Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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FXUS61 KPHI 210152

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
952 PM EDT Tue Jun 20 2017

High pressure will gradually build east towards the region through
Thursday. That high will shift off shore by the end of the week.
A pair of cold fronts are expected this weekend or early next


Water vapor satellite loop depicts an upper trough over the
Great Lakes/Midwest region. The northern Mid-Atlantic region
was situated in southwesterly flow downstream of the trough. At
the surface, a trough/dewpoint gradient was analyzed near the
I-95 corridor with dewpoints in the 60s southeast of the
boundary and 50s to the northwest.

As mentioned earlier, scattered showers were added to the
forecast database for this evening for northeastern Maryland and
northern Delaware with sustained convection that developed in
central Maryland earlier this evening was moving into Cecil
County as of 930 PM. It appears the convection initiated in the
right-entrance region of a mid-level jet streak and along the
aforementioned surface boundary. Expect this activity to
dissipate by midnight as instability wanes with the loss of

A mention of showers was added back into the forecast for early
Wednesday morning in southern Delaware where hi-res models
indicates precip shield currently over far southeastern VA
expanding back northward in the far southern zones of our CWA.
This would be favored with mid-level steering flow backing
slightly ahead of an approaching shortwave trough.


A weak boundary settling across the CWA during the late morning and
early afternoon hours will bring some additional cloudiness and
isolated showers and storms mainly during the afternoon.
Southwesterly winds are expected to pick up from late morning
through the afternoon hours with gusts around or over 20 mph
possible at times, especially across inland areas. High temps
in the mid 70s are expected in the far north, and in the mid 80s
in the south.


Wednesday night and Thursday...Surface high slowly builds east
towards our region before shifting off shore. As a result,
expect mostly dry conditions unless the high weakens or moves
off shore faster than currently anticipated.

Friday...southwesterly flow over our region, thanks in large part to
the Bermuda high once again develops. The biggest impact will be
increasing dew point temperatures. Though temperatures won`t be
appreciably higher than what we will see through mid week, expect
heat index values to be increasing.

Saturday through Monday...A pair of cold fronts are expected through
this period. There is considerable model disagreement as to both the
timing of the fronts and if the first or second cold front will be
the stronger front. Looking at the larger picture, it looks like the
pattern will tend to be less progressive through this period (3 or 4
Rossby waves depending on the model and time period you look at).
Therefore, the forecast favors a solution closer to the ECMWF with
the initial front arriving Saturday, but likely only resulting in a
modest temperature gradient. The second, and likely stronger, cold
front should arrive Monday night. Have kept precip chances through
much of this period, given the uncertainty of the timing of the
fronts. However, I do not expect the weekend to be a complete
washout as the highest chances for showers and thunderstorms will
likely be with and just ahead of the first cold front.

Tuesday...Assuming the cold front arrives Monday night, temperatures
by Tuesday should be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with highs
ranging from the upper 60s to mid 70s.


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

Scattered showers moving into NE MD may reach ILG by 0230Z. With
the anticipation that these showers weaken before then, kept a
VFR TEMPO group for SHRA through 03Z though there is certainly a
possibility of a brief MVFR visibility restriction. Otherwise,
VFR conditions with SW winds below 10 kt. Note, the winds were
still gusting to 22 kt at PHL at 01Z, but this is the only
observation site reporting gusts still.

Generally VFR conditions are expected again on Wednesday, but
an isolated shower or even a thunderstorm is possible,
particularly during the afternoon. SW wind gusts around 20 kt
are anticipated during the afternoon.


Thursday...mostly VFR conditions are expected.

Friday through Sunday...Increasing chances for showers and
thunderstorms through this period. MVFR or lower conditions are
possible with any showers or thunderstorms. Otherwise, expect mostly
VFR conditions.


The SCA for for the northern coastal waters of NJ was cancelled
as seas have dropped below 5 ft. Winds and seas will remain
below SCA criteria tonight and Wednesday.


Thursday...winds and seas are expected to remain below SCA criteria.

Friday...winds and seas will begin to build and may be at or just
below SCA criteria by late in the day.

Saturday and Sunday...SCA conditions are possible, especially for
seas on the ocean waters.


A moderate risk for the development of dangerous rip currents
is expected Wednesday and possibly continue into Thursday along
the coast of Delaware and New Jersey. Although the surf will
continue to gradually weaken over the next couple of days, a
long-period southeasterly swell and the approach of a new moon
will contribute to this moderate risk.


Very high astronomical tides are expected in association with
the new moon on Friday. That, combined with a brief period of on
shore flow on Thursday could result in minor coastal flooding
with the Thursday afternoon and evening high tide primarily for
the Atlantic coastal areas and the shores of the Delaware Bay.
Minor coastal flooding may continue with the Friday afternoon
and evening high tide.




Near Term...Klein
Short Term...Klein/Miketta
Long Term...Johnson
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