Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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FXUS61 KPHI 170746

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
346 AM EDT Sun Sep 17 2017

High pressure gradually builds to our north and east into Monday.
All interests in coastal areas of New Jersey and Delaware should
follow the forecast of Hurricane Jose as it moves northward off the
mid-Atlantic coast, probably passing well east of New Jersey Tuesday
into Wednesday. High pressure is expected to settle back down into
our area late in the week, behind the departing Jose.


Stratus and fog has spread across much of the area overnight and
will continue to spread farther inland through the early morning
hours. Some locally patchy dense fog will occur, but it is not
expected to be widespread. The fog and stratus is expected to
dissipate and lift through the morning hours after sunrise.

Similar conditions as Saturday will occur today as our area will
remain under the influence of a mid level low/trough and its
associated vorticity. It`s hard to find any surface reflection, but
with the trough and vorticity aloft, there will be some enhanced
lift across the area. So there will be a chance for
isolated/scattered showers to develop again today. Similar to
Saturday, PW values are around 1.25-1.50 inches, so there could be
some locally moderate to heavy downpours with any showers.


The showers that develop during the day are expected to dissipate
around or after sunset as daytime heating wanes. Once the sun goes
down and the surface temperatures cool, areas of fog and/or stratus
should begin to develop and spread across the area from east to
west. Overall fog is not expected to be widespread dense, but a some
locally patchy dense fog will be possible.


As has been the case the last several days, all of the focus in
the long term is on Hurricane Jose and its track a few hundred
miles off our shore. Please see the forecast discussion from
the National Hurricane Center for the latest details on the
forecast track of Jose. Not many changes with this forecast
issuance in the expected impacts. Here is a summary of the
impacts from most likely to less likely:

1. High Surf resulting in beach erosion and a high risk of rip
currents: Though we are seeing a brief lull in the wave
heights, that is expected to be increasing over the next two
days, with the highest wave heights coming Monday night and
Tuesday. We have high confidence of this occuring.

2. Tidal flooding: We have high confidence that tidal coastal
flooding will occur, though there is still some uncertainty with
the severity of the coastal flooding. See the coastal flooding
section below for more details.

3. Tropical Storm force winds (sustained of 34 KT or higher):
this appears very unlikely on our land zones. However, a period
of wind gusts up to 40 mph is possible right along the coast
generally on Tuesday night.

4. Heavy Rain: Current track keeps the heavy rain off shore on
Tuesday, with our area only seeing the outer rain bands.
However, any additional rain at the shore near or shortly before
a high tide could exacerbate coastal flooding.

As for temperatures, stayed close to guidance from WPC given the
dependence on the track of Jose. One thing of note that I have
not yet included in the forecast, the GFS MOS (MEX) shows a
dramatic warming trend on Wednesday even though we should still
be under the northwesterly flow behind departing Jose. This is
unusual for such a pattern, but will be watching if this trend
continues or if other models and MOS guidance jump on to this
trend as well.

Thursday through Saturday...A high amplitude ridge should begin
to build over our region. However, as mentioned by the previous
shift, the center of the high will likely be far enough north
that our region will see weak onshore flow, tempering any
warming trend due to the building high.


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

Stratus and fog has pushed inland and covers most of
central/southern New Jersey, portions of eastern Pennsylvania, as
well as central/southern Delaware and eastern Maryland. The stratus
and fog is expected to continue to push inland and cover all areas
during the early morning hours. CIGS/VSBYS will be IFR as the
stratus builds over, with some areas lifting to MVFR at times. The
fog and stratus will lift through the morning hours after sunrise,
and VFR conditions should return by late morning into the afternoon.
There will be another chance of isolated/scattered showers this
afternoon, so a PROB30 was included.

The showers will dissipate around or shortly after sunset. Then
another round of stratus and fog is expected to spread back across
the area overnight again.

Winds will continue to be light, with any direction from the east
around 5-10 knots or less.


Monday...starting out MVFR or IFR with low clouds and fog.
Visibilities should improve early. Ceilings may raise to 4000 ft AGL
by 18Z. However, expect ceilings to lower once again Monday night to
MVFR or even IFR along the coast. Western TAF sites like KRDG and
KABE are likely to stay VFR.

Tuesday...VFR conditions are expected at KRDG and KABE. For the
Delaware Valley TAF sites (KPHL, KILG, KPNE, and KTTN) and coastal
sites (KMIV and KACY) MVFR or lower ceilings are possible.
Northeasterly winds 10 to 20 KT with gusts to 30 KT will be possible
for the coastal sites.

Wednesday...Becoming VFR with decreasing northwest winds...gusting
15 to 20 KT.

Thursday...Mostly VFR conditions are expected. Light winds shifting
from northerly to northeasterly


With seas 4-6 feet across the waters today, we will continue with
the Small Craft Advisory for Hazardous seas. Winds today will remain
generally out of the east to northeast around 5-10 knots, then
increase to 10-15 knots through this afternoon and tonight.


Monday through Wednesday...Tropical storm conditions will be
possible Tuesday. However, even Monday, winds may be above 25 KT  in
advance of Hurricane Jose approaching from the south. Although winds
will begin to diminish Wednesday, it will take time for seas to
subside. A tropical storm or gale related marine hazard may be
issued later today...all dependent on internal assessment of the
wind fields.

Wednesday night and Thursday...once seas subside below 5 ft
Wednesday night, winds and seas should stay below SCA criteria for
the remainder of the period.

Rip Currents...
With swells of 12-13 seconds forecast to build to 5-6 feet today,
along with an easterly wind of 5-10 knots, we will continue with a
high risk for the development of dangerous rip currents today.

The high risk will likely continue through mid week. Swimming at
the beaches is not recommended the next few days.


Coastal flooding is possible with the high tide cycles Monday
through Tuesday night due to the passage of Hurricane Jose.

A prolonged period of east to northeast winds will allow water to
pile up along the shores. In addition, there is a new moon on
Wednesday, September 20, so astronomical tide levels will be running

Depending on how close Jose tracks to the coast changes how
significant the coastal flooding will be. As of now, minor coastal
flooding is likely with the high tide cycles from Monday afternoon
through Tuesday morning. The high tide cycle of greatest concern at
this point is the Tuesday evening high tide, when moderate coastal
flooding will be possible especially along the New Jersey Shore and
adjacent back bays.


NJ...High Rip Current Risk from 8 AM EDT this morning through this
     evening for NJZ014-024>026.
DE...High Rip Current Risk from 8 AM EDT this morning through this
     evening for DEZ004.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas until 6 AM EDT Monday
     for ANZ450>455.


Near Term...Robertson
Short Term...Robertson
Long Term...Johnson
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