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National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky
737 PM CDT Monday Jul 25 2016

issued at 737 PM CDT Monday Jul 25 2016

Updated aviation discussion only.


Short term...(tonight through Wednesday night)
issued at 232 PM CDT Mon Jul 25 2016

The forecast is rather straight-forward during the short term.
Essentially what you see is what you get through Wednesday night.
A very juicy air mass will remain in place, with precip water
values around 2 inches and surface dew points in the mid 70s. Very
little forcing will be required to induce convection. As the 500
mb ridge yields to some broad troughing over the mid and upper
Mississippi Valley, weak 500 mb shortwaves will be more than
enough to trigger convection.

Storms popped up around midday today in an environment of weak
forcing as the convective temp was reached. A similar scenario is
expected Tuesday with very little change in thermodynamics. The
NAM indicates k-indices will remain in the upper 30s through
Wednesday, indicative of very moist air in the low and mid levels.
Though mid-level lapse rates are quite weak, high CAPES are
enabling deep convection.

The convection appeared to be mainly diurnally driven today.
As the mid-level flow increases a bit and 500 mb shortwaves become
better defined, the potential for nocturnal convection will
increase over the next couple nights. Again, the primary hazard
will continue to be heavy rainfall due to slow cell movement and
precip water values around 2 inches.

High temps the next couple days should again be near the
convective temp around 90 degrees. Heat indices may briefly top
100 degrees prior to the cooling effects of convection. As far as
pops through Wednesday night, the areal coverage of convection is
going to be highly variable from hour to hour. A generic pop of
50 percent is probably the best way to convey this variability.

Long term...(thursday through monday)
issued at 232 PM CDT Mon Jul 25 2016

Average confidence in the long term due to model differences.

The long term period starts off with the establishment of a broad 500 mb
trough over the midsection of the country. All surface features are
forecast to be well to our north and west at that time, but with
plenty of moisture and instability over the area, shower and
thunderstorm chances Max out Thursday with the approach of the
upper level energy.

Beyond that through Sunday night, the area will remain under the
aforementioned broad 500 mb trough keeping the region in cyclonic flow
aloft with plenty of moisture and instability on tap. In this
period, the west northwest flow is forecast to push a weakening
frontal boundary toward and eventually into the area, but in this
regime it's hard to move a frontal boundary through a huge dome of
heat and humidity. Even so, given the elevated levels of moisture
and instability, precipitation chances remain in the forecast
through the weekend.

Monday models show a slight eastward progression of the trough with
rising heights aloft. Not sure if this will completely shut down
precipitation chances, but if it pans out will certainly lower
probabilities at the end of the period.

Temperatures should remain just below normal through the period, so
we're not expecting any heat headlines, although with dewpoints
remaining in the 70s, humid conditions will continue.


issued at 737 PM CDT Mon Jul 25 2016

The tstm threat for Airport teminals will continue to diminish for
most of the night. Will continue with late night MVFR fog
possibilities in the tafs, and decided to go with IFR vsbys at kevv
due to rain received earlier today. As a weak surface frontal
boundary and pressure trof sags into northern parts of the region
and becomes diffuse Tuesday, showers and tstms may get an earlier
start near I-64 (tuesday morning). Still, at this time it appears
that the kevv/kowb sites may not be affected until mid afternoon as
showers and tstms fire on outflows. Kcgi/kpah may not get any pcpn
at all through 00z.


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