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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
400 AM EDT Wed Aug 24 2016

High pressure remains over the region through Thursday. A cold
front will cross the region on Friday. High pressure will return
for the weekend.


High pressure is centered near Delaware Bay this morning.
Scattered altocu and cirrus are encroaching from the southwest,
which may help mitigate fog development. It should be patchy and
relegated to the typical western valley and Piedmont locations

The high will become elongated as it moves offshore today and
ridging aloft will expand eastward. With southerly flow
established, there will be a minimal increase in temperature and
humidity. Highs will reach the mid to upper 80s at lower
elevations with dew points into the lower to mid 60s. Between
minimal moisture return and strong ridging, think any terrain
convection will be suppressed today, although the cu field will be
more robust to the west.

Several different layers of clouds may move in from the west
tonight, but otherwise dry weather is expected. Lows should
increase solidly into the 60s and perhaps staying at 70F in the
urban centers.


The NAM continues to offer the most suppressed solution for the
upper ridge Thursday into Thursday night, allowing better
shortwave forcing to enter the area. This will help determine how
far eastward convection is able to make it. Along and west of the
Blue Ridge will still be favored, as higher instability will be in
place and the terrain will help with initiation. Some decaying
showers could drift eastward during the early evening though. Some
models actually depict increasing elevated instability overnight,
but there doesn`t appear to be any forcing to tap into it.
Temperatures/dew points will inch up another few degrees.

A cold front trailing low pressure near the mouth of the St.
Lawrence River will sink into the area on Friday. Mid-upper level
forcing will be nearly non-existent with the strong upper ridge
remaining in place. Low level convergence is also minimal.
Therefore coverage of convection should be very minimal. It will
get hotter ahead of the front though, with air temperatures
reaching the lower to mid 90s for many. Combined with dew points
in the lower 70s, this will result in heat indices of 100-105.

The front will slip to the south Friday night. Falling dew points
will result in a cooler night mainly N and W of DC, but it may
remain somewhat muggy to the SE.


Relatively good agreement remains in the long range
guidance...through Tuesday at least...with the weak front
dissipating just to our south over the weekend. This front will be
so weak so to only slightly lower temperatures with its passage.
High pressure at the surface will slide by to the north and bring
a return southeasterly flow by Sunday...allowing moisture to
increase again with rising chances of terrain-induced convection.
The strong ridge aloft will gradually slide westward towards the
middle of next week while weakening just a bit but not enough to
allow any significant fronts to drop southward just yet.
Overall...warmer and more humid than normal through most of the
long term...but with a relatively low chance of rain.


Scattered VFR clouds crossing the area this morning. MRB has the
highest potential for BR, followed by CHO.

High pressure moves offshore today, with VFR conditions and light
winds continuing. While increased moisture may lend a better
chance at patchy fog Thursday morning, the potential for clouds
lowers confidence. Scattered thunderstorms may be near MRB
Thursday afternoon, with perhaps a decaying shower reaching

A weak cold front will drift south into the area on Friday;
however thunderstorms look to be isolated at best.

Mainly VFR through the weekend into early next week with only an
outside chance of a thunderstorm or patchy fog...mainly at CHO and


Southerly flow is becoming established as high pressure moves
offshore. In general winds should be 5-10 kt today, perhaps
increasing to 15 kt on the Bay this evening. Flow will increase
Thursday to 10-15 kt, although it looks like any potential for SCA
conditions should hold off to evening, as better channeling
develops over the Bay. A cold front will move into the area Friday
and Friday night, resulting in winds becoming westerly, then
northerly. Any thunderstorms will be isolated at most with the

SCA wind chance may linger early Saturday but generally light
winds expected later Saturday into early next week. Little if any
risk of t-storms over the weekend on the waters.




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