Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KRLX 271857
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Charleston WV
255 PM EDT WED JUL 27 2016
A weak east to west frontal boundary just to our north will
move little. Several disturbances and copious moisture will bring
heavy rainfall potential Thursday into Friday.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/...
Broad and very moist upper level low over the southern
Mississippi Valley this afternoon...having pw`s above 2
inches...will move northeast later tonight and Thursday. There is
model consensus of tracking the system across our area and
targeting our area with heavy rain potential Thursday...a general
1 to 2 inch swath with locally heavier amounts in any training of
storms. Enough instability available for thunderstorms despite
the expected cloud shield...but does not look like a severe
thunderstorm threat scenario at this time. Thus...with much of the
area nearly saturated from yesterday...have issued an FFA with
this system from 12z Thursday to 12Z Friday for a good part of our
area. Have started conservatively...omitting parts of southeast
Ohio and far southeast portions of the area from the watch based
mainly on not receiving yesterdays rainfall. Otherwise any
convection this afternoon...mainly in the south...will wane fairly
early this evening with loss of heating. As the above mentioned
system approaches...there will be a large shield of clouds ahead
of it. Given that this system is very nearly tropical in
nature...it probably will not be as dependent on solid diurnal
heating to generate convection as we are used to. Thus...more
confidence in issuing the FFA.
It will continue to be warm and muggy tonight with the high
dewpoints and increasing clods overnight. For Thursday...somewhat
cooler only because of the clouds and showers and storms...but
quite muggy. Highs in the lower to mid 80s.
.SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
-- Changed Discussion --Heavy rain threat to continue across the area Thursday night into
early Friday...as upper shortwave trough and surface wave push east
through the cwa. Still model differences between exact timing and
track of these features...but overall...heaviest threat through
early Friday looks to be across northern/eastern zones. In addition
to heavy rain...a few storms Thursday night could be on the stronger
side...with 30-40kts shear and decent cape...the potential for
strong storms...with damaging winds a primary threat exists. The
flash flood watch for the period will be in effect until 12Z Friday.
Additional showers and thunderstorms are possible later in the day
Friday and Saturday...particularly across the north in the vicinity
of stalled frontal boundary....as multiple upper disturbances cross
the region. There will still be a threat for heavy downpours with
any convection...and with an overall light flow...localized flash
flooding may continue to be a concern.
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.LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
-- Changed Discussion --Weather looks to remain unsettled for most of the extended period as
additional disturbances move through the region. Drier weather
possible early to mid next week as upper ridging strengthens across
the region. Another front late week.
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.AVIATION /18Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
18z Wednesday thru 18Z Thursday...
Thru 02z...SCT showers and tstms developing but remaining rather
disorganized and mainly south. VFR conditions will prevail
outside any strong storms.
After 02z...initially sct-bkn 5000-7000 feet AGL with loss of
convection...then increasing clouds from the southwest. Becoming
ceilings 5000-7000 feet 07z-12Z with SCT showers redeveloping
over the south by 12z. Overnight fog also redevelops after 06z
tonight with localized IFR/LIFR river valley fog
expected...mainly north...and especially if clouds are slower to
After 12z Thursday...organized shield of showers and storms
spreading northeast across the area with conditions lowering to
MVFR/IFR...especially south and east...by 18z.
Surface flow will be light and variable except for strong gusts
in thunderstorms this afternoon.
CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS...
FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z THURSDAY...
FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium.
ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: Fog potential tonight depends greatly on
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 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05
EDT 1HRLY 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01
CRW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M
HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H H
BKW CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H H
EKN CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H M
PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H H
CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H H H H H H H H H
AFTER 18Z THURSDAY...
IFR conditions in showers and thunderstorms through Thursday
WV...Flash Flood Watch from Thursday morning through Friday morning
OH...Flash Flood Watch from Thursday morning through Friday morning
KY...Flash Flood Watch from Thursday morning through Friday morning