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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service San Francisco Bay area
927 am PDT Monday Jul 28 2014

Synopsis...subtropical moisture from the south will bring a
slight chance of showers and thunderstorms to our area today and
Tuesday. Temperatures are forecast to remain near normal or
slightly above normal through the week.

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Discussion...as of 09:18 am PDT Monday...stratus slowly burning-
off this morning across the region with a 1500 feet marine layer in
place. Meanwhile...increased middle-level moisture continues to
advect northward out of Southern California. With this...continue
to see returns on the kmux radar this morning across southern
Monterey and San Benito continues...yet no reports of measurable
rainfall at this time. Given the lack of a decent lifting
mechanism...not expecting much convection this afternoon.
However...will keep slight chances between 10 to 15 percent given
the elevated moisture values and some instability.

Otherwise...the previous forecast package remains on track.
Updates have been sent out.

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Previous discussion...as of 3:00 am PDT Monday...at this hour kmux
radar is indicating echos advancing from the south into Monterey
County. Radar values are very small -- generally less than 15 dbz
so probably no rain is falling in our County Warning Area yet. However, coverage
over slo County is picking up, so decided to add a slight chance
for showers over the southern quarter of the County Warning Area this morning.

More instability is in the cards for later today into Tuesday as
an additional piece of subtropical moisture moves in from the
south. Model guidance has changed some from yesterday although
overall thinking is still the same that moist unstable air will
advance to the north bringing a slight chance for showers and
thunderstorms today and tomorrow. Convective parameters have
backed off a bit from Sunday although modified total totals are
still in the 29-31c range (down from 32-36c). MUCAPE has also
diminished from yesterday with peak values just around 100.

Showers will end late on Tuesday or early Wednesday as a more
stable SW flow returns to our region. Temperatures will remain at or a
bit above normal as the ridge of high pressure tries to build
back toward the coast while 850 mb temperatures remain in the 23-26c
range. Look for 60s and 70s at the coast with 80s and 90s inland.

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Aviation...as of 5:46 am PDT Monday...quick update this morning
as San Francisco Bay has filled in pretty well. Marine layer is
now 1200-1500 feet. Ceilings linger through middle morning. Otherwise
high clouds move over the region. Conf is medium.

Vicinity of ksfo...well as it turns out...sf Bay filled in and
ksfo has a ceiling. Will lean toward the hrrr model with a clearing
close to 17z. VFR this afternoon.

Ksfo bridge approach...still patchy ceilings over the approach and
will linger 16-17z.

Monterey Bay area terminals...stratus covers the entire mry Bay
area. IFR ceilings through 18z.

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Marine...as of 04:27 am PDT Monday...moisture streaming in from
the south will continue to produce showers and possibly a
thunderstorm along the central coast today. Otherwise...northerly
flow will continue over the coastal waters. Seas will remain
rather small for much of the upcoming week.

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Mtr watches/warnings/advisories...
... Bay north of the Bay Bridge from 1 PM
Small Craft Advisory...sf Bay south of the Bay Bridge from 1 PM

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Public forecast: rgass
aviation/marine: mm

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