Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KILN 172014 AFDILN AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON OH 414 PM EDT SUN AUG 17 2014 .SYNOPSIS... A WEAK LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER SOUTHERN INDIANA WILL BEGIN TO ACCELERATE A LITTLE AS IT CONTINUES TO WEAKEN FURTHER WHILE MOVING ALONG AND JUST SOUTH OF THE OHIO RIVER. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL GENERALLY STAY FOCUSED SOUTH OF THE OHIO RIVER TONIGHT AND MONDAY NEAR THE PATH OF THE LOW...THOUGH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN OHIO AND INDIANA AS WELL IN THE VERY HUMID AND MODERATELY UNSTABLE AIRMASS. A BRIEF PERIOD DRY WEATHER IS EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY BEFORE THE NEXT WEAK COLD FRONT APPROACHES THE REGION WITH A THREAT FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. THIS FRONT WILL WASH OUT AND STALL OVER THE AREA...WITH A WARM AND VERY HUMID AIRMASS TAKING HOLD FOR THE LAST HALF OF THE WEEK INTO EARLY NEXT WEEKEND...WITH HIGHS WELL INTO THE 80S AND MILD NIGHTS IN THE 60S AND LOWER 70S. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM MONDAY MORNING/... THIS AFTERNOON OBJECTIVE RAP ANALYSIS AND OBSERVATIONAL DATA SETS /SATELLITE AND RADAR LOOPS/ CONFIRM THE WEAKENING MID LEVEL CLOSED LOW NEARLY STATIONARY OVER SOUTHWESTERN INDIANA. A WEAK COLD FRONT HAD ALSO STALLED ACROSS NORTHERN OHIO. RADAR TRENDS OVER THE LAST FEW HOURS SHOW THAT THE BULK OF STRONG FORCING/DEEPER MOISTURE RESIDED ON THE SRN/SERN FLANK OF THE UPPER LOW...WITH WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER KY/TN. THE NERN FLANK OF A SHIELD OF LGT/MOD SHOWERS/RAIN HAS STUBBORNLY BEEN ERODED AS IT MAKES INROADS INTO THE WFO ILN FORECAST AREA. SCT SHRA/TSRA WERE SLOWLY DEVELOPING ALONG THE STALLED FRONT OVER NORTHERN OHIO. MESOANALYSIS LATE THIS AFTERNOON INDICATED A PLUME OF HIGH PWAT REMAINED ATTENDANT TO THE UPPER LOW...WITH PWAT ABOUT 160% OF NORMAL OVER SRN IND/NRN KY NEAR AND JUST EAST OF THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION. A LARGE RESERVOIR OF MID 60S TO MID 70S SURFACE DEWPOINTS EXISTED NEAR THE CIRCULATION AND ESPECIALLY TO THE SOUTH/WEST. INSTBY WAS RATHER MEAGER OWING TO MOIST LAPSE RATES AND AMPLE/WIDESPREAD CLOUDS OVER MUCH OF THE AREA...KEEPING TEMPERATURES IN THE 70S FOR THE MOST PART. ALSO OF IMPORTANCE TO THE SHORT TERM FORECAST IS A STRONG SHORTWAVE TROUGH ACROSS SASK MOVING EAST. TONIGHT...THERE IS STRONG AGREEMENT AMONG 17.12Z DATA THAT THE WEAKENING CLOSED LOW WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY WEAKEN AND BECOME A LITTLE MORE PROGRESSIVE AS IT OPENS UP AND SHEARS DOWNSTREAM A BIT. THIS IS OWING TO THE KICKER ENERGY MOVING QUICKLY ACROSS SASK ATOP THE SUBTROPICAL SWRN CONUS RIDGING. SPECIFICALLY...THE 700MB CLOSED LOW WILL PLOD SLOWLY ALONG AND JUST SOUTH OF THE OHIO RIVER THROUGH NORTHERN KENTUCKY REACHING THE CVG AREA BY SUNRISE MONDAY MORNING. GIVEN THE BULK OF THE FLOW/FORCING WILL BE ON THE SOUTH/SOUTHEAST SIDE OF THE CIRCULATION...EXPECT THE MOST WIDESPREAD/HEAVIEST RAIN JUST SOUTH OF THE LOCAL FORECAST AREA. HOWEVER...WILL NEED TO WATCH ANY ACTIVITY THAT FORMS ACROSS NRN KY AS MID LVL STEERING FLOW WILL BE LIGHT NEAR THE PATH OF THE MID LEVEL SYSTEM AND IF A DEFORMATION TYPE RAIN BAND FORMS ACRS OUR NRN KY COUNTIES THE PWAT/WARM RAIN PROCESSES COULD LEAD TO NARROW BAND OF HEAVIER RAIN...BUT RIGHT NOW IT SEEMS THE WEAKENING NATURE OF THE OPENING WAVE AND THE IDEA IT BECOMES MORE PROGRESSIVE WITH TIME SHOULD MITIGATE THIS POTENTIAL A GREAT DEGREE. MAINTAINED THE LIKELY RAIN CHANCES ACROSS OUR FAR SOUTH NEAR THE NOSE OF MODEST NORTHEAST-ORIENTED LOW LEVEL JET THAT POINTS INTO OUR AREA THIS EVENING INTO THE FIRST PART OF THE OVERNIGHT...ALTHOUGH RECENT EXPERIMENTAL /ESRL/ AND PARALLEL /NCEP/ HRRR RUNS ARE NOT VERY BULLISH ON RAIN COVERAGE ACRS NRN KY TONIGHT. ELSEWHERE...AS THERE HAS BEEN DURING THE DAY...SCT SHRA ON THE PERIPHERY OF THE UPPER LOW WILL CON/T TO BE POSSIBLE...WITH ACTIVITY REMAINING LIGHT AND LIKELY NOT CONTAINING THUNDER. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/... THROUGH THE DAY MONDAY THE UPPER LEVEL WAVE REALLY OPENS UP/SHEARS OUT/WEAKENS AS DEEPER LAYER NWLY FLOW DRIVING THE KICKER ENERGY TO OUR NW SPREADS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES. A SURFACE TROUGH/INVERTED TROUGH HANGS BACK OVER THE FORECAST AREA IN THE WAKE OF THE WEAKENING SURFACE LOW...AS DOES THE WEAK/WASHING OUT STATIONARY FRONT OVER NORTHERN OHIO. A VERY MOIST AND UNCAPPED AIRMASS REMAINS DURING PEAK HEATING WITH WIDESPREAD CUMULUS EVENTUALLY CONVECTING DURING DAYTIME HEATING WITH THE SUBTLE SURFACE FORCING MECHANISMS...AND MLCAPE PER 17.12Z FORECAST SOUNDINGS /GFS AND NAM/ OF 1000-1500 J/KG. FLOW IS WEAK SO JUST SOME SLOW MOVING HEAVY RAINERS ALL THAT IS EXPECTED DURING THE AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING. GIVEN THE AMPLE MOISTURE...AND NOTING THIS REGION WEST OF THE UPPER LOW FAILED TO WARM MUCH TODAY...AM KEEPING HIGHS MOSTLY IN THE 70S TO AROUND 80 ON MONDAY...ON THE COOLER SIDE OF 17.12Z MOS. ON TUESDAY...THE AFOREMENTIONED SHORTWAVE OVER SASK WILL BE ARRIVING WITH A COLD FRONT AT PEAK HEATING WILL ACTUALLY ENCOUNTER A SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE AIRMASS FOR ROBUST CONVECTION. BOUNDARY LAYER FLOW WILL HAVE TURNED TO THE SOUTHWEST WHILE MID LEVEL WNWLY FLOW WILL BE INCREASING AS RIDGING BEGINS TO BUILD A MODEST HEIGHT GRADIENT TO OUR WEST/SOUTH. 17.12Z NAM/GFS FORECAST BUFR SOUNDINGS FOR ILN/CVG/DAY/CMH ALL EXHIBIT MLCAPE FROM 1500 TO 2000 J/KG WITH A STEEPER MID LEVEL LAPSE RATE WITH BOUNDARY LAYER DWPTS STILL IN THE 60S. 0-6KM BULK SHEAR VALUES AROUND 30-35KTS COULD PROMOTE A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZATION TO THE STORMS COMPARED TO MONDAY. UPCOMING SHIFTS MAY NEED TO MOVE TO HIGHER RAIN CHANCES IF CURRENT SIGNALS PERSIST..ESPECIALLY LATER IN THE DAY TUES INTO TUESDAY EVENING. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OVER THE GULF COAST REGION WILL BUILD SLOWLY NORTH INTO THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. THIS WILL RESULT IN A NORTHWEST FLOW PATTERN ALOFT THROUGH AT LEAST FRIDAY. BOTH THE 12Z GFS AND 12Z ECMWF CONTINUE TO INDICATE THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERAL SHORT WAVES RIDING DOWN THROUGH THE AREA IN THIS PATTERN. WITH DEWPOINTS PUSHING UP INTO THE UPPER 60S TO LOWER 70S...THERE SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT INSTABILITY TO CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR A RATHER ACTIVE PATTERN THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. TIMING REMAINS DIFFICULT THOUGH SO WILL KEEP POPS IN THE CHANCE CATEGORY. TEMPERATURES ALSO REMAIN SOMEWHAT PROBLEMATIC AS WE WILL REMAIN IN THE TRANSITION ZONE BETWEEN WARMER TEMPERATURES TO OUR SOUTHWEST/COOLER TO THE NORTHEAST. WILL CONTINUE WITH FAIRLY SEASONABLE HIGHS...BUT OVERNIGHT LOWS MAY REMAIN A LITTLE ON THE WARM SIDE...UPPER 60S TO NEAR 70...GIVEN THE HIGHER DEWPOINTS. SOME UNCERTAINTY EXIST BETWEEN THE 12Z GFS AND 12Z ECMWF OVER THE WEEKEND AS THE GFS IS TRYING TO BUILD THE UPPER LEVEL RIDGE MORE EAST TOWARD OUR AREA...WHILE THE ECMWF BEGINS TO FLATTEN OUT THE RIDGE AS SHORT WAVE ENERGY MOVES ACROSS THE UPPER GREAT LAKES. HAVE TRENDED MORE TOWARD THE GFS...DECREASING POPS THROUGH THE WEEKEND AND ALLOWING FOR A CONTINUED SLOW WARMUP IN TEMPS THROUGH SUNDAY. && .AVIATION /20Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... LOW PRESSURE TRAVELING THROUGH KENTUCKY WILL HAVE VARYING EFFECTS ON TAF SITES. SOUTHERN SITES CVG AND LUK WILL HAVE SHOWERS IN THE VICINITY THROUGH MUCH OF THE PERIOD AS THE LOW SPINS NEARBY TO THE SOUTH. CEILINGS BELOW 2000 FT WILL BE POSSIBLE THERE LATE TONIGHT IN A MOIST BOUNDARY LAYER...AND BR AND HZ WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TONIGHT INTO MONDAY. CONDITIONS COULD IMPROVE MONDAY AFTERNOON AS THE LOW MOVES EAST. FARTHER NORTH AT ILN DAY CMH AND LCK...THE SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO PRODUCE MUCH LESS PRECIPITATION. WENT WITH VCSH THIS AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING...WITH NO PRECIP IN THE FORECAST THEREAFTER. CEILINGS MAY FALL INTO THE MVFR RANGE AT DAY AND ILN WHILE REMAINING VFR AT CMH AND LCK. BR WILL BE POSSIBLE AT DAY ILN AND LCK...WITH THE TYPICALLY WARMER CMH REMAINING FREE FROM SURFACE OBSCURATION. WIND DIRECTION WILL VARY WITH RESPECT TO THE POSITION OF THE LOW AND A WEAK FRONT THAT IS WASHING OUT OVER CENTRAL OHIO. WIND SPEEDS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN BELOW 10 KNOTS. OUTLOOK...THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY. && .ILN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... OH...NONE. KY...NONE. IN...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...BINAU NEAR TERM...BINAU SHORT TERM...BINAU LONG TERM...JGL AVIATION...CONIGLIO

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