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FXUS62 KCAE 022012
AFDCAE

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
412 PM EDT THU JUL 2 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH...WEAK SURFACE BOUNDARIES...AND PLENTIFUL
ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE WILL REMAIN IN PLACE...PROVIDING A GOOD
CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES
THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

&&

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM FRIDAY MORNING/...
CONVERGENCE INTO A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH IS HELPING TO PRODUCE A
LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS. SOME OF THE THUNDERSTORMS HAVE ALREADY
PRODUCED WIND DAMAGE ACROSS THE UPSTATE AND INTO NEWBERRY COUNTY.
THE THREAT OF SCATTERED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE MIDLANDS AND CSRA UNTIL
9 PM. THE MAIN THREAT WILL BE STRONG DAMAGING WINDS...BUT SOME
HAIL UP TO ONE INCH IS ALSO POSSIBLE. THE MODELS SHOW INCREASING
SHEAR AHEAD OF AN H85 JET. THE NAM IS MOST PRONOUNCED WITH THIS
FEATURE WITH H85 WINDS INCREASING TO 40 KNOTS TONIGHT. AS
MENTIONED ABOVE...STRONG PULSE STORMS AND BOW ECHOES ARE POSSIBLE
AHEAD OF THE JET. THE SPC WRF AND HRRR SUGGEST A WELL ORGANIZED
AREA OF STORMS WITH BOW TYPE FEATURES LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
EVENING. PRECIPITABLE WATER INCREASING TO JUST OVER 2 INCHES
INDICATES EXCESSIVE RAIN IS POSSIBLE. CURRENT RADAR ANALYSIS AND
OBSERVATIONS INDICATE HEAVY DOWNPOURS WITH AMOUNTS FROM 1 TO 2
INCHES LOCALLY.

CLOUDINESS AND MIXING SHOULD HELP HOLD UP TEMPERATURES TONIGHT.
USED THE WARMER TEMPERATURE GUIDANCE.

&&

.SHORT TERM /6 AM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL REMAIN OVER THE E CONUS...WITH A
SERIES OF EMBEDDED SHORT WAVES PROGGED TO MOVE THROUGH THE REGION.
WEAK LEE SIDE SURFACE TROUGH WILL REMAIN OVER THE CENTRAL
CAROLINAS FRIDAY. A FRONTAL BOUNDARY TO OUR NORTH APPEARS WILL
SLOWLY SLIP SOUTH TO NEAR OUR NORTHERN FORECAST AREA SAT. MODELS
MAINTAIN PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES AROUND 1.8 TO 2 INCHES
FRIDAY...AND 1.6 TO 1.8 INCHES SAT/SUN. CHANCE TO GOOD CHANCE POPS
SEEM REASONABLE. MOST CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY WOULD APPEAR TO BE
DIURNALLY FAVORED...THOUGH TIMING OF SHORT WAVES AND PRESENCE OF
SURFACE BOUNDARIES COULD PROVIDE AT LEAST A SLIGHT CHANCE AT OTHER
TIMES.

LATEST VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATES AREA OF SMOKE THAT WAS
OVER OUR REGION YESTERDAY HAS PUSHED WELL EAST OF OUR FORECAST
AREA...MAINLY OFFSHORE THE MID ATLANTIC COAST. SATELLITE...METARS
AND PIREPS DO NOT APPEAR TO INDICATE ANY SIGNIFICANT SMOKE OR HAZE
IMMEDIATELY UPSTREAM...BUT THERE IS A LARGE AREA OVER CENTRAL CANADA
SOUTH INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND UPPER MIDWEST. WITH AN UPPER
TROUGH OVER THE E CONUS...THERE IS SOME CONCERN THAT ADDITIONAL
SMOKE COULD DRIFT INTO OUR REGION. HOWEVER...LATEST MODELS
INDICATE SHORT WAVE ENERGY WILL SHIFT FROM NORTHERN PLAINS SE INTO
THE MIDWEST BY SAT/SUN...WITH TROUGH AXIS STAYING JUST TO OUR N
AND NW WHICH APPEARS TO SHIFT THE UPPER FLOW OVER OUR REGION TO
MORE WSW OR SW. THIS WOULD SUGGEST SMOKE STAYING TO OUR
NORTH...BUT THERE IS UNCERTAINTY ON THAT. BUT FOR NOW...NOT ENOUGH
CONFIDENCE TO INCLUDE HAZE MENTION FOR FRI OR SAT.

&&

.LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
BY SUNDAY...MODELS BEGIN TO SHIFT THE MAIN UPPER FLOW TO OUR
NORTH WITH WEAK SOUTHERN STREAM UPPER TROUGHINESS REMAINING OVER
THE SE CONUS/MID ATLANTIC...WITH SOME INDICATIONS THAT AN UPPER
LOW COULD CUT OFF OVER THE CENTRAL APPS/MID ATLANTIC. AT THE
SURFACE...WEAK FRONTAL BOUNDARY APPEARS WILL SLIP SOUTH INTO OUR
FORECAST AREA AND STALL THRU MON...WITH SUFFICIENT ATMOSPHERIC
MOISTURE REMAINING OVER OUR FA. CHANCE TO GOOD CHANCE POPS
CONTINUE TO APPEAR REASONABLE.

SOME INDICATIONS BY MID WEEK THAT THE UPPER FLOW COULD BECOME LESS
AMPLIFIED AND MORE ZONAL THOUGH THE MAIN UPPER FLOW STILL REMAINS TO
OUR NORTH. THIS APPEARS WILL ALLOW THE UPPER TROUGH AXIS TO SHIFT
EAST SOME...WITH EXPECTATIONS OF SURFACE BOUNDARY BECOMING DIFFUSE
AND POSSIBLY OF SOME SLIGHTLY DRIER AIR ENTERING TUE INTO WED.
TOO MUCH UNCERTAINTY THIS FAR OUT FOR THAT KIND OF DAY TO DAY
DETAIL...BUT WILL TWEAK POPS DOWN JUST A TAD FOR TUE/WED...BUT
STILL CHANCE. POSSIBILITIES OF ANOTHER FRONT APPROACHING LATE WED
INTO THU.

GENERALLY ACCEPTED A BLEND OF LATEST HPC AND MOS GUIDANCE THROUGH
THE PERIOD.

&&

.AVIATION /20Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
CONVERGENCE INTO A SURFACE TROUGH PLUS UPPER TROUGHING WILL HELP
SUPPORT A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH THE TAF PERIOD. EXPECT
GREATEST COVERAGE LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND POSSIBLY THROUGH MUCH OF
TONIGHT ASSOCIATED WITH AN H5 SHORTWAVE TROUGH AND H85 JET.
RADAR TRENDS WITH CONVECTION WELL UPSTREAM AND HRRR TRENDS WOULD
SUGGEST THE MOST LIKELY THUNDERSTORM TIMING LATE THIS AFTERNOON
AND EVENING. AN AREA OF WELL ORGANIZED THUNDERSTORMS MAY DEVELOP
ASSOCIATED WITH THE UPPER-LEVEL SUPPORT AND AHEAD OF THE LOW-
LEVEL JET. DAMAGING WIND WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOW-LEVEL JET MAY
OCCUR DURING MUCH OF TONIGHT ALTHOUGH THERE IS UNCERTAINTY BECAUSE
OF THE STABILIZING EFFECTS OF PREVIOUS CONVECTION.

SHEAR ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOW-LEVEL JET MAY BE CLOSE TO MEETING
THE LLWS CRITERIA LATE TONIGHT.

EXTENDED AVIATION OUTLOOK...THERE IS A CHANCE OF RESTRICTIONS
THROUGH THE PERIOD IN MAINLY AFTERNOON AND EVENING THUNDERSTORMS...
AND PERIODS OF MORNING FOG.

&&

.CAE WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
SC...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 385 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM
FOR SCC003-009-011-017-025-027-037-039-055-057-
061-063-065-071-075-079-081-085.
GA...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 385 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM
FOR GAC033-073-181-189-245.

&&

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