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FXUS61 KBUF 232335

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
735 PM EDT MON MAY 23 2016

Summer is on its way with highs slowly climbing through the 70s and
into the 80s by the weekend.  After a dry day across Western New
York on Tuesday, a scattered shower or thunderstorm will be possible
each day leading up to and into the Memorial Day weekend.


This early evening diurnally cumulus clouds are dissipating and
skies are clear...with still warm temperatures in the 60s and lower
70s. Winds are light as an area of high pressure from the west
slowly builds towards our region. This high pressure system will
eventually usher in our first real taste of summer as southwesterly
flow begins to advect warmth and moisture toward the region.
However, we should be able to squeak out at least one more cool
night (50s and perhaps upper 40s in portions of the Southern Tier)
tonight under clear skies while high pressure moves across the OH
Valley. There may be just enough low level moisture in the Southern
Tier for a return of valley fog late tonight. On Tuesday, expect a
little less inland cumulus with a drier low level airmass. Highs
will be similar to todays highs.


An upper level low across New England on Tuesday night will
gradually exit into the Canadian Maritimes as ridging expands from
the Southeastern states into the Mid-Atlantic. Our region will be
located at the top of the 500 mb ridge with a westerly flow aloft
periodically advecting disturbances across the area.

Tuesday evening should start off dry with a consensus of guidance
tracking a narrow 500 mb ridge axis across the region. After this a
weak disturbance will move across or pass just north of the area
late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Timing is unfavorable
from a diurnal heating and instability perspective, which will lower
the chances for showers with this wave. On Wednesday afternoon
marginal instability showers and thunderstorms should develop mainly
on lake breeze boundaries. Consensus QPF is limited with higher
resolution guidance capturing the stabilizing influence of the lakes
best. Forecast confidence is above average due to the good model
agreement handling this wave for the 00Z and 12Z runs of the

Following a lull Wednesday evening another more significant wave
will cross the region on Thursday. This will originate from a
shortwave which will help lift a warm front and advect moisture into
the region. PWAT values are forecast to increase to around 1.75
inches. Timing is also more favorable to take advantage of
instability associated with daytime heating, especially from the
Finger Lakes Region into Central New York where model consensus
brings the wave across during the afternoon hours. Increasing
instability supports a chance of thunderstorms across the entire cwa.
It is also worth noting that low level wind fields will be weak
suggesting that there may be some slow moving storms which could
produce locally heavy rainfall. Any threat for flooding is somewhat
mitigated by recent dry weather.

Temperatures will be above normal during the period, especially on
Thursday when 850mb temperatures are forecast to reach +15C.
Forecast highs are above consensus temperature guidance with
temperatures inland of the lake breeze expected to reach the lower
80s in most areas.


Latest medium range models and ensembles continuing to suggest a
summery weather pattern is on the way, just in time for Memorial Day
weekend, complete with increasing humidity and daily chances for
mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

The overall pattern will evolve with the forecast area located near
the northern periphery of a large scale ridging centered just off
the mid-Atlantic coast. The placement of the ridge will not only
allow a steady feed of warm and moist air into the region, but will
also supply numerous shortwaves riding over the top of the ridge as
forcing mechanism for showers and thunderstorms especially during
peak diurnal heating. It is hard to put a real timing in the
extended with this type of pattern. Therefore, will maintain chance
category probabilities through the period. The greater chances will
likely be from inland lake breezes over the northern Niagara
Frontier and hilly region east of Lake Erie...and higher terrain
east of Lake Ontario.

At 500 hPa heights will slowly increase through the long term
period...and at 850 hPa...air temperatures will range from +14 to
+17c through the period. Warmest 850 hPa temperatures will come
Saturday...during the peak height of the upper level ridge. The
southerly flow will also build the humidity through this period with
uncomfortable levels reached by the end of the week. Dewpoints will
reach to around 60F to the lower 60s. Air temperatures will likely
increase a degree each 500 hPa heights slowly increase.
Afternoon highs will reach into the upper 70s to lower 80s. Would
not rule out some mid-80s by the weekend for the Genesee Valley and
for lower elevations south of Lake Ontario. There will not be much
airflow under the ridge...but a SW wind will likely develop each
day...keeping the City of Buffalo a few degrees cooler...with the
cooling extending out to near the airport. Along the immediate Lake
Ontario shoreline...and then the western Saint Lawrence Valley...air
temperature will be a few degrees cooler owing to the still cool
eastern Great Lakes. Overnight lows will drop back into the lower
60s...and with a similar airmass all four nights should have similar
overnight lows.


For the 00z TAFS, current VFR conditions are expected through the
end of the TAF cycle as a ridge slowly moves toward the Eastern
Great Lakes region.  There may be some inland valley fog over the
Southern Tier again tonight, although coverage should be even more
sparse...with the fog remaining to the east of the KJHW terminal.
Look for mainly clear skies with little if any cumulus field on
Tuesday...and again light winds.

Thursday through Saturday...Mainly VFR with a chance of showers and


High pressure will build across the central Great Lakes tonight
through Tuesday.  This will maintain light winds and flat wave
action for the next few days. The tranquil pattern will continue
through the end of the week, although a few thunderstorms may
produce locally higher winds and waves at times each day from
Wednesday through next weekend.





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