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432 FXUS63 KJKL 241840 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 140 PM EST Fri Feb 24 2017 .UPDATE...
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Issued at 140 PM EST FRI FEB 24 2017 Ample sun is helping to heat things up nicely this afternoon. Based on hourly trends increased afternoon highs just a tad. Winds have increased as well. From all appearances winds may peak out at or just under Lake Wind Advisory criteria in our Blue Grass counties. This appears less likely in our southwest but will keep an eye on just in case. Models have generally trended a bit slower with the cold front into the area tonight. However, based on the HRRR timing still looks fairly decent for storms into the area. So not expecting too much of a change form the current forecast for the potential of severe weather tonight. Updated zones and grids have already been issued. UPDATE Issued at 1012 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017 Updated temperatures with the morning update. Temps are slow out of the gate in the east, due to a bit of valley fog and rising faster than expected in the western valleys where gradient winds have already mixed out the morning inversion. Also seeing a brief jump in winds to announce the breaking of that inversion. Expect they will die back down a bit over the next hour or so before increasing again later this afternoon. No updates to the zones at this time. UPDATE Issued at 657 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017 Mostly clear skies with a few high clouds is the story this morning for most. Surface analysis shows surface low is strengthening across NE MO this morning as it continues NE. Overall forecast grids remain in good shape this morning. In terms of the severe weather, The HRRR is aligning close to the other CAMs at this point in terms of overall trends. Overall looking at the newest data think the current forecast is on track and will be looked at in subsequent updates.
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&& .SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday) Issued at 340 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017 Early morning surface analysis shows an area of surface low pressure continues to track NE out of the Central Plains into Missouri and a warm front is now well north across the Upper Ohio Valley region. WV imagery this morning showing plenty of upper level moisture streaming into the region and this is leading to scattered high clouds across eastern KY. Given these have only been high clouds and the valleys have decoupled leading to decent temp splits from some of the cooler valley locales. A mix of high clouds and possible some diurnally driven CU will remain the story through the day. LLJ will continue to move east in response to strengthening system to our west. This will begin to mix down as we move into the afternoon hours with gust of 25 to 30 possible across the Bluegrass and Lake Cumberland region. The other issue will be downsloping flow across the far east could also mix down drier air, with RH values in the mid 30s to lower 40s possible. This will have to be monitored today given the gusty winds, but it will help that the gustier winds will be west of the drier downsloped air. All the focus shifts to strengthening system to the west as we move into the late evening and overnight period. Models remain in good agreement with trailing cold front approaching from the west through the day. Initially convection will fire out ahead of the front and track across portions of the Midwest. Some of these will be single cell type storms, but as the system progresses east storm mode will become more multicell/QLCS. Given the strength of the cold front, lapse rates will remain steep through the evening and into the overnight. Also models, specifically CAMS, are in good agreement with the trailing cold front catching up to the initial convection possibly providing further lift as it moves into the region. One issue will be how much instability remains in place at that point given the time of day and year. However, if we are able to maintain this, the speed shear environment will be substantial through a deep layer and low level shear is rather impressive with some directional shear possible. This seem to be picked up well by the SHERBE (that deals with high shear low CAPE environments) with values near 1 or higher. Overall storm mode will remain more QLCS in nature and therefore the tornado threat will be very isolated. Think the better threat for tornado will exist further north across the Ohio Valley where more boundary interactions will take place. The main threat across eastern KY will be damaging winds given the storm mode and strong jet, and an outside threat of marginal hail given the airmass cooling aloft causing freezing levels to drop to near 10 KFT. In terms of grids, did opt to slow the progression of POPs to better align with the CAMs and also added enhanced wording for damaging winds given the greater threat. Behind this front will be progressively cooler temperatures from west to east early Saturday into Saturday afternoon. That said, higher terrain locations could hit the freezing mark by the end of the period. Given some wrap around moisture is possible did keep some sprinkles and perhaps flurries across the higher terrain into the afternoon. Given the high temperature will occur at midnight the temp curve will be quite unorthodox, and therefore leaned away from blended diurnally driven curve. .LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Thursday) Issued at 415 AM EST FRI FEB 24 2017 The period will begin with the mid and upper level shortwave trough and strong surface system that will affect the region during the near term period departing to the north and east. A broad through south of an upper level low in the vicinity of Hudson Bay is expected to extend through the Central Conus at the start of the period with rather zonal flow from the Plains east to the lower Ohio Valley for Sat night and into the day on Sunday. This will allow surface high pressure to build across the region on Saturday night before departing rather quickly east by Sunday night. A few sprinkles or flurries may linger into the start of the period with some uncertainty particularly across the northeast and east with timing of clearing on Sunday night. Also, the heart of the colder airmass will move across the area on Saturday night setting the stage for colder overnight lows compared to recent days. The position of the high appears most favorable for clearing and slightly colder overnight lows in the southwest part of the area. With the high moving across the area, a considerable amount of sunshine should lead to temperatures modeling into the upper 40s to around 50 on Sunday while dewpoints remain in the upper teens. Winds on Sunday will be light, but rh should fall to around 30 percent or below in some areas. Under the rather progressive pattern, several shortwaves should move east to start the week within this flow. One is expected to move through the northern Plains and approaching the Great Lakes on Sunday before moving into the St Lawrence Valley on Sunday night. Another more southern wave should move across the Rockies and emerge into the Plains on Sunday while a third shortwave is expected to move across the Four Corners region and into the southern Plains by late Sunday or Sunday night. The two more southern shortwaves should move into the lower OH and TN Valleys late Sunday night and into the day on Monday. An area of low pressure should develop over the Southern Plains on Sunday night in response to the more southern wave with an inverted trough developing east northeast into the Ohio Valley. Moisture returning with moistening from the top down could lead to some light precipitation possibly rain or snow initially from this very late Sunday night into the Bluegrass region and into early on Monday. As the atmosphere continues to moderate on southwest flow, any precipitation should quickly change to rain on Monday. Models have generally decreased qpf with this since 24 hours ago, likely factoring the initially very dry low levels. By the time the lower levels moisten it appears that the best forcing will be departing. Also over the weekend, another shortwave is expected to be dropping south and southwest into the Pacific Coast. This trough should rotate across the Western Conus through Monday night or Tuesday before moving across the Plains and into the Eastern Conus by Tuesday night or Wednesday. Models continue to vary with timing of this evolution with the GFS generally faster than the ECMWF. The period is expected to end with a trough across the eastern Conus. As the trough moves across the western Conus and nears the Plains, low pressure should organize over the Plains. This low should track northeast into the Great Lakes on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday. The associated warm front should lift across the TN Valley by Tuesday night with the cold front entering the Lower OH Valley late Tuesday night and then moving across the area at midweek. Much of the early to midweek period should be unsettled with chances for rain greatest Tuesday night into Wednesday. Uncertainty remains during this period with timing, but during the midweek period, showers and some thunderstorms appear likely though confidence in the Tuesday night versus Wednesday 12 hour periods is below average. For now opted to go with likely pops both periods or a little bit lower than the Superblend due to the timing uncertainties. After colder, but typical for late February lows on Saturday night and near to slightly below normal highs on Sunday, above normal temperatures should prevail through midweek. Behind the cold front at midweek, temperatures should return to closer to normal levels for early March. && .AVIATION...
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(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon) ISSUED AT 140 PM EST FRI FEB 24 2017 Generally high clouds out there this afternoon with a little Cu mixed in for good measure. Southerly winds have kicked up nicely at around 10 kts with gusts to about 20 kts. Gusts are a bit higher to our west and up in the Blue Grass, reaching to about 30 mph. Focus shifts to tonight with a strong cold front approaching the area as it moves eastward across the region. This system is expected to produce some strong to severe thunderstorms across the area with a primary risk of damaging winds. The risk for severe weather becomes greatest as you move NW toward northern KY and portions of the Ohio Valley. A line of convection associated with the front appears to move into the SME area by around 04Z and exit to the east of SJS by around 08Z. Timing is still a bit uncertain but will likely have a more approximate timing of storms into our terminals by next issuance. CIGS and VSBYS will drop into MVFR range with and for a several hours behind the front. Winds will be quite gusty again Saturday, from the west at around 10 kts gusting to about 20 kts.
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&& .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...NONE. && $$ UPDATE...RAY SHORT TERM...DJ LONG TERM...JP AVIATION...RAY is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.