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Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Taunton Massachusetts
1139 am EDT Monday Jul 28 2014

Synopsis...
a rather strong low pressure system by July standards will
move across upstate New York today before heading into northern
New England tonight. It will bring showers and storms this
morning...followed by possible strong storms this afternoon. A
cold front will cross the region tonight and Tuesday...bringing
drier and less humid weather...as the front remains stalled over
the Maritimes and New England offshore waters through the weekend.

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Near term /through tonight/...
*** few strong/severe storms this afternoon ***

1135 am update...
just minor tweaks to the forecast this morning. Sunshine has
broken through the clouds...especially across southeast Massachusetts. Will
continue to monitor the threat of additional showers and storms
later this afternoon.

Previous discussion...

Once this initial round of showers/storms lifts north by early
afternoon...attention then turns to possible redevelopment of
scattered showers/storms.

Models insistent that dry slot will work its way up coast into southeast
New England...and deeper moisture should reside across interior as
seen in k-index fields. Instability is in question as we are not
confident on how much clearing will occur...if at all. But
continued presence of high 0-6km shear /over 35kt/ and good low
level turning in forecast hodographs suggests potential for at
least few strong or severe storms this afternoon. Damaging winds
and hail are main threats...but we cannot rule out an isolated
weak tornado given highly sheared environment...low local/S and
presence of closed upper low. System also has history of producing
a few weak tornadoes thus far as well.

Given uncertainty in amount of heating...stayed close to model
blend for highs today /70s to around 80/ which also matches mixing
to 850 mb /10-11c/.

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Short term /Tuesday/...
cold front pushes through region tonight bringing much less humid
air by daybreak as skies clear. Light winds with leftover moisture
may lead to patchy fog across interior.

Ridge of high pressure builds over New England Tuesday...resulting in
plenty of sunshine. Not much of airmass change so highs once again
should top off in 70s to around 80 but with low humidity. Weak
gradient supports afternoon sea breezes along both coasts.

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Long term /Tuesday night through Sunday/...
big picture...

Models continue to advertise a meridional type flow through the
week. The four lobes of this flow are the Gulf of Alaska
trough...western North America ridge...eastern North America
trough...and west Atlantic ridge.

Models continue to show a weak cold pool in eastern no-am
trough...sufficient to generate daily instability showers. Also
showers along the stalled front offshore. The core of the eastern
no-am trough ejects north through Quebec Friday and Saturday. But a
weaker trough lingers over the Great Lakes/miss River Valley over
the weekend.

The similarity in model fields favors a blend of available data.

The dailies...

Tuesday night through Friday...with the upper trough to our west
and upper ridge to our east...expect the departed cold front to
align with the upper flow and stall. Upper flow over New England
will remain from the southwest. Meanwhile cold pool instability
under the upper trough will be over New York and Ontario while New
England is under the left entrance region of the upper jet...a
subsident zone. Surface high pressure will build over southern New
England. For the most part this looks like a dry weather period
with dewpoints in the 50s...trending to the lower 60s Friday.

This will mean a chance of showers well offshore and over
NY/Ontario. Main concern for precipitation in southern New England
would be if scattered diurnal showers/thunderstorms from the upper trough
which could slide across the Berkshires into the CT valley. Surface
high pressure and the left entrance region of the upper jet will
favor subsidence and dry weather. We will have slight chance probability of precipitation
in the Berks Wednesday and west of mht-orh-ijd Thursday-Friday...and
chance probability of precipitation along/west of the CT valley Thursday-Friday. Patchy fog
possible each night.

Saturday-Sunday...as the core of the upper trough lifts
north...expect the Atlantic high to shift a little to the west.
This would push the offshore front west closer to the coast and
bring an increase in the chance of showers...with the best chance
on the cape and islands.

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Aviation /15z Monday through Friday/...
forecaster confidence levels...

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

Moderate confidence on trends today. High confidence tonight and
Monday.

Scattered IFR in low clouds and fog...otherwise VFR developing
across southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Scattered showers/thunderstorms show redevelop across the interior after
18z. Expect MVFR ceilings/visibilities in any thunderstorms. Best chance for thunderstorms
will be in areas along/west/north of I-495. There will be
potential for some of the storms in this area to produce strong or
damaging wind gusts.

Improving conditions to VFR after 00z Tuesday...although patchy
MVFR/IFR possible in fog. VFR Tuesday with afternoon sea breezes.

Kbos taf...moderate confidence. IFR cigs/vsbys...fairly confident
on improving conditions after 15z. Ts should remain west of Airport
18z-22z.

Kbdl taf...moderate confidence. LIFR cigs/vsbys...fairly
confident in improving conditions after 13z. Ts most likely 18z-
22z.

Outlook...Tuesday night through Friday...moderate confidence.

VFR. Areas of IFR in early morning fog each day. MVFR ceilings/visibilities in
widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms mainly west of mht and orh.

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Marine...
forecaster confidence levels...

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

Moderate confidence through Tuesday. Main concern is for rough seas on
S coastal waters where Small Craft Advisory has been extended into Tuesday.

S/SW flow prevails today which will lead to building seas on S
coastal waters...reaching as high as 5 or 6 feet offshore this
afternoon. This will also maintain patchy dense fog this morning
on S coastal waters.

Showers/storms will move across waters this morning from Long
Island. So far these storms have produced frequent lightning and
may produce strong wind gusts to 35kt. Possibility of a few more
storms this afternoon...especially on east Massachusetts waters.

Cold front approaches waters tonight but expect another round of
patchy dense fog...at least early tonight before drier air arrives
overnight. High pressure builds overhead Tuesday with light winds and
afternoon sea breezes. Seas slowly subside offshore.

Outlook...Tuesday night through Friday...moderate confidence.

Seas generally less than 5 feet through the period...but may
approach 5 feet on the outer waters Wednesday night and Thursday.
Light winds through the period...southwest midweek shifting to
southeast Friday.

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Box watches/warnings/advisories...
CT...none.
Massachusetts...none.
New Hampshire...none.
Rhode Island...none.
Marine...Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas until 2 PM EDT Tuesday
for anz235-237-250-254>256.

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Synopsis...wtb/jwd
near term...wtb/Belk/jwd
short term...jwd
long term...wtb
aviation...wtb/jwd
marine...wtb/jwd

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