Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KLWX 131322 AFDLWX AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 922 AM EDT SUN APR 13 2014 .SYNOPSIS... HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN ANCHORED OFF THE EAST COAST THROUGH MONDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL GRADUALLY MOVE THROUGH THE REGION LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY...WITH HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING INTO THE AREA FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH MONDAY/...
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FORECAST AREA IS SOLIDLY IN THE WARM SECTOR THIS MORNING...WITH SIGNIFICANTLY MORE HUMID AIR THAN YESTERDAY AND TEMPERATURES THAT ARE SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY AT THIS TIME EAST OF THE BLUE RIDGE...AND SIGNIFICANTLY WARMER WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE. TEMPS ARE ALREADY AROUND 70 IN VALLEYS...AND MID 60S AT HIGHER ELEVATIONS...WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE. FORECAST FOR TODAY LOOKS GENERALLY ON TRACK...WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 70S TO LOWER 80S. HOWEVER...SOME SLIGHT ONSHORE FLOW WILL HOLD TEMPS DOWN ALONG THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE BAY. THIS IS ALREADY ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE FORECAST. THE ONLY UPDATE WAS TO ADD ISOLATED SHOWERS LATE THIS MORNING ALONG THE WESTERN SLOPES OF MINERAL AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES...AS SOME LIGHT PRECIP APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. THAT PRECIP WILL NOT SURVIVE CROSSING THE MOUNTAINS...SO ELSEWHERE SHOULD STAY DRY. HIPRES WILL RETREAT FURTHER OFFSHORE TNGT AS A COLD FRONT ADVANCES EWD INTO THE MIDWEST/GREAT LAKES REGIONS TNGT. MOIST SLY WINDS 5-15 MPH WILL PERSIST AFTER SUNSET...KEEPING TEMPS MILD TNGT AND FOG POTENTIAL LOW. FCST MIN TEMPS IN THE UPPER 50S/LOWER 60S FAVORED THE WARMER BIAS CORRECT MET/NAM GUIDANCE. STRATUS MAY DEVELOP AGAIN NEAR THE CHSPK BAY. THE COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE WRN SIDE OF THE APPALACHIANS ON MON. HEIGHT FALLS ALOFT AHEAD OF THE AMPLIFY CENTRAL CONUS TROUGH WILL SPREAD EWD TOWARD THE ERN SEABOARD DURING THE DAY AND SLY LLVL JET WILL TRANSPORT MOISTURE INTO THE REGION. HOWEVER...POPS WERE KEPT LOW AND COVERAGE LIMITED TO THE MTS AS THE MAIN SYNOPTIC LIFT REMAINS UPSTREAM OF THE CWA. NOT MUCH INSTABILITY PRESENT ON MON DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF A MID-LVL CAPPING INVERSION. THE MID-LVL SUBSIDENCE INVERSION WEAKENS LATE IN THE DAY ACROSS THE WRN HIGHLANDS...WHERE SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS WERE MENTIONED. TEMPS EXPECTED TO REACH THE MID TO UPPER 70S ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA DESPITE INCREASING CLOUD COVER.
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&& .SHORT TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/...
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MON NIGHT...THE 00Z/03Z ENSEMBLE MODEL GUIDANCE IN GENERALLY GOOD AGREEMENT ON POSITION OF THE APPROACHING COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES/OHIO/TENNESSEE VALLEY EARLY IN THE PERIOD. MODELS ARE SLOWER WITH FRONTAL PASSAGE THEN WAS ADVERTISED YESTERDAY...SO THE CWA WILL STILL BE IN A MILD SOUTHERLY REGIME THIS PERIOD. TUE AND TUE NIGHT...THE COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH DURING THE DAYTIME. STRONG COLD ADVECTION BEHIND THE FRONT WILL USHER IN MUCH COLDER CONDITIONS. RAIN WILL DEVELOP JUST AHEAD AND ALONG THE FRONT WITH AMOUNTS OF BETWEEN ONE HALF TO ONE INCH CWA WIDE...WITH SOME HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO ONE AND ONE-HALF INCH POSSIBLE IN CONVECTION. INSTABILITY NOT HIGH OWING TO AMPLE CLOUD COVER...BUT SOME ELEVATED CONVECTION INSTABILITY OF 100-500 J/KG...SO THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE. TUE NIGHT...THERE COULD BE LINGERING POST-FRONTAL SHOWERS...AND ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE...COLD AIR ALOFT COULD MEAN SOME SNOW MIXED IN WITH SHOWERS...BUT NOTHING APPRECIABLE EXPECTED FOR ACCUMULATIONS. 85H TEMPS FALL TO -6C TO -10C RANGE LATE TUE NIGHT. STRONG CAA WILL KEEP NW WINDS
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&& .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
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WED...HIGH PRESSURE CENTER OVER THE OHIO VALLEY WILL MOVE EAST AND AND BE OVER THE REGION BY THE END OF WED. TEMPERATURES ON WED WILL BE UNSEASONABLY COOL BY A GOOD 10 TO 15 DEGF WITH BLUSTERY WINDS TO START THE DAY...GRADUALLY DIMINISHING BY LATE AFTERNOON. THU-FRI...HIGH PRESSURE WILL MOVE NORTHEAST AND FORM A RIDGE ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD BRINGING DRY WEATHER AND NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS. COOL TEMPS EXPECTED THUR...ALTHOUGH NOT QUITE AS COOL AS WED. TEMPS MODERATE A BIT MORE ON FRI. SAT...LOTS OF UNCERTAINTY AS WE HEAD TOWARD THE WEEKEND. RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS DRY FOR SAT...BUT VARIOUS MODEL SOLNS ARE SHOWING LOW PRESSURE SOMEWHERE OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD...OR GREAT LAKES... DEPENDING ON WHAT MODEL GUIDANCE ONE LOOKS AT. FOR NOW WILL DOWNPLAY PRECIP CHANCES AS UNCERTAINTY IS HIGH.
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&& .AVIATION /13Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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VFR CONDITIONS THROUGH THIS EVENING. WINDS ARE INCREASING AND WILL BE GUSTY AROUND 20 KTS THIS AFTERNOON. STRATUS MAY DEVELOP ERY MON MRNG AGAIN NEAR THE BAY. VFR ON MON WITH SLY WINDS 15-25 KT. MON NIGHT VFR CONDITIONS INITIALLY...WITH LOWERING CIGS TO MVFR DURING THE OVERNIGHT. ON TUE...IFR CIGS AND VSBYS IN AREAS OF RAIN ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE FRONT...WITH BRIEF PDS OF TSTMS POSSIBLE. FRONT MOVES THROUGH TUE AFTERNOON...WITH CONDITIONS VFR EXPECTED LATE TUE THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. NW WINDS 15 TO 20 KT WITH GUSTS TO 25 KT LATE TUE NIGHT AND WED MORNING.
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&& .MARINE...
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WINDS GRADUALLY INCREASING OVER THE MARINE AREA...WITH SCA STARTING AT NOON. WIND GUSTS 20-25 KNOTS EXPECTED THROUGH THE EVENING. SCA CONTINUES THROUGH MONDAY...THOUGH THERE MAY BE A BRIEF PERIOD OF LIGHTER WINDS LATE TONIGHT ESPECIALLY ON THE UPPER TIDAL POTOMAC. SCA LEVEL WINDS ARE EXPECTED MON NIGHT THROUGH WED. NEAR GALE FORCE WIND GUSTS POSSIBLE LATE TUE EVENING AND EARLY WED MORNING ON THE LOWER BAY AND LOWER TIDAL POTOMAC. WINDS DIMINISH BELOW SCA LEVELS BY LATE WED. THEN SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY LEVEL CONDITIONS ARE NOT LIKELY AGAIN THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK.
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&& .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING...
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TIDAL ANOMALIES HAVE NOW TURNED POSITIVE AS SOUTHERLY FLOW PERSISTS. POSITIVE ANOMALIES WILL CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY INCREASE OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS. ALTHOUGH CBOFS GUIDANCE KEEPS ALL WRN SHORE FCST POINTS BELOW MINOR COASTAL FLOOD THRESHOLD...WITH THE SOUTHERLY FLOW EXPECTED TO PERSIST THRU MONDAY NIGHT AND A FULL MOON UPCOMING...WE BELIEVEWATER LEVELS COULD APPROACH MINOR FLOOD CRITERIA AT THE MORE SENSITIVE LOCATIONS AROUND THE HIGHER HIGH TIDES EARLY MONDAY AND EARLY TUESDAY.
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&& .LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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DC...NONE. MD...NONE. VA...NONE. WV...NONE. MARINE...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM EDT MONDAY FOR ANZ530>543.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...JRK NEAR TERM...JE/JRK SHORT TERM...SMZ LONG TERM...SMZ AVIATION...JE/JRK/SMZ MARINE...JE/SMZ TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING...JRK/JE

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