Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Wilmington, OH

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FXUS61 KILN 201926

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Wilmington OH
326 PM EDT WED JUL 20 2016

High pressure will extend across the region through Friday. A
weakening front will push through Friday night. The high will
build back in for the weekend with very warm and humid air
remain in place.


Weak disturbance bringing widely scattered shra/isolated thunder
to far southwest fcst area this evening. Will have small pop to
account for this. Should see dry conditions rest of night and
typical summer night with lows near guidance.


Increasing heat and humidity will be the main focus with first
heat headlines of the summer possible for Friday. High pressure
ridge will keep any convection minimal through Friday morning.
Temperatures are certainly heating up along with increasing dew
points. This will lead to Heat indices in the mid and upper 90s
for Thursday and should top out around and just above the 100
degree mark by Friday. Will hold off any heat headlines for now
but continue to mention in HWO. Bigger question mark is amount of
convection for Friday afternoon into Friday night. With weak front
pushing down expect scattered coverage at least for the late
afternoon and evening with diminishing trend through the night
Friday night. Again temps near or just above guidance through


At 12Z on Saturday...the ILN forecast area will be situated on the
nern periphery of a massive flat/strong ridge centered from the ern
Pacific all the way across to the mid-atlantic coast. Two
anticyclone centers /~595dm at 500mb/ will anchor this ridge over
Missouri and southern California. Several shortwave troughs will be
found at 12Z in the modestly strong subtropical jet stream atop this
flat ridge...a broad/weak trough crossing sern Canada/New England
and a stronger/sharper trough in Montana.

The story through this entire period will be 1) heat and humidity
and 2) low predictability threats for storms.  The impacts will most
definitely be felt on a more widespread basis from heat and everyone will get in on this action. In
particular,Saturday/Sunday will pose the most heat threat although
Monday may be oppressive depending on frontal timing. Impacts from
storms will be fairly typical for mid/late July...expect slow moving
storms with potential for downbursts and localized flooding via
excessive rain rates.

Details/predictability issues...right off the bat there`s a
heat/humidity issue given all global models wanting to slip a weak
front (attendant to southeast Canada/New England shortwave mentioned
above) into Ohio/Indiana. There will be good drying north of this
boundary...and some recent runs /06Z GEFS mean and GFS
deterministic/ blow this boundary all the way into KY suggesting a
respite from oppressive 70+ dwpts. Not buying it -- think recent
20.12z runs of NAM/CMC/ECMWF/GFS showing front hanging up over
northern OH to be more realistic...thus expect heat advisory level
impacts to continue across all but perhaps the far north/east on
Saturday...and for sure into Sunday.  Given 925mb temps and blend of
2m Td...seems reasonable to expect low/mid 90s and low/mid 70s dwpts
with heat indices 100-105F most locations. This front will likely
spark isold/sct convection Sat aftn/night given strong instability.
Given expected weakness in tropospheric flow /effective bulk shears
< 20kts both days/ these storms will slow moving...prodigious rain
producers with a higher overall threat for localized flash flooding
and localized downbursts or small periods/swaths of wind damage if
cold pools can merge.

On Sunday night/Monday...the MT shortwave mentioned above should be
crossing to the north of the Great Lakes and will likely be the
impetus for better storm coverage/development but timing is
concerning which may bring better rain chances Sunday night. A
little better flow with the wave may allow for a little better storm
coverage/organization/severity if a Monday frontal passage occurs at
peak heating.

On Tues/Wed...some relief though height falls will be rather modest
and cooling too. Expect temps/dwpts to fall back to more seasonable
summertime values during this time.


Few cumulus this afternoon will dissipate with loss of heating.
Cumulus may start to develop before the end of the TAF period.
Cannot rule out some mist at KLUK overnight. Otherwise VFR will
prevail. Light winds...generally from a southerly direction...will

OUTLOOK...Thunderstorms possible Sunday.




NEAR TERM...Padgett
SHORT TERM...Padgett
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