Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KCTP 201521 AFDCTP AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA 1121 AM EDT SAT SEP 20 2014 .SYNOPSIS... AFTER A BRIEF PERIOD OF CLOUDS AND PATCHY DRIZZLE THIS MORNING...FAIR WEATHER IS EXPECTED FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE DAY. A FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BRING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION ON SUNDAY. A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE AND A BLOCKING UPPER- LEVEL RIDGE OVER CENTRAL CANADA WILL LEAD TO GENERALLY FAIR AND COOL WEATHER FOR MOST OF NEXT WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... CLOUDS CERTAINLY COVERING THE AREA EXPECTED WITH THE DOWNSLOPE OFF THE ALLEGHENY PLATEAU THE LIMITING FEATURE AT THIS TIME. 11-3.9 MICRON SATL AND EMERGING VISIBLE SATL IMAGERY SHOW SIGNIFICANT BREAKS IN THE CLOUD COVER OVER SWRN AREAS AS SFC WINDS TURN SRLY TO SWRLY...AND LESS OF THE MOIST EASTERLY COMPONENT. ELSEWHERE MORE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE REMAINS....BUT WILL BE SHRINKING IN COVER INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS. WHILE THERE MAY STILL BE VERY SPOTTY PCPN IN PLACES ON THE HIGHER SE- FACES OF THE HILLS BETWEEN UNV/IPT AND MDT...THERE IS ALREADY DRYING STARTING. THE CONTINUED EASTWARD MOVEMENT OF THE OFF-SHORE LOW WILL CONTINUE THE IMPROVEMENT THROUGH THE DAYTIME. MDLS DO POOL SOME 8H MSTR OVER THE NW AND WILL SHADE A FEW CLOUDS THERE IN THE AFTN...BUT IN GENERAL...IT SHOULD BE BRIGHTENING UP INTO THE EARLY AFTN. MAXES IN THE 70S OVERALL AND PERHAPS AN 80F TEMP ALONG THE LOWER SUSQ RIVER...STAYING THE COOLEST IN THE SPINE OF THE MTNS. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY/... CLEARING MAY ALMOST COMPLETE THIS EVENING...IF IT WERE NOT FOR SOME HIGHER CLOUDS MOVING IN FROM THE WEST. THEN THE DIGGING TROUGH TO THE WEST WILL PULL MOISTURE UP FROM THE MIDWEST AND AN ADVANCE TROUGH WILL TRY TO MAKE SHOWERS IN THE NWRN COS BY DAYBREAK ON SUNDAY. THE MAIN LOW AND UPPER TROUGH WILL BE OFFSET ENOUGH THAT THE PATTERN SHOULD REMAIN PROGRESSIVE AND THE MAIN COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. THE DEEP LAYER SHEAR AND SOME DECENT INSTABILITY IN THE LOW LEVELS COULD PRODUCE A FEW STRONGER STORMS AS THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH. QPF SEEMS RATHER PALTRY WITH PWATS BRIEFLY PEAKING AROUND 1.5 INCHES. ALL THE SHOWERS/STORMS SHOULD BE MOVING ALONG STEADILY. THE NAM CRANKS UP MORE SHOWERS IN THE POST- FRONTAL AIR...AND HAVE EXTENDED SCT POPS THROUGH THE NIGHT AND INTO MONDAY MORNING FOR THE WESTERN HIGHLANDS. THE 8H TEMPS DIP INTO THE +1-2C RANGE FOR A BRIEF TIME ON MONDAY OVER THE NW. MAX TEMPS WILL THEREFORE TAKE A TUMBLE ROM THE MID70S-L80S ON SUNDAY TO THE M50S- 70F ON MONDAY. THE FLOW DOES NOT REALLY RELAX UNTIL MONDAY EVENING AS THE HIGH SLIDES INTO THE OHIO VALLEY. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/... THE RAIN EVENT IN THE SHORT TERM WILL LIKELY BE THE ONLY ONE THAT SHOULD AFFECT THE REGION IN THE NEXT 7-12 DAYS AS A BLOCKING 500HPA RIDGE WITH OVER 2 SIGMA HEIGHT ANOMALIES SHOULD PROVIDE A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DRY WEATHER. HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS IN AS THE LONG TERM IS BEGINNING AND IT SORT OF PARKS ITSELF OVER NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND WITH +2 TO +3 SIGMA ABOVE NORMAL MSLP ANOMALIES BY WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY. HIGH CONFIDENCE IN THIS FORECAST AS THE MODELS ALL SHOW A BLOCKING 500 HPA ANTICYCLONE TO THE NORTHWEST AS A MASSIVE 500 HPA POSITIVE HEIGHT ANOMALY OF +2 TO +3 SIGMA DEVELOPS OVER CENTRAL CANADA BY THURSDAY AND INTO FRIDAY. OUR MODELS AND EFS DO WELL FORECASTING ANTICYCLONES. SO I AM HIGH ON THE FAIR WEATHER FORECAST NEXT WEEK. DID NOT YET DRAW THE DIURNAL VALLEY FOG AND LOW CLOUDS LIKELY TO AFFECT THE REGION EACH MORNING ONCE THE BIG HIGH TAKES HOLD. && .AVIATION /15Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... SFC HIGH PRESSURE EXITING WELL EAST OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST...AND A COLD FRONT MOVING ACROSS THE UPPER GLAKES TODAY WILL CREATE A LIGHT TO MODERATE SOUTHERLY BREEZE OF 8-10 KTS WITH SOME GUSTS UP INTO THE UPPER TEENS AND LOWER 20 KT RANGE THIS MORNING AS THE AXIS OF A 30-35 KT SOUTHERLY 925 MB JET SHIFTS EAST ACROSS THE REGION. 11-3.9 MICRON SATL AND EMERGING VISIBLE SATL IMAGERY SHOW SIGNIFICANT BREAKS IN THE CLOUD COVER OVER SWRN AREAS AS SFC WINDS TURN SRLY TO SWRLY...AND LESS OF THE MOIST EASTERLY COMPONENT. ELSEWHERE MORE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE REMAINS....BUT WILL BE SHRINKING IN COVER INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS. OBS INDICATE VFR CONDS NOW OCCURRING AT THE FAR NORTHEAST /KIPT/ AND SOUTHWEST /KJST/ CORNERS OF THE AIRSPACE. CIGS AT THE REMAINDER OF THE TAF SITES HAVE IMPROVED TO MVFR AND SHOULD CONTINUE TO LIFT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. AREAS OF MVFR-IFR CIGS /AND MVFR VSBYS IN LIGHT FOG/ WILL LIKELY FORM AFTER 07Z SUNDAY...SIMILAR TO CONDS EARLIER THIS MORNING. OUTLOOK... SUN...AM FOG POSSIBLE EASTERN PA. SLIGHT CHC OF PM TSRA IMPACTS W MTNS. MON...AM LOW CIGS POSS W MTNS. TUE-WED...NO SIG WX EXPECTED. && .CTP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...DANGELO NEAR TERM...GARTNER SHORT TERM...DANGELO/GARTNER LONG TERM...GRUMM AVIATION...LAMBERT/GARTNER

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