Area Forecast Discussion
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779 FXUS62 KILM 222001 AFDILM Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wilmington NC 301 PM EST Wed Feb 22 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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Temperatures will remain well above normal this week. A weak trough may bring spotty showers to the region early Thursday. Near record highs are possible Friday. A cold front approaching from the west, will bring a slight chance of showers Saturday. Cooler and drier air will build into the area Saturday night and linger for the start of next week. Shower chances will increase during the middle of next week as a cold front approaches from the west.
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&& .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING/...
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As of 3 PM Wednesday...SE-E low level wind flow to prevail now through the overnight period. Fog late tonight not a slam dunk for any one location, but given the impeding effects of cloud cover, did include patches after midnight, and a few segments of low level stratus may develop. Isolated coastal showers late tonight to daybreak Thursday a possibility as moderate cumulus tracks SE to NW landward. All this in part to a low pressure system crossing FL tonight with a rain shield extending north from it and high pressure off the Outer banks. Lows to settle slowly into the middle and upper 50s to around 60 at the beaches in onshore flow.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 3 PM Wednesday...As the low pressure system moves seaward off the Treasure Coast of FL daybreak Thursday, and across the Bahamas through the day, a slight chance of an ocean shower near the coast locally remains intact, tapering late in the day. Should be a multi-layered mix of low/mid/high clouds, but partly sunny at times through the changeable sky portrait. The warmth entrenched amid the upper level ridging will allow max temps well into the 70s Thursday despite the clouds. As the low loosens it grip to sea Friday with an upper ridge in place, very warm, to record breaking highs on tap, upper 70s to around 80 away from the cooling affects of sea temperatures. No cold air this period with lows in the 50s Thursday and Friday nights.
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&& .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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As of 3 PM Wednesday...Cold front will be pushed across the area late Sat with southerly flow and subsidence ahead of the front contributing to temps well above climo. Front is likely to pass dry for most areas but cannot rule out an evening shower, especially across inland NC. Will maintain inherited slight chc pop but confidence in measurable rainfall is low. Cold advection Sat night into Sun will drop temps back to where they should be for late Feb however, cooler temps are short lived. Mid level pattern transitions to progressive for the start of the work week as the 5h trough lifts northeast. Passage of a warm front Mon may not be accompanied by any rainfall but it will begin a period of warm advection, pushing temps above climo. Low pressure moving northeast through the OH valley will drag a surface trough across the area early Tue. The 5h feature associated with the surface low is weak and deamplifying as it lifts into the northeast so there is really no cold advection behind the boundary. There may be some light isolated shower activity with the trough passage Mon night and Tue, will carry silent pop for now. Deep west flow behind the front Tue helps warm and dry the region with flow becoming more southwest on Wed. Increasing warm advection ahead of approaching cold front will push temps well above climo Tue night through Wed night and may lead to some convection late Wed or Wed night, just ahead of the front.
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&& .AVIATION /20Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 18Z...VFR expected for the most part with ceilings generally limited to cirrus level. Some transient clouds cannot be ruled out at around 5kft however in the onshore flow. Inland terminals may also have a very brief MVFR visibility but the high clouds should preclude anything more. Extended Outlook...Isolated showers through Thursday. Showers possible Saturday with a cold front. Otherwise expect VFR. && .MARINE...
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NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 3 PM Wednesday...Seas 2.5-3.5 feet, mainly in E-SE wave energy in mixed periods of 6 seconds and 8-9 seconds, chiseled with a moderate wind chop. This regime will hold for the most part overnight with a few showers moving inshore by the pre-dawn hours. NO TSTMS expected and no dense marine fog expected, but a light sea mist of 4-5 NM is possible in the balmy onshore flow. Winds SE-ESE prevails between 7-17 KT through early Thursday. SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... As of 3 PM Wednesday...As a low pressure system tonight, moves across FL then offshore THU/FRI, winds will tend to ENE-E THU and NE FRI. No Advisories appear to be needed although inshore winds may gust to 20 KT both THU/FRI afternoon. Late Friday into early Saturday we may see the arrival SE waves of 3-6 feet arriving in 8-10 seconds intervals. Isolated marine showers should be expected Thursday but they will pull to sea on Friday. NO TSTMS expected this period. LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 3 PM Wednesday...Increasing southwest flow Sat into Sat night will become northwest overnight as a cold front moves east across the waters. Ahead of the front pinched gradient results in solid 20 kt southwest flow. Following the front, the gradient and presence of cold advection will maintain solid 20 kt offshore winds through daybreak. Speeds decrease during Sun, dropping under 15 kt in the afternoon but remain northwest into the evening before dropping under 10 kt and backing to southwest for Monday. Southwest flow Mon will be 10 kt or less. Seas 4 to 5 ft Sat into Sun steadily decrease from 2 to 4 ft to 2 to 3 ft Sun and will be 2 ft or less Mon.
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&& .ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... SC...None. NC...None. MARINE...None. && $$ NEAR TERM...MJC SHORT TERM...MJC LONG TERM...III AVIATION...MBB

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