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Buffalo, NY

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Sunrise 6:49AMSunset 7:47PM Saturday April 4, 2020 7:56 PM EDT (23:56 UTC) Moonrise 2:32PMMoonset 4:17AM Illumination 90% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 12 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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LEZ020 Upper Niagara River And Buffalo Harbor- 625 Am Edt Sat Apr 4 2020
Today..Light and variable winds. Areas of fog this morning. Areas of drizzle this morning.
Tonight..Southwest winds less than 10 knots. A chance of showers overnight.
Sunday..West winds 10 knots or less. A chance of showers in the morning.
Sunday night..West winds less than 10 knots. Partly cloudy.
Monday..Light and variable winds. Mostly cloudy.
Tuesday..Light and variable winds. A chance of showers Tuesday night.
Wednesday..Southwest winds 10 knots or less. A chance of showers. The water temperature off buffalo is 39 degrees.
LEZ020 Expires:202004041515;;552807 FZUS51 KBUF 041025 NSHBUF Nearshore Marine Forecast National Weather Service Buffalo NY 625 AM EDT Sat Apr 4 2020 For waters within five nautical miles of shore Waves are the significant wave height - the average of the highest 1/3 of the wave spectrum. Occasional wave height is the average of the highest 1/10 of the wave spectrum. LEZ020-041515-


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Buffalo, NY
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Area Discussion for - Buffalo, NY
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FXUS61 KBUF 042346 AFDBUF

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Buffalo NY 746 PM EDT Sat Apr 4 2020

SYNOPSIS. A weak cold front will cross the region late tonight and early Sunday with nothing more than a brief shower or two. High pressure will then build across the forecast area Sunday night and Monday.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH SUNDAY/. Surface high pressure and mid level ridging across the region will slowly sliding east early tonight, making way for a cold front and band of showers now across eastern Michigan. The cold front and associated band of showers will push into western New York late tonight. Expect that the coverage of showers will wane as they approach the region as the parent shortwave will shear northward with time and forcing will weaken. Therefore, probably looking at just a few stray showers reaching western New York before morning. Between the clouds and a light, but steady southwest flow ahead of the front, low temperatures tonight should remain in the upper 30s North Country to lower 40s elsewhere.

The cold front will continue to pass through the area Sunday morning with a few showers, primarily for areas east of the Genesee Valley, with better coverage expected east of Lake Ontario. High pressure will build into the region behind the front Sunday afternoon with any remaining showers ending as cloud gradually thin, with some limited sunshine possible late in the day.

SHORT TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT/. Heading into the area from the northwestern Great Lakes, surface high pressure will settle in over the eastern Great Lakes Sunday night and Monday, which will create a brief period of dry and quiet weather. Region wide temperatures will fall to at or above freezing with lows ranging in the 30s. Temperatures will then rise up into the mid and upper 50s, some near 60 in WNY. However, areas to the east of Lake Ontario will stay on the cooler side with highs in the upper 40s and low 50s as a cooler air mass will be above this area. 850mb model guidances are showing temperatures of -1 to -2 degrees Celsius.

The surface high will slowly exit east and southeast Monday night, allowing for a weak shortwave disturbance in the low levels to track southeast over the Great Lakes from the northwesterly flow aloft. At the surface, the best forcing to produce precipitation appears to occur along the warm frontal boundary, which will be located to our south in the Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania. However, can't rule out the slight chance for some rain showers in the far Western Souther Tier for overnight into Tuesday as this feature pushes east.

Aside from the chances for showers in the Western Southern Tier on Tuesday, moderate warm air advection will occur across the region as we will be under an predominately southwesterly flow regime. Highs on Tuesday will reach the upper 50s and low 60s across much of the region.

Another shortwave disturbance will produce a weak warm front and surface low that will track east across the Great Lakes on Tuesday night which will increase the chances for showers across the region as the feature passes.

LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/. The continual waves of disturbances look to die down as the upper level ridge will be pushed east by a trough over the Canadian Plains. The trough and its associated will start to dig east on Wednesday and will make its impact to our region on Thursday. Before this feature plays its toll, an abundance of warm air will be advected into the region as hinted by the +7/+8 degrees Celsius temperatures in the lower levels at 850mb, causing high temperatures on Wednesday to rise back up into the upper 50s and low 60s.

The aforementioned trough and associated surface low will continue its track east across Canada. As the low approaches, it will drag its sharp cold front through the region on Thursday. While there still remains some uncertainty regarding the timing and placement of this feature in the model guidances, it does appear that there will be a bit of a lull in precipitation late on Thursday. Temperatures will drop behind the front with the new inherited cold air mass over the region which will make it possible to have a few wet snowflakes in the higher terrain.

Heading into Friday, the cold temperatures will remain across the region. The surface low pressure system will be to our east allowing for wrap around moisture on the backside of the low to be in our region. This combined with the cyclonic flow will produce the next chances of showers across the region. Some showers may even be lake enhanced as low level temperatures are favorable, and with the colder air mass dominating the region accumulating snows are possible, especially in the higher terrain. Lake showers look to diminish throughout the day on Saturday.

AVIATION /00Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/. VFR conditions will be found throughout western and north central New York through at least the first half of tonight. A weak cold front will then cross our region late tonight and early Sunday. Increasing clouds ahead and along this front will gradually allow cigs to lower to MVFR levels.

As high pressure over the Upper Great Lakes approaches during the second half of Sunday . cigs will then improve to VFR levels.

Outlook .

Sunday night and Monday . VFR. Tuesday and Wednesday . Mainly VFR with a chance of showers. Thursday . VFR/MVFR with showers likely.

MARINE. High pressure nosing across the Lower Great Lakes from the northern reaches of Quebec will maintain a weak surface pressure gradient over the region this evening.

A weak cold front will cross the Lower Great Lakes late tonight and early Sunday. While winds will freshen a bit on Lake Erie in advance of the front tonight, and on Lake Ontario in its wake on Sunday, conditions will remain below small craft advisory criteria.

Light winds and negligible waves can then be anticipated Sunday night and Monday, as the next area of high pressure crosses the region.

BUF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. NY . None. MARINE . None.



SYNOPSIS . RSH NEAR TERM . TMA SHORT TERM . EAJ LONG TERM . EAJ AVIATION . RSH MARINE . RSH


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
BUFN6 - 9063020 - Buffalo, NY 9 mi57 min S 1.9 G 4.1 43°F 48°F1016.5 hPa (-0.0)32°F
PSTN6 - 9063028 - Sturgeon Point, NY 11 mi57 min 1016.1 hPa (-0.3)
45142 - Port Colborne 15 mi57 min WSW 5.8 G 7.8 41°F 39°F1016.7 hPa (-0.1)
NIAN6 - 9063012 - Niagara Intake, NY 16 mi63 min 53°F 1016.3 hPa
DBLN6 - Dunkirk, NY 29 mi57 min NW 8 G 8.9 44°F 1016.5 hPa (-0.7)
45139 - West Lake Ontario - Grimsby 38 mi117 min ESE 7.8 G 9.7 44°F 40°F1016 hPa (-1.0)
OLCN6 - Olcott Harbor, NY 38 mi57 min E 5.1 G 6 44°F 1017.6 hPa (-0.3)

Wind History for Buffalo, NY
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Buffalo, Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY18 mi63 minN 010.00 miA Few Clouds55°F42°F62%1016.2 hPa
Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls International Airport, NY19 mi64 minN 010.00 miFair52°F41°F66%1016.7 hPa

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