Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Lake Charles, LA
FXUS64 KLCH 181805
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lake Charles LA
1205 PM CST Wed Jan 18 2017
.AVIATION...Ceilings have risen primarily into MVFR. This is
expected to prevail through the afternoon. Scattered showers will
continue to the south of a stalled frontal boundary draped across
central Louisiana and through southeast TEXAS. Maintaining tempo
groups at LCH, AEX and BPT for this activity. VCSH will suffice at
LFT and ARA. Ceilings will be coming back down into IFR this
evening while rain chances transition to prevailing as the
frontal boundary edges further east and southeast into the
.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 923 AM CST Wed Jan 18 2017/
Surface observations and local web cams still show dense sea fog
at the coast, so will extend the marine dense fog advisory through
Otherwise, a nearly stationary frontal boundary is located
across the forecast area from just southeast of KESF to KDRI to
just north of KBMT. Most of the shower activity today will be
north of the boundary as an upper level impulse over-rides the
frontal boundary. The 18/12Z upper sounding from KLCH showed
plenty of moisture in play with PWAT value near 1.5 inches, which
is twice the standard deviation for January. Therefore, will have
to watch for some of the convection producing heavy rainfall.
Although, intensity of activity may decrease some later this
morning and into the afternoon as impulse exits the region, before
activity amps up again tonight into Thursday.
Besides the extension of the marine dense fog advisory, current
forecast is on track and no significant changes needed at this
PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 649 AM CST Wed Jan 18 2017/
For 12z TAF issuance.
Main issues today will be low ceilings and rainfall. Local 88Ds
show plentiful showers and a few storms associated with quasi-
stationary frontal boundary lying across the area...mainly
impacting the nwrn 1/3 of the forecast area at this time. This
activity is expected to spread ewd before the front begins its nwd
jog through the day, at which time the precip will also move
farther inland...and rain mentions in the TAFs have been inserted
accordingly with the lowest POPs expected across the lower
Acadiana terminals. Otherwise we`ll see just a slow rise in
ceilings...likely staying MVFR or worse through the period.
PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 318 AM CST Wed Jan 18 2017/
DISCUSSION...A frontal boundary is slowly lifting back north
across the area this morning. It is currently from around Beaumont
to Dequincy to just south of Alexandria. Ample moisture is being
lifted over the boundary and rain and a few storms are occurring
north of the boundary, but mainly over Texas. This boundary can be
followed southwest to a weak surface low in South Texas. The
upper low responsible for pulling the gulf and Pacific moisture
across the region is located in the SW States and NW Mexico.
Today and Thursday the surface low in South Texas will move
northeast and move into Northwest Louisiana around midnight. Lift
will increase as the surface and upper lows draw closer which
will increase pops, mainly late tonight. The low will continue
northeast Thursday pulling the frontal boundary eastward. Rain and
storms will finally push across the entire as the front
progresses. Only a slight decrease in temps will occur behind the
Friday is expected to be dry as a brief break occurs between
Friday Night and Saturday rain chances will begin to increase
again as a short wave passes to the north.
Sunday a much stronger upper low will quickly pass across the
Deep South then swing up the East Coast early next week. Very
windy conditions will occur into Monday as this system passes.
More seasonable temperatures will return behind this front, albeit
only briefly before the area warms again.
MARINE...Dense marine fog is occurring along the coast this
morning with Cameron reporting 1/4 mile vis. Guidance indicates
that the fog will linger through much of today, however the vis
should gradually increase during the morning. Fog may thicken
again in the evening.
A moderate to perhaps strong onshore flow will occur ahead of a
frontal boundary on Thursday. Winds will decrease Friday, but
increase significantly Saturday Night into Sunday Morning. Gale
force winds will occur Sunday into Monday. Wind gust may approach
50 knots and seas top 12 feet during the height of the event in
the offshore waters. Winds will decrease during Monday Evening and
become onshore again Tuesday Morning.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
AEX 71 62 69 55 / 60 80 80 10
LCH 75 66 71 58 / 50 80 90 10
LFT 78 69 73 61 / 30 70 90 20
BPT 76 64 73 59 / 60 80 80 10