Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KGYX 231953 AFDGYX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Gray ME 353 PM EDT SAT JUL 23 2016 .SYNOPSIS... A cold front will will push offshore tonight with scattered thunderstorms ahead of the front. High pressure will build in from the west on Sunday and will shift offshore Sunday night. A cold front will approach from the west on Monday and will cross the region Monday night. High pressure will build in from the west on Tuesday and will crest over the area on Wednesday. A weak cold front will slowly push southeast into the region Wednesday night and will stall over the region on Thursday. High pressure will build in from the north Thursday night and Friday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... Scattered thunderstorms across the region at 3pm present the most immediate threat. There are three distinct areas within the CWA. In the far north and eastern areas /Franklin to Kennebec to Lincoln counties and northeast/ much of the instability has already been rained out with earlier showers which will limit the convective potential. In this area scattered showers and isolated thunder are the threat. Further south and west... current shower activity is focused along a line extending from HIE to IZG to PWM. This represents the edge of the morning cloud field as well as last nights convection. These boundaries will continue to help enhance convection over the next few hours. The seabreeze is also in play with convection firing already over the seabreeze front at Kennebunk and Freeport. Finally to the southwest of this area... in Hillsborough and Cheshire county NH dry air has mixed down lowering the dewpoints. This puts southwest NH at a much lower risk for thunderstorm initiation. The one threat for this area would be from the convection currently moving out of Quebec into northern Vermont. If this system is able to grow upscale into an MCS with a cold pool it will likely propagate into southwest NH in the evening hours. In this case the dry low levels would actually help to enhance the wind gust threat for this region. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM SUNDAY/... Showers will die off for most of the CWA after sunset... with southwest regions being the last to see showers end. As they do skies will clear allowing patchy valley fog to form. Sunday a weak ridge of high pressure builds in behind the front. While temps aloft have decreased surface temperatures will remain warm with highs in the 80s. Dewpoints will decrease behind the front. With the weakening pressure gradient a sea breeze should develop keeping the immediate coasting line in the 70s. && .LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/... A progressive pattern will develop for next week as the jet stream moves a series of waves through southern canada.Monday the next short wave comes in dropping a front through the region. The front once again looks to coincide with peak heating which will allow for the potential for severe storms. Very warm and humid airmass will be in place ahead of this system with daytime highs ranging through the 80s north and upper 80s to mid 90s south. After the front moves through Monday night a period of high pressure builds in for Tuesday and Wednesday. Mostly sunny skies will prevail with a nice seabreeze again forming for the coast. As we move towards the end of the week forecast confidence decreases markedly. Previous deterministic models had hinted at a large wet system moving in for Thursday and Friday, however current guidance is all over the map with a low center ranging from the great lakes to off the coast. While wet seems to be the trend, the details are too uncertain yet to put much weight in any of the heavier rainfall scenarios and have gone with just a 50 PoP. Beyond the wet end of the week guidance hints at a sunny weekend... however put low confidence in all of this extended forecast for the moment. && .AVIATION /20Z SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/... Short Term...periods of thunderstorms and IFR through the next few hours. Scattered 5000ft deck will decrease ceilings to MVFR at times. After sunset look for VFR through the weekend except HIE and LEB which may see some valley fog. Long Term...VFR Sunday night. VFR on Monday with areas of MVFR ceilings and vsby in Showers and thunderstorms. VFR Tuesday and Wednesday && .MARINE... Short Term...A few scattered thunderstorms may reach the coastal waters this evening otherwise Seas below SCA. Long Term...No problems noted. && .GYX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... ME...None. NH...None. MARINE...None. && $$ SYNOPSIS... NEAR TERM...Curtis SHORT TERM...Curtis LONG TERM...Curtis AVIATION...Curtis MARINE...Curtis is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.