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FXUS61 KBUF 231445
AFDBUF

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
1045 AM EDT WED APR 23 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL EXIT INTO NEW ENGLAND WITH
LINGERING RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS TAPERING OFF THIS AFTERNOON. THEN
HIGH PRESSURE DRIFT ACROSS THE LOWER LAKES TONIGHT WHICH WILL
BRING CLEAR SKIES BUT CHILLY OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES. TEMPERATURES
WILL WARM OVER THE COURSE OF THE WEEK...WITH THE NEXT CHANCE FOR
RAIN ON FRIDAY.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL SLIDE INTO NEW ENGLAND
TODAY...WHICH WILL BRING IN PROGRESSIVELY DRIER AIR FROM A
NORTHWEST FLOW. AS OF LATE MORNING...RADAR SHOWS SHOWERS LINGERING
SOUTH OF LAKE ONTARIO. PRECIPITATION TYPE IS TRICKY...WITH THE 12Z
BUFFALO SOUNDING AND IR SATELLITE SHOWING A BIT DEEPER MOISTURE
THAN FORECAST BUFKIT SOUNDINGS. THIS HAS RESULTED IN SNOW SNOW
MIXING INTO THE RAIN SHOWERS...WITH SOME VERY LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS
UP TO AN INCH OR SO ACROSS HIGHER TERRAIN. WITH WARMER
TEMPERATURES...THERE SHOULD BE NO ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION. SHOWERS
SHOULD END EARLY TO MID-AFTERNOON...EVENTUALLY GIVING WAY TO
CLEARING SKIES. SUSPECT MODEL GUIDANCE MAY BE A BIT OPTIMISTIC IN
HOW QUICKLY WE CLEAR GIVEN THE RELATIVELY COOL NW FLOW ACROSS THE
LAKES...BUT EVENTUALLY THE DRIER AIR SHOULD WIN OUT WITH SOME
SUNSHINE BEFORE SUNSET ACROSS THE REGION. WINDS WILL PICK UP WITH
THE SUN...WITH GUSTS TO ABOUT 30 MPH THIS AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT THE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS OVER NEW YORK STATE
WITH CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS. EXPECT GOOD RADIATIONAL COOLING
WITH FALLING DEWPOINTS HELPING TEMPERATURES TO DIP INTO THE MID
20S INLAND TO LOW 30S TOWARD THE LAKE SHORES OVERNIGHT.

&&

.SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/...
LOW AMPLITUDE RIDGING WILL SLIDE ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES THURSDAY. 
UPPER LEVEL NORTHWEST CONFLUENT FLOW...WITH GOOD SUBSIDENCE/DRYING AS
PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES LESS THAN QUARTER OF AN INCH...WILL 
SUPPORT A DAY OF ABUNDANT SUNSHINE. THE AIRMASS WILL MODERATE A 
BIT...BUT WITH THE SLOWLY DEPARTING 850 MB THERMAL TROUGH...850 MB 
TEMPERATURES WILL STILL REMAIN IN THE NEGATIVE SINGLE DIGITS. 
THEREFORE...DESPITE THE SUNSHINE HIGHS LIKELY ONLY REACHING THE MID 
50S IN MOST AREAS BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. A NORTHWEST GRADIENT 
ONSHORE FLOW WILL KEEP AREAS ALONG BOTH THE LAKE ONTARIO AND LAKE 
ERIE SHORELINE COOLER. 

INCREASING MID/HIGH CLOUDINESS EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT WITH 
DEVELOPING WARM AIR ADVECTION PATTERN AHEAD OF APPROACHING SURFACE 
LOW AND MID LEVEL TROUGH. STILL SOME MODEL DIFFERENCES ON HOW MUCH 
PRECIPITATION WILL BE REALIZED WITH THIS FIRST PUSH OF WARM AIR 
ADVECTION LATE THURSDAY NIGHT. INITIALLY DRY AMBIENT AIRMASS...BUT 
TOP DOWN MOISTENING DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS SHOULD RESULT IN 
SHOWERS DEVELOPING INTO THE WEST BY FRIDAY MORNING.

AN AREA OF SHOWERS IS EXPECTED TO GROW IN COVERAGE DURING THE FIRST 
HALF OF FRIDAY AS THE MID LEVEL TROUGH AND ASSOCIATED MOISTURE 
PLUME/850-700 MB THETA-E RIDGE AXIS MOVES THROUGH. MEAGER MID LEVEL 
LAPSE RATES/SLIGHTLY POSITIVE SHOWALTER INDEX SUPPORTS LEAVING OUT 
THE MENTION OF THUNDER. 

PRONOUNCED MID LEVEL DRY SLOT WITHIN WESTERLY FLOW DEVELOPS BY 
FRIDAY AFTERNOON...SETTING US UP FOR SNEAKY MILDER DAY WITH GOOD 
MIXING. HIGH TEMPERATURES COULD GET WELL INTO THE 60S...A FEW  70 
PLUS READINGS ARE CERTAINLY IN PLAY IF SKIES CAN OPEN UP QUICKLY 
ENOUGH...BUT THERE ARE SOME TIMING CONCERNS WITH THE APPROACH OF A 
SECONDARY COLD FRONT. 

AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH AND SECONDARY FRONT PUSH ACROSS THE EASTERN
GREAT LAKES ON FRIDAY NIGHT. THIS WILL HELP TO ENHANCE RAIN SHOWER 
ACTIVITY ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK...ESPECIALLY IN FAVORED 
UPSLOPE AREAS DOWNWIND OF THE LAKES.

&&

.LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/...
MEDIUM RANGE MODEL GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE WITH THE SYNOPTIC 
SCALE DETAILS FOR NEXT WEEKEND...WITH BOTH THE GFS AND ECMWF SHOWING 
FAIRLY WIDE SWINGS FROM RUN TO RUN. GIVEN THE MODEL DISAGREEMENT... 
THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION IS TO STAY FAIRLY CLOSE TO THE PREVIOUS 
FORECAST UNTIL BETTER MODEL CONSISTENCY IS SEEN.

LOOKING IN MORE DETAIL...THE GFS REMAINS MUCH FARTHER SOUTH WITH A 
STRONG MID LEVEL TROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY AS IT SWINGS 
THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES AND NEW ENGLAND. THE GFS IS ALSO MUCH 
STRONGER WITH A SURFACE REFLECTION. THE ECWMF IS FARTHER NORTH WITH 
THE MID LEVEL TROUGH AND MUCH WEAKER WITH THE SURFACE SYSTEM... 
ALTHOUGH IT WOULD STILL PRODUCE A FEW SHOWERS SATURDAY. THE GEFS 
ENSEMBLE MEMBERS SHOW A VARIETY OF SOLUTIONS RANGING FROM THE 
OPERATIONAL GFS AND OPERATIONAL ECMWF TO EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. IN 
SHORT...CONFIDENCE IS FAIRLY HIGH ON SOME SORT OF SYSTEM FOR 
SATURDAY BUT THE TRACK AND INTENSITY IS STILL VERY UNCERTAIN. WITH 
THIS IN MIND HAVE JUST KEPT POPS IN THE HIGH CHANCE RANGE. 
TEMPERATURES WILL BEGIN TO PULL BACK ON SATURDAY...WITH THE CORE OF 
THE COOL DOWN LIKELY TO ARRIVE SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY. BY THIS 
TIME THE NEW 12Z ECMWF HAS MADE A DRAMATIC CHANGE TO PREVIOUS 
FORECASTS AND BECOMES OUT OF PHASE WITH THE GFS AND MOST ENSEMBLE 
MEMBERS. THE NEW ECMWF BECOMES MUCH LESS AMPLIFIED WITH ITS 
NORTHEAST CONUS TROUGH...WHICH ALLOWS THE CENTRAL CONUS CUTOFF TO 
GET CLOSE ENOUGH TO PRODUCE SHOWERS SUNDAY AND MONDAY. GIVEN THE 
MAJOR CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS RUNS...WE WILL DISCARD THE 12Z ECMWF 
SOLUTION AND KEEP SUNDAY AND MONDAY MAINLY DRY. SUNDAY WILL LIKELY 
BE THE COOLEST DAY BEFORE SOME MODERATION EARLY NEXT WEEK ALTHOUGH 
TEMPERATURES WILL STILL REMAIN BELOW AVERAGE.

&&

.AVIATION /15Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK EAST ACROSS MAINE 
THIS MORNING WHILE AN ASSOCIATED SURFACE TROUGH/COLD FRONT PIVOTS
SOUTH ACROSS LAKE ONTARIO. RAIN SHOWERS MIXED WITH SNOW ACROSS
HIGHER TERRAIN WILL SWEEP ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEW
YORK THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. LOW CIGS SHOULD LIFT/SCATTER THIS
AFTERNOON AS A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS ACROSS THE REGION.
SKC WILL PREVAIL OVERNIGHT WITH SOME HIGH CLOUDS POSSIBLY MOVING
IN ACROSS FAR WESTERN NY LATE.

OUTLOOK...
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY...VFR. 
FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY...VFR/MVFR. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

&&

.MARINE...
LOW PRESSURE WILL DRIFT ACROSS MAINE THIS MORNING BEFORE MAKING ITS 
WAY ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA LATER TODAY WHILE HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE 
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY WILL SLOWLY MOVE EAST. THE RELATIVELY TIGHT SFC 
PRESSURE GRADIENT BETWEEN THE TWO SYSTEMS WILL PROMOTE MODERATE TO 
FRESH NORTHWESTERLIES...RESULTING IN SMALL CRAFT ADVISORIES FOR
LAKE ONTARIO INTO TONIGHT.

AS THE SFC HIGH DRIFTS ACROSS THE LOWER GREAT LAKES TONIGHT...WINDS 
WILL WEAKEN WITH ADVISORIES EXPIRING FROM WEST TO EAST. LIGHT WINDS AND 
NEGLIGIBLE WAVES WILL BE FOUND ON THE LOWER GREAT LAKES ON THURSDAY.

&&

.BUF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NY...NONE.
MARINE...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 11 AM EDT THURSDAY FOR LOZ043>045.
         SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY UNTIL 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR 
         LOZ042.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...SMITH
NEAR TERM...APFFEL/SMITH
SHORT TERM...TMA
LONG TERM...HITCHCOCK
AVIATION...APFFEL/SMITH
MARINE...APFFEL/RSH/SMITH





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