Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS
FXUS62 KTAE 160702
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
302 AM EDT Thu Oct 16 2014
.Near Term [Through Today]...
A ridge of surface high pressure will settle into the Southeast
underneath weakening northwest flow aloft. This should maintain
the deep layer of dry air in place across the region. The net
result for our forecast is sunny skies and dry weather. Models
indicate that the boundary layer average temperature may warm
slightly today as compared to yesterday, but the difference should
be negligible overall. This should result in high temperatures
close to yesterday, from the upper 70s to around 80 degrees.
.Short Term [Tonight Through Saturday]...
Northwesterly flow aloft will become more zonal through Friday as
the upper low over the Great Lakes lifts northeast. By Saturday,
the eastern trough is forecast to deepen and push a dry cold front
towards the Gulf Coast.
For tonight, temperatures will cool into the upper 40s as high
pressure centered over the forecast area will allow for good
radiational cooling conditions. The increasingly zonal upper flow
for Friday into Saturday will yield milder temperatures (lower 80s
Friday afternoon to mid 80s Saturday afternoon). No rain is
expected through Saturday.
.Long Term [Saturday Night Through Thursday]...
A deep trough will remain over eastern CONUS bringing strong
northwesterly flow aloft. At the sfc, no significant features are
expected to develop. This means drier cooler air through the
extended period with no rain expected. A low is expected to develop
over the Gulf and linger there for several days. The coastal
waters could see some cloud cover from this low, but rain is
unlikely. Highs will hold steady in the upper 70s/low 80s, which
is near average for this time of year. Lows, will be slightly
below normal, in the lower to middle 50s.
[Through 12Z Friday] VFR conditions will prevail at all terminals
with mostly clear skies.
Winds and seas will continue to diminish today as high pressure
east from the western Gulf of Mexico. Light winds and low seas
will then continue through the weekend.
RH values the next couple days should fall to between 30-35% at
most locations. While this is a dry air mass, it is not sufficient
for red flag conditions. Increasing moisture is expected this
weekend, although chances for rain will remain low.
There are no flooding concerns at this time.
.Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs...
Tallahassee 79 47 81 52 85 / 0 0 0 0 0
Panama City 80 56 81 62 82 / 0 0 0 0 0
Dothan 77 48 81 54 82 / 0 0 0 0 0
Albany 78 48 82 55 84 / 0 0 0 0 0
Valdosta 78 50 80 53 83 / 0 0 0 0 0
Cross City 80 48 81 52 84 / 0 0 0 0 0
Apalachicola 78 55 79 61 81 / 0 0 0 0 0