Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KBTV 210559
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Burlington VT
159 AM EDT Thu Jul 21 2016
Ridge of surface high pressure will remain over the North Country
through Thursday, providing the region with warm, sunny, and dry
weather. Periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected
Thursday night through Saturday as a frontal system moves slowly
through the region. Some of the storms will have the potential to
become strong or severe.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
As of 151 AM EDT Thursday...no significant changes. Temps getting
close to dew points in eastern VT which a few hours of valley fog
are likely until about 8 a.m. Low temps mainly in the 50s with a
few upper 40s in the normal cool spots while near Lake Champlain
it will be
Large ridge of surface high pressure will remain over the region
right through Thursday with dry weather. Some high level cirrus
clouds are possible from time to time with NW flow aloft from
thunderstorms up near James Bay early this morning.
Highs today will be warmer than normal with ample sunshine and
warming aloft as 850 temps rise to 16 to 18C. So expecting highs
85 to 90. Winds will become south to southwest and some gusts to
20 knots in the St. Lawrence Valley.
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
As of 320 PM EDT Wednesday...An active period with several rounds
of strong to severe storms possible.
Thu Ngt/Early Fri Morning: A surface front in Ontario/Northern Great
Lakes will be slowly approaching. Deep low-level layered moisture
with with PWATS >1.5 inches advecting ahead of front...instability
aloft with increasing presence of elevated mixed layer...a
shortwave trough and exit region of 300mb jet approaching should
have mesoscale convective complex in northern Great Lakes/Ontario
moving into FA during late Thursday night/early Friday morning.
Friday: As advertised...an Interesting day. SPC Day 3 (issued
earlier today) is uncommon across FA. At times during the past few
days models suggested that various ingredients didn`t quite come
together all at the same time especially an elevated mixed layer.
However...latest guidance is showing potential elevated mixed layer
being present thus helps support the other parameters that have
already been discussed in previous discussions.
Surface instability (temperatures well into the 80s, resulting in
CAPE values pushing 2000 J/kg. there still remains some questions on
the low-level instability due to previous convection or debris
clouds stabilizing atmosphere but feel enough dry air aloft and
breaks will allow for substantial recoup of llvl instability. A
shortwave skip through at some point during the day.
Deep WNW shear of 35-45kts along with model soundings also indicate
high equilibrium levels and semi-low wet bulb zero (10-11k ft)
levels which suggest a wind and hail threat.
Timing...After some recoup time from early morning activity...llvl
destabilization and upper level shortwave activity in late
morning/ aftn for some activity and perhaps enough drying
afterwards for more late aftn/evening with surface front and
.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
As of 320 PM EDT Wednesday...Some residual influence from
departing trough on sat will yield a chance of showers...esp vt
with decreasing west to east and temperatures still seasonable or
above by a few degrees.
Some shortwave ridging sat ngt/sun before approach of another
northern stream shortwave mon. Max T on Sunday a few degrees milder
than sat with more sun. Some showers move into late sunday
night/early monday morning but the main focus will be on Monday.
Very similar Monday to Friday`s set-up with approach of strong
shortwave...strong wind dynamics...a bit more amplified and stronger
surface cold front with decent cold air advection and falling
heights associated with it. Strong to severe storms possible again
and already some mention in SPC Day 4-8 discussion.
Some differences with ECMWF/GFS about Tue/Wed forecast with ECMWF
more amplified thus a bit more wet on Tues. Similar to Sat...best
chance across VT..esp NE Mtns and drying trend into Wed.
Temperatures near seasonable with lower humidity.
.AVIATION /06Z Thursday THROUGH Monday/...
-- Changed Discussion --Through 06z Friday...VFR with mainly clear skies or wisps of
cirrus clouds except LIFR vis in FG at KMPV from 09-12Z this
morning. Marginal confidence in the FG/BR forecast as it`s been
dry for a couple days and crossover temps in the mid to upper 40s
and we will just touch that.
Clouds will gradually thicken tonight with cirrus streaming in
from the NW and may see some mid clouds arriving at KMSS before
06Z. Have showers in the vicinity at that time and there is also a
low chance of thunderstorm by that time also moving SE from
Light/calm winds will become light south to southwest today. KMSS
could see some SW gusts to 20 knots during afternoon in tighter
pressure gradient and channeling up the St. Lawrence Valley.
Expecting winds to continue tonight as gradient strengthens
Outlook 06z Friday through Monday...
Thu night-Sat...VFR, with scattered MVFR in showers and
Sun...Mainly VFR under weak high pressure.
Mon...Scattered MVFR in showers and thunderstorms.
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