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000 FXUS61 KBOX 260544 AFDBOX AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA 144 AM EDT WED AUG 26 2015 .SYNOPSIS... A COLD FRONT WILL SLOWLY MOVE ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT. HIGH PRESSURE SLOWLY BUILDS IN FOR MID AND LATE WEEK WITH MAINLY DRY AND SEASONABLE WEATHER AND COMFORTABLE HUMIDITY LEVELS EXPECTED WEDNESDAY INTO SATURDAY. WARMER TEMPERATURES AND HIGHER HUMIDITIES RETURN FOR THE BEGINNING OF NEXT WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/... 145 AM UPDATE... CLUSTER OF SHOWERS AND TSTMS WHICH EARLIER DEVELOPED OVER THE OCEAN HAVE MOVED ACROSS SE MA AND WILL BE EXITING THE CAPE/ISLANDS NEXT 1-2 HOURS. STILL 1000-1500 J/KG OF SBCAPE NEAR THE SOUTH COAST WITH KI 32-34 ACROSS SE MA. DEEPER MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY AXIS REMAIN ACROSS SE MA THROUGH 12Z SO CANT RULE OUT ADDITIONAL SHOWERS OR A TSTM DURING REST OF THE OVERNIGHT PERIOD. EXPECT PATCHY FOG DEVELOPING OVERNIGHT. THERE WILL BE A NOTICEABLE DECREASE IN HUMIDITY IN W NEW ENG AS DEWPOINTS FALL INTO THE 50S...BUT REMAINING IN THE UPPER 60S IN SE NEW ENG. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY/... UPPER LOW LINGERS OVER QUEBEC WITH CYCLONIC FLOW AND COLD ADVECTION ALOFT OVER NEW ENGLAND. SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE SUPPLIES SUBSIDENCE NEAR GROUND. PLENTY OF DRY AIR NEAR THE SURFACE AND A MOIST LAYER ABOVE 850 MB. EXPECT THERE WILL BE SOME CLOUDS WEDNESDAY...BUT OTHERWISE A FAIR DAY WITH MIXING REACHING UP TO 825 MB AND POSSIBLY A LITTLE HIGHER. TEMPS AT THAT LEVEL WILL SUPPORT MAX SFC TEMPS IN THE LOW TO MID 80S. DEW POINTS WILL TREND LOWER /MORE COMFORTABLE/ WITH AFTERNOON VALUES IN THE MID 50S TO AROUND 60. FAIR WEATHER CONTINUES WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH A LIGHT NORTHWEST WIND. MIN TEMPS WILL REACH NEAR DEW POINT MOST PLACES WITH VALUES IN THE MID 50S TO LOW 60S...A LITTLE HIGHER IN BOSTON AND ALONG THE CAPE AND ISLANDS. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... OVERVIEW... MEDIUM RANGE MODELS AND ENSEMBLES REMAIN IN VERY GOOD AGREEMENT DURING THE THU-SAT TIMEFRAME...WEAKENING THE EASTERN LONG WAVE TROUGHING AS CUTOFF LOW LIFTS NE OVER EASTERN CANADA. UPPER FLOW BECOMES MORE ZONAL ACROSS THE EASTERN SEABOARD BY LATE THIS WEEK. LARGE SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE THE DOMINANT FEATURE ACROSS THE EASTERN HALF OF THE U.S. INTO THIS WEEKEND. DO NOTE DIVERGENCE IN SOME OF THE MODEL SOLUTIONS DURING THIS WEEKEND...NAMELY THE 06Z/12Z GFS...IN HANDLING LINGERING H5 SHORT WAVE WEAKNESS. MOST MODELS AND ENSEMBLES KEEP THIS HANGING AROUND THE GREAT LAKES INTO OHIO VALLEY...BUT THE GFS SHIFTS IT E MUCH FASTER AND OVERDOES THE PRECIP FIELD. ON SATURDAY...IT TRIES TO WORK MOISTURE UP THE EASTERN SEABOARD AROUND THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE OFFSHORE...THEN SHIFTS SHORT WAVE ENERGY E AROUND THE SUNDAY/SUNDAY NIGHT TIMEFRAME. THE 00Z ECMWF/GGEM KEEP THIS WEAKNESS WELL W OF THE REGION AND NOT NEARLY AS MUCH CONVECTION WITH IT AS THE HIGH PRES OFFSHORE REMAINS IN CONTROL. GEFS/ECENS MEANS ALSO KEEP A MAINLY DRY FORECAST GOING...SO LEANED TOWARD THE DRIER SOLUTION DURING THIS TIMEFRAME. INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK...LOOKS LIKE HIGH PRES RETURNS AS W-NW FLOW ALOFT TAKES OVER WITH HIGH AMPLITUDE UPPER RIDGE BUILDING INTO HUDSON AND JAMES BAYS. SW SURFACE WINDS TAKE OVER...WHICH BRING WARMER TEMPS AND HIGHER HUMIDITY. LEANED TOWARD AVAILABLE GUIDANCE FOR THE EARLY PORTION OF THIS FORECAST...THEN TRANSITIONED TOWARD THE ENSEMBLE MEANS FROM SUNDAY ONWARD. DETAILS... THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...HIGH CONFIDENCE. LARGE HIGH PRES RIDGE BUILDS E OUT OF THE MIDWEST/GREAT LAKES. EXPECT DRY CONDITIONS. A GENERAL W-NW FLOW IN PLACE FOR THURSDAY-FRIDAY...THEN RIDGE AXIS SHIFTS E ON SATURDAY BRINGING RETURN TO SW WINDS AND GRADUALLY INCREASING HUMIDITY. SUNDAY...LOW CONFIDENCE. AS MENTIONED ABOVE...MODEL SOLUTION DIVERGENCE DUE TO TIMING OF SYNOPTIC FEATURES ACROSS THE REGION. LEANED TOWARD THE HPC GUIDANCE FOR THIS PERIOD. KEPT A DRY FORECAST GOING. WILL ALSO SEE TEMPS RISE...WITH HIGHS POSSIBLY AS MUCH AS 5 TO 10 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. MONDAY AND TUESDAY...LOW TO MODERATE CONFIDENCE. UPPER LEVEL RIDGE BUILDS ACROSS THE CENTRAL U.S. INTO CENTRAL CANADA...KEEPING MAINLY DRY FLOW IN PLACE. SOME UNCERTAINTY DUE TO DIVERGENCE WITH EARLIER SOLUTIONS...THOUGH LOOKING A BIT MORE CONFIDENT. TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE TO TREND ABOVE NORMAL DURING THIS TIMEFRAME...WHICH IS BACK TO SCHOOL FOR SOME. BOTH MODELS AND ENSEMBLES ARE HINTING AT UPPER 80S TO AROUND 90 AS UPPER LEVEL RIDGE CONTINUES TO BUILD ACROSS THE CENTRAL U.S. && .AVIATION /06Z 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/... THROUGH 12Z...PATCHY FOG AND STRATUS OVERNIGHT WITH MVFR AND SOME IFR. SHOWERS AND TSTMS EXITING CAPE/ISLANDS NEXT 1-2 HOURS...BUT CONTINUED THREAT OF A FEW SHOWERS OR A TSTM THROUGH 12Z SE MA AND CAPE. TODAY...HIGH CONFIDENCE. AREAS OF MVFR/IFR STRATUS AND PATCHY FOG EARLY...OTHERWISE VFR. BRIEF SHOWER OR TSTM POSSIBLE THIS MORNING SE COASTAL MA AND CAPE COD. TONIGHT AND THURSDAY...HIGH CONFIDENCE. VFR. PATCHY IFR FOG LATE TONIGHT INTERIOR VALLEYS. KBOS TERMINAL...MODERATE CONFIDENCE IN TAF. A PERIOD OF MVFR CIGS POSSIBLE EARLY THIS MORNING. KBDL TERMINAL...HIGH CONFIDENCE IN TAF. OUTLOOK /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...MODERATE TO HIGH CONFIDENCE. THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...MAINLY VFR CONDITIONS. COULD SEE WEAK SEA BREEZES ALONG THE COASTLINES. MAY SEE BRIEF PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT THU NIGHT ACROSS NORMALLY PRONE INTERIOR VALLEYS. && .MARINE... FORECASTER CONFIDENCE LEVELS... LOW...LESS THAN 30 PERCENT. MODERATE...30 TO 60 PERCENT. HIGH...GREATER THAN 60 PERCENT. SHORT TERM /THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...HIGH CONFIDENCE. WINDS AND SEAS WILL REMAIN BELOW 25 KNOTS AND 5 FEET THROUGH THE PERIOD. A COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT AND MAY BRING A FEW SHOWERS TO THE WATERS...POSSIBLY A TSTM. AREAS OF FOG ON THE EASTERN MASS WATERS WILL DIMINISH WITH THE WIND SHIFT. ADDITIONAL FOG WILL AFFECT THE WATERS IN THE LIGHT FLOW TONIGHT. OUTLOOK /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...HIGH CONFIDENCE. EXPECT WINDS AND SEAS TO REMAIN BELOW SMALL CRAFT CRITERIA AS HIGH PRESSURE TAKES CONTROL. EXPECT W-NW WINDS THU-FRI...SHIFTING TO S-SW FRI NIGHT-SUNDAY. && .BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...NONE. MA...NONE. RI...NONE. MARINE...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...WTB/EVT NEAR TERM...KJC SHORT TERM...WTB LONG TERM...EVT AVIATION...KJC/EVT MARINE...WTB/EVT

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