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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Columbia SC
621 PM EDT Thursday Jul 28 2016

high pressure over the region will keep above normal temperatures
in the forecast through the end of the week. Afternoon thunderstorms
will be isolated the next couple of days...possible better chance
over the weekend into next week as moisture increases.


Near term /through Friday/...
upper level ridge continues over the southeastern states and
offshore. Best dynamic tonight remain off to the west of the cwa.
Regional radars showing some precip pushing across northern Georgia
this evening, and there is a small possibility this could briefly
brush northern portions of the csra and extreme western midlands.
However, majority of the night for the area will be dry and warm. A
strong low-level jet tonight should help keep winds up, and low-
levels mixed. Overnight lows falling into the middle to upper 70s.


Short term /Friday night through Sunday/...
the ridge will weaken Friday as an upper trough moves eastward. A
surface trough in the area may trigger some convection as a few
shortwaves support development. Instability remains weak on afternoon showers/thunderstorms should remain
isolated or widely scattered at best. The good news is the chances
for afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms will be increasing
over the weekend. Thanks to slightly colder air aloft...increased
low-level moisture and weak trough/frontal boundary in the
vicinity should be a much better focus for convection than the
area has seen in awhile. Chance pops mainly afternoon showers and
thunderstorms over the weekend. Weak cold advection noted Friday
although may be offset by downslope flow. Slight decrease in
maximum temperatures over the weekend although still above normal
for late July. Also overnight minimum temperatures continue to be
above normal through the period.


Long term /Sunday night through Thursday/...
both European model (ecmwf) and GFS indicate the mid/upper level ridge will
continue to weaken from Sunday night through much of next week. As
Main Ridge will continue across the wrn/cntrl U.S. And trough
lingers along the ern portion of the country. This will support
a general increase in pops as shortwaves move over the region and
Lee-side troughing promotes convergence. Scattered thunderstorms
expected each day as surface high pressure shifts eastward and a
backdoor front moves into the mid- Atlantic states. The best
chance for widespread convection appear to be Sunday
afternoon/evening through Monday/Monday night. The synoptic
pattern supports above normal temperatures with highs in the
low/mid 90s and overnight lows in the low/mid 70s.


Aviation /22z Thursday through Tuesday/...
outside of isolated thunderstorms Friday, high confidence in VFR
conditions through the 24 hour taf period.

This evening and tonight, wind gusts around 20 kts will continue
through 00z. Models indicate a 30 to 35 kt low level jet tonight which will
promote low level mixing. Surface winds should stay SW around 5
kts throughout the night. Low level mixing and dry air will
prevent fog/stratus formation.

Friday, upper level ridging over the region will weaken as a few
shortwaves move through the trough in the central US. Increased
atmospheric moisture and convergence along a surface trough will
allow for isolated convection Friday afternoon. Limited
instability and relatively warm mid-levels suggests any
thunderstorms would be weak and isolated. Confidence remains low
that showers or thunderstorms will impact taf sites.

Extended aviation outlook...low potential for restrictions in
afternoon and evening convection each day.


Cae watches/warnings/advisories...



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