Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KARX 290448

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1148 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

.SHORT TERM...Tonight through Thursday
Issued at 230 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

Obvious concern in short term is how storm threat this evening plays
out. Lots of questions to answer with only a few hours potentially
to decipher outcome.

Quasi-zonal flow across northern tier of U.S. with several short
waves moving with moderate mid-level flow. Short wave in question
for tonight is slowly working across Minnesota. As of 19Z abundant
convection still exists in area, lingering from early morning
system. This continues to complicate outcome.

Higher mixed layer CAPE pool of 1500-2500 J/Kg resides mainly west
of the area while gradient region in our forecast area. Meanwhile,
best shear, which is highest in 0-3km layer, has been advecting east
today, and is strongest over Wisconsin areas. Low level shear /0-
1km/ is respectable as well, but again, is highest in Wisconsin.

Mesoscale models continue to blossom convection from central/eastern
Iowa into southern Wisconsin this afternoon where psuedo warm front
exists along with slightly better moisture advection. These storms
have more potential for large hail and/or damaging wind, along with
more heavy rain. We`ve already seen fairly decent rainfall
efficiencies with storms. Would expect watch to be issued south

Further north, less cape to work with, but closer to short wave may
produce slightly higher localized low-level shear. Latest update to
Day 1 SPC outlook brought tornado risk northward which seems
reasonable, albeit still conditional. While storms may not be as
strong in western and north central Wisconsin as cold front
approaches, there is a potential for brief tornado development.
Confidence is low with any of these scenarios but there is potential
there. Again - bears watching and be alert for.

As wave progresses, storm activity should push east and south by
late evening leading to quiet overnight and quiet spell for most of
Thursday. Boundary with higher precipitable water levels will be
shunted just to the south of the area, close enough though to be a
player for late week.

.LONG TERM...Thursday Night through Wednesday
Issued at 230 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

Weather will remain active at times in outer forecast periods,
although sensible storm threat shouldn`t be too strong or severe.

Next upstream short wave in flow will begin to affect weather
potentially already Thursday night with some return flow. Given
proximity of boundary just south of the area, could see convection
break out and spread back north into the area going into Friday
morning as wave moves through. Higher severe weather risk should
remain south and east of the area though where better thermodynamics
will exist.

Meanwhile medium range guidance suggests yet another short wave
trough will drop into Great Lakes region as northwest flow becomes a
bit more established. This could keep us unsettled for parts of the
area this weekend with mainly diurnal showers and storms.

More disagreement in models as you get into Sunday and Monday time
frame. While upper ridge starts to form, some guidance drops a short
wave through corn belt bringing an enhanced storm threat, but
otherwise warming trend on tap.

It`s early yet, but outlook for Fourth of July holiday could be
quiet with short range upper ridge and boundary south of the area.
Lowered some guidance rain chances here based on trends.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1148 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

All the convection has moved past both airports leaving behind VFR
conditions. With the low level moisture from the rain and clearing
skies, potential for some fog to form overnight but the winds
should remain between 5 and 10 knots to provide enough mixing to
keep this from developing. Some lower VFR clouds over east central
Minnesota are working slowly south. Some of these could make it
into KRST late tonight or early Thursday morning and for now have
introduced a scattered deck to indicate this. Confidence is not
high enough to go with a MVFR ceiling at this point but this may
have to be added. Another short wave trough will approach the
region late Thursday afternoon into the evening. The showers and
storms that are expected to form with this feature should stay
south of both airports.


.HYDROLOGY...Through This Evening
Issued at 230 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

Rainfall overnight was in 1-2" range in parts of the area,
especially northeast Iowa. Rivers doing pretty good though.

Storms should be fairly progressive tonight but will have to watch
for repeat areas that could produce some localized issues.  Once
storms exit area later this evening, heavy rainfall threat much




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