Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 180708 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY 308 AM EDT SAT OCT 18 2014 .UPDATE...
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ISSUED AT 308 AM EDT SAT OCT 18 2014 MADE ONLY MINOR ADJUSTMENTS BASED ON LATEST OBS TRENDS AND MODEL RUNS...WITH NO SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES TO THE OVERALL FORECAST. UPDATE ISSUED AT 1055 PM EDT FRI OCT 17 2014 DID A QUICK UPDATE TO FINE TUNE TEMPERATURES AND SKY COVER BASED ON OBS AND TRENDS. EXPECT THE CURRENT 5 TO 10 DEGREE RIDGE TO VALLEY SPLIT IN THE EAST TO MIX OUT LATER TONIGHT AS THE FRONT AND CLOUDS MOVE IN. THESE HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE NDFD AND WEB PAGES. A FRESHENED ZFP IS ON THE WAY. UPDATE ISSUED AT 800 PM EDT FRI OCT 17 2014 23Z SFC ANALYSIS SHOWS DEEP LOW PRESSURE OVER THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES. A COLD FRONT STRETCHES SOUTHWEST FROM THIS AND IS NOW CROSSING INTO KENTUCKY FROM THE NORTHWEST. THIS FRONT WILL BRING A REINFORCING SHOT OF COOL AIR TO EAST KENTUCKY THROUGH THE NIGHT. IN ADDITION... MID AND LOWER LEVEL CLOUDS WILL BUILD INTO THIS PART OF THE STATE POST FRONTAL. THIS WILL GIVE THE NIGHT A CAA PATTERN FOR OVERNIGHT LOWS...EVEN THOUGH SOME EASTERN VALLEY DROP OFF IN TEMPERATURES WILL BE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE EVENING AHEAD OF THE THICKER CLOUDS ARRIVING. HAVE TRIED TO REPRESENT THAT IN THE TEMPERATURE GRIDS THROUGH THE REST OF THE NIGHT. OTHERWISE THE REST OF THE FORECAST WAS ON TRACK SO ONLY MINOR CHANGES WERE MADE TO THE GRIDS. DID FINE TUNE THE T AND TD ONES PER THE LATEST OBS...TRENDS...AND GUIDANCE. THE UPDATES HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE NDFD AND WEB SERVERS. WILL ALSO UPDATE THE ZFP LATER TO REMOVE THE EVENING WORDING AND BETTER REFLECT THE SKY COVER ONCE THE CLOUDS MOVE IN FOR THE REST OF THE NIGHT.
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&& .SHORT TERM...
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(THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT) ISSUED AT 313 PM EDT FRI OCT 17 2014 AFTER A ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL DAY...A SHORT WAVE AND ASSOCIATED FRONT WILL BE MOVING INTO THE AREA ON SATURDAY. THE MODELS ALL HAVE SOME LIGHT PRECIPITATION FORECAST FOR THE SATURDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING. THIS IS PRETTY MUCH LIKE A CLIPPER SYSTEM...IN THAT IT WILL NOT HAVE A LOT OF LOW LEVEL MOISTURE WITH IT. WITH THIS TYPE OF A SYSTEM...THE CLOUDS WILL GRADUALLY LOWER AND THEN AS PRECIPITATION FALLS INTO THE LOWER LAYERS TO SATURATE IT...IT WILL FINALLY START HITTING THE GROUND. SO IT WILL LIKELY START OUT AS SPRINKLES AND THEN CHANGE TO LIGHT SHOWERS. IN EITHER CASE...JUST A COUPLE OF HUNDREDTHS OF RAIN IS EXPECTED WITH THIS SYSTEM...WITH THE GREATEST CHANCES AND AMOUNTS EXPECTED IN THE FAR EASTERN PORTION OF THE STATE. THE BIG STORY IS THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME PATCHY FROST ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THIS IS A DIFFICULT FORECAST BECAUSE IT WILL DEPEND SO MUCH ON THE WINDS AND HOW QUICKLY THE CLOUDS CLEAR OUT. PUT SOME PATCHY FROST IN THE FORECAST. DEPENDING OF THE WINDS AND CLOUDS...IT COULD BE BETTER OR WORSE...BUT FOR NOW DECIDED ON PATCHY AND MOSTLY IN THE VALLEYS. .LONG TERM...(SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY) ISSUED AT 313 PM EDT FRI OCT 17 2014 12Z SUNDAY STARTS OFF WITH A HIGH PRESSURE SETTLING INTO THE TENNESSEE VALLEY REGION...ALLOWING FOR ABUNDANT SUNSHINE AND DRY CONDITIONS. WINDS WILL GENERALLY BE OUT OF THE NW ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE EXITING TROUGH...HELPING TO USHER IN A MUCH COOLER AIR MASS. TEMPS SHOULD TOP OUT AROUND THE 60 DEGREE MARK ON SUNDAY...WHILE SUNDAY NIGHT COULD SEE A GOOD RIDGE/VALLEY SPLIT WITH OPTIMAL RADIATIONAL COOLING. TEMPS DROPPING INTO THE UPPER 30S ARE A GOOD POSSIBILITY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT...WITH SOME PATCHY FROST NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION ACROSS THE REGION. A S/WV WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION DURING MONDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING. BOTH THE 12Z GFS AND 00Z ECMWF SHOW A GOOD AMOUNT OF LOW-TO-MID LEVEL MOISTURE OVER EASTERN KENTUCKY...THOUGH THE GFS SOLUTION IS A BIT SLOWER AND WETTER. SO THE EXACT TIMING AND EXTENT OF THE PRECIP IS A BIT UNCERTAIN. IF THE GFS PANS OUT...THE MOISTURE WILL RIDE ALONG THE FRONT ACROSS MUCH OF KY WITH GOOD COVERAGE BETWEEN 00Z TUESDAY AND 06Z WEDNESDAY. MEANWHILE THE ECMWF SHOWS THE MAJORITY OF THE MOISTURE WRAPPED AROUND THE LOW...WITH LESS PRECIP RIDING ALONG THE PROTRUDING FRONT THAT EXTENDS SWD INTO OUR REGION. THIS SCENARIO WOULD KEEP LESS MOISTURE ACROSS THE CWA MONDAY NIGHT. IT WOULD ALSO INCREASE THE QPF AS UPSLOPE INFLUENCES TAKE AFFECT TUESDAY MORNING BEFORE THE SYSTEM EXITS. UPSLOPE FLOW COULD LINGER AS THE UL S/WV STRENGTHENS INTO A CLOSED LOW EAST OF KY...WITH STAGNANT MOTION EXPECTED MUCH OF WEDNESDAY. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT MODEL DIFFERENCES AS TO HOW THE CLOSED LOW EVOLVES DURING THE THURSDAY/FRIDAY TIME FRAME. THE GFS IS MUCH FASTER WITH THE LOWS MVMT UP THE NEW ENGLAND COAST...WHICH WOULD ALLOW FOR A RIDGE TO BUILD IN TO OUR CWA ON THURSDAY. HOWEVER...THE ECMWF KEEPS THE CLOSED LOW WOBBLING ALONG THE MID ATLANTIC COASTLINE THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. THIS SOLUTION WOULD KEEP SOME REMNANT MOISTURE AND WEAK NW FLOW IN THE EASTERN PORTION OF OUR CWA DURING THAT PERIOD.
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&& .AVIATION...
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(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z SATURDAY NIGHT) ISSUED AT 308 AM EDT SAT OCT 18 2014 VFR PREVAILED AT THE START OF THE PERIOD IN EASTERN KY...WITH CLEAR SKIES IN OUR SW COUNTIES AND CEILINGS AROUND 6K FT AGL OVER MUCH OF THE NE PART OF THE AREA. OVERNIGHT AND DURING THE DAY SATURDAY THE CEILINGS WILL SHOW AN OVERALL EXPANSION TO THE SOUTH AND LOWER IN HEIGHT. MOST LOCATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MVFR BY AFTERNOON. AS COOLING ALOFT OCCURS DURING THE DAY...THE CLOUD DEPTH WILL GROW GREATER...AND ISOLATED TO SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP GENERALLY NORTH AND EAST OF THE CUMBERLAND RIVER BASIN. THE SHOWERS SHOULD DIE OUT BY THE END OF THE PERIOD. MVFR CEILINGS SHOULD BEGIN TO BREAK UP ON SATURDAY EVENING OVER THE CUMBERLAND RIVER BASIN AND THE BLUEGRASS REGION.
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&& .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ UPDATE...HAL SHORT TERM...JJ LONG TERM...JVM AVIATION...HAL

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