Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Mt. Holly, NJ

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000 FXUS61 KPHI 300112 AFDPHI AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ 912 PM EDT FRI AUG 29 2014 .SYNOPSIS... HIGH PRESSURE SITUATED OVER THE NORTHEAST WILL MOVE OFFSHORE TONIGHT...MAKING WAY FOR A WARM FRONTAL PASSAGE SATURDAY NIGHT. THIS WARM FRONT WILL BECOME A QUASI-STATIONARY BOUNDARY NEAR THE CANADIAN BORDER DURING THE SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY TIMEFRAME...A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WILL EXTEND SOUTHWARD FROM THIS BOUNDARY TO THE EAST OF THE APPALACHIANS...BETWEEN A BERMUDA HIGH PRESSURE ANCHORED TO THE EAST AND SLOW MOVING COLD FRONT IN THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. THIS VERY WEAK COLD FRONT IS PROJECTED MOVE THROUGH THE REGION LATE TUESDAY INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY...FOLLOWED BY BERMUDA HIGH PRESSURE RETURNING TO DOMINANCE LATER IN THE WEEK. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SATURDAY MORNING/...
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930 PM PROBABLE ESTF: VERY FEW ADJUSTMENTS FROM THE 630 PM VERSION. UPPER LEVEL TROUGH SLIDES OVER THE REGION TONIGHT, LEAVING THE REGION UNDER CLEARING SKIES. THE COMBINATION OF MID AND UPPER LEVEL SUBSIDENCE, WEAK ON SHORE/UPSLOPE FLOW, AND MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES SHOULD SUPPORT PATCHY FOG OR STRATUS DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE REGION LATE. ONE LIMITING FACTOR HOWEVER, IS THAT DEW POINTS REMAIN RELATIVELY LOW. THUS, NOT ANTICIPATING ANYTHING WIDESPREAD OR PARTICULARLY DENSE AT THIS TIME. LOWS COULD BE A BIT TRICKY DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH AND HOW QUICKLY MOISTURE ADVECTION TAKES PLACE TONIGHT. GIVEN HOW WEAK THE FLOW IS, THINK WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE AT LEAST A FEW HOURS OF PRIME RADIATIONAL COOLING CONDITIONS THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING, BEFORE INCREASING MOISTURE HELPS TO LEVEL OFF THE TEMPERATURE TRENDS.
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&& .SHORT TERM /6 AM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM SATURDAY/...
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WINDS WILL SHIFT TO SOUTHERLY AND INCREASE BY AT LEAST MID MORNING. THIS WARM AIR ADVECTION WILL RESULT IN MAX TEMPS A FEW DEGREES HIGHER THAN TODAY, EVEN IN SPITE OF ANY PATCHY FOG THAT MAY LINGER INTO THE MID MORNING HOURS. SOUTHERLY GUSTS 15 MPH DURING THE AFTERNOON.
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&& .LONG TERM /SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/... HEMISPHERIC MODEL ANALYSIS SHOWS SOUTHEAST U.S. RIDGING WITH WEAK TROUGHING NORTH OF THE GREAT LAKES AND MID-WEST AT THE START OF THE LONGTERM. BETTER TROUGHING ACROSS THE WESTERN U.S. MOVES EASTWARD EVENTUALLY CARVING INTO THE TOP OF THE SOUTHEAST RIDGE BY EARLY NEXT WEEK. THE PREVAILING SOUTHWEST FLOW ALOFT DECREASES, ULTIMATELY BECOMING MORE ZONAL, AS THE NORTHERN STREAM OF THE JET MOVES TO THE NORTH OF OUR REGION LATE IN THE PERIOD. SUNDAY - TUESDAY...SLOW SAGGING BOUNDARY TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE REGION SLOWS EVEN FURTHER AND MORE THAN LIKELY BECOMES PSEUDO-STATIONARY WITH STRONG RIDGING TO OUR SOUTHEAST. MID AND UPPER LEVEL FLOW, BEING SOUTHWESTERLY, KEEP THIS BOUNDARY DRAPED JUST TO OUR NORTHWEST AS WARM AND MOIST GOMEX AIR IS PUMPED INTO THE REGION. MULTIPLE MID-LEVELS WAVES, WITH WEAK SURFACE TROUGHS, TRAVERSE THE REGION EACH DAY PROVIDING CHANCES OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. THE BEST CHANCES FOR CONVECTION CONTINUES TO HONE IN ON THE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY TIMEFRAME AS THE STRONGEST OF THE MID-LEVEL WAVES MOVES THROUGH. AFTERWARDS, HIGHER THAN NORMAL PWAT AIRMASS, POSSIBLY EXCEEDING 2 INCHES, AND AMPLE INSTABILITY EACH AFTERNOON SHOULD ALLOW FOR DIURNALLY DRIVEN CONVECTION. TEMPERATURES AND UNFORTUNATELY THE DEWPOINTS WILL BE ON THE INCREASE THIS TIMEFRAME MAKING CONDITIONS FEEL TRULY LIKE AN EARLY AUGUST DAY, IN EARLY SEPTEMBER. WEDNESDAY...LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WELL TO THE NORTH OF THE REGION SENDS A SOMEWHAT STRONGER COLD FRONT TOWARDS OUR AREA. RIDGING TO OUR SOUTH SHOULD PREVENT A QUICK PASSAGE, BUT NONE-THE-LESS WE CURRENTLY EXPECT THE FRONT TO CLEAR OR BECOME WASHED OUT LATER IN THE DAY. STILL HAVE SOME LOW-END CHANCES, MOSTLY NORTH, WITH THIS FRONT THOUGH IT CONTINUES TO LOSE STEAM RUNNING INTO THE BUILDING RIDGE TO OUR SOUTH. WE SHOULD BE DRYING OUT NORTH TO SOUTH BY THE AFTERNOON HOURS WITH LOWERING OF THE DEWPOINTS...TEMPERATURES SHOULD STILL BE IN THE UPPER-80S. THURSDAY - FRIDAY...HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES TO BUILD BACK INTO OUR REGION WITH ZONAL FLOW ALOFT. THERE DOES NOT LOOK TO BE MUCH IN THE WAY OF MID-LEVEL FORCING FROM ANY OF THE PASSING SHORTWAVES, MOST OF THE ENERGY STAYS WELL TO OUR NORTH...WE SHOULD BE DRY BOTH DAYS. TEMPERATURES WILL VENTURE BACK DOWN INTO THE NORMAL RANGE WITH CONTINUED DEWPOINT LOWERING. && .AVIATION /01Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
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THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION IS FOR KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG, KILG, KMIV, KACY AND SURROUNDING AREAS. TONIGHT...VFR THROUGH AT LEAST 06Z, WITH ONLY HIGH CIRRUS CLOUDS FOR MOST OF THE REGION. LIGHT MAINLY SE WIND. AFTER 06Z...THERE IS A CHANCE THAT PATCHY FOG COULD DEVELOP. VERY WEAK ONSHORE FLOW, SUBSIDENCE IN THE MID AND UPPER LEVELS, AND CLEARING SKIES WILL PROMOTE FOG DEVELOPMENT. ON THE OTHER HAND, DAYTIME DEWPOINTS IN THE 50S INDICATIVE OF MOISTURE IN THE LOWEST PART OF THE BOUNDARY LAYER...PROBABLY THE LOWEST 3000 FT..SUGGESTS NOT TOO MUCH LOW CLOUD AND MORE OF A DEWY NIGHT AS SFC DEWPOINTS EDGE UP TO 60F. THE HIGHEST CHANCE OF FOG TO BE NEAR THE COAST (KACY AND KMIV). IF THE WINDS REVERT TO SOUTHEASTERLY, THE THREAT OF FOG AT KILG WOULD INCREASE THANKS TO THE MOIST FETCH ALONG THE BAY. GIVEN THE UNCERTAINTIES WITH THE MOISTURE ADVECTION, HAVE INCLUDED VISIBILITIES ONLY AS LOW AS MVFR. CONDITIONS SHOULD RETURN TO VFR BY MID MORNING AS SOUTHERLY WINDS INCREASE. SATURDAY AFTERNOON...VFR SCT-BKN AOA 4000 FT. S WIND GUST NEAR 15 KT. OUTLOOK... SUNDAY...VFR. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS NORTH AND WEST OF PHL. MDT CONFIDENCE. MONDAY - WEDNESDAY...VFR. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE EVERYWHERE. LOW TO MDT CONFIDENCE ON PRECIP COVERAGE.
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&& .MARINE... WAVE HEIGHTS SHOULD REMAIN 2 TO 4 FEET, AND WINDS LESS THAN 20KT, THUS CONDITIONS SHOULD REMAIN BELOW SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY CRITERIA. PATCHY FOG MAY DEVELOP SATURDAY MORNING ON THE DELAWARE BAY, ESPECIALLY THE UPPER BAY, BUT SHOULD DISSIPATE BY LATE MORNING AS WINDS INCREASE. OUTLOOK... SUNDAY - WEDNESDAY...SUB-SCA CONDITIONS EXPECTED ACROSS OUR WATERS WITH HIGH PRESSURE OFFSHORE. COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH MONDAY AND TUESDAY EVENTUALLY CROSSING ON WEDNESDAY. WINDS WILL BACK TOWARDS THE SOUTHWEST ON SUNDAY AND REMAIN THAT WAY THROUGH TUESDAY. SEAS WILL INCREASE BUT REMAIN BELOW SCA AT THIS TIME. && .RIP CURRENTS...
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ON FACEBOOK WE POSTED A NOTE AT 6PM REGARDING THE OUTLOOK...SATURDAY THROUGH MUCH OF NEXT WEEK...WHICH IS BASICALLY A LOW RISK FOR THE FORMATION OF POWERFUL/DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS. THAT RISK IS MOOT IF YOU`RE A WEAK SWIMMER OR A TIRED SWIMMER AND THEN UNEXPECTEDLY ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT. TEMPERATURES WILL BE ABOVE NORMAL..AT TIMES MUCH ABOVE NORMAL.. THIS SUNDAY ONWARD THROUGH NEXT FRIDAY. THIS COMBINED WITH WATER TEMPERATURES GENERALLY IN THE 70S WILL MAKE IT FAVORABLE FOR BEACHGOERS TO SWIM. ALL GOOD! AS LONG AS THEY SWIM IN THE LIFEGUARDED AREAS. WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS ABOUT A 1 IN 18 MILLION CHANCE OF BECOMING A RIP CURRENT CASUALTY UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES OF THE LIFE GUARDS....MUCH BETTER ODDS THAN IF YOU SWIM ON YOUR OWN WHERE RESCUE POTENTIAL IS NOT AS TIMELY. THIS SUMMER 4 HAVE DIED ALONG THE NJ SHORES DUE TO RIP CURRENTS AND WHAT WAS COMMON TO ALL...THEY SWAM WHERE LIFEGUARDS WERE NOT PRESENT...AND/OR AFTER THE HOURS THEY WERE ON DUTY. THE FAMILIES/FRIENDS WERE UNABLE TO RESCUE THE VICTIMS. MANY OF US DO NOT REALIZE HOW POWERFUL THE OCEAN IS...AND ITS NOT THE SAME SWIMMING IN THE POOL. THAT AND THE FACT THAT MANY OF US OVERESTIMATE WHAT WE CAN DO IN THE WATER/SWIMMING SKILL, CAN LEAVE A POTENTIAL VICTIM IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. SWIM SAFE AND THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS SWIM IN THE PRESENCE OF LIFEGUARDS WHILE ENJOYING THIS FINE LABOR DAY WEEKEND WEATHER.
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&& .EQUIPMENT...
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PRESENT WEATHER SENSORS ARE KSMQ AND KFWN ARE NOT OPERATING PROPERLY. WE DONT KNOW WHEN THOSE SENSORS WILL BE FIXED.
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&& .PHI WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... PA...NONE. NJ...NONE. DE...NONE. MD...NONE. MARINE...NONE. && $$ SYNOPSIS...FRANCK NEAR TERM...DRAG/JOHNSON 911 SHORT TERM...DRAG/JOHNSON LONG TERM...HEAVENER AVIATION...DRAG/HEAVENER/JOHNSON 911 MARINE...DRAG/HEAVENER/JOHNSON 911 RIP CURRENTS...911 EQUIPMENT...911

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