Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KOKX 260548 AFDOKX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service New York NY 148 AM EDT Wed Apr 26 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Weakening low pressure will move slowly up the Mid Atlantic coast through Wednesday, pass southeast of Long Island Wednesday evening, and then dissipate east of New England later Wednesday night. A weakening cold front will approach from the northwest Thursday and Thursday night, then also dissipate over the area on Friday. Another cold front will approach from the north Friday night and Saturday, then presses to the south Saturday night. The front will then gradually lift north as a warm front, pushing to the north of the area Monday. A cold front will then move across Monday night, followed by weak high pressure building in on Tuesday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/...
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Minor adjustments were made based on the latest observations and near term forecast trends. Pockets of heavier rain will be confined to eastern LI/SE CT the next several hours, with light rain/drizzle elsewhere. Most storm total rainfall amounts ranged from 1/2 to 1 inch with isolated higher amounts. Brief heavy downpours caused minor flooding of low lying poor drainage areas. Low temps tonight will generally be in the lower 50s.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH 6 PM THURSDAY/... On Wednesday, the stacked low will be slowly moving south and east of Long Island. Expect scattered showers to continue, mainly in the morning and especially over Long Island and southern CT, then tapering off in the afternoon. The close proximity of the stacked low should keep low clouds around through the day and possibly some patchy fog, with highs mainly in the lower 60s. As the upper low passes just to the SE Wed night, could see some redevelopment of showers mainly across Long Island mainly after midnight. Lows will again be in the 50s. && .LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... Northern stream ridging builds over the area on Thursday keeping things dry. However, underneath the associated subsidence inversion, the lowest 100-150 hPa will be fairly saturated, so have increased cloud cover and decreased temperatures on Thursday. For now generally going 60-70 across the region, though there is some potential these could be 5 to maybe even 10 degrees to warm. A northern stream shortwave passes to the north Thursday night warranting chance pops over NW 1/3 of the CWA and slight chance pops elsewhere. With showalters progged to fall to 0 to2, have added thunder to the forecast as well. Lows Thursday night should be around 10 degrees above normal. A northern northern stream shortwave passes by, a little closer this time, on Friday, warranting chance pops everywhere. Showalter indices warrant a chance of Thunder. Note, the GFS is faster than most other solutions with the associated cold front, so used a non-GFS blend for timing the cold front and precipitation. As a result, could see locations away from the coast have highs from the mid 70s to around 80. As a result, areas mainly west of the Hudson could see CAPES in the afternoon of around 1000 J/kg along with 40-50 kt of shear so some strong to severe storms are possible there Friday afternoon. The region is under quasi zonal flow Friday night-Saturday as ridging builds to our south and a northern stream trough passes to the north. Friday night should be dry, but could see some isolated- scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm by Saturday afternoon/evening ahead of a backdoor cold front. Favored the faster ECMWF timing of the front (based on historical superior ECMWF handling of backdoor fronts vs. the GFS). Deep layered ridging builds over the area Saturday night-Sunday night, then the axis slides to the east on Monday. At the surface, the back door front pushes well to the South by Sunday morning, then slowly lifts to the north as a warm front, lifting to the north on Monday. The surface warm front motion warrants a slight chance of rain Sunday and a chance of rain Sunday night. There is then a chance of showers Monday morning and a chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday, once solidly in the warm sector. A vigorous northern stream trough approaches Monday night, then lifts to the north on Tuesday, with its associated surface cold front pushing through Monday night. As a result, have a chance of thunderstorms Monday night, then a slight chance of showers Tuesday. Temperatures Friday-Tuesday were based on the Superblend, with NAM 2- meter temperatures and a mix down from 975-925 hPa per BUFKIT soundings added in on Friday. Temperatures should remain well above normal during this time frame, with Saturday the warmest day - with highs around 80 in the NYC Metro. && .AVIATION /06Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
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Low pressure tracks slowly toward the area from the south today. Generally expect IFR ceilings today. Cannot rule out LIFR/VLIFR ceilings this morning. Visibilities should remain MVFR to IFR this morning. During the afternoon, visibilities likely improve to MVFR or even VFR for a short time before falling again by sunset. IFR, LIFR or even VLIFR ceilings and visibilities are forecast for this evening. Any heavier rain departs early this morning, with on and off light rain and drizzle continuing thereafter. Northeast winds begin to lighten this morning, and speeds of 10 kt or less are expected through much of the day today. Winds will be light and variable by evening. .OUTLOOK FOR 06Z THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY... .Late tonight...Potential for LIFR/VLIFR in fog. .Thursday...IFR/LIFR potential to start...with gradual improvement to VFR. .Friday...Chance of MVFR in showers/thunderstorms. .Saturday...VFR.
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&& .MARINE...
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SCA has been dropped for all but the ocean waters. Winds will gradually diminish overnight. Lingering ocean swells above 5 ft are likely to continue into at least Wed night. A relatively relaxed pressure gradient Thursday-Sunday will keep winds over the waters around Long Island to 15 kt or less. However, gradually diminishing swells will keep seas over all or parts of the coastal ocean waters at or above 5 ft through Friday night. All waters should experience sub-advy conditions Saturday and Sunday.
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&& .HYDROLOGY...
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An additional tenth to quarter inch is possible across eastern LI/SE CT overnight, with localized higher amounts in any heavier showers working up from south of LI this morning. No significant (0.5 inches or more) widespread rainfall is forecast from Thursday through at least Monday. However, isolated strong convection could produce locally heavy rainfall Friday and again on Monday. In areas where this occurs, there is the potential for the ponding of water on roadways and a very low chance of minor flooding of known poor drainage areas.
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&& .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... Widespread minor coastal flooding occurred across the lower NY/NJ Harbor, the South Shore Bays of western Long Island including Queens and Brooklyn this evening; with locations along the western Long Island Sound expected to experience the same through the midnight high tides. Minor coastal flooding thresholds may be briefly and locally be exceeded along the southern bays of Western Long Island with the Wednesday morning high tide. Right now at most it would appear that a statement could be needed for southern Nassau. Minor coastal flooding is possible with Wednesday night`s high tide cycle. Best chances for minor inundation will be at the south shore back bays of Nassau and Queens, but a statement could be needed for other areas as minor thresholds have a chance to just be reached in a few spots. Only 1/3 to 3/4 of a foot of surge is needed to reach minor flood thresholds Wed night. In addition, the elevated water levels combined with a prolonged period of 5-9 ft breaking surf tonight into Thu will result in beach erosion issues and may cause some localized dune toe erosion during the high tides tonight into Wed night. && .OKX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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CT...None. NY...None. NJ...None. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM EDT Thursday for ANZ350-353- 355.
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&& $$ UPDATE...DW AVIATION...PW

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