Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KILM 201853 AFDILM Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wilmington NC 253 PM EDT Tue Jun 20 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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Bermuda high pressure will remain centered offshore this week, but will continue to extend back to the west over the Eastern Carolinas. A cold front dropping southeast will stall just inland from the coast today before dissipating by Wednesday. Tropical moisture will funnel northward from the Gulf of Mexico for much of this week, further enhancing the potential for torrential rainfall, and possibly localized flooding at times.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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As of 3 PM Tuesday...Plume of tropical moisture in excess of 2 inch precipitable waters continues to stream across the eastern Carolinas per the latest microwave measurements aboard passing satellites. Very gradually am expecting the axis of heaviest rainfall to shift farther inland, coincident with the most organized low level convergence, although a myriad of outflow boundaries will allow showers or a storm just about anywhere given the soupy and unstable character. Tonight, weakening showers will linger over the deeper interior and I-95 corridor, while increasing nocturnal buoyancy and convergence offshore spawns new storms over the coastal waters poised to glance and scrape the coast and coastal interior zones overnight into daybreak Wednesday. Waves of enhanced tropical moisture will stream overhead Wed and the potential for torrential rainfall and high POP values will prevail again. Late in the day upper support will weaken as the upper trough deamplifies north of the area, although the air mass will remain in a soupy fashion into the evening. As a result, likely POPs planned for much of the area Wed.
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&& .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 3 PM Tuesday...Convection is expected to decrease in areal coverage Wednesday night as PWAT values decrease slightly, and more importantly upper support and cyclonic flow aloft wanes. Also the steering flow becomes more westerly Wednesday night and Thursday which may keep developing convection offshore from gaining a foothold to points inland. As a result, POP values revert closer to a normal summer-like pattern, although it appears column moisture will remain substantial and a healthy scattering of storms is anticipated right into Thursday. Short-wave energy will be rounding the top of a low amplitude ridge Thursday afternoon and evening with westerly steering flow so all locations will have a shot for storms/rain, coupled with max temps regaining a full early-summer feel.
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&& .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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As of 3 PM Tuesday...Seasonably warm and unsettled weather will continue through at least Monday as the Bermuda ridge retreats eastward, with a cold front slowly descending from the NW. Confidence is not high regarding an actual clean FROPA for this time of year, but a consensus of guidance for now moves the front offshore Monday night, followed by dryer and slightly cooler weather.
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&& .AVIATION /18Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 16Z...Occasional MVFR ceilings and visibilities due to scattered to numerous showers with embedded TSTMS. This regime to prevail through the current TAF cycle as TSTM motion remains from SW to NE. Isolated surface wind gusts to 35 KT in and near TSTMS. Rain heavy at times due tropical moisture may reduce VSBY to less than 1/2 mile periodically. Outside of TSTMS SW winds 5-9 KT inland and 12-17 KT near the coast. Extended Outlook...The risk for flight restrictions due to thunderstorms will continue through the period. The probability for reduced ceilings and visibility in thunderstorms with heavy rain should be highest through Wed, possibly again on Fri. && .MARINE...
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NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 3 PM Tuesday...Winds and Seas are favorable tonight through Wednesday, although the problem is scattered to numerous showers and TSTMS locally reducing visibility, while kicking up local winds and seas in and near any storms. Otherwise SW winds 10-15 KT and seas 2-3 feet outside of the storms. Seas will be dominated from a southerly direction in 5-6 second wave periods. SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... As of 3 PM Tuesday...Since Bermuda High pressure remains in place this period no major changes to winds and seas are expected this period. Essentially a continuation of SW winds 10-15 KT and seas 2-3 feet. Isolated to scattered convection is expected over the waters this period generally moving from WSW to ENE over the waters. Storms this period may march off land over the near shore waters since the flow aloft is mostly from the west. Wave direction will be mainly from the south in 6-7 second intervals. LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 3 PM Tuesday...Expect SWly winds of 10 to 15 kts on Friday increasing to 15 to 20 kts on Saturday as the gradient around the backside of the Bermuda Ridge tightens. Seas will likewise increase and it is possible that a Small Craft Advisory may need to be raised for Saturday. Some improvement is expected as the gradient again loosens on Sunday.
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&& .ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... SC...None. NC...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...99 NEAR TERM...MJC SHORT TERM...MJC LONG TERM...REK AVIATION...MJC MARINE...MJC/REK

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