Scientific Forecaster Discussion
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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New York New York
722 am EDT sun Apr 23 2017
high pressure builds over the northeast today and moves offshore
of southern New England tonight and Monday. A wave of low
pressure over the southeastern states moves off the southeast
coast Monday, then tracks up along the eastern Seaboard through
midweek. High pressure will build back in for the end of the
Near term /until 6 PM this evening/...
surface high pressure builds over the northeast and into the mid
Atlantic today, and to the coast late in the day. Aloft weak,
near zonal, flow remains. Winds will come around to southeast to
south with sea breeze enhancement this afternoon. There will be
plenty of sun through today however mixing will be limited, up
to around 900 mb, and temperatures will peak at near seasonal
Short term /6 PM this evening through 6 PM Monday/...
the surface high moves offshore of the southern New England
coast tonight into Monday as the weak zonal flow remains
aloft. Meanwhile in the southern stream a low closes off over
the Tennessee Valley this morning and then moves slowly in the
flow. The low emerges from the southeastern coast late tonight
into Monday. The northward progression of the low will depend on
the strength of the surface high nosing into the coastal plain.
With the weakening of the high late Monday the low will then
start to move northward. As a result much of the area will
remain dry through Monday with slight chances mainly late Monday
morning into the afternoon across NYC and Long Island.
Long term /Monday night through Saturday/...
Monday night into Tuesday the NAM becomes slower than other
guidance in moving the low north, and leaned toward the slightly
faster solutions as the northern high continues to weaken and
little ridging remains aloft. The system will remain rather weak
and then weaken Tuesday night into Wednesday and the upper low
moves along a northern stream trough digging into the central
states as a mid Atlantic ridge builds.
Timing and amplitude differences become more apparent in the 500 mb
pattern at the end of the week and into next weekend.
Winds will increase and become gusty Mon night and Tue. 30-40
kt low level jet lifts through Tue aftn/eve...but a low level inversion
should keep most of these winds aloft. These stronger winds will
also depend on where the low tracks. If the low tracks over NYC
the higher winds will remain to the east.
The forward progression of the system is also uncertain...and
current forecast may be too quick decreasing pops to chc Wed
morning. System departs Wed night with ridging aloft developing
over the east and a broad trough out west. This will lead to
warming temps through the remainder of the week. A cold front
moves towards the area on Thu...but most guidance has
showers/tstms mostly dissipating before it reaches the region.
This front is then forecast to stall near the area into next
weekend with potential waves of low pressure keeping it
As for temperatures, near seasonable levels through mid week,
if not a bit cooler during the daytime due to cloud cover and
rain. A significant warmup is possible for the end of the week
with rising heights aloft.
Aviation /12z Sunday through Thursday/...
VFR as high pressure builds from the west this morning and passes
east this afternoon.
North-north-northeast winds this morning will turn to the S-southeast early this
afternoon. Timing of wind shift may be off by 1-2 hours in
tafs. Speeds will be 10 kt or less.
Winds diminish tonight and become light and variable outside of
Outlook for 12z Monday through Thursday...
Monday...VFR during the day. Chance MVFR in rain at night.
Tuesday...IFR/LIFR in rain. NE gusts 20-25 knots near coast possible
during the day.
Wednesday...MVFR possible early, becoming VFR.
a long period east to southeast swell remains on the ocean
waters this morning, with slowly subsiding heights. However, at
time seas may approach 5 feet this morning.
Otherwise with high pressure building over the forecast waters
today winds and seas will remain below small craft levels.
The high will move offshore tonight into Monday. A low pressure
system will move off the southeastern coast Monday, then track
slowly northward along the coast into Wednesday, and then
With an increased surface pressure gradient expected Monday
night into Tuesday night, easterly winds will increase, and
become gusty. Small craft gusts will become likely late Monday
night into Tuesday night across the forecast waters, with ocean
seas building to 5 feet or greater late Monday night into
Tuesday night. There will be the potential for gusts to approach
gale force on the ocean waters late Monday night into Tuesday
and possibly into Tuesday night. However, confidence is low as
mixing will be limited over the still cool ocean waters. Will
continue to highlight the potential in the hwo, hazardous
weather outlook. A Small Craft Advisory will likely be needed
for Monday night.
Ocean seas will be slow to subside and may remain at small craft
levels into Friday.
between 1/2 and 1 1/2 inches of rainfall is possible late
Monday into Wednesday. Amounts will depend on the track of low
pressure moving along the eastern Seaboard.
No hydrologic impacts are anticipated at this time.
there is the potential for minor coastal flooding, mainly along
the Long Island South Shore bays, with the Tuesday high tide
cycles as a low pressure system moves northward along the