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FXUS61 KBOX 250159

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
959 PM EDT Thu May 24 2018


High pressure moves offshore tonight and Friday, bringing warmer
weather on gusty southwest winds. A cold front drops south across
the region late Saturday into Saturday evening and will bring
scattered showers and thunderstorms followed by much cooler and
unsettled weather Sunday with some improvement by Monday. Mainly
dry and warmer weather returns for Tuesday through Thursday as
high pressure moves in.



10 pm update...

*/ Highlights...

 - Areas of dense fog for S/SE coastal RI and MA
 - Visibility as low as a quarter of a mile
 - Associated fog bank, expanding across the region towards
   midnight, pushing E and offshore by daybreak

*/ Discussion...

GOES-16 nighttime microphysics tells the story, as does the 0z
Chatham sounding. An area of pooled moisture trapped beneath a
stout inversion just off the deck is lending to low clouds and/or
fog. Moving with the mean wind flow, this deck pushed through
late last night with NE winds pushing out towards Long Island as
high pressure built across the Gulf of Maine. Now with the high
S/E, seeing the start of return S flow and the mean wind shifting
out of the W. Progressing towards morning, will see the associated
fog bank expand and then begin to push off to the E towards daybreak.

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT for lower visibility, but given
residency time and visibility holding for the most part above a
quarter of a mile, will hold off on any dense fog advisories.

A combination of high-res guidance including the NBM and HRRR has
modeled the fog bank quite well, the basis for the going forecast.

Otherwise, clear conditions expected tonight with light S/SW winds.
Airmass remains dry enough to preclude valley fog. Lows should
drop back into upper 40s to mid 50s.



* Some locations make a run at 90 degrees Friday *

High pressure moves offshore Friday and Friday night with
prevailing W/SW flow. Forecast soundings show deep mixing with
decent 30-40kt low level jet, strongest near Cape Cod and
Islands where strong inversion will be present. Thus, we should
see 25-35 mph gusts across much of SNE with perhaps a few 40kt
gusts across SE MA.

Model 2-meter temperatures suggest highs easily reach into 80s
inland, if not 90 degrees in lower CT valley, Merrimack Valley,
and greater Boston, especially given gusty W/SW winds.
Dewpoints drop into 40s (or even upper 30s) during the
afternoon so it will just be a "dry heat" this time. Certainly
not humid.

Winds diminish Friday night but airmass remains warm in advance
of frontal boundary still well to our north. Lows should drop
back into 60s along with some mid and high clouds. Less
confident on low clouds/fog returning to South Coast so this may
need to be added in later forecasts.




* Very warm and humid Sat with sct afternoon showers/t-storms
* Much cooler with occasional showers Sun
* Some improvement Mon but below normal temps
* Mainly dry and warmer weather returns Tue through Thu

Saturday into Saturday night...

Very warm airmass in place Sat ahead of approaching backdoor cold
front. 925 mb temps 22-23C supports highs upper 80s to perhaps some
lower 90s interior, but cooler near the south coast due to SW flow.
Dewpoints will be climbing into the 60s so it will be increasingly
humid. This front will move south into SNE during mid/late afternoon
reaching the south coast toward evening. Much cooler air will follow
with ENE winds and sharply falling temps. Locations in NE MA may
drop into the 60s by late afternoon and there could be some gusty
winds here as well Sat evening as the cooler air rushes in.
Environment destabilizes ahead of the front with MLCAPES approaching
1000 J/kg with moderate deep layer shear. However, mid level lapse
rates are unfavorable and will likely by a limiting factor to
widespread convection. Still expect sct showers/t-storms developing
in the afternoon and lingering into Sat evening.

Sunday into Monday...

Much cooler airmass Sunday as high pres builds south from the
Maritimes with NE flow. Models are also indicating a wave developing
on the frontal boundary south of New Eng which will likely bring
some rain at times with cool NE winds and temps potentially
remaining in the 50s. Some improvement expected Monday with mainly
dry weather but still cool with lots of clouds and onshore winds.

Tuesday through Thursday...

Mainly dry and warmer weather returns as mid level ridge builds into
the region with rising heights. Weak fropa Tue but it should come
through dry then high pres builds into the region Wed/Thu. Temps
should warm back well into the 70s and some 80s.



Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Friday Night/...High confidence.

IFR-VLIFR FG bank over SE RI and MA, expanding towards 6z, will
gradually push E with increasing W flow towards daybreak. Expect
towards 12z only ACK may see some lingering lower VSBYs.

Increasing SW winds immediately with sunrise. Gusts up to 25-30
kts through much of the day, sustained around 15 kts. SCT mid-

Friday night...
SW winds taper but remain brisk over S/SE coast with sustained
flow around 10 kts and gusts up to 20 kts.

KBOS Terminal...High confidence in TAF.
Will hold the fog bank just S of the terminal. It is possible it
may edge in tonight close to 04-05z.

KBDL Terminal...High confidence in TAF.

Outlook /Saturday through Tuesday/...Moderate confidence.

Sunday: Mainly MVFR, with areas IFR possible. Breezy. Chance

Sunday Night: Mainly MVFR, with areas IFR possible. Slight
chance SHRA.

Memorial Day: Mainly MVFR, with local IFR possible. Slight
chance SHRA.

Monday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Slight
chance SHRA.

Tuesday through Tuesday Night: VFR.




Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Friday Night/...High confidence.

10 pm update...

Low clouds and/or fog will remain an issue for the S/SE waters
overnight. Expanding towards midnight, the associated fog bank
will push E towards daybreak with increasing, steering W flow,
the last traces over the SE outer waters by 8 am, exiting.

Previous discussion...

Small Craft Advisories posted for all waters for increasing SW
winds tonight (NE MA waters) and Friday (remainder of MA/RI

S/SE flow this afternoon with local sea breezes. Should see
some 15-20kt gusts along south coastal near shore waters with
locally choppy seas due to incoming high tide. Fog and low
clouds linger on waters south of islands.

High pressure moving off the coast will bring increasing SW
winds tonight and Friday. Enough of a low level jet tonight to
bring marginal SCA conditions to NE MA waters, otherwise winds
increase during day Friday across all waters with strongest
gusts (30kt) near shore. Winds and seas gradually subside Friday

Outlook /Saturday through Tuesday/...Moderate confidence.

Sunday through Sunday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of
rough seas. Chance of rain showers.

Memorial Day: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas up to 5 ft. Slight
chance of rain showers.

Monday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching
5 ft.

Tuesday: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft.

Tuesday Night through Wednesday: Winds less than 25 kt.



RI...Air Quality Alert from 11 AM to 11 PM EDT Friday for
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory from 10 AM Friday to 2 AM EDT Saturday
     for ANZ231>234.
     Small Craft Advisory from 11 AM to 8 PM EDT Friday for ANZ230-
     Small Craft Advisory from 11 AM Friday to 2 AM EDT Saturday
     for ANZ235-237.
     Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT Friday for ANZ250.
     Small Craft Advisory from 8 AM to 8 PM EDT Friday for



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