Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS62 KRAH 150030
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Raleigh NC
730 PM EST Tue Feb 14 2017
An upper level low and attendant surface low pressure system over
the Lower MS Valley will track east across the Deep South tonight,
then gradually track off the Southeast coast on Wed. High pressure
will follow for Wed night and Thu.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
As of 345 PM Tuesday...
Tonight: A band of light precipitation now stretching across TN/KY
and the Central Appalachians is occurring in an axis of 500-850 mb
frontogenesis along confluent low-mid level flow between an
elongated srn stream low stretching across TX and the Lower MS
Valley, and a pair of nrn stream ones in the vicinity of the Upper
Great Lakes. This band of Fgen and associated mid level-generated
light precipitation will spread E along the VA/NC border early
tonight, at which time a sprinkle or brief light rain will be
possible over the nrn Piedmont. Otherwise, most areas, and for most
of the night, should be dry, as this axis of forcing lifts Nwd
The better rain chances will hold off until very late tonight or
early Wed, when a 1007 mb surface low over LA NEwd tracks closer
/around the rim of the Srn Appalachians/ between 09-12Z Wed, and
strengthens convergence and promotes rapid Fgen along a low level
frontal zone now stretching from the aforementioned surface low NEwd
into the Carolinas. This process will occur at the same time deeper
saturation accompanying a mid level moist axis and lead impulse over
the Lower MS Valley moves into the wrn Carolinas. The result will be
a NEwd development/expansion of rain into the wrn Piedmont around
Temperatures will be variable, with a period of decent radiational
cooling possible over the srn third of the CWA amidst relatively
clear skies this evening, whereas thickening and lowering ceilings
(top-down moistening) should cause temperatures to be milder
initially, then decrease with the onset of light rain and
evaporational cooling late tonight. Lows should consequently average
middle to upper 40s.
.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
As of 410 PM Tuesday...
Precipitation will continue to to expand Ewd across central NC early
Wed as, as low pressure tracks NEwd through Sern NC and offshore by
18Z. Sloped ascent across an associated strong frontal zone will
result in widespread rain area-wide early in the day, but with quick
W to E clearing through the afternoon. A few elevated rumbles of
thunder will be possible over SC, and perhaps as far N as a line
from Wadesboro to Clinton, as up to a couple of hundred J/KG of
MUCAPE accompany the passage of the low. A gusty NW wind will
develop behind the clearing line as the mixed layer deepens and CAA
behind the leading frontal zone follows the low offshore.
Temperatures will indeed be a challenge, with the highest confidence
1) in the far SE, where early morning highs in the middle to upper
50s are likely, before temperatures fall into the lower 50s with the
Ewd expansion of rain, and then likely will not have time to recover
with brief afternoon clearing, and 2) in the far NW, where several
hours of afternoon sunshine will favor moderating temperatures into
the lower 50s. In between will be the biggest bust potential, where
the duration of afternoon sunshine behind the clearing line is most
in question and could result in either upper 40s if clouds linger,
or lower to middle 50s if a few hours of afternoon sunshine
Meanwhile, a nrn stream cold front now stretching across the Nrn
Plains and Upper Midwest will approach from the NW and sweep E of
the Appalachians Wed evening, with associated colder temperatures
that will favor lows mostly in the lower to middle 30s, under a
mainly clear sky that will fill with thin cirrus in NW flow late.
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
As of 150 PM Tuesday...
An active southern stream within a split flow pattern will
will be a key player much of the long term period. First, in
the wake of the departing and rapidly deepening low moving up
the East Coast on Thursday, models suggest the pressure
gradient will still be strong enough to yield some 20-25kt
gusts, especially east, as deep mixing develops. Dry adiabatic
technique supports highs on higher side of guidance in the 49-54
range. Thursday night should be mostly clear for much of the
night, though some orographic cirrus may be possible late. With
weak high pressure in control, lows should reach the upper 20s
for most areas.
From Friday onward, the longwave pattern is expected to feature
above normal heights over the eastern US and below normal
heights with a trough out west. This will lead to an overall
warming trend through early next week. However, another upper
low over the desert southwest (currently a shortwave dropping
south through CA) is forecast to eject northeastward on Friday
and then migrate east across the Southeast over the weekend.
Models have trended a bit further south with the wave, and with
the synoptic frontal zone suppressed to the GOMEX, there`s not
much of a surface low reflection or moisture transport, so it`s
still not clear how much precip this system will actually
produce Sat night and early Sunday.
Stronger ridging aloft will then develop Sunday through
Tuesday, with continued uncertainty in yet another southern
stream wave for the middle of the week. The forecast will be dry
through Tuesday, with highs each day in the 70s and lows in the
.AVIATION /00Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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24-Hour TAF period: Expect VFR conditions for the first several
hours of the TAF period, with broken to overcast mid-clouds
persisting through tonight. Winds overnight will be generally light
and variable. Some light rain could develop over the KGSO/KINT/KRDU
prior to 12Z, however expect the better chances and more widespread
rain to move in from the west around 12Z and quickly cross Central
NC by 18Z. With the rain, cigs could drop to around 1 kft, though
visbys should remain MVFR/VFR. Winds could get strong and gusty out
of the northwest, especially at KINT and KGSO, for a brief period
during the afternoon/early evening. Expect a return to VFR
conditions by the end of the TAF period at all terminals. -KC
Looking ahead: VFR conditions will persist through the remainder of
the week. Sub-VFR conditions will be possible by Saturday
night/Sunday morning as a system over the southwest US lifts
northeast toward our region. -Smith
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