Weather Service Report

FXUS66 KMFR 242309

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Medford OR
409 PM PDT FRI JUN 24 2016



.MARINE...Updated 300 PM PDT fri 24 June 2016...A thermal trough
will strengthen this afternoon and evening...bringing a return of
strong north winds and very steep wind driven seas to the coastal
waters. North winds are expected to strengthen further Saturday
afternoon and evening with an area of Gales developing beyond 10 nm
from shore from Gold Beach southward. North winds will weaken only
slightly on Sunday. Winds and seas will peak in the afternoons and
evenings, with the most hazardous conditions expected from Cape
Blanco south. This pattern will continue through much of next week. 


.FIRE WEATHER...Updated 305 PM PDT Fri 24 June 2016...Hot
temperatures and low humidity are expected Saturday through the
next week as a thermal trough pattern develops. This particular
episode will be more noteworthy for its length than its strength.
Record highs are not expected but high temperatures will be about
10 degrees warmer on Saturday and persist at 5 to 15 degrees above
normal through the week. The pattern will produc east winds that
will be weak to moderate...strongest over ridges from the Cascades
westward to the coastal range. This will mean moderate to locally
poor mid slope and ridge top humidity recoveries with the worst
recoveries at the southern Oregon coastal range and the Klamath
and Siskiyou Mountains. Recoveries look to be worst on Saturday
night but will not be that much better in subsequent nights.

Weak instability looks to develop on Monday afternoon and produce a
few cumulus buildups. A capping inversion and meager amount of
moisture aloft will hinder thunderstorm development but this very
weak instability does look to be present during the afternoon and
evening hours from Monday through Thursday. -DW


.PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 231 PM PDT FRI JUN 24 2016/ 

DISCUSSION...As an upper trough axis moves east of us tonight,
an upper ridge will begin building over our area, and a thermal
trough develops along the coast. This will result in a rapid
return to warm summertime conditions tomorrow with even hotter
conditions on Sunday. It will be dry all areas through tomorrow
night, but by Sunday evening, some guidance shows a minimal
potential for convection over the Cascades north of Crater Lake.
It wasn't enough to put any showers or thunderstorms in, yet.
Monday, however, we did add some thunderstorms to that area as
models show a slight increase in instability and moisture and a
weak shortwave in the flow. 

We will remain under warm southwest flow aloft through the rest of
next week. We will see occasional disturbances in the flow that
may touch off thunderstorms over the mountains at times, but no
particular day stands out as more likely than others at this
point. We'll have to wait and see about the potential for storms,
but it is expected to be warm to hot through next week. -Wright

AVIATION...For the 24/18Z TAF cycle...Stratus with MVFR cigs
may return to the north coast tonight. Drier air and increasing
offshore flow will result in continued VFR conditions everywhere
else through tonight. -Wright




Pacific Coastal Waters...Small Craft Advisory until 5 AM PDT Sunday for 
     Hazardous Seas Warning until 5 AM PDT Sunday for PZZ356-376. 
     Hazardous Seas Warning from 2 PM Saturday to 5 AM PDT Sunday for 
     Gale Warning from 2 PM Saturday to 5 AM PDT Sunday for PZZ376. 



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