Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KRNK 160516 AFDRNK AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA 116 AM EDT TUE SEP 16 2014 .SYNOPSIS... A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH LATER TONIGHT RESULTING IN WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS FOLLOWED BY DRIER AND COOLER WEATHER INTO MID WEEK. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD NORTH OF THE AREA FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK KEEPING RATHER COOL BUT OVERALL DRY WEATHER IN PLACE. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/... AS OF 930 PM EDT MONDAY... LIGHT RAIN IS BEING REPORTED AT BOONE AND JEFFERSON. ADJUSTED THE ISOLATED POPS ACROSS NW NC FOR THE NEXT FEW HOURS. EVENING SOUNDING SHOWS A SHALLOW MOIST LAYER IN THE LOWER LEVELS WITH PLENTY OF DRIER AIR IN THE MID LEVELS...SO NOT EXPECTING MUCH MORE THAN A TRACE OF PRECIP WHERE IT DOES RAIN. AS OF 730 PM EDT MONDAY... A FEW SHOWERS MOVING ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN EMPIRE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA EARLY THIS EVENING...ASSOCIATED WITH WEAK THETA-E RIDGING AT THE SFC AND A SHORTWAVE ALOFT PUSHING ACROSS SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY. MODELS OVERALL PAINT A PICTURE OF LIMITED SHOWERS IN THE SOUTHERN FORECAST AREA THIS EVENING WITH PASSING OF ONE SHORTWAVE. MEANWHILE...THE NEXT UPSTREAM SHORTWAVE OVER THE OHIO VALLEY WILL SLIDE SE INTO THE CENTRAL APPALACHIANS LATE...SO KEPT A SLIGHT TO LOW CHANCE IN THE SE WV MOUNTAINS. FORECAST OTHERWISE IS ON TRACK. MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO SKY COVER BUT OVERALL LOOKS LIKE A FAIRLY CLOUDY EVENING WITH SOME CLEARING POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT BETWEEN SHORTWAVES. PREVIOUS VALID DISCUSSION... BROAD UPPER TROUGH OVER THE EASTERN CONUS AND CANADA WILL AMPLIFY OVER THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS. CLOUDS WILL KEEP OVERNIGHT LOWS LIKELY A FEW DEGREES WARMER THAN THIS MORNING AND CHANGE OF AIR MASS WILL BE MODEST THROUGH THE DAY WITH 850 TEMPS FALLING JUST A FEW DEGREES AND WESTERLY DOWNSLOPING OFFSETTING THE COLD AIR ADVECTION EAST OF THE MOUNTAINS. HIGHS WILL BE WITHIN A FEW DEGREES OF TODAY..UPPER 60S FAR NW TO LOW 80S OUT EAST WITH MORE UPSLOPE CLOUDS IN THE WEST. && .SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/... AS OF 330 PM EDT MONDAY... UPPER PATTERN AMPLIFIES THIS TIME FRAME WITH A RIDGE IN THE WEST AND TROUGHING IN THE EAST. NEXT SHORT WAVE COMING ACROSS THE AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT. MODELS INCREASE THE MOISTURE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN COUNTY WARNING AREA WITH THIS FEATURE. HIGHER PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES..ABOVE ONE INCH ARE CONFINED TO THE SOUTHEAST COUNTY WARNING AREA BEHIND THIS WAVE ON WEDNESDAY. THURSDAY THE FORECAST AREA WILL BE IN BETWEEN LARGE SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE NORTHEAST UNITED STATES AND A LOW OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST. NORTHEAST WINDS WILL FINALLY DRIVE SOME DRIER AIR INTO THE COUNTY WARNING AREA. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/... AS OF 330 PM EDT MONDAY... HIGH PRESSURE OVER SOUTHEAST CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND WILL WEDGED DOWN THE EAST COAST THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. SUNDAY THE HIGH WILL BE FAR ENOUGH OFF THE COAST THAT THE FORECAST AREA WILL BE IN WEST TO SOUTHWEST FLOW. ECMWF/GFS BLEND IS FAVORED WHICH BRINGS THE NEXT COLD FRONT THROUGH THE FORECAST AREA ON SUNDAY NIGHT OR MONDAY. THE 00Z ECMWF LOWERS 850 MB TEMPERATURES INTO THE +4 TO +8 RANGE BEHIND THE FRONT BY TUESDAY MORNING. && .AVIATION /06Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... AS OF 100 AM EDT TUESDAY... BAND OF MOSTLY MID DECK AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT NEAR THE OHIO RIVER WILL CONTINUE TO SLIDE EAST OVERNIGHT WITH SPOTTY MAINLY MOUNTAIN SPRINKLES OR -SHRA POSSIBLE. HOWEVER ANY PRECIP APPEARS TOO ISOLATED TO MENTION IN THE TAFS SO KEEPING THINGS DRY FOR NOW. HOWEVER LOW LEVEL UPSLOPE FLOW WILL KEEP IFR/LIFR CIGS AT KBLF WITH MVFR CIGS DEVELOPING AROUND KLWB AND PERHAPS KBCB. ELSW THINKING THAT CIGS SHOULD REMAIN VFR OVERNIGHT WITH PATCHY FOG LIKELY DEVELOPING AROUND KDAN AND POSSIBLY AT KLYH. HOWEVER GIVEN CLOUDS...SOME LINGERING SPREAD IN TEMPS/DEWPOINTS AND A LIGHT BREEZE AHEAD OF THE FRONT...APPEARS FOG FORMATION MAY BE SLOWER IN SPOTS SO DELAYED UNTIL ALMOST DAYBREAK IN SPOTS. ANY FOG/STRATUS FADES TUESDAY BY 14Z/10AM...WITH BKN VFR CIGS TAKING SHAPE. A FEW SHOWERS MAY SKIRT BY KBLF/KBCB DURING THE MORNING AS THE ACTUAL SURFACE COLD FRONT CROSSES OTRW EXPECTING LIMITED PRECIP AT THIS POINT. WEDGE WILL START TO REDEVELOP BEHIND THE FRONT TUESDAY NIGHT WITH LOW LEVEL MOISTURE LIKELY LEADING TO WIDESPREAD LOWER CIGS INCLUDING STRATUS BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. ALSO ADDED SHOWERS POSSIBLE ESPCLY DURING THE EVENING ACROSS SOUTHERN SECTIONS AS A WAVE PASSES TO THE SOUTH. OTRW SHOULD INIT AS VFR TUESDAY NIGHT DURING THE END OF THE CURRENT VALID TAF PERIOD. EXTENDED AVIATION DISCUSSION... BROAD UPPER TROUGH REMAINS IN PLACE ACROSS THE EASTERN STATES FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK ALLOWING A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE TO BUILD SOUTH FROM THE GREAT LAKES FOR MID WEEK BEFORE WEDGING IN FROM OFF THE MID ATLANTIC COAST BY THE WEEKEND. THIS SHOULD PUSH THE PESKY DEEP MOISTURE FURTHER SOUTH AWAY FROM THE REGION. HOWEVER BIGGER CONCERN WILL BE WITH TRAPPED RESIDUAL LOW LEVEL MOISTURE THAT MAY KEEP SOUTHERN/WESTERN LOCATIONS STUCK IN PERIODS OF MVFR CIGS ESPCLY WEDNESDAY INTO FRIDAY AS THE LOW LEVEL EAST/SE FLOW TAKES SHAPE. HIGH PRESSURE MAY BE STRONG ENOUGH TO PUSH THE LOW LEVEL MOISTURE TO THE SOUTHWEST SATURDAY AND WITH HEATING/MIXING COULD SEE THINGS RETURN TO OVERALL VFR FOR EARLY IN THE WEEKEND...BUT NOT UNTIL SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THIS POINT. && .RNK WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VA...NONE. NC...NONE. WV...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JH NEAR TERM...CF/PC/WP SHORT TERM...AMS LONG TERM...AMS AVIATION...JH/PC/WP

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