Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KPAH 131559

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
959 AM CST Wed Dec 13 2017

Issued at 959 AM CST Wed Dec 13 2017

15Z observations are running dry relative to the forecast. Most
guidance is indicating significant increases in surface dewpoints
with continued mixing this afternoon, but the moisture aloft in
the 12Z KLZK sounding doesn`t support such an increase. The 12Z
MET guidance is the driest available at this time, so ran with it
this afternoon in an update. Temperatures are also a bit shy of
forecast, so knocked them down just a degree or so this afternoon.
We are still way above guidance. The result on relative humidity
is to take the entire area down to a 23%-29% range by 21Z. If the
adjustment toward the MET is not dry enough at 17Z, we may have
to issue a Red Flag Warning after coordinating with our fire
weather partners.

Stay tuned!


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Friday night)
Issued at 257 AM CST Wed Dec 13 2017

A Wind Advisory will be in effect today for most of the area,
minus the Ozark Foothills. Strong low pressure will be near KORD
around 18z, with strong low level southwest flow developing ahead
of an approaching front associated with the low. Sounding data
utilizing momentum transfer suggests gusts to 35 kts or slightly
higher possible over most of the area, generally from 16-22z. This
axis of highest winds will be moving east through the day. See the
Fire Weather Section for additional details regarding RH and fire
danger today. Temperature wise, we usually are never warm enough
with forecast numbers when it`s this dry, with strong SW low trop
flow and sun. MAV was the warmest guidance, and we went another
couple of degrees above that area wide. We had a 34-41 degree
diurnal swing just two days ago with similar conditions.
Otherwise, some passing clouds, times of sun as well.

Roller coaster ride will continue with respect to temps. In the
wake of the front it will cool back down tonight and Thursday.
Highs Thursday will be back in the upper 30s to lower 40s. However
it should not be as breezy. Dry weather continues.

For Friday, a long wave pos tilt trof will move southeast toward
the area. However, this system too will be moisture starved. So we
continue with a dry forecast. All the models are in sync keeping
it dry. Just variable cloud cover.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Tuesday)
Issued at 257 AM CST Wed Dec 13 2017

Relatively good agreement among forecast models lends higher than
average confidence to the long term portion of the forecast through
the weekend. Confidence decreases somewhat heading into early next
week with greater model variability.

A moderating trend is still expected over the weekend into early
next week as a flatter upper level flow pattern takes shape. In this
pattern, an upper low over western Mexico is forecast to transition
to an open wave as it pivots northeast across the Southern Plains
into the Mississippi Valley on Sunday. The end result should be an
increased chance for rain starting Saturday night and continuing
into Sunday. Forecast models taper the rain off from west to east
Sunday night. Right now, model forecast soundings indicate a
temperature profile supportive of all liquid precipitation through
the period.

Both the ECMWF and CMC bring an upper level trough/deformation zone
across the area on Monday with little fanfare. However, the slower
00Z GFS doesn`t bring the feature through until Tuesday and does so
with some light precipitation late Monday night into Tuesday
morning. The consensus of available guidance favors the more
progressive scenario, so will keep the forecast dry beyond Sunday
night for now.

With less amplification to the upper level flow pattern compared to
recent days, temperatures through the period are forecast to be
relatively mild. Consensus guidance places highs in the upper 40s to
lower 50s Saturday through Tuesday, with lows generally in the


Issued at 520 AM CST Wed Dec 13 2017

VFR cig and vsbys conditions today through tonight. Main impact
weather will be wind. SSW winds will increase to 15 to 30 kts with
some gusts to 35 kts peaking from 16-22z. The winds will diminish
by late afternoon and veer to the west and then northwest as a
front moves southeast across the area. Sustained winds will
continue to reach 6 to 12 kts toward sunset and overnight.


Issued at 257 AM CST Wed Dec 13 2017

The combination of dry vegetation and gusty southwest winds will
create an elevated fire danger across much of the forecast area
today. The main limiting factor to issuing a Red Flag Warning is the
relative humidity, which is forecast to remain above 25 percent
across most of the area this afternoon. That`s taking into account
the driest model guidance we can find, including the HRRR, RAP13,
and guidance weighted in favor of models that recently verified the
best. The Missouri Ozark foothills appear to have the best chance of
dropping slightly below 25 percent for a few hours. As a result, will
address the elevated fire danger in a SPS for now. Will coordinate
with forestry officials should Red Flag conditions become of greater
concern later today.


IL...Wind Advisory until 4 PM CST this afternoon for ILZ075>078-

MO...Wind Advisory until 4 PM CST this afternoon for MOZ087-110>112-

IN...Wind Advisory until 4 PM CST this afternoon for INZ081-082-

KY...Wind Advisory until 4 PM CST this afternoon for KYZ001>022.



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