Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ
FXUS61 KPHI 221114
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
614 AM EST Wed Feb 22 2017
High pressure will remain anchored just off the east coast
through midweek. A backdoor cold front over New England may
approach the area, before moving northward as a warm front
Friday into Friday night. Low pressure moving through the Great
Lakes region will bring a strong cold front through the area on
Saturday. High pressure builds in from the west late in the
weekend, before moving offshore early next week, while another
warm front approaches the area.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
An impulse traveling in the westerly mid level flow will pass
overhead early today. We are anticipating a mid level cloud deck
to cover much of eastern Pennsylvania and northern and central
New Jersey this morning along with parts of northeastern
Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey. Where there is a
lack of mid level clouds there should be a fair amount of cirrus
to limit the sunshine. Also, scattered sprinkles are expected
from the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley into northern New Jersey.
There may be a passing sprinkle in parts of the upper Delmarva,
As the impulse moves away to our east this afternoon, we are
forecasting a decrease in cloud cover.
High pressure at the surface is expected to be located off the
Middle Atlantic Coast today. The high should maintain a light
southwest to south surface flow of mild air in our region. High
temperatures should favor the 60s except in the elevated terrain
of the Poconos and northwestern New Jersey where maximum
readings are expected to be in the upper 50s. Also, the ocean
water temperatures along the coasts of New Jersey and Delaware
remain in the 40s, so temperatures at the shore will likely get
no higher than the 50s.
The record maximum temperatures for today are listed in the
climate section of this product. It appears as though most
locations will fall about 3 to 6 degrees short of their record
based on our latest projections. However, Mount Pocono may be an
exception. We are forecasting a high of 57 for that location
and the record is 56.
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 AM THURSDAY/...
The surface high is forecast to begin moving farther out to sea
tonight. However, it should keep a light southwest to south
surface flow in our region. The increase in low level moisture
may result in the development of low clouds and patchy fog late
Temperatures are expected to remain mild for this time of the
year. Minimum readings should favor the 40s in northeastern
Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and much of eastern Pennsylvania.
.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
A more active pattern is shaping up for the Thursday thru
Tuesday period, with the most impactful weather expected on
Saturday in association with a strong cold, preceded by the
potential record warmth Thursday into Saturday.
In terms of the mid-level pattern, a split flow regime will
begin to consolidate as phasing takes place over the upper
Mississippi Valley on Saturday. In spite of a couple fast moving
shortwave impulses near the area Thursday into Friday, 500 hPa
heights will continue to rise, reaching 570 Decameters by
Saturday. A more zonal pattern takes hold Sunday night into
Tuesday, as temperatures return to near normal for a change.
Several shortwave disturbances embedded within the zonal flow
will increase chances for generally light precipitation during
this time frame.
Thursday and Friday will feature a warm front just north of the
area, with diffuse shortwave energy moving along it. This will
promote the chance for scattered rain showers, mainly north of
an I-195 to PA Turnpike line. In fact, there could be a rumble
of thunder both days, especially on Thursday. Also, there is the
potential for record highs on both Thursday and Friday. Given
the proximity of a backdoor front, which may make it into
northern NJ on Friday, in addition to increased cloud cover,
record warmth potential is greater on Thursday. Finally, there
is the potential for some patchy fog both Thursday and Friday
Saturday and Sunday...Saturday could be an active day as a
strong cold front moves through the region. We should be within
the warm sector, and the synoptic pattern is favorable for at
least a fine line of convection to move through much of the
area. Model soundings show a modest shear-low CAPE environment,
in addition to negative Showalter indices. While this is still a
ways out, there is at least a chance of thunder, and this
continues to be reflected in the forecast. In addition, some
heavier downpours are possible, with the potential for rainfall
amounts to approach one inch, especially closer to the Poconos.
Once again, record warmth is possible within the warm sector on
Saturday. If the timing of the system holds, fair weather is in
store for Sunday, with a return to near normal temperatures, and
gusty west-northwest winds.
Looking ahead to Monday and Tuesday, several shortwaves will
interact with a nearby frontal boundary, offering additional
chances of light precipitation. Details in timing and coverage
are low at this time, so the forecast reflects a general slight
chance of showers during this period. We expect temperatures to
continue near average as mentioned earlier.
.AVIATION /11Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG,
KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.
VFR conditions are expected for today into early tonight with
mainly mid and high level clouds overhead. Ceilings should be
6000 feet or greater. Decreasing cloud cover is forecast for
this afternoon and this evening.
Increasing low level moisture late tonight may result in the
development of low clouds and some fog. There is the potential
for MVFR and IFR conditions at that time.
A light southwest to south wind is anticipated to develop for
today at speeds around 4 to 8 knots. The wind should become
light and variable at most locations for tonight.
Thursday...Potential for MVFR/IFR in early morning clouds and
fog, otherwise, VFR. Southwest wind gusts to 20 knots possible
in the afternoon.
Thursday night through Saturday...There is the potential for
MVFR/IFR at times, especially Thursday night through Friday
night with a warm front nearby, and again on Saturday with
showers and potential thunderstorms ahead of a cold front. Winds
out of the south on Saturday could gust to at least 20 knots.
Saturday night and Sunday...Becoming VFR Saturday night with
gusty west-northwest winds anticipated into Sunday.
High pressure located off the Middle Atlantic Coast today
should maintain a southwest to south flow over the coastal
waters of New Jersey and Delaware for today and tonight. Wind
speeds and gusts should remain mostly less than 15 knots. Wave
heights on our ocean waters are forecast to range from 2 to 3
feet. Waves on Delaware Bay are anticipated to be 2 feet or
Sub-SCA conditions are forecast Thursday into Friday. SCA
possible Friday night into Saturday, with gales possible
Saturday night into Sunday.
High temperature records for Wednesday-Saturday. Although most
of these records will probably remain intact, the greatest
potential to break a few of these records will be on Thursday.
Wednesday 2/22 Thursday 2/23 Friday 2/24 Saturday 2/25
ACY 68-1991 72-1985 75-1985 77-1930
PHL 68-1997/1974 75-1874 74-1985 79-1930
ILG 69-1997/1974 72-1985 78-1985 78-1930
ABE 68-1974 71-1985 76-1985 74-1930
TTN 66-1997 74-1874 74-1985 76-1930
GED 72-1997 67-1985/1990 72-1961 76-1975
RDG 70-1974 72/1932/1922 77-1985 77-1930
MPO 56-1997 60-1977 60-1984 70-1930