Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCAR 241011 AFDCAR Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Caribou ME 611 AM EDT Mon Apr 24 2017 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front moving off the Downeast coast this morning will dissipate today. High pressure will build across the area tonight into Tuesday. Low pressure will slowly move up the coast Wednesday into Thursday. && .NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
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6:11 AM Update...The main challenge early this morning is the cloud cover. Early morning visible satellite pictures show areas to the north of Caribou are mainly clear, but areas of low cloud remain to the south of Caribou to the Katahdin Region, with mostly high cloud across the Downeast region with some patchy fog along the coast. Other than some minor tweaks to the hourly conditions early this morning no other changes are planned at this time. Previous discussion... A cold front is pushing off the Downeast coast early this morning, and will stall out and dissipate across the coastal waters today. The brunt of the cold air mass slides from central Quebec and into Newfoundland, but it does clip northern Maine with 850H temps of around -10C across the Saint John Valley, but closer to +2C along the Hancock County coast. This will lead to a sharp north to south temperature gradient with highs not getting much above 40 degrees in the saint John Valley, but closer to 60 degrees across the interior Downeast region. The sky will be partly to mostly sunny with some cu to pop up across the north in the colder air. Tonight will be mainly clear and cold as high pressure settles into the area. Lows will range from the 20s across the Crown to the 30s toward the coast. Some of the broad northwest valley may drop into the teens.
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&& .SHORT TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Wet and cloudy weather pattern setting up Tuesday night and persisting for quite a while. Long moist southerly fetch setting up for Wednesday/Thursday with precipitable water values around record high levels for so early in the season. Went with close to 100 percent chance of rain most areas late Tuesday night through Wednesday night. At least Tuesday day looks generally dry...enjoy it while it lasts as rain is on the way. Airmass aloft is quite warm, but with moist low level southerly flow off the cool Gulf of Maine, don`t anticipate it being that warm at the surface. At least it will be warm enough for precipitation to safely be all rain. Models all have the deep moisture over the region with the very high precipitable water values, but overall not too concerned about flooding for a few reasons. First, expect precipitation rates not to be conducive to flash flooding, with little if any in the way of convection and more of a stratiform rain. Second, although rivers are running high, they are running highest in the north, but the best chance for heaviest rain totals from 1.5 to 2.5 inches is Downeast where rivers aren`t running as high. Third, upper level dynamics are fairly weak and will limit the ability of the high precipitable water values to translate into that heavy of rainfall. Fourth, MMEFS ensemble river guidance indicates that even with the high end of rain occurring, most rivers should be able to handle the potential couple inches of rain. Still, will need to keep an eye on things. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/... Wet and unsettled continuing into late week. Deepest moisture moves off to our east Thursday and Friday, but still a chance of rain due to persisting low level moisture. Perhaps a bit of a break in the action late Saturday to early Sunday before the next likely rainmaker moves in late Sunday into Monday. && .AVIATION /09Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
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NEAR TERM: A few patches of IFR ceilings early this morning along the coast along with patchy fog will give way to VFR by 12-13Z. MVFR-IFR in spots across northern Maine to the south of KPQI will give way to VFR by 13Z. VFR for the remainder of the day and through tonight. SHORT TERM: VFR Tuesday, but deteriorating to predominant IFR areawide Tuesday night, persisting into Wednesday night with rain and low ceilings. Expect general MVFR Thursday and Friday.
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&& .MARINE... NEAR TERM: The wind and seas will remain below small craft advisory levels through tonight. SHORT TERM: Small craft conditions likely Tuesday night and persisting for several days after. With a long southerly fetch, seas will build to around 9 feet Wednesday and Thursday. May be minor coastal erosion around the high tide Wednesday night. Something to watch, but not overly concerned at this point. && .CAR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...None. MARINE...None. && $$ Near Term...CB Short Term...Foisy Long Term...Foisy Aviation...CB/Foisy Marine...CB/Foisy is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.