Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 300530 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 130 AM EDT TUE AUG 30 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A NE flow will prevail through mid-week as Tropical Depression 8 approaches Cape Hatteras. The depression is expected to be steered NE and back to sea as another high pressure to our northwest develops Wednesday and Thursday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 950 PM Monday... TD 8 continued to be located about 150 miles SE of Cape Hatteras moving slowly NW this evening. However, little if any strengthening has been noted per the latest Intermediate Advisory issued at 800 PM by the NHC. Otherwise, the mean flow around the mid level low located off of the GA coast and high pressure to our north continued to be from the NE. A low level dew point boundary was pinned down in the SE Coastal Plain with higher pressures and dry air inland. The area of showers and a few thunderstorms that tracked SW across the SE Coastal Plain again this afternoon has dissipated. Only a few clouds lingered in the wake of these showers in the SE, with mainly partly cloudy to mostly clear skies elsewhere. With the dew points lower or drier tonight by 2-5 degrees compared to those of 24 hours ago, especially over the Piedmont, we may see more lows in the 60s over the northern Piedmont by daybreak. Otherwise, expect partly cloudy to mostly clear skies. Lows 62-72. && .SHORT TERM /TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT/... As of 135 PM Monday... Moisture will increase over central NC on Tuesday as an E/NE onshore flow expands westward across the state, with PWAT values rising in comparison to today as , the shear axis extending N/NNW into the area (from a stalled upper level low offshore the GA/FL coast) today is expected to shift W/SW into western NC, upstate SC and northern GA. As a result, forcing will largely be absent Tue/Tue night. In fact, subsidence is likely to be present over portions of central/ eastern NC on the western periphery of TD #8 Tue aft/eve (progged to be a marginal tropical storm by then) as it approaches the NC OBX. With the above in mind, will indicate a dry forecast over central NC Tue/Tue night, with the best chance for precip along the Carolina/ Southeast coast. Expect partly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 80s to near 90F. Lows Wed in the upper 60s to lower 70s. -Vincent && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 300 PM Wednesday... Lots of interesting weather features to watch for during the mid to late week period. Wednesday: The approach of a northern stream shortwave trough diving se through the Great Lakes and Ohio River valley on Wednesday will erode the weakening ridge in place and cause T.D. 8 to recurve northeastward and away from the NC coast. Meanwhile, nearly all models indicate some weak sfc cyclogenesis along a weak coastal trough and in proximity to the weakening mid-level circulation/trough along the GA/SC coast. This feature too will feel the influence of the approaching northern stream trough, and is expected to quickly skirt ne away from the NC coast late Wednesday/Wednesday night. Thus with no forcing mechanisms, central NC will continue to see a continuation of mostly dry conditions with temps in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Thursday-Thursday night: Aforementioned northern stream trough and attendant cold front will progress southeast into the region Thursday afternoon/evening. Once again, this northern stream trough will impact the tropics, with attendant belt of westerlies picking up what is now T.D. 9 and inducing a north-northeastward acceleration across northern Florida and up along the Southeast Coast late Thursday night and Friday. Will have to monitor how the track and timing evolves over the next couple of days, but if everything lines up, it`s possible that convection along the front could increase in both intensity and coverage Thursday afternoon and Thursday night(possible PRE??),as it intercepts the tropical moisture plume advecting poleward into the area. For now will continue to feature a NW-SE pop gradient, highest pops se. Temps will continue to remain above normal until the front moves through. Friday through Monday: Official NHC track of T.D. 9 moves it off the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Coast Friday-Friday night. Could see some lingering showers in the east early Friday, otherwise it will be dry with cooler temps as Canadian high pressure builds south in the area. Highs over the weekend in the lower 80s north to mid 80s south. Lows in the lower to mid 60s. Temperatures should start to rebound early next week as upper ridging build back over the region. && .AVIATION /06Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
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As of 130 AM Tuesday... 24 hour TAF period: VFR conditions should prevail for most of the TAF period but there will be the usual period of MVFR stratus possible, especially from KRDU eastward. This should be fairly short lived and conditions will return to VFR a little after sunrise. Northeasterly winds will remain in place for the duration of the TAF period at 5-10 kts. Long Term: Fairly dry conditions for much of the week with the biggest threat for showers and thunderstorms in the extreme eastern locations. A better chance for sub-VFR conditions near the end of the week as what is now tropical depression nine makes a pass to the south.
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&& .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Badgett NEAR TERM...Badgett SHORT TERM...Vincent LONG TERM...CBL AVIATION...Ellis is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.