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wakefield VA 250 PM EDT SUN AUG 21 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front will cross the Mid Atlantic region through tonight. High pressure builds in from the northwest Monday and remains over the area for much of the upcoming week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM MONDAY MORNING/...
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Warm/humid afternoon across the FA w/ vrb clouds and SSW wnds averaging 10-20 mph. Temps from the u80s-l90s...w/ heat indices near 100F. Isolated-SCT shras/tstms continuing to pop...mainly interior eastern VA so far this afternoon. A little more organized area of shras/tstms exiting the higher terrain and approaching far WNW counties. Parameters for strong/severe tstms not that impressive (thus far). Highest effective shear N of the FA...dCAPE low (limiting potential for downdrafts)...winds aloft relatively weak. Overall CU field having difficulty attaining signficant vertical extent. Models remain weak w/ convective parameters through this evening as cold front from the W arrives. A bit better SRH possible for areas NNE of RIC (to the Lower MD Eastern Shore) where convection may attempt to consolidate this evening (before exiting). Shras/possible tstms shift to the coast after midnight...then end late. Partial clearing expected wrn portions as winds shift to NW (post cold front) and drier air begins to arrive. Lows in the l-m60s NW to l70s SE. NNW winds to become gusty by late tonight (highest ern portion/along the coast).
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Cold front pushes well S and E of the FA on be followed by sfc hi pres building into the region from the NW. Much drier/more comfortable air will be overspreading the FA during the day. N winds will be a bit gusty (highest E portion/at the coast) in the morning before waning. FEW/SCT CU...otherwise mostly sunny w/ highs in the m80s. Sfc hi pres settles over the area Mon night through Tue before drifting slowly off the coast into Wed. Expecting continued dry and pleasant through the period. The wind (averaging aob 10 mph) will become NE Tue...then continue into Wed. Highs Tue-Wed ranging from the u70s/l80s at the the l-m80s inland. Morning lows in the u50s-l60s the m60s for SE coastal locations. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/... Surface ridge axis locates along the coast Thursday as surface winds become south to southeast. Further modification of dewpoints and temperatures expected, but dry conditions prevail. Daytime temps warm into the upper 80`s across the area (cooler again nearest the coast). Medium range guidance is less amplified than 24 hours ago with a northern stream trough digging into the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. The result is a slower and weaker cold front for late in the week. Have silent POPs for Friday now with the slower frontal timing, with highs warming into the upper 80`s to low 90`s thanks to southerly winds. The front progged to now drop into the area Friday night, but with upper level high pressure over the Southeast states, it will be difficult for the front to push through the area. Guidance also indicates limited moisture along the front, so will keep POPs silent Friday night and Saturday as well. Warm again Saturday with highs in the upper 80`s to low 90`s. && .AVIATION /19Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... A cold front approaching from the nw will move across the region through 04Z, bringing an increasing chc of showers/tstms this afternoon and early evening. A few showers/tstms are developing as of 1730Z, but expect the greatest coverage to be between 20Z and 00Z. A much drier airmass arriving behind the cold front late tonight and Monday, persists through Thursday as high pressure builds over the region. A 4 to 6 hour period of gusty NW winds expected in the 11Z to 17Z time frame Monday at KSBY/KORF/KPHF, during period of strongest cold advection behind the front. Otherwise, after this evening, VFR and light winds will prevail into midweek. && .MARINE... Weak frontal boundary remains over the region early this morning. Winds are generally south to southeast at or below 10 knots. Waves 1- 2 feet and seas 2 feet. A cold front currently over the Ohio Valley drops into the area this afternoon, and crosses the waters this evening. Southerly winds increase to 10-15 knots ahead of the front this afternoon, with seas increasing to 2-3 feet. A northwest surge is expected over the waters tonight as low level cold air advection combines with low level winds of 25 to 30 knots and warm waters. Speeds increase to 15 to 25 knots, with several hours late tonight of solid 20 knots winds over the Bay. Waves build to 3-4 feet late tonight along with seas of 3-5 feet, highest 20 nautical miles out. SCA headlines were raise late last night for all waters, including several hours of SCA conditions in the eastern Virginia rivers. High pressure nudges in from the west Monday morning as cold air advection wanes and gradient winds relax. Expect SCA conditions to subside by late Monday morning or early Monday afternoon with northernly winds subsiding to 10-15 knots. The surface high builds north of the waters Monday night and Tuesday, as flow becomes northeast at 10-15 knots. Onshore, sub-SCA flow persists through Thursday as high pressure slides off the Northeast coast. The next front approaches the region Friday, but stalls over or north of the waters early next weekend. && .EQUIPMENT... Due to an azimuth motor failure, the KAKQ 88D will be out of service until sometime on Monday. && .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...None. NC...None. VA...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 6 PM this evening to noon EDT Monday for ANZ630>632-634>638. Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 10 AM EDT Monday for ANZ633. Small Craft Advisory from 4 AM to noon EDT Monday for ANZ650- 652-654-656-658. && $$ SYNOPSIS...AJZ/ALB NEAR TERM...AJZ/ALB SHORT TERM...AJZ/ALB LONG TERM...SAM AVIATION...AJZ/WRS MARINE...SAM/TMG/WRS EQUIPMENT... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.