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FXUS62 KTAE 121537

1137 AM EDT Fri Sep 12 2014

.Near Term [Through Tonight]...

Our morning analysis reveals that the forecast area is situated
squarely underneath deep layer ridging. The GOES blended PWAT
product, as well as 12Z soundings from TAE and JAX, shows a pocket
of drier mid-level air over north Florida and south Georgia. The
Tallahassee sounding also indicated a relatively warm layer aloft
from about 650-400mb. The poor lapse rates could negatively affect
updraft strength today. Given the combination of drier mid-level
air, deep layer ridging, and poor lapse rates, we expect
convection to be relatively suppressed for much of the day. The
previous forecast indicated that already with mostly 20% PoPs, so
we have not made any significant changes. Meanwhile, the 850mb
temperature on the 12Z Tallahassee sounding has warmed from around
+17C yesterday morning to +19C today. With limited convective
coverage and slight boundary layer warming, today should be a
little warmer than yesterday, with highs in the mid-90s.

Convection that initiates this afternoon closer to a quasi-
stationary surface front in central Alabama and central Georgia
could drift south into parts of our Alabama and Georgia counties
either late this afternoon or into this evening. Therefore, the
best chances of rain through tonight could be in the northern half
of our area from 22-06Z.


.Prev Discussion [637 AM EDT]...

.Short Term [Saturday Through Sunday]...

Although weak upper ridging will continue locally, we will see a
gradual increase in deep local moisture through the weekend. The
stalled front to our north will get slowly nudged to the south on
Saturday becoming quasi-stationary across our CWA on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a tropical wave well south of our coastal waters is
forecast to stay on a westward coarse heading toward Texas. Our
position with respect to this system, the frontal boundary, and
return of deep moisture, all lead to increasing PoPs into the
chance/good chance range the next few days. Max temps will be in
the lower 90s inland areas Saturday and then around 90 for Sunday.

.Long Term [Sunday Night Through Friday]...

The elongated east-west oriented ridge axis will still be in place
at the start of the period. However, it will begin to break down
early in the work week as a long wave trough begins to amplify into
the Southeast. This trough will help push the front currently draped
across the Ohio Valley toward the Gulf Coast. It is still uncertain
just how far south the front will make it before stalling. There
appears to be model consensus that there will be enough energy
upstream in the long wave trough to induce weak waves on the front
that will help inhibit its southward progress. The proximity of the
boundary through much of the period will result in unsettled
conditions with above normal PoPs for the most part. Max temps will
correspondingly be generally below normal from Monday onward.


[Through 12Z Saturday] We expect generally VFR conditions today,
outside of isolated to scattered SHRA/TSRA this afternoon and
evening. Winds will be light and rather variable (6 KT or less),
except for a south wind near 10 KT developing this afternoon at
KECP. The PoP is rather low this afternoon (generally 20-40%), so no
TSRA is currently forecast at any of the terminals, but adjustments
to this may be made on the 18z TAF package when daytime convective
trends can become better established.


A very weak pressure gradient is forecast to remain in place. This
will keep winds and seas well below any headline criteria.

.Fire Weather...

Red Flag conditions are not expected through at least this


Rainfall totals over the next few days are expected to be below
normal and not have an impact on area rivers. However, QPF is
expected to increase next work week.


.Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs...

Tallahassee   96  73  93  72  91 /  20  20  40  30  50
Panama City   91  77  90  76  87 /  20  20  40  30  50
Dothan        94  73  92  72  90 /  20  30  50  30  50
Albany        95  73  92  72  91 /  20  30  50  30  50
Valdosta      95  72  92  71  90 /  30  20  40  30  50
Cross City    94  71  93  70  89 /  20  20  40  30  40
Apalachicola  92  76  89  77  87 /  20  20  30  30  40


.TAE Watches/Warnings/Advisories...




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