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FXUS61 KBOX 292000

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
400 PM EDT SUN MAY 29 2016

A backdoor cold front will trigger scattered showers or
thunderstorms through early this evening. Bands of heavy rainfall
and isolated thunderstorms are expected overnight into Memorial
Day, especially closer to the South Coast. Dry conditions with
warm afternoons follow Tuesday into Wednesday. Unsettled weather
may return by the end of next week.


* Scattered storms through late afternoon in western New England
* Patchy dense fog tonight, esp near South Coast

Southern and western edges of low cloud deck were steadily eroding
this afternoon. Expect this to continue through late afternoon
while some breaks begin to appear across eastern MA where low
cloud deck will hold its own. It will begin to fill back in
tonight as flow becomes more southerly. Increasing low level
moisture should also bring patchy dense fog, especially near South
Coast. We can already see low clouds/fog south of islands which
was slowly heading north.

Temperatures have certainly been a challenge with backdoor front
essentially splitting SNE in half: Coolest temps were across NE MA
where onshore flow was keeping readings in 50s, while it has
soared to around 90 in greater Hartford.

Airmass has destabilized in western New England this afternoon,
where ML CAPES were approaching 1000-2000. While most of activity
has developed under more favorable conditions in upstate NY, we
have seen thunderstorms with potential to produce gusty winds,
small hail, and brief downpours across Berkshires. We should see
additional scattered showers/storms develop through late afternoon
in MA, primarily west of Worcester Hills. Potential for organized
severe weather remains low given very marginal 0-6km shear of
20-25kt and meager mid level lapse rates (less than 6C/km). Main
hazards are brief downpours and lightning, and perhaps one or two
storms that produce 40 mph gusts.

* Bands of heavy rain arrive late tonight

Our attention turns to the south later tonight as moisture from
what was once Bonnie gets drawn northward as a cold front
approaches from the west. Just about all guidance brings an area
of showers and isolated thunderstorms into SNE after midnight from
combination of an approaching short wave and on the nose of a low
level jet. We should see these showers and isolated storms arrive
roughly between 2 and 5 am.


* Localized flash flooding Memorial Day, esp near S Coast
* Few storms possible Monday afternoon, mainly in W MA

Although confidence in the exact location remains low, pattern
favors locally heavy rainfall in parts of SNE Memorial Day due to
remnants of tropical system combined with approaching front and
strong low level jet offshore. Precipitable water values will
climb to around 2 inches, which as noted previously is near record
high levels for this time of year. This scenario could bring
rainfall rates as high as 2-3 inches per hour in a few locations,
possibly resulting in rapid urban flooding.

12z models and ensembles are showing greater potential for this
to occur near the South Coast. However, it is likely that model
resolution is not resolving these small-scale features very well
at this time frame, so the location projected by the models may
not be accurate. It is possible that axis of heavier rainfall sets
up closer to northeast CT, Providence, and Boston or even ends up
farther offshore south of Cape Cod and the Islands. We probably
won`t know for sure until later tonight when we get within 12
hours of the heaviest rain.

As a result, we will hold off on issuing any Flash Flood Watches
at this time, since confidence is low.

It does appear that the showers will end up focusing across
southeast New England Monday afternoon, meaning there may be some
drying (and brief clearing) across the interior. Should that
occur, it`s possible that a few thunderstorms could reach western
MA by evening. However, the threat for severe weather looks
minimal given weak instability and shear expected to be in place.

Cold front will move through the region Monday night, pushing any
remaining showers offshore and ushering some drier air into SNE.


  * Mainly dry, with above normal temperatures Tue/Wed
  * Unsettled weather may return toward next weekend

29/12z guidance remains in good overall agreement over this
portion of the forecast. There are typical timing differences of
smaller scale features. Will go with a consensus approach, as
predictability of these smaller details is often low.

Tuesday and Wednesday...Mid-level ridge moves over southern New
England. This will bring dry weather to much of the area. A weak
cold front should continue to move offshore Tuesday, with perhaps
some lingering showers toward the south coast, Cape and islands.
Another backdoor cold front tries to move into our region
Wednesday. Temperatures will be above normal through both days,
especially across the interior. More seasonable temperatures are
expected Wednesday along the east coast of MA due to the onshore

Thursday through Sunday...A mid-level trough moves into Quebec,
allowing several weak shortwaves to pass by to our north. This
will result in periods of showers throughout this portion of the
forecast. Not expecting a complete washout. Kept a broad period
of chance PoPs, but not expecting it to be raining the entire
time. Greatest risk for showers will be ahead of a passing cold
front sometime Friday into Saturday.


Forecaster Confidence Levels.

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

Short Term /through Monday Night/...Moderate Confidence.

Eastern MA and RI through this evening...
IFR ceilings along E MA coast will continue to slowly lift and
should improve to MVFR for a few hours this afternoon, except
around Cape Ann where ceilings probably won`t improve much. VFR
conditions elsewhere will persist through late afternoon, but an
approaching fog bank from the south will quickly bring IFR and
even LIFR to Cape Cod and the Islands toward sunset.

Western/Central MA and northern CT through this evening...
VFR will give way to scattered showers/storms, especially in
western MA near the Berkshires through 23z. Storms may bring IFR
visibilities for a brief time and possibly gusts to 35kt.

All areas tonight, Monday, and Monday Night...
IFR and even LIFR becomes widespread as bands of showers/isolated
storms approach from the south. Activity should be more numerous
09z-18z Mon, especially closer to the South Coast, before it
begins to push offshore later Mon. It is also possible that a few
showers or storms reach western New England from eastern NY late
Mon afternoon or evening, but confidence is low.

KBOS TAF...Moderate confidence. Should see ceilings lift to MVFR
for a few hours before IFR ceilings return around 00z Mon.

KBDL TAF...High confidence. Any storms should remain well to the
north and west, but an isolated storm is possible through 21z.

Outlook /Tuesday through Friday/...

Tuesday and Wednesday...Moderate confidence. VFR. Low probability
for IFR conditions Wednesday toward the east coast, as a backdoor
cold front tries to move inland.

Thursday...Moderate confidence.  Mainly VFR conditions expected.
Increasing clouds with diminishing conditions through the night,
particularly along the south coast.

Friday...Moderate confidence. Mainly VFR conditions expected.
Scattered MVFR in showers.


Forecaster Confidence Levels.

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

Short Term /through Monday Night/...High confidence.

Winds and seas should generally remain below small craft advisory
thresholds through Monday, but seas may approach 5 ft on waters
east of Cape Cod Monday afternoon. Main threat will be patchy
dense fog this evening into Monday, mainly on the south coastal
waters. Showers with heavy rain will reach all waters late tonight
and last into Monday.

We should see building seas to 5-7 ft Monday night on the south
coastal waters, as swells from what was once Bonnie arrive in our
area. Small craft advisories may be needed

Outlook /Tuesday through Friday/...

Tuesday...Moderate confidence. Some uncertainty on wave heights
with swell from Tropical Storm Bonnie potentially moving up into
the coastal waters. At this point there is potential for 5 foot
seas, especially on the outer waters. Southwesterly winds remain
below 20 kts, shifting to the north Tuesday night.

Wednesday...Moderate confidence. Northeasterly winds and seas
will remain below Small Craft Advisory criteria.

Thursday...Moderate confidence. Easterly winds and seas increase.
Seas may rise above 5 feet, especially on the outer waters.

Friday...Moderate confidence. Persistent easterly winds less than
20 kt will likely keep rough seas across the outer coastal




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