FXUS61 KALY 171657
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
National Weather Service Albany NY
1257 PM EDT Wed Jul 17 2019
This afternoon, showers and thunderstorms will expand southward
from the Adirondacks and Mohawk Valley, as a cold front
approaches from the north. Some strong thunderstorms and locally
heavy rainfall will be possible. The front should settle south
of the region Thursday, bringing slightly cooler temperatures
and decreasing cloudiness and chances for showers. The front
will then return during Friday as a warm front, with oppressive
heat and humidity expected this upcoming weekend.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/...
As of 12:57 PM EDT...showers with areas of heavy rainfall
continue to expand south and eastward from the southern
Adirondacks and Mohawk Valley. Additional isolated cells now
developing in sunnier areas of eastern Catskills and Capital
District. Expect coverage to increase through out afternoon and
move further south as diurnal heating allows storms to utilize
convective energy. Latest SPC analysis shows 1500-3000j/kg of
cape across southern half of forecast area where conditions are
mostly sunny. Some rainfall reports already in upper Mohawk
Valley of 1-3 inches.
12z KALY sounding shows plenty of moisture in place, with PWAT
values around 2.05 inches and a deep low level warm layer, with
high FZL levels around 14.5 kft, promoting efficient rainfall
and warm rain processes.
Over the next few hours, most areas south of I-90 should remain
dry. However, as forcing from the north and west increases this
afternoon, showers and thunderstorms should begin to develop
and/or build south and east. In addition, shortwave currently
located across the eastern Ohio Valley will continue tracking
east today, and will provide increased forcing for southern
areas by late afternoon. So, showers/storms will become more
numerous later this afternoon for areas near and especially
south of the I-90 corridor. This same region will also
experience the best instability, as some small pockets of
clearing may develop, allowing for ML CAPES of 1000-1500 J/kg in
some areas. 0-6 km bulk shear will generally be 25-30 KT,
although mid level lapse rates appear weak, generally 5-5.5
C/km. SPC has placed southern areas within a slight risk for
severe thunderstorms, with isolated damaging wind gusts
possible. However, bigger threat continues to be the heavy rain
potential given PWATs around 2", and also some possibility for
brief backbuilding/training of cells across central and southern
areas, where WPC has maintained an area of slight risk for
excessive rainfall (mainly south of I-90 in NY/MA). Recent
dryness should mitigate overall flash flood potential, but can
not rule out isolated instances of flash flooding of poor
drainage/urban and low lying areas.
As for temperatures, will side closer to the warmer National
Blend of Models numerical output and EC MOS, which suggests
lower/mid 80s in most valley areas, except 85-90 across the mid
Hudson Valley, where some heat indices could briefly approach
the mid 90s. There is enough uncertainty in these areas as to
how long, and if, apparent temperatures (heat indices) reach the
mid 90s, therefore no heat advisories at this time. For the
remainder of the area, mainly mid 70s to lower 80s are
.SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
Tonight, the main shortwave will be approaching southern areas
overnight, while a cold front slowly settles southward. Best
forcing looks to be across southern areas, where widespread
showers and embedded thunderstorms should be ongoing through
midnight, before decreasing in coverage from west to east. The
threat for heavy rain will continue in these areas through
midnight, and additional isolated instances of damaging winds
within any more robust convection will remain possible during
this time as well. Farther north, isolated/scattered showers
and thunderstorms may be ongoing closer to the actual cold front
across the southern Adirondacks, upper Hudson Valley and
southern VT this evening, before decreasing in coverage toward
or after midnight as the front reaches the I-90 corridor.
Otherwise, warm and humid with areas of fog possible, with lows
mainly in the 60s to lower 70s.
Thursday, the front should continue settling south of the
region, as a moist but cooler air mass overspreads the region
from the northeast and east. Enough moisture may linger for some
spotty showers or drizzle across the region, with plenty of low
clouds persisting. Highs may reach 75-80 in valley areas,
perhaps warmer across the western Mohawk Valley and SW
Adirondacks where breaks of sun could develop, while eastern
areas may hold only in the lower 70s.
Thursday night-Friday night, low clouds and some spotty drizzle
could linger in some areas through Friday morning. Otherwise,
the frontal system should begin retreating north and east during
Friday. It remains uncertain how much mixing and heating occurs
in the wake of the warm front Friday afternoon, especially for
areas east of the Hudson River and across the upper Hudson
Valley. For now, have indicated lower 90s within valley areas,
with 80s elsewhere, although there is some possibility for even
higher temperatures should the warm front pass through more
quickly. Combined with dewpoints in the upper 60s to lower 70s,
heat indices could reach the upper 90s to lower 100s for many
valley areas, so heat advisories will likely be needed, at least
for valley areas. Although mid level capping may prevent much
convection from occurring Friday afternoon, can not rule out
isolated/scattered late day thunderstorms across the southern
Adirondacks where elevated terrain sources may yield enough
lifting mechanism to trigger convection. There may be a better
chance for convection late Friday night, especially across
northern areas, as upstream convection from the Great Lakes
region could spill into these areas toward daybreak Saturday.
This will have to be watched very closely, as there should be
considerable elevated instability lingering through the night
along with steepening mid level lapse rates with an approaching
Elevated Mixed Layer (EML). Lows Friday night may be hard
pressed to fall below 75 in many valley areas, with upper
60s/lower 70s across higher terrain.
.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
Heat headlines will likely be necessary Saturday and possibly Sunday
as well. There is an increasing consensus from sources of
guidance/ensembles for upper troughing to build south out of SE
Canada and a cold front to cool off our region some time between
Sunday evening and Monday afternoon. The timing is uncertain but
strong thunderstorms are likely ahead of the cold front as there are
indications of considerable instability due to the heat ahead of the
front. There may be some steep midlevel lapse rates enhancing
instability as well and quite a sharp thermal and moisture boundary
for good low level forcing.
Highs Saturday solidly in the 90s with heat indices over 100 in some
areas. Highs in the 80s in higher terrain Saturday. Highs Sunday a
few degrees cooler than Saturday but still upper 80s to lower 90s
many areas with some mid 90s southern areas and 80s higher
elevations. Heat indices in the Hudson Valley from around the
Capital Region to mid Hudson Valley and NW CT could be in the mid to
upper 90s Sunday.
Including some isolated to scattered thunderstorms in the southern
Adirondacks and areas bordering the eastern Catskills in case there
is some terrain induced scattered activity within our unstable and
humid airmass. Better coverage of scattered thunderstorms Sunday
afternoon through Monday afternoon, depending on the timing of the
cold front. Then cooler and drier air Tuesday.
Highs Monday in the 80s but some 70s in higher elevations. Highs
Tuesday in the upper 70s to lower 80s but a few mid 80s southern
areas and lower to mid 70s higher terrain.
.AVIATION /18Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/...
Area of showers affecting KALB and KGFL through about 15Z-16Z. More
isolated to scattered showers tracking toward KPSF and KPOU and will
affect those areas through midday. Showers should be light enough so
that VFR conditions are expected, although cannot totally rule
out a very brief period of MVFR.
Intervals of showers expected through the afternoon with intervals
of MVFR ceilings and visibilities. Then with some instability in the
afternoon, there are chances for thunderstorms. Including PROB30 for
all TAF sites between 21Z-00Z. The timing of any thunder will
be adjusted once thunderstorms develop later today.
Coverage of showers and thunderstorms will decrease through the
evening and diminish to just showers. Including just VCSH at all TAF
sites during the evening with mainly VFR ceilings and visibilities.
Lingering low level moisture and clouds will result in ceilings and
visibilities to lower to MVFR by 06Z and continue through daybreak
Winds will be light south at less than 10 Kt through this afternoon,
then just variable at less than 6 Kt this evening and near calm
Thursday Night: Low Operational Impact. Isolated SHRA.
Friday: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Friday Night: Low Operational Impact. Isolated SHRA...TSRA.
Saturday: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Saturday Night: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Sunday: Moderate Operational Impact. Scattered SHRA...TSRA.
Showers and thunderstorms will become widespread this afternoon
and evening, as a frontal system approaches from the north, and
remnant moisture from Barry tracks across the area. Given the
tropical nature of the moisture, heavy rainfall in showers and
thunderstorms is likely as the precipitation shield slides south
through today and tonight. The front should settle south of the
region Thursday, bringing slightly cooler temperatures, before
surging back northward Friday, setting the stage for heat and
humidity into the upcoming weekend.
RH will drop to 50-70 percent this afternoon, then climb to dropping
to 90-100 percent tonight. RH should only fall to 65-75 percent
Winds will be south to southwest at 5-15 mph today, shifting
into the north to northeast at similar speeds tonight into
Increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms will occur across
the area today into tonight. This will be mainly due to the
remnants of Barry lifting through the region, along with a cold
front approaching from the north. Showers could contain
localized heavy rainfall.
However, a mitigating factor for heavy rain is that most of the
region has been drier than normal during the past 30 days. WPC
continues areas south of the I-90 corridor in NY and western
New England within a slight risk for excessive rainfall, with
the remainder of eastern New York/western New England in a
marginal risk due to anomalous high PWATs and some potential for
training of deeper convective cells. Any flooding concerns
through this period would likely be localized in urban/poor
drainage and low lying areas.
Please visit our Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service /AHPS/ web
page for specific area rivers and lakes observations and
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