Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS

Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
-- Highlight Changed Discussion --
-- Discussion containing changed information from previous version are highlighted. --
000 FXUS61 KPBZ 191747 AFDPBZ AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PITTSBURGH PA 217 PM EDT TUE AUG 19 2014 .SYNOPSIS... A SERIES OF DISTURBANCES WILL KEEP OCCASIONAL SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM CHANCES IN THE FORECAST THROUGH THE WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... A WK MD LVL TROF...ALG WITH TERRAIN ENHANCEMENT...CONT TO PRODUCE ISOLD SHWRS E OF PIT. ADDNL CNVCTN WL BE PSBL THRU THE DAY IN THIS SAME AREA AS THE TROF SHIFTS E...WITH MRNG RAOBS SHOWING TOO MUCH CAPPING FOR CNVCTN FURTHER W. RAOBS SPPRT HIGH TEMPS A LTL ABV THE SEASONAL AVG. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY/... CONTINUES TO LOOK LIKE AN MCS WILL MOVE THROUGH SOMETIME TONIGHT. DO FEEL THAT MODELS...PARTICULARLY THE NAM...MAY BE OVERPLAYING THE INTENSITY OF THE COMPLEX AND MAY BE A BIT FAST. SEEING A LOT OF CONVECTIVE FEEDBACK IN THE NAM QPF SOLUTIONS LIKELY DUE TO THE FORECASTED INTENSITY OF THE SHORTWAVE. ATMOSPHERE IS NOT PARTICULARLY UNSTABLE OVERNIGHT AS THE THE REAL JUICY AIR REMAINS TO THE WEST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF A STALLED BOUNDARY. IN THE SMALLER SCALE...NAM IS SHOWING VERY STRONG LOW LEVEL MOISTURE CONVERGENCE AND FORCING RIGHT AHEAD OF THE WAVE...LEADING ME TO BELIEVE THAT IT IS TRYING TO FORCE THE BOUNDARY EASTWARD. HOWEVER...IT APPEARS THAT FRONTAL INFLUENCE WILL WEAKEN AS IT RUNS INTO LOW LEVEL SUBSIDENCE FROM EASTERN HIGH. WILL NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE OVERNIGHT PERIOD IN FUTURE FORECASTS. FEEL MARGINALLY CONFIDENT THAT WIDESPREAD SHOWERS WILL MOVE THROUGH... BUT AT THIS POINT...WILL NOT OVERPLAY A SEVERE THREAT AND HAVE LARGE RESERVATIONS ON THE CORRECT TIMING. WILL ALSO NEED TO WATCH HOW THE AIR-MASS EVOLVES TODAY. IF THE HIGH SURFACE TDS DO MAKE IT FURTHER EAST...HEAVY DOWNPOURS WILL BE A THREAT OVERNIGHT. WAVE MOVES EAST WEDNESDAY MORNING...ALLOWING THE JUICY AIR TO THE WEST TO SHIFT EASTWARD. ATMOSPHERE DESTABILIZES IN RESPONSE TO THIS CONTINUING THE THREAT FOR SHOWERS AND STORMS. IT IS LIKELY THAT A BOUNDARY WILL BE LAYING OUT ACROSS THE REGION WEDNESDAY AND THIS WOULD BE THE FOCUS OF ACTIVITY. A GENERAL NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION FROM CONVECTION AND A LATE DAY/EVENING WAVE WILL ONLY INCREASE THE THREAT. STILL HAVE HESITATIONS ON LOCATION AND TIMING OF ANY WAVE THAT FAR OUT. ACTIVITY SHOULD QUIET WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH THE LOSS OF DAYTIME HEATING AND UPPER LEVEL SUPPORT. REALLY LOOKS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD ON THURSDAY WITH LITTLE TO NO CHANGE IN THE OVERALL PATTERN (ALOFT OR AT THE SURFACE). HUMID AND WARM BOTH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/... LITTLE CHANGE IN THE FORECAST UNTIL PERHAPS SUNDAY WHEN AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE MAY BE ABLE TO EJECT STUBBORN FRONTAL BOUNDARY. THIS WILL MEAN A CONTINUATION OF SHOWERS AND STORMS DEPENDENT ON TIMING AND LOCATION OF UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCES. A STRONGER COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED SOMETIME MONDAY WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY BRING A CHANGE. && .AVIATION /17Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED WITH RELATIVELY LIGHT WINDS THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY AND THROUGH THE EVENING BEFORE A DISTURBANCE APPROACHING FROM THE WEST PASSES OVERHEAD AND BRINGS A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. OPTED TO MAINTAIN VCSH IN LATEST TAFS FOR NOW UNTIL THIS FEATURE TRANSITIONS FURTHER EAST AND FORECAST CONFIDENCE INCREASES IN TIMING. OUTLOOK.../WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... SEVERAL CROSSING DISTURBANCES WILL CAUSE PERIODIC RESTRICTIONS INTO THE WEEKEND. && .PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... MD...NONE. OH...NONE. PA...NONE. WV...NONE. && $$

USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.