Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Wilmington, NC

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FXUS62 KILM 211927

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Wilmington NC
327 PM EDT THU JUL 21 2016

The cold front that passed to our south will continue to dissipate
as high pressure builds into the area and a piedmont trough
develops to our west Friday through the weekend. Temperatures
will surge back above normal for the weekend, with the
possibility of showers and thunderstorms increasing early next


As of 300 PM Thursday...Convection as was anticipated is
struggling with drier air and the the weak inversion aloft at 550
mb. A few convective towers tried to develop along the sea breeze
earlier but struggled mightily.

Current visible satellite is showing cumulus development in the
counties of Darlington, Florence, Williamsburg, Georgetown,
Marlboro, and Marion. But as of 3 PM nothing is developing over the
southwest area but areas farther to the south and west where
conditions are better convection is firing. Thus will keep a slight
chance of thunderstorms for the area mentioned above.

Overnight, skies will be mostly clear and lows will fall into the
lower 70s inland and the middle 70s at the coast.


As of 300 PM Thursday...High pressure will continue to build over
the region. Temperatures will slowly increase and low-level moisture
increases also with the high pressure dominating the region. The heat
indices will increase through the period with values at or above 105
degrees away from the coast on Saturday and Sunday when heat advisories
are expected to be posted for portions of our area.

On Saturday the Piedmont trough develops and there will be an slight
increase in chances for thunderstorms. Focus for the convection
will be along the sea-breeze front and farther to the west with
the differential heating of the Carolina Sandhills.

Highs on Friday will range from the upper 80s at the beaches to
94 inland. On Saturday, highs will range from the upper 80s on the
beaches to 96 inland. Low temperatures will be in the middle 70s
each night.


As of 300 PM Thursday...Upper level ridge holds on over the
Carolinas through early next week before breaking down a bit as a
northern stream system moves east and upper level low tracks west
from the Atlantic south of the ridge. The main ridge extending in
from the mid west will retreat westward and weaken over the
southeast but the atlantic ridge will build westward by Tues into
mid week next week. The northern stream shortwave will drive a
cold front south and east as it tracks across the Great Lakes into
New England Monday into Tuesday. This front may reach down into
North Carolina come next Wed/Thurs time frame as it gets stretched
out from west to east as ridge builds in from east and flattens

Overall, Bermuda High and Piedmont trough will be the main
players in forecast at the sfc, much of the week. The s-sw flow
around the Bermuda High will keep a more warm and humid, unstable
air mass in place with more in the way of localized convection
along sea breeze and trough inland, expected most of the week
with not too much in the way of upper level support as ridge holds
on. GFS/ECMWF both show an upper level low breaking off from
trough to the east over the atlantic and tracking westward...but
it should remain to the south of the upper ridge Mon into Tues and
should just act to displace one ridge as another builds in.

The influence of upper ridge will help to keep above normal
temperatures especially Sun/Mon as ridge extends almost directly
overhead with limited convective activity. By mid week, the
influence of the front to the north and retrogression of ridge
extending in from the Midwest should increase chc of convection
and clouds across the area which may shave a few degrees off the
max temps. Right now, it looks like heat advisory thresholds will
continue to be reached Sun through Mon and possibly into Tues
over most of the area.


As of 18Z...VFR conditions to prevail across the CWA throughout
the period. cannot rule out an isolated shower or thunderstorm
possible this afternoon in vicinity of the terminals so will
include a VCTS statement.

Winds to remain below 10 kts throughout the afternoon with winds
abating overnight after sunset to calm or less than 4 kts. May see
some patchy areas of fog and MVFR and will include in a few
terminals... mainly inland.

EXTENDED OUTLOOK...Brief periods of MVFR/IFR from isolated afternoon
convection through Monday. Otherwise expect VFR.


As of 300 PM Thursday...The front has dissipated and winds are now
northeast off the coast and southeast to south as the sea- breeze
circulation is now well established near the coast. Wind speeds
are still at 5 to 10 knots and seas are running around 3 feet. The
buoys are still detecting the 2.5 to 3 ft ground swell with a
period of 9 seconds from the southeast along the coast. Do not
anticipate a change overnight in the sea heights.

As of 300 PM Thursday...As the high pressure becomes established
the light and variable winds will shift to the southwest by Saturday.
Winds speeds will increase from the 5 to 10 knots to around 15 knots
by Saturday afternoon. Seas will be 2 to 3 feet on Thursday and increase
to 2 to 4 feet by Saturday in response to the increased southwest winds.

As of 300 PM Thursday...South to southwest winds will continue
around the Bermuda High. Winds will generally stay in the 10 to
15 kt range with a slight spike in late aftn into early eve,
enhanced by the sea breeze and piedmont trough. Seas will remain 3
ft or less with a continued 8 to 9 sec E-SE swell mixing in.





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