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FXUS64 KMEG 232015

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Memphis TN
315 PM CDT Sat Sep 23 2017


Another warm day across the Midsouth with a broad area of high
pressure in control of the weather across the eastern half of the
contiguous US. This will remain the case for several more days as
the upper level pattern slowly breaks down and eventually leads
to big changes by the second half of next week.

Temperatures are in the upper 80s to lower 90s across the region
with a daytime cumulus field fully developed but very little rain
to speak of. There are a few isolated showers across northern
Mississippi that may increase slightly in coverage this evening
before fading overnight. A weak upper level low centered over
coastal AL and the FL panhandle will retrograde slightly west
over the next couple of days. This will lead to decreasing ridging
aloft, allowing a slightly more unstable atmosphere capable of at
least slight chances for showers and thunderstorms tomorrow
afternoon and Monday afternoon respectively. Unfortunately this
may be our best shot at measurable precipitation in the forecast

By Tuesday the aforementioned upper level low will be pulled back
to the east, drawn in by the circulation of Hurricane Maria. This
feature will determine how far west Maria is able to progress
before finally being scooped up into the Atlantic and delivered
its death sentence by the polar jet stream. Interests in the
Carolinas should pay close attention to the track of Maria over
the next several days. Here in the Midsouth, the departure of the
upper level low means a return to upper level ridging which
should keep conditions dry on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Wednesday night into Thursday will finally bring a surface cold
front that will begin a cooling trend more typical of this time of
year. The initial front itself will be quite weak with little
surface convergence and upper level dynamic support. This will
result in a dry frontal passage on Thursday with falling humidity
and lower daytime highs ranging from the upper 70s in the north to
the mid 80s in the south. Beyond Thursday the cooling trend looks
to continue with a continental polar airmass slowly being
advected into the region. A reinforcing cold front looks to move
through the area on Saturday, likely bringing the coolest
temperatures just in time for the weekend. Daytime highs can be
expected to reach the mid 70s while lows could dip closer to 50,
which hasn`t been experienced in Memphis since May.



18Z TAFs

Similar conditions to the past several days, with light winds,
afternoon cumulus and SHRA/TSRA too isolated for mentioned in the
scheduled TAFs. VFR to continue overnight except for occasional
ground fog at MKL.




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