Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KPHI 171046 AFDPHI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 646 AM EDT Mon Jul 17 2017 .SYNOPSIS... An upper level trough approaches from the west today and becomes nearly stationary west of the Appalachians. That trough moves across the region through Tuesday night. Weak high pressure briefly returns Wednesday. Several frontal boundaries will impact the region late this week and through the weekend. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... The water vapor imagery shows a well defined upper low centered just north of the eastern Great Lakes early this morning. This feature is forecast to gradually shift eastward through today. There is also a stronger short wave diving across the Ohio Valley early this morning. The associated trough axis is forecast to remain to our west through today. The forecast challenge is the initiation, timing and coverage of convection today associated with this trough. The guidance overall is in good agreement that the bulk of the convection develops beneath an axis of colder 500 mb temperatures (near -12C). Some of the high-resolution guidance wants to develop some convection earlier farther east, which may be in response to a light south to southeast flow into the Fall Line. Not sure if this pans out though, therefore kept the PoPs farther east on the much lower side. Convection to our west may tend to congeal into a broken line especially if cold pool development can be maximized. The flow up through the column is on the light side, therefore convection may exhibit pulsing updrafts with renewed development on outflows. The forecast soundings show a decent amount of instability, and with strong enough updrafts along with some dry air in the mid levels locally strong winds may occur. The greatest chance of this occurring this afternoon along with some hail looks to be in and around the western zones, which is near the 500 mb cold pool axis. For now only added some enhanced wording (gusty winds) to the forecast for the far western areas where the highest PoPs are currently placed during this afternoon. It will be another warm day with a bit more humidity added in. A south to southeast low-level flow however will keep the coastal areas cooler than farther inland. An enhanced sea breeze front may make it fairly far inland by evening. High temperatures are mostly a MOS and continuity blend. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 AM TUESDAY/... A fairly sharp upper-level trough axis is forecast to remain to our west through tonight. This occurs as the main upper low approaches northern New England toward daybreak. At least some convection is expected to be ongoing to start the evening, especially west of I-95, however this activity should tend to weaken or dissipate as the boundary layer cools (mostly diurnally driven). There are several short waves though tracking around the trough axis, with much of the guidance focusing stronger energy lifting northward just off the coast. This may result in some showers and thunderstorms mostly offshore through the night. Otherwise much of our area may end up between two focused convective areas, with the other one still underneath the axis of colder 500 mb temperatures. We still held onto some Pops for much of the area, but did lower these through the night. Otherwise, areas of cloudiness are anticipated to be around. Some being the leftovers of daytime convection and then also some mid to high level clouds associated with the upper-level trough. There may be some low-level drying approaching from the northwest during the night, however overall a muggy night is anticipated. It is possible that some low clouds and/or fog may try to develop toward daybreak, especially toward the coast and also where heavier rain occurred during the day, though this is of lower confidence. Low temperatures are an even blend of continuity and MOS, then some local tweaks were made. Temperatures to start off tonight will be affected by any late afternoon or evening showers/thunderstorms and/or an inland moving sea breeze front. && .LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... Unsettled weather on tap for most of the long term period as several upper level disturbances pass through the region. Meanwhile, the midweek period will feature a return to the heat and humidity as high pressure passes through the region. Upper trough works its way through the region on Tuesday, and weak surface low pressure develops at the base of the trough over southeast PA. Although instability values will be fairly high with abundant low level moisture due to surface dewpoints in the upper 60s to low 70s, mid level flow will be light, and 0-6 km Bulk Shear will only be around 10 KT. Diurnally driven convection will fire up in the afternoon and evening with the passage of the upper trough, but widespread organized convection will be hard to form. GFS SB CAPE values should be over 1500 J/kg across much of southeast PA, and areas north and west of the I-95 corridor, but will be 500-1000 J/kg east of that line. Surface high pressure builds in from the west on Wednesday and a hot and humid airmass returns to the region. Highs on Wednesday and Thursday will top off in the low to mid 90s south and east of a line from Trenton to Wilmington, and across the Delmarva, with slightly cooler temps along the coasts. Highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s across the Lehigh Valley and Pocono Mountains. Surface dewpoints will be in the upper 60s to low 70s, resulting in a heat index both days in the upper 90s to near 100 across southeast PA, much of southern NJ, and the Delmarva. The thing that may keep temps from reaching that high is that some weak upper level troughiness and weak upper level shortwaves will pass through the region both days, possibly touching off afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. PWATs will generally be around 1.5 inches, which, for this time of the year, is not out of the question. However, with weak upper level flow, could have some slow moving thunderstorms with locally heavy rain, and this may result in localized flooding. Given the convective nature, too hard to pinpoint where anything will set up at this point, but bears watching through the week. Cold front passes through the region Thursday night, and a bit more organized showers and thunderstorms possible ahead of and with the passage of the front. Weak high pressure builds in from the north Friday. Dry weather on tap with warm, but less humid weather conditions as surface dewpoints drop into the 60s. High pressure moves offshore Friday night. From there, unsettled weather on tap for the weekend and into the new week as a series of frontal boundaries approach from the west. For now, will carry chance PoPs this weekend. && .AVIATION /12Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
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The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas. Today...VFR overall with cloud bases averaging around 5000 feet. Some showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop mainly later this afternoon, with the greatest coverage near and north and west of KABE and KRDG. Included a PROB30 for thunder at these two terminals only for now. Any shower or thunderstorm will be capable of producing locally significant but mostly brief restrictions, mostly visibility. Light and variable winds overall, becoming south or southeast and increasing to 5-10 knots. Tonight...VFR through much of the night. Any showers and thunderstorms should dissipate eastward during the evening. Some low clouds and/or fog should develop toward daybreak Tuesday, especially where rain occurred. The extent of low clouds/fog is of lower confidence at this time. South-southeast winds 4-8 knots becoming mostly light and variable. Outlook... Tuesday through Friday...Mostly VFR conditions expected. Chances for showers and thunderstorms, primarily in the afternoon and evening, could lead to brief MVFR or lower conditions.
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&& .MARINE...
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The conditions are expected to remain below Small Craft Advisory criteria through tonight. A south to southeast wind through tonight will increase for a time, especially this afternoon and this evening, as a sea/bay breeze enhances the general flow. While some gustiness is possible these are expected to remain below 20 knots. A few showers and thunderstorms should be around, especially later this afternoon and this evening. Outlook... Tuesday through Friday...Winds and seas should generally stay below SCA criteria. However, gusty winds may be possible in the vicinity of any thunderstorms (primarily in the afternoon and evening hours). Rip Currents... There is a low risk through this evening for the development of dangerous rip currents. A south to southeast wind today will increase this afternoon, however light enough along with seas around 2 feet results in an overall low risk.
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&& .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...None. NJ...None. DE...None. MD...None. MARINE...None. && $$ Synopsis...MPS Near Term...Gorse Short Term...Gorse Long Term...MPS Aviation...Gorse/MPS Marine...Gorse/MPS is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.