Area Forecast Discussion
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477 FXUS61 KRLX 261921 AFDRLX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston WV 321 PM EDT TUE JUL 26 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A weak east to west frontal boundary continues across northern portions of area. Next system late in the week. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... A weak but persistent east to west frontal boundary meanders back and forth across the northern portions of the area this period. The addition of upper disturbances riding eastward across the area on the southern edge of westerlies and PW`s aoa 2 inches will lend to a general unsettled pattern for showers and storms. Will tie the best chance for convection to the favored afternoon adn early night time frame. Have hoisted a flash flood watch most of northern half of area through 11 pm tonight...given one well defined vort max over southwestern Ohio and increasing area of heavy convection well ahead of it near the frontal boundary. the vort moves east of the area tonight...expect convection to really diminish...leaving widely scattered showers in the north after midnight. Will do similar pops again Wednesday with little change in the pattern. It will continue hot and humid through Wednesday...but should be a touch below heat advisory criteria. && .SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/... Active weather to start the short term period...with warm and humid conditions to persist. Stalled frontal boundary across northern zones will lift north of the area during the day Thursday as upper shortwave trough approaches from the west. Strong llj developing across the region...will aid in moisture transport...with pw values rising to over 2 inches Thursday. Wave of low pressure moving north through the region Thursday and Thursday night...will help to enhance precipitation...with showers and thunderstorms...with heavy downpours expected. In addition...could see strong to severe storms during the afternoon and evening hours on Thursday...with the potential for stronger winds aloft to be brought down to the surface. Will place the mention of possible water headlines for the Thursday/Thursday night time frame. Still difficult to pinpoint any area of heaviest precipitation/greatest will highlight entire cwa in the hwo for now. Additional showers and thunderstorms expected for later in the day Friday and Friday night as an upper shortwave trough crosses the area. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... Weather looks to remain unsettled for the first part 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. && .AVIATION /19Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... 18Z Tuesday thru 18Z Wednesday... Nearly stationary east to west weak front across far northern portions of area will continue thru period. Thru 02z...Outside of convection...SCT-BKN 2000-3000 feet agl becoming mainly VFR ceilings 3500-5000 feet by 20z. Increasing showers and tstms mainly across southeast Ohio and northern WV this afternoon...vicinity of the nearly stationary weak front. SCT showers and tstms central and south. After 02Z...most convection decreases with loss of heating. Generally SCT-BKN 4000-8000 feet AGL with widely SCT showers mainly in the north. 08z-12z MVFR river valley fog...except lower in the north if earlier rains fall. After 13z Wednesday...4000-6000 feet AGL with widely SCT showers and tstms developing by 18z. Winds this period nearly calm by night...light and variable by day. CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS... FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 18Z WEDNESDAY... FORECAST CONFIDENCE: Medium. ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: A shower or thunderstorm could directly affect any TAF site Tuesday afternoon. Timing of Fog formation and intensity may vary tonight depending on where it rains. 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 H 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 H 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 WEDNESDAY... Brief IFR conditions possible in thunderstorms every afternoon and evening. Early morning IFR fog possible into mid week depending, in part, on occurrence of showers or thunderstorms the previous afternoon or night. && .RLX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... WV...Flash Flood Watch until 10 PM EDT this evening for WVZ007>011- 016>020-028>032-039-040-047. OH...Flash Flood Watch until 10 PM EDT this evening for OHZ075-076- 083>087. KY...Flash Flood Watch until 10 PM EDT this evening for KYZ101. VA...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JMV/SL NEAR TERM...JMV SHORT TERM...SL LONG TERM...SL AVIATION...JMV is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.