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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Louisville KY
643 AM EDT Wed Apr 18 2018

...Updated Aviation Discussion...

.Short Term...(Today through Thursday)
Issued at 325 AM EDT Wed Apr 18 2018

Early morning satellite imagery and observations reveal mostly clear
skies across the region.  A surface warm front was evident across
the region this morning.  Temperatures north of the front across NE
KY were in the mid-upper 30s.  However, the warm surge south of the
front has penetrated into far SW KY where in Mayfield and Murray,
temperatures have already surged into the lower 60s.  For the
remainder of the overnight period, mostly clear skies and an
increasing SW wind flow are expected.  As the warm front continues
to march northward, temperatures are expected to warm throughout the
remainder of the night and into the morning hours.

As we move into the daytime hours, clouds will increase across the
region and conditions will become quite breezy.  Temperature
forecast for this afternoon is going to be a tough one as warm air
advection associated with the strong southwesterly flow will likely
outpace the loss of insolation due to increasing cloud cover.  For
now, have generally gone a bit warmer than the consensus blend
guidance with mainly lower to mid 70s across the region.  As
mentioned above, it will be a breezy day with a stout southwest wind
flow of 15-20 MPH and gusts of 35 to 40 MPH.  Will need to watch
data carefully throughout the day as we`ll be close to Wind Advisory

Heading into the late afternoon hours, a cold front will push in
from the west.  Convergence along the front will be sufficient
enough for scattered showers to develop and push through the region
this evening.  Given the environmental wind profile, these showers
could produce some strong wind gusts here and there as they move
through.   The best chances for precip look to be between 22Z and
about 03Z.

The cold front will surge through the region by mid-late evening and
cold air will surge back into the region.  While highs may top out
in the lower-middle 70s, the whiplash back to cold looks to be
rather impressive as lows by Thursday morning will be back in the
mid 30s.

A dry, but cool day looks to be on tap for Thursday with highs
mainly warming into the 50-55 degree range.

.Long Term...(Thursday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 340 AM EDT Wed Apr 18 2018

Strong area of high pressure will build into the region for Thursday
night.  Combination of clear skies and slackening winds should allow
temperatures to drop back into the lower 30s with a widespread frost
and freeze event.   Dry and milder conditions are expected as we
head into Friday and into Saturday.  Highs on Friday will warm into
the upper 50s to the lower 60s. Lows Saturday morning will cool back
into the mid 30s.  Generally pleasant weather is expected on
Saturday with afternoon highs warming into the 63-68 degree range.
Evening temperatures will drop back into the mid-upper 50s.

By Sunday, a closed upper level low is forecast to move from the
central Plains and into the lower Mississippi Valley by late Sunday.
The overall track of the storm in the models continues to trend more
southerly in the most recent models.  This looks to keep the bulk of
the precipitation to our west and southwest for Sunday.  However,
there is a trend in the data that this upper low will trend a little
further north in its track for Monday and Tuesday bringing plenty of
cloud cover, moderating temperatures, and higher precipitation
chances.  Highs Sunday look to warm into the lower-mid 60s with mid-
upper 60s expected for Monday and Tuesday.  Overnight lows through
the period look to remain in the upper 40s.

Looking further down the road into next week, the overall pattern
looks to be rather unsettled across the eastern portion of the US
including the Ohio Valley.  The longer term guidance and overall
hemispheric setup looks to promote more troughing over the eastern
US.  So while we may warm up a bit over the weekend and into the
early part of the week, another round of cooler than normal weather
looks to be in the offing for the latter half of the week. However,
all is not lost as there are strong signals in the data that a major
pattern shift looks to take place by late next weekend and into the
first week of May.  At this time, a decent warm up looks to be in
the cards, along with a slightly drier pattern which will be welcome
news to agricultural interests as the pattern may be a bit more
productive to spring planting.


.Aviation...(12Z TAF Issuance)
Issued at 643 AM EDT Wed Apr 18 2018

Primary aviation impact this TAF period will be shifting and gusty
winds later this morning into the afternoon and evening hours. This
will occur as an area of low pressure lifts out of the mid
Mississippi River Valley into the lower Great Lakes, and a warm
front lifts north over the TAF sites.

Sct-Bkn mid level clouds are currently sitting just north of
HNB/SDF/LEX and will be of little impact through the morning hours
into the early afternoon. During this time, a warm front lifts north
and a steady S or SSW wind gets established over the area. As we
move into the early and mid afternoon, low level moisture ahead of a
cold front will move into the area, but still expect VFR ceilings in
the 3500-4500 ft range. Model guidance takes ceilings into the MVFR
range, but given how mixy/turbulent the low levels will be have
opted to stay optimistic on ceiling heights. A few showers are also
possible by late afternoon and early evening, with best coverage and
potential at SDF/LEX.

The main concern will be the strong and veering SW winds between 20
and 25 mph, gusting up around 30 to 40 mph. Gusts should subside
around and just after sunset as a cold front passes and winds become
W and WNW, but overall gusts should remain through the end of this
TAF cycle. They will still be quite strong between 20 and 30 mph
into the overnight.




Short Term...MJ
Long Term....MJ
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