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000 FXUS63 KJKL 241833 AFDJKL Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Jackson KY 233 PM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016 .UPDATE...
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Issued at 233 PM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016 No major changes to the forecast. Hourly temps were running slightly behind observations. Thoughts were to bump up afternoon highs just slightly, but diurnal CU field developing over the area is fairly extensive and should help moderate any additional rises through the afternoon time frame. Otherwise, brought grids in line with hourly trends. Isolated showers and thunderstorms have already begun to fire as well. Nearly stationary cells could lay down some brief heavy rainfall once they become mature. However life cycles have been on the order of an hour and rates, like yesterday have not been impressive being generally less than 2 inches per hour at maturity. UPDATE Issued at 1025 AM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016 Forecast is in good shape this morning. Very few changes needed to the grids. However, do plan to freshen up the zones to remove morning fog. Otherwise it appears to be another hot one. UPDATE Issued at 753 AM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016 Increasing mid-high clouds moving in downstream of an eroding convective system should help to somewhat offset rising heights/thicknesses and negate need for a heat advisory. Regardless, high temperatures in the low 90s will still lead to heat indices near the century mark later this afternoon.
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&& .SHORT TERM...(Today through Monday) Issued at 344 AM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016 A decaying mesoscale convective complex, currently traversing southwest Michigan into central Indiana, will bring increasing mid to high clouds to eastern Kentucky this morning. This should somewhat inhibit full insolation and subsequently negate the need for a heat advisory. Nonetheless, heat indices will approach and exceed the century mark once again this afternoon for several locales. Will be close to record territory at Jackson, but currently thinking cloud cover may be just enough to keep the record high temperature of 93 degrees for the date untouched. Regarding precipitation, southeastward propagating outflow boundary ahead of said complex of storms may end up being the primary forcing mechanism for afternoon convection given a lack of any local upper features. The presence of a lingering and rather diffuse outflow boundary from prior day activity may also end up sparking a storm or two, but main lift will reside along newly generated boundary along with orographic forcing along the higher terrain from the Cumberland Plateau into southeast Kentucky near the Virginia state line. Showers and storms should wane this evening with the loss of daytime heating. An upper trough swinging through Ontario and Hudson Bay through the Great Lakes will then push a frontal boundary toward the Ohio Valley into early Monday, providing a larger forcing mechanism to focus upon for showers and thunderstorms. Moisture pooling along the front should send precipitable water values up toward the 1.9 to 2 inch mark, leading to a threat of heavy rainfall by late Monday afternoon as diurnal heating boosts instability and storm chances. Additionally, the right entrance region of an associated upper jet will skirt the Ohio Valley, thus further supporting rising motion. Gusty winds will also be possible with any storm given precipitation loading atop shallow drier air beneath cloud bases. .LONG TERM...(Monday night through Saturday) Issued at 344 AM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016 Models continue to be in good agreement from Monday night through midweek, with upper level ridging across the southern half of the conus, becoming increasingly dampened by shortwaves and troughs that pass across the northern half of the conus. This will keep much of the central conus, including the Ohio River Valley in a zonal flow pattern to start the period, becoming increasingly amplified as a deeper trough start pushing southward into the region for the second half of the work week. This deeper troughing pattern will lower heights across the Ohio River Valley starting Thursday. Then as shortwaves interact with this trough, expect it to continue deepening as we head into the weekend. Models continue to show very good continuity through the entirety of the period with these features. The first shortwave to impact the region Monday will bring with it a surface frontal boundary, which should push into the state Monday night, before becoming quasi-stationary during the day Tuesday. This will be the epicenter for convective development Monday night through Wednesday, with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms through this time frame. Best chances/coverage will be during the afternoon/early evening with the aid of peak heating. Instability and lift with these storms will be more than enough to produce strong thunderstorms, but there will be little in the way of steering flow, especially with the elongated stationary boundary across the region. As such, will likely see pulse-natured storms, but will need to be on the look out for both slow moving and training storms, which could lead to localized high rainfall amounts and potential urban or flash flooding. The frontal boundary will push north of the state Wednesday night, before deeper troughing and the next shortwave will near the region from the northwest. This shortwave will produce a surface low pressure center, which will interact with the surface boundary and increase its strength. However, as of the latest WPC frontal analysis, the boundary should remain north of the state through the remainder of the forecast period, slowly pushing in a more easterly direction. That being said, additional weak upper level disturbances will continue to drop into the region from the northwest, deepening the magnitude of the trough through the weekend. These disturbances, in addition to continued WAA and moist unstable air south of the boundary, will continue to spawn showers and thunderstorms throughout the period, with coverage and storm strength once again peaking in the afternoon. Winds may increase aloft somewhat during this time, but are forecast to remain fairly weak in the mid levels, so concerns for slow moving heavy rain producing cells will continue. The loss of mid and upper level ridging combined with daily convection will help keep our high temperatures close to normal for this time of the year, generally in the mid 80s. But with dew points hovering around the 70 degree mark, our weather will remain quite muggy. Likewise overnight lows will be warm, running a little above normals in the upper 60s to near 70. && .AVIATION...
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(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon) ISSUED AT 233 PM EDT SUN JUL 24 2016 Other than some spotty pre-dawn MVFR fog at a few terminals went with a predominant VFR forecast. Guidance was too pessimistic with VSBYS and therefore chose to lean closer to persistence. CU field will linger into the early evening. Will see typical summertime garden variety pop up showers and thunderstorms across the area this afternoon as well. However, coverage will not be widespread. Therefore no plans to mention any thunder at any particular site until it become evident that a terminal might be affected. Winds will remain light this afternoon, generally southwesterly around 5 kts or less. Winds will pick up just a bit Monday as a cold front settles down into the Ohio Valley.
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&& .JKL Watches/Warnings/Advisories...None. && $$ UPDATE...RAY SHORT TERM...GUSEMAN 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.