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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
658 PM EST THU NOV 20 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
A COLD FRONT DELIVERS A REINFORCING SURGE OF BLUSTERY AND
UNSEASONABLY COLD CONDITIONS. THE COLD WILL LINGER THROUGH FRIDAY
NIGHT. A SIGNIFICANT WARM-UP IS IN STORE SUNDAY AND MONDAY...BUT
IT WILL LIKELY BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PERIOD OF RAIN. COOLER WEATHER
RETURNS BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.

&&

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM FRIDAY MORNING/...

TONIGHT...A COLD FRONT IS MOVING ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.
SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW A BAND OF CLOUDS ALONG OR JUST BEHIND THE
SURFACE WIND SHIFT. THE CLOUDS PRODUCED SOME FLURRIES IN THE
BERKSHIRES...AND RADAR AT 645 PM SHOWED LIGHT ECHOES FROM
MANCHESTER NH TO THE SOUTHERN BERKSHIRES...WHICH MIGHT HAVE A FEW
FLURRIES. THESE ECHOES SHOULD MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN MASS AND
SOUTHERN NH AND MOVE TO OUR EAST BY MIDNIGHT.

OTHER CONCERN TONIGHT IS THE WEST LOW LEVEL FLOW BRINGING LEFTOVER
LAKE EFFECT MOISTURE EAST FROM LAKE ERIE. SOME OF THIS MAY SPILL
OVER THE BERKSHIRES INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND. TYPICALLY THE BULK
OF ANY LEFTOVER MOISTURE STOPS AT THE BERKSHIRES. AFTER THE INITIAL
CLOUD BAND /NOTED ABOVE/ MOVES THROUGH...THE FORECAST WILL EXPECT
PATCHY CLOUDS MAINLY WEST OF THE CT RIVER.

COLD ADVECTION WILL BRING COLDER AIR INTO THE REGION WITH TEMPS
FALLING INTO THE 20S MOST PLACES. THIS ADVECTION WILL ALSO DRAW
GUSTY WEST WINDS DOWN TO THE SURFACE BUT A LITTLE LIGHTER THAN WE
HAD DURING THE DAY. OTHERWISE QUIET WEATHER.

&&

.SHORT TERM /6 AM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
FRIDAY...
COLD DAY BY LATE NOV STANDARDS WITH HIGHS ONLY IN THE 30S /NORMAL
HIGH AROUND 50/ AND A BRISK WNW WIND WILL YIELD WIND CHILLS IN THE
20S /TEENS HIGHER TERRAIN/! GEFS TEMP ANOMALIES INDICATE 850 TEMPS
OVER SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND 18Z FRI ARE ABOUT -2 STD WITH VALUES
AROUND -14C. SO DESPITE A WELL MIXED BLYR AND AT LEAST PARTIAL
SUNSHINE AND DOWNSLOPE WIND COMPONENT MU30S WILL BE OUR MAX AFTN
TEMPS FRI AFTN. AS MENTIONED ABOVE THE BRISK WNW WINDS WILL MAKE
IT FEEL MUCH COLDER.


FRIDAY NIGHT...
DRY WEATHER PREVAILS BUT ANOTHER COLD NIGHT WITH LOWS IN THE
TEENS EXCEPT 20S IN THE URBAN AREAS INCLUDING CAPE COD AND THE
ISLANDS. NOT AS MUCH OF A WIND CHILL GIVEN THE WEAKENING PGRAD
WITH RIDGE OF HIGH PRES APPROACHING FROM THE WEST.

&&

.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
BIG PICTURE... BUILDING UPPER RIDGE ALONG THE EAST COAST BRINGS
HEIGHTS OVER NEW ENGLAND BACK TO NORMAL DURING THE WEEKEND AND ABOVE
NORMAL EARLY WEEK. SOUTHERN STREAM SHORTWAVE JUST OFF THE PACIFIC
COAST WILL DIG AS IT MOVES TO TEXAS OVER THE WEEKEND. THE BUILDING
RIDGE WILL THEN DEFLECT THE SOUTHERN SHORTWAVE NORTH WHERE IT MERGES
WITH A NORTHERN STREAM SHORTWAVE MOVING EAST FROM THE GULF OF
ALASKA. THIS MEANS A BROAD TROUGH FORMING OVER THE CENTER OF THE
NATION EARLY WEEK WITH BELOW NORMAL HEIGHTS. THIS BROAD TROUGH
SLOWLY MOVES EAST TO NEW ENGLAND MID TO LATE WEEK.

FOR NEW ENGLAND THIS WOULD MEAN A WARMING TREND OVER THE WEEKEND AND
MILD TEMPS EARLY NEXT WEEK...THEN COOLING TO BELOW NORMAL BY
THANKSGIVING.

THE GFS AND ECMWF ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT THROUGH TUESDAY. THE ECWMF
IS THEN FASTER IN MIGRATING THE PLAINS TROUGH THROUGH NEW ENGLAND
AND OFF TO THE EAST WHILE THE GFS MAINTAINS THE TROUGH AXIS TO OUR
WEST THROUGH THURSDAY. MODERATE TO HIGH FORECEST CONFIDENCE THROUGH
TUESDAY...LOW CONFIDENCE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

THE DAILIES...

SATURDAY... HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE IN PLACE DURING THE DAY WITH THE
AXIS CROSSING DURING THE AFTERNOON.  THIS SHOULD TURN THE WIND
SOUTHWEST BY AFTERNOON. INCREASING MOISTURE ALOFT BUT EXPECT MOST
CLOUDS TO BE MID AND HIGH LEVEL. WITH THE DEVELOPING WARM ADVECTION
ALOFT THE MIXING REACHES ONLY TO 950 MB WHICH WOULD SUPPORT MAX SFC
TEMPS IN THE MID 30S TO LOW 40S.

SATURDAY NIGHT...INCREASING AND THICKENING CLOUDS AS A NORTHERN
STREAM COLD FRONT MOVES SOUTH INTO NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND. VERTICAL
DISTRIBUTION IS SOMEWHAT FAVORABLE FOR PCPN AHEAD OF THE FRONT...BUT
WARM ADVECTION LIFT IS NEGLIGIBLE. JET DYNAMICS IS QUESTIONABLE.
CAN/T RULE OUT A FEW LIGHT SPRINKLES. THE QUESTION OF PTYPE THEN
COMES UP.  TEMPS WILL BE STARTING OUT IN THE 30S AND MAY COOL A
LITTLE BELOW FREEZING BEFORE THE CLOUDS THICKEN. THIS WOULD CAUSE
SOME LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE OR FREEZING SPRINKLES.  THE BEST CHANCE
WOULD BE IN AREAS NORTH AND WEST OF I-495. BUT IF THE CLOUDS MOVE IN
AND THICKEN A LITTLE FASTER...TEMPS WILL STAY ABOVE FREEZING AND
PCPN...IF ANY...WOULD BE LIGHT RAIN. WE HAVE SLIGHT CHANCE POPS
ACROSS THE REGION OVERNIGHT WITH A MENTION OF FREEZING RAIN AS NOTED
ABOVE.

SUNDAY...UPPER FLOW REMAINS WEST-EAST SO THAT THE NORTHERN COLD
FRONT IS DOUBTFUL TO MAKE IT THROUGH SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND.  EXPECT
ANY PRECIP TO MOVE OUT EARLY WITH CLOUDS BREAKING TO ALLOW SOME
SUNSHINE. TEMPS AT THE TOP OF THE MIXED LAYER WARM A FEW DEGREES AND
SHOULD SUPPORT MAX TEMPS IN THE UPPER 40S AND 50S.

SUNDAY NIGHT-MONDAY... THE SOUTHERN STREAM SYSTEM LIFTS NORTH TO THE
GREAT LAKES AND PULLS A WARM FRONT NORTH TOWARD NEW ENGLAND.  A
STRONG LOW LEVEL SOUTH JET WILL GENERATE FAVORABLE ISENTROPIC LIFT
AS IT MOVES INTO THE REGION.  TIMING OF THIS JET WOULD INDICATE THE
LIFT ARRIVES AROUND MIDNIGHT OR SHORTLY AFTER. WE EXPECT RAIN TO
DEVELOP IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AROUND THIS TIME.  MODELS INDICATE
THE JET WILL BE 60-65 KNOTS AND COULD GENERATE SOME GUSTY WINDS
ESPECIALLY ALONG THE SOUTH COAST. PRECIP WATER VALUES ARE EXPECTED
TO TOP OUT BETWEEN 0.75 AND 1.0 INCHES WHICH WOULD BE A LITTLE OVER
1 STD DEVIATION ABOVE NORMAL...SO TORRENTIAL RAIN IS NOT EXPECTED.

THE WARM FRONT SHOULD LIFT NORTH OF OUR AREA DURING THE AFTERNOON.
THIS SHOULD DIMINISH THE COVERAGE OF THE RAIN TO SHOWERS.  THE
CHANCE OF SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE EVENING...ENDING AS THE
ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT SWINGS OVER THE REGION OVERNIGHT.

TUESDAY...THERE REMAINS SOME QUESTION AS TO HOW FAST THE COLD FRONT
MOVES OFF TO THE EAST.  THE GFS SOLUTION KEEPS A SOUTH-SOUTHWEST
FLOW ALOFT AND A STRONG JET OVERHEAD. THE COLD FRONT WOULD HAVE
DIFFICULTY MOVING EAST IN SUCH AN ENVIRONMENT. THE ECMWF SOLUTION
SHOWS A MORE WESTERLY COMPONENT THAT WOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO MOVE THE
FRONT THROUGH NEW ENGLAND AND OFF TO THE EAST. WE HAVE KEPT A LOW
CHANCE OF SHOWERS TUESDAY IN EASTERN MASS BUT TRENDED TOWARD PARTIAL
CLEARING AND COOLER WEATHER.

WEDNESDAY-THANKSGIVING DAY...THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MODELS AMPLIFYS
MIDWEEK...AND SO CONFIDENCE IS LOW.  LOW PRESSURE WAVES MOVING UP
THE OFFSHORE COLD FRONT MAY KEEP A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN EASTERN
MASS/RI ON WEDNESDAY BUT OTHERWISE WE HAVE CONTINUED THE TREND TO
COOLER AND DRIER WEATHER AS WE MOVE INTO THE HOLIDAY

&&

.AVIATION /00Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
FORECASTER CONFIDENCE LEVELS...

LOW...LESS THAN 30 PERCENT.
MODERATE...30 TO 60 PERCENT.
HIGH...GREATER THAN 60 PERCENT.

SHORT TERM...HIGH CONFIDENCE.

TONIGHT...
WEST WINDS WITH GUSTS 20-25 KT. VFR BUT VERY LOW RISK OF BRIEF
MVFR CONDITIONS IN AN ISOLATED SNOW SHOWER ACROSS NORTHERN MASS
AND SOUTHERN NH.

FRI...
VFR BUT GUSTY WNW WINDS 20-25 KT. LOW RISK OF BRIEF MVFR
CONDITIONS IN AN ISOLATED SNOW SHOWER.

FRI NIGHT...
VFR WITH DIMINISHING WNW WINDS.

KBOS TERMINAL...HIGH CONFIDENCE.

KBDL TERMINAL...HIGH CONFIDENCE.

OUTLOOK...SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY...

SATURDAY...
VFR.  SW WIND 40 KNOTS AT 2000 FEET...POTENTIAL LOW LEVEL WIND
SHEAR. CLOUDS MOVE IN AT NIGHT...BRIEF MVFR POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT IN
LIGHT SPRINKLES ESPECIALLY NORTH OF THE MASS PIKE. COULD BE LIGHT
FREEZING DRIZZLE/FREEZING SPRINKLES NORTH AND WEST OF I-495.

SUNDAY...
VFR. DIMINISHING WIND.

SUNDAY NIGHT-MONDAY...CIGS/VSBYS LOWER TO MVFR/IFR IN RAIN/FOG.
SOUTH WIND AT 2000 FEET INCREASES TO 60-65 KNOTS ALONG THE COASTAL
PLAIN LATE NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING AND MAY GENERATE ANOTHER ROUND
OF LOW LEVEL WIND SHEAR IN THAT AREA. CONDITIONS THEN IMPROVE TO VFR
IN THE AFTERNOON WITH GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS.

A COLD FRONT MOVES INTO SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AT NIGHT AND SHOULD
GENERATE BRIEF MVFR IN SHOWERS. WIND WILL SHIFT FROM SSW TO WSW WITH
THE WIND SHIFT.

TUESDAY...VFR. A FEW BRIEF SHOWERS POSSIBLE IN EASTERN MASS/RI

&&

.MARINE...
FORECASTER CONFIDENCE LEVELS...

LOW...LESS THAN 30 PERCENT.
MODERATE...30 TO 60 PERCENT.
HIGH...GREATER THAN 60 PERCENT.

MODERATE FORECAST CONFIDENCE THRU FRI NIGHT.

TONIGHT...GUSTY SW WINDS BECOME WESTERLY WITH PASSAGE OF SECONDARY
COLD FRONT. WIND SPEEDS MAINLY 20-30 KT WITH LOW RISK OF ISOLATED
GUSTS TO 35 KT. LONG SW FETCH HAS RESULTED IN LARGE SEAS ON THE
SOUTHERN WATERS WITH HEIGHTS UP TO 8 FT. OTHER THAN ISOLATED RAIN
SHOWER THIS EVENING/SNOW SHOWER AFTER MIDNIGHT...MAINLY DRY
WEATHER PREVAILS.

FRI...WNW WINDS UP TO 35 KT. OCEAN EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS WELL
OFFSHORE.

FRI NIGHT...WNW WINDS SLOWLY EASE. DESPITE SUBFREEZING TEMPS AND
MODEST WNW WINDS OCEAN TEMPS STILL TOO WARM FOR ANY FREEZING SPRAY
CONCERNS WITH NEAR SHORE WATER TEMPS IN THE MU40S.

OUTLOOK...FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY...

SATURDAY... SOUTHWEST WINDS INCREASE WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 30
KNOTS. SEAS BUILD TO 5-6 FEET DURING THE DAY AND 5-8 FEET SATURDAY
NIGHT. A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL BE NEEDED.

SUNDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS CONTINUE TO GUST TO 30 KNOTS DURING THE DAY
AND THEN DIMINISH IN THE EVENING. SEAS 5-8 FEET WILL DIMINISH IN THE
EVENING.

SUNDAY NIGHT-MONDAY...A WARM FRONT MOVES UP ACROSS THE WATERS.
VSBYS WILL LOWER TO 1-3 MILES IN RAIN AND FOG STARTING AROUND
MIDNIGHT AND CONTINUING INTO THE MORNING. STRONG SOUTH
WINDS...ROUGHLY 60-65 KNOTS...AT 2000 FEET ALTITUDE WILL MOVE OVER
THE WATERS AFTER MIDNIGHT AND THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. SOME OF THIS
WIND MAY BE DRAWN TO THE SURFACE IN HEAVIER BURSTS OF RAIN. AT THE
LEAST...SOUTH WINDS WILL BE NEAR GALE FORCE FOR A TIME AND THEN
LINGER ABOVE 25 KNOTS THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.  THIS WILL DRIVE SEAS TO
5-10 FEET ON THE EXPOSED WATERS.

TUESDAY...SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL GUST NEAR SMALL CRAFT THRESHOLDS.
SEAS WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH BUT REMAIN ABOVE 5 FEET ON THE EXPOSED
WATERS.  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL BE NEEDED.

&&

.BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
CT...NONE.
MA...NONE.
NH...NONE.
RI...NONE.
MARINE...GALE WARNING UNTIL 10 PM EST FRIDAY FOR ANZ230>237-250-251-
     254>256.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...WTB/NOCERA
NEAR TERM...WTB/NOCERA
SHORT TERM...NOCERA
LONG TERM...WTB
AVIATION...WTB/NOCERA
MARINE...WTB/NOCERA


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