Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY
FXUS61 KBUF 252034
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
434 PM EDT THU AUG 25 2016
A mid-level trough and weak cold front will bring scattered showers
and thunderstorms across the region through the first half of
tonight before rain tapers off from west to east overnight. High
pressure will then build into the region for Friday and Saturday
with a return to dry weather while temperatures remain above normal.
A weak cold front may produce a few isolated showers and
thunderstorms late Sunday before high pressure returns for early
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH FRIDAY/...
Radar imagery showing a large cluster of showers and thunderstorms
just upstream stretching from Hamilton to London, but the track of
this activity will keep it mainly over Lake Ontario and across
southern Ontario with just a few scattered showers clipping the
Niagara Frontier. Elsewhere, it will remain mainly dry through early
evening, although a few isolated showers may develop along a
convergence zone just inland from the south shore of Lake Ontario,
and also across the higher terrain of the Southern Tier where
instability continues to grow.
This evening, the main focus shifts toward an approaching weak
frontal boundary and several weak mid-level waves rippling long it
to our northwest. Convective initiation across southeast Michigan
and southern Ontario this afternoon is occuring ahead of one of
these weak shortwaves, and on the nose of the associated low-level
moisture advection. By this evening, this area of enhanced moisture
convergence will move across western NY and into central NY as the
parent shortwave slides across the region. Expect ongoing showers
and thunderstorms to evolve eastward, with likely some weakening or
breaking up as they cross Lake Erie with the lake-stabilized airmass
indicated by the lack of CU of visible satellite. The cumulus field
across western NY is allowing for some broken sunshine to heat and
destabilize the airmass, with MLCAPE values to around 1000 J/kg and
LI values to around -4C. As the better forcing crosses Lake Erie and
into western NY, expect convection will re-initiate along the
residual lake breeze boundaries, especially for areas south of
Buffalo across the Southern Tier. Have maintained a likely pop for
this area south of Thruway, with the timing mainly after 6pm this
evening, with the most widespread coverage occuring between 8pm and
midnight. There is a chance for showers and thunderstorms across the
Niagara Frontier to Rochester to the Tug Hill region for this
evening as well, but it remains unclear how widespread the coverage
will be for this area. Further north from Watertown to the Saint
Lawrence should see a mostly dry evening with just a slight chance
of showers overnight as much of the activity stays to the south.
With regard to any severe weather potential, deep layer shear will
increase to around 35 knots this evening with the approaching front
and storm motions will be a quick 30 to 40 knots off to the east.
The best mix of instability, shear and forcing appears to move
across northeast OH and northwest PA, however our western Southern
Tier will be on the edge of these prime conditions and thus would
not rule out a few strong to severe thunderstorms producing strong
to damaging wind gusts. As these storms evolve eastward toward the
Genesee Valley and Finger Lakes region they should slowly weaken
with time as we get later into the evening and lose instability.
Overnight, showers will diminish in coverage and track eastward out
of the forecast area. With plentiful low-level moisture remaining in
place behind the frontal passage, especially across western NY
(particularly Buffalo) which received rainfall last night, in
addition to any new rainfall this evening, expect patchy to areas of
fog to develop overnight. Temperatures will be slow to fall
overnight only reaching the upper 60s to low 70s by morning.
A few showers may linger in the North Country by Friday morning with
mainly dry but overcast conditions behind the frontal boundary for
the rest of the forecast area. We will then see clearing from
northwest to southeast from mid to late morning through the early
afternoon as drier air and subsidence behind the wave accompany
diurnal mixing to help skies clear out. High temperatures won`t be
dramatically cooler, in the low to mid 80s, but it will be less
humid than today as dew points fall into the low 60s with a few
upper 50s readings in the higher terrain.
.SHORT TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/...
Shortwave ridging building over the region will allow surface high
pressure to build over Western and North Central New York at the
beginning of the period. Larger-scale subsidence will keep the area
dry with mainly clear skies expected Friday night and mostly sunny
conditions for Saturday. The mostly clear skies will allow for
cooler temperatures Friday night with lows in the upper 50s to lower
60s, perhaps a few lower to mid 50s in the normally cooler locations
across the Southern Tier and east of Lake Ontario. Seasonal
temperatures in the upper 70 to mid 80s expected for Saturday.
A weak shortwave riding the periphery of the upper high centered
over the southern U.S. will lift up though Michigan into southern
Ontario Saturday night into Sunday. This should allow for an
increase in mid/high level cloudiness, with the latest model
forecast soundings keeping lower levels dry.
A warm front will lift through the eastern Great Lakes Sunday in
advance of a stronger upper trough working through the Upper Midwest
and western Great Lakes. This will bring the risk for a few
diurnally driven showers and thunderstorms for inland areas Sunday
afternoon. Sunday should be the hottest day of the period with 850
mb temperatures nearing +20C. This will translate into highs in the
upper 80s across the higher terrain to the lower 90s across the lake
By Sunday night the approaching upper trough, favorable right
entrance region forcing, and associated cold front working through
will expand the risk for convection across the entire area.
.LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
Looking into next week, the front is forecast to slowly slide south
through Western and North Central New York Monday. Although, how
fast this occurs and how far the front pushes south is uncertain at
this point. The GFS moves the front out with surface high pressure
building into the region with mainly dry weather through Wednesday.
The ECMWF stalls the front just to our south over Pennsylvania which
will keep a slight chance of a few showers and thunderstorms across
the Southern Tier through late Tuesday. Overall, despite the
differences it looks to be primarily dry after Monday with high
temperatures above normal, low 80s.
.AVIATION /21Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
Mainly VFR conditions will persist through early evening with a mix
of diurnal cumulus and mid/high clouds.
Another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of which
could produce strong wind gusts mainly across the Southern Tier,
will cross the region this evening. Stronger cells will create
localized MVFR/IFR conditions, however will be to scattered in
nature to advertise this in the TAFs.
The combination of this morning`s rainfall and any additional
rainfall this evening will combine with lingering low-level moisture
behind the cold front overnight to produce areas of fog and low
stratus across the region. IFR cigs and vsbys will be most likely at
JHW, but is certainly possible at BUF, ROC and IAG which received
heavy rainfall this morning. Watertown will be most likely to remain
just MVFR with low stratus behind the front.
Morning fog and stratus will clear from northwest to southeast on
Friday, giving way to a VFR afternoon.
Friday night thru Sunday...Mainly VFR.
Monday... Mainly VFR with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Moderate southwesterly winds will continue at the northeast end of
Lakes Erie and Ontario through early evening. Winds will approach,
but are expected to fall just short of Small Craft Advisory levels.
A cold front will ease its way across the Lower Lakes tonight. This
feature will bring a few rounds of scattered showers and
thunderstorms through tonight, which may produce locally higher
winds and waves.
After this high pressure will build across the region with
fair weather and fine boating conditions expected for Friday and