Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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FXUS61 KPHI 270505

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
105 AM EDT Tue Sep 27 2016

A cold front will move across the area later tonight, then stall off
the Mid Atlantic coast on Tuesday. An upper low will meander over
the eastern United States for the rest of the week, lifting to the
northeast and departing sometime this weekend. Meanwhile, several
waves of low pressure will develop along that stalled boundary and
move up the East Coast.


1230 AM ESTF update...Updated the hourly PoP/Weather grids thru
this afternoon based on recent radar trends and hi-res CAM
models. Expect precip to expand in coverage/become better
organized overnight as it moves eastward thru the area. Current
thinking is the heavier rainfall amounts will reside south and
east of I-95 (mid Delmarva and far southern NJ). A weak shortwave
impulse was detected on water vapor satellite imagery across
southeastern VA. This disturbance will lift northeastward ahead of
the main upper trough toward the Delmarva coast and enhance
rainfall thru daybreak across these southern areas. These same
southern areas are positioned near the pre-frontal theta-e ridge
axis, where locally higher (elevated) instability will provide a
more favorable environment for deeper convection that is needed to
produce heavier rainfall rates and even isolated thunderstorms.
Rainfall amounts of one-half to one inch are expected in these
southern zones, while areas along and northwest of I-95 should see
less (some spots may only receive less than one-quarter inch).

Previous Discussion...
An upper air analysis early this evening shows a strong closed
low centered around the upper Great Lakes region. A narrow ridge
axis is located across New England. Some warm air advection is
noted around 850 MB across much of our region north of a warm

A cold front will be arriving overnight and in advance of this the
large scale forcing is forecast to increase, especially after
Midnight. Some weaker forcing is ongoing just to our west which is
well ahead of the cold front but north of a warm front. An analysis
showed a weak short wave tracking across the northern Mid Atlantic.
This along with some warm air advection, which is helping to
strengthen an inversion, should produce enough lift within a
moistening airmass to get some showers going especially across the
southern areas initially. The more organized showers are expected
overnight and toward daybreak from west to east.

A review of many forecast soundings from various model guidance
indicates that while some instability develops through the night,
the profile becomes saturated which tends to really limit the
instability. In this case, thunder may not occur. Given some uptick
in the instability though along with some lightning to our west and
southwest this evening, left in an isolated mention across the
southern areas. As the moisture increases, some local downpours
should occur as well.

Some adjustments were made on the hourly grids based on the obs,
then the LAMP/LAV guidance was blended in for the temperature and
dew point grids. The POP increase was slowed a bit eastward as we
await for the more organized forcing. Temperatures will be milder
than last night given the cloud cover in place.


The cold front continues its eastward movement but it looks like
it gets hung up as it moves through the I-95 corridor and starts
to slow down considerably. This will keep the precipitation
hanging around longer and areas to the south and east of I-95 may
see rain through much of the day. Although, precipitation should
remain lighter as the best forcing moves away from the region.

Areas to the west of I-95 will start to clear out by mid to late
morning with the sun peeking through and starting to help dry out
the area.

Areas that break out on Tuesday will be warmer than those that
remain stuck under relatively thick cloud cover. Highs into the
low to mid 70s across eastern Pennsylvania and central to northern
New Jersey with southern New Jersey and much of Delaware remaining
in the upper 60s to near 70. If the front moves further east
faster, then temperatures may rise a couple degrees above forecast
due to less cloudiness.


An extended period of unsettled weather is on tap for the rest of
the week, and possibly into the upcoming weekend.

Nearly vertically stacked closed low, along with several strong
shortwaves, will dive into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley Tuesday
night. Meanwhile, frontal boundary remains stalled along the Mid-
Atlantic. With these shortwaves rotating around the low and
interacting with the stalled front, several waves of low pressure
will develop over the Southeast U.S., and will lift to the north
along the East Coast.

Where the uncertainty lies is where each low will actually track,
and where the axis of rainfall will develop. First swath of rain
looks to come up the coast sometime Wednesday afternoon, with the
bulk of the rain falling Wednesday night and Thursday. Latest GFS
has a swath of rain across central NJ and into E PA, whereas the
ECMWF has that swath over southern PA, MD, and VA. These details
have yet to be worked out, but with onshore flow ahead of the low,
abundant low level moisture will stream into the region, allowing
for at least some periods of moderate to locally heavy rain.

Another wave of low pressure looks to come up the coast on
Friday, but there is less certainty with that track. The closed
upper low, meanwhile, does not look to even begin to depart until
sometime Saturday night into Sunday morning, and even then, models
are not in good agreement as to the timing and placement of it.
Therefore, will carry chance PoPs into the weekend.

Regardless of where the rain does end up falling, given the
onshore flow that will be in place, can at the very least expect
cloudy and cool weather through the week with temps running a few
degrees below the seasonal averages, with highs ranging from the
low to mid 60s across northern zones to the low to mid 70s across
southern zones.

Latest WPC QPF forecast suggests about 2-5 inches of rain across
the region, but that is over the entire period ending on Monday.
Given how dry the area has been, this should not result in
widespread flooding, and this rain is much needed.


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

Tonight...VFR ceilings will lower to MVFR overnight as as a cold
front arrives. Showers will develop and increase in coverage
overnight, and an initial round may be more scattered. The showers
will result in lower visibility at times. A period of IFR ceilings
are possible especially during showers. A few isolated thunderstorms
are possible overnight and early Tuesday morning, however coverage
is too low to include in the TAFS at this time. Southerly winds
mainly less than 10 knots, becoming west-northwest toward morning.

Tuesday...Conditions are expected to improve to VFR quickly north
and west of PHL early, with lower ceilings hanging on the longest at
MIV and ACY as the cold front slows. It is here where showers are
expected to last the longest along with MVFR ceilings. West to
northwest winds up to 10 knots, then diminishing some in the
afternoon and becoming southwesterly to perhaps locally light and

Tuesday night through Saturday...Sub-VFR conditions likely in
showers and fog. Best chances for more widespread rain appear to
be on Thursday and Friday. Forecast confidence: low.


A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for all waters from tonight
through Tuesday morning.

Southerly winds around 10 to 15 knots will increase as the
gradient tightens ahead of an approaching cold front. In addition,
seas will start to build and will near 5 feet by late tonight.

The cold front will slow down as it nears the coastline and is
expected to move offshore Tuesday morning. Winds just ahead of the
front will be out of the south to southwest and will quickly turn
to the west-northwest behind the front. highest gusts are expected
to occur during the morning just ahead of and behind the front,
with a quick drop off as the front moves slowly to the east. Seas
will remain elevated through the mid morning, and will then
subside, falling below 5 feet by late morning.

Tuesday night through Wednesday...Winds and seas below SCA

Wednesday night through Saturday...E winds 15-20 KT with 25-30 KT
gusts possible across northern ocean waters. A period of gale
force gusts is possible Wednesday night. Seas may build to 6-8 FT.
A SCA will likely be needed for the ocean waters for at least
Wednesday and Thursday. Low confidence in forecast thereafter, but
SCA may continue to be needed into the start of the weekend.

A moderate risk for the formation of dangerous rip currents
continues through this evening. A moderate risk for Tuesday
especially in the morning as winds and seas subside behind a cold


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 11 AM EDT this morning for ANZ430-


Near Term...Gorse/Klein
Short Term...Meola
Long Term...MPS
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