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FXUS63 KARX 170442

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1142 PM CDT Fri Jun 16 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 235 PM CDT Fri Jun 16 2017

At 2 PM, a short wave trough moving through northwest Wisconsin
was producing scattered showers and storms across central and
northern Wisconsin. This system will move east across northern
Wisconsin and be located in western Upper Michigan by this
evening. As this occurs, a dry line will settle south toward the
Interstate 90 corridor. Dew points will be in the mid and upper
50s north of the dry line and in the lower and mid 60s south of

As temperatures climb into the lower to mid 80s this afternoon,
the 0-1 km mean layer CAPES will climb into the 1500 to 2500 J/kg
range south of the Interstate 94. This CAPE will be building ahead
of an approaching short wave trough (currently located over
western Minnesota). The CAM models are in good agreement
thunderstorms will develop across east-central and south-central
Minnesota between 16.19z and 16.21z. The latest RAP suggest that
there will be sufficient deep shear that they will quickly develop
into supercell thunderstorms and then as their cold pools
coalesce the 0-3 km shear would favor a line of storms to move
through east and southeast through the area. The main severe
weather threat with these storms will be large hail and wind
through 16.23z, and then evolve into primarily a wind threat which
would last through 17.03z. While there is a severe weather threat
across the entire area, the greatest chance looks to be along and
south of the Interstate 90 corridor where the instability will be
the greatest.

For Saturday afternoon and night, a stronger short wave and
surface cold front will be moving through the region. Like the
past couple of days, the best instability will be well south of
our forecast area. However, there will still be 1000 to
2500 J/kg 0-1 km mean layer CAPE from northeast Iowa into
southwest and central Wisconsin. There may be sufficient deep
shear for a few supercell storms to develop. Both the HRRR and ARW
suggest this possibility. Meanwhile the NMM would suggest that
these storms would develop across east-central Iowa, northern
Illinois, and southeast Wisconsin. If this does occur, the primary
severe weather threats would be large hail and damaging winds.
There was a slight shift southward in the latest SPC Day 2
Outlook and this seems realistic.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
Issued at 235 PM CDT Fri Jun 16 2017

In the wake of this system, a much cooler air mass will move into
the region. 850 mb temperatures will fall into the 7 to 9C range
by Sunday afternoon and remain there for much of Monday. As a
result, high temperatures will only range from the upper 60s to
mid 70s. With 950 to 800 mb lapse rates over 8 C/km and 0-1 km
mean layer CAPES up to 1000 J/kg, scattered diurnally driven
afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms will be possible
across much of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

On Wednesday and Wednesday night, another short wave trough will
move through the region. While the GFS and ECMWF are still
differing on the amount of instability ahead of this system,
there looks to be sufficient shear for the potential of supercell
development. This system will have to watched over the next
several days.

From Thursday into Friday, the models hint at additional short
wave troughs moving along the US/Canadian border, but there has
been little consistency in the timing of these system. Due to
this, there is a broad brush of showers and thunderstorms chances
during this time period.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday night)
Issued at 1142 PM CDT Fri Jun 16 2017

Scattered to broken ceilings are expected during the overnight
hours but should remain mainly VFR. Patchy to areas of fog are
possible and the visibility may drop to around 4 SM or lower if
skies would clear. On Saturday, a trough will push through the
area bringing scattered showers and perhaps isolated thunderstorms
to the TAF sites but conditions should remain VFR.


Issued at 235 PM CDT Fri Jun 16 2017

The first half of June was the warmest at both La Crosse WI and
Rochester MN.

Through the first half of June, the average temperature at
La Crosse Regional Airport was 75.3 degrees. This was 8.3 degrees
warmer than the 1981-2010 average and the warmest first half of
the June. The previous record was 73.3 degrees in 2005. Records
date back to 1873.

Meanwhile during this same time period, the average temperature
at Rochester International Airport was 72.5 degrees. This was 7.1
degrees warmer than the 1981-2010 average and the warmest first
half of the June. The previous record was 71.1 degrees in 1956.
Records date back to 1886.




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