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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
330 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2016

.SHORT TERM.../Tonight/
Issued at 330 PM CDT Wed May 25 2016

Main concern overnight will be thunderstorm redevelopment. Leftover
convection has diminished to only a few showers over the southeast.
Elsewhere breaks in cloud cover have allowed recovery of airmass
over the region...mainly west of the state. Synoptic low and warm
front stretches from eastern South Dakota to near Rochester MN with
south southwest flow over much of the forecast area now. Old outflow
boundary situated in north central MO to northeast KS with some
convergence taking place along the boundary. Models having some
difficulty with area of re-initiation this evening...but some
consensus between synoptic models/Hires suggest that area of concern
will be over eastern NE/Southwest to west central IA and northeast
KS. Activity congeals into an MCS overnight and should track
east/southeast across the southern quarter of Iowa or northern MO.
Models also develop weaker area of convection along the more
northern synoptic boundary. As mentioned...differences remain. SPC
HRRR focusing development more north while ARW/NMM/GFS20/EURO more
focused on southern Iowa tagging the old outflow boundary. Moisture
transport remains stronger this evening into the southern portion of
the state. GFS is trending on developing any storms tonight along
the leading nose of weakening stability...which coincides with the
max qpf axis over central/southern sections of the forecast area.
Overnight PWATs continue in the 1 to 1.5 inch range...with warm
cloud depths ranging from 11-12kft. Mean storm motions of 10 to 15
kts suggest heavy downpours and potential for quick 1 to 2 inch
rainfalls if some stronger updrafts develop.  Given current
conditions...most likely will see initiation to the west/southwest
of the area then developing east northeast into the south half
through the night then shifting southeast as the better moisture
transport and better isentropic lift moves out of the area.
Bufr soundings maintain elevated convection overnight with any
threats for severe weather being hail and winds.  Lows will be
rather warm again with south southwest the lower to mid

.LONG TERM.../Thursday through Wednesday/
Issued at 330 PM CDT Wed May 25 2016

Active pattern to continue through the forecast period, with
increased chances of thunderstorms Thursday into the weekend.
Upper level trough over the four corners region Thursday will
slowly meander eastward into the weekend. A series of impulses
will eject out of the southwest trough and push through the
region. This will bring intermittent thunderstorm chances to the
state into the holiday weekend. Some lingering activity may be
ongoing across the far south Thursday morning, which should
quickly clear off with subsidence between shortwaves across the
state. A sfc boundary will lift northward through the state with
an inverted sfc trough feature extending northeastward into the
state. Theta-e advection increases across the CWA by Thursday
afternoon into the evening, and could see some storms form in that
area by Thursday afternoon across western/central IA. Overall deep
layer shear stronger around 35-45kts, with decent low level shear
as well. CAPE values to increase to around 3,000 to 4,000 J/kg by
the late afternoon hours. Severe chances will be greater off to
the southwest closer to the sfc low center, however are still
possible across much of the CWA both with the possible
afternoon/evening activity and also with an overnight MCS that
could push through late Thursday night from development to the
west. PWAT values around 1.6 in therefore potential for locally
heavy rainfall still there as well.

Additional thunderstorm development possible Friday afternoon into
Saturday morning, with chances becoming more diffuse into the
latter portion of the holiday weekend as the sfc low lifts off to
the northeast and the main upper level trough pushes through the
region Saturday night. This leads to more subtle features in place
across the region with more of a zonal flow pattern setting up and
the main jet lifts across the northern US. This should allow for
continue chances for storms into next week with southerly flow
still off the gulf. However the threat of strong to severe storms
and organized systems is less given the lack of stronger weather
systems moving through the area.


.AVIATION.../For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday afternoon/
Issued at 1244 PM CDT Wed May 25 2016

Main concern once again is convection along with CIGS/VISBY where
convection develops this evening. For now weakening trends
continue. A warm front/sfc convergent area has developed across
northwest/southeast IA. Storms may fire again along this axis by
00z/02z and track east southeast with time. Most sites would see
some convection between 03-11z with storms less likely at KMCW.
Along the axis of better storm chances-have also lowered CIGS to
IFR/MVFR along with MVFR vsby through 13z. Remainder of period
looks less active as MCS winds down./rev


.DMX Watches/Warnings/Advisories...None.



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