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000 FXUS61 KCTP 291047 AFDCTP Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service State College PA 647 AM EDT WED JUN 29 2016 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure will bring a period of mainly dry weather with comfortable humidity for Wednesday and Thursday. A cold-frontal system will approach for the end of the week. The holiday weekend is looking mainly dry with temperatures close to or just slightly below normal for early July. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 7 PM THIS EVENING/... The few srha in the N have pretty much dissipated. Will keep a mention in there in case the heating and cyclonic flow decide to team up later this morning. Clouds over the NW will start to break up this morning as the trough axis slides to the east. prioribus... Upper low and good dynamics over western NY are helping to generate lake effect showers which are sneaking into the far NW. The deepest part of the trough should slide eastward through the rest of the night and during the first half of the day. Will just nudge POPs into the 15-20percent range to mention the possibility that it may sprinkle right along the NY border. These may be gone by mid-afternoon, but daytime heating may re-generate convection or at least keep it going. Again, just a slight chc and mainly in the morning. Some fog is forming in the eastern valleys where some heavy rain fell yesterday. Expect the fog to linger for a few hours after sunrise. Off to the south...a cluster of showers is dissipating as it reaches the Lower Susq. All this should be done in the next hour or so. Drier air is on the way to the eastern zones. They have been languishing in the U60s to L70s for dewpoints for a while and a drop into the 50s will make it feel so much more comfortable/refreshing. Will keep the forecast dry for the balance of the area today as the dry airmass will make it difficult to make any diurnal cu grow to any more than just a few kft. 8H temps dip 3-5C over much of the area but hang close to current numbers around +10C in the NW. This should bring the maxes in 2-5F below normals. && .SHORT TERM /7 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY/... A really comfortable night is in store tonight. It is not out of the question that the valleys in the northern mountains could get to 40F. Most of the area will be in the 50s for mins. A few clouds over the southern third of the area could keep temps from getting below 60F there. Thursday is an interesting forecast with the potential for a very minor short wave trough to move across during the daytime. The air is pretty dry and very few triggers will exist - other than the hill tops. Most if not all of the area should stay dry with little moisture. There is just a slight chance of a shower popping up in the aftn across the srn hill tops where dewpoints will be closer to 60F. Maxes will warm 3-6F over Wed as a light south wind develops. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... The mean upper trough over the Northeastern CONUS loses amplitude through the period, as a closed 500mb low dropping southward near James Bay shifts eastward and a subtropical ridge off the Southeast coast retrogrades slowly westward into the Gulf of Mexico. The large scale pattern will have a decidedly summertime look to it as we turn the calendar page to the month of July, with the main belt of polar westerlies located along the U.S./Canadian border and expansive upper ridge covering the southern 1/2 of the Lower 48. While much of central PA could use some rain, odds are that most of the period will be a dry one. A frontal system moving through the area on Friday will likely provide the only opportunity for rain (scattered showers/T-storms) until the second half of next week /beyond July 6th/. The upside to this will be a seasonably warm and dry period expected to last through Independence Day with seasonal temperatures and tolerable humidity. && .AVIATION /12Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... Most of the fog is gone. Very clean airmass in place now. Some lower clouds now at JST. 09Z TAFS sent. Earlier Decussion below. Most of the showers and thunderstorms have moved eastward and/or dissipated with the only remaining cluster east of AOO. The eastern areas received copious amounts of rainfall on Tuesday. Considering this, and that there remains a weak boundary over the region with calm winds, there remains a higher probability for reducing cigs early today...mainly across eastern areas. Did trim back the fog some. So far it looks like IPT will be foggy place overnight. With the cold air aloft...and strong June sun...expect any low cigs and fog to quickly mix out this morning. Next chc for showers and storms will be Thursday Night across the east. Maybe across the entire area on Friday...if both systems phase. OUTLOOK... Thu...No sig wx expected. Thu Night-Fri...Isold tsra impacts possible. Sat and Sun...No sig wx expected. && .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... None. && $$ SYNOPSIS...Dangelo NEAR TERM...Dangelo SHORT TERM...Dangelo LONG TERM...Steinbugl AVIATION...Ceru/Martin is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.