Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KPHI 252348
Area Forecast Discussion...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
648 PM EST Sat Feb 25 2017
In the wake of the strong cold front moving through our region
Saturday afternoon, cooler air will settle in over the region. High
pressure then builds south of the region on Sunday before moving
offshore on Monday. Low pressure approaching from the west will lift
a warm front through the region on Tuesday. The aforementioned low
will propagate from the Great Lakes region into eastern Canada.
The associated cold front will move through Wednesday night or
Thursday. A quick moving low pressure system will slide over the
Mid Atlantic at the end of the week.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SUNDAY MORNING/...
-- Changed Discussion --630 pm update: Severe thunderstorm watch has been cancelled.
Storms are beginning to move offshore at this time, with the
threat of severe quickly diminishing. Grids were updated to
account for sharp decrease in temperatures and dew points, but
otherwise, going forecast looks OK at this point.
545 pm update: Line of strong to marginally severe storms is
moving east through New Jersey and Delmarva at this time, with a
general downward trend noted in the past hour. Isolated severe
wind gusts remain possible as the storms continue toward the
Atlantic early this evening. Watch is being cleared gradually on
the west side, and has been done for areas generally northwest
of the Fall Line.
500 pm update: Expanded watches to include all of our New Jersey
counties and adjacent coastal waters.
Cold pools of individual cells have congealed as expected, and a
more contiguous line of storms has developed from Mount Pocono
to Wilmington to Easton. Several reports of hail up to quarter
size and damaging winds. Storms should begin a weakening trend
shortly as nocturnal boundary layer cooling begins and near-
surface wind trajectories become more influenced by the cooler
ocean waters. Nevertheless, present storm organization suggests
isolated severe weather remains a concern through mid-evening.
345 pm update: Severe thunderstorm watch 39 expanded to include
Sussex County, DE, and the lower portion of Delaware Bay.
Previous discussion below...
Negatively-tilted trough is approaching the Northeast this
afternoon with considerable large-scale ascent present from the
Carolinas northward to New England, thanks in large part to
strong differential cyclonic vorticity advection downstream of
the trough axis and enhanced upper-level divergence via jet
coupling. The warm sector has destabilized more than forecast
this afternoon, with SBCAPE exceeding 1000 J/kg in much of the
CWA south of I-76. With very strong shear profiles present
(effective bulk shear 50+ knots; 0-1 km SRH ~100-150 J/kg),
environment is quite favorable for severe storms generally along
and west of the Delaware River this afternoon pushing toward
the coast this evening. The orientation of the deep-layer shear
vectors is generally parallel to the cold front approaching the
East Coast this afternoon. However, the strength of the low-
level shear and the increased CAPE from afternoon surface
heating has enabled more of a mixture of line segments and
discrete cells as the storms have progressed eastward. This has
increased the hail and tornado threat with the storms somewhat,
particularly south of the I-76 corridor. As storm interactions
continue and large- scale ascent continues to increase, cold
pool interactions should become more pronounced, and convection
is expected to congeal into a larger, more contiguous line,
which should make damaging winds the primary threat as the event
wears on. This process already appears to be occurring with
storms along the PA/MD border, for example.
Severe threat is generally lower for the counties immediately
adjacent to the Atlantic, as trajectories from the cooler ocean
waters have limited surface heating considerably. High-
resolution models continue to show a rapid diminishing trend in
convection as storms move east of the Delaware River this
Cold front will move through the CWA this evening, with storms
exiting the area by 03Z or shortly thereafter. Winds will
quickly veer to westerly and become gusty after frontal passage.
Temperatures will plummet behind the front, with temperatures
expected to bottom out in the middle 20s in the southern Poconos
to the middle 30s along the coast.
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.SHORT TERM /6 AM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM SUNDAY/...
Surface high will move through the Southeast on Sunday, but the
pressure gradient on the northeast side of the high will permit
a rather breezy day across the area, especially during the
morning hours. Cold air advection on the upstream side of the
potent vort max moving through the area today will make for a
sharply colder day. High temperatures are forecast to be near
seasonal averages, or about 30 degrees colder than what we saw
.LONG TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/...
Few changes made in the long term so as to focus on current hazards
Unsettled weather pattern is on tap through the week.
Monday and Tuesday are very low confidence especially with respect
to precip chances. As long as the high isn`t more progressive in
shifting off shore, during the day Monday should stay dry. Monday
night into Tuesday there is low confidence as to the extent of rain
ahead of the arrival of the warm front and with the timing of the
warm front. Models have continued their run-to-run jumpiness with
the timing of this front.
Wednesday and Wednesday night looks to be the highest chance of
precip with the region solidly in the warm sector. Thunderstorms may
be possible as well if we can warm up enough to realize some modest
surface based instability.
Cold front still on track to move through late Wedensday night or
Thursday. Once it moves through, we should see a lull in the precip,
albeit a brief one.
The next question will be the timing and track of a quick moving low
which could move across the region Friday or Friday night. Moisture
may be limited as there will be strong dry air advection behind the
cold front, but there is some chance for precip around the area.
.AVIATION /00Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG,
KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.
For the 00Z TAFs...Storms are moving quickly offshore, with some
residual precipitation at KACY/KMIV for the next couple hours.
Winds have switched to WNW with speeds 10-15 kts and
occasionally gusts to 25 kts through late evening before
diminishing to around 10 kts late tonight. Winds should increase
during the day tomorrow, with gusts 20-30 kts possible. VFR
conditions through the period, with a residual BKN CIG around
4-7 kft early this evening and another possibly developing
during the day tomorrow.
Sunday night and Monday...VFR conditions expected.
Monday night through Thursday...periods of rain and showers are
possible. When/if this does occur, MVFR ceilings or lower are
possible. Highest chance is Wednesday and Wednesday night. There is
considerable forecast uncertainty in this period.
630 pm update: Storms are moving through the coastal waters at
this time, with brief gusts to gale force possible as the storms
pass. Winds will switch to northwest and are expected to remain
above advisory criteria through Sunday afternoon. Wind gusts may
approach gale criteria overnight, so will monitor trends to
determine if a short-duration gale warning may be necessary.
Previous discussion below...
Solid small craft advisory conditions expected through Sunday
afternoon, with potential for gale force gusts both with the
passing line of storms this evening and for about a six-hour
period after the cold front moves through the area this evening.
Threat continues to look too brief/marginal to upgrade to a
gale warning, but will continue to monitor.
Current obs continue to indicate patchy fog along the New Jersey
coastal waters, but this should rapidly diminish as storms
approach the area by 6 pm. Currently expect the dense fog
advisory to be allowed to expire as scheduled.
Sunday night and Monday...wind gusts to 25 kt may
linger for a few hours on Sunday evening, but will be below SCA
criteria for the remainder of this period.
Tuesday through Wednesday...winds and seas should generally stay
below SCA criteria, though wind gusts above 20kt will be possible on
Wednesday. Periods of rain/showers possible, especially on Wednesday.
Wednesday night and Thursday...Northwesterly wind gusts around 25 kt
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EST Sunday for ANZ430-431-