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FXUS63 KMPX 130007
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
707 PM CDT SAT JUL 12 2014

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY)
ISSUED AT 308 PM CDT SAT JUL 12 2014

RADAR IMAGERY CONTINUES TO SHOW RAIN WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS
OVER THE AREA AS OF 330 PM. PCPN WAS FOCUSED OVER TWO AREAS... ONE
NEAR THE IOWA BORDER AND ANOTHER FROM EAST CENTRAL INTO WEST CENTRAL
MINNESOTA. THE FORMER AREA WAS BEING SUPPORTED BY A SHORTWAVE
EVIDENT IN WATER VAPOR IMAGERY OVER FAR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND THE
MAIN INSTABILITY GRADIENT/BAROCLINIC ZONE. HOWEVER... THE LATTER WAS
BEING AIDED BY THE SECONDARY FRONT/DEWPOINT GRADIENT DROPPING
SOUTHEAST THROUGH THE AREA AHEAD OF THE SHORTWAVE TROUGH PUSHING
EAST FROM THE DAKOTAS INTO MINNESOTA. MLCAPE VALUES OF 250-1000 J/KG
WERE APPARENT IN THE SPC MESOANALYSIS OVER THE EASTERN PORTION OF
THE AREA... WHERE EMBEDDED STORMS WITH HIGH RAINFALL RATES WERE
PRESENT. SOME PEA SIZED HAIL WAS OCCURRING WITH THE STRONGEST
STORMS... WHICH HAD SOME BETTER CORES ABV 25K FT AGL. THE HRRR HAS
HAD A DECENT HANDLE ON THINGS THROUGH THE DAY... SO GENERALLY
FOLLOWED ITS GUIDANCE TOGETHER WITH NEIGHBORHOOD PROBABILITIES FROM
THE HOPWRF. THAT BEING SAID... EXPECT THINGS TO SHIFT EAST/SOUTH
THROUGH EARLY EVENING... WITH MOST OF THE CWFA BECOMING PCPN FREE
BETWEEN 00Z AND 03Z. WE COULD SEE SOME SHRA SNEAK BACK INTO THE
NORTHWEST/NORTH CENTRAL PORTION OF THE AREA LATER THIS EVENING AND
OVERNIGHT BEHIND THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY AS THE MID-UPPER LEVEL PV LOBE
SWINGS THROUGH THAT AREA. COLD ADVECTION WILL ASSERT ITSELF OVER THE
AREA ON SUNDAY. SUBSIDENCE WITH THE COLD ADVECTION SHOULD BE
SUFFICIENT TO KEEP ANY SHRA FROM DEVELOPING ON SUNDAY GIVEN THAT THE
BETTER LOW-MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL STILL BE UPSTREAM AND CLOSER
TO THE UPPER LOW AT THAT POINT. SO... EXPECT MAINLY JUST DIURNAL CU
WITH TEMPERATURES GETTING INTO THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 70S.

.LONG TERM...(SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 308 PM CDT SAT JUL 12 2014

THE UPPER LOW WILL BEGIN DIGGING SOUTH AGGRESSIVELY SUNDAY NIGHT
AND WILL REACH THE CENTRAL GREAT LAKES MONDAY. CLOUDS AND
SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SHOWERS WILL ACCOMPANY THE LOW
MONDAY...GREATEST COVERAGE NEAR THE LOW OVER WESTERN WI. STEEP LOW
LEVEL LAPSE RATES IN THE STRONG CAA REGIME MAY RESULT IN SOME
ISOLATED THUNDER...BUT NOTHING THAT WILL BE TOO STRONG GIVEN THE
RELATIVELY SHALLOW INSTABILITY/MOIST LAYER - MORE LIKE AN ISOLATED
STRIKE OR TWO AT BEST.

THE BIGGER STORY MONDAY WILL BE THE MUCH COOLER THAN NORMAL
TEMPERATURES EXPECTED. 925 MB TEMPS OF ONLY ABOUT +10C AND 850 MB
TEMPS AT BEST A FEW DEGREES ABOVE 0C WILL ALLOW HIGHS TO ONLY
REACH THE LOW TO MID 60S...EVEN IF THE SUN CAN MAKE A BRIEF
APPEARANCE. RECORD LOW MAX TEMPS ARE 68 AT MSP...STC AND EAU AND
RECORD LOWS MONDAY NIGHT ARE MID TO UPPER 40S. THE RECORD LOWS MAY
BE A BIT OF A STRETCH...BUT THE COLD HIGHS SHOULD BE RELATIVELY
EASILY ATTAINABLE IF HIGHS ARE NOT REACHED AT 06Z MONDAY.

THE TROUGH WILL SLOWLY LIFT OUT FOR MID TO LATE WEEK...BUT THE
MOISTURE WILL EXIT AS EARLY AS MONDAY NIGHT. THEREFORE...EXPECTING
A MOSTLY CLEAR REST OF THE WEEK WITH SLOWLY MODERATING TEMPERATURES.
FOR MOST...THIS MAY BE CONSIDERED THE NICEST WEEK OF THE SUMMER
THUS FAR.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z SUNDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 707 PM CDT SAT JUL 12 2014

RAIN HAS PUSHED EAST OF ALL OF THE TAF SITES EARLY THIS EVENING
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF KEAU. EVEN THERE...THE RAIN WILL END WITH IN
AN HOUR. THE BACK EDGE OF THE VFR CLOUD SHIELD WAS WORKING INTO
WEST CENTRAL WI WITH GENERALLY CLR-SCT CONDITIONS ACROSS CENTRAL
AND SOUTHERN MN. THERE ARE TWO CONCERNS OVERNIGHT. THE FIRST IS
THE COLD FRONT AND BAND OF SHRA/TSRA MOVING INTO NW MN ATTM. THE
ACTIVITY IS MOVING SE NEAR 45 KNOTS. SHORT TERM CONVECTIVE MODELS
HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON THE LINE WITH SIGNIFICANT WEAKENING AFTER
SUNSET. THIS RESULTS IN ONLY A FEW SHOWERS POSSIBLY BRUSHING
KAXN...KSTC AND KRNH DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS. A VCSH AS
USED. THE OTHER CONCERN OVERNIGHT IS FOG. THE SITE THAT HAS THE
BEST CHANCE IS KEAU WHERE CLEARING WILL OCCUR THIS EVENING AFTER
AN AFTERNOON OF RAIN. KEPT MVFR BR IN THE OVERNIGHT FORECAST. THE
OTHER SITES LOOKS TO HAVE TOO MUCH WIND PLUS THE DEW POINTS WILL
BE LOWERING AS THE NIGHT PROGRESSES. SUNDAY WILL BE A REFRESHING
DAY WITH INCREASING NORTHWEST WINDS OF 12-16 KNOTS BY AFTERNOON
ALONG WITH GUSTS FROM 20 TO 25 KNOTS. FEW-SCT SC DURING THE DAY
ON SUNDAY.

KMSP...VFR CONDITIONS FORECAST THROUGH THE PERIOD. LIGHT WNW WINDS
TONIGHT THEN INCREASING TO AROUND 15 KNOTS FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON/EARLY
EVENING ALONG WITH GUSTS TO 25 KNOTS.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/

MON...MVFR PSBL WITH CHC OF SHRA/TSRA. NW WINDS 15-30 KTS.
TUE...VFR. NW WINDS 10-15 KTS.
WED...VFR. NW WINDS 5-10 KTS.

&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MN...NONE.
WI...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...TRH
LONG TERM...BORGHOFF
AVIATION...RAH





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