Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 221816 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 216 PM EDT Fri Sep 22 2017 .UPDATE...
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Issued at 216 PM EDT FRI SEP 22 2017 Early afternoon update to increase afternoon highs slightly. No other changes to the forecast package other than a few tweaks to grids to bring them in line with observations. UPDATE Issued at 1000 AM EDT FRI SEP 22 2017 Forecast is on track this morning. Minor adjustments made to the hourly temperatures and dew points. Will be removing morning wording and fog from the zones. Otherwise the first day of autumn ushers in a stretch of dry and warm weather. UPDATE Issued at 742 AM EDT FRI SEP 22 2017 Fog is starting to lift off the valley floor. Have freshened up the hourly temperatures and dew points through this morning, otherwise the forecast is on track.
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&& .SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday) Issued at 359 AM EDT FRI SEP 22 2017 High pressure remains positioned from New England down to the Tennessee Valley. Valley fog has set in across eastern Kentucky under mostly clear skies. Temperatures currently range from the mid to upper 60s across the area. A mid-level ridge of high pressure will expand northeast into the Great Lakes region through the short term. This will keep above normal temperatures as well as mostly clear skies in place across eastern Kentucky. Highs today and Saturday will average in the mid to upper 80s, with lows tonight in the 60 to 65 degree range. .LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Thursday) Issued at 349 AM EDT FRI SEP 22 2017 Surface high pressure will remain in place across eastern Kentucky through much of the extended in conjunction with a weak ridge of high pressure aloft. This will promote mostly clear and calm conditions. Southerly flow in the mid and upper levels to start out the extended period will also continue the trend of above normal temps, with highs expected to be in the mid and upper 80s from Sunday through midweek. By Wednesday, winds will become more northerly as heights begin to lower across the state as a longwave troughing pattern moves towards the region. While conditions will remain dry, this may help temps cool a couple degrees or so compared to previous days. On Thursday, a surface cold front is expected to approach and traverse the CWA from the NW. This will bring an increase in clouds, cooler temps in the upper 70s for the afternoon, and also the potential for showers and thunderstorms. Unfortunately models are not in good agreement with the extent of precip across the region this far out in the forecast period, with the GFS bringing a prefrontal band across the CWA Thursday afternoon and evening, and the ECWMF shows the front dissolving with no precip affecting the region. Given the uncertainties this far out, stuck with a blend of the two, which keeps generally slight chance pops across the CWA to finish out the forecast period. && .AVIATION...
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(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon) ISSUED AT 216 PM EDT FRI SEP 22 2017 We are in a stable weather pattern where each day will be similar to the one before/after. That being said, afternoon CU field will dissipate as sunset approaches. Overnight fog will develop once again. Overall each night has seen slight improvements in conditions from the previous, exception being the river valley locations. Our more elevated terminals, JKL and LOZ should continue to see a gradual improvement from night to night. SYM seems to be more prone to the effects of local valley fog when it is dense enough, similar to SJS. Considering the pattern, tended to stay closer to persistence for CIGS and VSBYS. It was nice to see model guidance close to that line of thinking, adding at least a little confidence to the effects of overnight fog. Went with some LIFR VSBYS at SYM and SJS. SJS was the only site to pick up LIFR CIGS. Expect JKL and LOZ to remain in VFR territory for the most part. Winds will in general be light and variable through the period.
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&& .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...NONE. && $$ UPDATE...RAY SHORT TERM...GEOGERIAN LONG TERM...JMW AVIATION...RAY is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.