Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KARX 191922
AFDARX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
222 PM CDT FRI SEP 19 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 222 PM CDT FRI SEP 19 2014

CONCERN FOCUSED ON CONVECTION/SEVERE POTENTIAL TONIGHT.

WATER VAPOR/RAP 500MB ANALYSIS SHOWING A FAIRLY VIGOROUS MID-LEVEL
TROUGH MOVING EAST ACROSS THE DAKOTAS. AT THE SURFACE...LOW PRESSURE
WAS LOCATED OVER SOUTHERN MANITOBA CANADA WITH A TRAILING TROUGH
THROUGH THE EASTERN DAKOTAS INTO CENTRAL NEB. RADAR MOSAIC SHOWING
SCATTERED SHOWERS/ISOLATED THUNDER ACROSS PORTIONS OF ND INTO
NORTHERN MN IN RESPONSE TO CORRIDOR OF 850MB MOISTURE TRANSPORT/310K
ISENTROPIC LIFT AHEAD OF THE APPROACHING TROUGH. OTHERWISE...BREEZY
SOUTH WINDS IN PLACE ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA THIS AFTERNOON WITH
MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES. TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE UPPER 60S TO THE MIDDLE
70S.

FOR TONIGHT...LOOK FOR THAT MID-LEVEL/SURFACE TROUGH TO ROTATE
SOUTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA TONIGHT. MODELS OFFERING UP VARIOUS
SOLUTIONS ON CONVECTIVE SCHEMES BASED ON FAIRLY STRONG CAP IN PLACE.
THINKING WITH INCREASING 850MB MOISTURE TRANSPORT/EVENTUAL
STEEPENING OF MID-LEVEL LAPSE RATES AND LIFT WITH THE TROUGH
PASSAGE...THIS WILL BE ENOUGH FORCING TO SEE AT LEAST A SCATTERED
BAND OF THUNDERSTORMS. THINKING THIS CONVECTION WILL INITIALLY START
OUT ELEVATED IN NATURE ABOVE THE CAP...BUT THEN CAP WEAKENS LATE
THIS EVENING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS ALLOWING FOR AN UPTICK IN
THUNDERSTORM COVERAGE. STILL THINKING THERE IS A MARGINAL SEVERE
THREAT. MODEL CONSENSUS SHOWING 0-3KM MUCAPE VALUES OF 1000-200J/KG
ALONG WITH EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR AROUND 30KT. THIS COULD PRODUCE A
FEW VIGOROUS/ROTATING UPDRAFTS CAPABLE OF LARGER HAIL PRODUCTION
AND DAMAGING WIND POTENTIAL.

LINGERING SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS SOUTHERN WI
INTO NORTHEAST IA ON SATURDAY AS THE TROUGH CONTINUES TO ROTATE
SOUTHEAST OUT OF THE AREA. FOR LATER SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO
SATURDAY EVENING...MODELS SHOWING A FAIRLY COMPACT/VIGOROUS PV-
ANOMALY ROTATING SOUTHEAST OUT OF THE NORTHERN PLAINS IN OUR AREA.
THE BULK OF THE FORCING WITH THIS FEATURE SEEMS TO BE FOCUSED ALONG
AND NORTHEAST OF I-94. AS SUCH...WENT WITH THE LIKELIHOOD OF
SHOWERS/ISOLATED THUNDER NORTHEAST OF I-94 AND TAPERED TO LOWER-END
CHANCES ACROSS NORTHEAST IA/FAR SOUTHWEST WI. WITH THE WARMER START
TO SATURDAY...LOOK FOR HIGHS TO PERK UP INTO THE 70S TO A FEW LOWER
80S ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-90. LOOK FOR THE SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
STORMS TO TAPER OFF/MOVE EAST OF THE AREA BY MIDNIGHT SATURDAY
NIGHT WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS DIPPING INTO THE 50S.

.LONG TERM...(SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 222 PM CDT FRI SEP 19 2014

COOLER CYCLONIC FLOW ALOFT ON SUNDAY WILL PRODUCE COOLER
TEMPERATURES IN THE 60S ALONG WITH BREEZY NORTHWEST WINDS. ALSO
LOOKS LIKE THERE WILL ALSO BE ENOUGH INSTABILITY NORTHEAST OF I-94
TO PRODUCE A FEW SHOWERS.

HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS OVER THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY REGION
SUNDAY NIGHT. CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT/CALM WINDS WILL SET UP IDEAL
RADIATIONAL COOLING FOR AREAS OF FOG...ESPECIALLY FAVORED RIVER
VALLEY LOCATIONS AND THE SANDY/BOG COUNTRY OF CENTRAL WI. PLAN ON
LOWS IN THE LOWER 40S OVER CENTRAL WI...AND IN THE MIDDLE/UPPER 40S
ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA.

AFTER A COOL/POTENTIALLY FOGGY START...HIGH PRESSURE LOOKS TO
PROVIDE A DRY/QUIET/MOSTLY SUNNY MONDAY WITH HIGHS MIDDLE 60S TO
NEAR 70.

FOR TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE TRIES TO
ESTABLISH ITSELF OVER THE CENTRAL CONUS. HOWEVER...MODELS SHOWING A
TROUGH EJECTING OUT OF THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST INTO THE UPPER
MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY BY WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY. BELIEVE THIS
MAY BE A BIT OVER DONE...BUT WILL GO WITH MODEL CONSENSUS AT THIS
POINT AND INCLUDE SMALL-END SHOWER/THUNDER CHANCES IN THE TUESDAY
NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY PERIOD. AS THE TROUGH MOVES OFF TO THE
EAST...THE RIDGE RE-ESTABLISHES ITSELF ON FRIDAY FOR DRIER/WARMER
CONDITIONS.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1244 PM CDT FRI SEP 19 2014

THE MAIN FOCUS AT THE TAF SITES IS WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT. THESE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OUT
AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT WHICH WILL BE DROPPING DOWN INTO THE REGION
OVERNIGHT. THE MAIN CHANCES FOR THE STORMS ARE FROM THIS EVENING
INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. CONFIDENCE IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH THAT THE
CONVECTION WILL OCCUR/HIT THE TAF SITES BECAUSE THE LATEST GUIDANCE
IS SUGGESTING THAT THE MAIN SHOW MAY BE OVER IOWA. HAVE LEFT THE
VCTS IN THERE FOR THE MAIN PERIOD WHERE STORMS ARE POSSIBLE. WINDS
WILL REMAIN GUSTY INTO THE EARLY EVENING HOURS BEFORE SWITCHING
AROUND TO THE NORTHWEST AFTER THE FRONT PASSES OVERNIGHT.

&&

.ARX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...NONE.
MN...NONE.
IA...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...DAS
LONG TERM...DAS
AVIATION...HALBACH


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