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FXUS63 KMPX 101803 AAB
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
103 PM CDT THU JUL 10 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 537 AM CDT THU JUL 10 2014

WARM AND SUMMER-LIKE WEATHER WITH PERIODS OF SUN AND THUNDERSTORMS
WILL GIVE WAY TO COOL...CLOUDY...AND DOWNRIGHT FALL-LIKE WEATHER FOR
THE BEGINNING OF NEXT WEEK. WARMER AND DRIER WEATHER WILL FOLLOW THE
NEAR RECORD COOL TEMPERATURES.

EARLY MORNING WATER VAPOR WITH 500MB HEIGHTS AND WINDS SHOWED A
SHORTWAVE LOCATED ACROSS WESTERN MONTANA. THIS SHORTWAVE WILL
CONTINUE EASTWARD AND DRAW UP WARM MOIST AIR AHEAD OF IT. STILL SOME
UNCERTAINTY WITH THE TIMING OF THE PRECIP...WHETHER IT WILL BE LATE
THURSDAY NIGHT OR MORE TOWARD FRIDAY MORNING. GIVEN THE CONSISTENCY
OF THE UPPER LEVEL WAVE BEING LOCATED OVER THE MN/WI BORDER BY 06Z
FRIDAY...AND CENTRAL WI BY 12Z...HAVE SPED UP THE TIMING OF THE POPS
EVEN THOUGH THE BEST LOW LEVEL MOISTURE LAGS THIS UPPER LEVEL
FEATURE. THE NAM 10.00 IS THE MOST PROGRESSIVE WITH THE QPF...AND IN
THE PAST HAS DONE BETTER WITH THE TIMING OF WARM AIR ADVECTION
PRECIP. GIVEN THE 925MB MASS FIELDS ARE FAIRLY CONSISTENT BETWEEN
THE GFS/ECMWF/NAM FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH LEANING TOWARDS THE QUICKER
SOLUTION.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 537 AM CDT THU JUL 10 2014

ONCE THIS PRECIP EXITS THE REGION BOUNDARY LAYER DESTABILIZATION
WILL OCCUR BEHIND IT ACROSS WESTERN MN...SO REINTRODUCED POPS LATE
FRIDAY AFTERNOON. THE CHANCE OF PRECIP LINGERS THROUGH
SUNDAY...BUT THE HIGHEST PROBABILITY IS ACROSS IOWA WHERE THE
BOUNDARY BECOMES MORE EAST/WEST ORIENTED SETTING THE STAGE FOR
HEAVY RAIN DOWN THERE. HOWEVER...CANT RULE OUT THUNDERSTORMS AT
ANYTIME OVER THE WEEKEND ACROSS MN/WI...SO CONTINUE WITH SLIGHT
CHANCE OF PRECIP ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE PERIOD SHOULD BE DRY.

LOOKING AHEAD...ASIDE FROM THURSDAY NIGHT...THE HIGHEST CONFIDENCE
IN PRECIP WILL BE ON MONDAY AS A POWERFUL UPPER LEVEL WAVE
STRENGTHENS ACROSS CENTRAL CANADA AND DROPS SOUTHWARD ACROSS THE
UPPER MIDWEST. THE GFS/GEM/ECMWF ARE IN REMARKABLE AGREEMENT WITH
THE LOCATION OF THIS PV ANOMALY...AND THE HEIGHT FALLS THAT PRECEDE
IT. COLD AIR ADVECTION WILL KEEP BOUNDARY LAYER LAPSE RATES
STEEP...AND DEEP LOW LEVEL MOISTURE MEANS OVERCAST SKIES AND PERIODS
OF LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS. THIS PATTERN IS SIMILAR TO JULY 17 2009...OR
JULY 27 2013 WHICH SET RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES OF 65 AND 64
RESPECTIVELY. THEREFORE HEDGED TEMPERATURES CLOSER TO THE
GFS...WHICH HAS HIGHS ONLY IN THE 60S FOR BOTH MONDAY AND TUESDAY.
ALSO INCREASED CLOUD COVER CONSIDERABLY SINCE FORECAST SOUNDINGS
SHOW OVERCAST SKIES FOR BOTH MONDAY AND TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1250 PM CDT THU JUL 10 2014

MAIN DISTURBANCE IS NOW OVER NORTHERN SODAK WHICH WILL BE
GENERATING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT AS
IT HEADS EAST TOWARD MN. DEFORMATION AREA TO THE WEST OF THIS
DISTURBANCE ALONG THE MT/WY BORDER WILL ALSO FOSTER STORM
DEVELOPMENT THIS EVENING...SO IT LOOKS LIKE A FAIRLY STORMY
EVENING AND OVERNIGHT ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND PORTIONS OF CENTRAL
MN. HEAVY RAIN POTENTIAL IS INCREASING WITH SEVERAL INCHES
POSSIBLE...BUT IT IS STILL SOMEWHAT UNCLEAR WHICH TAF SITES WILL
BE MOST IMPACTED. AT THIS POINT IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL SET UP JUST
SOUTH OF AXN/STC AND NORTH OF RWF THROUGH 06Z...EXPANDING EASTWARD
TOWARD MSP BETWEEN 08-11Z. MAINLY VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED...
HOWEVER HEAVY RAINFALL WOULD BRING MUCH LOWER CONDITIONS.

KMSP...LITTLE CONCERNS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. BIGGEST CONCERN
COMES LATE TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING IF MESOSCALE MODELS ARE
CORRECT IN BRINGING A NARROW BAND OF HEAVY RAINFALL.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
SAT...VFR WITH MVFR/SHRA/TSRA POSSIBLE. WIND NW AT 5 KTS.
SUN...VFR WITH MVFR/SHRA/TSRA POSSIBLE. WINDS W AT 5-10 KTS.
MON...VFR WITH MVFR CIGS/SHRA POSSIBLE. WIND NW AT 10-20 KTS.

&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MN...NONE.
WI...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JRB
LONG TERM...JRB
AVIATION...BORGHOFF





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