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Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Duluth MN
1240 AM CDT Thu May 25 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 333 PM CDT Wed May 24 2017

A ridge of high pressure covers the forecast area at 19Z. However,
plenty of cloud cover was found over the area as well thanks to some
700-400mb differential vorticity advection over the region. Some
clearing has occurred along the north shore of Lake Superior from
BFW to Grand Portage. Some sprinkles are possible late this
afternoon across north central Wisconsin as the aforementioned
vorticity moves over this area.

The ridging remains over the region tonight. Expect some fog to form
this evening in northwest Wisconsin and then spread into northeast
Minnesota later tonight. Of the current cloud cover, some
dissipation is forecast this evening. However, there will be enough
clouds expected to linger over the region to keep the temps up a bit

On Thursday, the ridging will be in the vicinity on the eastern
third of the forecast area in the morning and expect no
precipitation. Some minor model differences begin to show up in the
afternoon with regards to the onset of the rain, and departure of
the ridge. GFS/ARW/NAM are driest, ECMWF wettest, and NAM between.
Used a blend for pops and timing of the onset of the rain in the

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 333 PM CDT Wed May 24 2017

Initially in the extended a low amplitude ridge will build from the
Upper Midwest Thursday evening into central Great Lakes by Friday
evening. While a cutoff upper level system moves eastward across
central Canada. The cutoff will slowly move southeastward into
eastern Manitoba/western Ontario by Saturday afternoon. The
cutoff then will rotate eastward across Ontario through the
weekend and into early next week per the latest GFS/GEM/ECMWF.
Due to the cutoff, multiple shortwaves will eject into the
Northland. Expect scattered showers to linger around the region for
much of the period with occasional thunderstorms. Based on the
GFS/ECWMF and NAM expect the best chances for thunderstorms Friday
afternoon, Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon as there is a few
hundred to 1000 joules of MUCAPE coupled with strong shortwaves
moving through. Cannot completely rule out a few isolated storms on
Saturday, but the forcing aloft is fairly weak in addition to only a
few hundred joules of MUCAPE to work with. Due to this, held off
from including a thunder mention on Saturday.

The next chance of dry weather comes mid to late next week with a
ridge building in from the west. There are still some discrepancies
between long range guidance, with the GFS bringing the high in much
faster than the ECMWF/GEM. More inclined to lean on the
slower ECMWF/GEM solution as the GFS tends to push out cutoff
systems too quickly.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1239 AM CDT Thu May 25 2017

High pressure will continue to build into the Northland
overnight, resulting in mostly clear skies across northern portions
of the CWA, and areas of clouds across the south. In general, we
should see mainly VFR conditions throughout the period. The
exception could be a bit of low cloud and fog development overnight
and early Thursday. The models appear to be backing off the threat
of widespread low clouds and fog, so we have been backing off as
well, but the best likelihood would be in the KHYR and KDLH areas.


DLH  39  60  46  64 /   0  20  40  40
INL  40  67  51  68 /   0  20  40  40
BRD  44  68  52  72 /   0  20  30  20
HYR  39  70  51  70 /   0  20  40  40
ASX  36  60  45  66 /   0  20  30  40




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