Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Albany, NY
FXUS61 KALY 261436
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Albany NY
1036 AM EDT THU MAY 26 2016
It will be unseasonably warm with humid conditions into the
holiday weekend. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms
are expected each afternoon and evening.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
Another very warm day today with highs around 15 degrees above
normal in the upper 70s to upper 80s.
The cold front has stalled across the region and will lift back
north as warm front later today and tonight. 850 mb temperature
off the morning/12Z ALY sounding was 15C. Ridge aloft over region
will strengthen some today. Dewpoints will be in the 50s.
Late in the day into the evening, a short wave will approach from
the west. This disturbance in conjunction with a boundary across
the region should trigger isolated to scattered showers and
thunderstorms. The HRRR initiates convection around 19Z and moves
it eastward across the area.
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/...
Coverage of showers could expand this evening as a warm front lifts
northward, perhaps with an increase in low level winds inducing
isentropic lift. At this point we are not expecting a washout, but
there could scattered to perhaps numerous showers, especially late
It should be noted the 00z ECMWF indicated very little activity
tonight as the aforementioned warm front looks to "wash" out as mid
level heights rise. For now, held pops at only 30 percent.
By Friday, this front (or what is left of it) should have lifted
north of most of region. This will allow for an even more humid
airmass, as the season`s first Bermuda high takes full control of
our weather. Even without any significant boundary to focus lift,
there might be enough instability (1000-1500 J/KG) to produce
scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Some of these could
produce gusty winds from the Capital region northward with slightly
better 0-6 KM bulk shear around 30KTS, compared to areas south of
the Capital region.
Any scattered convection should diminish after dark Friday
night,leaving us with our first real muggy night.
Saturday looks to start out dry, but it will be humid and could turn
downright hot as H850 temps look to peak around +18C that day. With
normal mixing to about 5000 feet AGL, valleys could easily reach
around 90 with higher terrain well into the 80s. Dewpoints will be
well into the 60s making for heat indices pushing high into the 90s
in the valleys, but likely staying below 100, so no heat headlines
Once again, despite the lack of good focus for convection,
differential heating and a front not all the far north from us,
might be enough to get scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms
going on by Saturday afternoon.
Once again, any activity should diminish after dark. However, as a
front begins to sag south again, convection might re-fire before
.LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
Unsettled weather and very warm temperatures are expected during the
long term period.
Showers and thunderstorms will be most numerous on Sunday as a
backdoor front slides southwest through the fa. MLMUCAPES are
expected to increase to 1500 to 2500 J/KG Sunday afternoon. Highs on
Sunday are expected to be in the upper 70s to mid 80s. The backdoor
front will return north as a warm front Sunday night and Monday as a
cold front drops southeast from the eastern Great Lakes Monday night
and stalls across the Mid Atlantic region Tuesday night. There will
be chances for showers and thunderstorms each day mainly during the
afternoon and early evening hours.
Highs on Monday are expected to be in the mid 70s to lower 80s, with
highs on Tuesday and Wednesday in the mid 70s to mid 80s. Lows
Sunday night are expected to be in the upper 50s to mid 60s, with
lows Monday night in the upper 50s to lower 60s and lows Tuesday
night in the mid 50s to lower 60s.
Overall temperatures are expected to be well above normal with
precipitation above normal.
.AVIATION /14Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Mainly VFR conditions expected through the TAF period ending at
There will be varying amounts of mid and high clouds through
A weak boundary working southward will begin lifting northward
later on today. By that time, it will have more moisture and
possible short wave to work with, so shower threats will increase
with perhaps a thunderstorm later this afternoon into the evening.
For now, just assigned VCSH to all TAFs after 22Z and kept flying
conditions at VFR through tonight.
A light or calm wind will become southerly 5-10KTS by midday into
the afternoon and stay that way into the evening hours...before
becoming light and variable this evening.
Friday Night: Low Operational Impact. Slight Chance of SHRA...TSRA.
Saturday: Moderate Operational Impact. Chance of SHRA...TSRA.
Saturday Night: Moderate Operational Impact. Chance of EVE SHRA...TSRA.
Sunday: High Operational Impact. Likely SHRA...TSRA.
Sunday Night through Tuesday: Moderate Operational Impact. Chance
A weak cold front will move across the region tonight with no
showers. The boundary will lift back northward...as a warm front
tomorrow into tomorrow night with scattered showers and
The season`s first Bermuda high will take control of our weather
starting Friday and lasting at least into the Memorial Day weekend.
Expect warm, increasingly humid day the continued chance for mainly
afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, expect possibly
more numerous coverage on Sunday.
Each night will see RH values in the 75-100 percent, and RH values
will generally stay above 30 percent each of the next several
afternoon, generally in the moderate range.
The wind today will start out light and variable, become southerly 5-
15 mph and generally staying in the direction through at least
Saturday (lighter overnight).
No widespread hydrology issues are likely through at least the next
5 days ending Tuesday.
Today will start out dry, However, as warm front lifts northward,
there will be scattered showers and thunderstorms late today into
Friday with average river basin values below a quarter of an inch.
PWAT values will surge to well over an inch by Friday so any
thunderstorm on that day could contain localized heavy rainfall, but
not enough coverage to produce any significant rises on most if not
all of our watersheds. The same will be true for Saturday, with
just scattered thunderstorms expected.
Sunday could be a different story. We might have more expansive
coverage of showers and thunderstorms capable of producing more
extensive heavy rainfall. This rainfall could result in some
significant within bank rises on some streams and rivers. However it
has been dry of late, so right now not expecting any river flooding.
For details on specific area rivers and lakes, including observed
and forecast river stages and lake elevations, please visit the
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service /AHPS/ graphs on our website.