Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KARX 221904

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
204 pm cdt Mon Aug 22 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Tuesday night)
Issued at 204 pm cdt Mon Aug 22 2016

High pressure currently centered over the Ohio River Valley. This
was producing mostly sunny/breezy conditions across our area this
afternoon with south/southwest winds in the 10-20 mph range, gusting
around 30 mph in the more wind prone areas of southeast MN/northeast
IA. Temperatures were 75-80 degree range.

High pressure will remain in control across the area through
Tuesday. Breezy south winds expected again which will bring in an
increasing warm/humid airmass into the Upper Mississippi River
Valley region. Temperatures are expected to top off in the 80-85
degree range with dew points creeping back up into the middle/upper

For Tuesday night, will be watching a rather vigorous mid-level
low/trough push into southern Canada/Northern Plains. Southwest flow
in the middle levels pulls a trough northeastward toward the region
along with a push of 850mb moisture transport. NAM is strongest of
the deterministic models with the mid-level wave and resultant
fairly intense surface cyclogenesis it generates. This appears to be
a convective feedback feature so choosing to take more of a
consensus of the others. Bottom line...looks like showers and
thunderstorms will be likely for the area later Tuesday night into
early Wednesday morning. GFS/NAM generate 1500-2000J/kg range by Wed
12z with 0-3km Bulk Shear in the 25-30kt range south of I-90. So we
could see a few stronger storms down that way with gusty winds and
some localized heavier rainfall as precipitable water values climb
into the 1.5-2.0 inch range.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
Issued at 204 pm cdt Mon Aug 22 2016

Severe threat on Wednesday appears very marginal as models showing
the front making passage already by mid-afternoon along with the
likelihood of the atmosphere already being affected/stabilized by
ongoing morning convection/cloud cover. Cannot totally rule out a
few stronger storms across southwest into central Wisconsin but not
too excited at this point. Gusty winds and localized heavy rainfall
would be the main threats again.

Could see a few lingering showers/thunderstorms south of I-90
Wednesday evening but then highs pressure pushes front/rain chances
south out of the area after midnight and takes  control through

High pressure will continue to build in Thursday night through
Friday morning, leading to a cool night with lows in the upper 40s
to lower 50s. For the weekend, the GFS and ECMWF are in decent
agreement in moving the high out and sliding a trough through the
Upper Mississippi Valley, leading to precipitation for much of the
area. The models diverge a bit after the weekend, as the GFS keeps
the wet pattern around into Monday, moving some more shortwaves
through, while the ECMWF becomes dry.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday afternoon)
Issued at 1233 PM CDT Mon Aug 22 2016

Main taf concern is the potential for low level wind shear at
both RST/LSE taf sites tonight and winds this afternoon/evening.
Latest water vapor satellite imagery shows weak impulse over
eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. This is producing
altocumulus clouds over the area per visible satellite imagery.
Latest 17z surface analysis indicates high pressure over the Ohio
River valley. On the backside of the surface high...pressure
gradient has tighten and winds aloft have mixed down. This has
produced sustained southerly winds of 15 knots and gust of 20 to
25 knots. Expect southerly sustained winds around 15 knots with
gust 20 to 25 knots this afternoon into the early evening. As
winds decouple tonight combined with stronger winds aloft...this will
produce low level wind shear after 07z Tuesday at both RST/LSE taf


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