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000 FXUS61 KPBZ 301813 AFDPBZ AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA 213 PM EDT SAT AUG 30 2014 .SYNOPSIS... SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BECOME MORE NUMEROUS TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY WITH THE THREAT OF HEAVY RAIN INCREASING AS WELL. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH SUNDAY/... WATER VAPOR IMAGERY REVEALS NEARLY A HANDFUL OF UPPER WAVES AND POTENTIAL VORTICITY FEATURES OF CONCERN FOR THE NEAR TERM PERIOD. THE DEEPEST OF THESE IS DIVING SOUTHEASTWARD THROUGH MINNESOTA AT THE MOMENT...WITH THE LEADING FEATURE NEARING LAKE MICHIGAN...AND YET ANOTHER UPPER PV ANOMALY SCREAMING NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE MID- MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AT THE MOMENT. ALL OF THESE WILL LIKELY PLAY INTO THE FORECAST FOR THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND ESPECIALLY INTO THE DAYTIME ON SUNDAY. HOWEVER...BEFORE WE GET THERE...SOME VERY WARM AND STICKY CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY. A DECENT LAYER OF WARM AIR IS EVIDENT IN THE 6-8 KFT LAYER ON RUC/NAM SOUNDINGS...AND THIS HAS WORKED TO RETARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF CUMULUS THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS TODAY. WHILE THIS IS SET TO ERODE...IT SEEMS LIKELY TO BE INCOMING MID AND HIGH CLOUDS AHEAD OF THE ACTIVITY TO OUR WEST THAT WILL TURN SKIES PARTLY CLOUDY ACROSS THE AREA BY LATE AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING...RATHER THAN WIDESPREAD CUMULUS DEVELOPMENT OUTSIDE THE RIDGES. SURFACE DEWPOINTS HAVE ALREADY RISEN INTO THE UPPER 60S TO NEAR 70 AND AS SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW INCREASES AND DEEPER MOISTURE POISED TO OUR SOUTHWEST ADVANCES NORTHEASTWARD...IT SEEMS THAT DEWPOINT VALUES IN THE 70S MAY BECOME MORE COMMON OVER THE NEXT 12-24 HOURS. THIS WILL LIKELY COINCIDE WITH THE EROSION OF THE WARM LAYER ALOFT...AND LIKELY WITH LARGE SCALE DESTABILIZATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AHEAD OF THE TRIFECTA OF UPPER FEATURES SET TO AFFECT THE AREA. AS THE FIRST WAVE SHEARS OUT ACROSS THE UPPER GREAT LAKES...THE LOW LEVEL FRONTAL ZONE SAGS SOUTHEASTWARD TOWARD OUR NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF OUR FORECAST AREA. THIS LOOKS TO INCREASE LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE INTO THE LATE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT IN AREAS ADVANCING NORTHEASTWARD FROM EASTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN OHIO INTO WESTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. IT IS UP THIS CORRIDOR THAT THE NAM/SREF/GFS/LOCAL WRF ALL FOCUS PWAT VALUES OF 2 INCHES OR GREATER...THEN MANAGE TO PERSIST THEM OVER THIS AXIS FOR 12-18 HOURS AS THE FIRST WAVE SHEARS OFF TO THE EAST AND EASTWARD PROGRESS OF THE MOISTURE AXIS SEEMS LIKELY TO STALL. WITH THE MOISTURE AXIS STILL IN PLACE...AND FRONTAL ZONE LIKELY STALLED SOMEWHERE IN THE CENTRAL PORTION OF THE FORECAST AREA...THE THREAT FOR HEAVY RAIN IS VERY REAL. NOT ONLY DO A SUCCESSION OF WAVES SEEM LIKELY TO TRACK DOWN THIS FRONT AFTER IT BECOMES STALLED AS A COUPLE OF WAVES MOVE UP FROM THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BEFORE THE WAVE CURRENTLY OVER MINNESOTA KICKS THE FRONT EASTWARD...BUT WE REMAIN LOCATED IN THE RIGHT ENTRANCE REGION OF AN UNSEASONABLY STRONG UPPER JET STREAK...WITH MODEL TIME HEIGHT SECTIONS SUGGESTING STRONG LIFT IN THE 0-10C LAYER. THIS IS INDICATIVE OF COLLISION AND COALESCENCE PROCESSES...AND COMBINED WITH LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE...UPPER LEVEL DIVERGENCE...AND A STRONG MOISTURE STREAM WITH AT LEAST MODERATE INSTABILITY IN PLACE...A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS BEING SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED. WITH DEEP MOISTURE IN PLACE THROUGH SUNDAY...TEMPERATURES WILL BE RATHER SLOW TO FALL OVERNIGHT...AND ALSO SLOW TO RISE TOMORROW. EXPECTED THE DIURNAL SPREAD TO BE LITTLE MORE THAN 10 DEGREES DURING THAT TIME FRAME. FRIES && .SHORT TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... LIKELY POPS MAINTAINED INTO SUNDAY AS SHORTWAVE MOVES ACROSS REGION. AS SHORTWAVE EXIST SHOWERS WILL DECREASE NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST SUNDAY NIGHT. MONDAY WILL BE WARM AND HUMID WITH ONLY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND STORMS IN LOW LEVEL INSTABILITY BUT NO REAL UPPER LEVEL SUPPORT. BY TUESDAY FAIRLY STRONG UPPER LEVEL TROUGH AND COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH WITH LIKELY POPS ESPECIALLY BY AFTERNOON. CONTINUED WARM AND QUITE HUMID AHEAD OF THE FRONT. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL LINGER TUESDAY NIGHT AS COLD FRONT PUSHES EAST. HIGH PRESSURE MOVES OVER THE EAST COAST WEDNESDAY...AND SHOULD MANAGE TO DEFLECT PRECIPITATION ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONT TO THE NORTH UNTIL AT LEAST FRIDAY. COLD FRONT COULD GET CLOSE ENOUGH BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO BRING AT LEAST AN ISOLATED SHOWER TO WESTERN AREAS. TEMPERATURES WILL BE A FEW DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. && .AVIATION /18Z SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... SOME RAGGED MID AND HIGH CLOUDS SEEM POISED TO OVERSPREAD THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON...WITH INCREASING LAYER MOISTURE. GUSTS WILL BECOME COMMON THIS AFTERNOON AS STRONGER MOMENTUM ALOFT MIXES DOWN AS WELL. RAIN SHOWERS AHEAD OF A SYSTEM APPROACHING FROM THE WEST WILL INCREASE FROM WEST TO EAST THROUGH THE LATE EVENING HOURS...WITH SOME HEAVY RAIN LIKELY TO FOLLOW LATER TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING. VIS/CIG RESTRICTIONS SEEM VERY LIKELY AT ALL SITES GOING INTO SUNDAY MORNING. FRIES && .PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...NONE. OH...NONE. PA...NONE. WV...NONE. && $$

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