Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KILM 261026 AFDILM AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC 526 AM EST THU FEB 26 2015 .SYNOPSIS... LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE OFF TO THE NORTHEAST TODAY BRINGING A SLOW END TO THE RAINFALL. SOME LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE IS POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING FAR INLAND. A WEDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD DOWN THE COAST FRIDAY AND THROUGH THE WEEKEND BRINGING DRIER WEATHER BUT WITH VERY COLD TEMPERATURES. MOISTURE WILL RETURN EARLY NEXT WEEK BUT WITH MORE SEASONABLE TEMPERATURES. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... AS OF 430 AM THURSDAY...MAIN PCPN SHIELD WILL BECOME ORIENTED NORTH AND EAST OF THE FA DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS. CURRENT PCPN OVER THE ILM COASTAL AND OFFSHORE WATERS...WILL MOVE NEARLY PARALLEL TO THE CAROLINA COASTLINES OF THE ILM CWA THIS MORNING. THIS AREA OF PCPN IS TRACKING AND OCCURRING ALONG THE COASTAL AND OFFSHORE WATERS WHERE THE COASTAL FRONT/TROF LIES...WHICH IS PARALLEL TO THE IMMEDIATE CAROLINA COASTS. THE DEEPENING SFC LOW IS CURRENTLY MOVING ALONG IT THAT IS NOW IN THE VICINITY OF CAPE FEAR ATTM. VARIOUS COASTAL 88D RADARS INDICATE A MORE CONVECTIVE LOOK TO THE PCPN OVER THE ADJACENT ATL WATERS DUE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF INSTABILITY...MAINLY ALOFT...COMPLEMENTS OF THE MILD 60+ DEGREE SSTS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE GULFSTREAM. DO NOT EXPECT ANY OF THIS CONVECTION TO MOVE ONSHORE. AS THE SFC LOW FURTHER INTENSIFIES AS IT PUSHES FURTHER NE TOWARD CAPE HATTERAS THIS MORNING...SOME CAA ADVECTION ON ITS BACKSIDE WILL OVERSPREAD THE FA UNDER NW-N FLOW. WITH THE BEST UVVS AND DYNAMICS NORTH OF THE FA AFTER DAYBREAK THU...ANY PCPN THAT FALLS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY WILL BE VERY LIGHT RAIN OR DRIZZLE. THE QUESTION RESIDES...WILL THERE BE ENOUGH SFC BASED COLD AIR AVBL ACROSS THE WINTER WX ADV OUTLINE TO SUPPORT LIGHT FREEZING RAIN OR LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE...PRIOR TO THE PCPN COMPLETELY COMING TO AN END LATE THIS MORNING. LOOKING AT VARIOUS MODEL BUFR SOUNDINGS AND PROGS...THERE IS JUST ENOUGH SUPPORT FOR COLD AIR TO BECOME AVBL FOR LIGHT FREEZING PCPN ACROSS THE CURRENT WWA OUTLINE. THEREFORE...DID NOT MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE WWA ISSUED MUCH EARLIER THIS MORNING. ONCE SFC BASED TEMPS INCREASE ABOVE 32 BY LATE THIS MORNING ACROSS THE WWA AREA...THE THREAT FOR FREEZING PCPN WILL COME TO AN END. FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE AFTN AND TONIGHT...PLENTY OF LOW LEVEL MOISTURE TO EXIST FROM THE SFC THRU 8H. THUS...THE FA WILL BE LOOKING AT A LOW STRATIFORM DECK OF CLOUDS ALL DAY BASICALLY AND INTO THIS EVENING. AM NOT QUITE A BELIEVER THAT ENOUGH MIXING FROM THE VERTICAL WILL CLEAR SKIES OUT LATER THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT...THUS WILL KEEP A VARIABLE OR MOSTLY CLOUDY SKY INTO TOMORROW MORNING. AS FOR TEMPS...LEANED TOWARD THE LOWER SIDE OF THE AVAILABLE MODEL MOS GUIDANCE. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 300 AM THURSDAY...DRY BUT COLD FOR THE SHORT TERM AS A WEDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BECOMES ENTRENCHED ALONG THE EAST COAST. THIS HIGH DEVELOPS BEHIND A COLD FRONT FROM THURSDAY...AND IS INTENSIFIED BY PERSISTENT CONFLUENCE ALOFT. FORECAST PROFILES SUGGEST A LOT OF SUNSHINE FRI/SAT...BUT THESE STRONG WEDGES ARE FREQUENTLY ACCOMPANIED BY A LOT OF LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE ON THE NE FLOW...WHICH MANIFEST AS LOW LEVEL CLOUDS. THUS...WILL NOT BE AS OPTIMISTIC AS THE GUIDANCE WITH SUNSHINE FOR THE WEEKEND. IT WILL BE DRY HOWEVER. THIS IS GOOD BECAUSE TEMPERATURES WILL BE SOLIDLY 15-20 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...WITH SATURDAY THE COLDER DAY. HIGHS FRIDAY WILL STRUGGLE INTO THE LOW-TO-MID 40S ON FRIDAY...AND A FEW DEGREES COOLER ON SATURDAY WHEN SOME PLACES WON`T EVEN CRACK 40. LOWS BOTH NIGHTS WILL BE SIMILARLY COLD...FALLING INTO THE 20S MOST LOCATIONS...WITH A FEW MORE LOW 30S SATURDAY NIGHT AS CLOUD COVER INCREASES. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... AS OF 300 AM THURSDAY...PATTERN CHANGE DEVELOPS...FINALLY...AS BROAD RIDGING ENVELOPS THE SOUTHEAST. THERE IS CONSIDERABLE UNCERTAINTY INTO HOW LONG THIS RIDGING WILL PERSIST...AND 2 SEPARATE COLD FRONTS NEXT WEEK COULD QUICKLY BRING US BACK TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPS...BUT FOR THIS FORECAST WILL BE SOMEWHAT OPTIMISTIC. ONE LAST WELL BELOW NORMAL DAY EXPECTED SUNDAY AS THE SURFACE WEDGE SLOWLY BEGINS TO BREAK DOWN IN RESPONSE TO MID-LEVEL DEVELOPING RIDGE. AT THE SAME TIME...A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM THE NW...AND MOISTURE WILL INCREASE WITHIN THE COLUMN. THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A LOT OF FORCING FOR SHOWERS SUNDAY...BUT THE INHERITED INCREASING POP SUNDAY NIGHT SEEMS WARRANTED. WARMER TEMPS MONDAY IMMEDIATELY AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT IN A PRE-FRONTAL AIR MASS WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY BETTER SHOWER CHANCES THANKS TO A SHORTWAVE MOVING OVERHEAD. THIS FRONT WILL BECOME ALIGNED PARALLEL TO THE FLOW LATE MONDAY INTO TUESDAY...AND WILL STALL IN THE VICINITY BEFORE LIFTING BACK NORTH BY WEDNESDAY. THIS LEAVES TUESDAY AS THE BIGGEST QUESTION MARK WITH RESPECT TO TEMPS...BUT EXPECT JUST BELOW NORMAL TEMPS WITH CONTINUED POTENTIAL FOR SHOWERS. A MORE SIGNIFICANT WARMUP IS ON TAP FOR WEDNESDAY ON RETURN FLOW AND CONTINUED MID-LEVEL RIDGING...BUT UNSETTLED WEATHER WILL PERSIST AS ANOTHER COLD FRONT APPROACHES THE AREA. && .AVIATION /12Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... AS OF 06Z...MODERATE TO HEAVY PRECIPITATION CONTINUES ACROSS THE TERMINALS EARLY THIS THU AM...WITH ALL TERMINALS FLUCTUATING WITH MVF AND IFR...AND EVEN OCCASIONALLY VFR CONDITIONS. FORECAST THAT! RELATIVELY HIGH CONFIDENCE THAT THE AREA TERMINALS WILL BE TOTALLY DOMINATED BY IFR THROUGH DAYBREAK FROM BOTH CEILINGS AND VSBY...AND MAINLY FROM CEILINGS THERE-AFTER THRU SUNSET THU. HAVE REMOVED ALL MENTION OF -SN AND -PL FROM THE FORECAST AS MODEL SOUNDINGS AND OOZ LOCAL RAOBS AND MODEL DATA INDICATE A DEEP WARM LAYER IN THE LOWER LEVELS. AFTER THE PASSAGE OF THE LOW TO THE EAST OF THE ILM CWA...WINDS BACK TO THE NW-N WITH A RETURN OF SOME COLD AIR AT THE SFC. MAY BE COLD ENOUGH TO INCLUDE A PERIOD OF FZRN OR FZDL TOWARD DAYBREAK...AND UP TO SEVERAL HOURS THERE-AFTER. ALL PCPN SHOULD END BY MID TO LATE MORNING...WITH THE LOWER LEVELS REMAINING MOIST DOWN TO THE SFC...RESULTING IN A LOW CLOUD DECK THRUOUT DAYLIGHT THU...AND PARTIALLY INTO THE EVENING BEFORE SOME DRY AIR MIXES IN TO RAISE THE LOW STRATIFORM CEILINGS. WINDS INITIALLY WILL STAY ACTIVE AND GUSTY UP TO 20 KT FROM THE N-NE... THEN SLOWLY BACK TO NW-NNW AND DIMINISH LATER TODAY INTO TONIGHT. EXTENDED OUTLOOK...VFR CONDITIONS FRIDAY THRU SATURDAY...MVFR/IFR POSSIBLE LATE SUNDAY INTO MONDAY. && .MARINE... .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... AS OF 500 AM THURSDAY...SCA TO CONTINUE ACROSS ALL WATERS THRU THIS AFTN. THE SUB 1000MB SFC LOW HAS JUST PASSED OFF CAPE FEAR...AND IS MOVING NE ALONG THE STALLED COASTAL FRONT/TROF RESIDING JUST OFFSHORE AND PARALLEL TO THE CAROLINA COASTS FROM CAPE ROMAIN TO CAPE HATTERAS. THIS SFC LOW WILL FURTHER INTENSIFY AS IT ACCELERATES TO THE NE...REACHING CAPE HATTERAS BY MID-MORNING AT ROUGHLY JUST ABOVE 990 MB INTENSITY. THE AREA WATERS WILL BE SUBJECT TO STRONG SCA NNW-NNE WINDS THIS MORNING DUE TO THE TIGHTENED SFC PG. WITH THE LOW PUSHING TO NE AT FAST PACE...THE SFC PG WILL QUICKLY BEGIN TO RELAX BY NOON AND FURTHER RELAX THIS AFTN RESULTING IN WIND SPEEDS DROPPING BELOW SCA THRESHOLDS BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. AS QUICKLY AS THE SIGNIFICANT SEAS BUILT TO THEIR CURRENT OF 5 TO 8 FT RANGE THIS MORNING...THE OFFSHORE TRAJECTORY TO THE WIND REGIME WILL PRODUCE A SUBSIDING TREND ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS THEY BUILT UP EARLIER. WIND DRIVEN WAVES TO DOMINATE THE SIG. SEAS SPECTRUM...WITH AVERAGE PERIODS RUNNING 4 TO 6 SECONDS. SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 300 AM THURSDAY...WEDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP AND STRENGTHEN ALONG THE COAST THROUGH THE SHORT TERM. THIS PRODUCES PERSISTENT N/NE WINDS BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...WITH SPEEDS INCREASING INTO SATURDAY WHEN THE WEDGE BECOMES MOST INTENSE. SPEEDS OF 10-15 KTS EARLY FRIDAY WILL RISE GRADUALLY...BECOMING STRONGEST ON SATURDAY WHEN SPEEDS WILL REACH 20-25 KTS. VERY LATE SATURDAY NIGHT WINDS WILL BEGIN TO EASE AS THE WEDGE STARTS TO BREAK DOWN. THE HIGHEST SEAS WILL OCCUR LATE FRIDAY NIGHT AND THROUGH MUCH OF SATURDAY...WHEN 4-6 FT SEAS WILL BE COMMON...AND AN SCA IS LIKELY. OTHERWISE...SEAS WILL BE 2-4 FT BOTH BEFORE THE SMALL CRAFT CONDITIONS...AND AGAIN AFTER IT SATURDAY NIGHT. LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... AS OF 300 AM THURSDAY...WEAKENING WEDGE JUST INLAND FROM THE COAST WILL LEAVE EASING NE WINDS MUCH OF SUNDAY...EVENTUALLY VEERING TO THE SOUTH AROUND 10 KTS BY MONDAY MORNING. WIND DIRECTION WILL VEER FURTHER TO THE SW AND INCREASE TO 10-15 KTS MONDAY AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT...BUT THEN SHIFT ABRUPTLY BACK TO THE NORTH AT THE END OF THE PERIOD BEHIND ITS PASSAGE. WAVE HEIGHTS THROUGH THE EXTENDED WILL HOVER AROUND 2-4 FT...BUT A NE WIND CHOP WILL DOMINATE THE SPECTRUM ON SUNDAY...WHILE A SOUTHERLY WIND WAVE WILL DEVELOP ON MONDAY. && .ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... SC...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL NOON EST TODAY FOR SCZ017-023- 024. NC...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL NOON EST TODAY FOR NCZ087-096- 105. MARINE...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR AMZ250- 252-254-256. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JDW NEAR TERM...DCH SHORT TERM...JDW LONG TERM...JDW AVIATION...DCH

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