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481 FXUS61 KALY 211742 AFDALY Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Albany NY 142 PM EDT Thu Sep 21 2017 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure at the surface and aloft will remain parked over the region through the next several days, providing dry conditions and above normal temperatures. Tropical Storm Jose will remain nearly stationary south of Cape Cod, and will gradually weaken over the next several days, with breezy winds today diminishing on Friday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... As of 1257 PM EDT...Low stratus clouds have finally eroded across much of the area, although high level cirrus clouds continue to spread northwest from Jose. Cirrus clouds are thickest across Dutchess/Litchfield counties, and thinner elsewhere allowing for filtered sunshine. Area under weak cold advection as back door front is sliding southward bringing slightly cooler and drier air from northern New England, so dewpoints should lower late in the day. It will be a bit breezy in spots, especially across parts of western New England closer to Jose where gusts close to 20 kt could occur during the afternoon. Somewhat cooler tonight than previous nights as the northerly winds usher in slightly drier air. Fog is possible in favored areas, but possibly somewhat less than usual given a light breeze in spots and perhaps a bit of cloud cover. && .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/... Persistence is the name of the game as the upper ridge expands westward and Jose drifts around and slowly fills. That ridge at 500 mb, along with temps at 850 mb, are 1 to 2 SD above normal over the local area. Plenty of sunshine is expected aside from a few passing cirrus. Somewhat less humid Friday as the northerly winds on the periphery of Jose usher in slightly drier air. A bit breezy again with some gusts to around 20 kt across western New England and the Taconics. Dewpoints begin to creep back up Saturday and winds decrease as we lose the influence from Jose. Highs in the upper 70s to low 80s will run some 10 degrees above normal. Fog is possible in favored low-lying, water-adjacent areas at night, especially Saturday night as winds look to go calm everywhere. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Guidance is in agreement ridging will dominate the region at all levels of the atmosphere into early next week as Hurricane Maria moves gradually northward and Jose meanders off the coast and weakens. Please refer to the National Hurricane Center for forecasts on Jose and Maria. As the ridge strengthens even warmer temperatures are expected for Sunday and Monday with highs mainly in the 80s with 90 degrees possible for some locales. Daytime highs are expected to be 20 to 25 degrees above normal; near record values. Also with the heat comes rising dew points and increasingly humid conditions with heat indices into the lower 90s possible. The ridge is expected to weaken as we head into the middle of the week. With the ridge weakening and cloud cover expected to be on the increase temperatures are not expected to be as warm but still well above normal and we will have chances for some showers after over a week of dry conditions. && .AVIATION /18Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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High level cirrus clouds from Jose are circulating across the region and will continue to do so as Jose lingers south of Cape Cod in weak steering currents. Some radiational fog should develop again late tonight at KGFL as is the norm during fall fog season. The winds will become light and variable to calm tonight. Winds on Friday expected to be from a northerly direction at 5 to 15 knots. Outlook... Friday to Tuesday: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
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&& .FIRE WEATHER... High pressure at the surface and aloft will remain parked over the region through the next several days, providing dry conditions and above normal temperatures. Tropical Storm Jose will remain nearly stationary south of Cape Cod, and will gradually weaken over the next several days with no impacts for eastern New York and western New England. RH values will fall to around 50 to 60 percent today. Somewhat drier air will arrive by Friday, with RH values falling into the 30 to 45 percent range. Winds today and Friday will be around 5 to 15 mph with some gusts to near 25 mph, highest over western New England and the mid-Hudson Valley. && .HYDROLOGY... No widespread hydrologic issues are expected through the next week. An extended stretch of fair and warm weather is forecast into next week as high pressure dominates. For details on specific area rivers and lakes, including observed and forecast river stages and lake elevations, please visit the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service /AHPS/ graphs on our website. && .CLIMATE... Record high temperatures: Albany NY: September 24th/Sunday: 87 degrees 1961 September 25th/Monday: 89 degrees 1970 Daily records date back to 1874 Glens Falls NY: September 24th/Sunday: 86 degrees 1961 September 25th/Monday: 84 degrees 2007 Records date back to 1949 Poughkeepsie NY: September 24th/Sunday: 91 degrees 1959 September 25th/Monday: 89 degrees 1970 Records date back to 1949, however data is missing from January 1993 through July 2000. && .ALY WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. NY...None. MA...None. VT...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JPV NEAR TERM...SND/Thompson/JPV SHORT TERM...Thompson LONG TERM...IAA AVIATION...SND FIRE WEATHER...Thompson/JPV HYDROLOGY...IAA/JPV CLIMATE... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.