Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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FXUS61 KPHI 202028

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
328 PM EST Tue Feb 20 2018

Bermuda high pressure slowly drifts to the south and east
tonight through Wednesday. A cold front will then approach late
Wednesday and pass through the region Wednesday night, then
becomes nearly stationary over the Mid-Atlantic region. Several
waves of low pressure will pass along this boundary through the
weekend. High pressure returns for the start of the new work


A good start this evening, the a return to the maritime pattern
with low clouds, drizzle and fog developing. We will probably
have some dense fog in a few areas, but will hold on any flags
attm deferring to the evening shift. Lows tonight, very mild,
with upper 40s across the north and low/mid 50s elsewhere. Light
winds after sunset.


Wednesday will likely start much the same way as did Tuesday.
That is, plenty of low clouds, fog and some drizzle across the
region. Slow improvement though the morning and then a return to
partly/mostly sunny skies during the afternoon. An approaching
cold front may trigger a few showers N/W in the afternoon. We
will only have some chc pops for this with the fcst with the
dynamics not looking too strong with it. Temperatures, once
again, in record territory with highs in the low/mid 70s in most
areas with some 60s across the far north. Colder right along
the shore however.


Although the record setting warmth will depart Wednesday night,
there will still be a prolonged period of above normal
temperatures for the Long Term.

Cold front works its way south through the region Wednesday
night and becomes nearly stationary along the Mid-Atlantic by
Thursday morning. The region then becomes situated between cold
high pressure to the north and warm high pressure to the south.
Temperatures should rise and fall with each passing low, but the
areas mainly impacted by the cold should be generally north of
I-78 through the end of the work week. Showers taper off in the
evening, and then return late Wednesday night as weak low
pressure forms over the Gulf Coast states and lifts to the north
and east. Behind the front, temperatures drop into the 30s
north and west of the Fall Line, and lows will be in the 40s
across the Coastal Plain of NJ, southeast PA, and into the
Delmarva. As precipitation develops with the next system,
temperatures should be cold enough in the Poconos and far
northwest NJ to allow for a period of mixed frozen precip,
mainly rain, freezing rain, and sleet, late Wednesday night and
into Thursday morning. For the rest of the region, precip should
mainly stay as rain, as surface temperatures should stay above

By Thursday afternoon, precip should be all rain throughout,
and then tapers off by Thursday evening.

The next low develops Thursday night and approaches on Friday.
A good period of mixed frozen precip looks to develop across
northern areas north and west of the Fall Line Thursday night
and eventually changes to plain rain by Friday afternoon.

Upper trough then approaches for the west this weekend, and
stronger low pressure will impact the region with more
widespread rain through Sunday.

Conditions dry out on Monday as high pressure builds in from
the west.

Temperatures will generally be above normal levels during this
time, but it looks as if it will be quite warm, though wet, over
the weekend.


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

Tonight...Another challenging fcst with regards to what time
the lower conditions will arrive. Went along with the latest
guidance and generally went 01z thru 03z for a return to
IFR/LIFR overnight. Drizzle and for will again be widespread
overnight. Winds will be light mostly SW or S.

Wednesday...IFR/LIFR widespread with fog and drizzle during the
morning...then improvement in the 16Z thru 18Z time frame.
Again, low confid in improvement timing as was the case

Confidence: Average.


Wednesday night...Scattered showers and patchy fog possible
with sub-VFR conditions. Winds shift from SW to N. Confidence:

Thursday...Sub-VFR conditions possible in rain. NE winds 10-15
kt. Confidence: Average.

Thursday night...Sub-VFR conditions possible in scattered
showers. Mixed frozen precip in rain and sleet possible at
KRDG/KABE/KTTN/KPNE late. Confidence: Below average.

Friday through Saturday...Sub-VFR conditions in periods of
rain. Confidence: Below average.


We`ll keep the SCA flag going for the Delaware Bay with the
elevated platform winds still gusting to 25 knots. Probably only
a fraction of that making it to the sfc, with the stable air
across the waters today. Wind speeds will decrease this evening,
so the 6 p.m. time expiration still looks okay for now. The
main hazard tonight and into Wednesday morning will continue to
be fog. We will be issuing a Dense Fog Advisory for over the
waters tonight and into Wednesday. Winds tonight and Wednesday
will be south to southwest at 5 to 10 knots for the most part.
Water temperatures 40 to 45 degrees.


Wednesday night...Sub-SCA conditions expected. SW winds turning NW

Thursday through Friday...SCA conditions possible on the ocean

Saturday...Sub-SCA conditions anticipated.

Sunday...SCA conditions possible.


The following high temperature records were set today:

Atlantic City...73
Mount Pocono...64

Please check the following list for the old records. Additional
high temperature records are likely this afternoon and Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 20:

Atlantic City...70 in 1930
Philadelphia....70 in 1939
Wilmington......71 in 1930
Allentown.......68 in 1930
Trenton.........70 in 1930
Georgetown......68 in 2002
Mount Pocono....59 in 1930
Reading.........72 in 1930

Wednesday, February 21:

Atlantic City...74 in 1930
Philadelphia....72 in 1930
Wilmington......70 in 1953
Allentown.......67 in 1953
Trenton.........70 in 1930
Georgetown......71 in 2014
Mount Pocono....60 in 1930
Reading.........71 in 1930

A record warm minimum temperature may be set for Atlantic City
on Tuesday. The current record is 44 in 1949.

The following are the record warm minimum temperatures for
Wednesday, all which should be exceeded.

ABE 46-1981
ACY 49-1954
PHL 49-2002
ILG 47-2002
RDG 48-1930
TTN 48-2002

The all time February max temps may be approached on Wednesday
at ILG, TTN, GED RDG MPO. All the all time monthly max`s are
listed below:

ACY 77 2/25/30
PHL 79 2/25/30
ILG 78 2/24/85
ABE 77 2/24/17
TTN 76 2/25/30
GED 77 2/25/17
RDG 77 2/24/17
MPO 70 2/25/30

Our expectation is that ACY will exceed the previous all time
record rainfall for February, by the end of the weekend. The
record is 6.50 inches in 2010. #2 is 1958 with 5.98 inches.

And...adding only half an inch to PHL and ILG will put both
locations in the top 9 ranking for Feb rainfall.

Have rechecked the monthly projection at PHL and the avg temp
continues at 41.0 or 5.3F above avg which is 8th warmest on
record, if it holds. Add or subtract a degree to the
average/departure and the ranking changes from 3rd to 11th. The
forecast 5.3F departure is ~2f warmer than the current
departure. I`d expect similar for the rest of our area...a bit
less in the north which will have better chances for colder air,
and a bit more warming in the south where the positive
departure as of yesterday was already 5F above normal, heading
for 7+. So all in all it appears we`re heading for a top 10
warmest February. Last year was the warmest on record, a
whopping 3+F degrees warmer than our current projection.


MARINE...Dense Fog Advisory until 10 AM EST Wednesday for ANZ430-431-
     Small Craft Advisory until 6 PM EST this evening for ANZ430-


Near Term...O`Hara
Short Term...O`Hara
Long Term...MPS
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