Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Charleston, WV

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000 FXUS61 KRLX 180222 AFDRLX AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV 1015 PM EDT WED SEP 17 2014 .SYNOPSIS... HIGH PRESSURE...CENTERED TO OUR NORTH...MOVING OFF NORTHEAST COAST FRIDAY. COLD FRONT LONG ABOUT LATE SUNDAY INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/... DIFFICULT FORECAST BETWEEN CLOUDS AND FOG IN WV OVERNIGHT INTO 13Z THURSDAY. LESS CLOUDS FIGURED FOR SOUTHEAST OHIO. COULD NOT COMPLETELY RULE OUT SOME RAIN DROPS REACHING THE GROUND 06Z TO 12Z IN WV...BUT LEAVING POPS AROUND 10 PERCENT FOR NOW IN THE SOUTH AND MOUNTAIN COUNTIES. WEAK LOW LEVEL FLOW THRU 850 MB WITH MARGINAL MOISTURE FOR CLOUDS. EVEN AT 02Z...CLOUDS FORMED ALONG THE CRW TO CKB CORRIDOR. SOME AREAS WENT FROM CLEAR TO MOSTLY CLOUDY IN AN HOUR. WILL DELAY THE FOG FORMATION AROUND ELKINS FOR A FEW HOURS WITH MORE CLOUDS EXPECTED. HIGHEST DEW POINTS ARE FROM CRW ON SOUTH THROUGH THE SOUTHERN COAL FIELDS. SO DESPITE LINGERING CLOUDS...STILL HAVE AREAS OF FOG FORMING 06Z TO 12Z. && .SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... VERY QUIET PATTERN WITH SURFACE RIDGE CENTERED OVER QUEBEC THURSDAY NIGHT AND VERY BROAD UPPER LEVEL TROUGHING ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF NORTH AMERICA. ON FRIDAY THE SURFACE RIDGE WILL SHIFT EAST TO BE CENTERED JUST OFFSHORE OF MAINE WHILE AN UPPER LEVEL LOW FORMS OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN US. MODELS ARE SHOWING MOISTURE FROM THIS UPPER LEVEL LOW CREEPING NORTH UP THE APPALACHIANS SO HAVE INCLUDED SLIGHT CHANCE POPS IN THE MOUNTAINS. DRY WEATHER WILL PREVAIL FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY AS UPPER LEVEL TO THE SOUTH GETS PUSHED EAST AND OFFSHORE. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... USED WPC THINKING WITH SOME MINOR TWEAKS. COLD FRONT WILL PUSH SOUTHEAST ON SUNDAY WITH HIGH PRESSURE TAKING CONTROL BY MONDAY. THE HIGH SHOULD REMAIN IN CONTROL THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE PERIOD. WPC TEMPS LOOKED GOOD AND WERE GENERALLY USED. && .AVIATION /02Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... NEAR SUNSET...DEW POINTS ARE HIGHEST AND TEMP/DEW POINT THE LOWEST FROM THE CRW TO EKN VCNTY ON SOUTH...THROUGH THE SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA COAL FIELDS. YET...MOISTURE AT 925 TO 850 MBS STILL NOT DRYING UP AND IS MARGINAL FOR CLOUDS. SO ANOTHER CLOUD VERSUS FOG ISSUE OVERNIGHT. MAY EVEN BE A NIGHT WHERE WE GET BOTH. COULD NOT EVEN COMPLETELY RULE OUT A FEW PATCHES OF LIGHT RAIN 06Z TO 12Z IN THE SOUTH OR MOUNTAIN WITH THE WEAK MID LEVEL DISTURBANCES MOVING THROUGH. BUT NEAR 00Z THURSDAY...HAVE POPS AT 10 PERCENT. WILL BE SLOWER FORMING FOG FOR THE OHIO VALLEY AND CKB VCNTY...AND MAYBE A HOUR SLOWER IN THE SOUTH COMPARED TO TUESDAY NIGHT/24 HOURS AGO. COULD SEE SOME STRATUS CEILINGS AROUND 1 TO 2 THSD FT LINGER 13Z TO 15Z THURSDAY IN THE CRW VCNTY. MAINLY SCATTERED CU AT 2 TO 4 THSD FT AGL AFTER 18Z. FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 00Z FRIDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: LOW. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: MORE CLOUDS AND LESS FOG FOR THE 06Z TO 13Z TIME FRAME. 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 THU 09/18/14 UTC 1HRLY 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 EDT 1HRLY 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 CRW CONSISTENCY H M L L L L L L L L L L HTS CONSISTENCY H H H H H H L L L L L H BKW CONSISTENCY H H H M L L L L L L L L EKN CONSISTENCY H M L L L L L L L L L L PKB CONSISTENCY H H H H L L L L L L L M CKB CONSISTENCY H H H H M M H L L L L L AFTER 00Z FRIDAY... IFR RIVER VALLEY FOG EXPECTED DURING THE PREDAWN HOURS FRIDAY. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...NONE. OH...NONE. KY...NONE. VA...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...26/JR NEAR TERM...KTB SHORT TERM...JR LONG TERM...JSH AVIATION...KTB

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