Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY
FXUS61 KBUF 251531
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
1131 AM EDT SUN SEP 25 2016
A large area of high pressure centered over eastern Canada will push
east this afternoon and tonight...and this will guarantee another
sun filled day to end the first weekend of Fall. A strong cold front
will then plow across Western and North Central New York late Monday
and early Monday night...producing several hours of showers and
possibly some thunderstorms in the process. Colder air in the wake
of the front will generate some lake effect rain showers northeast
of both lakes on Monday night into Wednesday.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
Early morning fog in the Southern Tier and areas of frost in the
North Country have given way to widespread sunshine courtesy of
upstream upper level ridging and surface high pressure overhead. The
sunny skies and light winds will persist through the balance of
today and into this evening with temperatures warming into the mid
60s, with lower 60s in the North Country.
Moving into tonight, the upper level ridge axis that is currently
upstream of our area will move overhead in the face of a sharp upper
level trough currently plowing across the Upper Midwest. Increasing
warm advection and increasing mid/high clouds ahead of this system
will result in a warmer night across Western New York and the
Southern Tier, where lows should range from the low to mid 40s in
the sheltered Southern Tier valleys to the mid 50s along the lakes.
Areas east of Lake Ontario will still be under the influence of high
pressure, light winds, and clear skies for one more night, so expect
frost to be an issue across inland areas of Jefferson County, as
well as Lewis County, where temperatures are once again expected to
dip into the mid to upper 30s across sheltered area. A Frost
Advisory has been posted for these counties.
.SHORT TERM /MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
Monday and Monday night...our weather will deteriorate as surface-
based ridging over Eastern New York and New England at the start of
the day slides east into the Canadian Maritimes...and gives way to
a deep mid and upper level trough digging southeastward across Ontario
Province and the Great Lakes...with this feature eventually morphing
into a deep closed upper low over Central Ontario by Tuesday morning.
At the surface...an attendant surface wave will meander along a similar
path...and will swing its trailing cold front through our region
between late Monday afternoon and Monday night.
As the front passes through our region...it will be accompanied by
a narrow but impressive band of deep moisture (PWATs of 1.5 to 1.75
inches)...as well as an equally impressive swath of deep-layer lift
driven by the front itself...and strong height falls/DCVA/diffluent
flow aloft. All of this should lead to a narrow but fairly cohesive
band of showers traversing our region from west to east...for which
categorical PoPs look very reasonable and thus remain in play. Given
that some weak instability will also be in place...a few embedded
thunderstorms will also be possible across far WNY and western
portions of the Finger Lakes from Monday afternoon into early
Monday evening...before fading out with the loss of heating after
Following the passage of the front...strong dry slotting aloft will
build into the region Monday night...while bringing a return to mainly
dry weather for many areas. This break will not last very long northeast
of Lake Erie though...as a sheared southwesterly flow of progressively
cooler air and a modest increase in low-mid level moisture should be
sufficient to drive the development of some scattered lake effect rain
showers overnight...with these initially forming a little south of
Buffalo...then lifting northward across the Niagara Frontier in
response to a subtle but steady backing of the low level flow.
With respect to temperatures during the first 24 hours of this period...
the strengthening southerly downslope flow and the overall warm air
advection regime out in advance of the cold front will allow temps to
rebound back into the lower to mid 70s across much of the region on
Monday...with only interior portions of the North Country likely
confined to the mid and upper 60s. The warmest overall temps will
be found across the lake plains of far Western New York where the
above mentioned downslope flow will be most favorable...and where
we have accordingly continued to aim a bit above current MET/MAV
guidance. Developing cool air advection in the wake of the cold
front will then send readings tumbling back into the upper 40s to
mid 50s Monday night.
Tuesday and Tuesday night...the large (and now closed-off) upper low
will slowly meander its way south-southeastward across the state of
Michigan...with our region remaining firmly under of the influence
of its accompanying cool pool (850 mb temps of +4C to +7C)...though
the best and deepest associated wraparound moisture will generally
remain to our west...with just an attending spoke of this sliding across
far Western New York and adjoining portions of Lake Erie/Lake Ontario.
Thus for most locations...Tuesday and Tuesday night should just be
mainly dry and cooler...with highs ranging through the 60s on Tuesday
and nighttime lows falling into the mid 40s to lower 50s Tuesday
night. The exceptions to this will of course be over and downwind
of Lakes Erie and Ontario... where the cool airmass aloft and warm
lakes will help to generate some lake effect rain showers.
Overall the best setup will be found over and downwind of Lake Erie
Tuesday morning...where a somewhat sheared southwesterly low level flow
and the aforementioned spoke of deeper moisture will be supportive of
more numerous showers across much of the Niagara Frontier...though
the combination of the shear and late September diurnal influences
will probably help keep these from evolving into a cohesive rain band...
especially as diurnal effects increase later on Tuesday morning.
After that time...the combination of diminishing background moisture...
a slow but steady backing of the low level flow...and a further increase
in shear will result in the showers weakening/becoming more scattered
and lifting northward into Niagara County Tuesday afternoon and
evening...before shifting west of the area and falling apart altogether
Tuesday night as our airmass becomes too dry and the low level
flow too southerly.
Meanwhile off our other lake...the overall setup appears less
impressive as background moisture will be less favorable...and the
low level flow will likely be a bit more sheared and south-
southwesterly overall. This should result in much more scattered
showers primarily across Jefferson County and the uppermost Saint
Lawrence Valley on Tuesday...with this activity then also shifting
further northwestward and falling apart altogether Tuesday night
as the airmass dries out and the low level flow backs to southerly.
During Wednesday and Wednesday night...the closed upper low and its
original surface reflection will continue to meander south-southeastward
into the Ohio Valley. For our region...an initial southerly flow of
drier air on the eastern flank of this system should result in a mainly
dry and slightly warmer day for most of Wednesday...before increasing
moisture and lift associated with the encroaching northern portion of
the low leads to a renewed potential for some scattered showers later
Wednesday afternoon and night. Temperature-wise...highs on Wednesday
should range between 65 and 70 in most places...with lows in the mid
40s to lower 50s then following for Wednesday night.
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
Later on in the week forecast confidence decreases markedly...as much
disagreement remains amongst the medium range guidance packages with
respect to the eventual evolution/movement of the lingering closed low.
More specifically...the 00z/25 GFS/Global GEM both continue to meander
this feature eastward across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States
Thursday and Friday...which would support a continued general chance
for some showers through the end of the work week...followed by a return
to dry weather for next Saturday as high pressure builds in behind the
departing system. Meanwhile the ECMWF continues to stick with its idea
of taking the closed low due southward into the Tennessee Valley on
Thursday...before lifting it back north toward the Central Great Lakes
Friday and Saturday...a solution that would favor drier weather for our
area Thursday...followed by increasing shower chances again for both
Friday and Saturday.
Given the poor model-to-model and run-to-run consistencies that thus
continue to plague this time frame...and our previous continuity of a
mainly dry forecast...for now will elect to lean more towards continuity
and only trend the forecast a little more pessimistic for the latter
portions of the week...with a low chance of showers Thursday (as per
the GFS/GEM) followed by slight chance PoPs for both Friday and Saturday...
along with continued near to slightly above normal temperatures.
.AVIATION /16Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
VFR conditions will persist through the rest of the forecast period
with generally light northeasterly winds prevailing. Mid-level
clouds will move into Western New York towards the end of the
Monday...While VFR weather will prevail for most sites...showers and
possible thunderstorms will arrive in the far west after 18z to
produce localized MVFR conditions.
Monday Night...Areas of MVFR with showers likely.
Tuesday and Wednesday...VFR/MVFR with a chance of showers.
Winds and waves have diminished enough on Lake Ontario to allow the
small craft advisory to be cancelled. Nonetheless, while below
advisory levels, choppy conditions of 2-3 feet will still be found
on the west end of Lake Ontario through this afternoon.
As a surface high pushes east across New England the St. Lawrence
Valley tonight. This will encourage winds to veer to the
southeast...thus removing the choppy conditions described above as
the highest waves will move into Canadian waters.
The southeast winds will freshen on Monday ahead of an approaching
cold front...with the winds coming around to southwest by late
Monday and Monday evening. Winds should freshen enough to warrant a
new round of small craft advisories by late Monday. SCA conditions
are then expected to persist through Tuesday as a stationary storm
system will be parked over the Upper Great Lakes.
Saturday marked the end of the longest stretch of 70+ degree days
in Buffalo and Rochester since records began in the early 1870s.
The high temperature Saturday topped out at 65 for Buffalo and 64
for Rochester...which marks 102 days since the last time (June
13th) that the high temperature did not reach the 70 degree mark.
Following is a top ten list of longest stretches of 70+ degrees
days for Buffalo and Rochester.
Rank Run Length Ending date
1 102 2016-09-23
2 95 2005-09-22
3 94 2012-09-08
4 80 1959-09-10
5 78 2006-08-28
6 77 1878-09-10
7 75 1993-08-20
- 75 1987-08-23
9 73 1980-09-11
10 71 1952-08-21
Rank Run Length Ending Date
1 102 2016-09-23
2 101 2002-09-26
3 88 2005-09-15
4 84 1959-09-10
5 83 1939-09-04
6 82 2011-09-04
7 81 1975-08-29
8 79 1881-09-12
9 78 2006-08-29
10 75 2012-09-08
NY...Frost Advisory from 2 AM to 9 AM EDT Monday for NYZ007-008.