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FXUS61 KCTP 231047

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
647 AM EDT Wed Aug 23 2017

A much cooler and drier air mass is sliding in from Canada this
morning. High pressure will control the weather into next week.


As high clouds peel back, more fog is revealed. The strong sun
should dissipate it by 10 am - and then self-destruct into a
field of diurnal cu. All the showers should be done over the

Cold front sliding through and dewpoints have dropped into the
50s in the north. This dry air will continue to spread south
and east this morning and bring a refreshing change. Some fog
has begun to form at BFD despite the dewpoint drop as the wind
has gone calm. The WNW wind may return there before morning.
But, for the time being, The GOES-16/R fog channel difference
product is showing the dendritic pattern already showing up as
the high clouds slide to the east. I have added fog to the
valleys as temps are cold enough. Any sprinkles across the
southern tier and far eastern zones should dry up before

The rest of the day will be fair and mainly dry. After the
northern valley fog burns off, some taller cu should develop
over far wrn NY and nwrn PA. These diurnal cu could make a
sprinkle or two in the N. With such dry air at the surface, I
can`t see much actually hitting the ground from 4-5kft cloud
bases. Temps will be pretty close to normal in the SE half of
the fcst area, but about 3 to 5F below normal in the NW half,
especially on the hill tops.


Cold air in the form of 8H temps as low as +6C (1-2sigma below
normal) will slide across the Great Lakes and settle in for
quite a few days. Decoupling to calm air tonight will help
maximize radiational cooling and help fog to form in the
valleys, but some cloud cover over the west may keep the fog in
check. Mins will be 45-60F across the area.

A potent short wave trough will push across the Great Lakes
Thursday or Thursday night. The NAM is quickest with this
feature, but most other models delay the window of best forcing
until Thurs night. This feature is strong enough that - even
without anything more than meager lake moisture - it could
generate an organized area of showers. Due to the timing
uncertainty and lack of deep moisture, I have capped the POPs in
the low-end chance range (30-40pct) and held mentions to only
the NW third/half of the area for later Thursday and Thursday
evening. Maxes will be 5-6F lower than Wed values in the


An extended period of early autumn-like weather will continue
right through the upcoming weekend as a -2sigma upper trough
(and similarly anomalous/cool 850 mb temps) moves over the
Great Lakes and NE U.S.

1026-1028 mb SFC High (+2-3 Sigma) over south-central Canada
will drift slowly to the Great Lakes by this weekend.

GEFS mean 850 mb temps will dip about 2-3 deg C in all
locations for Friday-Sunday, leading to max temps averaging
5-10 F below normal (with min temp departures about 10-13F below
normal) as a large Canadian High Pressure area pushes SE across
the Glakes Region and becomes centered over the NE states.

Lows Fri/Sat/Sun mornings with high centered overhead will be
dipping into the l-m 40s over the Northern Mountains (and deeper
valleys of the Central Mountains) and solidly into the 50s
elsewhere. Some of the perennial cold spots near and to the east
of KBFD could see readings of 38 or 39F.


Still a few showers across the far southeast.

09Z TAFS adjusted a little.

Expect VFR conditions to develop behind the front today.

Not a bad day out, perhaps a bit on the breezy side.


Thu-Sun...No sig wx expected.




NEAR TERM...Dangelo
SHORT TERM...Dangelo
LONG TERM...La Corte/Lambert
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