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Area Forecast Discussion...Update
National Weather Service Little Rock AR
630 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017


Overall VFR ceilings will be seen at all Taf sites to start the
forecast. Monday morning, areas of MVFR ceilings with patchy fog and
lower clouds will be possible. Isolated IFR conditions will also be
possible in spots. An area of showers and thunderstorms over the
northern half of AR will continue to slowly move east this morning
and into the afternoon. A weak frontal boundary and some upper
shortwave energy will interact and develop the convection. Southern
AR will only see isolated showers and possibly a thunderstorm today.
Winds will be light and variable of light from the east to south to
start, then become southeast to southwest at 5 to 10 mph. (59)


.Prev Discussion.../ Issued 341 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017/

Main concerns in this forecast cycle remain the chance of rain
each day, and consequently a temperature forecast. The overall
threat of strong to severe storms will remain quite low and
isolated. Heavy rain with a risk of flooding will be possible.

Currently an area of convection was moving northeast over western
AR, and will continue to move northeast this morning. Some heavy
rain will be seen, while the risk of any other severe weather
will be low. This is associated with the weak frontal boundary
over AR, and as an upper level weather system moves through the
region. The upper zonal flow continues over the region, and short
range models do show some upper lift currently moving across AR
and developing the convection. The weak frontal boundary also
remains nearly stationary over northwest to northeast AR. Areas of
patchy fog, dense in a few spots, was also noted.


.SHORT TERM...Today Through Wednesday Night

Forecast will start with the highest POP over western to northern
AR with likely, while a chance over much of the rest of AR. The
frontal boundary is expected to drift a bit more north, while the
upper shortwave energy moves through AR today. A lowering of POP
is forecast for the afternoon, from west to east. Tuesday night
will see a much lower chance of rain with the boundary expected to
be north of AR, and much less upper shortwave energy seen in the
models. Wednesday will continue the trend of lowering POP. The
upper high pressure ridge builds in over the region, especially in
eastern AR. The best chances of convection will be over western to
northwest with some weak shortwave energy. Wednesday night, a bit
more upper energy is seen in the models, and POP chances are
higher in northwest AR. Also, the threat for severe storms will
remain low, while heavy rain with some localized flooding will be
the main threat. Finally, temperatures will again start below
normal levels today, then warm a bit closer to normal values on


.LONG TERM...Thursday Through Monday

The long term will remain unsettled as a quasi-zonal flow pattern
continues over the northern half of the continental United States. A
shortwave trough will pass by to the north of Arkansas on Thursday,
followed by another on Saturday. This will keep a frontal boundary
situated near, or perhaps just in, the northern part of the state
through the period essentially. Meanwhile, high pressure to the
south of the state will keep a return flow pattern in place as well.
All of this means that warm, though likely just below normal, and
humid conditions will stick around through the period. Additionally,
this setup will also mean chances of showers and thunderstorms each
day, with perhaps a more diurnal trend to precip chances late in the
weekend after the second upper trough moves east and upper heights
build just a tad over the region.


.Solar eclipse thoughts...

Now that August 21st, the day of the much talked about total solar
eclipse, is in the realm of our 7 day forecast I thought it may be
useful to offer up some initial thoughts about cloud cover, etc.

First off, this is still 6 days away, so this will just be a general
overview. Details, too uncertain at this time to speak to, will
ultimately determine what kind of viewing experience Arkansans have.

Now that the disclaimer is done with, let`s move on. What seems
relatively clear, is that models are keying in on some sort of upper
trough near the west coast Sunday night into Monday, with otherwise
active and zonal upper flow across the northern half of the United
States on Monday. Other seemingly agreed upon large scale pattern
features are the presence of upper high pressure over the far
southeast, in the NE Gulf of Mexico or Florida Panhandle. This would
yield southerly flow into Arkansas at the surface. As mentioned, the
details make all the difference in the world. Those are hardly
agreed upon at this time. The GFS model is much more pessimistic
with regard to clouds and rain chances. The ECMWF, to offer a
little hope, is much less pessimistic. Will it be cloudy and
rainy? Time will tell, which is why I would encourage you to
continue monitoring forecasts in the coming days and not
necessarily alter any viewing plans you have just yet.


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Camden AR         90  76  93  76 /  30   0  10  10
Harrison AR       85  72  89  73 /  60  20  30  50
Hot Springs AR    85  76  91  76 /  40  10  10  10
Little Rock   AR  85  75  91  77 /  50  10  10  10
Monticello AR     89  76  92  76 /  30  10  10   0
Mount Ida AR      85  75  90  74 /  40   0  10  20
Mountain Home AR  86  72  90  73 /  60  20  20  50
Newport AR        85  75  90  75 /  60  20  20  10
Pine Bluff AR     87  75  92  77 /  40  10  10  10
Russellville AR   84  75  92  75 /  60  10  10  30
Searcy AR         85  74  92  75 /  60  20  20  10
Stuttgart AR      85  75  92  76 /  50  10  20  10

.LZK Watches/Warnings/Advisories...NONE.


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