Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KOKX 211759
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service New York NY
159 PM EDT Tue Mar 21 2017
A weak cold front pushes east this afternoon, followed by a
stronger cold front tonight. High pressure moves into the Great
Lakes Wednesday and then closer to the local region Wednesday
night. High pressure builds Thursday, and passes to the east
Friday. A cold front sags south toward the area this weekend.
Low pressure approaches the region early next week.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
-- Changed Discussion --A weak trough slides east this afternoon.
Very mild temperatures this afternoon...generally well into the
50s, and near 60 for the NY/NJ Metro Area. Seabreeze
development over south coastal LI/CT will likely hold temps
across the immediate coast in the 40s through the afternoon.
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.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
The jet stream dives south of the region late tonight and stays
south of the region through Wednesday night.
A deep upper level trough swings through the region late tonight
into early Wednesday with a high positive vorticity advection
tendency. The trough axis moves east of the region Wednesday
afternoon with a ridge starting to build in Wednesday night.
A stronger cold front will be moving across tonight. The overall
westerly flow through the atmosphere will make for a dry frontal
passage. However, strong deformation is evident in the model
fields in the low to mid levels behind this front. Strong cold
air advection will occur. Northwest gusty flow eventually
develops late tonight and through Wednesday and Wednesday
evening. The flow backs from NW in the lower levels to W in the
mid levels, presenting backing of winds.
Much colder temperatures will result. Upper 20s to lower 30s are
expected for lows tonight while highs Wed will be about 20-25
degrees colder than the previous day. Even colder lows Wed
night are forecast, with a general range of 8 to 20 degrees.
The wind chills will become quite conspicuous Wednesday night
when the cold airmass in place will still have gusty NW winds.
The combination Wednesday night of NW winds of 15 to 20 mph with
temperatures in the single digits to low 20s will make for
apparent temperatures (wind chills) getting close to zero to
slightly below zero in some locations.
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Dry weather Thursday, then unsettled through the weekend and into
early next week.
High pressure/ridge provides plenty of sunshine Thursday. Then upper
shortwave approaches Friday as ridge flattens across the northeast.
Further west, split upper flow with ridge located in southern
Canada, and mid west trough sets the stage for sfc high pressure
building to the north from central Canada, with a frontal boundary
approaching from the NW. Some light precipitation may ride along
this frontal boundary Friday, Friday night and into Saturday, as the
high builds to the north. The front sags south toward the area
Saturday per GGem, GFS and EC. Spotty rain possible with the front,
although lift and moisture is lacking for widespread coverage.
The trough makes eastward progress, with sfc low approaching the
area Sunday into Monday. Increasing moisture and lift will likely
result in increasing coverage for rain, or rain/snow mix interior
during that time.
Cold temperatures Thursday are expected as the Canadian high
pressure builds. Then temperatures warm closer to, but just short of
normal Friday as the high passes and southerly flow sets up.
Temperatures over the weekend will depend on exact placement of
backdoor front. Saturday readings may rise to above normal levels
ahead of the front, but likely settle back below normal thereafter
as northeasterly flow sets up, assuming front does pass just to the
south, which appears likely at this time.
.AVIATION /18Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
-- Changed Discussion --A trough of low pressure moves through this afternoon followed
by a cold front tonight.
VFR. Winds under 10 kt varying mostly SW to NW depending on the
terminal. Sea breezes east of city terminals.
NY Metro Enhanced Aviation Weather Support...
Detailed information, including hourly TAF wind component forecasts,
can be found at: http:/www.weather.gov/zny/n90
KJFK TAF Comments: Low chance of sea breeze with S winds until
KLGA TAF Comments: No unscheduled amendments expected.
KEWR TAF Comments: No unscheduled amendments expected.
KTEB TAF Comments: No unscheduled amendments expected.
KHPN TAF Comments: No unscheduled amendments expected.
KISP TAF Comments: No unscheduled amendments expected.
.OUTLOOK FOR 18z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...
.Weds...VFR. NW Gusts 30-35 kt.
.Friday...CHC PM shra/mvfr. SW gusts 25 kt.
.Sunday...MVFR/IFR and rain. E gusts 20-25 kt.
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Sub SCA today and through much of tonight. Then gales develop as
a result of cold air advection over relatively warmer sea
surface temperatures early Wednesday AM continuing into
Wednesday evening. Think the top of the mixed layer will be
realized in terms of Bufkit soundings wind gusts. Gale warnings
are in place for all waters 10Z Wed through 06Z Thu.
Winds will diminish Thursday as high pressure builds. Seas subside
during this time. By Friday, the center of the high passes to the
east, and increasing southerly flow will result in building seas.
A cold front approaches the waters from the north Saturday. Winds
begin to diminish as the front nears, allowing seas to subside once
For Wednesday, there will be very breezy conditions with a NW
flow of 15 to 25 mph with gusts 35 to 40 mph. This will help dry
out the low levels of the atmosphere with dewpoints falling well
into the single digits, with resulting relative humidity
dropping to between 20 and 30 percent for much of the area. The
two parameters of gusty winds and dry low levels will enhance
the spreading of any brushfire across the snow barren grounds of
LI and coastal se CT...but very cold fuel temps may be a
No hydrologic problems expected through this week.
MARINE...Gale Warning from 6 AM Wednesday to 2 AM EDT Thursday for