Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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000 FXUS61 KPHI 021140 AFDPHI AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ 740 AM EDT THU JUL 2 2015 .SYNOPSIS... A COLD FRONT WILL STALL TO THE SOUTH OF OUR FORECAST AREA WHILE A WEAK LOW PRESSURE WAVE MOVES ALONG IT TODAY. A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL SLIDE ACROSS NEW YORK STATE AND NEW ENGLAND TONIGHT AND FRIDAY AS ANOTHER STRONGER WAVE OF LOW PRESSURE FOLLOWS IN TANDEM SOUTH OF OUR FORECAST AREA. AS ANOTHER HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM BUILDS INTO THE GREAT LAKES OVER THE WEEKEND, THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY IS EXPECTED TO SAG FARTHER TO THE SOUTH. THE HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM SHOULD PASS ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA ON MONDAY. THEN A COLD FRONT FROM THE NORTHERN PLAINS SHOULD REACH THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES BY WEDNESDAY. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/... THE COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY SLIDE SOUTH THIS MORNING, BEFORE STALLING OUT JUST TO OUR SOUTH. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP ALONG THE BOUNDARY TO OUR SOUTH DURING THE AFTERNOON AND SHOULD STAY SOUTH OF THE AREA, BUT WE WILL REMAIN ON THE NORTHERN EDGE. A COUPLE OF SHORT WAVE/VORTICITY IMPULSES WILL SLIDE ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN AREAS THROUGH THE DAY WHICH SHOULD ALLOW SHOWERS TO DEVELOP ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE AREA, ESPECIALLY SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND THE DELMARVA. THERE IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF INSTABILITY, BUT THERE SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO ALLOW FOR ISOLATED/SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP DURING TODAY AS WELL. PW VALUES INCREASE TO 1.5-2.0 INCHES, SO ANY SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE PRETTY EFFICIENT RAIN PRODUCERS. ALTHOUGH THERE IS A FAIR AMOUNT OF SHEAR, DUE TO THE LIMITED INSTABILITY, WE DO NOT EXPECT MUCH/IF ANY SEVERE WEATHER, ALTHOUGH ANY THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE GUSTY WINDS. HIGHS ARE A BLEND OF MAV/MET MOS, MOSGUIDE, AND BLENDED 925 MB ECMWF TEMPERATURES. && .SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 AM FRIDAY/... THE FRONT REMAINS STALLED OUT TO OUR SOUTH TONIGHT, WHILE THE LOW PRESSURE THAT DEVELOPS DURING THE DAY MOVES EASTWARD ALONG THE FRONT AND PASSES OFFSHORE OVERNIGHT. THERE REMAINS A COUPLE OF SHORT WAVE/VORTICITY IMPULSES THAT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT WHICH SHOULD CONTINUE TO ALLOW SCATTERED SHOWERS TO DEVELOP ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE AREA, MAINLY SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND THE DELMARVA. INSTABILITY WANES EVEN MORE OVERNIGHT, BUT WE WILL KEEP ISOLATED THUNDER IN THE FORECAST AS THERE MAY STILL BE SOME RUMBLES OF THUNDER THROUGH THE NIGHT. LOWS ARE A BLEND OF MAV/MET MOS AND MOSGUIDE. && .LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... THE WRF-NMMB INITIALIZED BETTER IN THE EAST, WHILE THE GFS INITIALIZED BETTER IN THE WEST AT 500MB. AT 850MB THE WRF-NMMB WAS OVERALL BETTER WHILE IT WAS EQUAL BILLING AT 925MB. DP/DT THE RIDGE OUT WEST CONTINUES TO VERIFY STRONGER WITH OVERALL MORE AMPLITUDE TO THE 500MB FLOW. CONVERSELY THE DP/DT ON THE FRIDAY SFC WAVE ON THE GFS WAS WEAKER. THERE IS SLIGHTLY CLOSER MODELING CONSENSUS WITH THE LATE WEEK SYSTEM. THERE IS STILL A WAY TO GO AS TO WHEN, BUT NONE OF THE MODELS ARE DRY IN THIS PERIOD. APPLYING A CORRECTION FACTOR OF TIMING, THE ECMWF APPEARS TOO SLOW GIVEN THAT NEARLY ALL OF THE PLAYERS ARE ALREADY IN THE CONUS. THE GFS APPEARS TOO FAST GIVEN THE HIGHER VERIFYING AMPLITUDE FLOW, WHILE THE WRF-NMMB MAY BE SHOWING ITS NORTHWARD BIAS. ITS NOW THE FURTHEST NORTH MODEL. PMDHMD SUGGESTS A GFS/ECMWF BLEND WHICH WE ARE FOLLOWING TO IRON SOME OF THE DIFFERENCES. THE LATITUDINAL EXTENT HAS IMPLICATIONS AS THERE WILL BE SOME HEAVY RAIN CLOSER TO THE WAVE TRAIN. THUS ON FRIDAY WE SLOWED THE GFS SOLUTION DOWN BY ABOUT 6 HOURS WHICH IS A BEST FIT TIMING. THUNDER WAS CLOSE TO PREDICTED 925MB AND 850MB INSTABILITY ALOFT (SFC BASED CAPE NOT MUCH AT ALL) AND NEAR SWODY2 DELINEATION. BECAUSE OF THE SLOWER ARRIVAL OF PCPN, MAX TEMPS ARE HIGHER THAN GFS MOS. FRIDAY NIGHT, GREATEST NORTHWESTWARD EXTENT OF PCPN CHANCES IN OUR CWA. MENTION OF THUNDER WAS ONLY KEPT WELL SOUTH AGAIN FOLLOWING SHOWALTER AND 925MB GUIDANCE. FOR SATURDAY WE KEPT CHANCE POPS IN MOST OF OUR CWA AS A TIMING HEDGE OF THE DEPARTING SFC LOW IN THE MORNING. ALSO BECAUSE OF THE SHORT WAVE IN THE ALBEIT FLATTENING 500MB FLOW FOR THE AFTERNOON. UNLESS ALL MODEL TIMING IS TOO SLOW, THE DAY IN GENERAL SHOULD BE IMPROVING AS IT GOES ALONG. THE ONSHORE FLOW WOULD KEEP COASTAL AREAS CLOUDIER LONGER. THEN THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND IS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY AS THE WAVE MOVES OFFSHORE AND A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM BUILDS IN FROM THE GREAT LAKES. THE SAME FOR MONDAY AS THE HIGH DRIFTS ACROSS OUR CWA. FOR THE REST OF THE LONG TERM, NOT MUCH CHANGE. OLD BOUNDARIES NEVER SEEM TO GO AWAY IN THE SUMMER AND THE ECMWF IN PARTICULAR BRINGS IT NORTHWARD ON TUESDAY. MEANWHILE, A COLD FRONT SHOULD COME CLOSE ENOUGH TO US FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO BRING A SECOND SOURCE OF THUNDERSTORMS FOR WEDNESDAY. TEMPERATURES AT THE START OF THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND SHOULD AVERAGE BELOW NORMAL. THIS CHANGES STARTING WITH THE DAYTIME HIGHS ON SUNDAY AS THEY SHOULD BE AT OR ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE REST OF THE LONG TERM. GIVEN WE REMAIN IN THE WESTERLIES, WHILE WARM, IT DOES NOT LOOK OPPRESSIVELY HOT OR VERY HUMID. && .AVIATION /12Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/... THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION IS FOR KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY AND SURROUNDING AREAS. PATCHY MIST/FOG IS DEVELOPING AT MANY AIRPORTS EARLY THIS MORNING, REDUCING VSBYS TO MVFR RANGE, WITH SOME IFR. THIS SHOULD BURN OFF IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS, AND LEAD TO VFR CONDITIONS FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY AND THE DELMARVA TODAY. A FEW OF THE SHOWERS MAY DEVELOP INTO THUNDERSTORMS. THE HIGHEST RISK FOR LIGHTNING WILL BE AT KMIV AND KACY THIS AFTERNOON. ANY SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS THAT DO AFFECT A TAF SITE COULD TEMPORARILY REDUCE VSBYS/CIGS, BUT WE HAVE NOT INCLUDED THE LOWER CONDITIONS AT THIS TIME. WINDS EARLY THIS MORNING ARE GENERALLY LIGHT AND VARIABLE/CALM AND SHOULD REMAIN SO THROUGH MUCH OF THE MORNING. ONCE THE WIND PICKS UP A DIRECTION, TAFS ACROSS THE WEST SHOULD HAVE MORE OF A WEST- SOUTHWEST WIND, WHILE TAFS ACROSS THE EAST SHOULD HAVE MORE OF AN EAST-SOUTHEAST WIND, AND THE CENTRAL TAF SITES SHOULD HAVE MORE OF A SOUTH-SOUTHWEST WIND. MORE MIST/FOG IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AGAIN OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING AS WINDS SHOULD BECOME LIGHT AND VARIABLE/CALM AGAIN. OUTLOOK... FRIDAY...VFR CONDITIONS NORTHERN AIRPORTS/TERMINALS, POSSIBLY BECOMING MVFR SOUTHERN AIRPORTS AND TERMINALS. FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...GREATEST LIKELIHOOD FOR SUB VFR CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY FOR AIRPORTS AND TERMINALS CLOSER TO THE COAST AND IN DELMARVA. IMPROVEMENT AS THE DAY CONTINUES SATURDAY. SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY...PRIMARILY VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED. && .MARINE... THE COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY SAG TO OUR SOUTH THIS MORNING, BEFORE STALLING OUT THROUGH TONIGHT. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN BELOW ADVISORY LEVELS, AND SEAS SHOULD REMAIN BELOW ADVISORY LEVELS AS WELL AT 3-4 FEET. OUTLOOK... FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY...PENDING THE STRENGTH OF THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ON THE STALLED FRONT, SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS COULD OCCUR ON THE OCEAN WATERS. HIGHER CHANCES SOUTHERN WATERS. SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY...SUB SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CONDITIONS EXPECTED. CONFIDENCE INCREASES SUNDAY INTO MONDAY. && .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... THE ONSHORE FLOW COMBINING WITH RATHER ROBUST SPRING TIDES FOLLOWING THE FULL MOON MIGHT CAUSE MINOR TIDAL FLOODING WITH THE EVENING HIGH TIDE CYCLES ON FRIDAY (THE MORE LIKELY ONE) AND SATURDAY. THIS WILL DEPEND ON THE STRENGTH OF THE DEPARTING WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE. && .RIP CURRENTS... THE COMBINATION OF AN ONSHORE FLOW AND THE FULL MOON IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE THE STRENGTH OF RIP CURRENTS ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, BEFORE CONDITIONS IMPROVE ON SUNDAY. WE THINK THAT ONE OR BOTH DAYS COULD REACH MODERATE RISK LEVELS. && .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...NONE. NJ...NONE. DE...NONE. MD...NONE. MARINE...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...GIGI/O`HARA NEAR TERM...ROBERTSON SHORT TERM...ROBERTSON LONG TERM...GIGI AVIATION...GIGI/JOHNSON/ROBERTSON MARINE...GIGI/ROBERTSON TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... RIP CURRENTS...

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