Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 200134 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 930 PM EDT Mon Jun 19 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front will track east across the mountains this evening, then stall over the Carolinas tonight. The front will gradually dissipate over the region on Tuesday. && .NEAR TERM /Today and Tonight/... As of 200 PM Monday... Overview: A cold front attendant a vertically stacked cyclone in vicinity of Hudson Bay will track east across the southern Appalachians this aft/eve, then stall over central NC tonight. Broad cyclonic flow aloft will develop over the region this afternoon into tonight as an upper level trough over the upper Great Lakes progresses eastward into the OH Valley (this aft/eve) and northern Mid-Atlantic (tonight). Expect an increasing potential for DPVA attendant small amplitude waves as cyclonic flow aloft becomes established this evening/tonight. Environment: An extremely moist airmass is in place across central NC today, with surface dewpoints ranging from 72-75F and 925 mb dewpoints near ~20C (68F). Despite the presence of weak mid-level lapse rates, rich low-level moisture and strong diurnal heating (highs ranging from the mid/upper 80s W/NW to lower 90s E/SE) will yield 1500-2500 J/kg of MLCAPE by peak heating. As of 17Z, CINH had entirely eroded and moderate diurnal destabilization (1500-2000 J/kg MLCAPE) had been achieved over most of central NC. Isolated convection cannot be ruled out anywhere through mid-afternoon in assoc/w mesoscale features such as differential heating boundaries, the seabreeze and/or outflow from convection that develops along the seabreeze. The relative best forcing will not arrive until late this evening/tonight (21-06Z) when the SFC-925 front progresses into the western Piedmont and small amplitude waves /DPVA/ become more likely as cyclonic flow aloft strengthens over the region. Hazardous Weather: Portions of central NC (primarily along/west of Hwy 1) are in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Strengthening westerly wind shear (25-35 knots by 21- 00Z) suggests multicellular organization will predominate, though transient supercellular organization cannot be ruled out. As activity develops along the front and/or on the eastern slopes of the Appalachians by late afternoon, expect convection to grow upscale via outflow as it progresses across the western Piedmont toward the Hwy 1 corridor. Moderate instability, moderate DCAPE (750- 1000 J/kg), and high PWAT (~2.00") suggest severe downbursts will be possible in association with any deep convection this afternoon and evening, with the greatest potential along/west of Hwy 1 where cold pool consolidation is most likely to occur in vicinity of peak heating. Torrential rainfall can be expected with any deep convection this afternoon through tonight (rainfall rates 1-3" per hour). Isolated flash flooding will be possible in areas repeatedly affected by convection, particularly urban, low-lying, and other flood prone locations. -Vincent && .SHORT TERM /Tuesday and Tuesday night/... As of 200 PM Monday... The cold front progressing into the region late this evening is expected to stall over central NC tonight and persist during the day Tue, amidst broad cyclonic flow aloft and rich moisture (PWAT ~2.00"). With the above in mind, expect numerous showers/storms in vicinity of the stalled front Tue/Tue night, primarily east of Hwy 1 and south of Hwy 64. Little potential for convection is expected north of the front in the far N/NW Piedmont near the VA border where a drier airmass (PWAT ~1.50" and dewpoints in the lower 60s) is progged to be in place during the day Tue. However, even in the northern Piedmont, isold to sct convection will be possible AOA ~00Z as the front washes out and moisture returns N/NW toward the Appalachians. With cloud cover and convection, expect highs in the lower 80s across most of central NC. Lows Tue night should range from the mid 60s far N/NW to lower 70s far S/SE. -Vincent && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 345 PM EDT Monday... On the southern periphery of the northern stream trough extending from Quebec south into the Mid-Atlantic states, a quasi-stationary frontal zone extending across eastern NC is expected to wash out/dissipate across the area on Wednesday. The high ~2.0" PWAT plume is forecast to shift east and offshore early in the day, with models showing only weak instability developing across the area Wednesday afternoon, perhaps hindered by earlier/ongoing morning convection and associated widespread cloudiness. Wouldn`t be surprise if central NC ended up seeing the best rain chances in the morning, with pops actually decreasing by the afternoon, especially west of Interstate-95. Daytime temperatures will be tempered by clouds and rain chances. Highs in the lower to mid 80s. Lows in the mid 60s around 70. May see a brief reprieve from convection/rain on Thursday before daily rain chances ramp up again Friday and continuing through the weekend, fueled by strong tropical moisture transport feed and upper disturbances(potentially convectively induced) between a tropical low over east Texas/Lower MS Valley(disturbance currently near the Yucatan Peninsula)and the subtropical high over the western Atlantic. Eventually the low/remnant circulation center, is forecast to get picked by the westerlies and attendant sfc cold front approaching from the west Sunday and into Monday. This set up could lead to a multi-day heavy rain event with the potential for flooding across central NC for Friday through Sunday. Will continue to monitor this heavy rain threat in the days to come. Temperatures will be greatly influenced by convective rain chances, with highs ranging from mid 80s to around 90. Lows in upper 60s to lower 70s. && .AVIATION /00Z Tuesday through Saturday/...
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As of 930 PM Monday... Widespread convection will continue through passage of the appraching cold front...with bulk of the convection ending 04-06Z in the northwest (INT/GSO), and ending 08-10Z at points east. Widespread rain which fell today will promote development of stratus...mainly 1200-1500 foot ceilings expected, with potential for IFR after midnight. Meanwhile, the light southwest (6-10 kts) wind will inhibit fog development. Convection becomes more scattered with MVFR to VFR ceilings by afternoon. Looking ahead: The aforementioned front will weaken during the day Tuesday. Sub-VFR ceilings cannot be ruled out during the pre-dawn /early morning/ hours each day this week. Diurnal convection will be possible again on Wed, though primarily at eastern terminals. Early morning stratus and diurnal convection could potentially affect all terminals Wed-Sat, though confidence is lower than avg.
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&& .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Vincent NEAR TERM...Vincent SHORT TERM...Vincent LONG TERM...CBL AVIATION...Vincent/mlm is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.