Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Cleveland, OH
FXUS61 KCLE 300752
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
352 AM EDT TUE AUG 30 2016
High pressure over the eastern Great Lakes will move off the east
coast. A cold front from the upper midwest will sag across the
area on Wednesday. Below normal temperatures will move into the
region Thursday through Saturday as Canadian high pressure builds
across the Great Lakes.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
Patches of cirrus were beginning to spill across the area and
some debris clouds are likely to continue to slide across the
forecast area today especially northwest Ohio. A few thunderstorms
continued to pop up early this morning along the advancing theta-e
ridge near Lake Michigan. The theta-e ridge will be close to
Toledo by late afternoon but with ridging aloft and some really
weak lapse rates progged for the mid layers, will keep the
forecast dry today.
The boundary layer flow will begin to come around from the south as
the surface high shifts east. A lake breeze will develop with the
light gradient. High temperatures should be as warm as Monday,
probably a degree or two warmer in most areas. Highs mostly in the
mid to upper 80s. With daytime mixing, dew points will remain in
check, upper 50s and lower 60s except perhaps a few degrees higher
across northwest Ohio.
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
Showers and thunderstorms will develop across the lower lakes
tonight as the theta-e ridge pushes east across Lake Erie and the
front approaches. Not sure about the coverage. I suspect the showers
and storms will remain scattered given the time of day and that the
jet dynamics will remain to the north. The warm waters of Lake Erie
may aid in some development toward daybreak.
Timing the front on Wednesday will be interesting as the models hint
at a pre frontal trough or perhaps two fronts with the first being
shallow. The first front or trough should be passing Toledo and near
the south shore of Lake Erie first thing Wednesday morning. The
front/trough should drift inland and most models indicate that it
will be the primary focus for new convection which seems reasonable.
PW is progged by the GFS to pool up toward 2 inches which is higher
than I would have guessed. Will have 50-60 pop in most inland areas.
Not sure if a few additional showers or storms can develop over Lake
Erie late in the day or early at night as the secondary front drops
across the lake.
It will be cool enough for lake effect showers on Thursday but there
are timing issues. A trailing short wave will reinforce the
trough aloft but the surface high will be building at the same
time. Will continue to mention a "slight chance" for showers,
mainly across the snowbelt. Will include areas between Sandusky
and Lorain and Mansfield due to the north flow.
The surface high will build across the Great Lakes by Friday. The
air mass will be a preview to fall. Some lake clouds will continue
in the morning which should evolve into fair weather cumulus.
.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Fantastic weather for the holiday weekend is in store for the
region. A strong ridge will be parked overhead. The surface high
will be off to the east allowing for a warm southerly flow.
Progressively warmer each day and...as has often been the case this
summer...went a few degrees warmer than what an ensemble average of
guidance would give. Therefore by Monday...we will be seeing upper
80s once again. Dry/no precipitation chances which does not help the
.AVIATION /06Z Tuesday THROUGH Saturday/...
High pressure overhead. Trying to pick out which of the terminals
may see some BR/FG for the rest of the overnight. Will bring
inland sites to MVFR for a time at and just before dawn. Think TOL
has the best chance at IFR...with a dewpoint still in the lower
60s and a calm wind. Some high clouds passing overhead to
interfere...but vsby could quickly dip as soon as those higher
clouds move out. Otherwise VFR for Tuesday with winds under 6
knots. Lake breeze of 8-10 knots expected for CLE and ERI.
OUTLOOK...Non-VFR possible with thunderstorms along a cold front
Wednesday. Non-VFR possible across far northeast OH and NW PA
Quiet on the lake today with high pressure overhead. Will have an
onshore flow this afternoon for the central and eastern nearshore
waters. A cold front will move across on Wednesday...with an uptick
in south-southwest winds ahead of it. As the cooler air/new airmass
arrives...north-northeast flow from Wednesday night through early
Friday may be enough to need a small craft advisory. By Saturday
high pressure will be returning to the lake and conditions calm.