Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KRNK 270248
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
1048 PM EDT Tue Jul 26 2016
Lingering strong high pressure aloft over the Carolinas will
result in hot and humid weather into at least mid week. A weak
frontal boundary just north of the area should also continue to
oscillate across the Mid-Atlantic region through the end of the
week. Weak impulses riding along the front will combine with deep
moisture to produce periodic rounds of showers and thunderstorms
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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Broken line of convection continues to slide southeast from
Campbell County to Franklin County with core of high reflectivity
the strongest near Brookneal. Atmosphere starting to stabilize
some, but MLCAPEs remain at 1000-1500 J/KG across the southern
half of the forecast area. The 18z NAM showed a progression of
convection across the southern tier of the forecast area til 09z,
so will lean pops higher from Southside VA/ NW NC Piedmont into
the NC mountains and far SW VA overnight. Otherwise, expect skies
to stay partly to mostly cloudy.
Previous valid discussion...
The strong upper ridge is weakening and will slide southeast
Expect another very warm and muggy overnight with moisture and
debris clouds. Low temperatures tonight will range from the mid
60s in the mountains to the mid 70s in the Piedmont.
A weak surface front will stall across our region on Wednesday.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Wednesday
afternoon into Wednesday evening. SPC Day Two convection Outlook
places eastern portions of forecast area in Marginal threat. The
Shear is still not very impressive so the probability for widespread
severe remains low. The main threat being pulse storms and any
clusters that can organize due to outflow boundary interactions.
High temperatures on Wednesday will range from around 80 degrees in
the northwest mountains to the mid 90s in the Piedmont. Heat index
may climb to near the century mark in eastern Piedmont, just
short of heat advisory levels.
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.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/...
As of 243 PM EDT Tuesday...
Will start to see the strong upper ridge over the southeast break
down this period as stronger upper wave moves across the Great
Lakes. Models also overall in agreement in a stronger vort moving
from the Mid Mississippi Valley Wednesday night into the eastern
Ohio Valley by Thursday evening. This signal suggests an increased
likelihood of storms with greatest coverage over the mountains
Thursday. Therefore increase pops to likely along and west of the
Blue Ridge for Thursday. There is good upper support with jet
dynamics such that severe storms is possible if we get enough
heating. However timing of complex may bring more clouds to the area
Thursday morning limiting solar insolation.
This wave shears to the mid Atlantic by Friday with 5h heights
falling. Should maintain at least threat of storms Friday as frontal
boundary starts to linger over the mid Atlantic. Question will be
how far south this front makes it.
We should start to see temperatures settle toward seasonal lat July
norms by Friday but will remain sticky/humid. Highs Thursday will
range from the lower to mid 80s west to lower 90s east.
By Friday highs will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s west to around
.LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/...
As of 130 PM EDT Tuesday...
Overall pattern situation favors storminess every day but especially
in the afternoon/evening. A frontal boundary situated from the Ohio
Valley over to the Central Plains will slowly shift southeast into
the Virginias and North Carolina over the weekend. Airmass will
remain unstable and moist. Some issue with how far this front makes
it as 5h ridge may be hard to break, but still looks like belt of
westerlies will shift at least into our northern forecast area over
Highs will be seasonal with lows slightly above normal through most
of the period. Highs will range from the lower to mid 80s mountains,
to upper 80s to around 90 east. Lows will be in the lower to mid 60s
mountains, to upper 60s to around 70 east.
.AVIATION /03Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
As of 738 PM EDT Tuesday...
Going with the 18z WRF for the overnight. Expect VCTS at most
sites except Danville this evening, then fog across the mountain
valleys late...i.e. BCB/LWB.
Better threat for storms Wednesday afternoon but for now will keep
it VCTS until we see how storms organize.
Otherwise after fog burns off in the morning going to see VFR wx.
Extended aviation discussion...
The upper ridge will remain just south of the area and a residual
front nearby through Sunday. This should allow for periodic daily
convective coverage through much of the period until the boundary
either fades or sinks farther south. Appears more widespread sub-
VFR possible in convection later Thursday per a stronger wave
along the front with perhaps some decrease in coverage by the
weekend as this feature passes. However given uncertainty appears
at least diurnal MVFR/IFR possible each afternoon/evening through
Sunday for now. Late night and early morning fog will likely
occur at the usual valley locations, and those chances increase
across the entire region if any rain occurs during the afternoon
or evening at any site.
Record high temperatures for Tuesday (7/26)
Roanoke.....101 in 1930
Lynchburg...104 in 1934
Danville.....99 in 2012
Blacksburg...94 in 1987
Bluefield....91 in 1993
Record high temperatures for Wednesday (7/27)
Roanoke.....103 in 1936
Lynchburg...103 in 1936
Danville....102 in 1952
Blacksburg...94 in 1993
Bluefield....89 in 1966
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