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National Weather Service Paducah Kentucky
249 am CDT sun Apr 23 2017

Short term...(today through Tuesday night)
issued at 249 am CDT sun Apr 23 2017

The upper level low responsible for the cool wet start to the
weekend was positioned near northwest Tennessee early this morning.
This low is forecast to continue on a very gradual southeastward
track into the Tennessee Valley and southeastern U.S. Through
Monday. As it does, a general trend towards decreasing clouds and
warmer temperatures should progress northwest to southeast across
the forecast area. However, clouds and the potential for scattered
showers will likely persist over southeastern portions of the area
today with wrap-around moisture and lift in the deformation zone
north of the low.

The contrast between sunshine and lingering clouds will result in a
large temperature gradient across the area. Highs today should
approach 70 degrees northwest of the Ohio River. Meanwhile,
temperatures will likely remain in the 50s east of the Land Between
The Lakes in the southern pennyrile region of western Kentucky where
stubborn clouds and showers persist. A relatively strong pressure
gradient northwest of the surface low will also make for breezy
conditions today. From late morning into the afternoon, northwest
winds around 15 mph will gust as high as 20 to 25 mph at times.

After a small chance of lingering showers in far southeastern
portions of the area this evening, dry weather is expected through
the remainder of the short term as a ridge of high pressure passes
through. Highs should range from 70 to 75 on Monday. Strengthening
southerly flow on Tuesday in response to developing low pressure
over the plains will bring even warmer air northward as highs
approach the 80 degree mark. A cold front associated with this low
is forecast to reach western Illinois and central Missouri by 12z
Wednesday. Any precipitation with this front should stay just west
of the immediate forecast area through daybreak Wednesday.

Long term...(wednesday through saturday)
issued at 249 am CDT sun Apr 23 2017

An active pattern is expected in the long term. Decent confidence in
days 4-5, lower confidence days 6-7. We blended the 00z GFS and ec
for days 4 and 5, and their handling an ejecting 500 mb S/WV that will
move northeast from the Central Plains Wednesday to the Great Lakes
Thursday. For days 6-7, Friday through Saturday, the overall trend
in the operational models, is slower and deeper with a developing
closed low near the 4 corners region by 00z Saturday. If this trend
develops, supported somewhat by the smoother ensemble mean solutions
from the gefs/ecens, we should see a more amplified pattern, which
will have impacts on our Friday through Saturday precipitation
forecast. For temperatures, we used an even blend of MOS and
ensemble MOS.

For Wednesday through Thursday, we'll see increasing chances of
convection from west to east by Wednesday afternoon, with the band
of convection forecast to move across the area Wednesday afternoon
and evening, departing late. We may see strong to severe storms with
this activity, especially semo, southern IL, far west Kentucky. Still a
few days to assess that potential in more detail. But shear and
thermal profiles are suggestive. We will see a lull, break in the
activity Thursday. Will carry low chance pops for weaker convection
Thursday night as mid level energy moves toward, and then across the

For Friday through Saturday, greater amplification would likely mean
chance pops for convection as a warm front lifts north across the
area Friday/Friday night, coupled with some weak mid level support.
Saturday is where we may see a more significant change to the
forecast. The models now warm sector US, showing a much lower chance
of convection as the system out west closes off and backs our mid
level flow more strongly southwest. We have lowered pops quite a bit
for Saturday into early Saturday night, and abandoned the 6 hourly
pops forecast given such uncertainty and change in timing and


issued at 1152 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017

Low surface pressure over Dixie will roll away to the east
overnight, while a sheared upper low to our northwest deepens and
dives into Tennessee. After sunrise, additional low surface pressure may
develop over central Tennessee in response. This should maintain the
surface pressure gradient across most of our region during the day
with little change in wind direction. Winds may gust at or above 20
kts out of the north northeast by then. Cigs are expected to stay
VFR through the taf period, except for in the pennyrile region of
KY, where they may hang on for much longer, along with light pcpn.
However, the kowb taf site is only expected to have somewhat more
cloudiness than the others.


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