Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KCTP 202303

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service State College PA
703 PM EDT WED JUL 20 2016

High pressure over the eastern Great Lakes will build southeast
across Pennsylvania tonight, and then off the Mid Atlantic coast
Thursday and Friday. Pennsylvania will be on the northern edge of
a subtropical ridge through next weekend with shortwave passages
likely Friday and Monday.


Sky clearing nicely and no cu left around the area at 7 pm. Patchy
high clouds are all that will mar the otherwise clear sky this
evening. Upstream conditions and subsidence should keep it clear
overnight. Temps do get back below 50F in the north overnight, so
some fog is again expected in - only - the river valleys of the N.

Mostly sunny conditions prevailing at mid afternoon with low
humidity thanks to 1026 mb sfc high moving east of Lake Erie.
Cirrus streaks streaming from the eastern GLAKS barely dimming the
abundant sunshine for what will be a great late summer afternoon
and evening.

Similar to last night...skies will be mostly clear tonight and
with anomalously low PW and boundary layer will cool
off nicely again after dark. We won`t see the lower 40s that
occurred over parts of the northwest mountains...but mins will
range from around 50F northwest to the lower 60s southeast. Winds
will be light to calm.


High pressure will have crossed the commonwealth overnight...and
will move off the Mid Atl coast Thursday...allowing return sw
flow to advect warmer and more humid air into the state starting
Friday afternoon. Large scale subsidence and still low pwats
should ensure another dry day with abundant sunshine. GEFS mean 8h
temps arnd 18C should translate to max temps from the m80s ovr the
high terrain, to near 90F in the valleys.


Big story in the extended fcst is expected heat wave Friday into
early next week, as axis of subtropical ridge shifts from the
plains to the northeast conus. Passage of a weak cold front will
likely produce sct convection late Friday into Saturday morning.
However, parent shortwave is progged to pass well north of PA, so
only sct overnight convection is expected, primarily over northern
PA. Behind this feature, 12Z GEFS indicates anomalous upper lvl
ridging building ovr PA, which should bring hot wx and suppress
convection. Best upcoming chance of shra/tsra comes Monday ahead
of next shortwave working across the Great Lakes.

Latest ECENS/NAEFS mean 8h temps are near 20C Friday through
Monday, indicating the potential of several days in a row with
highs in the 90s in the valleys. Heat indices around 100F appear
possible by Sun/Mon across the Susq Valley, as higher dewpoints
are advected into the area. Overnight lows are also a concern as
the area doesn`t cool off at night through the weekend with
Southern PA lows in the 70s.


Just some high clouds at times this aft.

VFR conditions will prevail through Thursday.

Increasing humidity levels Thursday Night into Friday could
result in an isolated shower or thunderstorm, mainly across
northern sections of the airspace.

The weekend looks to be mainly dry and hot. Some haze and fog
could occur each morning.

Some chance for showers and thunderstorms on Monday with a cold
front. Best chance again would be to the north.


Thu Night and Fri...Isolated showers and thunderstorms impacts

Sat...Patchy fog possible early...otherwise no sig wx.

Sun...Patchy fog possible early...otherwise No sig wx.

Mon...Restrictions possible with chance of shra/tsra.




NEAR TERM...Dangelo/DeVoir
SHORT TERM...Fitzgerald
LONG TERM...Fitzgerald/Ceru
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