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FXUS62 KTAE 200929

429 AM EST Thu Nov 20 2014

.Near Term [Through Today]...
The massive upper level trough that has been dominating much of
North America over the last couple of days is now finally
beginning to lift northeast and deamplify. This will allow the
flow to become more zonal across the Deep South today. However,
surface high pressure is centered over the forecast area and that
means one more cold morning. Coldest temperatures by dawn will be
found across inland portions of the FL Big Bend where a hard
freeze warning remains in place until 8 AM. Daytime temps will
moderate quit a bit today under full sun with afternoon highs some
8-10 degrees milder than yesterday. These readings will still be
about 7-9 degrees below normal.

.Short Term [Tonight Through Saturday]...
A gradual warming trend will continue through the short term as
the surface high pressure starts to lift out to the northeast. A
marginal light freeze remains possible tonight across the
typically colder areas of the Florida big bend with mostly clear
skies, light winds, and low dewpoints still in place there. By
Friday, low level moisture will start to increase with easterly
surface flow developing. On Saturday, this trend will continue,
and a strong upper level shortwave will move into Texas.
Increasing moisture and lift ahead of it may allow for a few
showers to develop late in the period over the Florida panhandle,
but the bulk of the heavier rain and storms is expected to hold
off until Saturday night and Sunday.

.Long Term [Saturday Night Through Thursday]...
Global models continue to be in reasonable agreement on swinging a
strong, negatively tilted upper level shortwave from the MS
Valley to the Great Lakes region Saturday through Sunday with an
associated strong surface low. As this occurs, a warm front will
lift northward from the Gulf, separating cooler and more stable
air to its north from the warmer and more unstable air to the
south. There remains some uncertainty as to how far north the most
unstable air will get, but it does appear that it will move inland
enough for some risk of severe weather to develop across the area
from late Saturday night through the day on Sunday. The greatest
risk will probably be closer to the coast where more confidence
exists in an unstable airmass, but we cannot rule out any portion
of the forecast area from the risk yet. Given the strong shear
that will be in place, damaging winds along with isolated
tornadoes would be possible.

As the system occludes over the Great Lakes on Sunday night, a
secondary shortwave will move across the southern U.S and push a
cold front through the area on Monday afternoon. Thus, a chance of
showers and thunderstorms will continue through Monday, with
lower chances by Tuesday.


[Through 12Z Friday] VFR conditions will continue under clear
skies. Winds will be calm at night and very light during the day,
generally under 5 knots.


Light to moderate offshore will remain in place through this
evening. Thereafter, the gradient will sharply tighten between a
high pressure to the east and a strengthening low pressure system
to the west. This will result in a prolonged period of advisory
conditions starting on Friday night and continuing through Sunday.
In fact, a strong to severe squall line may sweep across the
coastal waters Saturday night into Sunday.


.Fire Weather...
The relative humidity will still be quite low today. This combined
with elevated ERC values for Leon and Wakulla counties will lead
to Red Flag conditions in those two counties only. Also, due to
relatively low mixing heights and light transport winds,
dispersion indices will be low with values as low again today,
generally in the 20s. Moisture levels will increase later in the
week with widespread rain expected over the weekend.


The storm system for Saturday night through Monday will have the
potential to produce widespread rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 3
inches, with locally heavier amounts, especially if a secondary
impulse generates another batch of heavy rainfall on Monday
afternoon. The heaviest amounts currently appear to be focused
across the Florida panhandle. However, this system still looks
progressive at this time, and given the rather dry conditions that
have prevailed through the fall, flooding does not appear to be
a significant concern outside of the urbanized areas. River levels
are currently very low, with plenty of capacity for runoff.


.Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs...

Tallahassee   64  32  68  45  73 /   0   0   0  10  10
Panama City   64  43  66  50  70 /   0   0   0  10  30
Dothan        63  37  66  42  67 /   0   0   0   0  10
Albany        63  34  66  41  69 /   0   0   0   0  10
Valdosta      63  33  66  44  72 /   0   0   0   0  10
Cross City    64  33  69  47  76 /   0   0   0  10  10
Apalachicola  63  40  66  51  70 /   0   0   0  10  30


.TAE Watches/Warnings/Advisories...

FL...Hard Freeze Warning until 8 AM EST this morning for Gadsden-
     Inland Dixie-Inland Jefferson-Inland Taylor-Inland Wakulla-

     Red Flag Warning from Noon today to 5 PM EST this afternoon for
     Coastal Wakulla-Inland Wakulla-Leon.

GA...Hard Freeze Warning until 8 AM EST this morning for Brooks-




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