Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
FXUS61 KBUF 211401

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
1001 AM EDT Mon Aug 21 2017

Return flow developing between a surface high off the mid-Atlantic
and the next approaching low pressure system will build heat and
humidity today, and especially Tuesday. A strong cold front will
cross the region late Tuesday, and may be accompanied by strong to
severe thunderstorms. The end of the week into the weekend will have
a touch of fall in the air as a sprawling Canadian high pressure
builds in cooler and drier air.


A weak mid-level wave is helping to force an area of showers and
thunderstorms which extend across the Southern Tier. These will
move eastward following the motion of the shortwave, with a
gradual weakening trend expected through late morning as the
move into slightly drier boundary layer air. Until then, expect
very localized heavy rainfall with a quick inch in a few spots.

As the shortwave tracks eastward today, a few more widely scattered
showers and thunderstorms may develop inland from the lake breezes
with diurnal heating this afternoon. The most likely locations to
see some afternoon cumulus clouds and some scattered showers and
thunderstorms will be in the interior Southern Tier to the Finger
Lakes, mainly south of Rochester. Thus, for those interested in
viewing the partial solar eclipse this afternoon, the best view will
most certainly be across the lake plains where the lake breeze will
mitigate any cloud cover. However, for the interior Southern Tier
and Finger Lakes, despite more cloud cover, periodic breaks and
movement of any showers will likely provide an opportunity to view
the eclipse, although it may prove more challenging.

The warmer air building into the region on the southerly return flow
will push 850 mb temperatures to around +16/+17C this afternoon.
Thus, high temperatures will be solidly in the 80s today. The
coolest readings will be in the lake shadows, with low to mid 80s,
while the warmest readings will be in the Genesee Valley where
downsloping will push highs into the upper 80s. Knocked high
temperatures back about a degree for the day to account partial loss
of solar isolation with the eclipse, and a couple degrees cooler
during the peak of the eclipse in the early afternoon, with
temperatures rebounding quickly thereafter.

Tonight, diurnal cumulus and isolated/scattered showers and
thunderstorms will diminish with the combined loss of heating and
weak subsidence in the wake of the shortwave passage. However, mid
and high level cloud cover will increase ahead of a deepening low
pressure system over the upper Great Lakes. A strengthening low-level
jet will feed warmer, moisture rich air into the area on the deep
southwesterly flow ahead of the low pressure system. This will keep
overnight temperatures quite warm with most locations not falling
out of the 70s overnight, and also quite muggy as dew points rise
into the upper 60s to the near the 70 degree mark by early Tuesday


The main period of interest in the coming week will be Tuesday as a
sharp mid level trough and associated strong cold front approach the
region. The actual surface cold front will not cross the region
until later Tuesday night, but as is almost always the case in the
warm season, most of the convection will develop along the pre-
frontal trough and lake breeze boundaries. Weak ascent and
increasing moisture will overspread the area during the morning,
which may produce a few scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms
with much of the time rain free.

During the afternoon large scale ascent will increase as DPVA
overspreads the area ahead of the sharpening mid level trough. Low
level convergence will maximize as the pre-frontal trough interacts
with a Lake Erie aided boundary, marking the edge of the enhanced SW
flow extending over and northeast of Lake Erie from weaker, slightly
backed winds to the south and east. Expect this boundary to provide
the focus for initial storm development over the western Southern
Tier just inland from the lake by early to mid afternoon. These
storms will then quickly expand and grow upscale to the northeast,
with a broken line of convection racing across much of the area
through early evening. High resolution convective allowing model
guidance such as the 3KM NAM and WRF-ARW support this evolution.

Model guidance remains consistent in developing moderate instability
inland from lake influences, with MLCAPE of around 1500J/kg
superimposed on around 40 knots of deep layer 0-6km shear. The
severe weather parameter phase/space combined with increasing
synoptic scale forcing suggest storms will grow upscale into bowing
line segments and clusters with attendant risk of damaging winds.
The risk of large hail is lower with less than ideal mid level lapse
rates, but a few of the initial robust cores may contain marginal
hail before storms become linear. PWAT approaches 2 inches, but
storm motion will be very fast and greatly limit any flood potential.

In addition to the convective potential, it will become quite windy
in general on Tuesday as the 40 knot low level jet partially mixes
to the surface. The strongest winds will be found northeast of Lake
Erie across the Niagara Frontier, with gusts of around 40 mph

Pre-frontal trough convection will exit into central and eastern NY
during the early evening. A few more showers and possibly a
thunderstorm may cross the area during the evening and early
overnight with the actual cold front, but this should be much weaker
than the initial round. Subsidence and drying will bring at least
partial clearing to many areas from northwest to southeast for
awhile Tuesday night before lake effect clouds increase towards
Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday a broad longwave trough will become established from
the Great Lakes to New England, with a secondary weak cold front
crossing the area during the late afternoon and evening. Any morning
sunshine will fade during the afternoon with the approach of the
secondary cold front and continued increase in lake effect and
upslope clouds. Increasing moisture and convergence over the lakes
may allow for a few lake enhanced showers during the afternoon and
evening. A few lake enhanced showers may continue into Wednesday
night east and southeast of the lakes, however short fetch NW flow
and a fairly dry synoptic scale background will keep this limited.

Tuesday will be the last very warm and humid day for quite some
time. Expect highs in the low to mid 80s in many locations, with
some upper 80s possible from the Genesee Valley into Central NY.
Dewpoints will be near 70, providing a very muggy feel. Much cooler
and less humid air will arrive Wednesday, with highs in the lower
70s on the lake plains and upper 60s for higher terrain.


A seasonably deep longwave trough, on the order of 1 to 2 standard
deviations below normal will become established for the second half
of the week over the Great Lakes and Northeast, bringing a stretch
of below normal temperatures to our region. Cyclonic flow across the
lakes and associated cold air aloft along with some shortwave energy
moving through will support a good deal of lake effect and upslope
clouds, and possibly even a few scattered showers at times on
Thursday. The airmass is plenty cold enough with 850 mb temperatures
falling to near +6C for lake effect rain, but short northwest fetch
and relatively dry synoptic scale background should keep this
limited. Surface high pressure will begin to build into the area by
Thursday night and Friday and should bring an end to any scattered
lake showers.

Temperatures will bottom out on Thursday and Friday when highs may
not get out of the 60s even at lower elevations. Lows will be well
down into the 50s on the lake plains and 40s well inland for several
nights, bringing an early taste of fall to the region. Next weekend
high pressure will settle directly overhead. This should provide a
dry and sunny weekend with highs back into the 70s as the airmass
slowly modifies.


Mainly widespread VFR conditions will prevail today. Diurnal cumulus
will develop inland from the lake breezes this afternoon across the
interior Southern Tier and Finger Lakes with widely scattered
showers and thunderstorms. However, the TAF sites should all
remain shadowed by the lakes keeping fair weather in place.

Expect VFR conditions to continue tonight with an increasing
mid-level southwesterly flow late in the night.

Tuesday...Mainly VFR in the morning, then showers and
thunderstorms in the afternoon and night with MVFR/IFR
conditions. Some storms may contain strong winds.
Wednesday and Thursday...VFR/MVFR with a chance of showers.


Lighter southerly flow today and tonight will direct any waves
mainly toward Canadian waters. Then a strong cold front will cross
the region Tuesday which will eventually require small craft
advisory headlines that may linger through Wednesday or Wednesday
night. A few strong to possibly severe thunderstorms are also
possible Tuesday ahead of the cold front.


NY...Lakeshore Flood Watch from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday
     evening for NYZ007.
     Lakeshore Flood Watch from Tuesday evening through Wednesday
     evening for NYZ004>006.



MARINE...CHURCH is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.