FXUS61 KBGM 181106

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
706 AM EDT Sat May 18 2024

Rain showers this morning will become less widespread through
the day. A few thunderstorms could develop in the western
Southern Tier this afternoon but will quickly dissipate after
sunset. Partly cloudy skies tonight will lead to some valley fog
formation by Sunday Morning. Sunday is looking dry and much
warmer than today.


630 AM update...
Updated temperatures through the morning hours as well as
decreased cloud cover in the western Southern Tier for the

300 AM Update:

A weakening shortwave is moving through early this morning
bringing a round of light rain to most of the region. A filling
area of low pressure in western NY keeps SE flow across the
region and with sufficient low level moisture, low stratus will
persist for much of the morning into early afternoon limiting
heating. The 500 mb trough axis is swinging through so despite
the clouds, shower activity will lessen through the day. The
western Southern Tier into parts of the western Finger Lakes
will see more sun with a tongue of higher dew points nudging in
helping to destabilize the atmosphere. HREF shows around 500 to
1000 J/kg of CAPE developing by the afternoon with most models
showing some QPF so thunderstorm chances were increased west of
Elmira up towards Penn Yan. Shear will be lacking and with
little flow aloft, storms will not be moving fast. The storms
will have about 1.25 to 1.4 inches of precipitable water to work
with so heavy rain will be possible with any storms. Luckily
storms will be small and likely pulse up and down quickly so
flash flood threat is low.

Tonight, upper level ridging builds in with high pressure
nosing in from the NE. With clouds starting to scatter out late
in the afternoon into the evening, there will be enough cooling
coupled with the rain falling now to get river valley fog
development. Sunday is looking good with high pressure and
ridging remaining in place. Temperatures will warm into the mid
to upper 70s with the mostly sunny skies and ridging in place.


High pressure will be over the region Sunday night with the ridge
likely to remain in place through Monday night. This will result in
winds shifting to southwesterly gradually bringing in a warmer and
slightly more humid airmass. Temperatures still look to fall into
the 50`s to around 60 at night with highs pushing 80 Monday for most


The large ridge of high pressure still looks to be over the region
Tuesday before being chipped away by an approaching cold front
Wednesday. This front then looks to break down the ridge Thursday.
Enough lift and moisture looks present for at least some scattered
showers with the frontal passage. Instability during the afternoons
surface CAPE is currently modeled from about 500-1000 J/KG each
afternoon and evening so some thunderstorms will be possible as
well. Still some timing differences with the operational models and
ensemble guidance with the frontal timing. Leaned more toward the
slower ECMWF suite at this time. Given the timing differences it is
still to early to determine the potential for any strong to severe

Continued warm air advection should result in a continued warming
trend through Wednesday. Trended high temperatures through the
middle of the week closer to a blend of the 50/75th probability of
the NBM given the modeled boundary layer temperatures. Most
locations should rise well into the 80`s with a few locations close
to 90 on Wednesday. With dewpoints only around 60, heat index values
should not be much higher. Lows generally in the 60`s at night.

With the front moving through Wednesday night and Thursday some
lingering showers and thunderstorms are possible but temperatures
Thursday and Friday trend back downward again after the frontal
passage with 70`s for highs.


Rain has lead to restrictions across the Southern Tier with IFR
conditions at BGM with ELM at MVFR. As the rain moves in to the
other terminals being at lower elevations MVFR cigs. The cigs
will rise though the afternoon with slight improvement`s into
the afternoon. RME and SYR are on the north end of the
precipitation with mainly VFR into at least 6Z. With cigs
scattering out and recent precipitation fog will likely develop
in the deeper valleys with ELM likely seeing IFR or worse after
6Z. ITH and BGM have a chance as well depending on how much
clearing could occur.


Sunday through Wednesday...Mainly VFR. Some showers possible by






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