NWS Technical Forecast Discussion

Observed at
Lowell, Massachusetts
07-11-2020 08:50 PM



Hour Change




Hour Change




Hour Change



5 mph from 180° (S)

Wind Gust

12 mph


29.640 inHg

3 Hour Trend

0.012 inHg

Today's Rain

0.01 in

Rain Rate

0.00 in/hr

Rain Last Hour

0.00 in

Monthly Rain

0.71 in

Yearly Rain

16.52 in

Wind Chill


Heat Index


Est. Cumulus Base

1622 feet

Today's Highs / Lows

Climate Normals

High: 84℉, Low: 60℉

High Temperature

Low Temperature

90.2°F at 01:56 PM

71.7°F at 04:09 AM

High Humidity

Low Humidity

96% at 12:22 AM

60% at 02:42 PM

High Dewpoint

Low Dewpoint

76.5°F at 12:07 PM

70.4°F at 01:02 AM

High Barometer

Low Barometer

29.833 inHg at 12:00 AM

29.622 inHg at 06:17 PM

High Wind Gust

22 mph from 175° at 07:45 AM

High Rain Rate

0.00 in/hr at 12:00 AM

Low Wind Chill

71.7°F at 04:09 AM

High Heat Index

101.9°F at 01:56 PM

Yesterday's Statistics

High Temperature

Low Temperature

87.4°F at 01:01 PM

70.5°F at 05:30 AM

High Humidity

Low Humidity

95% at 05:57 AM

63% at 12:47 PM

High Dewpoint

Low Dewpoint

74.2°F at 01:42 PM

68.7°F at 05:30 AM

High Barometer

Low Barometer

30.019 inHg at 07:18 AM

29.829 inHg at 11:55 PM

High Wind Gust

15 mph from 95° at 03:26 PM


0.02 in

High Rain Rate

0.09 in/hr at 09:34 PM

Low Wind Chill

70.5°F at 05:30 AM

High Heat Index

95.7°F at 01:44 PM

FXUS61 KBOX 112300

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
700 PM EDT Sat Jul 11 2020

An upper level disturbance tracks from western New York into
northern New England tonight into early Sunday. Scattered
thunderstorms are possible through early evening, and a few may
become locally strong with gusty winds and heavy rainfall. It will
still be quite warm and still fairly humid on Sunday, with another
chance for showers and embedded thunderstorms overnight into early
Monday morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms return on
Monday afternoon and Tuesday. High pressure then brings fair
weather for Wednesday and possibly Thursday. Scattered showers
and thunderstorms return on Friday and Saturday.



7 PM Update...

Upper level trough and associated surface cold front extend from
Syracuse NY through Ern PA to Wilmington DE. Showers and
scattered thunderstorms along and ahead of the front have been
moving south-to-north. A couple of such showers/storms developed
in Western CT and Western MA and moved north to Vermont.
Meanwhile, the southerly airflow drew low clouds and fog north
across CT/RI and SE MA.

The expanding cloud deck should cover most of Srn New England
early tonight. Model forecast data continues to show the south-
to-north upper flow becoming southwest-to-northeast later
tonight. This means partial clearing between midnight and 6 AM.
The turning flow could draw some of the leftover NY convection
across Northwest MA. But by that time the convection will be

Dew points will remain in the upper 60s and lower 70s, which
means min temperatures will be no lower than that and possibly a
degree or two higher. In this moist airmass, continue to expect
areas of fog, especially along the South Coast. This amounts
to no significant change from the late afternoon forecast.

But there will be one change to the forecast. The High Surf
Advisory that was in effect ended at 6 PM. Coastal conditions
for Sunday will remain similar, so a new Advisory has been
issued for 8 AM to 8 PM Sunday for much of the RI and MA South

Previous Discussion...

Southerly flow tonight may become slightly more onshore, and this
may draw a field of stratus back northward, reflected in most model
guidance RH forecasts. Bigger question is how far west will this
stratus later extend, with evolving drier SWly flow looking to help
serve as a western bound to the stratus layer. Winds do become more
SW late in the overnight into early Sunday morning so not thinking
the stratus will be with us any longer than the overnight hrs. Mild
and muggy lows in the mid 60s to lower 70s.


230 PM Update:


Shortwave trough will be moving into northern New England on Sunday.
A related fairly weak surface low will move through the St. Lawrence
Valley, with troughing extending down into northwestern MA and the
Berkshires. High pressure should maintain itself over southeastern
New England.

Sunday should be another very warm day and while dewpoints are lower
it will still feel quite muggy again. Once the sun comes out to
erode any residual stratus from overnight, looking at mostly sunny
conditions and it should also become fairly breezy for a typical mid-
July day. Gusts to 25 mph not out of the question with strong
heating allowing for mixing to occur. A few higher res models
simulate isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms near the weak
trough axis over northwest into north-central MA. Better large-scale
support for storms looks north of our area, instability looks to be
less than prior days due to slightly lower dewpoints, weak
lift/convergence and dry air in the mid-levels should keep most
storms fairly isolated if any develop at all. Wouldn`t necessarily
cancel any plans but certainly keep an eye to the sky if in towns
north and west of a Worcester to Springfield line. Highs will again
top out in the lower 90s in the interior, though slightly lower
dewpoints due to mixing and some downsloping should keep heat
indices from reaching Advisory levels.

Sunday Night:

Any thunderstorms which may have developed across western into north-
central MA should dissipate after sunset. A brief period of
shortwave ridging and dry weather then resumes for most of the
overnight. However late in the overnight into the pre-dawn hours,
500 mb heights again start to fall as the next shortwave trough
moves through east-central PA into southern NY. While low-levels are
stable, seasonably-strong 850-500 mb WSW flow advects in some modest
elevated instability into early Monday morning across northern CT,
northwest RI into western and central MA (Showalter indices -1 to -2
units, associated with 6-6.5 C/km 700-500 mb lapse rates). Though
timing remains a question - it could be more focused into Monday
morning as opposed to very late Sunday night - the potential exists
for early-morning thunderstorms in the Springfield-Hartford to
Worcester corridor. While it is the exception and not the rule, an
upper-end outcome could feature thunderstorms with small sub-severe
hail given MUCAPEs increasing to around 500-900 J/kg. Otherwise,
still a muggy evening ahead with lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.


Big Picture...

High pressure in control coast-to-coast across the Southern USA. One
trough moves across New England Monday and Tuesday, followed by a
weak ridge Wednesday.  Another shortwave trough based in Canada
moves across the Nrn Tier of the USA, crossing New England Thursday
or Friday.

Height contours at 500-mb, refecting the deep layer, are forecast
near normal Monday-Tuesday, trending above normal the remainder of
the week. Surface high pressure passing north of the region midweek
may generate a low-level easterly flow that would buffer the warming
trend, but the high pressure moves east and the surface flow returns
to a west-southwest direction late in the week.

Mass fields are similar through Thursday morning, then show
differences in handling the late week trough. Confidence is moderate-
high through Thursday, then lower confidence Friday-Saturday.

Daily details...


A leading shortwave trough sweeps across Srn New England Monday,
supporting a surface cold front that crosses the region late in the
day or evening. An associated 100-kt jet in the southwest upper flow
moves across New England with Srn New England under the right
entrance region of the jet, supporting lift. The airmass will be
unstable with LI of -3 to -5 and CAPE of 1000-1500 J/Kg. And 0-3 Km
Helicity will be around 100. Expect showers and scattered t-storms
with the front. PW values are forecast around 1.9 inches, so local
downpours are also expected.

The main trough axis sweeps overhead late Monday night and Tuesday,
cooling temps at 500 mb by 2-3C from Monday. CAPE of 500 J and LI of
minus 1 to minus 2 extend south into Eastern MA during Tuesday. This
may be enough to generate scattered showers/thunder Tuesday, with
most favorable conditions in Eastern MA. PW values diminish to 1.3
inches, so less favorable for downpours.


High pressure builds south from Quebec, and combined with a
shortwave upper ridge this should bring rain-free weather and lower
dew points. The surface high remains centered to our north, which
suggests an east flow over the region and cooler temperatures along
the eastern coast.


The next shortwave approaches from the Great Lakes, but timing
remains in question due to the variety of model timings.
Expect increasing instability with LI falling to near -5 by Saturday
and CAPE increasing to near 2000 J/Kg. PW values climb to 2 inches.
The question remains whether the convection reaches Srn New England
Friday, or waits until Saturday. When it arrives, expect scattered
showers and thunder, with local downpours.


Forecaster Confidence Levels...

Low - less than 30 percent.
Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.
High - greater than 60 percent.

Tonight: Moderate to high confidence.

Early isolated showers/t-storms over Western CT and Western MA
will diminish early tonight. Meanwhile, conditions will lower to
IFR/LIFR along the South Coast and Islands, and to either low-
end MVFR or IFR farther north. Should see improvement with
partial clearing toward morning. South winds around 10 kt.

Sunday: High confidence.

Any sub-VFR to become VFR by mid-morning. Isolated SHRA/TSRA N/W
of CEF-ORH-BED after 17z but confidence on development is not
high and may stay dry. Southwest winds pick up with gusts 20-25
kt by late-AM/early-PM.

Sunday Night: High confidence on trends, moderate on thunder

VFR through about 04z, then better chances for showers move in
after midnight and especially pre-dawn to early Monday AM. Could
see periods of thunder embedded at times, timing and coverage is
less clear. SW winds decrease to around 5-10 kt.

KBOS Terminal...High confidence in TAF.

KBDL Terminal...Moderate to high confidence in TAF. VCTS for
SCT TSRA threat after 20z.

Outlook /Monday through Thursday/...

Monday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Breezy. Chance
SHRA, slight chance TSRA.

Monday Night: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Slight
chance SHRA, isolated TSRA. Patchy BR.

Tuesday: Mainly VFR, with areas MVFR possible. Chance SHRA,
slight chance TSRA.

Tuesday Night: Mainly VFR, with local IFR possible. Patchy BR.

Wednesday: VFR.

Wednesday Night: Mainly VFR, with local IFR possible. Patchy BR.

Thursday: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Slight chance



Tonight through Sunday Night: High confidence.

Small craft advisories remain in effect for all waters due to
southerly winds 25-30 kt and/or seas over 5`. Winds should subside
early this evening across Boston Harbor and Narragansett Bay.
However SCA conditions then continue through Sunday afternoon, with
SW gusts in the 20-25 kt range and longer period 5-6` seas. Areas of
low clouds and fog again set in for most waters tonight.

The High Surf Advisory ended at 6 PM today. Given the continued
long-period southerly swell and the continued threat for rip
currents, a new High Surf Advisory has been issued for Sunday
from 8 AM to 8 PM for much of the RI and MA South Coast.

Outlook /Monday through Thursday/...

Monday through Monday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of
seas approaching 5 ft. Chance of rain showers, slight chance of

Tuesday: Winds less than 25 kt. Areas of seas approaching 5 ft.
Slight chance of rain showers, isolated thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching
5 ft.

Wednesday through Thursday: Winds less than 25 kt.


MA...High Surf Advisory from 8 AM to 8 PM EDT Sunday for MAZ020-023-
RI...High Surf Advisory from 8 AM to 8 PM EDT Sunday for RIZ006>008.
MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT Sunday for ANZ231>235-237-
     Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for ANZ236.


SHORT TERM...Loconto

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