Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS62 KILM 200602

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Wilmington NC
202 AM EDT Sun Jun 20 2021

Showers and thunderstorms will increase late Sunday into Monday
as Claudette lifts northeast from the Gulf coast, moving
overhead Monday morning. A cold front will bring additional
unsettled weather Tuesday followed by high pressure Wednesday
and Thursday. A weak coastal trough may move onshore by the end
of the next week.


Added a Tropical Storm Watch for SC coastal waters, where gusts
up to around 35 kt are expected Sun night.


Lots of moving parts literally and figuratively for the forecast
through early Monday. Tropical Depression Claudette is well
inland over Alabama and starting to make its presence known
across the area. Let`s step through the events in chronological

First an area of deformation and or baroclinic instability is
producing a few showers and thunderstorms across the Pee Dee Region
this afternoon and should be transitory via the high resolution
guidance and following the overcast skies emanating from Claudette.
There should be a lull this evening and perhaps into the overnight
hours as well before the first bands from the actual circulation of
Claudette arrive. The storm will be undergoing some changes to
baroclinic processes to the extent remains in question however. NHC
likes the storm to maintain at least some tropical characteristics
and has New Hanover and Pender counties in a watch. This will
perhaps be elevated to a warning at 5 PM.

With the storm changing at least somewhat and the broad circulation
pops remain elevated from early Sunday into early Monday. The best
banding features appear to move across from about 9 PM Sunday
evening until about 3 AM Monday. The best shear will also move
across the area at this time and SPC is maintaining the Marginal
Risk for severe weather day two.

Temperatures trends, not necessarily dewpoints, will be reflective
of a tropical system showing limited diurnal range through the
period. Back to dewpoints, do not expect the "stuffy" nature of
tropical dewpoints to develop per current conditions, the storm
obtaining somewhat baroclinic processes and upstream observations.


Center of Claudette to be very near the Cape Fear region Monday
morning per latest from NHC. Along with it the threat for heavy
rain, tropical storm force winds, and tornado threat but all three
will be translating rapidly to the northeast as the whole system
accelerates due to increased interaction with westerlies. Dry air
and subsidence will then quickly spread west to east across the
area. In fact the return of partly sunny skies should allow most
areas to warm up to around 90 degrees. Monday night remains warm and
muggy and likely just breezy enough to preclude fog.


Moisture returns on Tuesday ahead of a cold front and upper trough.
Showers and thunderstorms a good bet, and any time a front is
accompanied by dynamics this far into the warm season a small severe
weather threat is always tough to rule out (though unless wet
microbursts develop the 40-45kt winds in the 925-850mb layer appear
the likely top gusts). Ironically the next few days will look more
like the cool season as high pressure wedges in from the north.
Tough to say how far the moisture gets suppressed to our south and
who gets a rain-free forecast Wednesday and Thursday. Currently
portraying a NW to SE gradient in rain chances from low to high. As
the high progresses eastward to a more climatologically normal
position moisture and rain chances return Friday and Saturday mainly
in the form of diurnal convection.


VFR to start off this 06Z TAF period with mid and upper level
cloud decks dominating. Intermittent showers early on will
increase in coverage from SW to NE across Northeast SC and
Southeast NC today with the main circulation associated with
Claudette approaching from the West at the end of this 24 hr
fcst period. Look for deteriorating conditions late today and
especially this evening. Have included either tempo or prob30
groups to highlight the embedded thunder threat with wind gusts
to 30 kt. Overall, SW flow will back to S and increase during
daylight to generally sustained around 15 kt with g25 kt. This
will continue into the evening.

Extended Outlook...Rain with embedded thunder becomes more
widespread Sun night into midday Mon due to Claudette. Expect
occasional to frequent MVFR/IFR conditions. Convection late Mon
thru Wed will not be as widespread but the threat for periodic
MVFR/IFR will continue.


Through Sunday night...A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for
all waters through early Monday. The threat is more for gusts.
Until then strong low level jetting will increase the winds this
evening to 20-25 knots then somewhat of a lull during the day
Sunday before the aforementioned strong wind fields move across
later Sunday night. A Small Craft Advisory, although somewhat
marginal in nature remains in effect for the North Carolina
waters this evening.

Monday through Thursday...Claudette at its closest at the start
of the period early Monday (though some guidance is trending
faster). The storm will be moving rapidly and so its wind fields
are expected to be decreasing quickly as well. Advisory-worthy
seas may persist into Tuesday however as an approaching cold
front tightens the gradient. The boundary moves through Tuesday
night and a high pressure wedge sets up to our north for some
rare warm season NE winds. Advisory flags will finally come down
though wave faces will be a bit steep. The high gradually
starts to move on Thursday allowing wind to both slacken and


SC...Beach Hazards Statement from 6 AM EDT this morning through
     this evening for SCZ054-056.
NC...Tropical Storm Watch for NCZ105>108.
     Beach Hazards Statement from 6 AM EDT this morning through
     this evening for NCZ106-108.
MARINE...Tropical Storm Watch for AMZ250-252-254-256.

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