Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 150934 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 434 AM EST Sun Jan 15 2017 .SHORT TERM...(Today through Monday) Issued at 332 AM EST SUN JAN 15 2017 Surface analysis shows area of high pressure centered to the NW this AM across IA/IL region and quasi stationary boundary is now across portions of the TN Valley. Based on the upper level data, would suspect the 925mb boundary still resides across the region and 850mb just to our north. That said, WSR-88D radar does indicate a line of shower/drizzle has developed across the center of the CWA and is near where the SPC mesoanalysis shows weak forcing at the 925mb level as mentioned above. This will progress south through the morning and kept as a drizzle mention given some areas are seeing light drizzle outside this line. Overall the HRRR/CONSSHORT seemed to be handling this idea and therefore nudged my POPs in that direction. Based on the obs this morning would think fog is more of the patchy dense variety and therefore kept that going through early morning before tapering through mid morning. The previously mentioned surface high pressure will progress east today with winds veering around to the NE by this afternoon. The 850mb front will remain north as mentioned before, as a mid level wave/PVA rides along the baroclinic zone. These two forcing mechanisms combined with saturated column will lead to decent chance of rain showers late this afternoon into this evening mainly north of the Mountain Parkway. While this is a decent shot of rain showers, the QPE will remain light with only a couple of hundredths of an inch expected. POPs will wane through the evening from west to east as better forcing pushes east. Given the moisture in place did opt to add patchy fog in for a good portion of the region through Monday morning. For Monday did keep slight POPs in the north and far NE, but this may have to be looked at further. The only fly in the ointment here will be the aforementioned quasi stationary will likely lift back north, and therefore could lead to slight POPs ahead of the eastward progressing cold front. Better POPs for the cold front will take place beyond this forecast period. .LONG TERM...(Monday night through Saturday) Issued at 434 AM EST SUN JAN 15 2017 Models start out in decent agreement, but soon go their separate ways concerning wx systems and precip potential. There is agreement that it will remain mild. It`s a question of how mild. For specifics, a low pressure system will be passing northeast over the middle of the CONUS Monday night. Its cold front will push into KY, with warm air advection ahead of it. This should keep temps nearly steady on Monday night. Showers along the front should be arriving from the northwest on Monday night, and lasting into Tuesday. This is when the first model differences start showing up. The ECMWF is more pronounced and faster with an upper level wave supporting the storm system, which allows the ECMWF to advance the cold front well to our southeast by Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, the GFS is weaker and slower with the upper level system, and still has the front near the KY/VA line early Wednesday. The NAM is in between. The result is a difference in precip/POP for early Wednesday, and a variation in Tuesday night/Wednesday morning low temps. The forecast is a compromise at this point. There is agreement for a period of dry weather from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday, even though upper level pattern differences continue to grow. The upper level differences affect the forecast again beginning late Thursday. The GFS has a shortwave trough dropping southeast out of Canada and phasing with the slower aforementioned upper level wave, morphing into one large trough over the northeast CONUS and Appalachians. This would bring cool temps and stratocu. The ECMWF does not phase the two systems and remains flatter with the flow over the northeast CONUS. Instead, the ECMWF becomes more amplified with a trough/upper low over the middle of the CONUS on Thursday. The resulting system pulls moisture back north, allowing for clouds to increase from top down on Thursday, and an area of showers moving through the JKL forecast area from SW to NE on Thursday night and Friday. The slower and weaker GFS takes this system by mainly to our south late Friday and Friday night. There is a large amount of uncertainty with this system, and have used low chance POPs Thursday night into Friday. Finally, by Saturday there is loose agreement for an upper level ridge to be positioned just to our east, supporting mild and dry conditions. && .AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Sunday night) ISSUED AT 1220 PM EST SAT JAN 14 2017 The surface cold front has likely made it south of the region with winds out of the NW this hour. There are still a few showers along the VA border otherwise fog, low CIGS and drizzle remain the concern overnight. Right now most TAF sites are close or exceeding airport mins and would suspect that to remain the case through mid morning to early afternoon. After this would suspect some improvements to MVFR CIGS based on much of the sounding guidance before dropping again in the evening hours. Also rain showers will be on the increase particularly across the northern TAF sites. The winds will remain light through the TAF period, and will start off out of the NW and come around to the NE to round out the period. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM...DJ LONG TERM...HAL AVIATION...DJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.