Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KCAR 200131
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Caribou ME
931 PM EDT MON SEP 19 2016
A moist airmass will remain across the region tonight with areas
of fog once again developing. A cold front will cross the region
Tuesday followed by drier and cooler air by mid week. Even cooler
air is expected for the first full weekend of Autumn.
.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY/...
-- Changed Discussion --9:20 PM Update...No major changes were made this update. Did
tweak initial POPs and temps based on current conditions and
trends. Left POPs after midnight unchanged, as it seems like
isolated light shower activity could continue for much of the
night, as noted in the previous update. The very moist low levels
have brought low stratus across the entire CWA, and all TAF sites
currently have IFR CIGs. Fog also seems likely to develop across
parts of the CWA given the moist low levels and light SE-S`ly
flow. Most TAF sites have already been reporting occasional lower
visibilities, but only Bar Harbor has reported consistent fog.
Dense Fog Advisory currently in place for coastal Downeast, but
will need to monitor closely for a need to expand that.
A moist airmass will remain in place across the region tonight as high
pressure anchored off the western atlantic keeps a light southerly
flow across the region. Expect stratus and areas of fog to once
again develop overnight. Fog may become dense in spots
again tonight and will have to monitor for the potential of
needing a dense fog advisory late tonight. It will be another
mild and muggy night. Lows will once again only bottom out around
60 degrees in most areas with a few upper 50s possible across the
Tuesday will begin with low stratus and areas fog across the
area but low clouds should then begin to mix out in advance of
an approaching cold front from the west by mid morning. The front
will cross the region later Tuesday afternoon. Scattered showers
are possible with the front, mainly north of the Katahdin region.
As referenced by the the mid crew last night, the nam looks to
be overdoing its cape forecast, thus leaned with the much more
stable gfs. As such, decided against mentioning any thunder with
the front on Tuesday. Despite the abundant shear profile, lapse
rates not all that impressive. Also, dry air entrainment from
aloft may also help to mitigate any development. That being said,
couldn`t rule out a brief gusty shower with the front across the
north. Highs on Tuesday will range from the low to mid 70s.
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.SHORT TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/...
Upr lvl wave currently lifting north of the Great Lks into Ontario
wl continuing heading northeast twd Newfoundland at the start of the
short term. At the sfc a weakening front wl be acrs the CWA by 00z
Wed with vry minimal in the way of showers expected.
Wed wl be a pleasant fall day with main storm track rmng to the
north and zonal H5 flow acrs the CWA, featuring sunny skies and
contd abv normal temperatures. High pressure wl build out of Canada
during the day Thur with nw flow supplying lower H8 temps thru the
end of the pd. Maxes for the day wl be 3-8 degrees cooler than Wed
and more normal for this time of year.
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
Sfc ridge axis progged by med range guidance to rmn in place by the
start of the extndd pd. What affect this has on low riding along
stalled frontal bndry rmns to be seen as latest 12z guidance brings
low acrs Downeast zones at some point drg the day on Fri. EC is
quickest with wv with GFS being slowest and GEM the compromise. Hv
gone with Superblend for pops which holds showers in acrs the south
thru Sat mrng. One thing looks for certain, with this low exiting
twd the Maritimes an airmass change wl be taking place ovr the
All guidance indicating H8 temps drop to nr 0c on Sat and blo 0c for
Sun. Chilly nw flow continues thru the end of the long term. Hv
lowered maxes ovr the weekend fm prior fcst by svrl degrees. Coldest
day wl lkly be Sunday with highs in the l50s acrs the north to m50s
ovr the south. With upr trof still expected to swing thru Sat night,
isold showers rmn possible Sun mrng and with temps expected to drop
into the lwr 30s ovr far nw Aroostook cannot rule out a brief pd of
snow mixing in with showers.
.AVIATION /01Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
NEAR TERM: Widespread IFR/LIFR conditions are once again expected
to develop tonight in low clouds and areas of fog. IFR/LIFR can be
expected early Tuesday morning in lower clouds and areas of fog
before improving to VFR Tuesday afternoon.
SHORT TERM: IFR expected at southern terminals Wed afternoon.
Remaining terminals should be VFR with BGR possibly improving to
VFR late in the afternoon. Might see IFR restrictions lingering at
BHB into the overnight hours but confidence is very low. VFR
expected through Thursday before conditions lower to MVFR and
eventually IFR on Friday morning as system moves across the state.
NEAR TERM: Wind/seas are expected to remain below small craft
advisory levels through Tuesday. Visibility will be reduced to 1
NM or less in areas of fog tonight into Tuesday afternoon.
SHORT TERM: Winds and seas will remain below SCA criteria through
the period. Southerly swell on Friday does not appear that it
will approach 5 feet at this time.
-- Changed Discussion --ME...Dense Fog Advisory until 8 AM EDT Tuesday for MEZ029-030.
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