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Grandyle Village, NY

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Sunrise 6:42AMSunset 7:51PM Wednesday April 8, 2020 8:14 AM EDT (12:14 UTC) Moonrise 7:46PMMoonset 6:25AM Illumination 100% Phase: Full Moon; Moon at 15 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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LEZ020 Upper Niagara River And Buffalo Harbor- 702 Pm Edt Tue Apr 7 2020
Tonight..Light and variable winds. Showers likely early, then a chance of showers from late evening on. Areas of fog after midnight.
Wednesday..Light and variable winds becoming west 5 to 10 knots. Areas of fog in the morning. A chance of showers in the morning.
Wednesday night..Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south. Showers overnight.
Thursday..Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west. Rain showers.
Thursday night..West winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots. A chance of rain and snow showers.
Friday..West winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to around 10 knots. A chance of rain and snow showers during the day.
Saturday..West winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south. Partly cloudy.
Sunday..South winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. A chance of rain showers during the day, then rain showers likely Sunday night. The water temperature off buffalo is 41 degrees.
LEZ020 Expires:202004080315;;733923 FZUS51 KBUF 072302 NSHBUF Nearshore Marine Forecast National Weather Service Buffalo NY 702 PM EDT Tue Apr 7 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. LEZ020-080315-


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Grandyle Village CDP, NY
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Area Discussion for - Buffalo, NY
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FXUS61 KBUF 081055 AFDBUF

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Buffalo NY 655 AM EDT Wed Apr 8 2020

SYNOPSIS. As low pressure system departs will just see patchy drizzle and fog this morning, mainly over western NY. Another round of showers returns overnight tonight into Thursday morning as a strong cold front plows through the region Thursday morning. This front will usher in a stretch of very chilly weather with snow showers for the end of the week.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/. Low pressure, warm front and a convective shortwave that drove the widespread thunderstorms that grazed our SW forecast area late last evening have exited the region. Weak flow behind the low is becoming northeast off Lake Ontario and northwest off Lake Erie. Thus far main fog and drizzle is occurring over higher terrain of western NY, so tweaked grids to reflect this better. Outside of a few early showers over Lewis county, North Country should stay generally dry rest of today. Clouds give way to some breaks of sunshine this afternoon which will allow temps to reach the 50s, though will be cooler in the 40s along the immediate shorelines of both Erie and Ontario as winds remain onshore.

Early this evening will be quiet as we await strong deep upper level trough and associated deepening sfc low and sharp cold front. This front and another smaller wave of low pressure lifting along it will force widespread showers after midnight through the rest of the night. At this point, looking at just showers and no thunder as area of higher elevated instability remains south of our forecast area. Winds ahead of front tonight don't look too strong, but expect gusts toward 40 mph to develop late tonight over western portions of the Niagara Frontier. Temps tonight will follow non-diurnal trend, but will be in the 40s most of the night at most locations.

SHORT TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/. A strong cold front will plow across our forecast area early Thursday morning . as a large deepening cyclone east of Georgian Bay make its way across the St Lawrence valley to the coast of Maine. This will be a rather complex storm system . as a very robust shortwave rounding the base of an already closed off mid level low will actually lead to a Miller B cyclogenetic event that will generate a powerful coastal storm for the maritimes. Strong cold advection in the wake of the transitioning system will be accompanied by a 40-45kt low level jet that . while probably not significant enough to warrant high wind warnings . could easily support strong enough winds to break some tree branches or produce other minor property damage. This will especially be the case across elevated terrain and for sites southeast of Lk Ontario where winds could gust to 50 mph. Mechanical mixing of the stronger winds from aloft to the sfc will be supported by both the aforementioned cold advection . and from partial clearing brought about by an influx of notably drier air in the mid levels. Will point out the strong winds in the HWO product . as wind advisories for at least part of the region will likely be needed in a later forecast package.

Other than the potentially problematic winds . widespread rain showers that will be concentrated in the vcnty of the passing early morning cold front will quickly taper off from west to east as the sfc boundary exits across the Adirondacks to New England. While the bulk of the midday and early afternoon should be pcpn free . the next slug of moisture is forecast to circulate back across Lake Erie as Thursday afternoon progresses. Another shortwave associated with this next round of moisture is expected to prompt another round of showers over the western counties where some wet snow will almost certainly mix in across the higher terrain. All of this will take place with temperatures that will gradually drop off during the afternoon . with much of the Srn Tier falling back into the 30s after experiencing morning highs in the mid 40s.

It will remain windy and unsettled across the region Thursday night . as a tight sfc pressure gradient and persistent 40-45kt low level jet within a cyclonic flow will be found over the Lower Great Lakes. Wind gusts of 40 mph or better will be common over the western counties (in vcnty of aforementioned LL Jet). The strong gusty conditions will be accompanied by some mixed rain and snow showers that will change to mainly just snow showers during the course of the night. While H85 temps of -6 to -8c will not support true lake induced convection . there will be some lake enhancement of the snow showers that will support some minor accumulations. Snowfall of an inch or two will be possible across the Southern Tier and east of Lake Ontario . again mainly across the elevated terrain.

Friday will then promise to be the chilliest day of the past three weeks . as a stacked low centered just east of Maine will sustain a deep cyclonic flow over the Lower Great Lakes A moist. lake enhanced flow of -6 to -8c H85 air will keep fairly widespread rain and wet snow showers in place during the morning . then as a subtle shortwave ridge passes through and mid level moisture gets stripped away during the afternoon . the shower activity will taper off in areal coverage and general intensity. Max temperatures will be within a degree or so of 40 across the lake plains . and will not exit the mid 30s across the Srn Tier. These readings will be roughly 15 degrees below normal . and will be more typical of the first half of March Not to belabor the point. but the wind gusts that will STILL exceed 35 mph at times will exacerbate the chilly conditions with wind chills in the 20s and low 30s.

One last shortwave will pass over the region Friday night. This will help to support some more scattered rain and snow showers . with residual lake enhancement placing the most widespread snow shower activity southeast of Lake Ontario.

A flat mid level ridge will start to build across the Lower Great Lakes on Saturday. The ensuing warm advection will start to take the chill off the Canadian airmass . so that with the help of at least partial sunshine . temperatures will climb back into the mid 40s for most areas. These mercury readings will still be some 10 degrees below normal . but with noticeably lower winds and more sunshine . it should feel appreciably better.

LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/. Deteriorating conditions can be expected as we open this period . as a large and somewhat disorganized storm system will take aim on our region from the Lower Mississippi Valley. The developing southern stream cyclone will force a burgeoning mid level ridge to make its way across the Lower Great Lakes with the door being opened for GOMEX moisture to pour northwards. While the first half of the day should be rain free over our region . there will be at least the chance for some light rain during the afternoon. This will especially be the case over the Southern Tier. The silver lining to this scenario is that our stretch of chilly weather will come to an abrupt halt . as the mercury will soar to between 55 and 60 across the western counties As one would expect in this situation. it will be cooler across the North country with highs only in the low to mid 50s.

It will then become quite unsettled over the region Sunday night and Monday . as a deep sub 990mb low will advance from the Ohio Valley to southern Ontario. This is the climatologically favored track and one that is supported by the more trusted ECMWF Initially. this scenario would generate a soaking rain over the region Sunday night and Monday morning. The forcing for what could be a significant rainfall would be supplied by a 50-60 kt low level jet impinging upon an associated warm frontal boundary. As the deep sfc low passes to our west Monday afternoon . a strong cold frontal passage would then usher in a period of strong winds that would persist through Monday night.

Tuesday would then be characterized by gusty winds and much chillier conditions . as a deep cyclonic flow would once again set up across the region. This would be accompanied by some mixed rain and wet snow showers.

AVIATION /12Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/. MVFR conditions have lowered to IFR mainly over western NY. For most part this should stay just stratus, but have seen intervals of dense fog (VLIFR conditions) develop at JHW.

Conditions improve for all sites late this morning through this afternoon as clouds lift and scatter out some with most sites improving to VFR by late afternoon. Another period of mainly MVFR conditions (lowering to LIFR at KJHW) is expected to develop after midnight tonight as a strong cold front and widespread showers sweep across western NY.

Outlook .

Thursday . VFR/MVFR with showers likely. Westerly winds gusting to 35 knots. Friday . VFR/MVFR with rain/snow showers likely. Saturday and Sunday . Mainly VFR.

MARINE. While generally light winds will remain in place on Lake Ontario today . southwest winds will freshen on Lake Erie. The latter could lead to some choppy conditions during the afternoon and evening . but small craft advisories should not be needed.

Conditions will remain below small craft advisory criteria tonight . but in the wake of a strong cold frontal passage Thursday morning . winds will quickly strengthen. The strong westerly winds will require high end small craft advisories that will be in effect through at least Friday evening In fact. winds will approach gale force intensity on Lake Ontario.

Winds and waves will then notably subside late Friday night and Saturday . as high pressure will work its way across the Lower Great Lakes.

TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING. Westerly winds increasing to 30 knots with higher gusts across Lake Ontario late Thursday into Friday will result in significant wave action developing on the east end of Lake Ontario. The wave action combined with high water levels could result in lakeshore flooding along the immediate Lake Ontario shore Thursday night into Friday. A lakeshore flood watch has been issued for Jefferson through Wayne counties.

BUF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. NY . Lakeshore Flood Watch from late Thursday night through Friday afternoon for NYZ004>007. MARINE . None.



SYNOPSIS . JLA NEAR TERM . JLA SHORT TERM . RSH LONG TERM . RSH AVIATION . Apffel/JLA MARINE . RSH TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING . JLA


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
BUFN6 - 9063020 - Buffalo, NY 10 mi57 min SW 7 G 7 42°F 47°F1003.4 hPa34°F
PSTN6 - 9063028 - Sturgeon Point, NY 12 mi63 min 42°F 1002.8 hPa
45142 - Port Colborne 14 mi75 min WSW 5.8 G 5.8 40°F 39°F1003.4 hPa (+1.2)
NIAN6 - 9063012 - Niagara Intake, NY 15 mi63 min 42°F 1003.3 hPa
DBLN6 - Dunkirk, NY 29 mi75 min S 5.1 G 6 44°F 1003.2 hPa (+0.9)
45139 - West Lake Ontario - Grimsby 36 mi75 min SW 1.9 G 1.9 41°F 40°F1 ft1003.4 hPa (+0.8)
OLCN6 - Olcott Harbor, NY 38 mi75 min ENE 5.1 G 7 41°F 1003.7 hPa (+1.0)

Wind History for Buffalo, NY
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Buffalo, Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY19 mi21 minW 39.00 miOvercast45°F41°F86%1003.5 hPa
Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls International Airport, NY19 mi22 minN 06.00 miFog/Mist41°F39°F96%1003.8 hPa

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