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FXUS61 KCTP 250337

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
1137 PM EDT WED AUG 24 2016

A seasonably warm and humid late-summer weather pattern will
continue across Central Pennsylvania through the weekend. The
best chance for scattered showers or thunderstorms will come on
Thursday and early next week.


Still up in the air as to if the current convection in nwrn OH
will make it into the wrn mtns w/o falling apart. New NAM does
bring it through wetting the entire area in some measure. But, the
HRRR and RAP runs of late are less bullish on keeping the area so
solid. Both of these rapid update CAMs seem very well-initialized,
and appear to have a good handle on things. We have lost what
instability we had earlier, and source-region/sfc dewpoints are
only in the l-m60s over WV and PA instead of the l-m70s over wrn
OH/nrn KY. Will stick with current fcst of high chc POPs in the W
before sunrise and drop them into the low chc range as the
morning commences.

Tweaks to near term temps and sky cover are all that is needed at
this point. Blowoff from convection over IN/OH will make it
gradually cloudier through the night. This might keep temps up a

Deep layer moisture continues to increase over central PA early
this afternoon as return southwest flow has commenced west of the
850 mb ridge moving offshore south of Long Island.

Sct fair weather cumulus has slightly more vertical extent than
Tuesday as a result...but mid to upper trop is stable and not
expecting any diurnal activity this afternoon or evening.

Tonight will be fair as deep layer moisture continues to increase.
Late night convective complex over the Ohio Valley will be
weakening as it makes a dive towards southwest PA in the pre dawn
hours...which could bring the West Central Mountains and Laurel
Highlands some showers early Thursday morning before complete
dissipation. Earlier ARW-E depicted more of a classically right
turning complex dissipating as it reached the MD panhandle Thu
morning...while latest HRRR is indicating a line of showers and
thunderstorms extending from southwest trip of Lake Ontario to
southeast Ohio by 07z tonight. Think the latter is more likely to good moisture convergence along the elongated 850 mb
jet advancing from the eastern GLAKS should maintain convection
through late tonight before slowly weakening in the pre dawn hours
Thu morning. Will adjust pops accordingly for late tonight into
Thursday morning.


Have further refined skycover and POPs - allowing for a dry slot
behind the early morning scattered showers. However, the guidance
keeps high llvl moisture (low clouds) around in the NW after the
overnight/morning showers. If those NWrn areas can break out, it
will likely allow some heating/instability for the aftn and
evening over the NW and sct tsra have a good chc of forming in NW
PA and trying to slide into the central mtns. Model CAPEs of 1000
in the NW and 1500 central areas and 06km shear of 30-40kts are
respectable. However, there will be some CIN to overcome. MRGL
risk seems well- placed at this point.

Did adjust clouds up and temps down slightly for the daytime on
Thursday. While precip still looks scattered, the initial cloud
cover may delay/hinder heating. Curr POPs and timing of front
looking fine. How much/strong convection will be is the question.

Decaying frontal boundary will feed on 2"+ PW Thursday leading to
scattered coverage of showers and thunderstorms on Thursday. Main
problem may be developing sufficient CAPE as overnight convective
remnants from the Ohio Valley may plague a good portion of central
PA into Thu afternoon. Latest SPC Day 2 has western portion of my
CWA in MRGL risk for Thu setup is far from ideal.
Still...the moist and unstable air mass will support scattered
convection ahead of the weakening front.

Sfc dewpoints will make a run at or exceed 70 in many
it will be noticeably stickier than Wed afternoon. Highs central
and north should be a few degrees lower due to cloud cover...while
southern areas will warm another degree or two over Wed highs.


The high pressure over the southeast will weaken the trough moving
through and it will become very diffuse on Friday as it slips
south toward the Mason Dixon line. Temperatures and humidity will
be on the rise with 90F heat likely returning to the Lower
Susquehanna Valley by Friday and through the weekend. A drier air
mass will reside over the area through most of Sunday.

The deep-layer ridge will gradually slide off the Mid Atlantic
coast this period, which allows another frontal boundary to sink
southward from the Lower Lakes and become quasi-stationary over
PA early next week. This will favor unsettled conditions Mon-Tue
with POPs trending upward following a mainly dry weekend. Temps
will remain above normal by late August standards.


03Z TAFS sent.

Minor adjustments made.

Earlier discussion below.

00Z TAFS sent.

Satellite showing cooling tops north of Lake Erie and
near Lake Huron. Remains of this activity and activity
over Ohio will likely spread toward the western portion
of central PA late. Went VCSH in the western sites.

Dewpoints not real high, and there is a breeze out.
Thus did not hit the fog or haze hard.

Expect winds to pick up at IPT for the next few hours.

For Thursday, went with mainly a dry fcst. Did go with
VCSH across the east.

A warm but mainly dry period Friday into Sunday, as
slightly drier builds in from the north.

Fri...Morning low cigs possible with showers and storms.
Improving conditions late.
Sat-Sun...No sig wx expected.
Mon...A chance of showers and thunderstorms.




NEAR TERM...Dangelo/DeVoir
SHORT TERM...Dangelo/DeVoir
LONG TERM...Ceru/Steinbugl
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