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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1018 PM EDT SAT AUG 30 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
HIGH PRESSURE OFFSHORE BRINGS SOUTH WINDS TO NEW ENGLAND. THESE
WINDS WILL BRING WARMER AND MORE HUMID CONDITIONS OVERNIGHT AND
SUNDAY. AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT WILL BRING SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS WITH TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS POSSIBLE LATE SUNDAY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING ESPECIALLY OVER THE INTERIOR. SCATTERED
ON LABOR DAY THE SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL BE FOCUSED ACROSS CT/RI
AND SOUTH OF THE MASS PIKE. ANOTHER COLD FRONT APPROACHES LATER
TUESDAY. WARM BUT LESS HUMID WEATHER WILL THEN FOLLOW FOR MID
WEEK.

&&

.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SUNDAY MORNING/...

NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES WITH THIS FORECAST. DEWPOINTS CONTINUE TO
SLOWLY RISE WITH VALUES EITHER SIDE OF 60. DEWPOINTS IN THE MID
60S TO LOW 70S HAVE REACHED WESTERN NY THROUGH THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
REGION AND ARE MOVING NORTHEAST. THE INFLOW OF MOIST AIR...OVER
THE AIRMASS IN PLACE OVER US RIGHT NOW...WILL SUPPORT DEVELOPING
CLOUDS OVERNIGHT OVER OUR AREA. THE MOIST LAYER WILL BE RELATIVELY
SHALLOW BUT COULD BRING SOME FOG AND DRIZZLE LATER TONIGHT
ESPECIALLY ALONG THE SOUTH COAST.

WITH DEWPOINTS AROUND 60 AND TRENDING HIGHER...EXPECT MIN SFC
TEMPS TO BE IN THE 60S.

&&

.SHORT TERM /6 AM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/...
*** POTENTIAL FOR A FEW STRONG T-STORMS SUN AFTN AND EVENING ACROSS 
  NORTHERN MA AND SOUTHWEST NH ***

SUNDAY...MERIDIONAL FLOW ACROSS THE MS VLY INTO THE GREAT LAKES IS 
YIELDING A PLUME OF TROPICAL MOISTURE WITH PWATS +3 STD STREAMING 
NORTHEAST TOWARD NEW ENGLAND. 12Z ECMWF MUCAPE CLIMBS TO ABOUT 
1100J/KG AT 18Z SUNDAY ACROSS THE INTERIOR. EVEN THE LOW RES 12Z 
GEFS ENSEMBLES SUGGEST 400-600J/KG OF MEAN CAPE INLAND SUN AFTN. 
THUS SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT INSTABILITY ALONG WITH SURFACE CONVERGENCE 
ALONG A PREFRONTAL TROUGH TO INITIATE CONVECTION ACROSS THE INTERIOR 
SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

0-6KM SHEAR IS INITIALLY WEAK AT 25KT 18Z SUNDAY BUT INCREASES TO 35-
45 KT BY 00Z ACROSS NORTHERN MA AND SOUTHERN NH. THUS THIS IS 
SUFFICIENT FOR A LOW RISK FOR A FEW STRONG T-STORMS SUN AFTN AND 
EVENING WITH THE HIGHEST RISK ACROSS NORTHERN MA AND SOUTHWEST NH. 
THE MAIN HAZARDS WILL BE TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS WITH LOCALIZED FLASH 
FLOODING GIVEN THE ANOMALOUS PWATS /DEW PTS NEAR 70 TOO/ AND STRONG 
WINDS GIVEN THE INCREASING SHEAR. GIVEN THE RECENT DRY WEATHER AND 
RESULTING HIGH FFG /3.5-4" IN 6 HRS/ GREATEST RISK OF FLASH FLOODING 
IS THE URBAN AREAS.

NOT EXPECTING A COMPLETE WASHOUT AS THERE WILL BE DRY PERIODS OF 
WEATHER TOMORROW. ONCE MORNING FOG BURNS OFF SHOULD SEE PARTIAL 
SUNSHINE AND DRY WEATHER FROM MID MORNING INTO AT LEAST EARLY IF NOT 
MID AFTERNOON...AS CONVECTION FIRST FIRES NORTHWEST AREAS THEN 
SLIDES TOWARD THE COAST BY 00Z. IT WILL BE WARMER AND MORE HUMID 
THAN TODAY WITH HIGHS IN THE L80S AND DEW PTS IN THE MU60S TO AROUND 
70. 

SUNDAY NIGHT...

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND T-STORMS LINGER INTO THE EARLY EVENING ALONG 
WITH THE THREATS OF HEAVY RAINFALL/LOCALIZED FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLY 
ALONG WITH STRONG WINDS. CONVECTION WANES AS THE EVENING PROGRESSES. 
WARM AND HUMID CONDITIONS CONTINUE AND WILL LEAD TO ANOTHER ROUND OF 
FOG.

&&

.LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
HEADLINES...

* HEAVY SHOWERS/T-STORMS POSSIBLE MON...TUE EVENING INTO EARLY
  WED
* BRIEF BREAK/DRY WEATHER TUESDAY
* DRYING HIGH PRESSURE WED THROUGH FRIDAY

OVERVIEW...THE OVERALL PATTERN HAS THE STATES CONTAINING A RIDGE IN 
THE EAST AND A TROUGH IN THE WEST. THE BOUNDARY IN BEWTEEN SHOULD 
THEN BRING IN MOISTURE ALONG A COLD FRONT. AFTER THE RAIN-CAUSING 
TROUGH MOVES THROUGH WEDNESDAY...A RIDGE BUILDS OVER THE REGION FOR 
THE REST OF THE WORK WEEK AS A COLD FRONT APPROACHES FROM THE WEST 
FOR SATURDAY. A NEGATIVE NAO FORMS BLOCKING UP THE PATTERN LATE 
WHILE A NEGATIVE PNA STAYS OVER THE UNITED STATES KEEPING THE RIDGE 
OVER THE EAST COAST.

MODELS HAVE A GOOD AGREEMENT ON THE FIRST PART OF THE PERIOD...HOWEVER
THE MAGNITUDE OF THE RIDGE OVER THE MIDWEST COMES INTO QUESTION
EARLY WEDNESDAY AS THE ECMWF HAS A DIGGING TROUGH ON THE WEST
COAST WHEREAS THE 6Z GFS HAS MORE OF A ZONAL FLOW PATTERN DURING
THIS PERIOD. WITH THE QUICKER ZONAL FLOW PATTERN...THE 6Z GFS
BRINGS THE COLD FRONT THROUGH QUICKER THAN THE ECMWF...WHICH IS
ITS NORMAL BIAS...SO HAVE LEANED AGAINST THE 6Z GFS FOR THAT
PERIOD. THE 6Z GFS IS LATER THAN THE ECMWF BRINGING THAT TROUGH
DOWN INTO THE STATES AS WELL SO EXTRA INSTABILITY IS INTO THE
REGION THURSDAY NIGHT VIA THE 6Z GFS. HAVE LEANED AGAINST THAT AS
WELL AND MORE TOWARDS THE ECMWF...12Z GFS AND ENSEMBLES THAT HAVE
A HIGH STILL OVER THE EAST COAST.

DAILIES...

MONDAY...SHORTWAVE MOVES THROUGH THE REGION WITH CONTINUED SOUTHWEST 
FLOW. THIS ALLOWS FOR PRECIPITATION AND WEAK INSTABILITY AS SHOWN BY 
PWATS 2 TO 3 SDS ABOVE NORMAL AND K-INDEX ABOVE 30 IN SOUTHERN 
PORTIONS OF THE REGION. MUCAPE IS ONLY JUST ABOVE 1000 J/KG. THE LOW 
LEVEL JET WILL BE DEPARTING THE REGION TO THE SOUTH SO SHEAR SHOULD 
STAY LOW HOWEVER WITH DECREASING 500 MB TEMPS CAN/T RULE OUT SOME 
CONVECTION. DEW POINTS WILL ALSO REACH THE 70S SO HUMIDITY WILL BE 
TROPICAL IN NATURE. WILL HAVE TO WATCH FOR FLOODING...BUT REGION HAS 
BEEN DRY FOR A WHILE SO LOCALIZED FLOODING MAY BE THE ONLY TYPE THAT 
IS OBSERVED.
 
TUESDAY...POSSIBILITY OF FOG IN VALLEYS AND OTHER FOG PRONE AREAS. 
OTHERWISE AREAS OF ISENTROPIC DESCENSION...RISING HEIGHTS AND RISING 
700 MB TEMPERATURES TO CLOSE TO 10C ALLUDE TO THE POSSIBILITY OF A 
LULL IN THE PRECIPITATION DURING THIS PERIOD. BELIEVE THAT OCCURS 
FROM EARLY MORNING TO EARLY AFTERNOON. DEW POINTS WILL AGAIN REACH 
THE 70S DURING THE DAY. THEN...A COLD FRONT PUSHES THROUGH OVERNIGHT 
INTO WEDNESDAY WITH A GERATER POSSIBILITY OF SHOWERS AND 
THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF IT ESPECIALLY OVER NORTHWESTERN MA. THIS IS 
WHERE NEGATIVE SHOWALTER VALUES AND BETTER SHEAR EXISTS.

WEDNESDAY...AS THE COLD FRONT PUSHES THROUGH IN THE MORNING... 
EXPECT TO SEE ANY SHOWERS COME TO AN END AND DRIER AIR PUSH IN. A 
HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM BEGINS TO TAKE CONTROL WITH NORTHWEST WINDS.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...HIGH PRESSURE CONTINUES. CLEARING SKIES AND 
DRIER AIR WITH DEW POINTS INTO THE UPPER 50S.

SATURDAY...HAVE TO WATCH FOR AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT FOR THIS TIME 
PERIOD.

&&

.AVIATION /02Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/...
FORECASTER CONFIDENCE LEVELS...

LOW...LESS THAN 30 PERCENT. 
MODERATE...30 TO 60 PERCENT.
HIGH...GREATER THAN 60 PERCENT.

SHORT TERM /THRU SUNDAY NIGHT/...HIGH CONFIDENCE IN TRENDS BUT
LOWER CONFIDENCE IN PRECISE DETAILS AND TIMING.

OVERNIGHT...VFR TO START. INCREASING SKY COVER WITH CIGS LOWERING
TO MVFR AFTER MIDNIGHT. MVFR/IFR VSBYS IN PATCHY FOG POSSIBLE
AFTER 2 AM.

SUNDAY...MARGINAL MVFR-VFR. SHRA AND TSRA DEVELOPING AFTER 18Z
WEST AND THEN SLIDING EAST TOWARD 00Z. ACTIVITY MOST WIDESPREAD
ACROSS NORTHWEST CT-MA INTO SOUTHWEST NH. A FEW STRONG STORMS
POSSIBLE WITH TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS AND GUSTY WINDS POSSIBLE. 

SUNDAY NIGHT...MVFR DURING THE EVENING SLIPPING TO IFR. SHRA AND
TSRA ESPECIALLY DURING THE EVENING. A FEW STRONG STORMS POSSIBLE
WITH HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WIND. 

KBOS TERMINAL...HIGH CONFIDENCE IN TAF REGARDING TRENDS BUT LOWER
CONFIDENCE ON PRECISE DETAILS AND TIMING.

KBDL TERMINAL...HIGH CONFIDENCE IN TAF REGARDING TRENDS BUT LOWER
CONFIDENCE ON PRECISE DETAILS AND TIMING.

OUTLOOK...MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

MONDAY...MODERATE CONFIDENCE. 

MVFR-IFR CIGS/VSBYS IN AREAS OF SHOWERS. POSSIBLE TSRA ESPECIALLY 
INLAND. SW WINDS. 

TUESDAY...MODERATE CONFIDENCE.

MAY SEE PATCHY FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT IN NORMALLY PRONE VALLEY AREAS IN 
THE MORNING. A WINDOW OF PRECIPITATION-FREE WEATHER EXPECTED 
SOMETIME DURING THIS PERIOD. OTHERWISE ANOTHER FRONT PUSHES ACROSS 
THE REGION TUE NIGHT. MVFR CONDITIONS IN SHOWERS AND STORMS. SW 
WINDS CONTINUE.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...MODERATE CONFIDENCE.

MAINLY VFR. LOCAL MVFR-IFR VSBYS FROM DEPARTING SHOWERS WEDNESDAY 
WILL IMPROVE BY MID MORNING WITH COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE. EVENTUAL 
CHANGE FROM SW WINDS TO NW WINDS WEDNESDAY. VFR CONDITIONS THURSDAY 
WITH HIGH PRESSURE OVERHEAD.

&&

.MARINE...
FORECASTER CONFIDENCE LEVELS...

LOW...LESS THAN 30 PERCENT. 
MODERATE...30 TO 60 PERCENT. 
HIGH...GREATER THAN 60 PERCENT.

TONIGHT... 

S-SE WINDS BECOME SW OVERNIGHT. GOOD VSBY SHOULD LOWER LATER
TONIGHT PATCHY FOG AND DRIZZLE.

SUNDAY...

LOW CLOUDS/FOG AND DRIZZLE LIMIT VSBY EARLY BUT IMPROVING BY MIDDAY. 
DRY WEATHER THEREAFTER WITH RISK OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS HOLD 
OFF UNTIL AT LEAST 5 PM AND POSSIBLY UNTIL AFTER DARK. SW WIND 15-20 
KT WITH A FEW GUSTS CLOSE TO 25 KT NEAR SHORE ESPECIALLY ACROSS CAPE 
COD AND THE ISLANDS. 

SUN NIGHT...

SCATTERED SHOWERS AND T-STORMS DURING THE EVENING. PATCHY FOG WILL 
LIMIT VSBY. SW WIND 15-20 KT.

OUTLOOK...SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

MONDAY...MODERATE CONFIDENCE. 

WINDS BEGIN TO RELAX DURING THE DAY. SEAS ALSO RELAX FROM 5FT SWELL 
TO AROUND 3 TO 4 FT SWELL. COULD BE NEAR SCA FOR DECAYING 5FT SWELLS.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY...MODERATE CONFIDENCE. 

EXPECT WINDS AND SEAS BELOW SMALL CRAFT CRITERIA. SW WINDS WILL VEER 
TO NW LATE TUE NIGHT INTO WED.

&&

.BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
CT...NONE.
MA...NONE.
NH...NONE.
RI...NONE.
MARINE...NONE.

&&

$$
SYNOPSIS...NOCERA
NEAR TERM...WTB/GAF
SHORT TERM...NOCERA
LONG TERM...NOCERA
AVIATION...NOCERA
MARINE...NOCERA

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