Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 280543 AFDRAH AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RALEIGH NC 145 AM EDT FRI AUG 28 2015 .SYNOPSIS...
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A FRONTAL ZONE WILL HOLD JUST OFF THE CAROLINA COAST THROUGH THE WEEKEND... WHILE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE REGION FROM THE NORTH.
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&& .NEAR TERM /OVERNIGHT/... AS OF 900 PM THURSDAY... A GRADUAL CHANGE IN THE NEAR SURFACE AIR MASS WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY AS AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE AT THE SURFACE...CENTERED THIS EVENING OVER THE GREAT LAKES...DRIFTS EAST. EAST-NE LOW LEVEL FLOW A RESULT OF THIS HIGH AND A LINGERING TROUGH LOCATED JUST OFF THE NC COAST WILL FILTER DRIER AIR INTO MOST OF CENTRAL NC OVERNIGHT...AND MORE SO ON FRIDAY. THE EXCEPTION WILL BE THE FAR SE COUNTIES WHERE THE LOW LEVEL FETCH ORIGINATES OVER THE ATLANTIC...DRAWING SOME MOISTURE INLAND...RESULTING IN AREAS OF STRATUS. ENOUGH SPEED CONVERGENCE IN THE 925-850 MB MAY STILL GENERATE AN ISOLATED SHOWER IN VICINITY OF THE SE COUNTIES OVERNIGHT BUT MOST PLACES WILL NOT SEE ANY RAIN. OVERNIGHT TEMPS WILL BE A FEW DEGREES COOLER COMPARED TO LAST NIGHT...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE EAST WHERE MON TEMPS WILL AVERAGE 3-5 DEGREES COOLER. MIN TEMPS GENERALLY IN THE LOW-MID 60S WITH UPPER 60S OVER THE FAR SE. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT/... AS OF 308 PM THURSDAY... UPPER LEVEL RIDGING ACROSS THE WESTERN ATLANTIC WILL START TO BUILD TOWARD THE EAST COAST... AND THE REMAINING WEAK SURFACE TROUGH TO OUR WEST WILL CUT OFF INTO A WEAK UPPER LOW OVER THE NORTHERN GULF. SURFACE HIGH WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE EASTWARD TO THE MIDATLANTIC COAST THROUGH THE DAY... AND FLOW ACROSS THE AREA WILL BECOME MORE EASTERLY. EXPECT DRY CONDITIONS AS PWS REMAIN AROUND 1" ACROSS THE AREA. HIGHS IN THE MID 80S... LOWS IN THE 60S. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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AS OF 225 PM THURSDAY... UPPER RIDGE OVER THE SW ATLANTIC AND SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING DOWN THE ATLANTIC COAST WILL MAINTAINWSS DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA ON SATURDAY. BY SATURDAY NIGHT...A WEAK UPPER CLOSED LOW OVER THE CENTRAL SOUTHERN GULF STATES WILL EJECT NORTH AS IT IS SQUEEZED BETWEEN THE RETROGRESSING ATLANTIC RIDGE...AND AN AMPLIFYING RIDGE OVER THE WESTERN PLAINS. THIS WAVE WILL BE LIFTING ACROSS WESTERN NC ON SUNDAY...INCREASING CONVECTIVE POPS ACROSS MAINLY THE WESTERN HALF OF THE CWFA DURING MAX HEATING. EXPECT SIGNIFICANT HIGH CLOUDINESS SATURDAY AS MOISTURE STREAMS NORTH UP THE WESTERN PERIPHERY OF THE RIDGE...WHICH WILL THICKEN AND LOWER SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY NIGHT AS THE WAVE LIFTS TOWARDS THE MID ATLANTIC. HIGH TEMPS WILL BE SLIGHTLY TEMPERED BY THE CLOUDINESS...WITH MOSTLY MID 80S BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AFTER MORNING LOWS IN THE MID TO UPPER 60S. A WARM AND MOIST AIRMASS WILL BE IN PLACE TO KICK OFF THE WORK WEEK...WEAK SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE LINGERS THROUGH TUESDAY WITH NO FORCING OF NOTE...AND WE ALSO REMAIN BENEATH THE WESTERN PERIPHERY OF THE ATLANTIC RIDGE TO FURTHER HINDER CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY. SHOULD SEE A FAIR AMOUNT OF INSOLATION WITH HIGHS REACHING THE UPPER 80S TO INDUCE AT LEAST WIDELY SCATTERED CONVECTION BOTH MONDAY AND TUESDAY. THE MID WEEK PERIOD...NO SURPRISE HERE...WILL BE ENTIRELY DEPENDENT UPON THE TRACK AND INTENSITY OF ERIKA. ONGOING TRACK FORECAST BRINGS IT NEAR THE GEORGIA COAST BY WEDNESDAY...WHICH WOULD LEAVE US IN THE WARM AND SUBSIDENT NORTHERLY QUADRANT...WITH BEST CHANCES FOR ACTIVITY IN THE SOUTHEAST. THIS LEADS TO A LOW CONFIDENCE DAY 7 FORECAST AS THE TC OR REMNANTS THEREOF WILL BE CUT OFF FROM STEERING FLOW AND MIGHT MEANDER SLIGHTLY INLAND...EDGE FURTHER OFFSHORE...OR WANDER OFF TO POINTS UNFORESEEN AT THIS TIME. AS SUCH...WILL FAVOR THE SOUTHERN TIER PENDING LATER GUIDANCE. HIGHS WED AND THU WILL BE PERSISTENCE IN THE UNCHANGED AIRMASS...PERHAPS TEMPERED A BIT BY THE CLOUD SHIELD...LOOKING AT MOSTLY MID 80S.
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&& .AVIATION /06Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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AS OF 145 AM FRIDAY... HIGH CONFIDENCE IN VFR CONDITIONS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS AT ALL CENTRAL NC TERMINALS. THE FRONTAL ZONE HAS PUSHED ESE OF THE AREA AS HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED OVER PA/NY BUILDS SOUTHWARD... NOSING INTO CENTRAL NC AND BRINGING LOW LEVEL DRY AIR THAT WILL INHIBIT FORMATION OF ANY FOG/STRATUS THIS MORNING. THE MID LEVEL TROUGH AXIS JUST TO OUR WEST AND THE RESULTING FLOW ALOFT FROM THE S AND SW WILL ALLOW CONSIDERABLE HIGH THIN CLOUDINESS TODAY/TONIGHT... WITH VFR CIGS AOA 20 KFT... ALTHOUGH CIGS WILL START TO LOWER TO AROUND 12-15 KFT TOWARD THE END OF THE TAF VALID PERIOD TONIGHT... AS A WEAK LOW OVER THE NORTH CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO LIFTS NORTHWARD THROUGH MS/AL INTO TN... BRINGING WEAK DISTURBANCES NORTHWARD INTO NC. LOOKING BEYOND 06Z EARLY SAT MORNING: HIGH CONFIDENCE THAT CIGS WILL LOWER BELOW 10 KFT BUT REMAIN VFR THROUGH AT LEAST SUNDAY. AS THE SURFACE HIGH MOVES OFFSHORE... INCREASING MOISTURE MAY BRING A RETURN TO SCATTERED AFTERNOON SHOWERS OR STORMS TUE... BUT OVERALL EXPECT VFR CONDITIONS TO PERSIST INTO MIDWEEK. -GIH
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&& .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...HARTFIELD NEAR TERM...WSS SHORT TERM...30 LONG TERM...MLM AVIATION...HARTFIELD

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