Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS
FXUS62 KTAE 131505
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
1105 AM EDT Sun Apr 13 2014
.Near Term [Through Today]...
Very few changes made to the existing forecast for today. As was
the case yesterday, the morning has consisted of sunny skies and
quickly warming temperatures. The hourly temperature trends have
been slightly warmer than the existing forecast, but the high
temperature forecast (mid 80s in most areas) still seems on track.
Therefore, most of the changes were made to adjust the temperature
trends through the afternoon to account for recent observations.
A cumulus field should develop by afternoon with partly sunny
.Prev Discussion [549 AM EDT]...
.Short Term [Tonight Through Tuesday]...
Tonight...the large scale pattern continues to amplify highlighted
by positively tilted full latitude trough over Ern Plains with broad
cyclonic SWLY steering downstream into the Gulf Region. At the
surface...low over Great Lakes with advancing cold front Swd into
TX. This will push Wrn Atlc high further into Atlc ocean. As
reflected on area soundings...flow sfc-H8 veering to SSW then SWLY
to H5 and WNW above. This in turn advects more moisture onshore with
PWATs climbing to over 1 inch increasing chances for low clouds and
fog developing after midnight. Isolated showers are also possible
late across Wrn counties. With local area in warm sector and
prevalence of fog or low clouds...mild minimum temps around 60
degrees are expected.
Monday...The upstream trough will continue to pivot and deepen Ewd
aided by several shortwaves combining with approaching 40+ KT SW low
level jet will pull increasing moisture Nwd from Gulf of Mex. Dew
points increase to low-mid 60s. Original surface reflection lifted
rapidly Newd with models hinting that another wave will develop
along front in Nrn AL or Nrn GA bringing cold front to Cntrl AL by
sundown. Area soundings show deep SWLY flow as PWATS increase to
around 1.4 inches. Will go with 50-20% NW-SE POP gradient.
Increasing clouds especially wrn counties will offset some high
temps there. Expect highs from upper 70 NW to mid 80s east.
Monday Night...Trough continues to deepen Ewd. Above NRN GA sfc
low lifts Newd allowing trailing front to move to our Wrn doorstep.
This reflected in area soundings with show nearly uni-directional SW
flow noticeably increasing with height. PWATs increase to around 1.8
inches. This combination of deep uni-directional flow plus high moisture
content should yield heavy rain and...on top of earlier rain...
flooding concerns and river rises. 80-30% NW-SE POP gradient.
Under cloudy skies...mild lows ranging from upper 50s NW to mid
60s SE with fog a good bet across portions of CWA.
Tuesday...Trough deepens over SE states with axis down Gulf of Mex
during the morning. Cold front moves across in the morning bringing
another round of showers and storms and exasperating flooding/river
concerns. In its wake...GFS with H5 trough...then H85 trough...move
across in aftn allowing decreasing clouds for all but lowest levels.
A surface high will form over NE states and begin to ridge down Ern
seaboard. Soundings shows precipitous drop in PWATS with low level
flow shifting to NWLY by sundown. Of course if ECMWF verifies...
improving conditions will be slower to arrive. Will go with 70% POP
gradient with focus in morning and decreasing from NW-SE during
aftn. Max temp forecast tricky as dependent on speed of frontal
passage. If ECMWF verifies...aftn POPs will be higher. Under
extensive cloudiness...will go from near 70 NW to near 80 SE.
With high to our NE and low to our NW...expect a tight gradient
with breezy/gusty conditions.
As far as severe weather and heavy rainfall potential...models in
better agreement than previous run but GFS (slightly faster) and
ECMWF still differ somewhat on the timing and duration.
Strengthening winds aloft plus increasing low level shear and SRH
could support a QLCS or supercells with bowing segments beginning
Monday late eve over Wrn counties but more likely after midnight.
Severe Wx is also possible ahead of advancing cold front after
sunrise Tues when relatively strong deep layer shear overlapping
with weak to moderate buoyancy could be sufficient for...given
uni-directional flow...at least low end severe wind and hail but
an isolated tornado cant be ruled out. Local severe Wx tool shows
best chances for severe Wx are 06z-12z Tues over FL Panhandle and
...12z-18z Tues over Wrn Big Bend with small chances of a tornado
there into GA counties. SPC has placed our Panhandle and SE AL
counties in a slight risk for day 2 and our Ern areas in a see
text for Tues.
While both model solutions also favor an active event including
several rounds of rain during that time...the slower ECMWF leaning
towards a more aggressive solution regarding flooding and likely
these concerns continue beyond Tuesday. Total QPF ranging from
about 2.3 inches NW to 1.4 inches SE CWA. Inserted Isold T+ in
Panhandle and heavy rain in adjacent marine area for 06z-12z Tues
.Long Term [Tuesday Night Through Saturday]...
After our reasonably long respite from the unsettled weather (given
the nature of the extremely progressive and active upper level
pattern this spring) which has lasted from last Wednesday through
the first half of this weekend, signs of yet another developing
shortwave to our west are already taking shape to impact our weather
early next week. As was the case on Friday, the Global models are
still in reasonable agreement of a steep upper level trof carving
its way down to the northern Gulf coast Tuesday into Wednesday
before gradually pulling away to our NE. The main differences
between the GFS and ECMWF are the timing and duration of this
potential severe weather and likely heavy rainfall maker, with the
ECMWF leaning towards a more bleak solution, with the possibility of
a very heavy round or two of precip both over our CWA and upstream,
which would exacerbate the flooding on many of our rivers and
streams which are still quite high and recovering from the last
flooding event. For now, the GFS is significantly faster, and while
both models could still pose a severe weather threat (which we will
be examining more closely over the next couple of days), the overall
flooding impacts would be lower given the GFS solution with any
significant impacts likely over by the end of the day on Tuesday.
Thereafter, fair and near seasonable conditions should return for
the balance of the week, with the next chance for inclement weather
returning on Friday into Saturday.
[Through 06Z Monday] Occasionally dense fog is likely to continue to
affect KECP through sunrise. Elsewhere, tempo MVFR visibility
is expected with patchy shallow fog. All fog will dissipate rapidly
after sunrise with VFR conditions prevailing through the day and
southeast winds around 10 knots.
Southeast winds are expected to increase to moderate with well
offshore winds approaching cautionary levels through tonight.
Then, onshore winds and seas will remain light to moderate through
Monday before increasing to at least cautionary levels out of the
southwest on Monday night out ahead of the next low pressure system
and cold frontal boundary. In its wake, cautionary to possibly
advisory level offshore winds and seas are expected to move into the
marine area Tuesday through Tuesday night before decreasing again.
Relative humidity levels will remain above critical thresholds for
the next several afternoons. A seabreeze is expected near the coast
both today and Monday. The next wetting rainfall should arrive late
Monday and Tuesday.
Most rivers have reached their peak and are generally falling. The
only exceptions are the Choctawhatchee River at Bruce and
Ochlockonee River at Havana. The Ochlockonee River at Concord is
continuing a broad crest.
The next chance of rainfall is Monday through Tuesday night. At this
time the system looks progressive enough to keep rainfall totals
around 1.5"-2.5", with higher rainfall totals north and west of the
line from Apalachicola to Tallahassee to Fitzgerald. These totals
will be too low for flash flooding to be a main concern...however,
this may slow the decreases on already swollen rivers and may even
cause a few to return to bankfull or minor flood stage by later in
The most up to date, specific river forecast information can be
found on the AHPS page at
.Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs...
Tallahassee 85 62 82 64 75 / 0 10 20 40 70
Panama City 78 65 77 63 70 / 0 10 30 60 70
Dothan 83 61 80 59 70 / 0 10 40 70 60
Albany 84 60 81 62 72 / 0 10 30 60 70
Valdosta 88 61 83 64 76 / 10 10 20 40 70
Cross City 85 61 84 64 77 / 10 10 20 30 60
Apalachicola 76 66 77 65 72 / 0 10 20 50 70