FXUS61 KPHI 191948
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Mount Holly NJ
348 PM EDT Sun May 19 2019
Low pressure will track across the Great Lakes and into Canada
tonight and Monday, pulling a cold front across our region Monday
afternoon and evening. High pressure then builds in for Tuesday into
Wednesday. A warm front arrives in our area late Thursday night and
Friday, followed by a cold front during Saturday which may then
stall to our south Sunday.
.NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM MONDAY MORNING/...
The mid level ridge that extended up the east coast today will
continue to move out to sea. A narrow band of low clouds drifted off
the ocean and over parts of southeastern Delaware and southeastern
Showers and thunderstorms began to develop from central Pennsylvania
down to West Virginia early this afternoon. The showers and
thunderstorms will continue to move northeastward and they are
expected to reach Berks County, the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos in
the 7 to 9 o'clock time from. Those counties are in Severe
Thunderstorm Watch 193. Wind gusts around or in excess of 60 MPH are
possible along with large hail. Locally heavy rain is anticipated
and there may be some flooding of roadways and areas of poor
The thunderstorms are expected to weaken with the loss of daytime
heating. While the thunderstorms should move into parts of
southeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey around 9 to 11
o'clock, they are not expected to be severe at that time.
With the precipitation's trajectory remaining northeastward, most of
the showers and remaining thunderstorms are expected to avoid the
coastal plain overnight.
After the showers and thunderstorms lift to the northeast of our
region, we are anticipating a partly cloudy sky for late tonight.
A south wind around 10 to 15 MPH this evening should diminish and
become southwest late tonight. Temperatures will remain quite mild
with lows in the 60s.
.SHORT TERM /6 AM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH 6 PM MONDAY/...
A cold front is forecast to approach from the northwest late on
Monday. The wind is expected to settle into the west southwest with
speeds increasing into the 10 to 20 MPH range with gusts of around
25 MPH. The gusty wind is anticipated to begin mixing somewhat drier
air down from aloft. Dew point readings should fall from the middle
and upper 60s in the morning to around 60 late in the afternoon at
Regardless of the subtle drop in low level moisture and the drying
aloft, there should be enough instability in the afternoon to
trigger the development of scattered showers and thunderstorms.
Mixed layer CAPE vales are forecast to increase around 600 to 1000
Another warm day is expected with highs mostly in the 80S.
.LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/...
Summary...Cooler with much lower humidity Tuesday into Wednesday,
then some warming. Some convective chances at times, however no
significant storm systems are anticipated.
Synoptic Overview...An upper-level trough in eastern Canada into the
Great Lakes swings across the Northeast Monday night, and even
strengthens some across the Northeast Tuesday before shifting east.
Another strong upper-level trough lifts across the Plains Tuesday
and Wednesday resulting in a building ridge nearing the East. The
ridge builds more Thursday into Friday, although short wave energy
topping it will keep more of a northwesterly flow aloft regime
across the Northeast. At the surface, a cold front shifts offshore
Monday evening with lowering dew points and cooler air. The pattern
looks to generally repeat from Thursday onward as a warm front
arrives followed by a cold front during Saturday.
For Monday night...An upper-level trough will slide across the
Northeast with the center of it into adjacent Canada. A cold front
is forecast to shift offshore early in the evening, ending any
showers and thunderstorms. A few thunderstorms could be on the
strong side early with gusty winds. Much drier and also cooler air
will start to advect into the area under a northwesterly breeze.
For Tuesday and Wednesday...As a robust trough exits the Northeast
late Tuesday, ridging builds from the Great Lakes region southward
ahead of a strong upper-level trough moving into the Central Plains.
This will allow surface high pressure to build into our area from
the northwest, with a cooler and much drier airmass in place. There
will be a breeze on Tuesday from the northwest given mixing within
some cold air advection. As the ridge builds eastward more
Wednesday, the surface high will shift eastward as well and tend to
move offshore Wednesday night. A warm front advancing northeastward
from the Ohio Valley will start to approach our area late Wednesday
night. As a result, the dew points should start to creep up some
Wednesday night however it is not expected to be all that humid.
For Thursday and Friday...A strong ridge centered across the
Southeastern U.S. will flex north and eastward some during this time
frame. The axis of this ridge may end up remaining to our west,
keeping our region more into a northwesterly flow regime aloft. As a
result, a warm front sitting to our southwest may take its time
advancing north of our entire area until late Friday. In addition, a
strong short wave diving southeastward may produce weak surface low
pressure near our area later Thursday night and Friday morning
before moving offshore. It is possible this feature could be
convectively enhanced, and the convective risk may be higher during
this time frame. Given uncertainty on the evolution of this, kept
PoPs on the lower side. Otherwise, dew points will gradually be on
the rise with it turning more humid especially during Friday.
For Saturday and Sunday...As an upper-level trough rounds the
northern side of the large ridge, surface low pressure tracks across
Canada however its cold front is forecast to move across our area
later Saturday. The tail end of this front may be weaker as it
encounters the northern side of the ridge, however building warmth
and humidity along with a belt of stronger flow may result in some
stronger convection with the front. The front may then stall to our
south Sunday given the strong ridge across the southern states.
.AVIATION /20Z SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/...
The following discussion is for KPHL, KPNE, KTTN, KABE, KRDG,
KILG, KMIV, KACY and surrounding areas.
Into tonight...Mainly VFR at KRDG and KABE with one exception. There
will be showers and thunderstorms in the 00Z to 04Z time frame. The
thunderstorms will result in IFR conditions and may bring strong
wind gusts, hail, heavy rain and frequent lightning. Mainly VFR at
KPHL, KILG, KMIV, KPNE and KTTN with only a chance of a shower or
thunderstorm in the 02Z to 06Z time frame. Low clouds off the ocean
into this evening at and around KACY, then mainly VFR overnight.
South wind 10 to 15 knots this evening, decreasing to 5 to 10 knots
then becoming southwest overnight. Low level wind shear is
anticipated at KPHL, KILG, KPNE, KTTN, KACY and KMIV between about
02Z and 08Z due to a southwesterly low level jet around 40 knots.
Monday...Mainly VFR. A chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the
afternoon. West southwest wind 10 to 15 knots with gusts around 25
Monday night...A few showers and thunderstorms during the early
evening may result in local but brief MVFR/IFR conditions, otherwise
VFR. West winds 10-15 knots, becoming northwest.
Tuesday and Wednesday...VFR. Northwest winds 10-15 knots with gusts
to 20 knots, diminishing some Tuesday night, then becoming light and
variable during Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday...Mostly VFR, however some showers and
thunderstorms are possible especially later Thursday into Friday.
Light and variable winds becoming west-southwest 5-10 knots
Thursday, then becoming northwest later Thursday night into
A south to southwest flow will continue over the coastal waters of
New Jersey and Delaware for tonight and Monday. With the warm air
riding over the cold water, winds are not forecast to mix
efficiently to the water's surface. It appears as though gusts will
not get much higher than 20 knots. As a result, we have cancelled
the Small Craft Advisory. Wave heights on our ocean waters are
expected to be 2 to 4 feet and waves on Delaware Bay should be 2
feet or less.
The warm humid air may also result in the development of some fog on
the waters. However, the timing and extent are a low confidence
forecast. We will continue to monitor for any fog development.
Monday night...The conditions are expected to be below Small Craft
Advisory criteria, with winds shifting from southwest to northwest
following the passage of a cold front.
Tuesday...Northwest winds gusting to around 20 knots, however the
conditions are expected to be below Small Craft Advisory criteria.
Wednesday through Friday...The conditions are anticipated to be
below Small Craft Advisory criteria.
The southerly flow will continue to result in a moderate risk for
the development of dangerous rip currents along the New Jersey coast
into tonight. There is a low risk at the Delaware Beaches. With a
similar weather pattern expected for Monday, the same risk
categories are anticipated.
The KDIX radar remains out of service as repairs continue
following a significant equipment failure. The latest estimate
on a return to service is sometime from Monday May 20th to
Wednesday May 22nd. Surrounding radars include KDOX, KOKX, KLWX,
KCCX, KBGM and TPHL.
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