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Area Forecast Discussion (AFD)

Issued by Caribou, ME (CAR)

FXUS61 KCAR 231740

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Caribou ME
140 PM EDT Sun Jun 23 2019

A surface trof and upper level disturbance will cross the 
region today. High pressure will build across the region 
tonight through Monday. A warm front will approach later 

Surface/upper level low pressure will remain near Labrador this
afternoon. A surface trof and upper level disturbance rotating 
around these lows will cross the region this afternoon. The
area will also remain on the edge of the cold pool aloft with 
the upper low, supporting relatively steep lapse rates. The 
steep lapse rates and surface trof/upper level disturbance, 
along with diurnal heating, will help support isolated to 
scattered showers with possible isolated thunderstorms this 
afternoon. The pressure gradient and diurnal mixing will also 
support northwest wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph. High temperatures 
will range from the mid 70s north, to the upper 70s to lower
80s Downeast. Have updated the forecast to adjust for current 
conditions along with afternoon temperatures, clouds and 
shower/thunderstorm chances.

Previous Discussion...
For tonight expect that showers and isold thunder wl diminish 
this evng as s/wv pushes thru and daytime htg is lost. Skies wl 
clear fm north to south with dry airmass mvg in overhead. With 
pressure gradient beginning to relax expect that temps wl dip 
into the 40s acrs the north and to nr 50F over Downeast.

Monday is expected to be a fine summer day. The area will remain
between an upper low east of Labrador with an associated trough 
that will extend south across the eastern Maritimes and an upper
ridge that is expected to stretch from the eastern Great Lakes 
north to eastern Hudson Bay. This will keep our FA in a dry 
northwest flow as a surface ridge builds across the area. There 
will be steep low level lapse rates below 800H, and there will 
be a bit of a breeze, but it will not be nearly as windy as the
weekend. Dew points will be in the very comfortable 30s and low
40s north with 40s along the coast. High temperatures will be 
seasonable with lows 70s in the north to the mid to upper 70s 
Down East. Did make some adjustments to raise the high
temperatures Monday afternoon. Monday night will be clear and 
comfortably cool as weak high pressure only slowly retreats to 
the south of the region. Most inland areas will drop into the 
40s, with a few upper 30s possible in the normally colder 
northwest valleys. Some adjustments were made to lower the lows
in the normally cooler locations. Tuesday should start sunny 
with clouds increasing from the southwest in the afternoon in 
advance of a warm front that may set up a shower toward evening 
across the central highlands. Highs will be mostly in the low to
mid 70s for most inland areas, but with the flow turning more 
onshore sea breezes will keep highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s 
for most areas along the coast.

An unsettled and more humid weather pattern expected during the long 
term.  High temperatures will not stray too far from seasonal 
averages, but a fair amount of cloud cover and a more humid air mass 
will keep the nighttime temperatures above average. The first dew 
points AOA 60F are possible across far northern Maine by 

On Tuesday night, the flow becomes more onshore and a warm front 
will work across the region.  There will likely be areas of stratus 
that develop along the coast that will lift north across at least 
parts of the FA Tue night.  A few showers will be likely with a 
possible rumble or two of thunder, especially in the evening across 
the southwest portion of the FA. The model soundings are not 
all that unstable, so confidence on any thunder is low and will 
not be included at this time. 

The area remains under the influence of A 500H trough to our 
northwest that may eventually drop into Maine by next weekend. 
The flow regime will allow a series of fronts and shortwaves to
traverse the FA mid-late week and into the start of the weekend.
This will lead to a pattern that will feature more clouds than 
sun most of the time along with occasional showers, and possibly
a thunderstorm, especially during the afternoon and early 
evening hours. Climatologically the chances of thunder are on 
the increase this time of year, but given the uncertainty and 
lack of much convection so far this year will hold off on any 
thunder until confidence increases.

NEAR TERM: Generally expect VFR conditions this afternoon 
through tonight. However, brief local MVFR conditions could 
occur with any showers or possible thunderstorms this afternoon
into the evening. Northwest winds will gust to 30 to 35 mph 
this afternoon. 

SHORT TERM: VFR expected Monday and Tuesday. Conditions will 
likely lower to IFR Tue night at the Down East terminals in 
low stratus. Less confidence if the lower ceilings make it 
north to the Aroostook County terminals, but this is something 
that will need to be watched. An unsettled weather pattern is 
expected Wed-Thu with IFR to MVFR at times, especially at night
into the morning hours, with MVFR to VFR most of the time 
during the afternoon and early evening hours.

NEAR TERM: Winds/seas will remain below small craft advisory
levels this afternoon through tonight. Scattered showers, with 
possibly an isolated thunderstorm, are expected across the 
waters this afternoon into the evening.

SHORT TERM: The wind and seas are expected to remain below small 
craft advisory levels through the middle of the week.  As a warmer 
and more humid air mass works over the colder waters fog may become 
an issue by Tue night or Wed morning.

ME...Beach Hazards Statement until 8 PM EDT this evening for MEZ029-



Near Term...Norcross/Farrar
Short Term...CB
Long Term...CB