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FXUS61 KBOX 232023

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
423 PM EDT Sat Sep 23 2017

High pressure, both at the surface and aloft, will extend from the
eastern Great Lakes to New England tonight into early next week.
It will bring unseasonably warm weather to the region into the
middle of next week. Maria is expected to pass southeast of New
England late in the week with strongest winds well offshore.


Into this evening...

Mostly clear skies across the region, except southern Plymouth
County and Cape Cod and the islands. The clearing line will slow
down and may never reach those areas, which still have low clouds
and areas of fog. Temperatures will range from the mid 80s in CT and
western MA to only the mid 60s on outer Cape Cod and Nantucket.
The only gusty winds left were confined to the islands.


SREF probablities of low ceilings are quite high along the southeast
MA coast. NCEP time lagged rapid refresh ensemble system
shows visibilities lowering from east to west in that same area.
All indications are that Cape Cod and the islands, as well as
portions of interior southeast MA will have fog and low cloudiness
through the night. In fact, a Dense Fog Advisory may be needed.

Elsewhere, a pleasant night is in store, with just some cirrus
clouds aloft and lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Some patchy fog
may develop late over portions of the interior.



Winds diminish tonight, which with clear skies will allow
temperatures to cool to dew point. We trended toward the mos values
for min temp, which was a couple of degrees lower than the standard
guidance. Radiation fog possible in the interior, and marine
fog/stratus is possible along the Cape/Islands/South Coast.


High pressure over the region, both at the surface and aloft,
will mean sunshine and hot temperatures away from the coast.
Heights at 500 mb are forecast at or above 590 Dm, and 850
temps are forecast at 18-20C. 925 mb temps are forecast to
reach +24C. Expecting highs reaching the lower 90s in the CT
River Valley, which would be a record...see Climate section at
the end of this forecast discussion. Expecting upper 80s
elsewhere in interior southern New England. Light winds under
the high pressure will allow daytime sea breezes, which will
keep temps much cooler along the shoreline....only 70s to near

The one big exception to the above will be Cape Cod and the
islands, which are likely to begin the day with cloud cover and
areas of fog, which may linger through a big chunk of the
morning, before becoming partly sunny. Expecting highs on the
Cape and islands to range from the upper 60s on Nantucket to
the mid 70s on the upper Cape.

With dewpoint temperatures only in the lower to mid 60s, the
heat indices are forecast to reach 90 to 94, just shy of heat
advisory criteria - although that criteria requires it to last
for two days. Will need to keep an eye on this.

Sunday night...

Expecting mostly clear skies. Could see marine stratus again
late at night over the Cape and islands. Patchy fog possible
late in some interior areas. Lows in the 60s.

Swells from Hurricane Maria will be reaching south coastal
areas, so a High Surf Advisory remains posted for those areas.



* Summer warmth expected to the middle of next week
* Maria expected to sharply recurve out to sea southeast of New
  England late next week

No major surprises in the 23/12Z guidance. Still expecting an
anomalous mid level ridge to hover over our region through the
middle of next week, although it should weaken with time after
Tuesday. The strength of this ridge will be crucial in delaying the
northward progress of Maria towards our region.

High pressure with dry weather expected Monday and Tuesday.
Temperatures should be 10-15 degrees above normal Monday, but not
quite as much Tuesday or Wednesday. A few interior spots may reach
90 degrees Monday. Seabreezes should develop along both coasts,
lowering daytime max temperatures there.

A potential weak low level front just south of our region, may be
enough to trigger a few showers Tuesday night into Wednesday. A
greater risk for showers should be ahead of a cold front sweeping
through our region Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This
cold front and a potent mid level trough are expected to be the
final kickers which steers Maria out to sea well to our south.

Drier weather should prevail next Friday into Saturday, although
cannot dismiss the possibility of some stray showers given the
proximity of a mid level trough. The bigger change will be the
temperatures, which should snap back to near normal levels during
this time.

The primary impact on our region from Maria will likely be another
prolonged period of high surf and dangerous rip currents, mainly
along ocean-exposed south coast beaches. For several days, Maria
tracks near a great circle route in our direction and hence we will
likely see significant long period swells from the S or SE propagate
into our coastal waters most of next week. The slow northward speed
of Maria for the next several days may enhance the swell activity
during this period.


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

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

Short Term /through Sunday Night/...

4 PM update...

Tonight...Moderate confidence.

IFR/LIFR conditions in fog still persisting on Cape Cod and the
islands. Models show that this will persist through the night,
with the fog possibly becoming dense. The low clouds and fog may
spread westward into interior southeast MA, but they are not
expected to reach as far as Boston or Providence.

Elsewhere, VFR conditions. Patchy fog with isolated IFR/LIFR
conditions possible over portions of the interior late.

Sunday... High confidence.

Any interior fog burns off early in the morning. IFR/LIFR in low
clouds and fog will be slower to lift over Cape Cod and the
islands and may persist through the morning. Otherwise VFR most
locations with light wind. Sea breezes expected along the
coastlines, including KBOS.

Sunday night... Moderate to high confidence.

VFR most areas, however, could see marine IFR developing again
on Cape Cod and the islands. Patchy areas of fog may develop
late over portions of the interior.

KBOS TAF...Moderate confidence. VFR. Can`t rule out a touch of
fog or haze toward daybreak. Expecting low clouds and IFR
ceilings to work their way westward into southeast MA, but not
as far as KBOS tonight. VFR Sunday, with light sea breezes from
late morning through the afternoon.

KBDL TAF...High confidence in TAF. Patchy fog may develop 07Z-
11Z tonight, although the chance of this is stronger over
valley locations north of Springfield.

Outlook /Monday through Thursday/... Confidence...High.

Monday through Tuesday...VFR expected.

Tuesday night...Mostly VFR except MVFR in patchy stratus/fog
some interior valleys and near the south coast.

Wednesday...Generally VFR except MVFR ceilings/visibilities
possible in scattered late day showers and patchy late night/early
morning stratus/fog.

Thursday...Generally VFR, with MVFR in scatterd showers during the


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

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

Tonight...Moderate confidence.

Leftover swell was diminishing along the east coast of MA.
Low clouds and fog will continue along the southern and
southeast coasts tonight with poor visibilities, especially on
the waters south and east of Cape Cod. Winds will diminish to
less than 15 knots, but seas will linger at 5-6 feet on the
southern outer waters.

Sunday...Moderate confidence.

High pressure building over the region will bring light wind,
with sea breezes developing at the shoreline. Poor vsbys in fog
early, slowly improving by late morning or early afternoon over
the southeastern waters. Seas of 5-6 feet will linger on the
southern outer waters. A south swell sent north from Maria will
start showing itself in our southern waters late Sunday, with
3-4 feet swell heights in the afternoon.

Sunday night...High confidence.

Seas build to 5 to 7 feet over the southern outer waters, mainly
due to swells from distant Hurricane Maria. High surf conditions
will exist on area beaches along the south coast. Patchy areas
of fog.

Outlook /Monday through Thursday/... Confidence...High

Relatively light winds are expected through this period. However,
swells from Maria will propagate into the southern coastal waters,
beginning late Sunday night or Monday. Small Craft Advisories will
likely need to be extended due to rough seas for the waters south of
the MA and RI coast for all of this period.

The swells from Maria will likely produce another round of high surf
and dangerous rip currents.


High Surf Advisories will expire along the east coast of MA this
evening, but remain in effect through Monday along the south
coast. Swells from Maria will likely increase the surf and
associated rip current risk across our ocean-exposed south coast
starting late Sunday and continuing through the week. This will
be true even though Maria may eventually recurve out to sea
well southeast of New England.


The Record High Max Temperatures for Sunday and Monday are

BOS  90/1959  89/1926
ORH  85/2010  85/1970
BDL  89/1959  90/2007
PVD  87/1959  89/1920


MA...High Surf Advisory until 6 PM EDT Monday for MAZ020-022>024.
     High Surf Advisory until 6 PM EDT this evening for MAZ007-019.
RI...High Surf Advisory until 6 PM EDT Monday for RIZ006>008.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 2 AM to 6 PM EDT Monday for ANZ235-
     Small Craft Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for ANZ250.
     Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EDT Monday for ANZ254>256.


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