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000 FXUS62 KFFC 280817 AFDFFC Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Peachtree City GA 417 AM EDT THU JUL 28 2016 .SHORT TERM /Today through Friday/...
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Should be fairly quiet this morning with some mid level stratus across the north and west eventually mixing with CU field development by mid/late morning around 5Kft. The sub-tropical high anchored off the SE coast that has seemingly dominated our sensible weather will become somewhat shunted to the southeast as a mid-level impulse moves through the TN valley today. This disturbance will act as a mechanism for better convective organization, especially across the northern tier. With sufficient CAPE values, shear and marginal mid-level lapse rates, feel today may be the better day of the work week to see thunderstorm activity, mainly across the north half of the CWA. Due to higher shear and the mid-level impulse crossing to the north, convection could also be a bit better organized with straight-line winds being the main impact. Not sure how much of this activity across the higher terrain will translate southward with outflows possibly initiated shower/thunderstorm development during the late afternoon across the Piedmont. Hard to pin-point that aspect, but anticipate precipitation activity to slowly wind down through the evening hours. Apart from this main forecast challenge, should be fairly quiet elsewhere with gusty SW winds given the tighter pressure gradient in place. Highs in the upper 80s to upper 90s from NW to SE respectively, apart from the low/mid 80s across the higher terrain. Anticipate some lingering cloud cover from convective debris overnight with light southwest winds. Lows in the low/mid 70s. Although we start to get on the lee side of the trough across the west, there is no real vort max in the low/mid levels to aid in convective initiation. Therefore, feel shower/thunderstorm activity will be limited Friday, perhaps initiating on any linger outflow boundaries from the previous day. SW winds will continue, although albeit not as gusty. Highs in the upper 80s to mid-upper 90s across the SE tier. 26
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&& .LONG TERM /Friday Night through Wednesday/...
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Primary concern in the long term period is increasing chance for diurnal convection compared with last few days. While overall pattern of zonal flow along northern CONUS (latitudes north of 40deg N) and ridging further south will persist, broad troughing to persist and deepen a little over midwest states through this weekend before upper ridging over the central US builds north and east next week. With weak southwest flow aloft across the southeast ahead of broad troughing to the north, should see increased moisture and increased convection, both in coverage and intensity, as a result. No one day to focus on for heavier rainfall or more widespread convection. Guidance blend of 30-50pct PoP looks good for most afternoon and evenings, but particularly on Sun thru Tues. Fortunately, with more clouds and precip, temps will drop closer to seasonal norms or just above instead of more recent streak of near or above 100F in parts of CWA. Unless we get a lot of rain, temps may creep back up to these levels by middle of next week though. Another concern, though not a direct threat at this time, is more active tropical development in the Atlantic basin. Last few deterministic GFS/ECMWF runs have become consistent in developing a weak tropical low/wave that moves into Caribbean and possibly south FL early next week. GGEM even more aggressive with tropical development both in south Atlantic and in Caribbean Sea. Of course can`t pin down anything specific yet. Just pointing out that Atlantic basin becoming more active and needs to be watched more closely. SNELSON
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&& .AVIATION... 06Z Update... VFR conditions expected through most of the TAF period with mostly clear skies observed tonight. Do not anticipate widespread low stratus this morning, but may see BKN mid level deck form by sunrise. CU development by late morning around 5-6Kft. Southwest winds will increase through the morning hours topping out in the afternoon with momentum transport illustrating gusts up to 18-20kt. Convective coverage will be highest north of the metro TAF sites, so have kept VCSH in from 18-01Z. Any precip will dwindle after sunset. //ATL Confidence...06Z Update... High confidence on all elements. && .PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS... Athens 96 73 93 74 / 20 20 30 20 Atlanta 92 72 89 74 / 20 20 30 20 Blairsville 86 69 84 67 / 40 40 50 40 Cartersville 91 72 88 72 / 30 30 40 30 Columbus 95 74 94 75 / 20 20 20 20 Gainesville 91 72 88 73 / 30 30 40 20 Macon 98 74 97 75 / 10 10 20 20 Rome 91 72 89 71 / 50 40 50 40 Peachtree City 93 73 90 73 / 20 20 30 20 Vidalia 99 74 99 76 / 10 10 20 20 && .FFC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM...26 LONG TERM....SNELSON AVIATION...26 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.