Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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000 FXUS61 KPHI 232315 AFDPHI Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ 715 PM EDT TUE AUG 23 2016 .SYNOPSIS... High pressure will shift offshore tomorrow. A cold front approaching from the northwest will arrive Friday. Another area of high pressure is anticipated to build east over New England, before shifting offshore on Monday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING/... High pressure centered over MD will slowly continue to drift to the east tonight. Heights and thicknesses will slowly rise during the overnight, resulting in slightly warmer temperatures compared to Monday night. Surface dewpoints will slowly creep up as well, rising into the upper 50s by daybreak. With clear skies, nearly calm winds, and increasing low level moisture, patchy fog is possible well after midnight tonight. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM WEDNESDAY/... Another tranquil day on tap for Wednesday as high pressure continues to drift off the Mid-Atlantic coast. With SW flow behind the departing high, temperatures and surface dewpoints will be a bit higher than today, with highs generally in the mid to upper 80s and surface dewpoints climbing to near 60. && .LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY/... Thursday through Friday...As the high slides further off shore, a cold front will approach our region from the Great Lakes. Kept a mention of slight chance of thunderstorms for Thursday night, as the front gets closer, but removed mention of precipitation on Friday. Even though the front will be crossing through the region on Friday, think this period will remain dry as the large upper level high over the southeastern U.S. will be building north through this time, resulting in synoptic scale subsidence for our region. Saturday and Sunday...Any post-frontal cooling trend will be tempered by the building upper level ridge centered over the southeastern U.S. Thus, have gone slightly above MOS guidance for highs, but still kept it below raw model highs (for both the GFS and ECMWF), until there is better run to run consistency on the position of the ridge axis. Monday and Tuesday...Next cold front is expected to approach our region through this period. Some question as to how far south it will get given the still persistent upper level ridge. Given the uncertainty, kept 20 to 30 percent PoPs throughout this period. && .AVIATION /23Z TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/... The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas. VFR through the TAF period. Some patchy MVFR VSBY in BR possible, mainly at KRDG, late tonight through daybreak Wednesday. Winds generally out of the W at 5-7 KT through the afternoon. Sea breeze should keep winds out of the S at KACY 5-7 KT through this evening. LGT/VRB winds tonight, and then SW winds become 5-7 KT late Wednesday morning with afternoon sea breezes likely at favored terminals. Outlook... Thursday...VFR conditions expected. Thursday night...mostly VFR. MVFR conditions possible with isolated to scattered thunderstorms. Friday through Sunday...VFR conditions expected. && .MARINE...
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High pressure over the Delmarva will slowly drift offshore tonight through Wednesday. S-SW winds at 5-10 KT will become W by Wednesday morning before tuning S and increasing to 10-15 KT with occasional gusts to 20 KT in the late afternoon. Seas will generally average 1- 3 feet. Outlook... Thursday through Friday...southerly flow increases especially Thursday night with gusts above 20 kt expected. However, at this time, winds and seas are expected to stay just below SCA conditions. Winds will shift to northwesterly late in the day on Friday as a cold front moves through. Saturday through Sunday...winds and seas should remain below SCA criteria through this time. RIP CURRENTS... For today, the risk for the formation of dangerous rip currents looks to be low. For Wednesday, the probable risk for the formation of dangerous rip currents is low. However this may increase to moderate, especially for the New Jersey beaches, especially if the wind turns more southeasterly as it increases some in the afternoon. Sun-Tue...model ensemble guidance on every successive cycle continues to send 2-4 ft long period (15 to 17 second) east southeast swell into our waters from the central Atlantic. If that occurs, swimming and wading dangers will increase markedly.
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&& .CLIMATE...
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A top 5 warmest August appears assured most of our forecast area and a top 4 warmest June-July-August for Philadelphia, Allentown and possibly Atlantic City. Philadelphia appears on its way for warmest ever August. Philadelphia August normal temp 76.6. Odds favor the nearly +4F departure projected average of 80.4F could still be too low as the ECMWF continues quite warm through the 29th (warmer than the GFS). Philadelphia August ranking includes our 330 PM forecast temps (SFT specific values) through the 30th and the FTPRHA GFS 2m PHL max/min for the 31st. The 30 year normal is 76.6 and records date back to 1874. 1. 80.4 2016 2. 79.9 1980 3. 79.8 2001 and 1995 4. 79.6 2005 5. 79.5 2002 Regarding whether August can tie its record of 17 90F days. Its possible but not probable. Can foresee 3 to 6 more 90 degree days to add onto the 11 we have so far this month. The record of 17 was set in 1995. The mean for the month is only 5. Allentown will probably rank #2 or #3 warmest August. Records date back to 1922. Normal 71.7 projecting a positive departure of nearly 5 degrees. Rank 1. 78.2 1980 2. 76.5 2016 3. 76.0 1937 4. 75.7 1955 Atlantic City represented records date back to 1874. The August monthly normal is 74.4 and we`re projecting a positive departure of more than 3.5 degrees. We`ll look at this again tomorrow but ACY has a very good chance of ranking 1 or 2. 1. 78.1 2016 2. 77.9 2005 3. 77.1 2009 4. 77.0 1984 Seasonal: This summer 2016 for Philadelphia will probably be the 2nd or 3rd warmest June-July-August (JJA) in the period of record dating back to 1874. 1. 79.6 2010 2. 78.7 2016 3. 78.6 1995 4. 78.3 1994 Allentown seasonal avg is projecting 74.9 or a ranking of around #2 in the period of record that dates back to 1922. ranking 1 75.3 1949 2 74.9 2016 3 74.6 2005 and 1980 4 74.3 1943 and 1937 Atlantic City seasonal average is projecting 75.8...4th warmest in the period of record dating back to 1874. 1. 77.5 2010 2. 77.0 2011 3. 75.9 2005 4. 75.8 2016 5. 75.5 2008 90 degree days season mean aug aug mean aug rer season rer abe 30 17 9 4 16-1980 41-1966 acy 26 10 9 3 11-2010 46-2010 phl 35 21 11 5 17-1995 55-2010
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&& .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...None. NJ...None. DE...None. MD...None. MARINE...None. && $$ Synopsis...Johnson Near Term...MPS Short Term...MPS Long Term...Johnson/drag 715P Aviation...Johnson/MPS Marine...Johnson/MPS Climate...drag 715P is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.