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FXUS61 KBOX 220602

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
102 AM EST Wed Nov 22 2017

A cold front approaches the region tonight, and will combine
with moisture working up the eastern seaboard to bring a period
of rain through tomorrow morning, especially SE New England.
Quiet weather Thursday and Friday. Another shot of wet weather
and breezy conditions Saturday through Monday. Quiet and milder
Tuesday and Wednesday, possibly wet and breezy conditions again



Overall trend in the forecast remains on track for tonight.
Continue to trend the forecast to current observations.
Mesoscale discussion for approaching system below.

Approaching cold front the west resides across Lake Ontario down
towards Cleveland and towards Kentucky. Radar imagery shows a
few showers along this front, but overall moisture is pretty
meager. Southern New England remains in the warm sector ahead of
this approaching front thus temps tonight have reside above
average. In fact, the office is currently a balmy 53 degrees.

The system to the West is just one piece of energy we are
watching. South of the region, another piece of energy is
moving through the southern stream. Current GOES-16 satellite
shows moisture beginning to stream northwards towards New
England. Latest radar imagery shows showers across the Carolinas
and into Virgina moving northward. These showers are associated
with the upper level jet and mid-level moisture at 700mb. As
the upper level jet and tropical moisture continues to move
northward expect the profile over southern New England to
moisten and precip to begin to fall. Model soundings continue to
indicate after 3 or 4 AM that this will occur as the profile
shows a lot of dry air in the mid-levels at 00z.

Satellite imagery continues to indicate that these two systems
are separated with the 00z models keeping the coastal low east
of the region in the morning. However building moisture pooling
along the front will help create widespread rainfall.


Early AM through Wednesday evening...

Acute upper lvl shortwave will slide E late tonight from the
Great Lakes, deepening somewhat as it does so. Merging upper jet
setup will allow for ocean cyclogenesis off the mid Atlantic S
of the Carolinas after midnight in the equatorward entrance
region of the S jet. Meanwhile N jet is associated with slow
moving cold front attendant to low pres sliding through ON/QC
early AM. All models except the ECMWF and many of its ensemble
members were initially keeping each of these features as fully
separate entities, even as coastal low pres develops an inverted
trof which will impact S New England. 12Z guidance a bit more
favorable for at least some phasing of these features, closer to
the slower and more amplified ECMWF, which has been more
persistent. This forecast update will lean most heavily on the
ECMWF given its persistence with this features.

Early morning, moisture continues to increase through the column
as a prefrontal inverted trof and convergence zone develops
mainly across E MA/RI. The moisture plume peaks with PWATs
reaching 1.00-1.20 inches (nearly 2 std deviations above normal
after sunrise Wed). The lift provided by the convergence
boundary and incoming front will lead to a band of light-
moderate rainfall developing early morning then peaking by mid
morning, especially across E MA/RI. Lift/moisture drops off
rapidly to the NW, so am still somewhat uncertain on exact
placement of the cutoff for precipitation. Will focus highest
categorical POPs along the axis convergence in the ECMWF, mainly
E of a line from central CT through the Worcester hills. By
afternoon, punch of dry air following the cold frontal passage
should allow for precip to rapidly end and skies to clear from
W-E, such that much of S New England may see the sun before it
sets. This is a little bit slower, as the more robust ECMWF
suggests development of meso-low pres at the merger point,
slowing the pattern. Final QPF will be focused across E MA and
RI where peak moisture/lift reside. Final totals approaching an
inch are possible, dropping off toward the NW. Will continue to
suggest a risk for TS, mainly in the E, where conditionally
unstable lapse rates occur thanks to anomalously high sfc dwpts
enhance the risk. This also suggests brief heavy downpours
possible during the AM commute. Highs tomorrow will be mainly in
the low- mid 50s.

Wednesday night...

Skies clear rapidly behind the front through the evening, such
that mainly SKC conditions are expected for most of the
overnight hours. Even though winds will briefly increase out of
the NW thanks to mixing enhanced by differential CAA, am noting
enough slackening in the pres gradient by early morning to imply
radiational cooling. Therefore, min temps cooler than previous
night, with several locations dropping into the 20s by early
Thanksgiving morning.


*/ Highlights...

 - Quiet weather for Thursday and Friday
 - Showers progged for Saturday night into Sunday, potentially breezy
 - Turning mild Tuesday into Wednesday, could also be breezy
 - A potential near to above seasonable pattern into early December

*/ Overview...

Potential indications of a near to above seasonal pattern into early
December. Noting a +WPO trend with EC/UKmet preference, signals of a
deamplifying N Pacific trof-ridge-trof pattern, becoming more zonal,
a longer, fast fetch of mild Pacific air aimed into Canada. If model
stratospheric forecasts are any indication, the main low shifting
into NW Europe with slightly higher heights over the CONUS, we lose
the Arctic connection via NW fetch, flow more W/SW, the ebb and flow
pattern as of late and likely to continue into next weekend relaxing
indicating possible milder intrusions with any disturbances sweeping
through the continued zonal pattern, lacking an Arctic draw. Neither
Atlantic nor Pacific amplification in the long-range to indicate the
zonal pattern will end anytime soon as all other teleconnections are
near-neutral, subdued.

An overall quiet pattern, any disturbances progressive, separated to
a degree by the split-flow regime governed and slowly sliding E in
concert with a trof disturbance over the SE CONUS extending into the
Caribbean. Warm intrusions ahead, cold air following behind. As it
was mentioned above, ebb and flow pattern continues. N/S streams
mostly split, however closely watching a Saturday night into Sunday
disturbance. Touch upon any threats and/or impacts in the discussion

*/ Discussion...

Thursday and Friday...

Quiet. Cooler Thursday, NW winds, colder aloft. Highs below average.
Upper 30s to low 40s. High pressure, light winds, clear conditions,
opportune radiational cooling into Friday morning with lows in the
20s. Mild Friday, rebound with S winds, highs in the 40s, thickening
clouds late.

Saturday through Monday...

Watching offshore storm development and parent winds. Progressive
flow through the split-flow regime, taking a page from the oncoming
disturbance within the next 24 hours. Wet weather late Saturday into
Saturday night, chance PoPs, could see decent rains. Breezy SW winds
in advance, not anomalously strong. More concerning is NW winds rear-
ward, rapid cyclogenesis occurring outside of the 40N/70W benchmark.
Undercutting colder air, steeper lapse rates into Sunday, possible
that with H85 winds in excess of 50 mph that we could potentially
mix-down gusts that suffice WIND ADVISORY criteria, gusts 46-57 mph.
An isallobaric component with pressure couplet. Cold air advection.
Additional energy acting upon any moisture, perhaps both showers and
winds linger into Monday.

Tuesday into Wednesday...

Warm up. Return S flow as high pressure shifts E, have to closely
monitor its interaction with upstream disturbances, a subsequent SW
jet with tightening pressure gradient and whether it can effectively
mix down to the surface. Greater threat Wednesday. Mild, highs into
the 40s and 50s.

Thursday onward...

Potential sweeping weather disturbance Thursday, however absent an
Arctic connection as pointed out in the discussion above. Attendant
high pressure to follow of CONUS rather than Canada origin.


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Thursday/...High confidence.

Before 12z...
VFR through at least 09-10z, lowering MVFR to IFR with -RA/RA
with SW flow prevailing.

Mixed MVFR/IFR CIGS through the day with RA and VSBYS 1-3SM at
times in RA/+RA, low risk TSRA, especially E of PVD-GHG. Areas
W may remain mixed MVFR/VFR with mainly -RA. RA clears and
rapid improvement to VFR occurs after 18Z from W-E as winds
shift to the NW.

Tonight into Thursday... VFR. Westerly flow around 10 kt.

KBOS Terminal...
Bulk of -RA/RA progged 12-20z, mainly MVFR CIGs, with +RA/IFR
threats 14-18z. Feel TSRA will remain SE of the terminal.
Clearing to VFR after 20z.

KBDL Terminal...
Feel RA/+RA threats will remain E. Looking at mostly -RA
developing around 11z persisting through 18z. MVFR CIGs with
lesser impact to VSBY. Clearing out shortly after 18z.

Outlook /Thursday Night through Sunday/...

Thanksgiving Night through Friday: VFR.

Friday Night: VFR. Breezy.

Saturday: VFR. Breezy. Chance SHRA.

Saturday Night: VFR. Slight chance SHRA.

Sunday: VFR. Breezy. Slight chance SHRA.


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Thursday/...

Overnight into Wednesday...High confidence.

Gales dropped to small crafts. Winds gradually diminishing but
will remain brisk with the threat of gusts up to 30 kts into
Wednesday morning. Once winds shift to the NW Wednesday late
afternoon/evening gusts increase once more, but should remain
generally below gales. Seas drop overnight but remain at or
near 5 ft mainly on the SE waters. Rain anticipated 7a - 4p
which will be heavy at times, along with the risk of thunder-
storms. Likely some visibility impacts along the waters.

Wednesday night...High confidence.
The cold front having swept through late Wednesday, NW winds
continue to gust to around 25 kt and allow seas to briefly build
to about 8 ft on the outer ocean waters. Small craft advisories
are likely to continue.

Outlook /Thursday Night through Sunday/...

Thanksgiving Day: Winds less than 25 kt. Local rough seas.

Thursday Night through Friday Night: Winds less than 25 kt.
Areas of seas approaching 5 ft.

Saturday: Low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up
to 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching 5 ft. Chance of rain

Saturday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching
5 ft. Chance of rain showers.

Sunday: Low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up
to 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft. Slight chance of rain


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EST this morning for
     Small Craft Advisory until 4 AM EST early this morning for
     Small Craft Advisory until 10 AM EST this morning for ANZ235-
     Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM EST Thursday for ANZ254>256.


NEAR TERM...Dunten
LONG TERM...Sipprell
MARINE...Doody/Sipprell is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.