Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KOKX 281416 AFDOKX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service New York NY 1016 AM EDT Wed Sep 28 2016 .SYNOPSIS... Strong high pressure builds in from the north today forcing an old frontal boundary further south and east. Meanwhile...low pressure will meander about the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic regions into the weekend resulting in an extended period of unsettled weather. The low will weaken and move slowly northeast early next week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... Increasing low clouds is the story for the day with a steady ENE flow. With the increase in stratus comes the chances for passing light mist/drizzle - patchy drizzle added to the grids. Temperatures were modified based on latest trends and LAMP guidance - lowering MAX`s slightly. There is a moderate risk of rip current development at Atlantic ocean beaches today with a strong longshore current. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY/... The main weather story will be the influence of the large cutoff low pressure system meandering around the Ohio Valley has on the local area. The strong high will remain to the north through Thursday which now looks to keep pcpn mainly confined to western portions of the forecast area. Thus...have maintained likely pops only for this area with lower PoPs elsewhere. Again the degree of dry air that works in from the north will determine when and where it will rain. Think that places west of the Hudson River have the highest chance for a few tenths of an inch through this time. Light rain or drizzle possible to the east with a moderate east flow continuing. Winds strengthen slightly on Thu with gusts up to 30 mph at the coast. Little diurnal range in temps Wed Night/Thu with abundant cloud cover and a maritime airmass. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... NWP guidance remains in good agreement on the big picture through the weekend with a large upper low completely cutting off from the westerlies and stalling over the Ohio Valley through Saturday, then lifting across the Great Lakes on Sunday and weakening into an upper trough that slides across the Northeast on Monday. Meanwhile, as a strong upper high builds over the Western Atlantic, upper level confluence to its north where it meets the westerlies will maintain strong surface high pressure over northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes,that should nose down into our area and keep a warm front to our south. This combination will keep us in an unsettled weather pattern through at least the weekend with periods of rain, possibly heavy at times. The heavier rain could occur late Thursday night into Friday morning via strengthening easterly low level Atlantic inflow, moistening mid levels via deep southerly flow aloft, a mid level vort max riding up the coast, and increasingly difluent flow aloft. Another period of heavy rain may come to Long Island and southern CT on Saturday as another mid level impulse rides up the coast and as a weak wave of low pressure forms along the front just to the south. In between these bouts of relatively heavier rain, skies should remain overcast, with periods of intermittent light rain. A triple point low could pass through Saturday night into Sunday morning. Associated lift and elevated instability could result in a rumble or two of thunder during this period. And with the triple point low, winds diminish somewhat for a period with plenty of moisture still around, resulting in a decent chance of some fog. As the upper low lifts into the Great Lakes on Sunday, the triple- point low and/or occluded front should slowly lift across, with precip becoming more showery in nature. The upper low will continue to weaken and move east, but still close enough to mention at least a slight chance of a shower on Monday. High pressure then likely keeps Tuesday dry. && .AVIATION /14Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... The main theme of the forecast will be MVFR stratus with some patchy drizzle that will become more widespread this afternoon into this evening. Rain chances increase tonight into Thursday from west to east. There is uncertainty with the forecast and some IFR stratus will be possible at times. Timing of any IFR is of low confidence. NE winds increase to 10-15 kt with gusts in the 20-25 kt range. Some locally higher gusts will be possible today and tonight. NY Metro Enhanced Aviation Weather Support... Detailed information, including hourly TAF wind component forecasts, can be found at: http:/ KJFK TAF Comments: Wind gusts could be a few kts higher than forecast. IFR will be possible at times and there could be fluctuation between MVFR and IFR. KLGA TAF Comments: Wind gusts could be a few kts higher than forecast. IFR will be possible at times and there could be fluctuation between MVFR and IFR. KEWR TAF Comments: Wind gusts of 15-20 kt possible before 16Z. IFR possible at times this afternoon. The afternoon KEWR haze potential forecast is GREEN...which implies slant range visibility 7SM or greater outside of cloud. KTEB TAF Comments: Wind gusts could be a few kts higher than forecast. IFR will be possible at times this afternoon and there could be fluctuation between MVFR and IFR. KHPN TAF Comments: Wind gusts could be a few kts higher than forecast. MVFR could lower to IFR at times. KISP TAF Comments: Wind gusts could reach 25-30 kt at times this afternoon. IFR will be possible at times and there could be fluctuation between MVFR and IFR. .Outlook for 12Z Thursday through Sunday... .THU-SAT...IFR/MVFR in rain. NE winds 15-20 kt with gusts 25-30 kt possible THU-FRI. .SUN...Mainly VFR but MVFR possible with a chance of showers. N winds 10-20 kt. && .MARINE... SCA conds occurring on all waters today. Then as the pressure gradient tightens further, easterly gales appear likely from Thu into Fri morning mainly on the ocean, but perhaps also on the nearby bays of eastern Long Island and eastern Long Island Sound, with SCA conds on the harbor and western Sound. Issued gale watch for the ocean for Thu into Thu night. SCA conds are likely to continue thereafter on all waters into Fri evening, on the eastern Sound/bays into late Fri night, and on the ocean into Sat. && .HYDROLOGY... Any rain through tonight should light and mainly confined to areas north and west of NYC, with rainfall totals less than 1/3 inch. Total basin average rainfall from Thu through Sat should range from 1 to 2 inches, highest east, with potential for local amounts of 2-3 inches across parts of Long Island and southern CT. The rain could potentially be heavy at times late Thursday night into Friday morning as well as at some point during Saturday. With this being a long-duration event, major hydrologic impacts are not expected but at least minor flooding could be possible. && .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... A persistent moderate easterly flow during mid to late week may combine with increasing astronomical high tides associated with the new moon on Friday to cause minor to locally moderate coastal flooding. The high tide cycles from Thu night into Fri morning appear to be of most concern. && .OKX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... CT...None. NY...None. NJ...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EDT Thursday for ANZ330-335- 338-340-345. Gale Watch from Thursday morning through late Thursday night for ANZ350-353-355. Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM EDT Thursday for ANZ350-353- 355. && $$ SYNOPSIS...JC/24 NEAR TERM...Tongue SHORT TERM...24 LONG TERM...JC AVIATION...BC MARINE...JC/24/Tongue HYDROLOGY...JC/24 TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.