Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KPHI 260145

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
945 PM EDT Tue Apr 25 2017

Low pressure will track northeast just off the Delmarva and New
Jersey coastline through Wednesday. Meanwhile, low pressure will
move from the upper Mississippi Valley into James Bay, and send a
weak cold front into our area Thursday night and Friday morning.
A backdoor front is expected to move through the region Saturday
evening. Another low pressure system moving from the lower Plains
into Quebec and its associated fronts will affect the area Monday
into Tuesday.


The water vapor imagery as of 01z shows the center of a well defined
closed low just exiting the northeast coast of North Carolina. An
area of heavier rain is moving across central to northern New Jersey
with precipitation more showery to the south and west. Some
lightning continues near and east of the closed low center, and a
mesoscale analysis shows the axis of instability offshore although
there is some MUCAPE across the southern half of our area. The
lightning has been maintained offshore in the axis of higher
instability, which is also more surface-based there. Since this
should mainly stay offshore, removed thunder for our area. Made
adjustments to the hourly temperature, dew point and wind grids to
keep them current. Adjusted the PoPs based on radar trends and some
assistance from the HRRR guidance, with highest values across the
northern areas awhile longer. Transitioned the precipitation over to
showers as this looks to be the mode over much of the area. However
given the low celings and wealth of low-level moisture, some drizzle
can occur outside of the showers.

With abundant low-level moisture in place, stratus will be
maintained and some forecast soundings show the inversion lowering
some overnight. In addition, some fog is anticipated however how
widespread it becomes or dense is a forecast challenge. The stratus
may dominate, however we will continue with a fog mention although
not anticipating the need for a Dense Fog Advisory at this time.


Low pressure off the NJ coast will continue to drift to the north on
Wednesday. Upper level low will be just to the west of it, and with
several strong shortwaves passing through the region, can expect
some showers throughout the day. Otherwise, fog gradually dissipates
through the morning, but clouds will remain across the region for
most of the day. Winds back a bit to the N/NW by afternoon, but the
gradient will be light, and winds will remain less than 10 MPH.
Highs generally top off in the 60s, but a few spots may come close
to 70.


Overall - Warm pattern shaping up. The closed low that is
currently over the southeast US finally exits the area early
Wednesday night. With the polar jet displaced far to the north,
several disturbances traversing the southern stream jet will aid
in building a stout sub tropical ridge off the southeast US
coast from Friday into the early part of next week. As another
closed low ejects out of the midwest on Monday, a stronger and
more active cold frontal passage occurs in the late Monday into
early Tuesday period.

Wednesday night into Thursday should feature dry weather under brief
ridging aloft. With some partial clearing Wed night, light and
variable winds within the col between weather systems, and
abundant low-level moisture given recent rainfall, patchy fog is
likely. The fog will burn off early Thursday, with partly sunny
skies expected. A light southeast flow will maintain cooler
temperatures at coastal locals. Highs will be around 10 degrees
above normal.

A weak cold frontal passage Thursday night into Friday will lead to
considerable cloudiness, but moisture will be limited, with only a
slight chance of showers across the region. In fact, with the strong
subtropical high building over the southeast/orientation of the mid-
level flow, this front is expected to washout/stall in the
vicinity of the I-95 corridor. With deeper moisture and mid-
level support exiting the region, expect a return to partly to
mostly sunny skies by Friday afternoon. A weak synoptic flow
should encourage a robust sea breeze. Highs will be several
degrees warmer than Thursday, around 15 degrees above normal,
but far from daily record highs.

Clouds increase again Friday night into Saturday with another cold
front moving toward the region. There is considerable uncertainty
regarding the timing of this front, with model solutions varying
from Saturday morning to Saturday night, with a backdoor component.
In addition, there is also uncertainty regarding the precip
potential, with quite a bit of spread amongst the model
solutions. For now, we maintained chance PoPs, including thunder
on Saturday. Kept thunder out of the forecast for Sunday given
more stable maritime airmass, except Delmarva, with closer
proximity to the frontal boundary. Still some uncertainty with
high temperatures on Saturday, which will be dependent on the
location of the front, but expect them to be similar to Friday.

There is model agreement that the front will be just to our south-
west on Sunday, with the area under the influence of a northeast low-
level flow. This would favor a stratocumulus deck and perhaps some
sprinkles, mainly across the higher terrain. Kept thunder out of the
forecast for Sunday given stable maritime airmass, except Delmarva,
with closer proximity to the frontal boundary. High temps still be
several degrees above normal.

Moving into early next week, more showers and thunderstorms likely
Monday and Monday night with the next cold frontal passage. Expect a
return to drier weather on Tuesday. Continued above normal


The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG,
KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.

Overnight...IFR, locally LIFR, ceilings. Some fog/drizzle especially
late will result in times of IFR, perhaps LIFR, visibilities
although the extent and timing is less certain. Showers will
continue for awhile, but taper off from southwest to northeast
overnight. Northeast winds 10-15 knots with local gusts up to 20
knots, diminishing to 10 knots or less.

Wednesday...IFR/LIFR in the morning due to low clouds and some fog,
then conditions slowly improve to IFR/MVFR in generally the 15-18Z
timeframe. Isolated to scattered showers are possible especially
through midday. Northeast to north winds mainly 5-10 knots.

Potential for fog leading to visibility restrictions Wed night
and MVFR ceilings persisting into Thursday. Predominantly VFR
Thursday night into Saturday. MVFR possible in low clouds Sat
night into Sunday.


The Small Craft Advisory for Delaware Bay is cancelled as winds are
diminishing. The Small Craft Advisory for the ocean zones continues
through Wednesday night, as winds diminish overnight from south to
north however it should take awhile for the seas to subside.

Some fog is expected to develop overnight with local visibility less
than 1NM possible, however it is possible this becomes widespread
enough for a Marine Dense Fog Advisory. The fog dissipates during
Wednesday morning.

SCA-level seas likely persist through Friday with a return to
sub-SCA conditions thereafter.


The Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect for coastal areas of
New Jersey and Delaware, including Delaware Bay, and for the far
lower part of the Delaware River.

Low pressure located over eastern North Carolina this afternoon will
drift northeastward reaching the waters off Delaware and New Jersey
on Wednesday. The tight gradient and resulting brisk onshore flow
will remain along the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey into this
evening before wind speeds begin to diminish.

The surge around this morning`s high tide ranged from +0.5 to +1.0
foot along the Delaware and New Jersey coasts. Based on the trends
this afternoon and on the forecast guidance it appears as though the
surge will be mostly in the +1.0 to +1.5 foot range for this
evening`s high tide. The surge is expected to result in widespread
minor flood in coastal areas of Delaware and New Jersey and along
much of Delaware Bay. Localized minor flooding is anticipated on the
far lower part of the Delaware River.

It appears as though the tidal Delaware River above the Commodore
Barry Bridge area may just reach the minor flooding threshold.
However, the impacts should not be widespread enough there to
warrant a Coastal Flood Advisory.

We are not anticipating any coastal flooding along the upper eastern
shore of Chesapeake Bay.

The diminishing wind overnight along with the lower astronomical
tides on Wednesday morning should preclude another round of minor
flooding with Wednesday morning`s high tide.  We will keep an eye on
the higher astronomical tides on Wednesday evening. If the water
does not drain away from the coast fast enough, we could see some
localized minor flooding at that time.


NJ...Coastal Flood Advisory until midnight EDT tonight for
     Coastal Flood Advisory until 1 AM EDT Wednesday for NJZ016.
DE...Coastal Flood Advisory until midnight EDT tonight for
     Coastal Flood Advisory until 1 AM EDT Wednesday for DEZ001.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM EDT Thursday for ANZ450>455.


Near Term...Gorse
Short Term...MPS
Long Term...Franck/MPS
Tides/Coastal Flooding...Iovino is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.