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FXUS61 KBOX 301056

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
656 AM EDT MON MAY 30 2016

Bands of heavy rain showers are expected this morning. The bulk of
the rain will be over by early afternoon, but a few thunderstorms
may develop late this afternoon/early this evening across interior
southern New England.  Mainly dry weather expected tonight except
for another batch of showers that may graze the south coast and
Islands. Dry conditions with warm afternoons follow Tuesday into
Wednesday. Unsettled weather may return by the end of next week.


***Bands of heavy showers/isolated thunderstorms this morning may
result in localized poor drainage street flooding***

***A few thunderstorms are possible across the interior late this
afternoon/early evening***

7 AM Update...Forecast this morning is generally on track. Made a
few minor updates to the temperatures and the PoPs to bring more
in line with current trends. There are bands of heavy rain across
southern New England. There are two areas that are seeing this
heavy rain. The first is in the northwestern part of
Massachusetts. The second is across eastern CT/RI and eastern MA.
Rainfall rates over an inch per hour have been observed at times
in this heavy rain. Despite the heavy rain, mainly looking at poor
drainage/street flooding only.

Tropical plume of moisture is lifting northward into southern New
England early this morning, despite shallow cool marine layer in
place. PWATs near 2 inches combined with a southwesterly low
level jet of 25 to 35 knots will result in bands of heavy rain
showers and perhaps a few embedded thunderstorms this morning.
Bulk of our mesoscale guidance brings the heaviest swath across
CT and then across central and northeast MA. There are also some
hints of a secondary heavier band developing across the south
coast or it may remain just offshore.

The rain this morning may result in localized poor drainage street
flooding issues in the heaviest bands, but do not expect these
problems to be widespread.

The bulk of the rain will occur this morning. Drier mid level air
working into the region will bring an end to most of the
precipitation by early afternoon, except perhaps the immediate south

While an abundance of clouds will remain in place, some peeks of sun
will likely develop at least across the interior this afternoon.
This will allow for some destabilization out ahead of the
approaching pre-frontal trough/cold front.  This will result in a
few thunderstorms developing across eastern NY. It`s uncertain if
they will survive the trip into our western zones, but its
possible we may see a few t-storms late this afternoon/early
evening with the highest risk in northwest MA. The combination of
instability/shear appear too low for severe weather, although we
can not rule out an isolated strong storm or two.

As for temperatures, they remain quite cool early this morning along
with areas of fog. While it will take some time to mix out the
marine layer, expect temperatures to shoot up well into the 70s to
around 80 in most locations by late afternoon.


***Patchy dense fog may develop late tonight***


If a few thunderstorms are able to develop across interior southern
New England, they will weaken this evening with the loss of
instability.  Otherwise, much of the night will be dry but can not
rule out a few brief showers as the actual cold front crosses the
region.  The one exception to this is along the south coast and
particularly Martha`s Vineyard/Nantucket, where a weak surface
trough will combined with still relatively high PWATs. This will
likely result in another period of rain showers overnight.

Low temperatures tonight will mainly be in the upper 50s to the
lower 60s.  Breaks in the clouds overnight may allow for some patchy
dense fog to develop given the wet ground, so something will have
to watch closely.



  * Mainly dry with above normal temperatures Tue/Wed
  * Unsettled weather may return toward next weekend

Medium range models are in good agreement on the overall synoptic
pattern.  A mid-level ridge will move over southern New England
Tuesday and then move offshore Wednesday.  Mid-level troughing then
moves into Quebec towards the end of the work week and starts
influencing our weather with several shortwaves working around the
base of the trough.  This will result in more unsettled weather
towards the end of the week.

Tuesday and Wednesday...Mid-level ridge moves over southern New
England.  This will bring dry weather to much of the area.  A dry
cold front will move through southern New England Tuesday, resulting
in a wind shift to the north.  This is followed by another back door
cold front on Wednesday.  Temperatures will be above normal through
both days, especially across the western zones.  Onshore flow will
result in more seasonable temperatures along the east coast.

Thursday through Sunday...Mid-level trough moves into Quebec
allowing several shortwaves rotating through the base of the trough
to move through southern New England.  This will result in periods
of showers, particularly Friday and Saturday.  Due to the difficulty
in pinpointing when and where these showers will occur, have kept
chance PoPs in the forecast for much of this period.  However, not
expecting rain to be widespread, nor for the entire period.
Temperatures will be around normal for much of the time.


Forecaster Confidence Levels.

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Tonight/...

Today...Moderate confidence.  Marine layer will remain in place
through mid to late morning, resulting in mainly IFR-LIFR conditions
in locally heavy rain showers and fog patches.  Timing uncertain,
but improvement from west to east to mainly MVFR conditions should
occur during the afternoon.  The exception might be the south coast,
Cape and Islands where low clouds and fog may hang tough.  Bulk of
rain ends by early afternoon, but a few thunderstorms may affect the
interior late this afternoon/early evening.

Tonight...Moderate confidence.  Mainly MVFR to even VFR conditions
this evening, except the Cape and Islands where IFR conditions
persist. Localized IFR to even LIFR conditions may develop late
across other areas in patchy dense ground fog.

KBOS TAF...Moderate confidence in TAF.

KBDL TAF...Moderate confidence in TAF.

Outlook /Tuesday through Friday/...

Tuesday and Wednesday...Moderate confidence.  VFR.

Thursday...Moderate confidence.  Mainly VFR conditions expected.
Increasing clouds with diminishing conditions through the night,
particularly along the south coast.

Friday...Moderate confidence.  Mainly VFR conditions expected. Brief
MVFR conditions are possible in SCT -SHRA at times.


Forecaster Confidence Levels.

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Tonight/...High confidence.

Biggest concern through tonight will be areas of fog, mainly near
the south coast where it could be locally dense at times.  A period
of southwest wind gusts in the lower 20 knots may affect the near
shore waters of the south coast this afternoon, but kept them just
below small craft advisory thresholds.  Some very marginal 5 foot
swell may arrive into our extreme southern outer-waters overnight,
but they look to cover such small area will let the next shift

Outlook /Tuesday through Friday/...

Tuesday...Moderate confidence.  Some uncertainty on wave heights
with swell from Tropical Depression Bonnie potentially moving up
into the coastal waters.  At this point there is potential for 5
foot seas, especially on the outer waters.  Southwesterly winds
remain below 20 kts, shifting to the north Tuesday night.

Wednesday...Moderate confidence.  Northeasterly winds and seas will
remain below Small Craft Advisory criteria.

Thursday...Moderate confidence.  Easterly winds and seas increase.
Seas may rise above 5 feet, especially on the outer waters.

Friday...Moderate confidence.  Easterly winds are expected to remain
below 15 kts.  Seas decrease through the period.




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