Scientific Forecaster Discussion
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Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Albany New York
651 am EDT Mon Jun 18 2018
hot and humid conditions are in store today. Scattered
showers and thunderstorms are possible this afternoon, becoming more
widespread this evening into tonight with heavy rainfall and gusty
winds possible. A more seasonable airmass takes over Tuesday and
Wednesday with much lower humidity.
Near term /through tonight/...
heat advisory in effect for most zones below 1000 feet
elevation in eastern New York and southern Vermont...
Marginal to slight risk of severe thunderstorms this
afternoon and evening...
Slight risk of excessive rainfall this afternoon into
As of 640 am, just a couple of showers from Lewis County to the
Syracuse area tracking eastward. These are associated with
elevated warm/moist advection and increasing (albeit weak)
instability. Slight chance pops added to the southern
Adirondacks/western Mohawk Valley for the next couple hours to
account for this activity. Elsewhere, temps range from upper 50s
to lower 70s. Warmth and moisture in the form of mid-60s to
upper 70s dewpoints are on the doorstep and should begin to
invade eastern New York this morning.
Early morning water vapor shows cirrus/altostratus continuing
to spill over the upper level ridge into the northeastern US. Elevated
warm front tracking west to east through the region early this
morning with h850 temps forecast to rise to 18-20c as winds turn
westerly. At the surface, west to east-oriented cold front is
located well to the north over central qc and southern on. Moist
prefrontal airmass will advect into the local area today as
surface winds turn southwesterly. Mid-60s to lower 70s dewpoints
exist in this airmass, and models suggest we should attain
these values in the afternoon. Heat advisory remains in effect
for most areas in eastern New York and southern Vermont below 1000 feet
elevation as forecast soundings show potential to mix above 850
mb and send high temps into the lower 90s. Will add western
Ulster to the heat advisory as the lower elevations in that zone
should see criteria met. However, the degree of heat will be
dependent upon coverage of afternoon convection, which will be
Forecast area will remain in the prefrontal airmass today as the
front's north to south track through the region will not occur
until after 00z. This should allow moderate to high instability
to develop, with href mean suggesting 2000-3000 j/kg SBCAPE
developing by early afternoon. Forecast soundings depict little
to no cap with diurnal mixing allowing the convective
temperature to be reached. Forcing for ascent in the prefrontal
airmass is weak, but it may not take much to initiate
convection. Weak midlevel forcing for ascent may occur in the
form of weak, low-amplitude convectively generated disturbances
from upstream, and surface triggers may be present in the form
of a prefrontal trough and upslope/terrain circulations. Trend
in the href members has been to develop scattered clusters of
thunderstorms in the 18-22z timeframe, targeting the I-90
corridor and points south. Will increase pops in this area but
cap it at chance given the uncertainties with respect to
coverage. Href indicates lower potential for afternoon
convection north of I-90 during the afternoon, but the chance is
nonzero, so have fairly uniform chance pops throughout the area.
Deep-layer shear is fairly weak at 20-30 kt with mainly
unidirectional shear, so longevity of cells is in question, and
storm Mode is expected to be multicellular. But given the
instability in place and midlevel dry air, these storms could
contain borderline severe winds. Hail and tornadoes are not
likely given the warm, moist airmass and relatively
unidirectional shear, respectively, but they cannot be totally
Pops increase from north to south 22-04z as large-scale forcing
increases in advance of the front. Deep-layer shear increases so
could see some more organized convection with isolated to
scattered severe winds possible. Severe threat should diminish
with sunset as instability diminishes. Locally heavy
rainfall/isolated flash flooding is possible as well. Winds
through a good deal of the atmosphere are parallel to the
boundary, which could promote training of cells. Precipitable water values
increase to 2-2.5 inches, 850 mb/700 mb dewpoints increase to in excess
of 15/5c, respectively, and freezing levels get up above 16000
ft, all excellent parameters for heavy rain. The mitigating
factor for flash flooding will be fast movement of the system.
Rainfall will taper off north to south in the wake of the
frontal passage 04-09z, with much drier air filtering in as
dewpoints fall into the mid-50s to mid-60s.
Short term /Tuesday through Wednesday night/...
for the short term period, the local forecast area will be on
the southern periphery of a longwave trough centered over
eastern Canada. We'll return to near climatological highs
Tuesday in the postfrontal airmass. Deep mixing, low dewpoints,
plenty of sunshine, and a bit breezy. High pressure builds in
Tuesday night, setting the stage for some good radiational
cooling conditions. Went closer to cooler MOS guidance compared
with blended grids.
Some uncertainty Wednesday/Wednesday night as the trough
sharpens and some guidance develops a surface wave along the
stationary boundary strung out across the mid-Atlantic and Ohio
Valley. Latest European model (ecmwf)/GFS/gefs mean develop this wave enough to
bring in rain showers to portions of the eastern Catskills/Mid
Hudson valley/northwest CT late Wednesday into Wednesday night.
NAM meanwhile is dry. Will introduce slight/low chance pops in
these zones starting Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night.
Elsewhere, another dry and seasonable day is expected with
partial coverage of high clouds.
Long term /Thursday through Sunday/...
guidance is in good agreement a longwave trough should be moving off
to the east with heights rising over the northeast as ridging builds
in to close out the work week. While at surface, high pressure
slides across the region. Expecting fair weather with seasonal
A closed off upper level low over the plains will be moving eastward
into the ridge as we head into the weekend. This low is expected to
open and deamplify as its advanced farther eastward by a shortwave
moving over The Rockies. It's also expected to be drawn
northeastward as shortwave energy rotates about a low over hudson's
Bay Canada. The result is a low pressure system moving across the
region over the weekend bringing some rainfall to the local area
after another stretch of fair weather. Seasonal temperatures are
expected to continue just with more humid conditions as the low
pressure system approaches and moves through.
Aviation /12z Monday through Friday/...
a cold front is on the approach from the northwest. It's
expected to move across the local area this evening. A pre-
frontal trough is expected to develop in the hot and humid
airmass ahead of the cold front. Guidance indicates that
scattered convection should develop in association with the
pre-frontal trough and have addressed this with a prob30 group
in tafs. The better chances for convection are expected with the
cold front. Have used a tempo group in the tafs. Storms will be
associated with MVFR-IFR conditions along with gusty winds and
very heavy rainfall possible. Otherwise VFR conditions are
expected with cloud cover on the increase during the day.
South-southwest winds will increase in speed and become gusty
with gusts into the 20s. Stronger wind gusts are expected in
association with thunderstorms. Winds will shift more to the
west this evening as the front gets closer and the northwest
with its passage.
Tuesday: low operational impact. Breezy no sig weather.
Tuesday night: no operational impact. No sig weather.
Wednesday: no operational impact. No sig weather.
Wednesday night: no operational impact. No sig weather.
Thursday: no operational impact. No sig weather.
Thursday night: no operational impact. No sig weather.
Friday: no operational impact. No sig weather.
Friday night: no operational impact. No sig weather.
Saturday: low operational impact. Slight chance of rain showers.
hot and humid today with relative humidity values only falling to the 45 to 70
percent range. Becoming breezy as well with southwest winds
gusting up to 30 mph. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are
possible this afternoon, becoming likely this evening into
tonight. A drier and more seasonable airmass takes hold Tuesday,
with relative humidity values falling into the 35 to 45 percent range. North-
northwesterly winds may gust to near 20 mph. Similar
temperatures and humidity Wednesday but with lighter winds.
scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon will become
more widespread this evening and tonight as a cold front
interacts with a hot and humid airmass. There is copious
moisture to work with and potential for backbuilding storms with
winds parallel to the frontal boundary. Precipitable water
values are forecast to be 2-2.25 inches, which is near the
climatological daily maximum. So storms are certainly capable of
heavy rainfall, with a threat for urban and small stream
flooding as well as isolated flash flooding. The mitigating
factor will be the fast movement of the system. While basin
average amounts are expected to range between 0.50 and 1.00
inches, locally higher amounts are likely.
Drier weather returns for the remainder of the week.
For details on specific area rivers and lakes, including
observed and forecast river stages and lake elevations, please
visit the advanced hydrologic prediction service /ahps/ graphs
on our website.
record highs for today...
Albany New York - 97 degrees 1957 (records date back to 1874)
Glens Falls New York - 93 degrees 1994 (records date back to 1949)
Poughkeepsie New York - 93 degrees 1957 (records date back to 1931)
New York...heat advisory from 11 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening
Vermont...heat advisory from 11 am this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening