Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Seattle/Tacoma, WA
FXUS66 KSEW 010326
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Seattle WA
825 PM PDT TUE MAY 31 2016
.SYNOPSIS...Marine air will cool Western Washington on Wednesday.
Showers are expected on Thursday due to a deep marine layer and a
weak upper level disturbance. A strong upper level ridge will expand
into Western Washington Thursday night and peak over the weekend--
bringing much above normal temperatures.
.SHORT TERM...Upper heights will fall with increasing westerly flow
aloft. Marine air will push into the area through Wednesday for
increasing clouds and the start of a two-day cooling trend.
The marine layer will be quite deep late Wednesday night and on
Thursday. The passage of an upper shortwave early Thursday morning
and the low-level onshore flow will lead to quite a few showers
early Thursday. The shortwave will exit on Thursday afternoon, so
showers will be diminishing Thu PM. Owing to the deep marine
layer, onshore flow and showers, Thursday will be the coolest and
cloudiest day for the remainder of this week.
Strong upper level height rises are expected on Thursday night and
Friday, as a strong upper ridge axis develops over eastern
Washington. Low-level onshore flow will cut off on Friday, setting
the stage for clearing and a rapid warm-up.
.LONG TERM...Friday`s upper ridge axis over eastern Washington
will retrograde slightly into central Washington on Saturday, and
upper heights will continue to rise. 500 mb heights will
eventually peak near 588 dam over western WA on Sat PM, with low-
level offshore flow on Saturday morning. The warming trend will
continue, with warm temps to the coast and interior temps reaching
the upper 80s, possibly near 90F south of OLM.
On Sunday, the upper ridge axis will push back east of the
Cascades. Cooling seabreezes will re-develop at the coast, but
interior temperatures will actually climb a little more. Have
boosted the official forecast high for SEA on Sunday to 85F, but
normal June lapse rates to 850 mb suggest 90+ degree temps are
possible on Sunday.
The upper ridge axis will flatten and weaken early next week, so
cooling onshore flow will strengthen. Would expect marine clouds
pushing inland from the coast on Monday morning. Cooling trend
will continue next Tuesday. The ECMWF is a bit cooler next Tue
than the GFS. Next round of organized precip should hold off until
beyond Day 7. Haner
.AVIATION...An upper ridge over Washington will shift inland
tonight and Wednesday with westerly flow aloft. A weak front over
the offshore waters will dissipate as it nears the coast
Wednesday. At the surface, a thermal trough over eastern
Washington will shift further inland with increasing low level
The air mass is stable with high level moisture. Low clouds are
expected to develop at the coast late tonight. Mid level moisture
will gradually increase across the area on Wednesday. Low clouds
will push into the interior Wednesday night.
KSEA...High clouds tonight. Mid clouds developing Wednesday
afternoon. Low clouds will likely reach the terminal early
Thursday morning. Northerly wind 4-8 knots this evening, becoming
light after midnight, then southerly 4-8 knots Wednesday morning.
.MARINE...Onshore flow will produce small craft advisory west
winds for the central and eastern Strait of Juan De Fuca at times
over the next few days. There will also be marginal small craft
advisory northwest winds for the inner coastal waters this
Onshore flow will ease and turn more northerly Friday and Saturday
as a thermal trough builds north along the west coast. Schneider
PZ...Small Craft Advisory until 5 AM PDT Thursday for Central U.S.
Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-East Entrance U.S. Waters
Strait Of Juan De Fuca.
Small Craft Advisory until 11 PM PDT this evening for Coastal
Waters From James Island To Point Grenville Out 10 Nm-
Coastal Waters From Point Grenville To Cape Shoalwater Out
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