Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS62 KRAH 221941 AFDRAH Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Raleigh NC 341 PM EDT Tue Aug 22 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A pre-frontal surface trough extending from the mid-Atlantic south into the Carolinas will persist into Wednesday. A strong cold front will move across central NC Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. High pressure will build into the region late Thursday and especially Friday and Saturday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING/...
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As of 345 PM Tuesday... Latest surface analysis shows the remains of a stationary front across SC and GA with a developing lee trough across western VA and the western Carolinas. The latest GOES-16 visible satellite imagery shows the cumulus field across NC organizing into a few areas of enhancement including the eastern slopes of the mountains, just inland across the coast and into the Coastal Plain and extending from near Charlotte northeast to Southern Pines and Raleigh. The air mass across NC is weakly to moderately unstable with MLCAPE values ranging from about 750 to 1500 J/KG. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are noted in the regions of enhanced cumulus development, in an arc from the southern Coastal Plain west across the southern Sandhills into the southern Piedmont. Convection should remain confined to these regions for the next few hours before fading away with the loss of heating. Fair and dry weather is expected from mid evening through the overnight with lows in the lower to mid 70s. -Blaes
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
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As of 330 PM Tuesday... A broad, 590m west to east ridge at 500 hPa extending from the northern Gulf of Mexico into the southwestern Atlantic on Wednesday morning, relaxes as troughing develops across the eastern Great lakes and the Northeast. Modest height falls are noted across central NC on Wednesday afternoon and evening as an initial shearing short wave trough shifts east during the day with a second stronger short wave approaching the region from the northwest on Wednesday night. A prefrontal surface trough located across the Piedmont will shift east during the day as the main cold front moves across the mountains during the afternoon and into central NC Wednesday night. These features when combined with a weak to moderately unstable air mass will result in the development of scattered to possibly numerous showers and thunderstorms. The various features are disjointed and will likely result in the development of a couple of bands/broken lines of storms across central NC during the afternoon, one associated with the pre- frontal trough and lead short wave and the other with the cold front and more pronounced trough at 850/700 hPa with these clusters likely merging into a singular line toward the Coastal Plain during the evening. SPC currently has most of central NC outlooked in a marginal severe weather risk. Destablization is perhaps not as impressive as previously progged with afternoon MLCAPE values generally ranging from 800 to 1800 J/Kg. The instability is muted by warm mid levels and weak mid-level lapse rates. Bulk shear values range from 15 to 25kts with a fairly unidirectional southwest to westerly flow which would support line clusters. The end result would be a primary severe weather threat from straight-line damaging wind gusts. Will retain current wording in the HWO with the great severe threat likely to happen between 2pm and midnight. Highs on Wednesday should range between 88 and 94. Expect the cold advection to lag a bit so probably not a lot of cooling on Wednesday night when lows will range between 67 and 74. -Blaes
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&& .LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... As of 335 PM Tuesday... At the base of a vortex over Quebec, a shortwave trough in NW flow aloft will amplify across the OH valley and nrn Middle Atlantic states on Thu, then lift up the Northeast coast through Fri, followed by a lingering trough aloft over the Northeast and Middle Atlantic through the weekend. A positive height anomaly/ridge aloft initially over central Canada will meanwhile migrate ewd, to ern Canada and the Northeast US through early-mid next week. Relatively strong (1025-1030 mb) Canadian high pressure will precede the upper ridge and extend south across most of the Ern US throughout the period. Lastly, the models continue to indicate an area of disturbed weather initially over the Bahamas will strengthen as it drifts slowly newd, roughly parallel to and offshore the Sern US coast. While a significant wly component to the flow aloft should keep whatever becomes of this system too far east to directly impact central NC, the MSL pressure gradient between this system and the aforementioned Canadian surface high would result in breezy conditions for central NC, particularly the ern half, both Mon and Tue. The amplification of the aforementioned shortwave trough in nwly flow aloft, in conjunction with lingering frontal forcing over sern NC, should result in convective redevelopment in the vicinity of the front from the srn piedmont and Sandhills to the ern piedmont and Coastal Plain on Thu, with a gradual drying/clearing trend from nw to se throughout the day. It should then be dry, and relatively cool, through early next week, though with a slight chance of a few showers late Mon-Tue in enely flow around the aforementioned offshore low. && .AVIATION /20Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... As of 245 PM Tuesday... 24 Hour TAF period: VFR conditions are generally expected through Wednesday afternoon with a couple of exceptions. Widely scattered showers/storms will move across the southern Coastal Plain near, but generally southeast of the KFAY terminal. An isolated shower or storm is possible across the western Piedmont including the KINT/KGSO terminal but coverage and confidence is too low to include in the TAF. Otherwise, skies will be partly to mostly clear with some patchy fog or stratus possible toward daybreak, mainly across the Coastal Plain. A strong cold front will move across the mountains Wednesday afternoon and into central NC during the evening. This feature will produce a band/broken band of widespread showers and storms that sweeps east during the afternoon and evening with local vsby and cig restrictions. Looking beyond the 24 hour TAF period: A band of convection associated with the cold front will sweep east across central NC during the afternoon and evening with adverse aviation conditions. The front will slip south on Thursday, keeping lingering convection possible across the southeast including the KFAY terminal on Thursday afternoon. Otherwise, high pressure will bring widespread VFR conditions to the area for Friday into the weekend. -Blaes && .RAH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...BLAES NEAR TERM...BLAES SHORT TERM...BLAES LONG TERM...MWS AVIATION...BLAES

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