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FXUS63 KMPX 280115

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
815 PM CDT SAT AUG 27 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 353 PM CDT Sat Aug 27 2016

The short term concern remains thunder/severe weather threat

The latest mesoscale analysis shows a narrow corridor of instability
of 500-1000 j/kg over the far Northwest corner of the cwa. Mid
level lapse rates around 7 c/km and 30-40 kts of shear is enough
to generate a few strong storms along the upper trough axis as it
is moving over northwest MN. Latest HRRR forecast radar shows
this may affect the nw fringe of the cwa through 02z.
Otherwise...models depict rather abrupt moisture surge into the
southwest mainly after midnight. This should generate some
accas...eventually thunder into that region of the cwa shortly
thereafter and then spread east through 12z. This will continue
into the morning and spread into the northeast cwa into the
afternoon. Difficult to discern how far north to go with lower end
pops and how long it will continue into Sunday.

It looks like we will maintain clouds through the night and into the
day Sunday...along and north of the warm front. This will limit
overall heating to the northeast but instability increases
dramatically along and south of the front. The only real limiting
factor to redevelopment of storms along the boundary will be the
rising heights/anticyclonic flow over the western great lakes. The
GFS redirects moisture back to the northwest and this may be area of
initiation late afternoon/evening and follow east and south along the
front. Temperatures should warm through the 80s south of the
front...and a 90 degree reading is not out of the question if enough
sunshine is seen. Dewpoints rise to around 70 by late afternoon
south of the front as well.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
Issued at 353 PM CDT Sat Aug 27 2016

Main concern is storm threat Sunday night through Monday night.
Previous paragraph mentioned redirection of moisture tomorrow, and
significant moisture really surges into the area Sunday evening.
There is also an extensive ribbon of subtropical moisture
currently stemming from the southern tip of Baja California to the southwest
Kansas, and storms have been erupting throughout said area this

Meanwhile, several deterministic models point to a subtle short
wave moving across North Dakota tomorrow afternoon and early
evening. This moves across northern MN Sunday night. Nam is the
most aggressive with showing a southeast movement tomorrow night,
with maybe even a mesoscale convective complex. The other models
have a hint of this as well. Therefore have maintained decent
pops from central MN into west central WI. With the likelihood of
warm rain processes with the tropical plume, and will have to
watch if heavy rain develops into our area. Another subtle short
wave drops ese Monday afternoon and evening, so have kept pops
through Monday night.

Upstream ridge edges closer to the area on Tuesday, with resultant
dry nw confluent flow over MN/WI. Ridge does not move across MN
until Thursday, so have dry weather Tue-Thu. Broad sw flow resumes
Thursday night, so thunderstorm pops return to the forecast then,
and persist through Saturday.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening)
Issued at 814 PM CDT Sat Aug 27 2016

Low clouds are the main concern through tomorrow morning. There is
a mix of MVFR/IFR out there now this evening. There is the
potential for some of this cloud to expand and lower with time
given the light winds and cool lower atmosphere. IFR is possible
late tonight into the morning. There are also might be a few light
showers late tonight.


While the stratus deck has lifted this evening with bases over
3000ft at the current hour, there is the potential for lowering
late tonight. The clouds could even clear out for several hours
before returning late tonight. The expansion of these low clouds
aren`t a sure thing. Something to monitor over the next several
hours as we cool tonight.


Sun nite...vfr. Slight chance afternoon mvfr -TSRA. Wind S 5-10
Mon...VFR. Chc -tsra. Wind S 5-10 kts.
TUE...VFR. Wind light and variable.


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