Forecast Discussion for BUF NWS Office
FXUS61 KBUF 181846

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
246 PM EDT Mon Jun 18 2018

A very warm and humid airmass is in place across the region today
and tonight. Showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon
into the evening with the potential for some thunderstorms to become
severe with damaging winds. Heavy rainfall is also expected with any
thunderstorms today and tonight. A cold front will push south across
the region late tonight. Somewhat cooler and notably less humid
conditions will follow in the wake of the front for mid week.


An upper level ridge persists across the southeast U.S. while the
eastern Great Lakes is on the northern periphery. A very warm and
humid airmass is in place across the forecast area where
temperatures have climbed into the 80s with dewpoints not too far

Convection has formed along the Lake Erie lake breeze this afternoon
and will continue to move ESE into N PA and central NY this
afternoon. More rigorous convection is moving into Western NY early
this afternoon ahead of a pre-frontal trough and will be the main
area of concern for the afternoon. The atmosphere is ripe for
thunderstorms with instability across Western and Central NY ranging
from 1500 J/Kg near the shoreline of both lakes to near 3000 J/Kg
across interior NYS. The wind field is greater to the north where
effective bulk shear of 40 kt exists across the North Country
to 25 kts across the NY/PA border. The stronger wind field,
closer to a cold front which stretches from northern MI to
southern Quebec Province, will sag southward today. Additional
thunderstorm activity is expected to move into the forecast area
behind the current line of convection this evening. These
ingredients coupled with a moist environment will result in the
potential for severe thunderstorms capable of damaging wind
gusts. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect through 8PM.

A hydro factor today/this evening...a classic synoptic set-up is in
place for heavy rain across the eastern Great Lakes tonight. As
mentioned above, a very moist airmass is in place with PWAT values
climbing to 2 inches and freezing levels over 15k feet, both well
above the 90th percentile for mid-June. Going top-down in the
atmosphere, zonal flow at 500 mb with dewpoint depressions less than
6 deg C as well as 30-35 kt 850mb moisture transport of very moist
air will increase rainfall efficiency today. Three things crucial
for heavy rain/flash flooding, are 70% RH in 1000-500mb layer,
check, 850-300mb steering flow 25kts or less, check and PWATS above
70th percentile, check. The airmass across the eastern Great Lakes
is ideal for heavy rain from thunderstorms. The one caveat, albeit
an important one is that the cold front will be progressive and move
southward tonight limiting the time for training storms to occur.
Rainfall rates of greater than 1 in/hr are expected with
thunderstorms and isolated flash flood warnings are possible. Due to
the recent dry stretch, no hydro watches were issued since rivers
soil is dry and rivers are very low.

The cold front will move through the eastern Great Lakes by midnight
and showers will move south of the NY/PA border. Dry air will move
into the region for Tuesday. Temperatures will drop back down into
seasonal conditions, mid 70s.


Tuesday night surface high pressure will remain draped across our
region...while a weak surface wave slowly drifts eastward across the
Ohio Valley. While this latter feature will spread increasing
amounts of mid and high clouds across western New York as the night
progresses...the night should otherwise remain largely dry with
only a very low chance of some sprinkles reaching the western
Southern Tier late. As for temperatures...these will range in the
much more comfortable 50s.

On Wednesday the aforementioned weak wave will pass by to our south
across Ohio and Pennsylvania...while possibly bringing some scattered
light showers to areas south of the New York State Thruway. Meanwhile
the remainder of the area will remain dry...with sky cover generally
ranging from mostly cloudy near the PA border to mostly sunny across
the North Country. Otherwise...high temperatures will range in the
mid to upper 70s.

Moving on into Wednesday the start of Wednesday evening
the weak wave of low pressure will be situated far enough to our
southeast to no longer have an impact on our weather. Following
its passage...another area of low pressure over Labrador will push
a dying weak cool front across the area during the course of the
night...however this feature will be starved for both moisture and
upper level support and should therefore come through dry...with
only a temporary limited increase in cloud cover and wind shift
marking its passage.

Behind this boundary...Canadian high pressure and a reinforcing shot
of marginally cooler and drier air will begin building into the region
later Wednesday night...before settling directly across our area during
the course of Thursday and Thursday night. This will provide our area
with dry and uneventful weather...along with continued comfortable
temperatures and humidity levels. Speaking more specifically...overnight
lows both Wednesday and Thursday nights will primarily range through
the 50s...while daytime highs on Thursday should be in the lower to
mid 70s.

Finally on Friday...the surface high will drift southeastward and
off the New England coastline...while a mid level trough and associated
surface low will slowly push northeastward from the mid-Mississippi
Valley. The developing warm air advection regime in between these two
systems should allow daytime highs to climb back to around the 80
degree mark in most places and will also allow for some increase in
mid and high cloud cover across far western New York...though at this
point expect the advancing low and its attendant warm front to remain
far enough to our southwest to allow for a continued mainly dry forecast.


Over the weekend the frontal system to our southwest will slowly
lumber its way northeastward across the Great Lakes Region and
eventually into New England. This system will provide our region
with a return to warmer/somewhat more humid and more unsettled
conditions for the Friday night through Sunday time frame...with
periodic opportunities for showers and thunderstorms expected.
Following its passage...high pressure and cooler/drier air will
then build into the region Sunday night and Monday...while bringing
about a return to drier and quieter weather to close out the


Showers and thunderstorms expected at all terminals across the
eastern Great Lakes this afternoon and evening. The very moist
airmass will lead to heavy rain resulting in reduced vsbys in any
showers and thunderstorms. Expected MVFR/IFR conditions in any
activity. A semi-organized line of thunderstorms over KIAG will sag
southward across KBUF and KROC this afternoon. The eastern edge will
also move across KART. The line will eventually move into KJHW
however activity will likely be disorganized.

Additional showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop behind
this line and ahead of a cold front that is near Lake Huron. VFR
conditions are expected outside of SHRA/TSRA today however cigs will
likely linger in MVFR range behind the cold front into Tuesday

VFR conditions expected Tuesday.

Tuesday through Friday...VFR.


...Widespread thunderstorm activity expected later today...

Southwest winds across the Lower Great Lakes will freshen ahead of
a cold front today...and this result in waves that will approach
small craft criteria on parts of Lake Erie. Otherwise...the somewhat
stronger winds and higher waves will make for choppier conditions
for recreational boaters. The larger concern today though will be
the increased threat for thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms will move across the lakes this afternoon and evening
as a cold front pushes south from Canada. These storms will generate
tropical downpours and could include wind gusts to 40 knots. Special
Marine Warnings have been issued will likely continue this afternoon
and evening.

In the wake of the cold front...winds will veer to the north and
northeast during the course of tonight. While wind speeds and
wave heights will be below small craft advisory criteria...the
relatively fast directional change could produce a short period of
choppy to rough conditions...generally between 03-6z.

Surface high pressure over the northern plains and Upper Great Lakes
will arch to the southeast across the Lower Great Lakes on Tuesday.
This fair weather feature will generally remain in place through at
least Wednesday we can fully anticipate another stretch
of relatively light winds and negligible waves.


NY...Heat Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for NYZ001>006-010-
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for LEZ040-




NWS BUF Office Area Forecast Discussion