Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
642 PM CDT Mon Sep 18 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Wednesday night)
Issued at 252 PM CDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Scattered thunderstorms developed by mid-afternoon, concentrated
in a region of strong differential heating on the southeast edge
of this morning`s thickest cloudiness. A few of these storms
briefly pulsed up to strong levels, however heavy rain and gusty
winds to 30 mph have been the main hazards.

A weak 500 mb shortwave trough over the central Plains is aiding
development of convection in this moist and unstable air mass.
Short-term model guidance such as the ruc/hrrr indicate waves of
convection will persist much of the night ahead of this shortwave.
As instability wanes tonight, thunder will become more isolated.
Scattered to numerous showers will persist through the night.

On Tuesday, there will be a slow decrease in precipitation coverage
from west to east as the 500 mb shortwave passes across our
region. The models vary in the timing and location of the
shortwave energy, which is so subtle that its hard to define in
some models. Much of southern IL and southeast MO will be dry in
the afternoon.

Mainly dry weather is expected Tuesday night through Wednesday
night as a sharp 500 mb ridge develops quickly over the Lower Ohio
Valley. However, a few diurnally induced showers or storms could
develop Wednesday on the front side of the ridge. A slight chance
pop will remain in the forecast for Wednesday, mainly southeast of
a kevv to kpof line.

Temps will change little over the next couple days in the stagnant
pattern. The main driver of temp trends will be clouds and precip.
Given the gradual drying trend, highs should tick upward each day.
Highs by Wednesday will be near 90, except mid 80s where the
highest pops are forecast over the khop area. Overnight lows will
be mainly in the upper 60s to around 70.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Monday)
Issued at 252 PM CDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Fairly high confidence in the extended with good model agreement and
high pressure in charge.

The extended continues to advertise mainly dry conditions with high
pressure both at the surface and aloft. However there is southerly
flow in tact with plenty of moisture...especially late in the
forecast as the high starts to drift to the east. This will allow
the gulf to be open for business. The combination of above normal
temperature and plenty of available moisture will not be able to
rule out at least isolated chances of showers and storms. Especially
during the max heating of the day. The models are indicating a front
trying to work into the area by the middle of next week. Models are
in good agreement with this scenario. It is climatologically fitting
as well. Again temperatures will remain well above normal for both
highs and lows.


Issued at 640 PM CDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Still maintain some MVFR visibilities with VFR ceilings associated
with convective activity in or near the WFO PAH TAF locations this

Anticipate any lingering convective activity will occur near the
TAF locations before 06z, with the development of patchy fog
between 11z-14z Tuesday. Maintain VFR conditions on Tuesday with
little direct impact, due to convection, on ceilings and




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