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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
548 AM CDT SAT AUG 30 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 359 AM CDT SAT AUG 30 2014

WELL DEFINED MID-LEVEL CIRCULATION COULD BE SEEN ON RADAR HEADING
FOR EAU CLAIRE AT 3 AM. TO THE NW OF THIS CIRCULATION...WE HAVE SEEN
A DEFORMATION BAND OF PRECIP PERSIST ACROSS ERN MN INTO NW WI. THIS
BAND OF RAIN WILL SLOWLY WORK EAST ACROSS WRN WI...MOSTLY CLEARING
THE MPX CWA NEAR OR SHORTLY AFTER 12Z AS THE OFFENDING SHORT WAVE
MOVES INTO NORTH CENTRAL WIS. HOWEVER...THIS NOT THE ONLY SHORTWAVE
WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT TODAY...WITH THE STRONG WAVE UP NEAR FARGO
LOOKING TO TAKE A TRIP DOWN I-94...ENDING UP NEAR EAU CLAIRE BY THIS
AFTERNOON. AS WE HAVE SEEN OUT IN WRN/CENTRAL MN ALL NIGHT...THIS
WAVE WILL CONTINUE TO ALLOW SMALL AND WEAK POP-UP SHOWERS TO DEVELOP
FROM TIME-TO-TIME ON ITS TREK EAST. AS A RESULT...HELD SOME 20 POPS
INTO THE AFTERNOON ABOUT AS FAR WEST AS THE MS RIVER...WHICH IS ALSO
WHERE SIMULATED WV FORECASTS SHOW DEEPER MOISTURE RESIDING THROUGH
THE DAY...WITH THE DRYING CURRENTLY SEEN ACROSS THE ERN DAKOTAS
GETTING WRAPPED AROUND THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE WAVE...ALLOWING A
TONGUE OF DEEPER MOISTURE TO GET HUNG UP BACK INTO CENTRAL MN.

BESIDE THE SHOWERS THIS MORNING...THE PRESENCE OF VERY MOIST
CYCLONIC FLOW AROUND A SFC LOW CENTERED NEAR LA CROSSE HAS RESULTED
IN AN EXTENSIVE STRATUS SHIELD SETTING UP ACROSS ALL BUT NW MN AND
INTO ADJACENT PORTIONS OF THE ERN DAKOTAS. GIVEN THE TRAILING
SHORTWAVE NEAR FARGO...THIS MOIST CYCLONIC FLOW WILL MORE OR LESS
STAY IN PLACE WELL INTO THE AFTERNOON...WHICH MEANS CLOUDS WILL BE
WITH US THROUGH MOST OF THE DAY. GIVEN THE CLOUDY SCENARIO THAT IS
EXPECTED...FAVORED THE FORECAST FOR HIGHS TODAY TOWARD THE LOWER END
OF GUIDANCE...WITH HIGHS ONLY TOPPING OUT IN THE LOWER 70S FOR THE
MOST PART...WITH A FEW PLACES IN CENTRAL MN LIKELY REMAINING IN THE
60S TODAY.

FOR TONIGHT...WE WILL BE WATCHING THE SYSTEM IMPACTING US ON SUNDAY
BEGIN TO EMERGE OUT ONTO THE HIGH PLAINS. A STRENGTHENING LLJ OUT
AHEAD OF THIS UPPER TROUGH WILL BUILD NORTH OUT OF THE CENTRAL
PLAINS...LIKELY FUELING AN ELEVATED MCS THAT LOOKS TO TRACK ACROSS
NODAK INTO NW MN. THIS ACTIVITY LOOKS TO MAINLY STAY NORTHWEST OF
THE MPX CWA...BUT ENOUGH UNCERTAINTY EXISTS WITH THE SOUTHWARD
EXTENT OF THIS ACTIVITY TO KEEP SOME 30 POPS GOING OUT IN THE NW CWA
LATE TONIGHT. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CWA...WILL HAVE TO WATCH SKY
COVER TRENDS AS THEIR PROXIMITY TO THE SFC RIDGE WILL ALLOW THE
BOUNDARY LAYER TO REMAIN DECOUPLED...WHICH WILL LEAVE WRN WI
SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF DENSE FOG.

.LONG TERM...(SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 359 AM CDT SAT AUG 30 2014

VERY LITTLE CHANGE TO THE FORECAST ON SUNDAY. WE LIKE WHAT THE DAY
SHIFT HAD FOR STORM TIMING AND THE FORECAST STILL CALLS FOR
"DEFINITE" THUNDERSTORMS AND A "CHANCE" FOR SEVERE WEATHER IN MN
AND FAR WESTERN WI ON SUNDAY. THIS EVENT LOOKS AS GOOD A CHANCE
FOR SEVERE WEATHER AS ANY OTHER EVENT THIS YEAR...ALBEIT A QUIET
YEAR.

THE TROUGH EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE NORTHERN CONUS SUN-MON AND
BRING WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION IS NOW MOVING INTO
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST THIS MORNING. THE MID-UPPER JET /50-70KTS/
THAT WILL ACT TO INITIATE CONVECTION AND THEN ORGANIZE
THUNDERSTORMS ON SUNDAY WILL SPREAD INTO WESTERN MN BETWEEN 00-06Z
SUNDAY. THERE IS A CLASSIC DIFLUENT PATTERN AS EVIDENT BY THE
850-300MB THICKNESS SUNDAY EVENING TO GO ALONG WITH STRONG FGEN
COMING OUT OF THE DAKOTAS DURING THE AFTERNOON. CONVECTION SHOULD
BE WIDESPREAD WITH STORMS ALREADY ONGOING IN THE EASTERN DAKOTAS
SATURDAY MORNING. ELEVATED CONVECTION SHOULD TRANSITION TO SURFACE
BASED CONVECTION WITH HEATING AND THE LIKELY ESTABLISHMENT OF
LARGE LINE SEGMENTS OR CLUSTERS OF THUNDERSTORMS DUE TO THE LARGE-
SCALE FORCING. WE`RE STARTING TO GET A LOOK AT SOME OF THE CAM
GUIDANCE FOR SUNDAY AND THE EARLY LOOK SHOWS A COUPLE STRONG LINE
SEGMENTS MOVING FROM WEST TO EAST ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA. THE
BEST SEVERE RISK WILL OCCUR ALONG THE COLD FRONT DURING THE LATE
AFTERNOON AS THE BOUNDARY LAYER WARMS...BRINGING SBCAPE BETWEEN
2000-3000 J/KG IN MN. CIPS WARM SEASON ANALOGS TO BOTH THE LATEST
NAM/GFS RUNS SHOW A GOOD NUMBER OF SEVERE REPORTS WHEN LOOKING AT
SIMILAR PAST EVENTS. THE NUMBER OF DAMAGING WIND REPORTS
IMMEDIATELY JUMPED OUT AT US. THIS WOULD ALSO MATCH WHAT`S
EXPECTED ON SUNDAY GIVEN THE LIKELY LINEAR CONVECTIVE MODE. THERE
WAS ALSO A FAIR AMOUNT OF TORNADO REPORTS ON A FEW ANALOGS...WHICH
IS LIKELY TIED TO THE STRENGTH OF THE FORECASTED STRONG LLJ
COINCIDENT WITH PEAK HEATING ON SUNDAY. THE FLOW COULD REMAIN
BACKED IN EASTERN MN DURING THE EARLY EVENING...SO WE MIGHT HAVE TO
WORRY ABOUT A FEW KINKS IN THE CONVECTIVE LINES AND WEAK TORNADO
POTENTIAL...HOWEVER...IT STILL LOOKS PRIMARILY LIKE A WIND AND
SMALL HAIL THREAT IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS ACROSS MN.
BOTH THE NAM AND GFS HAVE 0-3KM SHEAR ON THE ORDER OF 25-40KTS
FROM 18Z-06Z ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA.

BEYOND THE WEEKEND...THE TROUGH FLATTENS OUT AND WE`RE LEFT
WITH RELATIVELY QUIET WEATHER AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES FOR THE
WORK WEEK. A COLD FRONT WILL LAY OUT WELL SOUTH OF THE FORECAST
ARE THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK...SO ANY ORGANIZED FORCING OR
SIGNIFICANT CONVERGENCE SHOULD BE SOUTH AND EAST OF THE FORECAST
AREA. WE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE AGGRESSIVE AT REMOVING THE
THUNDER CHANCES ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. THURSDAY LOOKS A LITTLE
BETTER WITH A DEVELOPING TROUGH IN THE CENTRAL/NORTHERN PLAINS AND
MOISTURE ADVECTION LOCALLY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 12Z TAFS THROUGH 12Z SUNDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 533 AM CDT SAT AUG 30 2014

A LAYERED STRATUS DECK IS MAKING FOR A DIFFICULT SET OF TAFS THIS
MORNING. LOWEST CONDITIONS OUT ARE IN THE WRN HALF OF MN...WHERE
SOME WEAK CAA HAS SETUP IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT...WHICH IS
NEAR I-35 TO START THIS TAF PERIOD. SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO
LINGER IN THE EAU AREA THROUGH 14Z...MAY CONTINUE TO SEE SHOWERS
THROUGH THE AFTERNOON ACROSS CENTRAL MN INTO WRN WI...BUT WITH
COVERAGE ONLY EXPECTED TO BE ISOLATED...KEPT TAFS DRY AFTER THIS
MORNING. GIVEN THE VARIED HEIGHTS OF THE STRATUS DECK THIS
MORNING...EXPECT THE IFR AND LOWER CONDS TO IMPROVE FAIRLY QUICKLY
THIS MORNING...BUT WE WILL BE HANGING ON TO THE MVFR CONDITIONS
WELL INTO THE AFTERNOON. DENSE FOG IS BEGINNING TO LOOK LIKE A
GOOD BET OUT AT EAU TONIGHT...AS SKIES DO NOT LOOK TO CLEAR OUT
UNTIL AFTER SUNSET...WITH WINDS REMAINING LIGHT. FOG POTENTIAL AT
RNH WILL DEPEND ON EXTENT OF UPPER LEVEL CLOUD COVER MOVING IN
FROM THE WEST...WHILE THE COMBINATION OF INCREASING HIGH CLOUDS
AND STRENGTHENING SE WINDS WILL MAKE FOG A NON-ISSUE FOR MN
TERMINALS.

KMSP...CIGS RANGE FROM 006 TO 060 ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES...SO WILL
BE A BIT OF VARIABILITY IN CIG HEIGHTS THROUGH THE
MORNING...THOUGH DOES LOOK LIKE MSP WILL SPEND MORE TIME ABOVE 017
THAN BELOW IT.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
SUN...VFR WITH IFR/+TSRA LIKELY LATE. WINDS SSE AT 10-20 KTS.
MON...MVFR/TSRA ENDING EARLY. VFR BY AFTN WINDS W 10-15KTS.
TUE...VFR. WINDS WSW 10 KTS.

&&

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

$$

SHORT TERM...MPG
LONG TERM...CLF
AVIATION...MPG






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