Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 230803 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 403 AM EDT Wed Aug 23 2017 .SHORT TERM...
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(Today through Thursday) Issued at 358 AM EDT WED AUG 23 2017 A cold front is currently tracking eastward across Kentucky. Based on latest IR imagery, there is a defined edge to the cloud cover along and ahead of the frontal boundary verses the drying/clear skies behind. Most pre-frontal precip has now moved out of the CWA, with just a few lingering showers right along the VA border. These showers should continue to exit over the next couple of hours. The cold front should make it through the CWA and exit just to our SE by dawn or just thereafter. In the wake of the cold front, a large area of high pressure will begin moving in from our northwest, encompassing much of the north-central Conus. Meanwhile, aloft, a large upper level low over eastern Quebec will result in longwave troughing across much of the eastern Conus, including the Ohio Valley. This will produce deep NW flow across the region, pulling in a cooler Canadian airmass. Our position to the east of the surface high will promote northerly flow at the surface, with NW flow aloft. All in all, this will do two things: Promote dry (much less humid) conditions across the region, as well as below normal temperatures. Highs today will be in the upper 70s across much of the CWA with very little humidity. This pattern will remain in place through the rest of the short term portion of the forecast. Radiational cooling and continued weak northerly flow overnight will allow temps to drop into the 50s for lows, with lowest temps in the valleys. A near-surface inversion will also set up overnight, which will trap lingering moisture (generally in the valleys) and promote valley fog overnight. Once fog lifts and dissipates Thursday, similar conditions to today will be in place. However, the northerly flow will actually intensify a bit, so temps on Thursday will only reach the mid and upper 70s across the CWA. .LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Tuesday) Issued at 403 AM EDT WED AUG 23 2017 The long wave pattern will be amplifying through early next week, as ridging sharpens up west of the Rockies, while troughing is found across the eastern half of the CONUS. The model agreement is decent through the first half of the weekend, but confidence then decreases into early next week, as questions revolve around the eventual outcome of the tropical system Harvey. The ECMWF has been slower to eject this feature out of the western Gulf, while the operational GFS has been more progressive. Most of the GFS ensemble members are slower as well, so did favor this solution a bit more than the blended guidance reflected into early next week. Drier and cooler weather will prevail across eastern Kentucky through Saturday, as high pressure controls to our north. An inverted trough will then nose in from the southwest by Sunday and into early next week, bringing a diurnal increase in POPs, but did stay just a bit under the blended guidance numbers. Temperatures will average below normal through the period, with highs mainly in the mid to upper 70s, with lows in the mid to upper 50s.
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&& .AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night) ISSUED AT 155 AM EDT WED AUG 23 2017 A cold front is continuing southeast, and will be crossing eastern Kentucky through the overnight. Pre-frontal convection is now confined to the far SE CWA along the VA border and will continue exiting SE of the state over the next few hours. As we lose instability, expect any remaining convection to be in the form of rain. There is some residual low clouds and fog across some of the TAF sites in the immediate aftermath of the precip, with conditions ranging from VFR to VLIFR across eastern Kentucky. However, strong dry air advection is in place, so do not expect these cigs or fog to persist more than a couple of hours. That being said, this will be something to monitor in case further updates need to be made to keep it in for a longer duration. Regardless, by daybreak tomorrow, high pressure will be in full swing with VFR conditions in play through the remainder of the TAF period. Winds will be light and variable, and a few fair weather diurnal CU (between 4 and 6k) will be possible during the afternoon hours. A cold front is swinging south across eastern Kentucky tonight with a period of showers and thunderstorms. The convection will bring reductions in visibility and ceilings through midnight. As the front passes later tonight, some lower cigs could develop late bringing ceilings back into the MVFR category and possibly even IFR late. Look for the low clouds to dissipate by midday on Wednesday. VFR conditions then follow for quite some time. Winds will be light and variable through the period, outside of any storms this evening. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SHORT TERM...JMW LONG TERM...GEOGERIAN AVIATION...JMW is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.