Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY
FXUS61 KBUF 291300
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
900 AM EDT MON AUG 29 2016
Behind a weak cold front an area of high pressure will move across
the Eastern Great Lakes region today and tomorrow. A cool northerly
flow over the warm lake waters will produce clusters of clouds south
of Lake Ontario this morning, but drier air associated with the area
of high pressure should bring out sunshine for all by later this
afternoon. Both air and dewpoint temperatures will be comfortable
today and tomorrow.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
This early morning a cold front is now south of the CWA. High
pressure at the surface is near the SOO of the Upper Great Lakes this
For today the forecast challenge will be the amount of clouds that
will form south of Lake Ontario within a cool (850 hPa around +11-
12c) and moist northerly flow behind the cold front. Dewpoints will
remain in the lower 60s through the morning, based on current
observations still in the lower 60s to the north of Lake Ontario.
This lagging of the true drier air will allow for a period of both
lake enhanced and upslope clouds to form this morning. A period of
4 to 8 hours of at times cloudy skies are likely from the
escarpment inland across the Niagara Frontier, Genesee Valley and
northern Finger Lakes region. As drier air associated with
the surface high pressure advects across the region we should see
these low clouds erode through the late morning and early afternoon
hours such that much of the region should be sunny through the
afternoon hours. Highs today will run a few degrees above normal,
with afternoon temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
Tonight this area of high pressure will near the Eastern Great Lakes
region with clear skies and light winds. With a fresh cool airmass
overhear we should drop back into the 50s overnight, with a few
upper 40s over the traditionally colder spots of the Southern Tier
and east of Lake Ontario. A few areas on the lake plain and closer
to the warm lakes may remain near 60 overnight. We should also have
some river valley fog forming in the valleys of the southern Tier.
.SHORT TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
This period will start out quiet as a low level ridge axis remains
anchored across the Great Lakes/Northeast. Mostly sunny conditions
expected on Tuesday as 850 mb temperatures increase to around +16C
supporting high temperatures into the lower to mid 80s, but with a
dry airmass in place these readings should be fairly comfortable.
The next feature of interest will be a southern Canadian trough
progressing through mean upper ridge across south central Canada.
This will eventually allow cold frontal boundary to drop across the
lower Great Lakes late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Blocking
anticyclone will contribute to some moisture availability question
with little opportunity for significant moisture transport into the
area in advance of the front. Frontogenetic flow should result in
some pooled moisture along and just in advance of this boundary that
should support scattered shower/storms during the day Wednesday.
Severe weather potential looks on the low side as shear profiles
should remain marginal and more robust shear profiles well to the
north across Upper Great Lakes/southern Ontario. A brief shot of
much cooler air appears to be in store behind this front with highs
Thursday only in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/...
While the start of this period will feature cool comfortable
weather...it will be more noteworthy to point out the significant
day to day warming trend that will carry us into next week. The
ultimate factor leading to the return to above normal temperatures
will be the development of a strong jet across the Northern Pacific.
This jet will kick out persistent troughiness that will be in place
over British Columbia...a trough that we have not seen in a couple
months and at least partly responsible for the spell of cool
weather at the onset of this period.
In any case...the +120kt H25 jet will help to deamplify and broaden
the west coast trough...which in turn will lead to substantial
height rises downstream across the eastern half of the country.
Meanwhile...expansive high pressure will guarantee rain free weather
through the period. The details...
On Friday...a progressive upper-level trough with high-latitude
Canadian sourced air will pivot across New England. A dry...shallow
cool airmass will build across the region in its wake while a
sprawling surface high will move from the upper Great Lakes Friday
morning to over the forecast area Friday night into Saturday
morning. Despite 850 mb temperatures returning to around +10C Friday
afternoon...the shallow cool airmass will keep a low-level inversion
in place and thus high temperatures will remain in the upper 60s to
low 70s. We will see much more sunshine however on Friday as much
drier air builds in a lowering inversion heights will cancel out the
lake effect cloudiness from the prior day. Low temperatures will be
quite cool Friday morning and Saturday morning...however Saturday
morning looks the coolest as the surface high settles overhead and
allow for optimal radiational cooling. This will result in upper 40s
to lower 50s...with interior valleys and rural locations seeing some
low to mid 40s on Saturday morning.
Temperatures will then recover Saturday into Sunday as the sprawling
high pressure system slides off the New England coast and allows the
airmass to moderate with 850s back into the mid teens C. This will
bring temperatures back into the upper 70s Saturday and low 80s
Sunday and possibly mid 80s by Labor Day. With high pressure
remaining in control this should remain a dry period with fair
Looking further down the road at the start of next week...strong
ridging over the eastern third of the country will encourage our H85
temps to return to at least the mid teens C. This will guarantee
that above normal temps will be in place across the Lower Great
Lakes. The only real uncertainty for this time period will be the
placement of any tropical systems along the East Coast.
.AVIATION /13Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
For the 12Z TAFS mainly VFR flight conditions are found, though some
patches of lower clouds remain across the inland Southern Tier.
Around sunrise a surface trough will drop across Lake Ontario,
and behind this feature winds will veer to northerly, with lake
enhanced and upslope clouds likely across KIAG/KBUF and KROC. While
cloud activity should
largely remain VFR, a few bases may drop into the MVFR range.
By mid-morning and through the remainder of the TAF period flight
conditions should largely be VFR as high pressure centers itself
over the region.
Tonight, like this morning river valley fog will likely develop
across the Southern Tier, lowering flight conditions...including at
Tuesday night and Wednesday...Mainly VFR with a chance of showers
Thursday and Friday...VFR.
Behind a cold front, an area of high pressure will drop across
the Eastern Great Lakes region today and tomorrow. This feature will
produce waves under 2 feet on the lakes and light winds.
A cold front will cross the lakes Wednesday and Wednesday night and
this will kick up the winds and waves a bit Wednesday night and into
Thursday on the lakes...though conditions may remain just below
small craft criteria.