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000 FXUS61 KBOX 251940 AFDBOX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Taunton MA 340 PM EDT THU AUG 25 2016 .SYNOPSIS...
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High pressure offshore brings warm and humid conditions tonight. A cold front swings through the region Friday, bringing showers and a few thunderstorms later tonight and Friday. Seasonable and dry for the weekend. Chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms for Monday. Thereafter dry weather Tuesday into Wednesday. From then on possibly into the Labor Day Weekend a more disturbed, wet- weather pattern is forecast. Continue to monitor the latest with Invest-99L but the long-term track forecast remains uncertain.
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&& .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM FRIDAY MORNING/...
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This evening... High pressure is well south and east of New England but providing a distinct pressure gradient for southwest winds. Winds aloft are around 20 knots and possibly a tad higher, and much of this has been brought to the surface in gusts. Expect this to diminish after sunset. Radar shows scattered showers over Northern New England and Eastern NY. Some of this may clip Western MA late afternoon/evening, with best chance in Northwest MA. Tonight... Southwest flow will feed plenty of moisture into our area, with precip water values of over 2 inches. We will see this refleced in higher dew points overnight with values reaching near 70. Signs of a lee trough forming over PA and VA shifting east. This may provide a surface focus for developing convection which would move into our area during the night. CAPE is weak, LI os marginal but favorable. Shear is weak all night. Expect showers and a few thunderstorms, with precip water values suggesting local downpours. Min temps tonight will be limited by the rising dew points, thus values in the upper 60s and low to mid 70s.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
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Friday... First plume of moisture moves through in the morning. A second plume crosses in the afternoon along with the cold front. Shear continues marginal, with brief 35 knots at 500 mb midday. Instability builds with a couple of models showing 1000 J/Kg CAPEs. LI remains sub-zero. Continue showers/scattered thunder duirng the day. The high precip water values will again allow for local downpours. Friday night... Cold front moves offshore Friday evening. The high precip water values decrease noticeably behind the cold front, as does the cloud-level moisture. Expect clearing skies and winds shifting from the Northwest.
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&& .LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
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*/ Highlights... - Seasonable and dry weekend, fantastic weather! - Shower and thunderstorm chances for Monday - Banking dry weather for early-mid week, wet-weather mid-late week - Low confidence forecast for next week especially with Invest-99L */ Discussion... Forecast hinges upon the morphology of synoptic features towards the later-half of the week into Labor Day Weekend with respect to Invest- 99L (AL99). Continued struggles with forecast model performance in handling N/E Pacific disturbances into the W CONUS is subsequently leading to alterations in the ridge-trough-ridge pattern extending from the Gulf of Alaska region into the Central and E CONUS. Notably atmospheric teleconnections have exhibited some waffling within the last few model runs, especially into the beginning of September. Do still believe through the complications that the H5 High presently across S/E CONUS and Mid-Atlantic will only shift and perhaps weaken with the presence of AL99. This yields the opportunity for pacific- origin energy through the consensus forecast of near-zonal flow for the early- to mid-week period to have a greater influence S across the N CONUS as AL99 makes its approach. Then it becomes a question of how such energy from the N interacts with the consensus forecast of AL99 into the SE CONUS towards the Mid-Atlantic. After a certainly pleasant, comfortable weekend with seasonably dry weather with likely onshore influences, looking at wet-weather for Monday with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Not overwhelming confident. Timing of associated cold frontal passage in question as is both the availability of moisture and instability. Weak shear profiles as lapse rates are poor. Seemingly still dealing with the lingering influence of high pressure. But if synoptic forcing can come together along with a destabilizing boundary-layer, outcomes are plausible, especially Monday afternoon. Will hold with chance PoPs over much of S New England. Continued low confidence forecast hereafter as deterministic models struggle with individual waves and accompanying influences through the ensemble-weighted near-zonal flow with favorable troughing in the vicinity of the W CONUS. Content with earlier thinking that beyond Monday will be a brief period of high pressure followed by periods of disturbed weather for the mid-late week period. Crucial is whether AL99 is wrapped into expected disturbed weather and N- stream energy late week into Labor Day Weekend to which the majority of guidance keeps offshore. But with some ensemble members that is not the case, and the consensus forecast has exhibited some wobbling as of late, so overall forecast outcomes remain uncertain.
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&& .AVIATION /19Z THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
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Forecaster Confidence Levels. Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Friday Night/... Tonight...Moderate confidence Mainly VFR cigs...but some MVFR possible especially in elevated places such as ORH. MVFR vsbys expected in scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Southwest winds gusting 20 to 25 knots in the evening will diminish during the night. Friday...Moderate Confidence Scattered showers and thunderstorms as a cold front moves through the region. Southwest winds will shift from the northwest behind the colFriday night...Moderate Confidence. SW winds 10-15 kt Friday evening, with gusts up to 20 kt on the southern waters, shifting to N-NW overnight. Seas 4 ft or less. Patchy fog on the southern near shore waters with visibility restrictions.d front. While conditions should be mainly VFR, periods of MVFR in showers/thunder are possible. Friday night...High confidence VFR with northwest winds 10 knots or less. Areas of IFR possible in patchy fog after midnight. KBOS Terminal... Moderate confidence in TAF. Mostly VFR but potential for MVFR vsbys toward sunrise due to showers. KBDL Terminal... Moderate confidence in TAF. Mostly VFR but potential for MVFR vsbys toward sunrise due to showers. Outlook /Saturday through Tuesday/... Saturday into Sunday...High Confidence. VFR. Light winds. Likely sea-breezes. Winds turning E/SE Sunday, potentially breezy late with SCT mid-high cloud. Monday...Moderate Confidence. Chance of SHRA/TSRA. Timing of outcomes remains unclear at this time, could see some morning activity followed by afternoon storm development. S/SW winds, breezy with gusts up to 20 kts, backing out of the W/NW towards morning. Tuesday...Moderate Confidence. Will prevail VFR with winds turning out of the W/NW.
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&& .MARINE...
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Forecaster Confidence Levels. Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent. Short Term /through Friday Night/...High confidence. Tonight... Winds 20 to 25 knots this evening should diminish during the night. Seas will remain below 5 feet. A small craft advisory remains in effect through the evening due to the wind potential being near 25 knots. Friday... Cold front approaches late tonight and Friday with potential for showers and scattered thunderstorms. This will bring briefly lower vsbys. Also areas of fog possible early Friday with lower vsbys. Winds below 20 knots or less, seas 4 feet or less. Friday night... Friday night...Moderate Confidence. SW winds 10-15 kt Friday evening, with gusts up to 20 kt on the southern waters, shifting to N-NW overnight. Seas 4 ft or less. Patchy fog on the southern near shore waters with visibility restrictions. Cold front moves across the waters bringing shifting winds, from the Northwest overnight. Winds 20 knots or less, seas 4 feet or less. Lower vsbys in patchy fog possible. Outlook /Saturday through Tuesday/... Saturday into Sunday...High Confidence. High pressure, light winds, gradually veering out of the S/SE into Sunday, becoming breezy late. Waves remaining below 5 feet. Monday...Moderate Confidence. Winds turning out of the S/SW ahead of a sweeping cold front. There is the potential for gusts up to 20 kts. This in addition to shower and thunderstorm activity, mainly considering the near-shore waters. Expect the cold front to sweep the waters towards the later half of the day, into evening, at latest overnight. Wave influence per weather may be minimal, but of greater concern is swell associated with Gaston. Waves in excess of 5 feet by evening. Tuesday...Moderate Confidence. Cold front pushing out to sea as winds back W/NW. Swell continuing from Gaston with wave heights up to 6 feet on the outer waters.
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&& .CLIMATE... As we wind down August, we looked at the annual precipitation to date. As dry as we have been lately, there have actually been drier January to August periods. Here is how we rank at each of the climate sites: Boston: 1. 16.30" (1965) 12. 20.26" (2016)* 13. 20.28" (1950) 14. 20.45" (1980) Worcester: 1. 17.16" (1907) 17. 23.40" (2016)* 18. 23.46" (1923) 19. 23.50" (1999) Providence: 1. 16.84" (1957) 42. 25.83" (2016)* 43. 25.95" (1945) 44. 25.99" (1912) Hartford: 1. 16.75" (1965) 6. 22.34" (2016)* 7. 22.51" (1921) 8. 22.57" (1980) && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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CT...None. MA...None. RI...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening for ANZ231>237-251. Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EDT Friday for ANZ250-254. Small Craft Advisory from midnight tonight to 7 AM EDT Friday for ANZ256.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...WTB/EVT NEAR TERM...WTB/EVT SHORT TERM...WTB LONG TERM...EVT AVIATION...WTB/EVT MARINE...WTB/EVT CLIMATE...

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