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FXUS62 KMLB 200837

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Melbourne FL
437 AM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018

...Strong to Possibly Severe Storms Across the Area This Afternoon
and Evening...
...Cool and Dry Mid-Late Week...

Currently...Outflow boundary from yesterday`s evening convection has
faded with sfc winds back out of the SW. This has eroded the cold
pool and weakened overrunning setup, allowing any lingering showers
to end over northern areas. Profiler at the Cape shows low level
W/SW winds off the surface have already increased to 25 to 30 knots
and are transporting an area of stratus over west central Florida
eastward across the region. These elevated boundary layer winds will
limit any fog formation, but this lower cloud cover should hold on
through early morning.

Today-Tonight...Setup for severe weather threat remains mostly
unchanged for today. The main difference in the latest model runs is
a slightly later time of arrival in the prefrontal squall line, with
highest rain chances and threat for strong to severe storms mostly
limited to the afternoon and evening hours for east central Florida.
Main line of showers and storms should begin moving into areas
northwest of I-4 corridor into the early afternoon. Hi-res model
guidance has also been indicating a secondary line farther south
over the Gulf shifting rapidly eastward. This will lead to numerous
showers and scattered storms crossing the area through mid to late
afternoon, with this activity gradually shifting south and offshore
of the area by late evening. Unidirectional strong W/SW deep layer
flow, with low level 925-850mb flow around 40-50 knots will favor
strong to damaging straight line winds as the main threat. However,
cold temps aloft, ample instability, and increasing helicity will
also support a chance for large hail with strongest updrafts, as
well as isolated tornadoes.

Any lower cloud cover across the area early this morning should
break up into the afternoon with sufficient daytime heating ahead of
arriving showers and storms to mix down stronger winds above the
surface. This will produce windy conditions across most of the area
this afternoon, with southwest winds around 20 to 25 mph, frequently
gusting up to 35 mph. A Lake Wind Advisory has therefore been issued
for the area today. High temperatures will again be well above
normal today, reaching the low to mid 80s over much of the area. The
exception will be along coastal areas south of the Cape where upper
80s or even around 90 degrees will be possible.

Wed-Sat...Dry, breezy/windy and cooler conditions will occur
Wed behind the front then remaining dry and cooler than normal
into the end of the workweek as a continental ridge across the
central U.S. shifts gradually eastward and maintains a
predominantly northerly component across area. Highs will
generally range from the upper 60s to mid 70s Wed, with lows again
dropping into the 40s Wed and Thu nights. High pressure then
shifts offshore of the Southeast U.S. coast into the weekend with
flow veering to the south Saturday, which will warm temperatures
to more seasonable readings of 75-80.

Temps will continue to moderate into the 80s Sunday as winds veer
SW well ahead of the next cold front. Another period of dry
weather is indicated into next week with no notable rain chances
shown over land locations for at least the next 7 days.


.AVIATION...Included LLWS in the TAFS mainly north of the KMLB where
winds at the surface remain around 5-7kts but just off the surface
are around 30-35 knots. IFR/MVFR cigs will continue with stratus
spreading eastward across the area through early this morning. This
should break up into late morning, with then windy conditions
expected into the afternoon ahead an approaching line of showers and
storms. This activity will cross the area with the potential for
strong to severe storms through the afternoon and evening. Tempo
IFR/MVFR conditions and strong convective wind gusts will be
possible with any storms.


Today-Tonight...Poor to hazardous boating conditions expected with
SW winds increasing to 15-20 knots today and around 20-25 knots into
tonight, with frequent gusts to gale fore possible over the offshore
waters of Volusia and Brevard County. A line of showers and storms
is set to cross the waters out ahead of a cold front from early to
mid afternoon across the nrn waters to late afternoon/evening across
the south. Strong to severe fast moving storms pushing offshore are
possible with wind gusts over 40 knots.

A Small Craft Advisory continues for the waters starting this
afternoon, with a Gale Warning now going into effect for the
offshore waters north of Sebastian Inlet for tonight.

Wed...Post frontal gusty W/NW winds will linger behind the front
Wed-Thu. Highest seas will be offshore due to strong offshore
component, fully arisen seas to 7-11 feet during Wednesday into
early Thu. Expect gusts to gale force offshore on Wed.

Thu-Sat...winds diminishing Thu-Fri with NW winds countering the
Gulf Stream and keeping seas choppy with lingering headlines for
caution over a portion of the waters into late Thu/Fri. Light
winds Sat as ridge becomes oriented closer to the immediate area.
Seas subsiding to 2-3 ft nearshore and up to 4 ft offshore Fri
and continuing Sat with reduction to around 2 to 3 ft seas
areawide Sunday.


Today...No low RH concerns are anticipated today. However, windy
conditions will lead to very high dispersion values this afternoon,
likely leading to control problems with any new or existing brush

Wed-Fri...Dry fuel conditions and low RH will become re-
established over the area behind the strong front from mid to late
week. Wednesday looks to be the windiest and dry combined day
leading to critical wind and environmental conditions.


DAB  83  51  71  44 /  90  10   0   0
MCO  85  55  73  45 /  80  20   0   0
MLB  89  57  74  43 /  70  30   0   0
VRB  89  58  75  44 /  50  40   0   0
LEE  81  53  72  45 /  90  10   0   0
SFB  83  53  70  45 /  90  10   0   0
ORL  84  56  71  47 /  80  10   0   0
FPR  89  57  76  42 /  40  40   0   0


FL...Lake Wind Advisory from noon today to 8 PM EDT this evening for
     Coastal Volusia County-Indian River-Inland Volusia County-
     Martin-Northern Brevard County-Northern Lake County-
     Okeechobee-Orange-Osceola-Seminole-Southern Brevard County-
     Southern Lake County-St. Lucie.

AM...Small Craft Advisory from 4 PM this afternoon to 4 AM EDT
     Thursday for Flagler Beach to Volusia-Brevard County Line 0-
     20 nm-Sebastian Inlet to Jupiter Inlet 0-20 nm-Sebastian
     Inlet to Jupiter Inlet 20-60 nm-Volusia-Brevard County Line
     to Sebastian Inlet 0-20 nm.

     Small Craft Advisory from 4 PM this afternoon to 8 PM EDT this
     evening for Flagler Beach to Volusia-Brevard County Line 20-
     60 nm-Volusia-Brevard County Line to Sebastian Inlet 20-60

     Gale Warning from 8 PM this evening to 4 AM EDT Thursday for
     Flagler Beach to Volusia-Brevard County Line 20-60 nm-
     Volusia-Brevard County Line to Sebastian Inlet 20-60 nm.



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