Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 201631 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 1231 PM EDT FRI MAY 20 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Low pressure approaches evening and moves through tonight...then shifts to our southeast on Saturday. Heavy rain threat exists late tonight mostly for Ohio River Valley counties. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... A Low pressure system intensify as the first vorticity lobe crosses the area by this evening. Models indicate that a series of vorticity lobes will move around the low to keep the atmosphere unstable through Sunday. Radar images show stronger convection is over central KY moving north. This batch of PCPN will eventually drift east and affect southeast OH and portions of WV tonight. Models indicate precipitable water of 1.5 inches, poor sfc based CAPE and marginal deep layer shear of 35 knots. Do not see any report upstream and lightning density is diminishing. Will continue monitoring rainfall estimates and flash flood guidance to anticipate any event. Light to moderate rain will affect southeast OH this evening, and the rest of WV overnight. Used the superblend and, bias corrected SREF for temperatures through the period. && .SHORT TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... Main swath of 850mb Theta E convergence will have lifted well to the northeast of the CWA by Saturday the short term will be primarily dealing with the upper trough at 500mb with the extra lobe dropping in from the north for Saturday night. By and large...this will end up as the cold pool convection period as the surface low regenerates along the mid atlantic coast and the aforementioned 500mb low all but stalls over the Delmarva Peninsula. In the forecast grids...this has necessitated an increase of the POPS back to the west for Sunday to low end chance that will peak with the heating of the day. Could be difficult to get rid of the isolated showers over the northeast mountains because of the behavior of the upper level those low chances will outrun the lowlands from a time standpoint...lingering into high pressure tries to regain control. Temperatures continue to be held in check given the lowering heights...with slightly below average values across the board. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/... SFC high pressure will push into the region for the start of the new work week. This will give us some dry and warm conditions through at least mid week. Guidance is indicating a stationary boundary drifting over the region by Wednesday or Wednesday night and this will not move much through the end of the week. Several transitioning shortwaves will bring the threat for showers and thunderstorms into Friday. && .AVIATION /16Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... A sfc high pressure remains in control across the area through this afternoon. Weather deteriorates as deep low pressure system cross our area through tonight and Saturday. High resolution models are in agreement with the timing of PCPN reaching southeast OH and portions of southern WV through this evening. Once the rain showers pass by, low level stratus will be common at most sites. Models bring the low pressure center over northern KY. expect this low to move overhead to produce numerous showers with embedded thunderstorms. Expect minor water problems by Saturday evening. PCPN may continue after the front through Sunday as the upper level low/trough pass by. Despite or the abundant humidity, calm winds once the atmosphere decouples, boundary layer and H925 level increase 30-40 knots preventing fog development. Low level stratus could produce periods of mvfr/ifr overnight. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY... ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Duration of the heavier showers late this afternoon and this evening at any one location could be less than window mentioned in tafs. 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 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 EDT 1HRLY 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H M M M M HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H M M M M M M BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H M M M M M M M M EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M H PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H M M M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H H AFTER 18Z SATURDAY... Widespread IFR conditions possible overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning under heavier showers. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...ARJ/MPK NEAR TERM...ARJ SHORT TERM...26 LONG TERM...MPK AVIATION...ARJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.