Area Forecast Discussion
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129 FXUS61 KBTV 281144 AFDBTV Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Burlington VT 744 AM EDT Thu Jul 28 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A frontal boundary just north of the international border early this morning will settle slowly southward across the North Country today. Meanwhile, an upper level disturbance across the central Great Lakes will move eastward, and result in scattered showers and thunderstorm activity near the frontal zone this afternoon and evening. High temperatures will generally reach the mid to upper 80s across the region today. A few showers are possible again on Friday, mainly across south- central Vermont as the low-level frontal zone continues to shift southward into southern New England. Cooler and drier air will filter in across northern sections, with highs in the lower 80s for Friday and upper 70s to lower 80s for Saturday, with lower humidity levels. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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As of 735 AM EDT Thursday...Mild conditions prevail across the North Country early this morning with dewpoints in the low-mid 60s and temperatures rising through the upper 60s and lower 70s at 1130Z. Surface analysis shows a weak frontal boundary across srn Quebec into southeastern Ontario. Winds are nearly calm south of the boundary...and light NW-N poleward of the trough line with dewpoints mainly in the mid-upr 50s north of the front (an air mass that will be in place across the North Country for Friday). Some mid- upper level clouds are streaming ewd across the region this morning, mainly a function of convective debris from thunderstorms yesterday across the upr MS river valley and Great Lakes region. These mid-level clouds will be in place much of the day resulting in filtered sunshine. Remnant 500mb vort across the central Great Lakes will shear out ewd in W-E belt of strengthening 300-200mb flow approaching 90-100kt across Lake Ontario ewd into nrn NY/VT by 18Z this afternoon. Forcing aloft is not great...with limited height falls and only brief period in LFQ of upper jet during early afternoon. Low-mid tropospheric flow will remain rather light in vcnty of sfc trough/frontal zone, as it sags swd into nrn NY/VT by early to mid afternoon. Insolational heating with filtered sunshine will yield 2-m temps in the low-mid 80s, and with mid 60s dewpoints in place, will contribute to SBCAPE values around 1000 J/kg and PW values of 1.5 to 1.6" this aftn. Bulk of the day will be dry in most locations, but will see some scattered convective cells around during peak heating hrs per NCAR/10member WRF ensemble and the 06Z BTV-4km WRF. While we can`t rule out a stronger thunderstorm or two, combination of mid-level lapse rates only around 6 C/km and very weak low- level flow should limit overall robustness and organization of scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Isold stronger cores could have some small hail or gusty winds, but anticipate below svr limits. PoPs peak around 60-70 Percent 18-20Z across central/nrn VT, and generally 40-50 percent across s-central sections. Into the early to late evening hours, will see convective coverage and intensity gradually diminish and generally focus across s-central VT as frontal zone settles swd. Precipitation should be generally ending by 06z, with patchy fog possible in favored valleys 06-12z, especially in areas seeing daytime/evening thunderstorm activity and residual wet ground conditions. Low temperatures tonight generally in the low- mid 60s.
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&& .SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/... As of 341 AM EDT Thursday...Cluster of convection looks to affect more of southern New England on Friday than northern areas. Would expect a fairly sharp gradient of precipitation given the west to southwest flow aloft. Areas near the Canadian border should remain dry with a chance of showers across central and south central Vermont. High temperatures on Friday will generally be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Any lingering precipitation comes to an end Friday evening with high pressure starting to build down from Canada late Friday night into Saturday. No precipitation is expected during this period with highs on Saturday in the mid 70s to lower 80s. && .LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... As of 341 AM EDT Thursday...Trends in the data now suggest a shortwave trough moves into the region on Sunday for a chance of showers right through Sunday night. The pattern looks to change for the first half of next week with an upper level ridge of high pressure gradually building in for relatively dry weather and a gradual warming trend with highs in the 80s all areas Tuesday and Wednesday. && .AVIATION /12Z Thursday THROUGH Monday/...
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Through 12z Friday...Generally VFR with SCT-BKN070-100 much of the day. Scattered shower and thunderstorm activity 16-20Z, and then gradually diminish in coverage during the evening hours, while generally shifting swd into srn VT. Brief periods of MVFR/IFR possible in shower and thunderstorm activity with brief heavy downpours. Mainly carried VCSH in TAFs ATTM. Winds generally light S-SW, becoming light N-NW with weak frontal passage this afternoon...and remaining light north tonight. Patchy fog possible during the 06-12Z Friday period, especially at locations seeing shower/thunderstorm activity during the aftn/evening period with residual wet ground conditions. Outlook 12z Friday through Monday...Mainly VFR. Isold -SHRA possible s-central VT/KRUT during Friday afternoon. Chance for additional showers on Sunday, with isold -TSRA possible mainly across srn sections.
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&& .BTV WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VT...None. NY...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Banacos NEAR TERM...Banacos SHORT TERM...Evenson LONG TERM...Evenson AVIATION...Banacos is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.