Area Forecast Discussion
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435 FXUS62 KRAH 302353 AFDRAH AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC 753 PM EDT SAT APR 30 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A STATIONARY FRONT NEAR THE SOUTH CAROLINA BORDER WILL LIFT NORTH AS A WARM FRONT TONIGHT. A WARM SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW WILL RESULT IN WARM AND SLIGHTLY HUMID CONDITIONS THROUGH MONDAY. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... AS OF 320 PM SATURDAY... SUBSIDENCE ASSOCIATED WITH S/W RIDGE OVER THE CAROLINAS TRAPPING LOW LEVEL MOISTURE AND MAINTAINING A LOW DECK OF STRATUS ACROSS MOST OF CENTRAL NC AT MID AFTERNOON. THE EXCEPTION IS THE FAR SOUTHERN-SW COUNTIES WHERE PARTIAL BREAKS ARE OCCURRING (AS PER VISIBLE IMAGERY). THIS PARTIAL SUN HAS AIDED TO BOOST TEMPS INTO THE MID 70S. OTHERWISE TEMPS WELL BELOW NORMAL...GENERALLY IN THE LOW-MID 60S. BULK OF CENTRAL NC WILL REMAIN RAIN FREE INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS. EXCEPTION WILL BE THE FAR SW COUNTIES WHERE MODEST INSTABILITY AND WEAK CONVERGENCE ALONG A STALLED SFC BOUNDARY WILL SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FEW SHOWERS AND POSSIBLY A THUNDERSTORM. BETTER CHANCES FOR SHOWERS WILL OCCUR LATER THIS EVENING AND INTO THE OVERNIGHT AS THE STALLED SFC FRONT BEGINS TO LIFT NWD AS A WARM FRONT. NEAR TERM MODEL GUIDANCE AS WELL AS CONVECTIVE ALLOWING MODEL GUIDANCE SUGGEST THE HIGHEST THREAT FOR SHOWERS WILL BE CONFINED TO OUR WESTERN-NW COUNTIES. THERE IS A GOOD POSSIBILITY THAT LOCATIONS ALONG AND EAST OF HIGHWAY 1 WILL REMAIN DRY THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY. OTHERWISE EXTENSIVE CLOUDINESS WILL PREVAIL WHILE SFC WINDS WILL SLOWLY VEER FROM AN ELY TO A SOUTH-SELY DIRECTION OVERNIGHT. OVERNIGHT TEMPS WILL VARY FROM THE LOWER 60S SOUTH TO THE MID/UPPER 50S NE. && .SHORT TERM /SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 320 PM SATURDAY... SFC WARM FRONT WILL LIFT NWD AND EXITING THE FAR NORTHERN COUNTIES OF CENTRAL NC EARLY SUNDAY. SWLY FLOW IN THE WAKE OF THIS BOUNDARY WILL ADVECT A WARM MOIST AIR MASS INTO CENTRAL NC. WHILE EXTENSIVE CLOUDINESS EXPECTED TO PREVAIL THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON...ENOUGH BREAK MAY DEVELOP LATER IN THE DAY TO ALLOW THE LOWER HALF OF THE ATMOSPHERE TO DESTABILIZE ENOUGH TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SCATTERED-NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS. A FEW STORMS MAY BE STRONG OR SEVERE AS BULK EFFECTIVE WIND SHEAR INCREASES LATE IN THE DAY TO 35-40KTS (AID TO ORGANIZE CELLS INTO BROKEN BANDS)...AND SBCAPE TOPS OUT AROUND 2000J/KG. MAIN SEVERE THREAT WILL BE MARGINALLY LARGE HAIL. BULK OF CONVECTION WILL DIMINISH AFTER 02Z THOUGH A SMALL CHANCE FOR SHOWERS WILL PERSIST INTO THE OVERNIGHT. MAX TEMPS SUNDAY AFTERNOON DEPENDENT UPON WHEN/IF BREAKS DEVELOP IN THE LOW OVERCAST AND DEVELOPMENT OF SCATTERED CONVECTION. SEE LITTLE REASON TO DEVIATE FROM PREVIOUS FORECAST OF MID/UPPER 70S NORTH HALF TO 80/LOWER 80S SOUTH. MN TEMPS SUNDAY NIGHT LOW-MID 60S. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... AS OF 325 PM SATURDAY... UNSETTLED WEATHER IS EXPECTED MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS A FRONT SLOWLY MOVES ACROSS THE CAROLINAS AND STALLS JUST OFF THE COAST BY EARLY WEDNESDAY. THE BEST INSTABILITY AND THUS CHANCE FOR CONVECTION ON MONDAY APPEARS TO BE ACROSS THE EAST...THEN MORE CONFINED TOWARD THE COAST ON TUESDAY AFTER THE FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE I-95 CORRIDOR. A BREAK IN THE WEATHER APPEARS POSSIBLE ON WEDNESDAY IN A DRYING REGIME BEHIND THE AFOREMENTIONED FRONT...BUT ANOTHER FRONT WILL QUICKLY APPROACH ON THURSDAY AS A LARGE CLOSED MID-UPR LOW DROPS SOUTH ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION...THUS WILL BRING RAIN CHANCES BACK DURING THAT TIME. FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY...DEEP NORTHERLY FLOW WILL SET UP OVER OUR AREA AS THE AFOREMENTIONED CLOSED LOW SLOWLY MEANDERS ALONG THE MID ATLANTIC COASTAL REGION. RIGHT NOW...GUIDANCE SUGGESTS TEMPS ONLY A FEW DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...BUT THIS MAY FEEL NOTABLY COOLER THAN USUAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. ALSO WORTH NOTING THE H5 TEMPS CRASH EARLY FRIDAY AND REMAIN NOTABLY COOL THROUGH SATURDAY...SO RESULTING INSTABILITY COULD SUPPORT A FEW SHOWERS DURING THIS TIME...BUT NOTHING WIDESPREAD OR ORGANIZED IN COVERAGE. && .AVIATION /00Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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AS OF 750 PM SATURDAY... 24 HOUR TAF PERIOD: HIGH CONFIDENCE OF SUB-VFR CONDITIONS INTO THE AFTERNOON ON SUNDAY AND THEN POSSIBLY SOME POTENTIAL TO BREAK UP BACK TO VFR AROUND 18Z SUNDAY AFTERNOON. EXPECT CEILINGS TO BE THE PRIMARY PROBLEM FOR FLIGHT RULES WITH SOME POCKETS OF LOW VISIBILITIES AS WELL. MOST SITES SHOULD REMAIN IFR/LIFT AFTER CEILINGS DROP BELOW THE IFR THRESHOLD UNTIL DURING THE DAY ON SUNDAY. A FRONT WILL RETREAT NORTHWARD THROUGH THE PERIOD...PUTTING CENTRAL NC BACK IN THE WARM SECTOR WITH SOUTHERLY FLOW AS ANOTHER COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. CHANCES FOR PRECIPITATION WILL INCREASE FROM WEST TO EAST WITH THUNDER A POSSIBILITY SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THE END OF THE TAF PERIOD. LONG TERM: AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF UNSETTLED WEATHER WILL CONTINUE WELL INTO NEXT WEEK AS A FRONTAL ZONE STALLS OUT OVER THE AREA PRODUCING MANY CHANCES FOR SUB-VFR CONDITIONS.
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&& .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...WSS NEAR TERM...WSS SHORT TERM...WSS LONG TERM...RAH AVIATION...ELLIS

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