Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Burlington, VT

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000 FXUS61 KBTV 290741 AFDBTV AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT 341 AM EDT FRI AUG 29 2014 .SYNOPSIS... SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE TRANSLATING EASTWARD ACROSS NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND WILL BRING PLEASANT AND DRY WEATHER CONDITIONS TO THE NORTH COUNTRY TODAY AND TONIGHT. WARMER AND MORE HUMID WEATHER WILL RETURN FOR THE WEEKEND AS HIGH PRESSURE SHIFTS EAST OF THE REGION AND SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST FLOW DEVELOPS. SATURDAY SHOULD BE PRECIPITATION FREE... BUT SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY SUNDAY AFTERNOON AS AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE MOVES INTO THE REGION FROM THE GREAT LAKES. SOME THUNDERSTORMS ON SUNDAY ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS. ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES...WITH VALLEY HIGHS GENERALLY IN THE 80S...WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MOST OF NEXT WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/... AS OF 329 AM EDT FRIDAY...MODERATELY STRONG SURFACE ANTICYCLONE AND ASSOCIATED MID-TROPOSPHERIC RIDGE WILL BUILD EWD INTO THE NORTH COUNTRY TODAY. LINGERING STRATOCUMULUS WILL DISSIPATE THRU THE REMAINDER OF THE PRE-DAWN HOURS OWING TO INCREASED SUBSIDENCE...AND PATCHY EARLY AM FOG WILL QUICKLY DISSIPATE AFTER 12Z WITH NEAR FULL SUNSHINE EXPECTED TODAY. WINDS WILL BE LIGHT AND VARIABLE IN VICINITY OF HIGH PRESSURE...AND DEWPOINTS WILL REMAIN LOW - GENERALLY IN THE UPPER 40S TO LOWER 50S. LEANED TOWARD WARMER NAM- MOS GUIDANCE...WITH VALLEY HIGHS IN THE 72-76F RANGE. ALL IN ALL A VERY PLEASANT DAY FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES UNDER RESPLENDENT BLUE SKIES. SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS IN CONTROL TONIGHT WILL DRIFTING EWD TOWARD THE GULF OF MAINE AFTER MIDNIGHT. AS A RESULT...SHOULD SEE SOME SOUTHERLY RETURN FLOW DEVELOP LATE...ESPECIALLY IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY WITH CHANNELING EFFECTS. WINDS GENERALLY AROUND 10 MPH IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY...BUT WITH STEEP LAPSE RATES OVER LAKE CHAMPLAIN DUE TO WARM LAKE WATERS...WILL SEE THE DEVELOPMENT OF 15-25 KT SOUTH WINDS BY 09Z OVER THE OPEN WATERS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN. MODELS SUGGEST INCREASING RH IN 300-500MB LAYER...SO WILL LIKELY SEE AN INCREASE IN CIRRUS FROM WEST TO EAST OVERNIGHT. NO PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED. FOG WILL BE MOST PREVALENT ACROSS THE VALLEYS OF CENTRAL AND ERN VT WHERE WINDS JUST ABOVE THE PBL WILL BE LIGHTEST AND CIRRUS CLOUDS WILL ARRIVE A BIT LATER. OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL GENERALLY BE IN THE LOW-MID 50S...WITH A FEW UPPER 40S IN THE NRN ADIRONDACKS AND FAR NERN VT. && .SHORT TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... AS OF 329 AM EDT FRIDAY...SOUTH TO SOUTHWESTERLY LOW-LEVEL FLOW WILL BE IN PLACE ACROSS THE NORTH COUNTRY ON SATURDAY...BETWEEN SFC HIGH PRESSURE DEPARTING TO THE EAST AND A WEAK SFC LOW AND MID- LEVEL TROUGH ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES. MODERATE LOW-TO-MID LEVEL WAA IS PROGGED BY 00Z NAM/GFS...WITH 850MB THERMAL RIDGE OF +15 TO +16C BUILDING INTO THE REGION BY 00Z SUNDAY. ISSUE ON TEMPERATURE WILL BE CLOUDS...AS HIGH 500-300MB RH SUGGESTS FILTERED SUNSHINE THROUGH CIRRUS/ALTOSTRATUS LAYER. ADJUSTED A BIT ABOVE MOS CONSENSUS...WITH HIGHS IN THE 80-83F FOR MOST VALLEY SECTIONS...BUT NOT QUITE AS WARM AS IT COULD BE UNDER FULL SUN. S-SW WINDS GENERALLY 10-15 MPH. WITH MID-LEVEL RIDGING STILL IN PLACE AND NOT MUCH EVIDENCE FOR LOW- LEVEL CONVERGENCE...IT APPEARS SATURDAY WILL REMAIN DRY AREAWIDE...AND WILL KEEP POPS BELOW 15 PERCENT. DEWPOINTS WILL SLOWLY CLIMB...LIKELY REACHING THE UPR 50S. WEAK MID-LEVEL HEIGHT FALLS COMMENCE SATURDAY NIGHT AS MID-LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH PROGRESSES EWD ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES. SHOULD SEE MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES...WITH A CHANCE FOR A FEW SHOWERS DEVELOPING ACROSS NRN NY...AND PERHAPS FAR NRN VT TOWARD DAYBREAK SUNDAY. CLOUDS AND CONTINUED LIGHT SOUTH WINDS SAT NIGHT...COMBINED WITH WARMER AIR MASS WILL RESULT IN VERY MILD OVERNIGHT LOWS...RANGING FROM THE UPR 50S ACROSS THE CT RIVER VALLEY...TO 65-68F IN THE CHAMPLAIN AND ST. LAWRENCE VALLEYS. SUNDAY LOOKS LIKE THE BEST CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. SHORTWAVE TROUGH PROVIDES MID-LEVEL UVV WHILE WEAK SURFACE-BASED INSTABILITY DEVELOPS WITH DAYTIME HEATING (SBCAPE VALUES OF 500-1000 J/KG). DEEP LAYER SHEAR IS NOT PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE...WITH SFC-6KM BULK SHEAR OF ONLY 20-25 KTS. COMBINED WITH ONLY WEAK INSTABILITY WITH ABUNDANT CLOUD COVER IN PLACE...NOT ANTICIPATING ANY SEVERE WEATHER ACTIVITY. THAT SAID...SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY WILL GRADUALLY BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD TOWARD AFTERNOON WITH PEAK HEATING. WHILE NOT A "WASHOUT"...THESE SHOWERS COULD BE LOCALLY HEAVY...AS PW VALUES APPROACH 2.00" IN BOTH THE NAM AND GFS. HAVE INCLUDED HEAVY DOWNPOUR MENTION IN THE HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK AND IN THE FORECAST GRIDS. DEFINITELY WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE AN INDOOR BACKUP PLAN FOR ANY PLANNED OUTINGS ON SUNDAY GIVING POTENTIAL FOR BRIEF HEAVY RAINFALL. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE FROM THE UPR 70S TO LOWER 80S. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/... AS OF 329 AM EDT FRIDAY...FAIRLY ACTIVE WEATHER EXPECTED FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE EXTENDED FORECAST PERIOD...SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT...WITH DRYING TAKING PLACE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS THE AREA SUNDAY NIGHT AND THUS GOING FORECAST OF LIKELY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS LOOKS REAL GOOD. NOT MUCH AIR MASS CHANGE BEHIND THE FRONT ON MONDAY AND THUS SUFFICIENT INSTABILITY SHOULD DEVELOP MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR SOME SHOWERS AND STORMS TO DEVELOP. A BRIEF BREAK IN THE CONVECTION TAKES PLACE LATER MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING BEFORE ANOTHER COLD FRONT MOVES INTO THE REGION TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THUS LOOKING AT ANOTHER CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING BEFORE DRIER WESTERLY FLOW ALOFT DEVELOPS OVER THE AREA WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. THERMAL PROFILE THROUGHOUT THE EXTENDED SUGGESTS DAYTIME HIGHS WILL BE AT OR A FEW DEGREES ABOVE SEASONAL NORMALS. && .AVIATION /08Z FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/... THROUGH 06Z SATURDAY...VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH THE PERIOD WITH ONLY ONE MINOR EXCEPTION. LIFR CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP AT KSLK BETWEEN 09Z AND 12Z DUE TO LOW CLOUDS AND FOG. WINDS WILL GENERALLY BE LIGHT AND VARIABLE THROUGH THE PERIOD. OUTLOOK 06Z SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY... 06Z SAT-12Z SAT...PRIMARILY VFR AS HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES OVER THE REGION. 12Z SAT ONWARD...MAINLY VFR...WITH MVFR/BRIEF IFR IN SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. && .MARINE... SOUTH WINDS WILL INCREASE SHARPLY ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN TOWARD DAYBREAK SATURDAY...AS THE PRESSURE GRADIENT INCREASES BETWEEN HIGH PRESSURE DEPARTING EAST OF NEW ENGLAND...AND A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ACROSS THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES. LOOKING AT WINDS 15-20 KNOTS WITH GUSTS TO 25 KNOTS AFTER 5 AM...WITH SUSTAINED SOUTH WINDS 15-25 KNOTS THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAYLIGHT HOURS ON SATURDAY. WAVES OVER THE BROAD PORTION OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN WILL BUILD TO 2 TO 3 FEET SATURDAY MORNING. && .BTV WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... VT...NONE. NY...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...BANACOS NEAR TERM...BANACOS SHORT TERM...BANACOS LONG TERM...EVENSON AVIATION...EVENSON/KGM MARINE...TEAM BTV

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