Near Term Update

NEAR TERM [Through Tonight]...
19 UTC regional mesoanalysis shows the surface low continues to
deepen over Western Louisiana now down to 998 mb. The warm front
has continued to slowly lift northward across Southern
Mississippi/Alabama and then dropping southeastward along the
Florida-Georgia border. Observational data from offshore buoys and
oil platforms are showing a large reservoir of 65+ degree dewpoints
over the North Central Gulf of Mexico. This very moist airmass
will continue to be advected inland and eventually even move into
the Florida Panhandle and Southeast Alabama later this evening.
Further east, observational data around Apalachee Bay show that
greater destabilization will be required this evening to further
the severe weather threat - but in this particular case, the
kinematics are so strong, that only marginal instability would be
needed.

So, the set up looks to be coming together as a strong jet rounds
the base of a potent upper level low moving into Southern
Arkansas. 0-6km deep layer shear values will approach 75 to 80 kts
at times across the Southeast and into our region late tonight.
Low level shear will be as equally as impressive with 0-1 km shear
values of 30 to 40 kt.

Within our area the best area of overlap of sufficient instability
/SBCAPES of 500-750 J/KG/ and strong wind shear is clearly across
the Florida Panhandle, into Southeast Alabama, and far
Southwestern Georgia. It is within this area that there is a likely
chance of significant severe weather activity tonight. While
discrete supercellular convection cannot be ruled out within this
zone (in fact - a couple of mini-supercells are in progress 40mi
south of Destin at 20z), the most likely threat appears to be
destructive straight line winds with the squall line. Wind gusts
with the line could easily exceed 60 to 70 kts.

Further to the east into South Central Georgia and the Florida Big
Bend, the stabilizing influence of Apalachee Bay will likely
diminish the intensity of the squall line somewhat - but the
current thinking is that even though the predicted SBCAPES drop
off to about 200-400 J/KG that the strong kinematics will overcome
the marginally unstable airmass and sustain severe level wind
gusts along the squall line through the predawn hours while
the squall line approaches Interstate 75.


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