Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCAR 021900 AFDCAR AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME 300 PM EDT SUN AUG 2 2015 .SYNOPSIS...
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HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN IN CONTROL ON MONDAY WITH A COLD FRONT APPROACHING FROM THE WEST. THE COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH ON TUESDAY WITH SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED. COOLER AND DRIER WEATHER IS EXPECTED FOR THE MIDDLE AND THE END OF THE WEEK.
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&& .NEAR TERM /THROUGH MONDAY/...
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SHOWERS HV DVLPD NORTH OF A GREENVILLE TO DANFORTH LINE AS UPR LVL S/WV LIFTS INTO CANADA AROUND EVER-PRESENT HUDSON BAY LOW. EXPECT ANY LINGERING PCPN TO DIMINISH THIS EVNG WITH EXIT OF WV AND LOSS OF DIURNAL HTG. WUD NOT BE SURPRISED TO SEE AN ISOLD LGTNG STRIKE IN UNSTABLE AIRMASS THUS HV KEPT SLGT CHC THUNDER THRU 23Z THIS EVNG. SKIES WL CLR THIS EVNG FM SOUTH TO NORTH TONIGHT AS UPR LVL RIDGING BUILDS IN AND SHUNTS SW FLOW AND ASSOC HI-LVL MOISTURE TO ACRS THE CROWN OF MAINE. MIN TEMPS WL BE SVRL DEGREES ABV NORMAL BY MRNG WITH SRLY FLOW DRAWING IN WARM AIR. FCST MINS ACRS THE CWA WILL BE IN THE U50S. CWA WL BE IN WMSECTOR ON MONDAY WITH TEMPS CLIMBING ABV NORMAL. LATEST BUFKIT SNDGS SHOW NW ZONES WL LKLY BE CAPPED UNTIL CLOSE TO 18Z BFR TEMPS ALOFT BEGIN TO DROP WITH APPCH OF H5 TROF. CIN WL SLOWLY ERODE FM WEST TO EAST AND EXPECT LINE OF SHOWERS AND SCTD TSTMS TO WORK WEST BY THE END OF THE NEAR TERM. AIRMASS DESTABILIZES IN WMSECTOR WITH STRONG MID-LVL JET EXPECTED HELPING TO ORGANIZE ANY CELLS THAT ARE ABLE TO DVLP TOMORROW AFTN. QUESTION IS WHAT WL BE THE FOCUS FOR CONVECTION AS CDFNT RMNS WELL BACK TO THE WEST. 12Z NAM AND HIRES MODELS INDICATE A TROF OF LOPRES DVLPNG ALONG THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER BY 00Z TUE WHICH MAY SERVE AS FOCUS. CYCLONICALLY-CURVED HODOGRAPHS FAVOR SVR WX WITH 40-50KT OF BULK SHEAR VALUES ALSO SUPPORTING DAMAGING WINDS AND STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE HAIL. HV CONTD MIDNIGHT SHIFT ADVERTISEMENT OF GUSTY WINDS AND SMALL HAIL GIVEN QUESTION OF HOW LKLY CELLS WL DVLP DRG THE AFTN AND HOW QUICKLY CAP WL ERODE. LATER SHIFTS MAY HV TO INTRODUCE SVR WORDING FOR LATE AFTN TOMORROW.
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&& .SHORT TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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UNSETTLED WEATHER IS EXPECTED FOR THE SHORT TERM FCST PERIOD AS A LARGE UPPER LEVEL TROUGH BEINGS TO MOVE OVER QUEBEC AND THE NORTHEAST. A COUPLE OF SHORTWAVES MOVING THE CYCLONIC FLOW AROUND THE TROUGH WILL TAP MOISTURE AND WARMTH IN THE BOUNDARY LAYER AND BRING TWO ROUNDS OF SHOWERS/STORMS TO OUR CWA. THE ROUND OF PRECIP WILL ARRIVE ON MONDAY AND LAST THROUGH TUESDAY. A BRIEF RESPITE IN THE RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT BEFORE THE SECOND ROUND OF SHOWERS/STORMS ARRIVES ON WEDNESDAY. THERE IS A SMALL CHANCE THAT SOME OF THE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS OUR CWA COULD BE STRONG TO SEVERE. THE MAIN THREAT FOR ANY SEVERE STORMS WILL BE ACROSS OUR WRN ZONES ON TUESDAY...AND THEN ACROSS OUR SERN ZONES ON WEDNESDAY. TEMPERATURES WILL START COOLING OFF...WITH HIGHS EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM THE MID 70S TO THE LOWER 80S ON TUESDAY...AND RANGE THROUGH THE 70S ON WEDNESDAY.
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&& .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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THE SEMI PERMANENT UPPER TROUGH OVER QUEBEC WEAKENS LATER THIS WEEK WITH THE UPPER LOW CENTER LIFTING INTO CANADIAN MARITIMES. A WEAK COASTAL SURFACE LOW MOVES ACROSS THE BASE OF THE UPPER TROUGH THURSDAY INTO EARLY FRIDAY. IT APPEARS THAT THIS SYSTEM WILL STAY SOUTH OF EASTERN MAINE. TEMPERATURES WILL START BELOW NORMAL AND SLOWLY WARM INTO NEXT WEEKEND. WEAK DISTURBANCES IN THE UPPER LEVEL FLOW MAY BRING A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO EASTERN MAINE NEXT WEEKEND.
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&& .AVIATION /18Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
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NEAR TERM: VFR AT TERMINALS THROUGH 18Z MONDAY. SCATTERED VFR CLOUDS WILL LIKELY BE EXPERIENCED NORTH OF BHB THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE DIMINISHING AFTER SUNSET. SHOWERS WILL LIKELY BE WIDESPREAD ENOUGH TO PRECLUDE MENTION AT THIS TIME. EXPECT VFR CUMULUS TO DEVELOP LATE MON AFTERNOON AHEAD OF NEXT BOUNDARY BUT NOT ENUF CONFIDENCE TO INCLUDE WITH THIS TAF FORECAST. WINDS WILL INCREASE FROM THE SOUTH AFTER 16Z MON WITH OCNL GUSTS TO 20-25KTS. SHORT TERM: SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL AFFECT THE FCST AREA MOST OF THE SHORT TERM PERIOD. THERE IS A SMALL RISK THAT SOME OF THE STORMS MAY BE SEVERE PRODUCING FREQUENT LIGHTNING...DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. CIGS/VSBYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE STRONGER SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL BE REDUCED INTO THE IFR/MVFR FLIGHT CATEGORIES.
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&& .MARINE...
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NEAR TERM: SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING FRONT LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON WITH SEAS INCREASING TO JUST OVER 5 FEET. A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. SHORT TERM: A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY AS SWRLY WINDS STRENGTHEN ACROSS THE GULF OF MAINE AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING FRONT. THE WINDS MAY INDUCE WAVE HEIGHTS RANGING FROM 4 TO 6 FEET.
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&& .CAR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...NONE. MARINE...NONE. && $$ NEAR TERM...FARRAR SHORT TERM...BERDES LONG TERM...OKULSKI AVIATION...FARRAR/BERDES MARINE...FARRAR/BERDES

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