Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRLX 192345 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 745 PM EDT Wed Jul 19 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Upper ridge over the Ohio Valley weakens today, with increasing heat and humidity, and mainly scattered afternoon mountain storms. Convective activity on the increase into the weekend. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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As of 730 PM Wednesday... No changes necessary. As of 215 PM Wednesday... Isolated showers have developed across the forecast area this afternoon in the moist unstable atmosphere. But overall, threat for showers remains quite low, and any should dissipate by sunset with the loss of heating. Tonight will be similar to previous nights, with a mostly clear sky, and patchy river valley fog developing towards morning. Thursday, strengthening upper ridge and warmer low level temperatures should result in temperatures a few degrees warmer. A shortwave will move east across the Great Lakes late in the day on Thursday/Thursday night, with increasing chances of showers and thunderstorms, particularly across southeast Ohio towards the end of the period. Some of the storms could be on the stronger side, with increasing shear 30-40kts, but overall, better dynamics lie to the north, and timing of storms is late, which should help to mitigate the threat in the near term somewhat. SPC has the area in a marginal risk for storms.
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&& .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... As of 250 PM Wednesday... Weak High pressure will gradually shift southward but continuing to pump warm air and moisture up over the region. A frontal boundary across the Great Lakes will start to sag southward through Friday. This boundary will trigger showers and thunderstorms across the northern portion of the CWA late Thursday night into Friday Morning. As the boundary stalls over the area Friday night, the showers and thunderstorms shifts southward with it. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 235 AM Wednesday... Plenty of moisture will be in place as weak frontal boundary stalls and becomes non-existent as ridging starts to build again over the region. However, with any left over boundary, showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast through the weekend, especially during peak heating. A cold front is expected to move through on Monday with greater chances for thunderstorms with the front. Warm airmass generally stays in place until the cold front pushes through on Monday. Drier and a tad cooler temperatures on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday. && .AVIATION /00Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
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As of 730 PM Wednesday... Upper level ridge maintain dry conditions aloft providing mostly clear skies through the period. The exception will be during the afternoons when diurnal heating and abundant low level moisture will allow low level cu development and perhaps isolated light showers. Radar shows some convection firing up upstream of CKB. Coded VCTS for couple of hours. Any convection will dissipate after sunset. Patchy IFR and LIFR valley fog possible after 05Z, mainly over protected river valleys. Any fog will dissipate by 13Z with a return to VFR conditions with light surface winds. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 00Z FRIDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: High ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Timing of Fog development and severity may vary from forecast. 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 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 EDT 1HRLY 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H M M L L HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H M M L L BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H L L EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H M M L L PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H M M M M L L L CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H M M L L AFTER 00Z FRIDAY... Patchy IFR river valley fog is possible Friday morning, and Friday and Saturday in showers and thunderstorms.
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&& .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...None. OH...None. KY...None. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JS/SL NEAR TERM...SL SHORT TERM...JS LONG TERM...JS AVIATION...ARJ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.