Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KPHI 270256 AFDPHI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 956 PM EST Sun Feb 26 2017 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure will move off shore tomorrow. Low pressure approaching from the west will lift a warm front through the region on Tuesday. That low will track from the Great Lakes region into eastern Canada on Wednesday. The associated cold front will move through the East Coast by Thursday morning. An upper trough builds into the Northeast for the end of the week. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM MONDAY MORNING/... No big changes to the forecast this evening. Skies have cleared as low- mid level moisture and a short wave/vorticity impulse aloft pull to our east. High pressure located to our south will move offshore overnight, with our area on the northern edge through tonight. Winds will become light and variable most place with any sustained wind from the west-southwest around 5-10 mph. Clouds will begin to increase overnight and toward daybreak as some mid-level moisture begins to move in from the west. Temperatures will continue to lower through much of the night, before leveling off and possibly rising a degree or two as we approach daybreak as clouds increase. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM MONDAY/... As the surface high moves farther east into the Atlantic, southwest surface winds will become established across the area on Monday. Substantial near-surface warm air advection will contribute to a much warmer day Monday, with temperatures returning to well above average values. A perturbation in the west-southwesterly upper-level flow will approach the Mid-Atlantic by 00Z Tuesday, with cloud cover continuing to increase. However, residual dry air in the low levels and generally weak large-scale ascent should prevent much if any precipitation from occurring before sunset. Notably, model guidance has been all over the place in the handling of this system for days, rendering confidence much below average in the details -- even for a 12-24 hour forecast. There are at least some indications lift may become sufficient to produce light precipitation to the west of the area (generally the Appalachians westward in southern PA and adjacent MD/VA/WV) by late morning or early afternoon. However, the aforementioned limiting factors seem too much to overcome for generating precipitation in the CWA by the end of the short term period. Thus, reduced PoPs on Monday to non-mentionable levels. Guidance has struggled mightily with temperatures in warm air advection patterns this past month. Went slightly above guidance for highs based on the expected cloud cover present -- otherwise, I would have gone well above guidance. However, would not be at all surprised to see highs several degrees warmer than forecast, especially if the models are overdoing the moist air advection in the 900-700 mb layer. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/... A very active pattern continues through the long term. Monday night through Tuesday night...warm front will lift north through the region. Some weak lift is expected with the front followed closely by a local vorticity maxima associated with the low lifting into the Great Lakes Region. It isn`t exactly an impressive set up for widespread precip, but models continue to depict QPF across the region through this period. It looks like the best chance through this period would be Tuesday afternoon and evening, when we still have a slight onshore component to the low level flow. Wednesday and Wednesday night...This is the period of greatest focus as it looks like our region will once again be solidly in the warm sector as a pre-frontal trough slides offshore and the cold front approaches from the west. With continued southwesterly flow, should see temperatures once again well above normal, approaching record highs (see climate section below). The combination of the very warm boundary layer (resulting in a relatively unstable profile with modest CAPE values) and a mid and upper level southwesterly jet (resulting in bulk shear values above 50kt) means there is once again a risk for strong or severe storms. The biggest source of uncertainty right now is the timing, primarily of the cold front. There are considerable differences with the GFS showing the most progressive solution, bringing the cold front through Wednesday evening, while most of the rest of the guidance shows a cold frontal passage late Wednesday night. The GFS solution would be the highest risk as the warmest conditions would be coincident with the best lift. Even with the slower solutions, there remains some risk for severe storms, it would just be a more limited period. As for the hazards, it looks like the primary hazard would be strong winds. Current model soundings show limited instability in the hail growth region, limiting the threat of large hail. If there is widespread rain on Tuesday leading in to the event, then the risk for poor drainage flooding could increase for Wednesday. Thursday and Friday...strong cold air advection with breezy northwesterly winds. At this point, it looks like we will have at least 2 consecutive days of below normal temperatures. A fast moving low may dig across the region, though there remains considerable uncertainty with the track. Saturday and Sunday...High builds south, keeping us in the cold air for a few more days, although there may be a modest warming trend by Sunday as winds shift more westerly. && .AVIATION /03Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/... The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas. VFR through Monday afternoon. After a period of mostly clear skies through about 09Z, clouds will increase with CIGs of 8-15 kft expected after 12Z. Northwest winds will continue diminish through this evening, becoming mostly light westerly or even variable by late evening. Southwest winds will develop tomorrow, sustained winds should generally remain below 10 kts, with some gusts around 15-18 knots for a few hours during the afternoon. Outlook... Tuesday...Should begin as VFR, but ceilings could lower to MVFR later in the day as rain begins to move in. Wednesday and Wednesday night...Thunderstorms are likely, primarily Wednesday afternoon or Wednesday night. With any storms or showers, MVFR or even IFR conditions are expected. There will be an abrupt shift to breezy northwesterly winds with the cold front which should arrive Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday...Mostly VFR conditions. There is a small chance of lower conditions with rain and snow showers Thursday night into Friday. Very breezy northwesterly winds are possible both days. && .MARINE... Winds have lowered below advisory levels for all of our coastal waters. Therefore we`ve let the Small Craft Advisory expire for these areas. An occasional gust around 25 knots may be possible for another hour, but overall trends are down. Sub- advisory conditions are forecast thereafter through Monday afternoon. Outlook... Tuesday through Wednesday...southwesterly winds at or above 25 kt likely, especially on the coastal waters. Periods of showers and thunderstorms possible, especially on Wednesday. Wednesday night...Thunderstorms and showers possible. An abrupt shift to northwesterly winds is expected with a cold front either late Wednesday night or Thursday morning. Thursday and Friday...Northwesterly winds gusting above 25 kt are likely through out the period. There is also a chance for gale force gusts, primarily Friday afternoon and Friday night. && .CLIMATE... Record max temps for Wednesday March 1. 1972 was the year for most, except GED ACY 72-1972 PHL 76-1972 ILG 75-1972 ABE 67-1972 TTN 74-1972 GED 73-1976 RDG 74-1972 MPO 67-1972 The following monthly and seasonal average temperatures were calculated with todays max/min and the 330 PM Mount Holly forecast from today- Sunday 2/26/17. **Record warm February** and a top 10 warmest winter, again! Records date back to the late 19th century. Details below. February: PHL 44.2. #1 Normal 35.7 Record 42.2-1925 POR 1874 ABE 39.4 #1 Normal 30.7 Record 38.6-1998 POR 1922 ACY 43.2 #1 Normal 35.3 Record 41.6-1890 POR 1874 ILG 43.0 #1 Normal 35.1 Record 42.3-1903 POR 1895 Winter (DJF) PHL 40.4 #6 (last winter was 3#) 4 of top 10 since 2000. ABE 36.0 #5 (last winter was #2) 4 of top 10 since 2000 ACY 39.9 #9 (last winter was #5) 4 of top 10 since 2000 ILG 39.4 #5 tie (ditto last winter) 4 of top 10 since 2000 Past two years of monthly average temperatures through February 2017, a summary of above normal months listed below: For ABE: 23 consecutive months of above normal temps! FOR PHL: 22 of the past 23 months have been above normal. For ACY: 19 of the past 23 months have been above normal. For ILG: 17 of the past 23 months have been above normal. (Jan-Feb-March 2015 was the last time we had significant and persistent below normal monthly temps.) RECORDS: Allentown established a new record for February...three consecutive record breaking days of 70+. Allentown did have 3 consecutive days of record breaking heat in 1991...but the records were in the 60s (3rd-5th). Allentown has established 6 days of record high temperatures this month. Snow: February least on record: Atlantic City will be tied for 5th with 0.3". && .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...None. NJ...None. DE...None. MD...None. MARINE...None. && $$ Synopsis...Johnson Near Term...CMS/Robertson Short Term...CMS Long Term...Johnson Aviation...CMS/Johnson/Robertson Marine...CMS/Johnson/Robertson Climate... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.