Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KRLX 030530
AFDRLX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
130 AM EDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.SYNOPSIS...
COLD FRONT AND WAVE CROSS OVERNIGHT. UPPER LEVEL TROUGH CROSSES
TUESDAY. LARGE UPPER LEVEL LOW BRINGS COOL AND UNSETTLED WEATHER
FOR WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/...
1250 PM UPDATE...LOWERED POP FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE NIGHT BASED
ON CURRENT RADAR AND TRENDS WITH FRONT NOW THROUGH THE REGION. NO
OTHER CHANGES NEEDED AT THIS TIME.

930 PM UPDATE...
WAVE IS MOVING EASTWARD OUT OF THE AREA PER PRESSURE FALL / RISE
COUPLET. WITH THE THREAT FOR EXCESSIVE RAINFALL OVER...THE FLOOD
WATCH...IN COORDINATION WITH NEIGHBORS...HAS BEEN CANCELED.

800 PM UPDATE...
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 130 CANCELED AS SEVERE CONVECTION HAS
SHIFTED OFF TO THE EAST. PRECIPITATION SHIELD ASSOCIATED WITH
WAVE ALSO SHIFTING EAST...AND THE FFA WAS DROPPED ALONG THE OHIO
RIVER...AND POPS TRIMMED ACCORDINGLY.

PREV DISCN...
MODELS HAVE A COLD FRONT DROPPING SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA
TONIGHT...HOLDING UP FOR AWHILE EARLY TONIGHT ACROSS CENTRAL WEST
VIRGINIA AS A WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE RIDES UP ALONG THE FRONT.
THE GFS IS THE OUTLIER IN MOVING THE SYSTEM OUT TOO FAST. WILL GO
WITH THE SLOWER MODELS AND USE NAM GUIDANCE FOR TIMING. THIS WAVE OF
LOW PRESSURE RIDING UP ALONG THE FRONT IS THE RESULT OF A VIGOROUS
SHORT WAVE LIFTING NORTHEAST...AHEAD OF THE MAIN UPPER TROUGH
CURRENTLY OVER THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND
TONIGHT. THE BEST INSTABILITY AND MOISTURE INFLOW WILL BE OVER THE
SOUTHEASTERN HALF OF THE CWA. THUS...THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
IN EFFECT FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING IS OVER THE SOUTHEAST THIRD
OF THE AREA.
ALTHOUGH THE HEAVIEST RAIN WILL ALSO BE OVER THE SOUTHEAST THIRD OF
THE AREA...THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH COVERS MOST OF THE AREA TONIGHT AS
SOILS REMAIN SATURATED AND FFG IS LOW.

RAINS WILL TAPER OFF BEGINNING AROUND MIDNIGHT FROM SOUTHWEST TO
NORTHEAST AS THE DEEPER MOISTURE WITH THE SHORT WAVE LIFTS OUT. BUT
HAVE TO LINGER SHOWERS THROUGH THE NIGHT ESPECIALLY EAST...WITH THE
FRONT REACHING THE MOUNTAINS LATE TONIGHT. COOLER AIR WILL FOLLOW
THE FRONT TONIGHT...BUT NOTHING REALLY COLD. FLASH FLOOD WATCH RUNS
TIL 8AM TUESDAY.

FOR TUESDAY...LOTS OF CLOUDS WILL LINGER WITH LOTS OF LINGERING LOW
LEVEL MOISTURE. DESPITE WEAK HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING IN...LIGHT
SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY IN THE EAST AND IN THE
AFTERNOON...AS THE MEAN UPPER TROUGH MOVES ACROSS. EXPECT COOLER
TEMPERATURES.

&&

.SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND A COLD FRONT WILL BRING IN
MUCH COOLER AIR ON WEDNESDAY. WITH THE FRONT COMING DURING THE
AFTERNOON HOURS...WILL INCREASE POPS ALONG THE FRONT. THE UPPER LOW
WILL THEN CREATE UNSTABLE AIR WITH ROUNDS OF SHOWERS THROUGH FRIDAY.
WITH SOME AFTERNOON HEATING...LOW TOP THUNDERSTORMS WITH SMALL HAIL
ARE POSSIBLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

&&

.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
USED AN ENSEMBLE MEAN BLEND FOR THE FORECAST DUE TO SPREAD IN THE
OPERATIONAL MODELS AND A PATTERN TRANSITION. THIS BRINGS IN SOME
DRIER AIR FOR SATURDAY. MOISTURE RETURNS ON SUNDAY AS ANOTHER FRONT
PUSHES INTO THE REGION WITH MOISTURE REMAINING INTO THE BEGINNING OF
THE WORK WEEK.

&&

.AVIATION /06Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
ABUNDANT LOW LEVEL MOISTURE BEHIND COLD FRONT WILL MAKE FOR IFR
AND MVFR CEILINGS INTO DAYBREAK. THE LOWEST CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY
BE RIGHT BEFORE DAWN BUT THE STRATOCU SHOULD GRADUALLY LIFT BACK
TO MVFR BY THE AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL REMAIN LIGHT BEHIND THE COLD
FRONT AND OUT OF THE WEST-NORTHWEST. ALTHOUGH CLOUDS WILL LIFT A
BIT BY THIS AFTERNOON...THEY WILL NOT BE GOING ANYWHERE ANYTIME
SOON AND CEILINGS COULD LOWER AGAIN AFTER SUNSET TONIGHT...BUT NOT
ENOUGH CONFIDENCE AT THIS TIME TO ADD TO THESE ROUND OF TAFS.

FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 06Z
WEDNESDAY...

FORECAST CONFIDENCE: MEDIUM.

ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY ON THE TIMING OF THE FORMATION
OF IFR CEILINGS AT SOME LOCATIONS...AND ALSO ON LIFTING OF
STRATUS LATER TODAY.

EXPERIMENTAL TABLE OF FLIGHT CATEGORY OBJECTIVELY SHOWS CONSISTENCY
OF WFO FORECAST TO AVAILABLE MODEL INFORMATION:
H = HIGH:   TAF CONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL.
M = MEDIUM: TAF HAS VARYING LEVEL OF CONSISTENCY WITH MODELS.
L = LOW:    TAF INCONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL.

DATE                                             TUE 05/03/16
UTC 1HRLY       03   04   05   06   07   08   09   10   11   12   13   14
EDT 1HRLY       23   00   01   02   03   04   05   06   07   08   09   10
CRW CONSISTENCY  L    M    M    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L
HTS CONSISTENCY  M    M    M    M    M    M    M    M    L    L    L    M
BKW CONSISTENCY  L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L
EKN CONSISTENCY  L    L    L    L    L    M    M    M    L    L    L    L
PKB CONSISTENCY  M    M    L    L    L    L    L    M    M    M    M    M
CKB CONSISTENCY  L    L    M    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L    L

AFTER 06Z WEDNESDAY...
BRIEF IFR POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
AFTERNOONS.

&&

.RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WV...NONE.
OH...NONE.
KY...NONE.
VA...NONE.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...TRM/RPY/JMV
NEAR TERM...JMV/MPK
SHORT TERM...RPY
LONG TERM...RPY
AVIATION...MPK


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