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FXUS62 KTAE 261942

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tallahassee FL
342 PM EDT Tue Mar 26 2019

.NEAR TERM [Through Tonight]...

18 UTC surface analysis shows an inverted trough moving through
South Carolina. In addition to the sharp wind shift/speed increase
across the trough axis, it also shows up well in visible satellite
imagery on the leading edge of a more agitated Cu field compared to
the more stable field out ahead to the southwest. The main synoptic
cold front is well to the SE of the region, across Central Florida.

Aloft, vapor imagery shows a large upper low moving through Western
Tennessee heading for our region. Analysis data from earlier at 12
UTC showed very cool temperatures associated with this upper low,
and as this low moves closer to our region, expect mid level
temperatures to drop considerably.

The forecast tonight with respect to rain across much of the area
tonight is well agreed among the models. Strong vertical lift ahead
of the upper low and the increasing moisture field from the NE will
result in much of South Georgia and North Florida getting rain. What
is a little more uncertain is whether thunderstorms accompany this
system. The afternoon guidance seems to be a little more unstable
than previous runs, so will continue mention of thunderstorms in the

As to any strong/severe storm potential - the concern would be for
hail, probably less than 1 inch in diameter. A couple of model
solutions suggest that in addition to unusually low freezing levels
(7kft), SBCAPE prior to 03z could peak around 800 J/kg. This seems a
little too aggressive, with the mean of the hi-res guidance
suggesting SBCAPES less than 250 J/kg. Given that instability will
be fairly low, despite the steep lapse rates, can`t rule out the
possibility of some small hail in the more vigorous storms in the
evening. It does, however, seem unlikely that a storm would reach
severe limits.

Model guidance is in good agreement that showers and storms should
exit the region in the 09-12z Wednesday time frame, and as such,
have a quick end to PoPs north to south at that time. Temperatures
overnight should drop into the low to mid 50.

.SHORT TERM [Wednesday Through Thursday Night]...

In the upper levels a shortwave will move through the Peninsula
tomorrow morning. A ridge will build into the region by tomorrow
afternoon. At the surface high pressure will move into the region by
tomorrow afternoon. Northeasterly winds will bring cool, dry air
into the region. POPs will be near zero. Skies will be sunny and
clear. Lows will be in the 40s. Highs will be in the 60s tomorrow
and in the lower to mid 70s on Thursday.

.LONG TERM [Friday Through Tuesday]...

In the upper levels a shortwave will move through on Friday night
into Saturday. On Sunday a deep trough will move through the Eastern
U.S. with nearly zonal flow or slight troughing over the region. At
the surface high pressure will be over the region until the next
front approaches on Sunday. A Gulf Low will keep rain chances
elevated early next week. POPs will be low until the front
approaches on Sunday. POPs will be 50 to 60 percent on Sunday then
30 to 40 percent early next week. Lows will be in the 40s and 50s.
Highs will be in the 60s and 70s.


[Through 18Z Wednesday]

VFR conditions are expected through the afternoon. A trough of
low pressure will approach this evening bringing scattered showers
and storms to TLH/ABY/VLD starting as soon as 01z and continuing
to around 09z. MVFR conditions are possible with these storms.
Thereafter, stratus at MVFR levels should persist at most
terminals to between 13z and 15z. During the daytime hours on
Wednesday, expect gusty NE winds up to 20 to 22 kts.



Northwesterly winds will increase tonight. A Small Craft Advisory
has been issued for winds over 20 knots. Northeasterly winds will be
moderate tomorrow afternoon through Thursday. A wet pattern will
return on Sunday and continue through early next week.



Drier air will advance into the area, with minimum RH values in the
low-mid 20s across much of the area. 20 ft winds will also be
elevated tomorrow, although the timing of these two conditions may
not quite sync up. KBDI values in AL are low and GA fuel moistures
remain above 6%, so no red flag conditions are anticipated there.
In Florida, however, have a fire weather watch up for possible red
flag conditions in the eastern Panhandle tomorrow. Conditions
may be possible further east as well, though we`re anticipating
storms tonight in the Big Bend, which would knock down the ERC values
there. Because of the elevated winds, dispersions will also be high



There is another chance for rain tonight then dry weather is
expected until the next system approaches on Sunday. A wet pattern
is expected early next week. Rainfall totals over the next seven
days are one inch or less. All local rivers are below action stage
at this time.



Spotter activation is not requested. However, spotters are always
encouraged to safely report significant weather conditions when they
occur by calling the office or tweeting us @NWSTallahassee.



Tallahassee   52  68  44  75  48 /  60   0   0   0   0
Panama City   55  69  48  71  53 /  20   0   0   0   0
Dothan        50  66  41  72  47 /  30   0   0   0   0
Albany        50  64  42  71  47 /  80   0   0   0   0
Valdosta      51  66  44  73  48 /  70   0   0   0   0
Cross City    56  69  47  74  50 /  60  10   0   0   0
Apalachicola  55  70  49  71  54 /  20   0   0   0   0


GM...Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM EDT /9 PM CDT/ this evening to 2
     PM EDT /1 PM CDT/ Wednesday for Coastal Waters From
     Ochlockonee River to Apalachicola Fl out to 20 Nm-Coastal
     waters from Mexico Beach to Apalachicola FL out 20 NM-
     Coastal waters from Mexico Beach to Okaloosa Walton County
     Line FL out 20 NM-Waters from Suwannee River to
     Apalachicola FL from 20 to 60 NM-Waters from Apalachicola
     to Mexico Beach FL from 20 to 60 NM-Waters from Mexico
     Beach to Okaloosa Walton County Line FL from 20 to 60 NM.



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