Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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FXUS61 KPHI 211941

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
341 PM EDT SUN AUG 21 2016

A cold front was located just to our west this afternoon. The front
will move eastward through the area this evening. High pressure
builds into the area Monday and remain over the area through
Thursday. The next cold front approaches from the northwest on
Friday. The front may dissipate over the area next weekend while the
center of high pressure approaches from the Great Lakes.


A band of showers and isolated tstms associated with a cold front
will cross the area this evening and early overnight. Showers will
end from west to east behind this front. We have kept the pops
mostly in the categorical range with the activity on radar looking
rather solid attm. The best chc for thunder will be over Delmarva
this evening. The primary threat with these showers and storms are
locally heavy rainfall with 1-2 inches falling in an hour. Poor
drainage flooding is possible. Any severe weather threat will be
confined to the Delmarva and far southern NJ, where the strongest
heating earlier in the afternoon and greatest instability (MLCAPE
around 1000 J/kg) reside.

Later tonight, skies will clear as drier and cooler air settles
in. Lows will drop into the upper 50s/low 60s north and mid/upper
60s over Delmarva. Winds will shift to NW and remain around 5 to
10 mph overnight.


High pressure will begin to build towards the region Monday. This
will be the beginning of a nice stretch of fair weather. The airmass
will be cooler and much drier. High temperatures will only reach the
70s across the north and low/mid 80s elsewhere. Dew points will only
be in the 40s/50s this will be a big break in the recent
stretch of sultry summer weather. Winds will be a bit gusty however
with NW winds 10 to 15 mph and gusts around 20 mph.


Expansive high pressure system will build in from the west Monday
night with the center of the high over the area Tuesday and
Wednesday. The high will move offshore late Wednesday and retreat
into the open waters of the northwest Atlantic Ocean through the end
of the week. Southerly return flow around the western periphery of
the high will become established along the eastern seaboard during
this time. A very quiet stretch of weather is in store for the mid-
Atlantic region through Thursday with the high firmly in control.
Comfortable outdoor weather conditions can be expected with highs
generally in the low 80s Tuesday and mid 80s both Wednesday and
Thursday. It will be very dry midweek for August standards with
dewpoints in the 50s. The humidity increases a bit by Thursday but
it will still be at comfortable levels with dewpoints in the 60s.
Each day should also offer plenty of sunshine.

The heat and humidity increases further by Friday as a cold front
approaches from the west. It doesn`t appear to be excessive heat but
highs in the upper 80s to lows 90F and dewpoints near 70F will make
it feel muggy again. In general, went a couple of degrees above
WPC/Superblend guidance for highs on Friday as they appear to be too
cool. The front should provide us with our first perceptible chance
of precipitation in the period. However, we continue to advertise
very low PoPs. The forecast area will be situated on the northern
side of an anticyclone/upper ridge over the Southeast states. In
this setup, there is a risk that the subsidence inversion underneath
the ridge would put a lid on convective development on Friday,
especially the farther south you go. Furthermore, the deeper lift
will also be displaced from the front, remaining well to our north
as the belt of stronger westerlies associated with the subtropical
jet stream resides near the U.S.-Canadian border.

The front may stall and then washout in the area or nearby during
the weekend as it meets the downstream blocking on the northern
periphery of the ridge. Exactly where this happens will determine if
our region is positioned on the cool side of the front with highs in
the lower 80s or warm side with highs in the lower 90s...or
somewhere in between. Leaned toward the warmer range of solutions
with the pattern favorable for heat to build underneath the ridge.
At this time, it appears that next weekend should be mainly dry.
However, if the front stalls over the area and there is still
enough residual convergence along it, then an isolated pop-up
shower or storm map develop during peak heating.


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

A cold front will approach from the west this evening and then pass
offshore overnight. A band of lower clouds and showers will
accompany the front. There is a chc for thunder as well and we have
included tempo groups in most terminals for show the expected
conditions should a tstm occur. Winds will be mostly S or SW around
10-15 knots ahead of the front. Winds will shift to W then NW after
frontal passage. Skies will clear out behind the front with drier
air mixing in behind it. It`s possible that some light fog may
develop across srn NJ with the drier air doesn`t make it this far
before the boundary layer gets decoupled. I have included some fog
in the MIV tafs for this possibility.

VFR conditions expected with gusty NW winds up to around 20 knots
on Monday.


Monday night through Thursday night...Mainly VFR and light winds.

Friday...Low chance for showers and storms with a cold front
approaching from the NW.


Winds and seas slowly increasing this afternoon. An update was
made earlier to raise the SCA flag for Del Bay where gusts around
25 kts had developed. We already were advertising SCA conditions
for tonight, but decided to raise the SCA flag for the coastal
waters earlier and put it into effect with the 330 CWF. Winds will
likely gust into the low 20s kt range with the approach of the
cold front and the tightening pressure gradient ahead of it. Seas
will build to around 4 ft on the ocean and 2-3 ft across Delaware
bay. Gusty winds should continue Monday with the arrival of the
cooler and drier air.


Monday night through Thursday...No marine hazards are expected.

Friday...Winds and seas below SCA thresholds. The official NHC
forecast for Tropical Storm Fiona is for it to track westward and
then to weaken as it curves to the north near Bermuda late in the
week. We may start to see long period swell arrive in our coastal
waters by Friday or next weekend but unless the system becomes
much stronger than forecast, seas will still be below 5 ft.

Wind gusts from the southeast this afternoon coupled with wave
heights of 3 to 4 feet are enhancing the setup for dangerous rip
currents at the beaches. A moderate risk day was assigned to the
New Jersey and Delaware beaches today.

The probable risk for the development of dangerous rip currents
on Monday is low with an offshore wind expected.


MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 7 PM this evening to 11 AM EDT
     Monday for ANZ452>455.
     Small Craft Advisory from 7 PM this evening to 6 PM EDT Monday
     for ANZ450-451 and ANZ430-431.


Near Term...O`Hara/Klein
Short Term...O`Hara
Long Term...Klein
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