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323 FXUS61 KBOX 211407 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 1007 AM EDT Wed Jun 21 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Another cold front sweeps S New England Wednesday with some isolated to scattered shower / thunderstorm activity. Thereafter high pressure builds over the region Thursday. Warmer and more humid air will return Friday. A cold front will cross the region late Friday night and Saturday followed by seasonably warm but less humid conditions for the weekend. Cooler and somewhat unsettled weather returns early next week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... 1000 AM Update... Overall trend in the forecast remains on track for today. Went ahead and bumped temps up a few degrees as we are quickly warming into the mid 80s. Otherwise the main focus is on the thunderstorm potential later today. Weak wave moving through the flow today will push a weak boundary south into the area. Latest guidance indicated good mixing north of the Pike per steep lapse rates which would result in dewpoints dropping into the 50s. This may limit thunderstorms activity in that region. However, south of the Pike, more south to southwest flow will keep surface dewpoints in the 60s and with temps rising into the mid 80s, instability values will rise above 1000 J/KG. 0-6km shear values will also increase to 40 kts especially across the southern half of the region. Soundings show some mid- level moisture in combination with higher theta-e values especially across the south coast which will help aid in thunderstorm development as upper level jet streak moves through. As prev forecaster noted, soundings are more in an inverted-V profile so gusty winds are the main threat. Still cannot rule out the risk for hail. Agree with SPC`s marginal risk, but would not be surprised if it gets pushes eastward into RI and SE MA. Initiation time appears after 2-3 PM and will last until evening. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/... Tonight... Overall cool, comfortable, and dry. Perhaps some shower activity lingering over the S-waters early evening. Otherwise mid to upper level heights rising as flow aloft becomes anticyclonic yielding increasing subsidence. High pressure building across the region behind the cool front resulting in light winds and clearing. An opportunity for radiational cooling, leaning towards coolest MOS guidance. Dewpoints dropping into the upper 40s to low 50s. Thursday... Pleasant day on tap. High pressure remains in control, pushing S/E allowing for light winds to veer southerly. Would expect sea-breezes along the E-coast. Mixing up to H8, likely will see few to scattered clouds around 6 kft over the interior early on prior to increasing mid to high clouds late with enhancing SW flow of warm, moist air ascending out ahead of the mid-level H925-7 warm front. Looking at high seasonable for this time of year, upper 70s to low 80s. Thursday night... Cloudy and mild with a chance of showers towards morning. Isentropic ascent of higher theta-E air with a measure of elevated instability as the column moistens aloft. Increasing K-indices. With convergent forcing along the H925-7 mid level warm front now lifting N/E across the region, there`s the chance for shower activity, hold of on any thunder mention. Increasing surface dewpoints back up into the 60s with increasing surface S winds as cloud decks lower and thicken by morning. More than likely mild overnight, perhaps visibility issues with mist along the S-coast with higher dewpoint air traversing N over cooler ocean waters. Lows in the 60s. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... Highlights... * Very warm and humid Fri with sct showers/t-storms interior * Gradually turning less humid this weekend with seasonably warm temps * Cooler early next week with showers possible at times. Overview... Much of the extended period will feature a subtropical ridge in the SW and SE CONUS with a broad longwave trof over the Gt Lakes. Polar jet in the vicinity of New Eng with multiple shortwaves moving through the flow will bring shower chances to New Eng from time to time but no washouts are expected. A brief return to very warm and humid weather Fri, otherwise heat and high humidity will be suppressed to the south with temps cooling early next week as mid level trof approaches. Details... Friday and Friday night... Warm sector airmass overspreads SNE Fri with increasingly warm and humid conditions. Clouds should give way to partly sunny skies with highs reaching well into the 80s and close to 90 in the interior valleys. Gusty southerly flow will hold temps in the 70s along the south coast. Dewpoints will be climbing through the 60s and may approach 70 in some spots. S/SW winds may gust to 30 mph at times Fri afternoon, strongest in the interior where deepest mixing expected. There may be some elevated convection early in the morning as higher theta-e air moves in, otherwise airmass destabilizes in the afternoon with CAPES increasing to 1000-2000 J/kg in the interior. Expect a few t-storms developing in the interior in the afternoon but lack of synoptic forcing will likely limit areal coverage. Given high KI and PWATs and marginal deep layer shear, locally heavy rainfall will be the primary threat from any t-storms that develop but a wet microburst is always possible in environments with high PWATs and CAPES exceeding 1000 J/kg. Cold front approaches Fri night with theta-e ridge axis and elevated instability in place so threat of showers and t-storms will continue Fri night. Saturday... It appears cold front may get hung up near the south coast Sat and there is some uncertainty with how quickly drier air moves in from the north. It is possible showers may linger into the morning depending on timing, especially near the coast. Otherwise the trend should be for skies becoming partly sunny and gradually turning less humid in the afternoon but higher dewpoints will probably linger near the coast. Cooler mid level temps lagging to the north and west so a warm day expected with high into the low and mid 80s. Sunday... Will have to watch remnants of tropical moisture to the south. Latest guidance keeps this south of New Eng but close enough that it could bring wet weather to SNE. If it remains to the south, expect seasonably warm temps with comfortable humidity levels. Monday and Tuesday... Mid level trof approaches from the west which will lead to increased risk of showers and isold t-storms but timing and amplitude of shortwave energy is uncertain. Temps likely trending cooler. && .AVIATION /14Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Thursday Night/... Today...Moderate confidence. Increasing SW winds with gusts up to 20-25 kts ahead of possible SHRA / TSRA mid/late afternoon though feel activity will be isolated to scattered and confined around the S-shoreline of MA / RI / CT. Low-end VFR CIGs SCT-BKN 5-7 kft with a lower risk of MVFR / IFR along with any RA / +RA. Tonight...High confidence. CIGs eroding. SKC. Winds becoming light. VFR. Thursday...High confidence. VFR. Winds becoming S though remaining light. Potential sea- breezes along the E-coast. Mid to high cloud increasing late. Thursday night...Moderate confidence. CIGs lowering and thickening, potentially to MVFR, as S winds increase along with -RA chances. KBOS Terminal...Sea-breeze possible Thursday. VFR for the entire TAF period. KBDL Terminal...High confidence. VFR. Outlook /Friday through Sunday/... Friday into Friday night...Moderate confidence. Some MVFR/IFR cigs/vsbys possible early Fri, otherwise VFR but brief lower conditions possible in any showers/t-storms in the afternoon and evening. MVFR/IFR stratus and patchy fog developing Fri night. Saturday...Moderate confidence. MVFR/IFR may linger into the morning, especially near the coast, otherwise trend should be for improving conditions from north to south. Sunday...Moderate confidence. Mainly VFR. && .MARINE... Forecaster Confidence Levels... Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Thursday Night/... 1000 AM Update... Winds appear to mix out just enough early this afternoon across Boston Harbor and Narragansett Bay to issue a SCA for wind gusts 25 kts. Previous Discussion... Another cold front will sweep the waters late today into tonight ahead of which there is the possibility of showers and thunder- storms, while in all likelihood some locations seeing gusts up to 25 kts. Seas remain heightened on the outer waters around 5 to 6 feet. Behind the front, high pressure settles in with winds becoming light enough to allow sea-breezes for Thursday and wave action to diminish. Winds veering S, will see wet- weather return to the region as a warm front lifts N across the area. Outlook /Friday through Sunday/...High confidence. Friday...S/SW gusts to 25 kt expected to develop over Boston Harbor and Narragansett Bay where best mixing. Some of the higher gusts may spill into the nearshore waters but lighter winds outer waters. Seas building to 5 ft over the outer waters. Saturday...Expect SW winds mainly below SCA but ow risk for G25 kt lingering. 5 ft seas lingering over the southern waters. Sunday...Winds and seas below SCA. && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. MA...None. RI...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for ANZ230- 232>234-236. Small Craft Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for ANZ235- 237. Small Craft Advisory until 2 AM EDT Thursday for ANZ254>256. && $$ SYNOPSIS...KJC/Sipprell NEAR TERM...Dunten SHORT TERM...Sipprell LONG TERM...KJC AVIATION...KJC/Sipprell/Dunten MARINE...KJC/Sipprell is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.