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National Weather Service Boston/Norton Massachusetts
704 am EDT Tue Jul 17 2018

a cold front pushing into a very warm and humid airmass will
trigger a line of strong thunderstorms this afternoon and
evening, with localized torrential rainfall and potentially
damaging winds. Other than perhaps some lingering showers early
Wednesday across Cape Cod and Nantucket, dry weather is
anticipated the rest of the work week along with much lower
humidity including warm afternoons and cool nights. Unsettled
weather may return sometime Sunday into Monday along with
increasing humidity.


Near term /until 7 PM this evening/...

7 am update...

Very little change to previous forecast. Low clouds and fog
continue to impact the South Coast. Latest guidance has this low
level moisture eroding and lifting into a strato-cu deck this
afternoon but likely reforming tonight ahead of the front as
warm sector remains over the region. Still expecting the
potential for a few strong to severe thunderstorms this
afternoon especially across northern Massachusetts where models continue to
signal strongest shear/upward helocity. Main concerns are
localized strong to damaging winds and flash flooding. Previous
discussion below.


* Severe thunderstorms and flash flooding possible this
afternoon and evening

* heat indices in the mid to upper 90s in the interior this

Low cloudiness has been confined to the south coastal areas
overnight...and high cloudiness is thin across the region with
storms remaining well to our west. This means that skies will
dawn on the Sunny Side across much of the area. Temperatures
will soar through the 80s and reaching near 90 in a few spots
across the interior. With dewpoints in the 70 to 75 range, this
will produce heat index values in the mid to upper 90s from
northern CT northeastward to the Merrimack valley of northeast
Massachusetts. A heat advisory has been issued for these areas, since this
will be the second consecutive day with those types of readings.

A very active day is then in store, as a cold front pushes into
this very warm, humid, and unstable airmass. There are two main
concerns... flash flood potential and severe weather potential.
Southern New England will be in the right rear quadrant of a
90-100 knot 300 mb jet, favorable for upward vertical motion and
severe weather. Cape will not be an issue, with up to 2000-3000
j/kg. Moisture will be excessive, with precipitable water
values reaching 2.3 to 2.7 inches! K indices are in the 37-39

All models are in agreement that a well-defined line of
thunderstorms will form in northwest Massachusetts around 11 am and slowly
progressing across all of southern New England during the
afternoon and evening. The line peaks in intensity between 2 PM
and 6 PM across northern CT and central MA, then slowly weakens
as it heads east/southeast.

1) heavy rain/flash flood potential:

Have issued a Flash Flood Watch for northern CT as well as
western, central, and interior northeast Massachusetts from noon to 10 PM.
In those areas, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected from
thunderstorms, possibly in less than an hours. Where repeat
thunderstorms occur, called training, 4 or 5 inches of rain is
not out of the question. Some models indicate that showers and
thunderstorms may initially develop in southwest CT and then
these merge with the main line of storms coming southeastward in
the early afternoon. If this happens, the merged areas could
experience torrential rainfall.

For now, we have left Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts out of the
Flash Flood Watch. Although thunderstorms will reach the Boston
and Providence areas late in the afternoon and early evening,
they may be diminishing. Later shifts will need to monitor the
potential for extending the Flash Flood Watch farther to the

2) severe weather potential:

The severe weather threat has increased from yesterday, due to
the better potential for heating during the morning hours with
some sunshine. The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of
our region in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms. The main
threat will be damaging winds from wet microbursts. 850-700 mb
winds increase to 30-40 knots this afternoon, which is strong
enough to produce organized severe storms. Besides a line of
storms, the Storm Prediction Center href model is also indicating the potential for
some rotating supercell thunderstorms in north central Massachusetts near
the New Hampshire border. Helicity values reach 200+ north of our County Warning Area.
We will need to be extra vigilant for the potential for an
isolated tornado, especially in the Route 2 corridor this
afternoon. Hail cannot be ruled out in the strongest storms, but
strong winds are the primary threat. We have continued with
enhanced wording of gusty winds and heavy rainfall in our zone
forecasts. A Special Weather Statement will be issued that
highlights the severe weather potential for today.


Short term /7 PM this evening through 6 am Wednesday/...

The line of showers and thunderstorms will move across eastern
Massachusetts and Rhode Island this evening. Locally torrential rainfall
could cause flooding in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Instability
continues well into the night, however, so there is a chance of
additional showers and thunderstorms developing in western
sections and moving east, mainly before midnight. Skies will
begin to clear in the western third to half of the forecast area
by early Wednesday morning. But as low pressure develops south
of Nantucket along the front, some showers could linger in
southeast Massachusetts. Areas of fog will be possible there. Lows should
range from 60 to 65 west to near 70 southeast.


Long term /Wednesday through Monday/...


* dry and much less humid later Wed thru Fri, possibly into Sat
* highs 80-85 each afternoon and 50s at night
* showers/storms and humid conditions return Sunday/Monday


17.00z ensembles (ecens & gefs) show northeast trough Wednesday
departing and deamplifying which gives way to ridging Friday and
likely lingering into Saturday. At the surface this translates to a
cold front slowly exiting the cape Wed followed by 1018 mb high
pressure building into New England Wed night/Thu and accompanied by
a much less humid airmass. The high then moves offshore Friday but
with ridge axis arcing back into New England thru Saturday.
Ensembles suggest northern stream remains active with robust mid
level trough entering the Great Lakes this weekend and taking on a
negative tilt along the eastern Seaboard sun/Mon. This will support
a return to more humid weather along with risk of showers/T-storms.


850 mb temps begin Wed around +13c/+14c but then lower to about +11c
in the Post frontal airmass Thu morning, but modify to +13c by days
end, yielding highs in the low 80s away from coastal seabreezes.
Airmass slow warms to about +15c Friday and Saturday which will
support highs in the mid 80s inland. However humidity remains
comfortable as seen by gefs pwats remaining below normal (1 to
2 Standard deviations below normal) thru Sat with core of dry
air over the region Wed night into Thu. This dry airmass will
support lows in the 50s overnight, very comfortable. Also given
high pres overhead Thu ngt decided to lean toward the cooler MOS
guidance per ideal radiational cooling conditions. This dry
column will also yield plenty of sunshine Thu and Fri, possibly
Sat as well. 850 mb temps remain about +15c Sunday but do warm
to about +17c Mon. However the main story sun/Mon will be the
increasing humidity as the low level flow becomes southerly and
advects dew pts into the 60s Sunday and then low to mid 70s


Any organized showers/T-storms will be focused across Cape Cod and
Nantucket Wed morning as slow moving cold front and frontal wave
move across this region in the morning. Trailing short wave sweeps
across the region later in the day along with attending cold front
moving offshore. Thus drying trend Wed which persist Thu, Fri and
likely into Sat. Next chance of showers/T-storms likely arrives sun
and Mon as negative tilt mid level trough dives out of the Great
Lakes into the mid Atlc region. Heavy rainers possible as
subtropical stream gets captured by negative tilt trough sending
pwats of +1 to +2 Standard deviations up the eastern Seaboard into
New England sun/Mon.


Aviation /12z Tuesday through Saturday/...
forecaster confidence levels...

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

Short term /through tonight/...

7 am update...

Not much change from previous forecast. T-storms enter northwest
Massachusetts 11 am to 1 PM then into Boston 3 PM to 5 PM then weakening
7-8pm. Low clouds/fog along the South Coast slowly lift to an
MVFR-VFR deck by midday. Earlier discussion below.


Through early morning...moderate confidence. Mainly VFR, except
IFR on parts of Cape Cod and on Nantucket. There appears to
have been enough mixing just above the boundary layer to prevent
fog formation, except along the South Coast. Now thinking that
low cloudiness may not move very far north before daybreak...
probably confined to regions from kpvd to south of kbos.

Today and tonight...moderate confidence. Most areas starting off
VFR, with any IFR improving quickly to MVFR or even VFR on the
South Coast, Cape Cod, and islands. A line of strong
thunderstorms will move across the region from northwest to southeast mainly
between noon and 10 PM. Visibilities could briefly be reduced to
IFR in thunderstorms and wind gusts to 50+ knots are possible
in a few severe thunderstorms. Torrential downpours likely in
storms. Aside from any storms, a period of southwest wind gusts
around 25 kt is expected along the coastal plain this afternoon.

Conditions may deteriorate to MVFR and IFR in low clouds, fog,
and showers in southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island overnight Tuesday night.

Kbos terminal...moderate to high confidence in taf. Main issue
will be strong thunderstorms late in the day and into tonight.

Kbdl terminal...moderate to high confidence in taf. Main issue
will be strong to severe thunderstorms and torrential rain this
afternoon into this evening.

Outlook /Wednesday through Saturday/...

Wednesday through thursday: VFR.

Thursday night: mainly VFR, with local IFR possible.

Friday: VFR.

Friday night: mainly VFR, with local IFR possible. Patchy br.

Saturday: VFR.


forecaster confidence levels...

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

Short term /through tonight/...high confidence.

Today and tonight...high confidence.
Nearshore southwest wind gusts near 25 knots are expected to
develop this afternoon with good mixing ahead of the approaching
cold front. Small craft advisories remain in effect for this
region. In addition...long southwest fetch will result in seas
building to between 3 and 5 feet across the outer waters...where
small craft advisories also remain in effect. A few strong
thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon and tonight.
Winds could exceed 40 kts in the strongest storms.

Outlook /Wednesday through Saturday/...

Wednesday: winds less than 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching
5 ft. Slight chance of rain showers, patchy fog.

Wednesday night: winds less than 25 kt. Seas up to 5 ft.

Thursday: winds less than 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching
5 ft.

Thursday night through Friday night: winds less than 25 kt.

Saturday: winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft.


Box watches/warnings/advisories...
CT...heat advisory from 11 am this morning to 5 PM EDT this
afternoon for ctz002>004.
Flash Flood Watch from noon EDT today through this evening for
Massachusetts...heat advisory from 11 am this morning to 5 PM EDT this
afternoon for maz005-006-012>014-017.
Flash Flood Watch from noon EDT today through this evening for
Rhode Island...heat advisory from 11 am this morning to 5 PM EDT this
afternoon for riz001.
Marine...Small Craft Advisory from noon today to 6 PM EDT this evening
for anz230>234-236-251.
Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for anz235-
Small Craft Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for anz250-



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