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FXUS62 KRAH 281806

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Raleigh NC
206 PM EDT Wed Jun 28 2017

Canadian high pressure will drift offshore the Mid-Atlantic coast
tonight. High pressure will extend into the region from the east on
Thursday. An increasingly moist southerly return flow will prevail
Friday through the weekend.


.NEAR TERM /Today and Tonight/...
As of 135 PM EDT Wednesday...

1024 mb Canadian high pressure centered over WV/VA this morning will
shift offshore the DELMARVA late this afternoon/evening as an upper
level trough progresses further offshore the Mid-Atlantic coast.
High pressure will extend into the Carolinas from the east
overnight. With the above in mind, expect below normal temperatures
(albeit slightly warmer than yesterday) and dry/stable conditions to
persist through tonight, with highs 82-87F (coolest NW, warmest
S/SE) and lows ranging from the mid/upper 50s to lower 60s, coolest
in the typical rural/low-lying areas. -Vincent


.SHORT TERM /Thursday and Thursday night/...
As of 135 PM EDT Wednesday...

A relatively dry airmass associated with modified Canadian high
pressure extending westward (from the Atlantic) into the Carolinas
will persist on Thu, albeit with a gradual increase in moisture from
the S/SW during the aft/eve as the surface high moves further
offshore, the ridge weakens, and a light return flow commences.
Upper level moisture will also increase on Thu as a deamplifying
upper level low progresses NE from the TX/LA Gulf coast into the
Deep South. With the above in mind, expect dry conditions and
increasing cloud cover on Thu with highs in the mid to upper 80s,
warmest E/SE. The deamplifying upper level low is progged to make
little progress Thu night, progressing NE into northern AL/northwest
GA. Strengthening southerly return flow /moisture advection/ is
expected to result in the development of stratus from S/SW to N/NE
overnight. As a result, expect much warmer lows than observed in
previous days, in the mid to upper 60s, except in the far NE Coastal
Plain where lower 60s cannot be ruled out. Will introduce a slight
chance of showers after midnight in the far S/SW, though the best
potential for showers should remain upstream in upstate SC,
southwest NC and northern GA where richer low-level moisture will be
juxtaposed with DPVA attendant the upper level low. -Vincent


As of 205 PM EDT Wednesday...

Increasingly hot and more humid, with scattered diurnal convection,
through the weekend. Continued hot, but less humid and with a
reduced risk of diurnal convection, over the wrn half of the
forecast area by early to mid next week.

The models remain consistent in their depiction of an amplifying
trough aloft from west-central Canada to the upper MS Valley by Fri,
and across the Great Lakes on Sat. Between this trough and a sub-
tropical ridge initially over the swrn N. Atlantic, perturbed swly
flow aloft will result from the lower MS Valley to the middle
Atlantic states; and the most notable (synoptic-scale and
predictable) of these disturbances will be a mid level trough now
over the nwrn GOM that the models indicate will lift newd across the
Carolinas on Fri. The sub-tropical ridge is forecast to expand wwd
into the GOM through the weekend, then bulge nwd across the srn U.S.
through early to mid next week, while a weakness in the ridge, in
the form of a weak shear/trough axis, lingers along the East Coast.

At the surface, expansive high pressure will remain over the central
N. Atlantic and extend wwd to the sern U.S. coast through the end of
the forecast period, while an Appalachian-lee trough sharpens over
VA and the Carolinas.

Return flow around the high will yield gradually increasing
temperatures and humidity levels, marked most abruptly by the
passage of a warm front on Fri. Despite mid level warmth associated
with the sub-tropical ridge, with resultant weak mid level lapse
rates of less than 6 C/km, the aforementioned warming and moistening
low levels should prove sufficient for at least scattered diurnal
convection throughout central NC Fri-Sat, and probably aided by the
aforementioned mid level trough on Fri. Thereafter, the sharpening
of the lee trough and mixing out of surface dewpoints (into the
lower to middle 60s) to the west will probably shift the focus for
convection into the Coastal Plain Sun-Wed. Temperatures will trend
from the middle 80s to around 90 degrees on Fri to lower to middle
90s by early next week. Heat indices may near or minimally exceed
100 degrees over the Sandhills, ern piedmont and srn-central Coastal
Plain Sun onward.


.AVIATION /18Z Wednesday through Monday/...
As of 135 PM EDT Wednesday...

24 Hour TAF Period: VFR (clear/mostly clear) skies and light/
variable winds will prevail through the TAF period in association
with Canadian high pressure extending into the region from the north
(today) and east (tonight).

Looking Ahead: VFR conditions and a light S/SE wind will prevail on
Thu in association with a surface ridge extending into the region
from the east. MVFR/IFR ceilings (INT/GSO/RDU) and fog (RWI/FAY) may
develop between midnight and sunrise Friday morning. Conditions
should improve to VFR by noon, though MVFR ceilings could persist
into the afternoon at the FAY terminal. Isolated to scattered
showers/storms are expected to develop late Friday afternoon,
potentially affecting all terminals, with the overall best chance at
the FAY/INT terminals. Diurnal convection and early morning
stratus/fog are expected to affect all terminals over the weekend
and possibly through early next week, as well. -Vincent





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