Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KRLX 310601
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Charleston WV
201 AM EDT TUE MAY 31 2016
Upper level ridge rebuilds for mid week. Cold front arrives
Thursday with showers and storms.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/...
1030 pm update...Made some minor adjustments to temperatures and
sky cover based on current satellite...observations and trends. No
other changes needed at this time.
730 pm update...Forecast remains on track with high pressure
moving in...no changes are needed at this time.
Have a discreet little band of moisture that has just traversed
the Ohio River...allowing convection to build just enough to
support a few isolated showers/thunderstorms. Band of moisture
shows up really well in the 700-600mb layer...where this layer is
bone dry elsewhere across the CWA. Convection also going up over
the mountains early this afternoon...but again...looking at
isolated to scattered activity.
Clearing tonight with developing valley fog likely. Dewpoints down
in the lower 60s will allow for temperatures to drop as low...with
50s in the higher elevations.
Ridging aloft returns...with weak disturbances within. Mid levels
will still be very dry...less some convective feedback seen on the
NAM over the mountains...which should limit any realized
shower/thunderstorm activity. Did increase the coverage of the low
POPS tomorrow...but still confine them generally to the mountains.
.SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/...
Not much change...upper level ridge still lingers in the region
and is slow to flatten out keeping diurnal thunderstorms in the
vicinity. A trough finally arrives on Thursday bringing a cold
front through with some instability for some thunderstorms and
rain showers. Front hangs up on the mountains keeping precip
.LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Weak upper level ridge moves in Friday evening helping to dry
things out before another upper level wave begins to move into the
area for Sunday for another round of showers and thunderstorms.
Troughy pattern should keep lingering showers around...and
temperatures may be quite cool up in the mountains.
PREVIOUS DISCUSSION BELOW...
Another cold front approaches from the west Friday morning. Kept
high chance PoPs lowlands and likely PoPs over elevations of 3000
feet and higher.
Current track of remnants of tropical storm Bonnie approach from
the southeast Thursday through Friday. Attm, seems that the
showers will stay over the eastern mountains Wednesday and
Wednesday night. An upper trough moves east across the Great Lakes
region on Sunday. This second system is strong enough to drive a
weak front across the area Sunday night and Monday morning.
Went with a combination of the super blend and the all blend
guidance for temperatures through the period.
.AVIATION /06Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
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High pressure dominates. Near calm winds overnight becoming light
easterly by 15z Tuesday.
Til 13z...Outside of river valley LIFR affecting all major
terminals except BKW...look for VFR mostly clear.
After 13Z...Outside of east facing slopes of WV and southwest VA
mountains...VFR with a few afternoon stratocu. For the east
facing slopes including BKW...becoming VFR ceilings 3500-4500
feet with some mvfr ceilings ridgetops possible. These conditions
will continue thru 06z Wednesday.
FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 06Z
FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High
ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: None.
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 05/31/16
UTC 1HRLY 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
EDT 1HRLY 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
CRW CONSISTENCY M M M M M M M H H H H H
HTS CONSISTENCY H H M M M M H H H H H H
BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H H
EKN CONSISTENCY L L L L L L L M H H H H
PKB CONSISTENCY H M M M M M H H H H H H
CKB CONSISTENCY M M M M M M M H H H H H
AFTER 06Z WEDNESDAY...
River valley IFR fog possible early Wednesday morning.
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