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FXUS61 KBUF 300831
AFDBUF

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
431 AM EDT TUE JUN 30 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
LOW PRESSURE OVER THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES WILL LIFT NORTHEASTWARD
ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO AND QUEBEC TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...
WHILE BRINGING A FEW ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO OUR
REGION. IN THE WAKE OF THIS SYSTEM...HIGH PRESSURE AND DRY WEATHER
WILL THEN BUILD ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES AND NORTHEAST FOR BOTH
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
BROAD/DIFFUSE LOW PRESSURE CURRENTLY SPRAWLED ACROSS THE CENTRAL
GREAT LAKES WILL BECOME SOMEWHAT BETTER ORGANIZED AS IT SLIDES
INTO SOUTHERN ONTARIO TODAY...THEN LIFTS INTO QUEBEC PROVINCE
TONIGHT. IN THE PROCESS...THIS FEATURE WILL SWING ITS ATTENDANT
WARM FRONT ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK THROUGH EARLY
THIS AFTERNOON...FOLLOWED QUICKLY BY A TRAILING PRE-COLD-FRONTAL
TROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

AS OF THIS WRITING...REGIONAL SURFACE ANALYSIS SUGGESTS THAT THE
WARM FRONT IS CURRENTLY DRAPED ACROSS NORTHEAST OHIO AND WESTERN
PENNSYLVANIA. ALONG AND TO THE NORTH OF THIS BOUNDARY...SEVERAL
BANDS/CLUSTERS OF SHOWERS CONTINUE TO PRESS NORTHWARD ACROSS
NORTHEAST OHIO...WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA...AND WESTERN NEW YORK...
WITH SOME EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY ALSO NOTED TO OUR SOUTH
OVER PENNSYLVANIA.

THROUGH THE COURSE OF THIS MORNING AND EARLY THIS AFTERNOON...THE
SURFACE WARM FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS NORTHWARD AND CROSS
WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK...WHILE CONTINUING TO PRODUCE
SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS...ALONG WITH SOME EMBEDDED THUNDER
AS SOME WEAK TO MODEST ELEVATED INSTABILITY SPREADS NORTH INTO OUR
REGION FROM THE OHIO VALLEY. ACCORDINGLY...HAVE CONTINUED WITH THE
IDEA OF A SWATH OF LIKELY POPS TRAVERSING THE AREA FROM SOUTHWEST
TO NORTHEAST THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON...WITH THE WARM FRONT
ITSELF PASSING ACROSS FAR WESTERN NEW YORK AND MOST OF THE FINGER
LAKES THIS MORNING...AND THE REMAINDER OF THE REGION EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON.

BEHIND THE WARM FRONT...A SOMEWHAT "DIRTY" WARM SECTOR WILL
OVERSPREAD ACROSS OUR REGION TODAY...SO WHILE PRECIPITATION
CHANCES SHOULD DIMINISH SOME FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THIS
BOUNDARY...IT WILL LIKELY ALSO NOT BE TOTALLY DRY WITH SOME
LINGERING ISOLATED TO SCATTERED CONVECTION STILL BE PRESENT IN THE
WAKE OF THIS FEATURE. WITH THIS IN MIND...HAVE NOT BEEN QUITE AS
AGGRESSIVE AS THE PREVIOUS SHIFT IN DROPPING POPS FOLLOWING THE
PASSAGE OF THE WARM FRONT TODAY...AND HAVE RETAINED AT LEAST SOME
LOW TO MID-RANGE CHANCE POPS TO COVER THIS POTENTIAL LINGERING
ADDITIONAL CONVECTION.

BY MIDDAY/EARLY AFTERNOON...A DECENT MID LEVEL SHORTWAVE WILL BE
PIVOTING INTO OUR REGION FROM THE OHIO VALLEY...IN CONJUNCTION
WITH A PRE-COLD-FRONTAL SURFACE TROUGH. IN THE PRESENCE OF DAYTIME
HEATING AND INCREASING DIURNAL INSTABILITY...THESE FEATURES WILL
TRIGGER THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SECOND ROUND OF SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS SOMEWHERE OVER FAR WESTERN NEW YORK BY EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON...WITH THIS ROUND OF CONVECTION THEN WORKING EAST ACROSS
THE REMAINDER OF THE REGION THROUGH THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON AND
EARLY EVENING HOURS. IN THE FORECAST...HAVE COVERED THIS SECOND
BATCH OF CONVECTION WITH A ROUND OF HIGH LIKELY POPS...WITH THE
HIGHEST PRECIP CHANCES FOCUSED FROM THE GENESEE VALLEY EASTWARD
THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY THIS EVENING.

IN THE WAKE OF THIS TROUGH...OUR REGION WILL THEN REMAIN IN THE
WARM SECTOR OF THE LOW RIGHT THROUGH TONIGHT...WITH ITS TRAILING
COLD FRONT ONLY APPROACHING OUR WESTERN DOORSTEP BY WEDNESDAY
MORNING. WITH THE LACK OF AN ADDITIONAL WELL-DEFINED SURFACE-BASED
FOCUSING MECHANISM TO FOCUS CONVECTION...AND DIURNALLY-DRIVEN
INSTABILITY ALSO ON THE WANE WITH THE LOSS OF DAYTIME
HEATING...CONVECTIVE CHANCES SHOULD GENERALLY TREND DOWNWARD A BIT
FOR THE NIGHTTIME HOURS...BUT WILL DEFINITELY NOT BECOME
NONEXISTENT EITHER AS ONE OR MORE HARDER-TO-DEFINE SPOKES OF
SHORTWAVE ENERGY WILL STILL LIKELY BE PASSING THROUGH OUR REGION
ALOFT. WITH THIS IN MIND...HAVE KEPT MORE GENERAL CHANCE POPS IN
THE FORECAST FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE PREFRONTAL TROUGH THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

WITH RESPECT TO THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE STORMS...THE SHORT TERM
GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO INSIST ON THE POTENTIAL FOR ANYWHERE FROM
1000-1500 J/KG OF SBCAPE TO DEVELOP WITHIN THE WARM SECTOR THIS
AFTERNOON...HOWEVER THIS WILL BE HIGHLY CONTINGENT ON SUFFICIENT
DAYTIME HEATING DEVELOPING...WHICH REMAINS RATHER QUESTIONABLE AT
THIS TIME GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF CLOUD COVER CURRENTLY EXPECTED TO BE
IN PLACE. COUPLING THIS WITH 0-6 KM BULK SHEAR VALUES OF ONLY
ABOUT 30 KNOTS...FEEL THAT THE POTENTIAL FOR STRONGER TO SEVERE
STORMS WILL BE FAIRLY LIMITED ACROSS OUR REGION TODAY... WITH THE
BETTER PROBABILITIES FOR SUCH REMAINING TO OUR SOUTH AND EAST
WHERE SOMEWHAT BETTER SHEAR AND A BETTER RESERVOIR OF INSTABILITY
SHOULD BOTH BE IN PLACE.

AS FOR TEMPERATURES...EXPECT DAYTIME HIGHS TO MOSTLY RANGE
THROUGH THE 70S TODAY...WITH THE WARMEST READINGS FOUND ACROSS THE
FINGER LAKES REGION...WHERE THE ATMOSPHERE WILL HAVE THE BEST
CHANCE TO RECOVER IN THE WAKE OF THE WARM FRONT. FOLLOWING
THIS...LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S TO MID 60S ARE EXPECTED FOR
TONIGHT...WITH THE COOLEST READINGS EXPECTED ACROSS INTERIOR
PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN TIER.

&&

.SHORT TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
THE FALL-LIKE JET STREAM PATTERN THAT HAS BEEN PLACE THE PAST
SEVERAL DAYS WILL DE-AMPLIFY DURING THIS PERIOD...ALTHOUGH FAIRLY
SIGNIFICANT TROUGHING WILL REMAIN IN PLACE OVER THE EASTERN HALF
OF NORTH AMERICA. THIS WILL EFFECTIVELY HOLD OUR TEMPERATURES A
FEW DEGREES BELOW EARLY JULY NORMALS...AS DAYTIME HIGHS WILL
REMAIN IN THE 70S WHILE OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL GENERALLY BE IN THE
50S. DESPITE THE LONGWAVE TROUGH...WE CAN EXPECT LITTLE IN THE WAY
OF ACTIVE WEATHER TO START THE MONTH OF JULY. THIS WILL MEAN A
BREAK FROM AN OTHERWISE BUSY MONTH WHERE RAINFALL WAS FREQUENT AND
PLENTIFUL TO THE TUNE OF 1.5 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. ONE
INTERESTING SIDE NOTE TO THE HEMISPHERIC PATTERN IS THAT H85 TEMPS
REMAIN BELOW ZERO IN THE VCNTY OF HUDSON BAY...SOMETHING THAT IS
NOT TYPICALLY SEEN DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS UNTIL MID TO LATE
AUGUST.

DIGGING INTO THE DETAILS...A BROAD SFC LOW OVER THE OTTAWA VALLEY
WEDNESDAY MORNING WILL PULL A COLD FRONT ACROSS OUR FORECAST AREA
DURING THE COURSE OF THE MIDDAY AND EARLY AFTERNOON. THIS FRONT
WILL GENERATE SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS...MAINLY EAST OF THE
IAG FRONTIER WHERE DIURNAL INSTABILITY SHOULD BE THE GREATEST. THE
TIMING OF THE FRONTAL PASSAGE AND AMOUNT OF ENVIRONMENTAL SHEAR
(0-6KM <35 KNOTS) WILL NOT BE FAVORABLE FOR STRONG TO SEVERE
CONVECTION...ALTHOUGH A HIGHER RISK FOR SUCH WOULD BE FOUND EAST
OF LAKE ONTARIO...AND MORESO OVER THE ADIRONDACKS.

A SOMEWHAT MOISTURE STARVED SECONDARY COLD FRONT WILL DROP SOUTH
ACROSS OUR REGION WEDNESDAY NIGHT. WHILE A BRIEF SHOWER CANNOT BE
RULED OUT...THE FRONTAL PASSAGE WILL MORE LIKELY JUST KEEP MOST
AREAS FROM COMPLETELY CLEARING OUT.

WHILE WEAK HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE LOWER GREAT LAKES
ON THURSDAY...THE BASE OF A MID LEVEL TROUGH WILL PASS THROUGH AS
WELL. THE COOLER AIR IN THE MID LEVELS OF THIS TROUGH WILL RESULT
IN A STEEPENING OF THE LAPSE RATES THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED. WILL
ADD SLGT CHC POPS FOR THE MIDDAY AND AFTERNOON FOR THE FINGER
LAKES REGION AND PORTIONS OF THE SRN TIER. OTHERWISE...FAIR
WEATHER CAN BE EXPECTED.

SHORTWAVE RIDGING AND ASSOCIATED SFC HIGH WILL CROSS THE LOWER
GREAT LAKES THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. THIS WILL BRING THE PROMISE
OF DELIGHTFUL WEATHER TO END THE WORK WEEK...WITH SPECTACULAR
CONDITIONS ANTICIPATED FOR THOSE COMMUNITIES OFFERING FIREWORKS
DISPLAYS HEADING INTO FRIDAY NIGHT.

&&

.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND SHOULD BE LARGELY DRY AND
UNEVENTFUL... BUT AS IS USUALLY THE CASE FOR LONG HOLIDAY
WEEKENDS...MOTHER NATURE CANT HELP BUT TO KEEP SOME `FLIES IN THE
OINTMENT`.

A WEAKENING MID LEVEL TROUGH AND ATTENDANT WIND SHIFT FRONTAL
BOUNDARY WILL PASS OVER OUR FORECAST AREA ON SATURDAY. FROM THIS
VANTAGE POINT THERE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE ENOUGH LIFT AND LOW
LEVEL MOISTURE TO SUPPORT WIDESPREAD PCPN...BUT A COUPLE SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE. HAVE THUS LOWERED POPS A
LITTLE TO LOW CHC FROM CONTINUITY.

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT ANY PCPN FROM THE WEAK SYNOPTIC SYSTEM
SHOULD BE OUT OF OUR FORECAST AREA BY NIGHTFALL...AS THE
PROGRESSIVE TROUGH WILL MOVE EAST ACROSS THE SAINT LAWRENCE VALLEY
AND ADIRONDACKS. THIS SHOULD SUPPORT FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR
ANOTHER ROUND OF FIREWORKS DISPLAYS SATURDAY EVENING.

WEAK HIGH PRESSURE IS THEN FORECAST TO BUILD ACROSS THE LOWER
GREAT LAKES LATE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. THIS SHOULD FAVOR
SUNDAY AS HAVING THE NICEST WEATHER OF THE LONG WEEKEND...AS AMPLE
SUNSHINE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MODERATELY WARM AND HUMID EARLY
SUMMER CONDITIONS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES GENERALLY WITHIN A FEW
DEGREES OF 80.

ON MONDAY...A STRENGTHENING SOUTHERLY FLOW BETWEEN EXITING HIGH
PRESSURE AND A COLD FRONT OVER THE UPPER GREAT LAKES WILL ADVECT
INCREASINGLY MOIST AND UNSTABLE AIR ACROSS OUR REGION FROM THE
OHIO VALLEY. WHILE THE MAJORITY OF THE DAY WILL BE PROBLEM-
FREE...THERE WILL BE THE RISK FOR A SHOWER OR THUNDERSTORM DURING
THE AFTERNOON. THE HIGHEST CHANCE FOR ANY CONVECTION WILL BE FOUND
FROM THE FINGER LAKES REGION WESTWARD TO LAKE ERIE.

&&

.AVIATION /09Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
BROAD/DIFFUSE LOW PRESSURE SPRAWLED ACROSS THE CENTRAL GREAT
LAKES WILL BECOME SOMEWHAT BETTER ORGANIZED AS IT SLIDES INTO
SOUTHERN ONTARIO TODAY...THEN LIFTS INTO QUEBEC PROVINCE TONIGHT.
IN THE PROCESS...THIS FEATURE WILL SWING ITS ATTENDANT WARM FRONT
ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK THROUGH EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON... FOLLOWED QUICKLY BY A TRAILING PRE-COLD-FRONTAL
TROUGH THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

THE ABOVE TWO SURFACE BOUNDARIES WILL BE THE FOCUSING MECHANISMS
FOR A COUPLE ROUNDS OF NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS DURING
THE TAF PERIOD...WITH CONVECTION OTHERWISE TENDING TO REMAIN MUCH
MORE SCATTERED THE REMAINDER OF THE TIME.

AT THIS JUNCTURE IT APPEARS THAT WHILE VFR CONDITIONS SHOULD TEND
TO DOMINATE THE MAJORITY OF THE TAF PERIOD...REDUCTIONS TO MVFR
WILL BE POSSIBLE WITHIN ANY CONVECTION...PARTICULARLY ANY SUCH
ACTIVITY TIED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE TWO BOUNDARIES REFERENCED
ABOVE.

OUTLOOK...
WEDNESDAY...VFR/MVFR WITH SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...VFR.
SATURDAY...MAINLY VFR WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

&&

.MARINE...
LOW PRESSURE OVER THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES WILL LIFT NORTHEASTWARD
ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO QUEBEC PROVINCE TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...
WITH HIGH PRESSURE THEN BUILDING SOUTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE GREAT
LAKES THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.

WHILE WINDS WILL FRESHEN A BIT IN ADVANCE OF A WARM FRONT TODAY
AND BEHIND A COLD FRONT ON WEDNESDAY...AT THIS POINT IT STILL
APPEARS THAT PREVAILING CONDITIONS SHOULD REMAIN SAFELY BELOW
ADVISORY LEVELS RIGHT THROUGH THE REST OF THE WORK WEEK. THIS
STATED... LOCALLY HIGHER WINDS/WAVES WILL STILL BE POSSIBLE WITHIN
ANY THUNDERSTORMS TODAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

&&

.BUF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NY...NONE.
MARINE...NONE.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...JJR
NEAR TERM...JJR
SHORT TERM...RSH
LONG TERM...RSH
AVIATION...JJR
MARINE...JJR


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