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Area Forecast Discussion (AFD)

Issued by Albany, NY (ALY)

FXUS61 KALY 181952

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Albany NY
352 PM EDT Wed Jul 18 2018

High pressure will build across the region today through 
Friday, bringing fair weather with much less humid conditions. 
Unsettled conditions may return over the weekend as a frontal 
system slowly approaches from the west.


High pressure building toward the area will bring clear skies
tonight with temperatures much cooler than the past several 
nights. Dew points are down in the 40s north of the Mohawk 
Valley already as of late this afternoon, with 50s farther 
south. We are expecting overnight lows tonight to reach the 40s 
in many cooler locations along and especially north of I-90 
tonight with lower to mid 50s elsewhere. Patchy fog will develop
in many of the usual locations, mainly at lower elevations near
a water source.


High pressure will dominate the weather pattern into Saturday
with sunny warm days and clear cool nights. Temperatures will
recover to the lower 80s at lower elevations on Thursday then
into the mid 80s on Friday. Overnight lows will once again be
below normal Thursday night; the coldest locations across the 
north country will reach the 40s with 50s elsewhere. Once again
some patches of fog will develop early Friday morning in the

The pattern will begin to change on Saturday as an unseasonably
strong mid-to-upper level low pressure area moves east from the
midwest and turns the mid level flow into the south along the
east coast by Saturday afternoon. Low pressure developing off 
the mid- Atlantic coast will spread clouds across the area from 
the south with rain spreading north toward the area during the 
afternoon. At this point it appears that the best chance for 
rain will hold off until Saturday night. Models are in good 
agreement with this scenario and confidence is above normal for 
a day 3 to 4 forecast.


There is an increasing consensus that an upper low will develop in 
the OH Valley and Great Lakes while upper energy and moisture in the 
SE U.S. rotates around the eastern periphery of the cyclonic upper 
flow into the northeastern U.S.  This upper energy looks to be timed 
for Saturday night and Sunday with moisture and a boundary layer 
wind maximum tracking north from offshore the Mid Atlantic into New 
England and eastern NY. The upper energy, subtropical moisture and 
low level wind energy should support showers likely and scattered 
thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday. There could be some 
locally heavy rain but with the dry conditions in many places this 
summer, it should be a beneficial rain in most cases.  Flood 
potential will have to be watched though as we get closer based on 
the increasing tropical moisture over our region through the 
beginning and middle of next week.

Once the upper energy and low level forcing exit later Sunday, there 
is a general consensus that the upper low in the OH Valley slowly 
weakens, retrogrades west and south while upper ridging in the 
Atlantic builds north and west into our region. As upper heights 
rise over our region and weak zonal upper flow sets up, a 
southwest/northeast oriented zone of deep tropical moisture is 
expected to be relatively stationary over our region, leftover from 
the upper low and anchored on the northern periphery of the 
developing upper ridging in the eastern U.S.  So, with tropical 
moisture in place, diurnal scattered thunderstorms with locally 
heavy rain are possible each afternoon, Monday through Wednesday, 
with slowly decreasing coverage each night.

Highs Sunday in the 70s to around 80.  Highs Monday through 
Wednesday in the lower to mid 80s but upper 70s to around 80 higher 
terrain. Lows Sunday night, Monday night and Tuesday night in the 
humid and uncomfortable upper 60s to lower 70s but mid 60s higher 
terrain.  High temperatures cold be warmer Monday through Wednesday 
if there are breaks in the clouds each morning and early afternoon 
before the storm develop through the afternoon, which could be the 
case since boundary layer flow looks to be southwest and downslope 
in some areas.


VFR conditions through the period at KALB and KPOU. At KGFL and
KPSF have included an IFR period in BR around dawn Thursday.
This will be a close call as the air will be quite dry. 

Equipment note...at KPSF electrical work is ongoing on the
field. Power has been cut to ASOS. Therefore TAF is issued as


Thursday Night: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Friday: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Friday Night: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Saturday: No Operational Impact. NO SIG WX.
Saturday Night: Low Operational Impact. Slight Chance of SHRA.
Sunday: Moderate Operational Impact. Chance of SHRA...TSRA.
Sunday Night: Moderate Operational Impact. Chance of SHRA...TSRA.
Monday: Moderate Operational Impact. Chance of SHRA...TSRA.


High pressure will build across the region today through 
Friday, bringing fair weather with much less humid conditions. 
Unsettled conditions may return over the weekend as a frontal 
system slowly approaches from the west.

RH will fall to 30-40 percent this afternoon and again Thursday
afternoon, and recover to 80-100 percent late tonight, with
areas of dew formation possible.

Winds will be from the north to northwest at 10-20 mph today, 
then become light/variable tonight. Winds will be mainly from
the north to northwest at 5-10 mph Thursday.


Most of area received much needed rainfall, with some areas 
receiving heavy rains through Tuesday evening. This allowed for
some very minor river rises of generally less than 2 feet.

Dry weather is expected through at least Saturday.

A slow moving frontal system approaching from the west, along
with a very moist airmass in place, could lead to frequent 
showers and thunderstorms, some with locally heavy downpours for
Sunday through at least the middle of next week.

For details on specific area rivers and lakes, including observed 
and forecast river stages and lake elevations, please visit the 
Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service /AHPS/ graphs on our