Area Forecast Discussion
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646 FXUS62 KILM 271900 AFDILM Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wilmington NC 300 PM EDT Sat May 27 2017 .SYNOPSIS...
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A front will be stalled well to our north over the weekend only allowing for scattered storms locally. Another front will stall near the area beginning Tuesday keeping the weather a bit unsettled.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 3 PM Saturday...Short-wave energy was evident in water vapor animations moving quickly toward the E-ESE across KY this mid afternoon. Showers and a few TSTMS ahead the impulses aloft are expected to develop either side of the NC/VA border by late afternoon, scooting quickly ESE from Chesapeake Bay southward to the outer banks of NC by middle evening. Another impulse may bring convection toward our far western I-95 zones into the late evening although diurnal cooling should either weaken it or keep it mainly elevated late tonight. The SPC maintains slight risk N and W of SE NC and NE SC, but a `marginal` risk area encompassing our interior NW zones late tonight. Temperatures were approaching 90 degrees inland this afternoon with dewpoints in the mid 60s. A similar set-up appears in the cards for Sunday with impulses in swift, near-zonal flow aloft approaching NC in the afternoon to coincide with strong diurnal heating. The SPC consequently paints a `slight risk` area just north of the corner of SE NC with a `marginal risk` swath across the northern half of our zones. Damaging winds and large hail will be the primary threat for Sunday. A degree or 2 hotter Sunday 93-90 inland and 85-89 closer to the coast. Lows tonight lower 70s near the coast and upper 60s inland.
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&& .SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 300 PM Saturday... A flat upper ridge will be over Florida at the start of the period. It will progress eastward and increase in amplitude as the period progresses. This will tend to shunt most shortwave energy and thus impetus for storm development to our north, even as a weak front moves through Sunday night. But whereas most of the activity will be concentrated to our north we should still have isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms plaguing the region likely driven by mesoscale processes. Given the ample instability in place any storm will be capable of low end severe wind and hail, possibly bolstered by the presence of some weak shear through the column. Temperatures will be running a bit above climatology.
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&& .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
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The mid level pattern will show more amplitude across the Eastern U.S. with a broad trough at least initially dipping into the Ohio Valley with ridging off to the southeast. This will keep the pattern somewhat unsettled with ample moisture and several shortwaves. Differences in the global solutions as to timing of course but reconciling the various solutions yields the highest pops, at least for this package occurring Tuesday and once again Friday and Saturday when the mid level flow weakens considerably with an old baroclinic zone providing an impetus for activity oriented east to west. No real fronts pushing through to provide any appreciable airmass change with highs and lows maintaining levels a couple of degrees above average.
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&& .AVIATION /18Z SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 18Z...VFR conditions will prevail as a near typical summer pattern prevails across the Carolinas this TAF cycle. West-southwest winds will become stronger this afternoon and from the from the south at the MYR and CRE airports with this afternoon`s seabreeze. A disturbance approaching from the west may help develop cumulus/altocumulus clouds with bases in the 6000-foot range tonight with isolated showers possible mainly at KLBT and KILM aft 00Z. Extended Outlook...Brief MVFR/IFR conditions are possible in scattered showers and thunderstorms Sunday Evening, and again Monday Night through Tuesday. && .MARINE...
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NEAR TERM /THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/... As of 3 PM Saturday...Summer-like pattern prevails this period and after-all, it is almost summer. Broad high pressure centered east of Bermuda, extending to Florida will remain anchored in similar fashion through Sunday. This feature with weak troughing inland will sustain 10-15 KT SW winds through Sunday with occasional gusts to 20 KT, especially the afternoons and evenings, as a robust sea breeze circulation plays out. A few strong storms may rake the waters late tonight north of, or around Surf City, and north of Cape Fear Sunday evening. Some of the storms could be quite strong moving generally W to E or to the ESE. The sea state will be a mix of 2-3 foot SW waves every 4-5 seconds and SE waves 1-2 feet every 7 seconds. SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/... As of 300 PM Saturday...A weak frontal boundary crossing the waters late Sunday night will turn the flow from SW to more westerly. The development of a piedmont trough will turn the flow back to the SW as Monday progresses. Only minor fluctuations in the overall 2 to 3 ft seas forecast is expected. LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 300 PM Saturday...Its mostly a show of Bermuda High pressure and a summertime pattern with a south to southwest flow throuigh the period. There may be some local and temporary distortion of wind fields due to expected convection but the overall synoptic pattern should remain the same. Significant seas will be 2-4 feet.
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&& .ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... SC...None. NC...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...MBB NEAR TERM...MJC SHORT TERM...MBB LONG TERM...SHK AVIATION...MJC

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