Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KPAH 040714

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
214 AM CDT WED MAY 4 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Friday night)
Issued at 214 AM CDT Wed May 4 2016

Above average confidence in the short term due to good model

A lobe of upper level energy swinging around the southwest flank of
a closed H5 low over the Great Lakes region will push a cold front
across the region this morning. With adequate surface based
instability, decent mid level lapse rates, and deep layer moisture,
showers and thunderstorms are expected over the eastern half to two
thirds of our CWA this morning. With the freezing level being so
low combined with favorable lapse rates, small hail will be
possible in a few of the stronger showers/thunderstorms.

The upper low is forecast to drop south southeastward along the
IN/OH border this afternoon so small chances for showers and
thunderstorms are possible over the eastern third of our CWA.
Precipitation chances will end by late afternoon as the upper low
slips off to the southeast of the region.

Beyond that rising heights aloft and high pressure at the surface
should keep the region dry with slowly moderating temperatures.
Temperatures are expected to warm back to near normal by the end of
the short term period.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Tuesday)
Issued at 214 AM CDT Wed May 4 2016

Confidence in the long term is slowly increasing as forecast models
deliver an increasingly consistent message on the evolution of the
overall pattern through the first half of next week.

Starting with Saturday, an upper level ridge will be centered over
the nation`s mid section with two cut-off lows flanking the ridge
over the southwestern U.S. and Mid Atlantic Coast. This blocky type
pattern will modify over the weekend as the East Coast low merges
with a developing low over southeastern Canada. This acts to keep
the immediate forecast area on the northwest flow side of the ridge,
which encourages a backdoor type cold front into the area Saturday
night and Sunday. Models differ somewhat over whether the front
stalls across the area or eventually lifts back to the north as a
warm front Sunday night. By Monday and Monday night, energy from the
western U.S. low begins to stream eastward across the Plains into
the Mississippi Valley.

As a result, the chance for showers and thunderstorms begins across
the Interstate 64 corridor as early as Saturday afternoon and
evening with the approach of the front. The chance lingers through
the rest of the weekend across mainly southwest Indiana, southern
Illinois, and western Kentucky along and north of the stalled front.
Better shower and thunderstorm chances refocus into the western half
of the area on Monday and then increase across the entire region
Monday night and Tuesday as the western energy draws closer. Despite
the prolonged period of potentially wet weather, more widespread
precipitation should hold off until the Tuesday or Wednesday time

Used a blend of model guidance for temperatures through the period.
Readings will generally be near or just above seasonal norms. Highs
are forecast to range from the upper 70s to lower 80s, with lows in
the upper 50s and lower 60s.


Issued at 556 PM CDT Tue May 3 2016

Cumulus clouds will melt away around sunset, and northwest winds
will become light and variable. There may be a few isolated showers
lingering in the kcgi area til sunset. Much of the night should be
clear and calm. Toward 12z, skies will cloud up as a cold front
approaches. Widespread vfr cigs are expected through the day
Wednesday. As the cold front passes in the morning, there will be
scattered showers, especially in the kevv/kowb areas. Brief mvfr
conditions are likely in showers, mainly in the kevv/kowb areas.
Winds will turn into the northwest and gust around 25 knots behind
the front.


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