Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS State College, PA
FXUS61 KCTP 270649
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
249 AM EDT Thu Apr 27 2017
A strong subtropical ridge over the western Atlantic will
dominate our weather through Monday. A front will weaken as it
moves into the ridge late Thursday triggering thunderstorms.
Then ridge will build westward over the weekend. We will be on
the warm, moist western side of the ridge most of the weekend.
A classic dirty warm up with warm moist air and potential
diurnal thunderstorms. Alas, a strong trough should bring
cooler drier weather to the region for the second part of next
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 9 AM THIS MORNING/...
GOES-16 3.9-11.2um loop at 05Z showing stratus over eastern
Lancaster and Schuylkill counties making little progress
westward and latest HRRR 925mb RH fields suggest this will
remain the case through dawn, with skies remaining mclear across
the bulk of the CWA. A light southerly breeze should keep fog at
bay over most of the region. However, a lighter gradient across
the Lower Susq Valley will allow patchy fog to remain an issue
over that part of the state early this morning. Temps on track
to bottom out in the mid to upper 50s around dawn.
.SHORT TERM /9 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
Other than the morning fog/stratus across eastern Pa, it should
turn out to be a very nice/warm day with many areas topping out
The POP, CAPE, and PWAT fields all suggest a front approaches
from the west in the afternoon. Noted the 12Z GFS is slower and
our superblend is drier than previous runs. No real QPF in our
region until around 2100 UTC and by 0000 UTC it gets to central
PA and dies. The GEFS is not in yet. Clearly any
showers/thunderstorms will most likely be in the late afternoon
or evening hours. Only modest CAPE where the LLJ is the
strongest. In the 600-900JKG-1 range. Better CAPE in some
models/members to southeast where there is less lift and weaker
The front is moving into a strong ridge and it is a bit moisture
Overnight Thursday into Friday showers end or die out in central
areas. A bit cooler and drier overnight Friday into Friday AM.
The PW is normal to below normal and the 850 hPa temps are
closer to normal to a tad above normal. There is no CAPE to
speak of. Friday looks potentially like a really nice warm late
.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
High amplitude upper pattern to start the period will become more
zonal by Days 2/3 as a vigorous trough and strong cold front swing
through the region on Monday, bringing cooler conditions through
the middle of next week.
The region remains on the western periphery of a strong western
Atlantic upper ridge, which leaves us susceptible to daily mainly
diurnally driven shwr and tstm chances Saturday and Sunday.
Continued to utilize a NBM/ECENS/WPC blend for max/min temps and
POPS which maintained good continuity with previous fcst. While both
weekend days feature a chance of showers and thunderstorms, most of
the time will be dry and warm with highs both days ranging through
the 70s in most places. Saturday may crack 80 over much of the
southeast third of central PA.
Max POPS during the extended period remain centered on Monday/May
1st as the aforementioned cold front crosses the Appalachians and
continues toward the Atlantic seaboard. A severe weather threat may
evolve downstream from the OH Valley into the Mid Atlantic late
Monday before temperatures decline to near normal behind the cold
front for next Tuesday and Wednesday.
.AVIATION /06Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Low clouds/fog will impact the eastern airfields in ZNY sector
with MVFR to IFR conditions this morning. Highest confidence in
IFR at LNS (persistence) followed by MDT/IPT but went just
above standard IFR vis/cig minimums for the 27/06z TAF). The
western 1/2 of the airspace should remain VFR with potential
for some MVFR cigs to sneak into AOO/UNV based on latest
satellite trends. Timing of improvement over eastern 1/3 of the
airspace will also be tricky but expect VFR to return into the
afternoon. Focus will shift to broken line of showers/storms
crossing the western airspace this evening before weakening or
dissipating over the eastern airspace into tonight. There is a
risk for a few strong to locally severe storms but time of
arrival suggests convection should be in more of a weakening
mode during the evening. 20kt wind gusts from 160-190 degrees
will be common over the western 1/3 of the airspace today
followed by wind shift to 240-270 tonight into early Friday.
Fri...No significant weather.
Sat-Sun...A few showers possible. Mainly dry with VFR
conditions for much of the time.
Mon...Breezy with showers and thunderstorms likely with FROPA.