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Excessive Rainfall Discussion
 
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EXCESSIVE RAINFALL DISCUSSION
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
316 AM EST TUE NOV 21 2017

...VALID 12Z TUE NOV 21 2017 - 12Z WED NOV 22 2017...
...REFERENCE AWIPS GRAPHIC UNDER...DAY 1 EXCESSIVE RAINFALL...


MARGINAL RISK OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING FFG TO THE RIGHT OF A LINE FROM
20 S CWLY 20 WNW CWPR 30 SSW CWPR 25 NW KS52 20 WSW KS52
20 ENE SMP 45 WSW YKM 35 SE TTD 10 ESE KLS 15 SSE GRF RNT AWO
10 S CWWK CYYJ CWQK 10 ESE CLM 25 ESE CLM 10 WNW PWT 10 NE SHN
10 W OLM 20 SSW OLM 10 WSW TDO 10 WSW KLS 20 WNW SPB 15 W HIO
10 WNW MMV 20 SW MMV 20 NE ONP 10 N ONP 20 NW ONP 45 WNW ONP.

MARGINAL RISK OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING FFG TO THE RIGHT OF A LINE FROM
45 NW P69 COE 10 S SZT 30 SE SZT 35 WSW MSO 45 SSW MSO 20 E P69
45 NW P69.

SLIGHT RISK OF RAINFALL EXCEEDING FFG TO THE RIGHT OF A LINE FROM
20 WSW UIL 20 SW CWSP 10 W CLM 15 SSE CLM 20 NW PWT 15 N SHN
SHN 20 WSW SHN 10 ENE HQM HQM 25 W HQM 35 W HQM.


...PACIFIC NORTHWEST...

THE MOST RECENT IR IMAGES SHOWED A PLUME OF DEEP MOISTURE
STRETCHING FROM NEAR 20N 140W TO A POSITION OFF WELL WEST OF THE
NORTHERN CA COAST. THE BLENDED TPW PRODUCT SHOWED PRECIPITABLE 
WATER VALUES NEAR 2.00 INCHES IN THE HEART OF THE PLUME. AS MID
LEVEL RIDGING BUILDS ALONG CA COAST DURING DAY 1...THE DEEPEST
MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE ATMOSPHERIC RIVER IS SHUNTED TOWARD
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST COAST. A 45 TO 65 KNOT LOW LEVEL SOUTH
SOUTHWEST TRANSPORTS 1.25/1.50 INCH PRECIPITABLE WATER AIR (WHICH
IS BETWEEN TWO AND THREE STANDARD DEVIATIONS ABOVE THE MEAN) TO 
THE WA COAST...MAINLY BETWEEN 21/18Z AND 22/00Z (DURING THE BEST
DIVERGENCE IN THE LEFT FRONT QUADRANT OF A 110 KNOT JET STREAK
APPROACHING THE WA COAST TOWARD 22/00Z). 
 
THE LOW LEVEL FLOW TARGETS THE OLYMPIC RANGE IN WA DURING THIS
TIME PERIOD...AND THERE IS A MULTI MODEL SIGNAL FOR 5.00+ INCH
AMOUNTS OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. IN FACT...THE 00Z HREF MEAN AND 
00Z NBM SHOWED LOCAL 6.00+ INCH AMOUNTS...AND GIVEN THE STRENGTH
OF THE LOW LEVEL INFLOW...THESE AMOUNTS SEEM PLAUSIBLE. HOURLY
RAINFALL RATES OVER 0.50 INCHES ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE OLYMPIC 
RANGE BETWEEN 21/18Z AND 22/03Z. A SLIGHT RISK AREA WAS PLACED
OVER THE OLYMPIC RANGE FOR DAY 1. 
 
FURTHER EAST...THE LOW LEVEL FLOW FOCUSES THE DEEPER MOISTURE ON
THE WA CASCADES...WITH LOCAL 2.50 TO 4.50 INCHES EXPECTED OVER THE
CENTRAL AND NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE RANGE. SOME OF THE HIGH
RESOLUTION GUIDANCE (SUCH AS THE 00Z NAM CONUS NEST...00Z HREF
MEAN AND THE 00Z NBM) SHOWED LOCAL 6.00+ INCH AMOUNTS OVER THE
SOUTHERN WA CASCADES...BUT THESE AMOUNTS SEEM HIGH...BASED ON THE
ORIENTATION OF THE LOW LEVEL FLOW. SNOW LEVELS RISE DURING THE
STRONG SOUTHWEST FLOW...SO A MARGINAL RISK WAS PLACED OVER THE WA
CASCADES FOR DAY 1. 


...NORTHERN ROCKIES...

THE MOISTURE...WHILE NOT AS ROBUST AS IT IS EXPECTED TO BE OVER
WESTERN WA...REMAINS AT LEAST PARTIALLY INTACT ACROSS THE NORTHERN
ROCKIES DURING THE SECOND HALF OF DAY 1. UPSLOPE FLOW (AUGMENTED
BY LOW LEVEL CONVERGENCE ALONG A QUASI STATIONARY BOUNDARY OVER
EASTERN MT INTO WESTERN AND CENTRAL WY) AND SYNOPTIC SCALE ASCENT
MAKE THE MOST OF THE MOISTURE IN THE COLUMN TO PRODUCE LOCAL 1.25
TO 1.75 INCH QPF AMOUNTS ACROSS THE NORTHERN BITTERROOTS IN ID AND
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT RANGE IN MT. SOME OF THE HIGH RESOLUTION
GUIDANCE...INCLUDING THE 00Z NAM CONUS NEST/00Z WRF ARW AND THE
00Z HREF MEAN...INDICATED QPF AMOUNTS BETWEEN 2.00 AND 3.50 INCHES
(HIGHEST IN THE HREF MEAN). WHILE THERE SHOULD BE MARGINAL
INSTABILITY IN THE COLUMN (DUE PRIMARILY TO STEEPENING LAPSE
RATES)...IT DOES NOT APPEAR AS THOUGH THE INSTABILITY WILL BE
SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT 3.00+ INCH RAINFALL AMOUNTS.

SNOW LEVELS RISE IN THE WARM AIR ADVECTION IN THE SOUTHWEST
FLOW...SO MOST OF THE QPF IS EXPECTED TO FALL IN THE FORM OF RAIN.
THREE HOUR FLASH FLOOD GUIDANCE VALUES ARE AS LOW AS 1.00 INCHES
ACROSS THE NORTHERN BITTERROOTS...SO...AFTER COLLABORATING WITH
WFOS OTX/MSO...A MARGINAL RISK AREA HAS BEEN PLACED OVER THE
NORTHERN BITTERROOT RANGE FOR DAY 1. 

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