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National Weather Service Taunton Massachusetts
520 am EDT Friday Aug 26 2016

a cold front swings through our region today, bringing some
showers and a few thunderstorms. Dry and warm conditions through
this weekend. There may be some widely scattered showers and
thunderstorms late Sunday night into Monday as a cold front
crosses the region. Some showers and thunderstorms may linger
Tuesday and Wednesday before another front clears through. High
pressure noses across the northeast late next week with dry and
mild conditions.


Near term /until 6 PM this evening/...
continuing to monitor the progress of showers over central and
upstate New York. So far, still not seeing much lightning, at the time
of this writing.

Latest mesoanalysis showed marginal lapse rates and meager
instability. Thinking it will take some sunshine this morning to
really pose a threat of thunderstorms. It will be a race for the
clouds to depart the coastal plain of southeast New England, but
this is the most likely area for thunderstorms given the later
timing of this cold front. Should we not get enough sunshine, then
the risk for thunderstorms will be diminished.

Most of the guidance, and especially the last few runs of the
hrrr, hinted at the idea of showers across southeast Massachusetts early this
morning. Latest radar data bearing that idea out, although the
guidance likely too bullish on measurable rainfall chances.
However, this does give confidence in the timing presented by the
guidance this morning. Expecting a cold front to cross the CT
river around noon, then reach the East Coast of Massachusetts toward 8 PM.

Very warm start to the day, with overnight low temperatures not
too much below the normal high temperatures. It will not take much
sunshine to boost temperatures into the 80s, with some locations
even approaching 90 degrees.


Short term /6 PM this evening through 6 PM Saturday/...

Cold front moves offshore by around midnight. Humidity levels
diminish noticeably. Expecting clearing skies and winds shifting
from the northwest. Seasonable temperatures.


High pressure starts to build in from the Great Lakes. Plenty of
sunshine and light north winds to start. Seabreezes likely to
develop along both coasts. Even so, still expecting Max
temperatures to be at or slightly above normal.


Long term /Saturday night through Thursday/...


* mild and dry conditions through the remainder of the weekend
* scattered showers and thunderstorms late Sunday night and
* a few showers and thunderstorms may linger Tuesday and
Wednesday before another front sweeps across
* looking dry and mild late next week

Overview and model preferences...

Continued Summer pattern across North America and beyond with east-west
elongated Bermuda-Azores high from the mid Atlantic and southeast states
over the subtropical Atlantic, stretching further across the
southern tier states to off the California coast, while the
northern stream steering currents have remain shunted into the
northern plains states to Quebec around 00z Sunday. 500 mb heights
increase further Saturday night into Sunday as closed high pres
builds across with 500 mb ridging into eastern Quebec.

Noting an 500 mb short wave in the flow trying to push southeast into
northern New England Monday, bringing a weak cold front with it.
Should clear the region Monday night.

Models get a bit messy with the evolution of slowly lowering mid
level heights around Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe. Appears the 00z
GFS is a bit stronger with another 500 mb short wave in the steering
flow, but the ggem and European model (ecmwf) do show a weaker wave. May see
isolated convection mainly around Max heating both days, with the
better shot on Tuesday.

A lot of questions beyond late Wednesday with timing of features
in the northern stream flow, but looks like it should be dry and a
bit cooler for Thursday.

Continue to monitor a tropical wave (99l) as it moves near or north
of Cuba. At this point, looks like it will remain out of the
northern stream weather picture. Will continue to monitor.

Leaned toward a blend of available guidance through Tuesday, then
went closer to ensemble guidance for Wednesday-Thursday. This gave
good continuity to the previous forecast.


Saturday night-Sunday...looks dry as high pressure crosses New
England, heading for the Maritimes late Sunday. Expect highs on
Sunday to run 5-10 degrees above seasonal normals for late August,
though will be cooler along the immediate East Coast with onshore
winds. Some clouds will begin to approach the Route 2 area of north
mass during Sunday afternoon.

Sunday night-Monday...cold front slowly approaches in the west-northwest
upper flow. Most of the energy with the associated n5 short wave
remains across northern New England Monday, but could see enough
to kick off some isolated showers/thunderstorms mainly during Max
heating. Noting a thin band of 1.7 to 1.8 inch pwats cross with
this front Monday afternoon/ evening, along with some marginal
instability (lis around zero to -1, showalter around zero, tqs at
17-18 for elevated convection). Have kept only slight chance pops
going for very spotty convection. Front should push offshore
Monday evening.

Tuesday-Wednesday...with a weak 500 mb short wave moving across on
Tuesday, along with some marginal instability remaining across the
region both days and dewpts mainly in the 60s to around 70 on the
S coast, may see some diurnal convection try to develop but will
remain spotty both days. Better shot for thunder on Tuesday, but
even weaker on Wednesday near the S coast so left thunder mention
out for now. Appears another front will cross the region later
Wednesday or Wednesday night.

Thursday...not a lot of confidence for this timeframe, though
models and ensembles are tending to signal more dry conditions
with slightly cooler temperatures.


Aviation /09z Friday through Tuesday/...
forecaster confidence levels.

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

Short term /through Saturday/...

Today...moderate confidence, mainly due to timing issues.

Scattered rain showers/tsra, with higher confidence over S/east interior S New
England terminals. S/SW winds continue with gusts up to 20 kts
before shifting out of the northwest late. Low-end VFR cigs where cigs
develop. However, can not rule out MVFR, with tempo MVFR-IFR
conditions, within any thunderstorms and rain and/or +shra.

Tonight...moderate confidence.

SW winds shifting out of the west/NW, 10 kts or less. VFR with the
possibility of IFR conditions prior to the wind shift over S/east
coastal terminals. Will also need to monitor whether light winds
and radiational cooling can yield interior fog issues.

Saturday...high confidence.

VFR. Light north winds, with seabreezes likely to develop along
both coasts.

Kbos terminal...prevail -shra overnight. Towards 15z onwards will
be closely watching areas short wave for thunderstorms and rain development. SW winds
overall with gusts around 20 kts during midday Friday into afternoon.

Kbdl terminal...low-end VFR to MVFR possible overnight. Clearing
into Friday morning, potentially, will be monitoring for thunderstorms and rain
development around and east of the terminal midday into afternoon.

Outlook /Saturday night through Tuesday/...

Saturday night and Sunday...high confidence.
VFR. Light/variable winds Saturday night become east-southeast up to 10-15
kt at the NE mass coastal terminals Sunday afternoon. Patchy fog
after 05z-06z across normally prone valley locations may bring
MVFR-IFR conditions. Should improve by 12z-13z.

Sunday night-Monday...moderate confidence.
Mainly VFR. May see widely scattered rain showers/thunderstorms and rain late Sunday night
through Monday with brief local MVFR conditions. S-SW winds may
gust up to 20 kt across coastal NE mass Sunday evening, then
diminish. Winds shift to west-northwest late Monday/Monday night but remain

Tuesday...moderate confidence.
Mainly VFR. May see a few isolated rain showers/thunderstorms and rain across interior
Tuesday afternoon/evening. Light north-NE winds shift to S-SW late in
the day.


forecaster confidence levels.

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

Short term /through Saturday/...high confidence.

Winds and seas expected to remain below Small Craft Advisory
thresholds through Saturday. Gusty southwest winds today shift
northwest tonight, then become light north Saturday. Local
seabreezes likely Saturday near shore.

Outlook /Saturday night through Tuesday/...

Saturday night and Sunday...high confidence.
Expect light east-southeast winds Saturday night increase to up to 15 kt
late Sunday into Sunday evening. May see gusts up to 20 kt on the
waters east of Cape Ann. Seas remain below 5 ft.

Monday...moderate confidence.
Winds become S-SW ahead of an approaching cold front. Low risk of
gusts up to 20 kt on the southern near shore waters Monday
afternoon/evening. May see some showers/thunderstorms with brief
visibility restrictions into Monday evening as the cold front
pushes across. Southeast swells from ts Gaston may build to 5 ft on the
eastern outer waters Monday night.

Tuesday...moderate confidence.

Winds veer to north-northwest but remain light during the day, then shift back
to S-SW again Tuesday night ahead of another front. Swells up to 5
or 6 ft across the outer waters from distant ts Gaston.


Box watches/warnings/advisories...
Rhode Island...none.


near term...Belk
short term...Belk
long term...evt

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