Scientific Forecaster Discussion
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
657 am EDT Sat Jul 30 2016
Bermuda high pressure offshore with a trough inland will persist
through the weekend. A weak boundary will stall over the area this
morning and then lift back north by later tonight. A weak cool
front will approach from the northwest early next week then stall
near the area by mid week.
Near term /until 6 PM this evening/...
as of 650 am Saturday, no major changes to current forecast. Some
patchy clouds will prevail this morning, but skies will be mostly
clear overall, with clouds increasing this afternoon. The
combination of a stalled frontal boundary just to the north of the
County Warning Area and a decent mid- level shortwave crossing the area later this
afternoon, coupled with a moist/unstable airmass (forecast Li
values of -5 to -7 this afternoon), will lead to a good coverage
of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Have pops
in the 40-50 percent range. While the threat of any widespread
severe weather is small, any thunderstorms could produce gusty
winds and heavy downpours. Temperatures will be a degree or two
cooler than recent days and, with heat index values remaining just
below 105 degrees with a greater coverage of precipitation, no
heat advisory will be needed today.
Short term /6 PM this evening through 6 am Sunday/...
as of 345 am Saturday, surface trough will linger inland tonight
with weak shortwave energy moving through at the mid-levels. As a
result, any ongoing convection late in the day will continue into
the nighttime hours and have kept about a 40 pct pop going through
the night. Overnight lows should range from 73 to 78 degrees.
Long term /Sunday through Friday/...
as of 330 am Saturday...00z models runs remain consistent with
forecast of a pattern change sun-Wed, indicating a rare early
August cold frontal passage through entire area by mid week. Some
model differences at end of week as latest European model (ecmwf) is indicating a
secondary short wave trough passage while GFS is not as amplified
and returns to mid level ridge pattern. Made minor adjustments to
temps and pops during period, mainly to reduce to just slight
chance most of area Wed-Thu.
Sunday and Sunday night...short wave energy ahead of broad
mid/upper level trough progressing east from Ohio/Tennessee Valley
will affect area during period. Surface boundaries will remain
west and northwest of area, thus expect scattered coverage and
kept pops mainly in higher chance range. Mid/upper level ridge
continues to break down as the broad trough over the Tennessee
Valley continues to dig south. Meanwhile, the frontal boundary
slowly sinks down from the NW, but remains to the north. This will
provide better chances for showers and thunderstorms to develop,
especially during the afternoon and evening. Model low level
thickness values appear similar to Saturday, thus went with warmer
mav MOS with highs 92-94 inland and upper 80s to around 90 coast.
Lows Sunday night 75-80. Some areas will approach heat indices
near 105 Sunday afternoon but not expected to be widespread enough
for advisory criteria at this time.
Monday through Wednesday...upstream energy moving into central
Canada will result in amplification of mid/upper level trough
moving into eastern U.S. Mon-Tue, resulting in surface cold front
approaching Monday night and moving into area Tuesday. Models
indicate enough of a push front high pressure to north for
boundary to actually move all the way through area Tuesday night,
then stalling and washing out to south Wednesday. Given good model
agreement, generally kept previous forecast of model blend
solution. Good coverage of convective activity expected ahead of
front, with likely probability of precipitation all of area Monday, eastern half Monday
night and southeast third Tuesday. Some locally heavy rain
possible with precipitable water values around 2 inches, and isolated severe
possible with decent surface and mid level forcing.
Did indicate slightly slower frontal push into area on Tuesday,
and lowered pops on Wednesday.
Not a major cool air push behind front and temps will actually
just drop back to near normal levels with highs near 90 and lows
Thursday through Friday...per above, some model differences late
week as latest European model (ecmwf) is bringing another short wave trough from
northwest Thursday night, resulting in secondary surge of NE winds
Friday. GFS keeps this short wave farther north, and generally
indicates return to mid level ridging and return to Bermuda high
type pattern by late Friday. Given these differences, generally
stuck with previous forecast of high pressure extending over area
from NE both days with front washing out to south. Lowered pops to
slight chance for Thursday and kept dry forecast for Thursday
night with slight chance again for Friday. Temps still near normal
both days with lows 70-75 and highs near 90.
Aviation /12z Saturday through Wednesday/...
short term /through 12z Sunday/...
as of 655 am Saturday, expect VFR conditions to prevail across the
area through today. The coverage of showers/thunderstorms will be
better today and will continue to include thunderstorms in the vicinity at the taf sites
starting in the early afternoon. For tonight, some patchy fog
could form in locations that receive rainfall this afternoon and
evening, although model guidance gives mixed signals with regards
to vsby late although some light SW winds will once again occur.
Will include about a 3-hour period of MVFR vsbys for now.
Long term /Sunday through Wednesday/
as of 330 am Saturday....scattered to widespread rain and
thunderstorms through Tuesday will produce periods of sub-VFR
conditions. Precip chances lowering Tuesday night and Wednesday
with cold front pushing south of area, with VFR expected to
short term /today and tonight/...
as of 655 am Saturday, winds continue to be very light this
morning with no reporting station in our coastal area of
responsibility reporting more than 6 knots. Directions are east/NE
north of the Crystal Coast, with SW winds over the southern
waters. Seas are running 1-3 feet. As weak frontal boundary over
the central portions of the County Warning Area dissipates today or moves back
north, winds will become S/SW on all waters this afternoon and
tonight at 5-15 knots with seas 2-4 feet. A few periods of 15-20
knot winds will be possible on the northern/central waters later
today into tonight.
Long term /Sunday through Wednesday/...
as of 330 am Saturday...models remain in good agreement of SW flow
over waters Sunday through Monday night with high pressure
offshore and frontal boundary approaching from northwest. Latest
model blend does indicate slightly stronger speeds, but still
mainly 10-20 knots. Surface cold front passage from north-
northwest expected Tuesday with winds shifting to north-northeast
by Tuesday night. Slightly stronger surge of northeast winds up to
15 knots fore Wednesday.
Seas mainly 2-4 feet during period, with some heights to 5 feet
outer portions of southern and central waters with stronger
southwest winds Sunday-Monday night.