Forecast Update Sun 12:06 PM — The latest GFS just available shows the same lull in the precipitation for much of the rest of the daytime today as rain rotates around the upper low. The moisture source is an outflow band from Henri.
Rain moves in again about 3 AM Monday, similar to the NBM meteogram in the previous update.
Total additional rain is now about 0.8 inches, according to the GFS.
Forecast Update Sun 10:55 AM— With on and off rainfall now predicted through Monday morning, a NBM meteogram is the best way to convey the rainfree periods and most likely time for additional rainfall—
Forecast Update Sun 8:20 AM— Here is the current radar-based rain accumulation so far with this storm —
Note that the banding of the heaviest rain was north and east of where the models had predicted where the heaviest rain would fall. That’s probably as a good as they can do.
The latest NBM still shows considerable rain for today into early Monday, as the tropical moisture from Henri is expected to move in from the northeast. Areas north of Doylestown and near Allentown are predicted to have significantly more than 1 inch of rain additional.
Forecast Update Sat 10:38 PM — Tonight’s models just becoming available show a band of heavy rain to affect the Philadelphia area tonight. Current radar shows this moisture plume already working it’s way in.
With the exception of the NBM, most of tonight’s models have the heavy rain falling after midnight tonight and tapering off during Sunday morning.
Here are several of tonight’s models. Most have very heavy rain in the 3″ range except for the new HIRESW-FV3 which is based more on the GFS. (The actual GFS won’t be available until 11:44 PM, past my time on duty.)
It should be noted that the latest ICON model from this afternoon had backed down to 1.1″. While the amounts below are impressive, I’m not totally convinced that they’re not over-predicting rain.
While it is clear that Hurricane Henri will not directly affect our area, there remains much uncertainty about the moisture flow when the tropical system enters Long Island and becomes an “extratropical” system.
There is currently a HUGE range of predicted rainfall in the Philadelphia area for Sunday.
The GFS model has close to 1 inch of rain falling Sunday in our area. The latest model blend (NBM) has 3-5 inches of rain, while the HRRR and RAP are in the 2-3 inch range. The NAM-NEST has less than 1 inch. The ICON has 1.1 inches and the Canadian GEM has 1.1 inches.
With the recognition that today’s showers were over-forecast, I’m going with the 1 inch and below range of rain through Sunday. But things could change.
The new models become available about 9:35 PM through midnight. I’ll update sometime after 10:30 PM.