Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Jackson, KY

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000 FXUS63 KJKL 231903 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY 303 PM EDT SAT MAY 23 2015 .SHORT TERM...
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(THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT) ISSUED AT 303 PM EDT SAT MAY 23 2015 STRONG UPPER LEVEL CLOSED LOW OVER SOUTHEAST CANADA...AS WELL AS A CLOSED LOW OVER THE AMERICAN SOUTHWESTERN STATES...HAS LED TO A SLIGHT RIDGING PATTERN ACROSS THE PLAINS...MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY...AND INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY. SEVERAL WAVES OF ENERGY ARE RIDING UP AND ALONG THIS BROAD RIDGING PATTERN...BUT SHOULD CONTINUE TO DIMINISH AND REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY THROUGH TOMORROW AS BOTH UPPER LEVEL LOWS GAIN STRENGTH AND MOVE EASTWARD. THIS WILL AMPLIFY THE RIDGING ACROSS THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY AND ESSENTIALLY PREVENT ANY SHORTWAVES FROM MAKING IT INTO THE REGION. AS SUCH...A VAST AMOUNT OF CLOUD COVER IS PRESENT ON SATELLITE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DUE TO THESE DISTURBANCES. SOME OF THIS CLOUD COVER HAS BEEN TRANSPORTED EASTWARD AND ACROSS THE STATE OF KY...INCLUDING THE JKL CWA. HOWEVER...EXPECT THAT ALL CLOUDS SHOULD REMAIN OF THE HIGH VARIETY...GENERALLY OVER 1000FT. THE ONLY IMPACT THIS SCT CLOUD COVER WILL HAVE IS TO PREVENT SUCH A LARGE RIDGE VALLEY SPLIT IN TEMPERATURES OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. EXPECT THE STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW OVER THE SW CONUS TO REACH THE WESTERN PLAIN STATES BY SUNDAY MORNING...CONTINUING TO SHIFT NORTHEAST...REACHING THE DAKOTAS BY 12Z MONDAY MORNING. DURING THIS TIME...THE ASSOCIATED UPPER LEVEL TROUGHING WILL EXPAND EASTWARD AS WELL...PUSHING THE STRONG RIDGE OVER THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY EASTWARD. SOME SHORTWAVE ENERGY WILL BEGIN IMPACTING MUCH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY DURING THIS TIME...BUT RIDGING SHOULD REMAIN INTACT ENOUGH ACROSS THE EASTERN PORTION OF THE STATE THAT JKL SHOULD REMAIN DRY AND GENERALLY IMPACT FREE THROUGH 12Z. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WILL BE AN INCREASE IN CLOUD COVER...MAINLY ACROSS THE WESTERN CWA ...WITH POPS EXPECTED TO MOVE IN DURING THE DAY MONDAY...JUST AFTER THE END OF THE SHORT TERM. WITH A CONTINUED FLUX OF S TO SW WINDS AT THE SURFACE...AND WESTERLY WINDS ALOFT...EXPECT TEMPS TO CONTINUE TO RISE THROUGHOUT THE SHORT TERM. HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL ALSO BE ON A SLOW UPTICK AS WELL. HIGH TEMPS TOMORROW ARE EXPECTED TO TOP OUT IN THE LOW TO MID 80S ACROSS THE REGION COMPARED TO THE UPPER 70S/LOW 80S OF TODAY. MEANWHILE...ANY INCOMING CLOUD COVER WILL PROHIBIT SUCH STRONG RIDGE VALLEY SPLITS OVER THE NEXT TWO NIGHTS COMPARED TO THAT SEEN IN PREVIOUS NIGHTS. THIS WILL ESPECIALLY BE THE CASE SUNDAY NIGHT. GENERALLY LOW TO MID 50S ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT...WITH A FEW VALLEY LOCATIONS POSSIBLY BOTTOMING OUT IN THE UPPER 40S. HOWEVER...BY TOMORROW NIGHT...OVERNIGHT TEMPS WILL IMPROVE CONSIDERABLY TO THE UPPER 50S TO LOW 60S. ALL MODELS SEEM TO HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON THE SYNOPTIC FEATURES AND SENSIBLE WEATHER DURING THE SHORT TERM. GENERALLY STUCK WITH A BLEND OF NEAR TERM MODELS...WITH SOME MANUAL EDITING TO PRODUCE THE DESIRED RIDGE VALLEY SPLITS...AS WELL AS OVERNIGHT VALLEY REDUCTIONS IN WIND. NO EXTREME OUTLIERS IN MODELS WERE NOTICED. .LONG TERM...(SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY) ISSUED AT 310 AM EDT SAT MAY 23 2015 THE PERIOD IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN WITH HEIGHT RISES AND A RIDGE BUILDING FROM THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES INTO THE OH VALLEY REGION...WITH A BROAD TROUGH OVER MUCH OF THE WESTERN US INTO THE PLAINS STATES. THE AXIS OF THE RIDGE WILL SHIFT TO THE EAST OF THE AREA ON MONDAY...WITH THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF DISTURBANCES MOVING FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE LOWER OH AND TN VALLEY REGION MONDAY INTO MONDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL BRING A GENERALLY SMALL CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY AND INTO MONDAY NIGHT. FOR MONDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY...THE REGION WILL REMAIN IN THE WARM SECTOR...WITH SOUTHERLY TO SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW PREVAILING WITH THE RIDGE AXIS TO THE EAST. A WARM AND MOIST AIRMASS IS EXPECTED TO PERSIST THROUGH THE PERIOD. MAINLY DIURNALLY DRIVEN CONVECTION IS ANTICIPATED ON TUESDAY...AND CONVECTION SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST A DIURNAL FLAVOR EACH DAY FROM TUESDAY INTO THURSDAY. THE SECOND UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE REGION AT MIDWEEK PER THE MODEL CONSENSUS...BRINGING CONTINUED CHANCES FOR CONVECTION AND POSSIBLY BRINGING A BIT MORE COVERAGE AT NIGHT. HIGHS WILL BE IN THE LOW TO MID 80S WITH LOWS MODERATING THROUGH THE PERIOD AS DEWPOINTS AND MOISTURE GENERALLY INCREASE. LATE IN THE PERIOD...ON FRIDAY...RECENT GUIDANCE HAS THE RIDGE GENERALLY DOMINATING WITH WARMER TEMPERATURES. CHANCES FOR CONVECTION APPEAR BEST CLOSER TO THE HIGHER TERRAIN AND THE NORTHERN PART OF THE CUMBERLAND PLATEAU...HOWEVER...DEPENDING ON THE POSITION AND STRENGTH OF THE RIDGE...THE REGION MIGHT END UP CAPPED.
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&& .AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z SUNDAY AFTERNOON) ISSUED AT 137 PM EDT SAT MAY 23 2015 VFR CONDITIONS UNDER PARTLY TO MOSTLY OPAQUE HIGH CLOUDS WILL PREVAIL AT THE TAF SITES OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS WITH LIGHT WINDS /GENERALLY 5 KTS OR LESS AND VARIABLE IN DIRECTION/. WHILE SOME VALLEY FOG IS POSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT...DO NOT EXPECT TAF SITES TO BE AFFECTED. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM...JMW LONG TERM...AR AVIATION...JMW

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