FXUS61 KBGM 140604

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
204 AM EDT Tue Aug 14 2018

Low pressure will move northeast over the region today with
rounds of heavy showers leading to some flash flooding. A weak
frontal boundary will be north of the region through the middle
of the week which will be followed by a cold frontal passage on


908 PM update...
The latest guidance suggests a band of moderate rain will set up
from the Finger Lakes down through portions of the Central
Southern Tier, producing an additional 0.50 inches to an inch of
rain between 6z and 12z.

Hopefully, northern sections of the affected area will absorb
the rain without issue. However, portions of Chemung County
already received flash flooding earlier this afternoon and will
be especially prone to additional flooding issues should heavy
rains affect the region.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for much of the forecast

4 PM update... Tonight: An upper level low pressure system is
located over the Ohio Valley with a surface low off the Mid-
Atlantic coastline. Moisture will continue to stream in from the
Atlantic northward into our region tonight. At this time we
have severe flooding ongoing in the Elmira area along with
Bradford county PA. Mesoscale modeling and the 12Z NAM suggest
several other areas of very heavy rainfall setting up later
today in addition to the ongoing heavy rain. The first is over
northeast PA later this afternoon into the evening with new
development of slow moving showers and a few storms. This
activity is expected to pivot northwest into the Finger Lakes
tonight and southward toward Elmira and Bradford county PA
overnight. A flash flood watch remains in effect through the
night. Quick rises on streams and creeks are occurring and minor
river flooding can not be ruled out in a couple of spots on
Tuesday. 1-3 inches of total rainfall from this afternoon
through Tuesday is expected across the region with the highest
totals in NE PA and the Southern Tier of NY. Lows tonight will
stay warm in the 60`s due to clouds and rain. Winds will be
fairly light, under 10 mph.

Tuesday and Tuesday night:

The upper level low will lift northeast through our region with more
showers and a few thunderstorms. The heaviest showers and storms
look to be centered from the Finger Lakes southeast into north
central PA in the morning then the coverage will start to decrease
along with the intensity of the showers later in the day.
Clouds and rain will keep highs down in the 70`s again for most
of the region. Winds will be fairly light, under 10 mph. Lows
Tuesday night will fall back into the 60`s.


A brief lull in shower activity is forecast early-Wednesday as
the main upper low lifts northeastward. By afternoon, a weak
wave moving out of the Great Lakes will bring the chance for
showers and thunderstorms to our forecast area.

A storm moving up the Ohio Valley will spread additional
thunderstorms into NY and PA through late-Thursday.


A cyclone moving along the NY/Ontario border will cause
additional showers and thunderstorms over our forecast area
through late-Friday. The storm will move slowly into
northeastern New England by Saturday, with the attendant cold
front extending through Western MA. The proximity of the front
suggests a slight chance for a shower across our forecast area
on Saturday, though most areas will be dry with partly sunny

A lack of surface features are expected over NY and PA Sunday.
However, we will remain beneath a low amplitude trough. An
isolated shower cannot be ruled out.

Dry conditions are expected Monday when a short wave ridge
builds aloft.


140 am update...

Areas of moderate rain showers, and possibly even thunderstorms
still, will lead to highly variable ceilings and visibilities
early this morning. General trend will be for conditions to fall
to fuel alternate MVFR and IFR conditions by 10z. Conditions
lift slowly 14z to 00z. Medium to low confidence. More rain and
lower vsbys in NY compared to AVP due to more showers this
morning. Heavier downpours will generate visibilities between
1SM and 5SM and ceilings between 300 and 1500 feet. Showers will
become scattered in the afternoon then isolated tonight.

Winds will be light through the next 24 hours. This afternoon
predominant direction northwest at 4 to 8 kts.


Tonight...Ceilings lifting to VFR, perhaps a few lingering

Wednesday through Thursday...Primarily VFR although brief
restrictions possible in isolated convection.

Friday...Restrictions possible due to showers and thunderstorms.

Saturday...Primarily VFR.


PA...Flash Flood Watch until 6 AM EDT early this morning for
NY...Flash Flood Watch until 6 AM EDT early this morning for



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