Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:05AM||Sunset 9:03PM||Sunday July 5, 2020 4:16 AM EDT (08:16 UTC)||Moonrise 8:48PM||Moonset 5:19AM||Illumination 100%|
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Area Discussion for - Pittsburgh, PA  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
FXUS61 KPBZ 050417 AFDPBZ
Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 1217 AM EDT Sun Jul 5 2020
SYNOPSIS. Hot weather continues to roll on. Little change in the forecast through next week. Peak heat index values during the afternoon will be in the mid 90s, outside the mountains. Overnight lows do not offer much relief. Isolated storms are possible in the mountains, but most won't see a drop of rain the next seven days.
NEAR TERM /THROUGH TODAY/. A bit of upper level cloud cover will remain in WV and OH tonight but much of the area will remain clear. This will allow for some fog development, especially over western OH where some rain fell today. Increased dew points will help in fog development as well.
Heading into the day, the height center moves over the center of the forecast region allowing for subsidence to keep convection from developing. Thus, will have a dry day with the exception of the ridges in WV and MD. The NBM continues a several degrees high bias on maxT so will adjust as needed.
SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/. Any afternoon showers or storms will fizzle out around sunset owing to another warm evening.
Monday will feature isolated storms developing during the peak heating hours. 12Z NCEP suite illustrates a weak perturbation in the mid level flow crossing between 18-21Z. This should be enough to get storms going, the biggest question at this point is where? Yet another ripple in the flow could pass Monday night, but for now continued with a persistence forecast of diurnal pops mainly in the mountains and nearby lower elevations.
Thermodynamic instability will be present once we get into the upper 80s and reach the trigger temperature Monday. Despite MUCAPE around 1.5 kjkg^-1, weak wind in the column will promote slow movers and storms should rain themselves out before they get to strong.
LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/. Highlights . * No end for the heat wave * Warmest stretch since June-July 2012 * Peak heat index values in the mid 90s
H5 ridge continues to be the dominate player in the weather forecast next week. There are more weather players than past days that have made the forecast confidence a little less.
First the heat . H5 heights from several operational and respective ensembles hover around 588dm while H8 temps vary between 18C-21C. GFS remains cooler than the ECMWF and CMC which is why it continues to output values in the upper 80s all next week. The other two build a strong ridge over the Great Lakes by mid week and push H8 temps up to 21C. Consequently, guidance is spitting out lower to mid 90s outside of the mountains. As boundary layer moisture slowly increases through the week as afternoon dewpoints are in the mid and upper 60s, heat index values between 92-98F will be a daily occurrence. Still have enough confidence that we won't meet heat advisory criteria of 100-104F. The forecast has been lock step the past few days with these temperatures that gives higher confidence.
The biggest challenge continues to be what happens with the weak low that is forecast to track across the gulf coast states Thursday onward or up into the central Appalachians. GFS has pops above climo Tuesday - Friday as it predicts more of a northwest flow tracking pockets of energy overhead which triggers afternoon / evening storms. ECMWF does not and keeps us dry for the most of the extended. Either way, Wednesday appears the best chance /albeit just scattered/ to see measurable rainfall. Can not rule out storms especially with the elevated heat source in the mountains as PWATS climb near 1.7".
To put the dry spell in context, for most locations the last measurable rainfall occurred June 28th, so if it doesn't rain through day 7 /July 11th/. It will be just shy of the 14 day stretch that ended on September 28th 2017. We still have a LONG way to go before we get close to the record dry stretch of 26 set way back in 1874.
With warm overnight expected next week and values around 70F. We are forecasting record hi/mins at some of our shorter period of record sites of New Philadelphia and Wheeling. Overall the NBM continues to run 1-3F too hot given recent guidance performance, so will knock it down a few as the trend of late.
NHC is tracking an area of low pressure off the Carolina coast, at this point, it does not appear to affect our weather next week.
AVIATION /04Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/. High pressure and capping warmth aloft should maintain dry, mainly VFR weather through the TAF period with light wind and diurnal CU. The exceptions are expected to be FKL and ZZV. Valley fog is possible late tonight at FKL, and IFR fog should develop at ZZV tonight as they saw rain late this aftn, and dew points there remain high. The cap could erode late Sun aftn at LBE and MGW, though expect most of any aftn tstms to stay SE of those ports. Outlook. General VFR is expected, though local restrictions are possible in erly mrng vly fg, and isold-sct aftn tstms.
CLIMATE. With a string of 90 degree days expected to persist through most of next week. Using the 1981-2010 period which matches our climate normals, here are the average number of days at or above 90 degrees.
DuBois: 1.5 Morgantown: 12 Pittsburgh: 9.5 Wheeling: 3.1 Zanesville: 12.1
PBZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. MD . None. OH . None. PA . None. WV . None.
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|OWXO1 - Old Woman Creek, OH||97 mi||92 min||Calm||61°F||1015 hPa||60°F|
|HHLO1 - Huron Light, OH||99 mi||77 min||Calm G 2.9||71°F||1014.6 hPa (+0.0)|
Airport ReportsEDIT (on/off)  Help Click EDIT to display multiple airports. Follow links for more data.
|Newark, Newark Heath Airport, OH||13 mi||23 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||69°F||62°F||78%||1014.2 hPa|
|Zanesville, Zanesville Municipal Airport, OH||18 mi||24 min||N 0||9.00 mi||Fair||67°F||64°F||91%||1014.3 hPa|
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