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Sunday Storm Update

Posted Sunday 12/10 @ 3:23 PM — There’s been very heavy rain in NJ since around noontime and it’s moving off to the northeast. Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs have missed some of the heaviest rain, so far.

MRMS radar/rain gauge current precipitation rate at 3:18 PM Sunday. Another area of intense activity is lining up to the west of Lancaster County and will be here by about 7-9 PM.

Is that it?

No. I just ran the latest HRRR (in what I call ‘summer-parameter mode’) and it shows huge dynamics as the front approaches between 6 PM and 9 PM as the front slowly moves through —

Today’s latest HRRR shows extremely strong upward vertical motion (white box) in the western suburbs at 7 PM. Expect heavy rain and high winds. Thunderstorms possible, especially east into NJ after 7 PM. Notice the convergence of the wind stream lines inside the white box. (Click on image for a larger view.)

Precipitation may last through 6-7 AM Monday morning

Sunday Storm Update

Posted Sunday 12/10 @ 10:56 AM — This morning’s models are in. It’s almost funny…the HRDPS has shifted to have the main rain axis eastward into NJ, similar to previous runs of the HRRR. The new HRRR looks similar to last night’s HRDPS with the main axis of rain just west of Philadelphia.

The NAM-NEST which was the same as last night’s HRDPS now has it’s axis well west of the city, in a similar placement to the HRRR.

(Go figure! This is why snow storm forecast snow totals are always impossible to pin down.)

Here’s this morning’s 12z NBM which is designed to blend these differences together—

12z NBM forecast for total rainfall for this storm (Click on image for a larger view.)

One more thing— the latest NBM wind gust forecast is for wind gusts to be in the 30-38 mph range ( but with an sd ± 15 mph).

Posted Sunday 12/10 @ 8:35 AM — The onset of the rain now appears to be between 11 AM and 12 PM in the immediate Philadelphia area, earlier to our west. Precipitation totals have been reduced in several models, with the heaviest rainfall near the shore. However, I’m sticking with the HRDPS forecast —

Today’s 06z HRDPS rainfall totals by Monday morning.

Some snow flurries are possible north and west of the city Monday morning. No accumulation.

Wind Gusts: 35-40 mph Sunday evening. Stronger gusts to 50 mph Monday morning towards noon.

Sunday Storm Update

Posted Saturday 12/09 @ 5:46 PM — Current conditions at 6 PM—

Current satellite water vapor image 6 PM with superimposed RAP model 500-1000 mb thickness lines (yellow), Mean Sea Level Pressure isobars (black contours) potential vorticity (fine white contours) with superimposed MRMS RADAR. (Click on image for a larger view.)

It appears that rain will move in about 9 – 11 AM from the south and west on Sunday. It will start light and become heavier by 2 PM. For the rest Sunday and Sunday night, rain heavy at times and very windy. Rain should end by 6 AM Monday for most of the area.

As is always the case, there are differences in the model forecasts regarding banding and the placement of the heaviest rain on Sunday. Examples—

Today’s 18z HRRR total rainfall. (Click on image for a larger view.)

18z HRDPS total rainfall Sunday into early Monday. (Click on image for a larger view.)

It will be quite windy, but the wind forecasts are not as extreme as earlier forecasts—

Todays 18z NBM wind meteogram for location Wings Field, Blue Bell PA (Click on image for a larger view.)

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