Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 171045 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 645 AM EDT Thu Aug 17 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Hot and humid today. Cold front tonight into Friday. Generally drier afterwards until Tuesday. Another cold front by mid week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 645 AM Thursday... Clouds will be on the increase early this morning as a surface and upper level low move through the Northern Plains. The first impulse associated with the upper air feature should kick off showers and thunderstorms across the Tri-state mid morning, with activity drifting NE through the afternoon. Decent instability across the area with the hot and humid air in place -- MLCape should be in the 1000-1500J/kg range. The CAPE profile is rather skinny and shear of 20-30kts is fairly marginal for strong to severe storms. However, with precipitable water values topping 2 inches, heavy rain is likely in mature convection. Flash flood guidance is generally 1.5-2.5 inches across the forecast area. The most likely area of heavy rain today -- across the Ohio River Valley and western lowlands of WV -- corresponds to the higher FFG so not planning a flash flood watch. Still...cannot rule out isolated issues with repetitive storms. Tonight, we should have a line of showers and thunderstorms move from west to east ahead of a cold front. Instability drops off quickly 00Z Friday, but precipitable water remains on the high side... so again strong to severe storms not expected but heavy rainfall is likely.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/... As of 310 AM Thursday... What remains of a cold front crosses the CWA Friday for scattered showers. A weak upper level wave brushes the northern CWA over the weekend though high pressure will likely keep the rest of the area rain free and warm. High pressure continues Sunday for dry weather area wide. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 310 AM Thursday... High pressure continues Monday for dry weather area wide. Moisture will increase Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the next approaching cold front. The cold front crosses Wednesday into Thursday. && .AVIATION /12Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
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As of 645 AM Thursday... Any lingering fog should dissipate quickly over the next couple hours. Clouds will be on the increase this morning. Several areas of showers and thunderstorms are expected today and tonight. Brief IFR will be possible in any developed shower or storm, but to early to pinpoint any timing on that so went with more general MVFR for now. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 12Z FRIDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium on overall trends, low on small scale specifics. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Will likely need amendments for IFR in storms later today and tonight. 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 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 EDT 1HRLY 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 CRW CONSISTENCY M M M H H H H H H M M M HTS CONSISTENCY M M M H H H H H H H M M BKW CONSISTENCY M M H M M M M M M H M M EKN CONSISTENCY L L L M H H H H H H M M PKB CONSISTENCY L L M M H H H H H H L M CKB CONSISTENCY L M M M H H H H H H M M AFTER 12Z FRIDAY... Lingering IFR possible in showers and storms early Friday morning. Dense river valley fog possible each morning.
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&& .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JW/MZ NEAR TERM...MZ SHORT TERM...JW LONG TERM...JW AVIATION...MZ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.