Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS61 KBTV 211946

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Burlington VT
346 PM EDT Sat May 21 2022

Warm and muggy conditions will exist tonight and into Sunday before
a cold front sweeps through Sunday afternoon accompanied by a line
of showers and thunderstorms. Cooler and less humid conditions are
expected for Monday and Tuesday, followed by daily chances for
showers through the end of the work week.


As of 346 PM EDT Saturday...
...Severe Thunderstorm Watch #356 In Effect Until 11 PM...

It`s taken all day but the cap has finally broken across the entire
region with RAP analyzed 3000-4000 J/kg of CAPE. While we`re not
lacking in instability, we are lacking in any deep layer shear and a
clear forcing mechanism. Upstream though, storms have begun to fire
along a lake breeze off Lake Ontario and with the mid/upper level
flow southwesterly we will see some of this activity shift into the
forecast area this afternoon and evening before diminishing after
sunset. With impressive progged DCAPE values up to 1400 J/kg the
main convective threat will be damaging winds especially given
reports from a convective complex moving through the Ottawa Valley
which produced gusts up to 70 mph. Can`t rule out some large hail
either or some rotating supercells as storm relative helicity of 100-
150 m2/s2 should exist.

After sunset activity should quickly quiet down with a generally
quiet but muggy and warm night on tap. Residual showers from
upstream convection may shift briefly across portions of the St.
Lawrence Valley around midnight with some light shower, but
elsewhere should trend mainly dry with lows only in the mid 60s to
around 70.

We`ll be looking for a repeat of severe potential again tomorrow as
a potent cold front will work through the region. Given the
overnight moisture in place it won`t take much to generate SBCAPEs
upwards of 2000 J/kg ahead of the boundary mainly from the
Adirondacks eastward, and with better deep layer shear in the
vicinity we expect more widespread showers and thunderstorms to
develop from noon onward. Once again, the primary threat would be
damaging winds and large hail, and while brief heavy rainfall will
be possible storm motions of 30-40kts should preclude any flash
flooding threat.

After sunset, the convective show should quickly come to an end with
the loss of surface heating/instability with showers lingering
through midnight before the aforementioned cold front sweeps through
ad high pressure builds in behind in. After 2 warm and muggy nights,
Sunday night will be nice a cool with lows ranging from the mid 40s
to mid 50s.


As of 346 PM EDT Saturday...A cool forecast for Monday. Following the
strong frontal boundary to pass through Sunday, our temperatures
will be below normal, with a steady north wind. Highs range in the
60s across the North Country. Overnight, light winds, clear skies,
and surface 1030mb high pressure should promote efficient
radiational cooling. Lows fall into the 40s in the valleys, with mid
to upper 30s across the Northeast Kingdom and Adirondacks, which are
approaching their median frost date, and frost advisories may be


As of 346 PM EDT Saturday...Conditions will remain dry through
Wednesday evening as strong deep layer ridging keeps moisture well
to our west. A surface low is expected to develop as an upper trough
moves east of the Rockies and tracks towards the Great Lakes. By
Wednesday night, that system`s warm front will lift northwards with
rain propagating east parallel to the front as moisture ridges the
crest of the upper ridge. The center of a 500 hPa high will shift
northwards and intensify a bit, which may push the bulk of that
precipitation north of the area, which is in line with the GFS. A
weaker 500 hPa high would bring moderate, perhaps heavy, rain across
our area, as the ECMWF depicts. Given it`s about 5 days out, will
remain close to blended data, but probabilistic guidance hints a bit
more centered over our area. A negatively tilted shortwave follows
right on the heels of that system, with a surface low developing
along the frontal boundary of the system ahead of it that then
ejects northeastwards. This sends another wave of high theta-E air
Thursday night into Friday morning, but precipitation seems
scattered in nature at this time. This leaves plenty of clouds lying
around Friday afternoon, but development of a modest cold front
should provide a focus for convection and additional chances for
moderate to heavy rain.

Beyond Friday, the weekend remains somewhat active, as the trough is
slow to shift east. However, it does seem that ridging should start
to build in for Sunday, allowing at least one beautiful weekend day.


Through 18Z Sunday...Generally VFR conditions are expected
through the period but any thunderstorms that develop this
afternoon/evening will have the potential to bring brief
IFR/MVFR and gusty winds. Otherwise gradient winds this
afternoon will be SSW in the 10-20kt range except locally
southeast at KPBG owing to a lake breeze. Winds abate tonight
with conditions generally VFR but some local MVFR in light rain
showers is possible at KSLK and KMSS until dawn. For Sunday
morning VFR will persist with winds increasing again from the
SSW at 10-20kts and thunderstorms likely after 18Z.


Sunday Night: VFR. Chance SHRA.
Monday: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Monday Night: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Tuesday: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Tuesday Night: VFR. NO SIG WX.
Wednesday: VFR. Chance SHRA.
Wednesday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Chance
Thursday: Mainly MVFR, with local VFR possible. Likely SHRA.


Near record highs are possible today, May 21 and Sunday, May 22
as we are anticipating temperatures to reach well into the
upper 80s and lower 90s. Here are the current daily record

Date     KBTV     KMPV     K1V4     KMSS     KPBG     KSLK
05-21   92|1911  89|2021  89|2021  89|1975  92|1975  94|1911
05-22   93|1977  90|1994  84|9999  89|1977  92|1977  91|1911


VT...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for VTZ005-009-011-
NY...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for NYZ035.


NEAR TERM...Lahiff
LONG TERM...Haynes
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