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000 FXUS63 KJKL 300630 AAD AFDJKL Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED National Weather Service Jackson KY 230 AM EDT SAT JUL 30 2016 .UPDATE...
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Issued at 220 AM EDT SAT JUL 30 2016 Hourly grids have been updated to account for clusters of showers and stray thunderstorms moving across the Lake Cumberland/TN Cumberland Plateau region and activity moving from the Bluegrass region toward the Interstate 64 corridor and locations to the north with scattered pops over the next couple of hours in these locations. Otherwise, no substantial changes were needed at this time. UPDATE Issued at 1109 PM EDT FRI JUL 29 2016 The update mainly blends obs into the overnight forecast grids. With just spotty showers heading in from the west, the POP has been placed at 20% overnight. Short range models would also suggest spotty coverage. UPDATE Issued at 859 PM EDT FRI JUL 29 2016 Precip has mostly died out in the JKL forecast area, but persists upstream in central KY and southern OH. It should be on an overall decline this evening, but short range models still generate spotty precip overnight. Will continue with low pops already in the forecast.
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&& .SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday night) Issued at 336 PM EDT FRI JUL 29 2016 The models are in good agreement with cyclonic flow aloft and continuing to suppress the upper level ridging to the south. This will interact with the nearby boundary to bring chances of storms through the short term period. This afternoon WSR-88D showing showers and thunderstorms are moving east mostly across areas along and south of the Mountain Parkway. Some of these storms will bring locally heavy rain and gusty winds. These storms are expected to spread east into the early evening hours. HRRR has a decent handle on the main area of precip across the southern half of the CWA. Therefore blended pops in that direction given the reasonable timing. It does look like much of the convection will be diurnally driven, but given the pattern keep isolated pops through the night. Another issue that remains in question tonight will be fog and how much we see. Right now will go with at least patchy fog in the valleys but cloud cover could help mitigate some locales. Then another stormy day on tap for Saturday, as higher PWATS remain in place and quasi stationary boundary remains near. Right now once again going scattered coverage in the afternoon hours. Not really favoring any certain model at this point and went toward a blend approach at this point given the scattered coverage. Once again expecting more in the way of diurnally driven activity and therefore lessen the coverage once again on Saturday evening. Temperatures through the short term period will run near normal. .LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday) Issued at 435 PM EDT FRI JUL 29 2016 The models are in fairly good agreement aloft through the extended portion of the forecast. They all depict a retreat of the Great Lakes trough through the start of next week while strong mid level ridging reloads over the southern plains and east through the Deep South/Tennessee Valley. As this happens, though, plenty of energy will drift through the Ohio Valley from Sunday through Monday before higher heights shunt it all off to the northeast, temporarily. After this, the ridge does retreat to the southwest a tad and subsequently allow for more ridge riding energy packets to potentially target eastern Kentucky from Wednesday through Friday, most clearly evident in the latest ECMWF. Given the general agreement, a model blend looks to be a reasonable place to start for gridded forecast purposes. Sensible weather will feature rounds of mainly diurnally enhanced showers and thunderstorms through Monday. Heat will gradually rebuild through the area for the start of the week with some 90 degree readings anticipated for the latter part of the forecast. However, the worst of this round of heat will likely be tempered by scattered convection from Wednesday to Friday. It looks like the lowest PoPs will be from Monday night through Wednesday morning as the core of the ridge is closest to our area and SFC high pressure builds in briefly from the northeast. For the CR initialization: made some minor changes to MinT and hourly T each night with some terrain differences anticipated due to radiational cooling in the valleys. Did make some mainly diurnal adjustments to PoPs through the forecast period, as well. The rest came in real good. && .AVIATION...
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(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night) ISSUED AT 205 AM EDT SAT JUL 30 2016 The main concern for the first 6 to 8 hours of the period is the extent of fog or lack thereof. At this time, the fog and or low stratus is mainly confined to eastern and southeastern locations ahead of patches of low and mid and associated isolated to scattered convection. JKL and non TAF site locations of CPF and PBX will likely be most affected by this initially. However, as clouds increase this fog should begin to dissipate during the first couple hour of the period with MVFR to VFR vis and MVFR CIGS thereafter. Again, the extent of cloud cover will modulate the fog, but any clearing toward 12Z could lead to another period of possible reductions to MVFR or IFR. Lingering fog and/or low clouds should begin to lift and dissipate by the 12Z to 14Z period. Prevailing MVFR CIGS should improve through the MVFR range to the VFR range by about 18Z. Isolate to scattered convection should then ensue, but wane by 23Z. Due to uncertainty in timing and location, VCTS has been used for a few hours at all locations. Depending on the extent of any clearing during the 0Z to 6Z period, MVFR or possibly lower fog could become a concern by the end of the period.
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&& .JKL Watches/Warnings/Advisories... None. && $$ UPDATE...JP SHORT TERM...DJ LONG TERM...GREIF AVIATION...JP is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.