Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KCTP 252132
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
532 PM EDT MON JUL 25 2016
A cold front will push southeast across Pennsylvania late today
and tonight. High pressure will return for mid week with
continued warm temperatures. Temperatures may trend back to near
or slightly below normal over the weekend.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM TUESDAY MORNING/...
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8PM.
A Heat Advisory and Excessive Heat Warning are also in in effect for
the sern zones today.
A cold front moving over Lake Erie will drop SE across the area
this evening and overnight. A hot, humid and very unstable airmass
is place with RAP CAPEs in excess of 3000j being observed. We are
still very warm aloft so activity has been slow to attain vertical
Lagging upper trough and sfc cold front will combine with the deep
tropical moisture to bring the threat of some training storms with
highly localized very heavy rainfall of 2 inches or more per hour.
Headwater Flash Flood Guidance values are extremely high and
4 inches plus for the 1-3 hour period, so at this point there
isn`t a big concern for flash flooding. However, PWATs are just
about as high as they get around this part of the country, so the
biggest threat will likely be urban and small stream flooding.
HRRR timing suggests the showers/storms taper off and move south
fairly early this evening with improving skies in the wake of the
front. Areas that see rain ahead of the front and clearing skies
behind the front will have a good chance for some late night fog.
Low temps will vary from the l60s across the north...to the lower
70s across the SE zones.
.SHORT TERM /6 AM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM TUESDAY/...
Tuesday looks very warm to hot but with much cooler dewpoints as
compared to today. Highs will range from the low/mid 80s over the
NW to the low/mid 90s over the SE.
.LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY/...
In the extended the heat continues through midweek...then a
cooling trend to near normal highs looks likely for a few days as
several fronts linger over the area and the core of hot
temperatures shifts west.
The upper ridge across the Southern U.S. is forecast to
retrogress into the Southwestern U.S. by late in the week allowing
northern stream energy to produce a weak, but persistent troffing
across the northeast states.
Cold front currently crossing the region is forecast to stall just
south of the PA/MD border. A wave is forecast to form on the front
supported by the developing upper trof, moving east through the
Ohio Valley Friday and crossing PA on Saturday into Sunday. This
looks to bring a prolonged period of unsettled with weather with
showery conds across the state. The cloudiness will further
support cooler high temperatures than recent days. Low
temperatures during this period look to be several degrees above
normal, especially across southern sections of the state.
.AVIATION /21Z MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
Developing thunderstorms are bringing localized restrictions to
terminals in the northwest. Thunderstorms will break out in the
hot humid air over all of our CWA this afternoon. Some of the
thunderstorms could cause damaging wind gusts and large hail,
especially over the northern portion of the flying area.
Dewpoints will not dip all that much tonight, so areas of fog
look like a good bet after the thunderstorms move east of the
region. For now will forecast 3-5 miles but would not be
surprised to see local IFR conditions develop. The best chance for
dense fog will be at terminals that see rain today and clearing
Air does get slightly drier for the middle of the week. It should
not be cold enough at night to make much if any fog in the valleys
of the north. The airfields will likely stay VFR into Thursday.
THU-FRI...Mainly VFR. SCT PM SHRA/TSRA.
Record high for Harrisburg today is 99 degrees set in 1940.
Record high for Williamsport is 100 set in 1934.
Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for PAZ027-028-035-
Excessive Heat Warning until 8 PM EDT this evening for PAZ056-
NEAR TERM...La Corte
SHORT TERM...La Corte