Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KJKL 201759 AFDJKL AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Jackson KY 1259 PM EST Fri Jan 20 2017 .UPDATE...
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Issued at 1259 PM EST FRI JAN 20 2017 Temps were running slightly warmer than the forecast temperature curve, and with clouds breaking, have raised max temps a couple degrees for this afternoon. UPDATE Issued at 949 AM EST FRI JAN 20 2017 Aside from a few sprinkles in some places, it appears the precip is finished, and the POP has been reduced to below 20% for the remainder of today. There are also some breaks in the clouds, and the sky cover for today into tonight has been updated based on latest obs and model forecasts. Otherwise, have only blended mid-morning obs into the afternoon forecast. UPDATE Issued at 745 AM EST FRI JAN 20 2017 Freshened up the grids to reflect the back edge of the rain showers and lower PoPs through the rest of the day. Also touched up the T and Td grids per the latest obs and trends. These have been sent to the NDFD and web servers. A new set of zones were issued, as well.
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&& .SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday) Issued at 350 AM EST FRI JAN 20 2017 08z sfc analysis shows a healthy area of low pressure moving through the Mid Mississippi Valley. From this, a warm front is lifting into eastern Kentucky with a band of moderate rain showers pushing across the CWA ATTM. Most locations will measure from this early this morning with an average of a quarter to half an inch of rain common through dawn. Another very mild night is underway for this time of year with readings not far from 50 degrees and dewpoints similar. Aside from in the band of heavier showers, winds are generally light and from the south to southeast across the area early this morning. The models are in good agreement aloft through the bulk of the short term portion of the forecast. They all depict a lead trough pivoting through the Great Plains/Midwest and sending the core of its energy through Kentucky early this morning. Heights will then rebound over the CWA today as the next mid level low grinds into the Central Plains. This will resume our bout of deep level southwesterly flow along with ample bits of energy riding through the region. The model spread with these key features does expand late in the period, but the general pattern is pretty well set continuing the southwest flow to 00z Sunday and beyond. Accordingly, have favored a general model blend with a hedge toward the latest HRRR in the near term. Sensible weather will feature the bulk of the pcpn with this latest wave passing through by dawn for most places - running out ahead of the lifting warm front. In the wake of this, some lingering showers will remain behind this morning and fade out by afternoon as the trend favors drying through the rest of the day but also continued warm conditions. For tonight, do anticipate a ridge to valley temperature split opening up along with patchy valley fog developing. The next wave of pcpn then moves into the area from the southwest on Saturday afternoon with another quarter to half inch of rainfall possible through evening - while this unusual winter warmth continues unabated. Again used the CONSShort and ShortBlend as the starting point for most elements through the short term portion of the forecast. Did make some terrain based adjustments for lows tonight given the pattern favorable for an inversion and temp splits. Also, adjusted PoPs to better time the passage of the bulk of the showers this morning. .LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Thursday) Issued at 305 AM EST FRI JAN 20 2017 The primary focus in the extended will be a strong area of low pressure that is forecast to move out of the southern Plains along the southern stream of the jet stream Saturday night and Sunday. This system is still expected to deepen as it cross the Tennessee valley and moves into the Mid Atlantic region Sunday night and Monday and eventually into New England Monday night and Tuesday. With so much warm air in place, this system will produce nothing but rain for our part of the country. The rain could be locally heavy at times Sunday through Monday. We may see a few thunderstorms Saturday night and Sunday, as a strong area of low pressure moves by just to the south of the area. The rain will taper off from west to east on Tuesday, and should be out of the area by the end of the day Tuesday. The models are having trouble dealing with the evolution and coverage of precipitation associated with a second weather system that is progged to move across region Tuesday night through Wednesday night. This the GFS and ECMWF are both moving an area of low pressure quickly across the Great Lakes during the middle of the week, with a cold front trailing from it that would extend southward from the lower Great Lakes southward to the Gulf Coast. The issue here is that the models are washing out the front as it moves eastward, with very little QPF associated with it as it does so. That being said, decided to keep Tuesday night and Wednesday dry, at least until the models are able to converge on a common solution that produces precipitation across eastern Kentucky. Did decide to include some precipitation in the forecast for the area Thursday through Friday, per the latest model blend and ECWMF solutions. There is some uncertainty involved in that part of the forecast, will go with only a slight chance of precipitation to finish out next week. There could be enough cold air in place to allow for some snow Thursday night, but not enough to cause any issues should it actually occur. Temperatures are still expected to be above normal to begin the period, with daily highs in the 50s Monday through Wednesday, and nightly lows in the generally in the 40s. The second half of the week will be much cooler, as cooler air filters into the area behind the departed area of low pressure that is expected to bring precip to the area to start the week. Highs on Thursday and Friday are expected to only make it into the 40s, with lows expected to fall into the 30s on Thursday morning, and around 30s on Friday morning. && .AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon) ISSUED AT 1247 PM EST FRI JAN 20 2017 A mix of VFR and MVFR conditions existed at TAF issuance, but conditions were showing an overall improvement. Restrictions were due to ceilings. From late afternoon on, VFR is expected to last well into the night. Some locations are expecting ceilings to again drop to MVFR for a time Saturday morning, but confidence is not high in this scenario. && .JKL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ UPDATE...HAL SHORT TERM...GREIF LONG TERM...AR AVIATION...HAL is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.