Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Boston, MA

Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

FXUS61 KBOX 220236

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Taunton MA
1036 PM EDT SAT MAY 21 2016

Mid-Atlantic low pressure moves up the coast overnight, passing
southeast of New England into the Gulf of Maine for Sunday. A
return of cooler conditions with wet weather mainly confined to
E/SE portions of New England. A second low pressure brings more
scattered showers Monday into Tuesday. A warming trend begins
Wednesday, with showers diminishing. A front lingers just to our
north late next week.



Rain is moving across the islands and Cape Cod. Also an area of
showers moving into Western MA/CT. Trends continue to support
forecast of rain/showers moving into Southern New England during
the night. Meanwhile, dew point depressions of 10-15 degrees will
limit rainfall in the interior sections of our region. No
significant changes to this forecast.


Sunday into Sunday night...

Continued low maturation into the Gulf of ME as a cold front pushes
S into the NE CONUS. Two separate airmasses between which sinking
air and dry weather prevails. While forcing parent to the Gulf of ME
low is far removed from New England, cold and dry conveyor belt
motions prevail. It is anticipated that across interior New England
it will remain quiet with dry conveyor belt motions, while over E
New England it remain socked in with the threat of drizzle / light
showers. Along with NE flow, looks to be cool and dreary. To the
W, cold pool associated with the broad troughing pattern yields an
unstable profile ahead of the diffuse weakening cold front. With
any sunshine a diurnal storm pattern emerges.

But emphasize some wiggle room considering the difficulty already as
to which the forecast models are having with the present synoptic
situation. This warrants a look at ensemble probabalistic forecasts.
Such wiggle room can alter the balance in airmasses in New England
with a more unstable environment to the W and a dreary environment
to the E. In-between prevailing dry with sinking air. Can not rule
out such a shift in activity either E or W. So a cautious forecast
that is not concrete. A model blend preferred with equal weighting
to a MOS consensus. Does appear a SW-NE line across interior New
England has the best chance of remaining fairly dry in comparison
to other areas along the immediate W and E.

Quiet over most of S New England overnight with only issues across
E/SE with continued anticipated cold conveyor belt motions with the
initial low dissipating and another redeveloping off the Mid-
Atlantic parent with a mid-upper level cutoff low invoked by N-
stream energy diving S. Looking at continued drizzle / light showers
for E/SE New England and overall cool conditions.



 * Unstable and wet, but milder, Monday and Tuesday.
 * Warmer still, and drier Wednesday
 * Warmer still late week, but potentially unsettled.

Overview and Model Preferences...

Still looking at an amplified pattern, with our region beneath an
anomalous cutoff through early next week. A strong downstream
blocking ridge should shift east just enough mid week to permit
this cutoff to eventually dissipate toward the end of next week.
As it does, we get into more of a zonal mid level flow, which
should stall a frontal boundary just to our north late next week.

As usual with these patterns, models are in very good overall
agreement with the trends and evolution. The portion of the
forecast most likely to be an issue will be the timing. Will favor
a consensus approach to smooth over some of these timing
differences, which are more pronounced late next week.


Monday into Tuesday...

Core of the upper level cold pool moves over southern New England,
especially Monday night into Tuesday. In addition, a second
surface low pressure should move into our region Monday night into
Tuesday. This will mean another period of clouds, along with some
showers. Timing-wise, expecting most of these showers to arrive
from the south late Monday afternoon, peak Tuesday morning, then
gradually move away Tuesday evening. This timing could change with
later forecasts.

Isolated thunderstorms are possible, despite modest CAPE values
less than 500 J/kg. This is just due to the strength of the cold
pool aloft.

With fewer clouds to start, temperatures should be a bit higher
Monday, then fall lower heading into Tuesday beneath the cold pool


Brief ridge of high pressure to our south takes over, leading to
drier conditions and more summer-like temperatures. Will have to
consider seabreeze potential some more. At this point, it appears
the synoptic flow should be just strong enough to prevent lower
temperatures along most of the east coast of MA. Cape Cod and the
islands, as well as Cape Ann, will likely not share in as much

Thursday through Saturday...

Warm front shifts into Canada and northern New England with
return flow and ridging, Thursday. This front looks like it will
get stalled just to our north late next week, due to the nearly
zonal flow aloft. Looks like a good warm sector setup, with
potential destabilization possible. The question will be available
moisture. Thinking diurnally-driven showers and thunderstorms are
possible, and will feature rainfall chances as such, especially
Friday into Saturday across the western half of southern New

Summer-like temperatures should continue.


Forecaster Confidence Levels.

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

Short Term /through Sunday Night/...

Tonight...Moderate Confidence.

Timing and the northward extent of rainfall remain the greatest
uncertainties in the forecast. Approaching offshore storm system.
Risk of -RA across S/SE terminals increasing, with deteriorating
conditions to MVFR expected later this evening. S winds backing
NE and increasing, with gusts up to 20 kts by morning.

Sunday...Moderate Confidence.

Continued optimistic forecast. MVFR over E/SE coastal New England
with -DZ/-SHRA. VFR across the interior. Low risk of TSRA across W
CT River Valley. E/NE flow, with gusts up to 30 kts especially
over SE New England, Cape Cod, and Islands.

Sunday Night...Moderate Confidence.

MVFR over E/SE Coastal New England but E/NE winds diminishing. VFR

KBOS TAF...Sea-breeze eroding out over the next hour or two, then
winds turn variable for a time out of the S prior to backing out
of the NE overnight and increasing towards morning. Will keep with
an optimistic forecast keeping both -RA and MVFR mainly out of the
terminal until Sunday morning.

KBDL TAF...Optimistic forecast with keeping -RA and MVFR out of
the terminal. Confident this will be the case through the TAF

Outlook...Monday into Wednesday.

Monday into Tuesday...Moderate Confidence.

Although not a complete washout, periods of showers will continue
across the area with northeasterly flow. This also suggests low
clouds. Therefore, periods of MVFR/IFR are likely, but it`s
possible occasional VFR, especially across the interior, will

Wednesday...High Confidence.

Mainly VFR with high pressure.

Thursday...Moderate Confidence.

Mainly VFR. Scattered MVFR in showers possible, mainly west of


Forecaster Confidence Levels.

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

Through Sunday Night...High Confidence.

Low off the Mid-Atlantic / Delmarva lifts NE past the 40N/70W
benchmark tonight into the Gulf of ME Sunday and Sunday Night.
Will see an increase in areal coverage of rain and reductions in
visibility down to roughly 3 to 5 miles starting this evening and
continuing through Sunday Night. In addition to the low passage
will see NE winds increase with gusts up to 30 kts and waves
building to 6 to 8 feet. Low risk of gales so will continue with
Small Craft Advisories.

Outlook /Monday through Thursday/...

Monday...High confidence.

North winds will diminish and shift northeast to east. While
remaining less that 25 kt, rough seas will linger across the
eastern coastal waters. Will likely still need small craft
advisories for some of the waters.

Tuesday...Moderate Confidence.

Winds still remain below 25 kt, but a second approaching low
pressure will allow for building southerly swell. Small craft
advisories may need to continue for some waters.

Wednesday into Thursday...High Confidence.

High pres briefly builds over the waters, mainly quiet boating
weather expected.


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 5 AM to 11 PM EDT Sunday for
     Small Craft Advisory from 5 AM Sunday to 8 AM EDT Monday for
     Small Craft Advisory from 2 AM Sunday to 5 AM EDT Monday for
     Small Craft Advisory from 2 AM Sunday to 8 AM EDT Monday for


NEAR TERM...WTB/Belk/Sipprell
SHORT TERM...Sipprell
MARINE...Belk/Sipprell is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.