Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Wilmington, NC

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000 FXUS62 KILM 281636 AFDILM AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC 1236 PM EDT THU MAY 28 2015 .SYNOPSIS... SEASONABLE WEATHER WILL PREVAIL MUCH OF THE PERIOD AS WEAK HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS OFFSHORE. DRY AIR ALOFT WILL LIMIT PRECIPITATION WITH ONLY ISOLATED ACTIVITY ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE UPCOMING WEEKEND. AN APPROACHING BUT WEAKENING COLD FRONT WILL BRING A SLIGHTLY BETTER CHANCE OF RAINSHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS EARLY NEXT WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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AS OF 1236 PM THURSDAY...NO CHANGES TO THE ONGOING FORECAST WITH THE EARLY AFTERNOON UPDATES...AS DRIER DESCENDING AIR ALOFT CAPS SURFACE-BASED AIR PARCEL CLIMBS. ACROSS THE DEEPER INTERIOR WHERE HIGHER COLUMN MOISTURE WILL LINGER LONGER...A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS REMAIN POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. A BAND OF DRY SUBSIDENT AIR ACROSS THE WESTERN PERIPHERY OF A LANDWARD MIGRATING WESTERN ATLANTIC UPPER LOW WILL CURTAIL CONVECTIVE CHANCES ACROSS SE NC AND NE SC TODAY. ISOLATED ACTIVITY HOWEVER IS EXPECTED OVER INTERIOR SE NC WESTWARD NEAR I-95 ALONG THE NC/SC STATE LINE THIS AFTERNOON AS LOW-LEVEL HEATING OCCURS PRIOR TO MID-LEVEL DRYING FARTHER INLAND. THIS ACTIVITY HOWEVER MAY BE SHOWERS ONLY IF NOT JUST MODERATE CUMULUS. GREATER COVERAGE WILL LIKELY DEVELOPMENT N AND W OF OUR AREA MORESO INTO CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA AND INLAND OF THE NC OUTER BANKS. MAXIMUMS WILL WARM TO NEAR 80 AT THE BEACHES AS WATER TEMPS CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY RISE...LOW TO MIDDLE 80S COASTAL INTERIOR AND UPPER 80S DEEPER INLAND. ANY SHOWERS THAT LINGER INTO EARLY EVENING WILL LIKELY BE LOCATED WELL INLAND...POSSIBLY TOUCHING MARLBORO COUNTY.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 3 AM THURSDAY... CONVECTION OUGHT TO BE PRETTY HARD TO COME BY ON FRIDAY SAVE FOR PERHAPS ISOLATED COVERAGE WELL INLAND. THIS IS MAINLY DUE TO SOME DRYING ALOFT AND A WEAK INVERSION DEVELOPING AROUND 700MB. INLAND HIGH TEMPS WILL BE A FEW DEGREES ABOVE CLIMO WHILE ONSHORE FLOW SHOULD TEMPER THINGS A BIT CLOSER TO THE COAST. WE DO SEE A RIBBON OF MID LEVEL MOISTURE THAT PEELS AWAY FROM THE UPPER LOW WELL OFFSHORE BUT ANY CONVECTION THAT RESULTS LIKELY ONLY AFFECTS THE WATER OVER THE GULF STREAM. THE AFOREMENTIONED INVERSION APPEARS TO MIX OUT IN FORECAST SOUNDINGS BY SATURDAY BUT THE DRY AIR APPEARS PRETTY STALWART. EXPECT A SIMILAR DAY TEMPERATURE-WISE AS WELL AS THE PROSPECTS AND FAVORED LOCATIONS FOR ANY SCANT CONVECTION. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... AS OF 3 AM THURSDAY... PATTERN CHANGES TAKING SHAPE ON SUNDAY COMPARED TO THE RELATIVELY TRANQUIL SHORT TERM. LOW LEVEL MOISTURE WILL INCREASE SLIGHTLY BUT PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY THE LIGHT MID LEVEL FLOW WILL BE TAKING ON A WEAK SOUTHWESTERLY COMPONENT AHEAD OF A SLOW MOVING SOUTHERN BRANCH TROUGH CROSSING THE MS VALLEY. WITH THESE FACTORS TAKING SHAPE SO GRADUALLY SUNDAY STILL LIKELY ONLY BRINGS SLIGHT CHANCE POPS OVER MAINLY WESTERN ZONES. PREVIOUS MODELS RUNS SUGGESTED THAT THE UPPER WAVE IN THE SOUTHERN BRANCH HELPED INCREASED MOISTURE THAT A BACKDOOR FRONT BEING PUSHED BY THE NORTHERN BRANCH MAY INTERACT WITH. AND WHILE THIS BOUNDARY SHOULD STILL SAG INTO THE AREA FOR SOME UNSETTLED WEATHER TUESDAY AND/OR WEDNESDAY IT APPEARS THAT IT WILL HAVE LITTLE HELP FROM THE SOUTHERN SYSTEM. RATHER, THIS FEATURE NOW APPEARS TO CUT OFF AND STALL. OF NOTE THIS TROUGH MAY BE INSTRUMENTAL BEYOND THE LONG TERM SETTING THE STAGE FOR HYBRID OR TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE EASTERN GOMEX...POSSIBLY AFFECTING THE REGION LATE NEXT WEEK. && .AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... AS OF 12Z...FOG AT KLBT/KFLO WILL DISSIPATE 12-1230Z. TEMPO MVFR CIGS ARE POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING AT THE COASTAL TERMINALS AS THE SEA BREEZE DEVELOPS. LOW CLOUDS SHOULD SCATTER AT THE COASTAL TERMINALS MID-LATE MORNING AS THE SEA BREEZE MOVES INLAND AND WINDS BECOME SE 10 TO 15 KT. BKN LOW VFR CIGS WILL THEN DEVELOP AT THE KFLO/KLBT TERMINALS LATE MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON AS SCATTERED SHRA AND ISOLATED TSRA BEGINS TO DEVELOP NEAR THESE TERMINALS. THE INLAND MOVING SEA BREEZE MAY ACT TO ENHANCE ACTIVITY IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE INLAND TERMINALS. NO CONVECTION EXPECTED AT THE COASTAL TERMINALS. AFTER SUNSET...CONVECTION WILL SLOWLY DISSIPATE AS WINDS SLOWLY DROP BACK TO LESS THAN 5 MPH. AFTER 08Z MVFR FOG POSSIBLE AGAIN AT KFLO/KLBT ESPECIALLY IF RAINFALL OCCURS. CONFIDENCE IS LOW HOWEVER. EXTENDED OUTLOOK...TYPICAL EARLY SUMMER PATTERN WITH MORNING FOG POSSIBLE EACH DAY AND MAINLY AFTERNOON ISOLATED/SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS. OTHERWISE EXPECT VFR. && .MARINE...
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NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... AS OF 1236 PM THURSDAY...WINDS BACKING FROM S TO ESE-SE TODAY WITH A SLIGHTLY RELAXED SFC PG...RESULTING IN WIND SPEEDS AROUND 10 KT...15 KT AT PEAK SEA BREEZE THIS AFTN AND EARLY EVENING. SIGNIFICANT SEAS AT 3 FT FROM CAPE FEAR NORTHWARD...AND 2 TO 3 FT SOUTH OF CAPE FEAR TO SOUTH SANTEE RIVER. WILL OBSERVE A BUILDING TREND TO SIGNIFICANT SEAS AS ILLUSTRATED BY WAVEWATCH3 AND LOCALLY RUN NWP IN RESPONSE TO THE INCREASING E-ESE FETCH. COULD SEE 4 FOOTERS BY DAYBREAK FRI ACROSS THE WATERS OFF CAPE FEAR. PERIODS WILL RANGE FROM 7 TO 9 SECONDS...AND COULD BE CONSIDERED A SWELL RATHER THAN JUST WIND DRIVEN WAVES. A CHOP WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE INSHORE WATERS THIS AFTN/EARLY EVENING. SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 3 AM THURSDAY... THE PRESSURE GRADIENT WILL BE QUITE WEAK ON FRIDAY AS HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE WEAKLY SPRAWLED WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE ATLANTIC MAINLY OFF THE ATLANTIC COAST. NORMALLY SUCH LIGHT FLOW (CAPPED AT 10 KT) WOULD LEAD TO VERY DIMINUTIVE SEAS. HOWEVER THE EASTERLY FETCH WILL BE LONG ENOUGH TO BRING SOME LONGER PERIOD WAVE ENERGY INTO MOST OF THE REGION. DOMINANT WAVE PERIODS ARE FORECAST TO BE 9 SECONDS. NEARSHORE PORTIONS OF BRUNSWICK ZONES WILL BE A BIT SHADOWED FROM THE SWELLS. THE ONLY DISCERNIBLE DIFFERENCE HEADING INTO SATURDAY APPEARS TO BE A SLIGHT RETREAT OF THE RIDGE AXIS BRINGING A SOUTHEASTERLY FLOW AS OPPOSED TO SOUTHEAST. LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... AS OF 3 AM THURSDAY... THE CONTINUED GRADUAL RETREAT OF WEST ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE AXIS WILL LEAD TO A SLOW VEERING THROUGH THE PERIOD. WIND SPEEDS WILL REMAIN LIGHT...GENERALLY 10 KTS OR LESS. THERE WILL LIKELY NOT BE MUCH CHANGE IN THE SEAS ALTHOUGH THE BREAKING DOWN OF THE FETCH MAY DECREASE THE SWELL ENERGY. THIS WILL BE SLIGHT HOWEVER AND MAY ONLY MANIFEST AS A SMALL DECREASE IN WAVE PERIOD RATHER THAN PREDOMINANT WAVE HEIGHT.
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&& .ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... SC...NONE. NC...NONE. MARINE...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...MBB NEAR TERM...DCH SHORT TERM...MBB/SRP LONG TERM...MBB AVIATION...MRR MARINE...

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