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FXUS62 KTAE 242028

328 PM EST Mon Nov 24 2014

.Near Term [Through Tonight]...
An extensive area of showers with isolated thunderstorms will
continue to stream across the region this afternoon and evening
ahead of an approaching cold front. The cold front will stall across
the region this afternoon further acting to focus additional shower
development in the overnight hours. While rainfall amounts will be
on the lighter side tonight, expect good coverage across the area,
so have increased rain chances to 60-70 percent, especially across
the Florida Big Bend and into South Central Georgia.

.Short Term [Tuesday Through Wednesday Night]...
The front will stall today as mentioned in the near term discussion
and will shift very little through Tuesday evening, finally pushing
eastward late Tuesday night. Since deep layer steering flow will be
from the southwest, a rich moisture plume from the Gulf will
continue to move over the eastern third of our area. Storm total
precipitation will be around 1.75-2.5" in the Florida Big Bend and
in south-central Georgia, 0.5-1.5" in SE Alabama, SW Georgia, and
the Florida Panhandle Tuesday through Tuesday night, with isolated
higher totals possible. With another rainy day on tap Tuesday,
temperatures are expected to stay fairly cool during the day and
relatively warm at night, with highs in the mid to upper 50s, low
60s in the eastern Big Bend, and lows in the 40s, upper 30s in SE
Alabama where colder air will begin to move in overnight behind the

By Wednesday, higher pressure will begin to build eastward and a
cooler, drier airmass will begin to move in, with only slight
chances for rain in our easternmost zones Wednesday morning. Highs
Wednesday will be around 60 and lows Wednesday night will be in the
upper 30s, low 40s along the immediate coastline.

.Long Term [Thursday Through Monday]...
High pressure will continue to push eastward over the southeastern
states through the long term period. There are no significant
chances of rain through the period, although cloud cover and
moisture will begin to increase again early next week ahead of the
next developing cold front. The airmass will be cool and dry
Thursday through Friday, with highs in the upper 50s to around 60
and lows in the mid to upper 30s. Over the weekend, the airmass will
begin to modify and we will warm up a bit with highs will be in the
mid 60s to around 70 and lows in the 40s.


[Through 18Z Tuesday] A slow moving band of showers and embedded
south and east of a KABY-KTLH line will affect KVLD through 00Z.
North and west of the band conditions will gradually improve for a
period to VFR. By 06Z conditions will begin to deteriorate at all
terminals to MVFR conditions as cigs lower and rain moves back into
the area. Conditions will continue to lower to IFR by 12Z in light
to moderate rain and eventually to LIFR by 15Z-18Z.


Winds will ramp up over the western waters tonight, reaching small
craft advisory conditions by early Tuesday morning and affecting
most of our coastal waters by Tuesday afternoon. Overnight Tuesday
night, we may even briefly see gusts to gale force before winds
begin to decrease Wednesday morning. Once winds fall Wednesday, they
are expected to remain below headline criteria for the remainder of
the period.


.Fire Weather...
Very wet conditions will continue through Tuesday night before a
cold front ushers in a drier airmass. Even with the drier airmass,
humidity levels are forecast tor remain well above critical levels.


Recent rains are causing rises on most area rivers. A band of
showers and thunderstorms will move east of the area this evening
resulting in a lull in precipitation. However, by midnight steady
rain will begin to move back into the area, becoming moderate at
times late tonight through Wednesday morning. The highest amounts
will be south and east of a Valdosta to Tallahassee to Apalachicola
line, including the Suwanee River basin. Expect amounts of 2 to 3
inches with locally higher totals possible. North and west of that
line total amounts should be much lighter, in the .5 - 1.0 inch
range. Some basins have recently received 2 to 3 inches of rain and
the same amount on top of that could result in more significant
river rises in basins such as the lower Flint and Ochlockonee


.Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs...

Tallahassee   57  57  45  59  39 /  60  80  80  20   0
Panama City   57  57  44  61  47 /  60  70  80  10   0
Dothan        50  56  39  59  39 /  30  50  70  10   0
Albany        51  56  42  59  37 /  40  60  80  20   0
Valdosta      59  59  46  59  37 /  70  80  80  30  10
Cross City    63  67  50  60  39 /  60  80  90  30   0
Apalachicola  58  59  45  61  45 /  70  80  80  10   0


.TAE Watches/Warnings/Advisories...

FL...High Rip Current Risk through late tonight for Coastal Bay-
     Coastal Franklin-Coastal Gulf-South Walton.

GM...Small Craft Advisory from 4 AM to 1 PM EST Tuesday for Coastal
     waters from Apalachicola to Destin FL out 20 NM-Waters from
     Apalachicola to Destin FL from 20 to 60 NM.



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