Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Jackson, KY

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Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Jackson KY
815 PM EDT SAT JUL 30 2016

Issued at 730 PM EDT SAT JUL 30 2016

23z SFC analysis shows eastern Kentucky just southeast of a
stalled front with plenty of warm and moist air in place. This has
led to a continuation of scattered convection into the evening
hours with the latest cluster entering the I-64 to Mountain
Parkway corridor. This will progress steadily east through the
first part of the evening with a left over outflow boundary
anticipated and a potential for further development, though
limited by diurnally falling instability, into the night with
small chances continuing for most of the area into dawn. Based on
this, and the latest high resolution guidance from the HRRR, have
adjusted PoP/Sky/QPF/Wx through the rest of the evening and into
the night. Temperatures, meanwhile, are in the upper 70s and lower
80s most places while dewpoints hold near 70s degrees along with
light and variable winds outside of the northern area of storms
where winds are generally from the northwest at 10 to 15 mph. Do
anticipate the development of patchy fog in the valleys and in
places that see rain this evening. Look for a very small ridge to
valley temperature split tonight given the moist environment and
some clouds around. The grids have been updated to reflect this,
as well. These have been sent to the NDFD and web servers.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 308 PM EDT SAT JUL 30 2016

WSR-88D radar continues to show a few showers continuing to
develop across portions of the CWA this afternoon. These could
expand a bit more in the northern portion of the CWA as storms
move east out of northern central KY. This has been brought on by
a weak upper level wave and a surface boundary near the Ohio
River. This is being handled fairly well by the CAM data and SSEO
and therefore have blended close to these short term models for
pops. Coverage wise these should be mostly diurnally driven but
given the cyclonic flow will keep at least slight pops overnight.

Sunday best pop coverage will reside in the southern portions of
the CWA. This given less of a focus lifting wise within the upper
level pattern and the column lessen moisture wise given PWATS
finally drop into the 1.5 range. Therefore overall went toward a
more diurnal and topographical type scenario. Given the lessening
moisture going into Sunday night do actually expect that most
areas should see a end to the stormy activity for a change.
Temperature wise would expect most locations will remain near
normal through the period.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 345 PM EDT SAT JUL 30 2016

Somewhat deamplified troughing will be in place across the Ohio
River valley to start off the day Monday. A weak shortwave will
pass through this trough during the day Monday as the troughing
begins amplifying due to building high pressure over the
southwest conus. The upper level pattern will remain nearly
stationary through the day Tuesday, as the upper level high slowly
pushes into KY Wednesday through the remainder of the week. A
strong upper level low passing across Canada late in the week and
through the weekend may cause heights to lower once more for the

With the presence of the trough in place across the region, a cold
front will also find itself draped across the state Monday. This
frontal boundary will push slightly southward late in the day
Monday, while still encompassing the western portion of the
state. This boundary will become nearly stationary through
midweek, and then will finally start to break down Thursday as
the upper level ridge moves into the region. The above mentioned
upper level low that will be traversing Canada into the weekend
will also produce a surface low pressure system. This will contain
a long surface frontal boundary, expected to swoop southward and
along the Ohio River by Friday night, then remaining nearly
stationary into Saturday.

With the frontal boundary in place through much of the workweek,
and temperatures expected to warm into the mid and upper 80s each
day, expect the available instability and lift to spawn showers
and thunderstorms each day, peaking during the afternoon/early
evening with warmest temps. Coverage is still somewhat sporadic
across the models, and without any strong forcing, did not see
need to go above slight chance to chance pops each day. The
exception will be the very end of the period, specifically
Saturday, when the stronger cold front is expected to enter into
the region and may bring about more numerous shower and
thunderstorm coverage. Also...after this Monday, winds will
become fairly light in the mid and upper levels, so storms may be
slow moving and pulsy. In good news, however, the PWAT values
will be within tolerable values (well under 2 inches), so not
expecting any further flooding concerns (unless of course training
of storms over a specific location for a period of time occurs).


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening)

For the most part expect the convection to be scattered through
the rest of the evening with the SYM site bearing the brunt of it
through 01z. Otherwise, have kept the TAFs clean, though JKL may
see something from outflow development later in the evening. Then
the next issue will be the potential for fog/stratus overnight.
Much of this depends on cloud cover and evening convection. For
now, will keep sites in the MVFR range for vis restrictions
around 7Z to 11Z and only going SCT with the lower deck at this
point. Again winds will remain light but gusty conditions with
storms can be anticipated. Storm activity on Sunday will be
highly variable, as well, with the LOZ and SME sites seeing
slightly better chances than the rest of the area. Accordingly,
have included a VCTS for a time tomorrow afternoon at those spots.


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