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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1231 PM CDT TUE APR 22 2014

UPDATED TO INCLUDE 18Z AVIATION DISCUSSION BELOW.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 335 AM CDT TUE APR 22 2014

THINGS WILL BE FAIRLY QUIET THROUGH THE SHORT TERM... WITH THE
ONLY ITEM OF ANY CONCERN BEING CHANCES FOR SOME WARM ADVECTION
PCPN TO MOVE INTO THE WESTERN HALF OF THE AREA LATE TONIGHT.
CURRENT SURFACE ANALYSIS SHOWS HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED NEAR THE
MINNESOTA/DAKOTAS BORDER. THIS FEATURE WILL MOVE EAST THROUGH THE
DAY TODAY AS NORTHWEST UPPER FLOW PERSISTS... KEEPING THINGS
MOSTLY SUNNY AND DRY... ALTHOUGH MID-HIGH CLOUDS WILL START TO
WORK IN FROM THE WEST DURING THE AFTERNOON. THE UPPER TROUGH
CURRENTLY MOVING INTO THE WEST COAST WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH EAST
THROUGH TONIGHT... WORKING TO DRIVE THE UPPER RIDGE AXIS INTO OUR
AREA BY 12Z WEDNESDAY.MID-LEVEL WARM ADVECTION WILL QUICKLY
INCREASE LATE TONIGHT IN RESPONSE TO THE PROGRESSION OF THE UPPER
RIDGE... WITH SUFFICIENT SATURATION LIKELY TO OCCUR OVER THE WEST
AFTER THE 06-09Z FOR SOME PCPN. AT THIS POINT... THINK ANY PCPN
WILL STAY WEST OF I-35 THROUGH 12Z. WOULD BE A BIT MORE CONCERNED
ABOUT PCPN DEVELOPING FARTHER EAST THAN PROGGED BY THE MODELS...
SINCE THAT OFTEN OCCURS IN SIMILAR WARM ADVECTION SCENARIOS... BUT
THE LACK OF ANY APPARENT ELEVATED INSTABILITY THROUGH THE NIGHT
SHOULD KEEP THAT FROM OCCURRING. NEITHER MUCAPE... BEST LI...
SHOWALTER INDICES... NOR SIMPLE CONVECTIVE INSTABILITY VIA
850-500MB DIFFERENTIAL THETA-E INDICATE ANY INSTABILITY WORKING
INTO THE AREA TONIGHT... SO TIMING OF PCPN SHOULD REALLY REMAIN
TIED TO THE ISENTROPIC ASCENT AND SATURATION... WHICH LOOKS TO
ONLY IMPACT THE WESTERN THIRD-TO HALF OF THE AREA OVERNIGHT.
INCLUDED A CHANCE FOR SHRA OVER THE FAR WEST BY 06... THEN BROUGHT
IT TO JUST WEST OF I-35 BY 12Z. WE WILL SEE 850MB TEMPERATURES
WARM SLIGHTLY DURING THE DAY TODAY... AND FORECAST SOUNDINGS
SUGGEST WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MIX THROUGH AROUND 825MB OR SO...
WHICH SHOULD ALLOW FOR HIGHS OF 60-65 OUT WEST... NEAR 60 IN THE
TWIN CITIES METRO... AND MID 50S IN WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

.LONG TERM...(WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY)
ISSUED AT 335 AM CDT TUE APR 22 2014

LONG TERM CONCERNS IS THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT AND MOVEMENT OF THE
WESTERN CONUS TROUGH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. IT APPEARS THERE IS A
GOOD LIKELIHOOD OF OF AT LEAST ONE HALF TO 1 INCH OF RAIN ACROSS
MUCH OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTION OF THE CWA WEDNESDAY AND
THURSDAY. MUCH COOLER FOR THE REST OF THE PERIOD WITH A SMALL
THREAT OF RAIN AND SNOW CLIPPING MAINLY THE SOUTHERN CWA LATE IN
THE PERIOD.

MODELS ARE IN FAIR AGREEMENT IN THE TIMING AND MOVEMENT OF THE
TROUGH AND SURFACE FRONT DURING THE WED/THU TIME FRAME. LOOKS LIKE
SOME SOWERS DEVELOPING LATER TUESDAY NIGHT AND SPREADING EAST
DURING THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY. WILL RETAIN THE LIKELY POPS...WEST
EARLY...SPREADING INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN IN THE AFTERNOON. THERE
WILL LIKELY BE A LULL IN THE OVERALL ACTIVITY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
THE STRONGER FORCING AND MOISTURE LIFT NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. THIS REMAINS THE BEST PERIOD TO CONTINUE
THE CATEGORICAL POPS OVER THE AREA. ABUNDANT CLOUD COVER ALONG
WITH THE RAIN WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES ON THE COOL SIDE OVER MUCH OF
THE AREA...STRUGGLING TO WARM TO 50 IN THE NORTHEAST CWA.
INSTABILITY IS MEAGER ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE PERIOD. THE STRONG
NATURE OF THE TROUGH COULD STILL INITIATE ISOLATED THUNDER OVER THE
AREA DURING THIS PERIOD.

IN THE WAKE OF THE SYSTEM...MUCH COLDER AIR IS DRIVEN SOUTH ACROSS
THE AREA. THE 00Z ECMWF IS EVEN COOLER THAN THE GFS THIS GO ROUND.
THE ECMWF ACTUALLY DRIVES BELOW ZERO H85 TEMPERATURES OVER THE
NORTHEAST CWA...WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF RAIN/SNOW SCENARIO THERE
THURSDAY AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY. WILL HAVE TO MONITOR THIS TREND
LATER TODAY.

FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE LONGER TERM...BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
WILL REMAIN THROUGH THE WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. MODELS ARE
INDICATING THE NEXT TROUGH COMING ASHORE OVER THE WEST COAST LATE
IN THE WEEK. BELIEVE THE 00Z GFS MAY BE A BIT FAST IN DRIVING THE
TROUGH EAST OVER THE WEEKEND. WILL KEEP SATURDAY DRY...AND SPREAD
SOME CHANCE POPS OVER MAINLY THE SOUTHWEST THIRD OF THE CWA INTO
SUNDAY. IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR THE TROUGH TO OVERCOME THE LARGE
CANADIAN HIGH THAT WILL PROVIDE A GENERALLY DRY EASTERLY FLOW
ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH MOST OF TH WEEKEND. ANY PRECIPITATION THAT
DOES MAKE IT INTO THE SOUTH WILL LIKELY BE MIXED RAIN/SNOW COMBO.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1154 AM CDT TUE APR 22 2014

HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED OVER CENTRAL MN AT THE NOON HOUR TODAY.
THIS HIGH WILL SLOWLY SHIFT OFF TO THE EAST OVERNIGHT AS RETURN
FLOW SETS UP. A LARGE AND COMPLEX FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL APPROACH
FROM THE WEST LATE TONIGHT...SPREADING SHOWERS FROM WEST TO EAST
BEGINNING 12-13Z AT KAXN. THE MOST PREVALENT SHOWER ACTIVITY LOOKS
TO BE NORTH AND EAST OF THE MN RIVER THROUGH EARLY AFTN. THUNDER
IS NOT EXPECTED AS THE MAIN AXIS OF INSTABILITY REMAINS WELL TO
THE SOUTH AND WEST. OUTSIDE OF ANY HEAVIER SHOWER ACTIVITY...VFR
SHOULD PREVAIL FOR MUCH OF THIS TAF PD. SE WINDS WILL RISE
DRAMATICALLY (GUSTS TO 25KT+)...ESPECIALLY OUT WEST BY MID-MORNING AND
CONTINUING THROUGH THE DAY.

KMSP...RIDGE AXIS STILL TO THE WEST OF MSP AS OF NOON...BUT BEFORE
THE FINAL PUSH OF THE EVE...WINDS WILL SWING AROUND TO THE ENE BUT
ALSO DECREASE TO 7KT OR LESS. SE WINDS WILL BE BLOWING FIRST THING IN
THE MORNING WITH A BAND OF VFR SHOWERS MOVING THROUGH 16-22Z.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MVFR CEILINGS AND VISIBILITIES EXPECTED WITH
RAIN... IFR POSSIBLE. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 20 KT.
THURSDAY...MVFR CEILINGS AND VISIBILITIES POSSIBLE EARLY.
SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 KT SHIFTING NORTHWEST.
THURSDAY NIGHT...VFR. NORTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 KT.
FRI-SAT...VFR. NORTH WIND 5 TO 15 KT.

&&

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

$$

SHORT TERM...
LONG TERM...DWE
AVIATION...JCA






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