Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 211431 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 1031 AM EDT SUN AUG 21 2016 .SYNOPSIS... An upper level trough and attendant cold front approaching the mountains from the west this morning will progress east through the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas this evening into tonight. In the wake of the front, dry high pressure will build into the region from the west through mid-week. && .NEAR TERM /TODAY AND TONIGHT/...
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As of 1031 AM Sunday... An upper level trough progressing east through the Great Lakes today and into New England tonight will push a seasonably strong cold front across the area late this evening and overnight. Expect one last day of above normal temperatures ahead of the front. Continued hot with highs once again in the upper to lower 90s. Westerly flow aloft preceding the front and late unfavorable diurnal timing will limit convective pops/coverage across the area with the the highest pops expected over the NW Piedmont and northern Piedmont during the 21z-01z, with rapid weakening thereafter owing to boundary layer cooling/stabilization. There is a small and narrow window for strong to severe storms across Central NC, confined primarily north of Highway 64 and west of the Triangle, between the hours of 3pm to 8 pm. Along the southern fringes of the westerlies, 30kts of shear combined with moderate instability ~1000 to 1200 J/Kg of MLCAPE could support an isolated potential for damaging winds (aided by precip loading and downward momentum transport) and marginally severe hail. Expect convection to end from west-east between 03 to 06z as the surface front /low-level trough/ progress toward the Carolina coast. CAA in the wake of the front will drive overnight lows with temps falling into the mid to upper 60s over the Piedmont and lower 70s across the Sandhills and Coastal Plain. For many places across the area, tonight will be the first time in 4 to 6 weeks in which temps fall below 70 degrees.
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&& .SHORT TERM /MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT/... As of 145 AM Sunday... Synoptic subsidence in the wake of the upper level trough progressing offshore the Mid-Atlantic coast tonight will increase surface pressure over the Ohio Valley and Appalachians during the day Monday, aiding the advection of a drier airmass into the Carolinas from the NW. Expect clear skies and a light NW breeze with highs ranging from the lower/mid 80s NW to upper 80s SE. High pressure will build east into the Mid-Atlantic Monday night, with a sfc ridge axis extending SE into the Carolinas. With a much drier airmass in place (dewpoints in 50s) and clear/calm conditions, lows may fall below 60F into the upper 50s Monday morning, primarily across the N/NW Piedmont, with lows in the lower/mid 60s elsewhere, warmest in the SE coastal plain. -Vincent && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 217 AM Sunday... Ridging, both sfc and aloft, will promote a continuation of dry weather across our area right through the work week. In addition, look for little airmass change from Monday, so highs in the mid 80s, lows in the mid 60s, and dewpoints in the low-mid 60s will continue right through Thursday. By Friday we`ll begin to see the airmass moderate to above-normal readings as the sfc ridge axis moves offshore and southerly flow re-establishes over our area. On Saturday, the next cold front will drift south toward then stall across our area. While the front will bring a slight chance for showers/tstms, given limited moisture, right now it appears that most of the day Saturday should remain dry. && .AVIATION /12Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... As of 616 AM Sunday... 24-hr TAF period: Expect VFR conditions to prevail this morning through mid-afternoon, in advance of a cold front approaching the mountains from the west. Sub-VFR conditions attendant convection expected to develop along the front during the late afternoon and evening hours (21-03Z) will be possible at all terminals, though most likely at northern terminals, especially RDU/RWI. An isolated severe thunderstorm with sfc wind gusts AOA 50 KT cannot be ruled out. Expect WSW winds of 5-10 kt with gusts up to 15 kt this afternoon to become NW at 5-10 kt in the wake of the front this evening/early tonight. Looking Ahead: VFR conditions and light winds will prevail through mid-week as dry high pressure builds eastward from the OH Valley into the Mid-Atlantic. -Vincent && .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Vincent NEAR TERM...CBL SHORT TERM...Vincent LONG TERM...NP AVIATION...Vincent is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.