Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Paducah KY
210 PM CDT Sat Sep 23 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Monday night)
Issued at 210 PM CDT Sat Sep 23 2017

High pressure was centered over the Ohio Valley early this
afternoon, with a strong mid level ridge extending from the Great
Lakes to Texas. An upper low was over the eastern Gulf Coast, FL
Panhandle region. Afternoon CU again mainly west of the Wabash and
KY Lakes area in a region of slightly better low level moisture.

Persistence means another mostly clear, calm night with patchy fog
in favored areas overnight. Used a MOS blend for overnight lows.

With respect to the upper low to our south. It will move west
across the Gulf Coast region through Sunday evening. The models
extend vorticity northward and lower h5 heights to about 586 dm
coincident with adequate low level moisture across the southern
1/2 of the area. Will include a slight chance of thunderstorms in
this area for the afternoon and early evening as mid level lapse
rates push 6 and sfc/h8 computed li`s are below zero. The NAM, GFS,
EC and CMC all suggest the chance.

For Sunday night through Monday night, will keep the forecast dry
for now. Cannot rule out isolated convection Monday. However will
hold for now given less favorable support. Temperatures will
remain above normal Sunday through Monday night. Stayed close to
MOS given little airmass change, persistence.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Saturday)
Issued at 210 PM CDT Sat Sep 23 2017

With Hurricane Maria in the Atlantic off the East Coast and a
longwave trough very slowly progressing eastward from the western
1/3 of the U.S. into the upper Midwest and the Central Plains by
next weekend, the overall extended forecast period will remain under
the influence of broad high pressure.

A vast majority of the medium range guidance supports this dry and
warm solution. Given the subsidence, the depth of moisture will be
limited and the likelihood of haze and some air quality issues
(ozone/particulate alerts in urbanized areas) will likely increase.

Believe maximum temperatures may be 1-2 degrees too low with this
scenario, but am somewhat constrained from a collaborative
standpoint with the regionally initialized model guidance. For now,
attempted to increase temperatures slightly in some areas without
impacting overall big picture.

Although maximum temperatures will be up to 10 degrees above normal
and minimum temperatures some 10 to 15 degrees above normal, heat
index concerns will be below critical thresholds during the extended
time periods.


Issued at 1218 PM CDT Sat Sep 23 2017

Other than some shallow fog again late tonight, VFR conditions are
forecast through midday Sunday. Winds will be light from the east.




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