Scientific Forecaster Discussion
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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Caribou ME
357 PM EDT Tue Jun 27 2017
an upper level trough will remain to our west through mid week.
Weather disturbances moving out of the trough will cross the
overnight into Wednesday. A larger area of low pressure may
approach late Thursday.
Near term /through Wednesday/...
unsettled the main theme.
Radar showed activity filling in as the upper S/WV lifts up
across the region as seen on the latest satl WV imagery. 18z
surface analysis showed area of mid to upper 50 dewpoint air
nosing up into the eastern side of the County Warning Area while lower 50
dewpoints hold back to the west. Expecting the column to
moisten more as shown by the latest rap and NAM. Jet streak of
30-35 kt noted at 925 mbs to lift N into the evening to provide
lift. Llvls have warmed enough thanks to sunshine returning.
Atmosphere will destabilize more into the evening allow to tstms
to fire. Cold temps aloft(-20c at 500 mbs) will allow for
the potential for hail and inverted type sounding will lead to
some strong wind gusts. Associated cold front is expected to
lift across the region later in the evening into the overnight
period. Hail potential still a threat but things appear to shift
to strong winds gusts as noted by the latest hrrr and very
heavy rainfall. Storms moving over areas that have been hit
earlier could lead to some localized flooding. Added patchy fog
W/the SSE flow expected overnight and moist blyr.
The cold front continues to slide across the area on Wednesday
W/more action setting up for the day. There looks like there
could be a reprieve in rainfall through mid morning. Another
round of shower activity expected later by the afternoon. Steep
lapse rates around 6.5 c/km and cape of 400-700 joules will
allow for the threat for tstm. This activity will be fueled by
the upper level trough swinging across the region. Once again,
the risk for some hail and gusty winds is there but at this
point, confidence is low and decided to leave out enhanced
wording for now. Daytime temps will be somewhat similar to today
W/upper 60s to lower 70s. As pointed out by the midnight crew,
well below normal for late June.
Short term /Wednesday night through Friday/....
the upper trof will exit through the Canadian maritime provinces
early Wednesday evening followed by partly to mostly cloudy
skies. Lows will drop back to the low 50s north and mid to
upper 50s downeast. The next in a series of upper impulses will
cross the region Thursday with a more showers and chance for
thunderstorms mainly across the north. Unsettled weather
continues Thursday night and as a warm front lifts north of the
region. Expect mainly cloudy skies with the chance for showers
and thunderstorms. Friday will continue unsettled with more
showers and thunderstorms expected as a cold front crosses the
region from the northwest. High temperatures both Thursday and
Friday are expected to be near normal in the low to mid 70s,
except cooler along the coast.
Long term /Friday night through Monday/...
the cold front will stall out across central portions of the
region Friday night and then begin to move back north as a warm
front Saturday and Saturday night. This will continue the
unsettled weather pattern with the chance for showers and
thunderstorms. Showers and thunderstorm chances continue on
Sunday as a cold front moves across the region. It finally looks
like a drier weather pattern may finally be in the offing next
week as a large ridge of high pressure builds toward the region.
High temperatures will be close to normal through the period.
Aviation /18z Tuesday through Sunday/...
near term: VFR conditions W/brief periods of MVFR and even IFR
for tstms. Conditions across the region could hit MVFR and IFR
later tonight W/lower cigs and vsby due to some fog. Improvement
to MVFR and even VFR early Wednesday and then a drop back to
MVFR and perhaps IFR by afternoon W/the showers and possible
Short term: the main story with regard to aviation weather will
be the potential for showers and thunderstorms Friday right
through Sunday. Overall most of the time will remain VFR
outside of possible MVFR or even lower conditions in any times
of showers and thunderstorms.
near term: no headlines anticipated through the period. Some
elevated convection expected overnight W/some fog to limit vsbys
at times. Winds expected to remain around 10 kts W/seas around 3
Short term: a Small Craft Advisory may be needed mainly for
seas Friday into the upcoming weekend.