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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
350 PM EDT SUN MAY 3 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
HIGH PRESSURE WILL SLIDE OFF THE MID ATLANTIC COAST
TONIGHT WHICH WILL SET UP A BREEZY AND WARM RETURN FLOW FOR MONDAY.
A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA LATE MONDAY THROUGH TUESDAY AND
BRING SHOWERS AND POSSIBLY A FEW THUNDERSTORMS. TEMPERATURES WILL
ONLY COOL FOR ONE DAY BEHIND THE COLD FRONT WITH PLENTY OF WARMTH
RETURNING FOR THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT WEEK.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH MONDAY/...
HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO INFLUENCE OUR WEATHER THROUGH
TONIGHT. RADAR SHOWS A FEW SHOWERS ACROSS CENTRAL NEW YORK...AND
WITH FAIRLY EXTENSIVE CUMULUS ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE
SOUTHERN TIER CAN SEE SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS THERE LATE THIS
AFTERNOON. ELSEWHERE IT IS MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH TEMPERATURES
IN THE 70S ACROSS AWAY FROM THE LAKES. THE LAKE BREEZE SHOULD
PROGRESS GRADUALLY A BIT FURTHER INLAND LATE THIS AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT...ANY DAYTIME CU WILL QUICKLY DISSIPATE LEAVING CLEAR SKIES.
EXPECT GOOD RADIATIONAL COOLING CONDITIONS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE
NIGHT...BUT A MODEST SOUTHERLY FLOW WILL DEVELOP FROM W-E LATE
TONIGHT AS THE SURFACE HIGH SLIDES OFF THE MID ATLANTIC COAST. LOWS
SHOULD RANGE FROM THE MID TO UPPER 40S ACROSS THE NORTH COUNTRY AND
INTERIOR VALLEYS...TO THE LOWER TO MID 50S ELSEWHERE.

MODEL GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO INDICATE THAT WEAK SHORTWAVE AND
ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE REGION FROM THE WEST ON
MONDAY. IN ADVANCE OF THIS...WINDS WILL PICK UP WITH A 925MB WINDS
FORECAST TO INCREASE TO AROUND 30 KTS. THIS SHOULD MIX DOWN SURFACE
GUSTS OF 25 TO 30 MPH WHICH SHOULD KEEP THE BOUNDARY LAYER WELL
MIXED AND DELAY THE START OF ANY SHOWERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FRONT.
SOME HIGH RESOLUTION GUIDANCE (NAM/RGEM) SHOWS SOME MODEST QPF
INLAND OF THE LAKE BREEZES MONDAY AFTERNOON...BUT GIVEN THE LIMITED
BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE EXPECT AREAL COVERAGE TO BE QUITE SPARSE.
BASED ON THIS...WILL ONLY CARRY A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH
MONDAY...WITH THE BETTER CHANCE FOR SHOWERS LATER ON.
FURTHERMORE...THE GUSTY SOUTHWEST FLOW WILL PROBABLY SUPPRESS CLOUDS
NORTHEAST OF THE LAKES AND PROVIDE A FAIR AMOUNT OF SUNSHINE UNTIL
CLOUDS WITH THE SHORTWAVE MOVE IN LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. THIS SHOULD
ALLOW FOR EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES IN MOST LOCATIONS ON MONDAY.
HIGHS SHOULD BE IN THE UPPER 70S TO LOWER 80S IN MOST AREAS...WITH
THE SOUTHWEST FLOW BRINGING THIS WARMTH RIGHT UP TO THE SOUTH SHORES
OF LAKE ONTARIO. NORTHEAST OF THE LAKES INCLUDING THE BUFFALO AND
WATERTOWN AREAS...THE FLOW OFF THE LAKE WILL RESULT IN COOLER
TEMPERATURES.

&&

.SHORT TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/...
A SURFACE COLD FRONT WILL SAG SLOWLY SOUTH THROUGH THE REGION DURING
MONDAY NIGHT. THE FRONT WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A FEW WEAK MID LEVEL
SHORTWAVES...ALTHOUGH THE STRONGER LARGE SCALE FORCING WILL REMAIN
WELL NORTH ACROSS QUEBEC. PRECIPITABLE WATER RISES TO AROUND 1.3
INCHES IN A NARROW CORRIDOR FOLLOWING THE FRONTAL ZONE. DESPITE THE
WEAK LARGE SCALE ASCENT...THE FRONT SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH LOW LEVEL
CONVERGENCE AND MOISTURE TO PRODUCE A HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF SHOWERS
OVERNIGHT. ENOUGH ELEVATED INSTABILITY WILL LINGER TO ALSO SUPPORT A
CHANCE OF A FEW WIDELY SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AS WELL. ANY
CONVECTION THAT DEVELOPS WILL BE WEAK GIVEN THE LIMITED INSTABILITY
AND MODEST SHEAR. EXPECT BASIN AVERAGE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF A TENTH
TO A QUARTER INCH...WITH A FEW CORRIDORS OF HIGHER AMOUNTS WITH ANY
EMBEDDED CONVECTION.

THE COLD FRONT WILL PUSH SOUTH OF THE AREA EARLY TUESDAY...THEN HANG
UP ACROSS THE UPPER OHIO VALLEY AND PA TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT.
THE CLOSER PROXIMITY OF THE STALLING FRONT WILL KEEP A CHANCE OF
SHOWERS GOING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TIER TUESDAY AND TUESDAY EVENING.
FARTHER NORTH...A BUBBLE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD INTO THE GREAT
LAKES AND SHOULD PROVIDE ENOUGH OF A LOW LEVEL DRY PUSH TO END THE
CHANCES OF RAIN FROM THE NYS THRUWAY NORTHWARD. PERIODS OF MID LEVEL
CLOUDS WILL CROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL NY TUESDAY AND TUESDAY NIGHT
TO THE NORTH OF THE STALLED FRONTAL ZONE...WITH MORE SUNSHINE ACROSS
THE NORTH COUNTRY WHERE STRONGER SUBSIDENCE AND DRYING WILL BE FOUND.

A COOLER AIRMASS WILL BUILD INTO THE REGION TUESDAY...ALTHOUGH THE
COOLING WILL NOT EVEN DROP TEMPERATURES BACK QUITE TO AVERAGE.
EXPECT HIGHS IN THE MID 60S IN MOST LOCATIONS...WITH UPPER 60S
ACROSS THE NORTH COUNTRY WITH MORE SUNSHINE...AND ACROSS CENTRAL NY
TO THE FINGER LAKES. A NORTHERLY FLOW WILL KEEP THE LAKESHORES MUCH
COOLER.

THE AXIS OF SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL CROSS THE REGION ON WEDNESDAY
WITH ABUNDANT SUNSHINE...DRY AIR AND LIGHT WINDS. TEMPERATURES WILL
CLIMB TO THE UPPER 60S TO LOWER 70S. THE CLEAR SKIES WILL LAST
THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND A LIGHT DOWNSLOPING WIND ACROSS NEW YORK
STATE WEST OF THE FINGER LAKES WILL HOLD OVERNIGHT LOWS TO THE LOWER
50S...WITH MIDDLE 40S ACROSS CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NY.

&&

.LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
MEDIUM RANGE GUIDANCE IS IN VERY GOOD AGREEMENT WITH RESPECT TO THE
LARGE SCALE PATTERN. THE MAIN STORY WILL BE THE ONGOING WARMTH...
WITH TEMPERATURES RETURNING TO MID SUMMER-LIKE VALUES TOWARDS THE
END OF THE WEEK.

HIGH PRESSURE ON THURSDAY WILL DRIFT ACROSS NEW ENGLAND AND KEEP OUR
AREA DRY. WARMER AIR WILL BEGIN TO PUSH BACK INTO THE REGION AS
SOUTHERLY RETURN FLOW BEGINS AROUND THE DEPARTING HIGH. EXPECT HIGH
TEMPS TO REACH THE MID TO UPPER 70S AWAY FROM THE LAKES.

AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE WILL BUILD INTO THE OHIO VALLEY AND EASTERN
GREAT LAKES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITH 850MB TEMPS SOARING INTO THE
+12C TO +14C RANGE. THIS WILL SUPPORT HIGHS IN THE LOWER 80S AWAY
FROM THE LAKES BOTH DAYS...WHICH WOULD BE THE NORMAL HIGH
TEMPERATURE AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER. POOR LAPSE RATES BENEATH THE
UPPER LEVEL RIDGE AND A LACK OF SYNOPTIC SCALE FORCING SHOULD KEEP
FRIDAY DRY...WITH SPURIOUS QPF ON BOTH THE GFS AND ECMWF HAVING THE
LOOK OF GRIDSCALE CONVECTIVE FEEDBACK. BY SATURDAY A WEAK COLD FRONT
WILL BEGIN TO SAG SOUTH THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES AND SOUTHERN ONTARIO
AND MAY PROVIDE ENOUGH CONVERGENCE TO SUPPORT A FEW SCATTERED
SHOWERS AND STORMS. GFS AND ECMWF HAVE MODERATE AGREEMENT THAT WILL
BE ON THE WARM SIDE OF THE THERMAL BOUNDARY AND THE THE FLAT RIDGE
ALOFT WILL HAVE ITS WESTERN FLANK IN THE MOIST FLOW OFF THE GULF OF
MEXICO. A WARM BUT WET WEEKEND IS EXPECTED.

LOOKING A LITTLE FARTHER AHEAD...THE VERY WARM TEMPERATURES WILL
LAST INTO EARLY THE FOLLOWING WEEK. RAIN AND THUNDERSTORM CHANCES
SHOULD INCREASE DURING THE 8-12 DAY RANGE AS A SERIES OF WEAK
SYSTEMS MOVE OUT OF THE UPPER MIDWEST AND THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES
STATES.

&&

.AVIATION /20Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
VFR FLIGHT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED THROUGH THE TAF PERIOD WITH LIGHT
WINDS AS HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS IN CONTROL. SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL
INCREASE ON MONDAY DUE TO BOTH THE GRADIENT FLOW AND LAKE BREEZE
ENHANCEMENT.

OUTLOOK...
MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY...VFR/MVFR. SHOWERS LIKELY WITH
A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...VFR.

&&

.MARINE...
HIGH PRESSURE WILL RIDGE FROM THE MID ATLANTIC STATES INTO THE
LOWER LAKES THIS AFTERNOON. SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE SOME ON
MONDAY AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT...ALTHOUGH THE COLD LAKE WATERS WILL
STABILIZE THE BOUNDARY LAYER OVER THE LAKES AND KEEP WINDS LIGHTER
IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT THAN OVER THE SURROUNDING LAND. AT THIS
TIME...IT APPEARS WINDS WILL FALL JUST SHY OF SMALL CRAFT CRITERIA.
WINDS WILL DIMINISH BEHIND THE FRONT...WITH QUIET CONDITIONS EXPECTED
MID-WEEK AS HIGH PRESSURE NOSES TOWARD THE WATERS.

&&

.FIRE WEATHER...
CONDITIONS WILL BE DRY TODAY WITH RH DOWN TO ABOUT 25 PERCENT
INLAND OF THE LAKE BREEZE...HOWEVER WINDS WILL BE RELATIVELY
LIGHT. THIS WILL CONTINUE TO DRY OUT WHAT ARE ALREADY FAIRLY DRY
FINE FUELS. THE REGION HAS NOT HAD SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL GREATER
THAN A QUARTER INCH FOR OVER A WEEK AND BOTH STATE AND FEDERAL
FORESTRY AGENCIES HAVE CONFIRMED THAT CONDITIONS ARE QUITE DRY
AND LARGELY PRE-GREEN UP.

WINDS WILL BE STRONGER ON MONDAY IN ADVANCE OF A COLD FRONT WHICH
IS APPROACHING THE REGION. WIND GUSTS OF 25 MPH TO 35 MPH ARE
LIKELY WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS NORTHEAST OF THE LAKES. HOWEVER
HUMIDITY IS THE KEY FACTOR. TYPICALLY MODEL GUIDANCE CAN BE TOO
MOIST WITH SURFACE DEW POINTS...SO THE FORECAST REFLECTS
SURFACE-925MB MIXED HUMIDITES FROM THE NAM/RGEM MODEL GUIDANCE.
EVEN WITH THESE LOWER DEW POINTS...HUMIDITIES ARE MARGINAL FOR RED
FLAG CRITERIA. HUMIDITY SHOULD REMAIN ABOVE 30 PERCENT IN THE LAKE
BREEZE WHERE THE LAKE SHOULD MODIFY THE AIR JUST AS IT DID TODAY.
THE GREATEST POTENTIAL FOR RED FLAG CRITERIA IS INLAND WHERE
HUMIDITY WILL BE DRIER AND TEMPERATURES WILL BE WARMER.
CONSIDERING BOTH OF THESE FACTORS WE HAVE ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER
WATCH FOR THE FINGER LAKES REGION AND IN THE LOWER GENESEE VALLEY.

&&

.BUF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NY...FIRE WEATHER WATCH FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY
     EVENING FOR NYZ003>005-013-014.
MARINE...NONE.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...APFFEL
NEAR TERM...APFFEL
SHORT TERM...HITCHCOCK/WCH
LONG TERM...HITCHCOCK/WCH
AVIATION...APFFEL
MARINE...APFFEL/WCH
FIRE WEATHER...APFFEL


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