Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 231404 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 1004 AM EDT Tue May 23 2017 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure gives way to a low pressure system moving south and east today and tonight. Upper level low brings chances of showers Wednesday into Friday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 1000 AM Tuesday... Added to the sky cover over the mountains to completely overcast, stretching back into the I79 corridor as well. Much of the radar returns still not reaching the ground at this point, although do have rain reported at BKW in the southern mountains. As of 330 AM Tuesday... High pressure will provide dry and cool conditions early today. Abundant clouds and dry air in place can account for comfortable temperatures. A series of mid level shortwaves will bring additional moisture from the south southeast to bring an chance for showers or storms mainly across the eastern half of WV through tonight.
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&& .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... As of 245 AM Tuesday... Models have remained fairly consistent with deep upper trough/low impacting our region Wednesday into Thursday. GEFS indicating an anomalous jet max for this time of year at 4 to 5 standard deviations above normal. We will be in a good spot in the left front quad of this jet max as it pushes north around the trough. Current blend of forecast guidance is spitting out about a 1 inch bullseye of QPF over Central through Eastern West Virginia, with Euro a bit further west than the GFS at this time. PWATs aren`t overly impressive and low CAPE values as well based on forecast soundings, so thunderstorm and flood threat will be minimal . However, with upper trough swinging in and cold temps aloft, I do believe there will be some embedded thunderstorms within a wide band of showers Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday morning. The upper level low will remain over the area on Thursday and more showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible. Temps will be quite a bit cooler as well, with highs only mid 60s in the Lowlands and 50s in the mountains. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... As of 300 AM Tuesday... Upper trough kicks to our east and a zonal pattern is left in its wake. Guidance in fairly decent agreement with a brief dry period on Friday as weak ridge pushes in. However, the weekend is looking quite unsettled at this time. Strong warm air and moisture advection with H850 showing southwesterly return flow from the Gulf of Mexico. Should definitely have the instability in place this weekend, but timing of short waves moving through the flow will determine severe weather potential. Confidence remains quite low at this time due to some differences within the guidance, so have stuck with a blend of ensemble and operational guidance for this period and have mentioned the chance for thunder in the forecast simply because of instability that is likely to be in place. && .AVIATION /14Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
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As of 725 AM Tuesday... SFC obs show dense IFR/LIFR fog at CRW, PKB, and EKN. Expect this fog to dissipate by 13-14Z. Brief high pressure provides VFR/MVFR ceilings this afternoon and tonight, as a low pressure system passes through our south. High resolution and synoptic models suggest a series of shortwaves will lift north across eastern KY and southern WV to produce showers mainly western slopes and eastern mountains during the afternoon hours. These showers could produce brief periods of IFR under heavy rain. Otherwise, expect MVFR conditions. Periods of fog can be anticipated Wednesday morning. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 12Z WEDNESDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Low particularly concerning fog potential tonight. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Timing on lower cigs and SHRA may also vary. 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. UTC 1HRLY 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 EDT 1HRLY 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 CRW CONSISTENCY M L H H H H H H H H M L HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H L BKW CONSISTENCY H H M M M H H H H H H L EKN CONSISTENCY M M M H H M M M H H H L PKB CONSISTENCY M H H H H H H H H H H M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M AFTER 12Z WEDNESDAY... Increasing chance of IFR in SHRA through mid week.
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&& .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ARJ/MPK NEAR TERM...ARJ/26 SHORT TERM...MPK LONG TERM...MPK AVIATION...ARJ

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