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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
203 PM CST TUE NOV 25 2014

.SHORT TERM...
303 AM CST

THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

PRIMARY FORECAST CHALLENGE TODAY IS CLOUD COVER. GUIDANCE IS ALL
FAIRLY AGGRESSIVE IS CLEARING THINGS OUT THIS AFTERNOON SAVE FOR THE
WRF-NAM. MODELS ARE OFTEN TOO QUICK TO CLEAR STRATUS OUT IN THE
WINTER...THOUGH IN THIS CASE IT IS A FAIRLY TRANSIENT PATTERN SO
STRATUS MAY BE A BIT QUICKER TO CLEAR THAN IS TYPICAL. MOS GUIDANCE
KEEPS SKIES FAIRLY CLOUDY AND HAVE MAINTAINED CLOUDINESS LONGER THAN
GUIDANCE SUGGESTS BUT DO PARTIALLY CLEAR SKIES OUT TONIGHT FOR A
TIME BEFORE CLOUDS ROLL BACK IN AHEAD OF THE NEXT SYSTEM.

SPEAKING OF THE NEXT SYSTEM...GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO TAKE THE CLIPPER
ON THE SOUTHERN ROUTE WITH ITS PRECIP LARGELY MISSING OUR CWA. HAVE
MAINTAINED SOME SLIGHT CHANCE POPS IN OUR SOUTHWESTERN MOST CWA
WEDNESDAY BUT OTHERWISE CONTINUED THE TREND FROM THE DAY SHIFT OF
LOWERING POPS...COMPLETELY REMOVING THEM FROM MUCH OF THE CWA.

IZZI

&&

.LONG TERM...
303 AM CST

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ONWARD...

IN THE LONGER TERM GUIDANCE IS STILL BRINGS IN A TRANSIENT BUT
MODERATELY POTENT SHOT OF COLD AIR THANKSGIVING DAY WHEN HIGHS
SHOULD ONCE AGAIN HOLD IN THE 20S. LARGE SCALE PATTERN WILL BEGIN TO
TRANSITION TO MORE OF A ZONAL FLOW BY FRIDAY WITH WARM AIR ADVECTION
BEGINNING AND POSSIBLY PRODUCING A BIT OF LIGHT PRECIP...BUT IF
ANYTHING DOES FALL AMOUNTS LOOK TO BE VERY LIGHT. BY SATURDAY STRONG
LOW PRESSURE IS PROGGED TO TRACK EAST INTO THE UPPER GREAT LAKES
ALLOWING FOR A BRISK BUT MILD SOUTHERLY FLOW TO DEVELOP OVER THE
AREA. FORECAST 850MB TEMPS WOULD SUPPORT HIGHS WELL INTO THE 50S AND
PERHAPS NEAR 60...THOUGH 925MB TEMPS ARE NOT QUITE AS MILD AND THAT
COULD PARTIALLY BE A RESULT OF A BIT MORE SNOW COVER. HAVE RAISED
HIGHS A BIT OVER THE BLENDED INITIALIZATION BUT THINKING CURRENT
FORECAST IS STILL TOO COOL...ESPECIALLY IN AREAS WITH LITTLE OR NO
SNOW COVER WHICH SHOULD BE A LARGE PORTION OF THE CWA BY SATURDAY.
COLD FRONT LOOKS TO MOVE THROUGH SAT NIGHT OR SUNDAY BRINGING COOLER
WEATHER FOR A COUPLE DAYS BUT IN THE TRANSIENT RATHER ZONAL FLOW GFS
AND ECMWF BOTH HINT AT ANOTHER HEALTHY WARM UP TOWARD MIDDLE OF NEXT
WEEK. PRECIP CHANCES THROUGH THE PERIOD LOOK LOW AND LARGELY
INCONSEQUENTIAL IF ANYTHING DOES FALL.

IZZI

&&

.AVIATION...

//ORD AND MDW CONCERNS...UPDATED 20Z...

* MID RANGE MVFR CIGS AT MDW AND POSSIBLY ORD INTO LATE AFTERNOON.

RC

//DISCUSSION...UPDATED 20Z...

MVFR CIGS IN 1500 TO 2200 FOOT RANGE OVER SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST CHI
METRO HAVE TRIED TO LIFT NORTH A BIT WITH WEST SOUTHWEST FLOW
ALOFT AND AT THE SURFACE. NORTHERN EDGE IS RAGGED SO COULD SEE MDW
SCATTER AT TIMES AND HAVE NOT INCLUDED MVFR IN ORD TAF BUT WILL
NEED TO MONITOR TRENDS. HI-RES GUIDANCE FAVORS MVFR CIGS THIS
EVENING WHILE REST OF GUIDANCE INDICATES DRIER AIR MOVING IN
ALOFT. OVERALL HAVE LOWER CONFIDENCE IN CIG FORECAST THROUGH THIS
EVENING...THOUGH OTHERWISE NO SIGNFICIANT AVIATION CONCERNS.

FROM 18Z...

QUIET AVIATION WEATHER FOR NEXT 30 HOURS...AS SNOW ASSOCIATED WITH
WEAK LOW PRESSURE PASSING TO SOUTHWEST ON WEDNESDAY WILL REMAIN TO
THE SOUTHWEST OF THE TERMINALS. MID MVFR CIGS AT GYY SHOULD
SCATTER WITHIN NEXT HOUR OR SO AND MVFR OVER WISCONSIN EXPECTED TO
STAY TO THE NORTH THIS AFTERNOON...THOUGH COULD SEE FEW TO SCT
CLOUDS AT 020 FILL BACK IN A BIT. WIND SPEEDS WILL REMAIN
GENERALLY LIGHT THROUGHOUT THE TAF PERIOD...WITH DIRECTIONS
SHIFTING TO SOUTHERLY OVERNIGHT...SOUTHEAST WEDNESDAY MORNING AND
EAST-NORTHEAST BY MID TO LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

RC

//ORD AND MDW CONFIDENCE...UPDATED 20Z...

* LOW IN MVFR CIG TRENDS.

RC

//OUTLOOK FOR ORD/MDW FOR 00Z THURSDAY-12Z TUESDAY...UPDATED 12Z...

WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW.

THURSDAY...VFR.

FRIDAY...SLIGHT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN OR SNOW.

SATURDAY...VFR.

SUNDAY...VFR.

MONDAY...VFR.

RODRIGUEZ

&&

.MARINE...
147 PM CST

A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE CONTINUES TO PUSH EAST CAUSING WINDS TO
DIMINISH ACROSS THE REGION. MEANWHILE A LOW CURRENTLY OVER THE
DAKOTAS REACHES THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TOMORROW MORNING. LIGHT
WINDS BECOME EAST OVER THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE LAKE AND VARIABLE
OVER THE NORTHERN HALF TOMORROW AFTERNOON.  THE LOW WEAKENS AS IT
PASSES OVER CENTRAL IL TOMORROW AND HIGH PRESSURE THEN BUILDS OVER
THE PLAINS TOMORROW NIGHT.  NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS INCREASE TO 30
KT THURSDAY AS THE PRESSURE GRADIENT INCREASES BETWEEN THE HIGH OVER
THE PLAINS AND LARGE LOW MOVING UP THE EAST COAST.  WINDS DIMINISH
AS THE HIGH MOVES OVER THE LAKE THURSDAY NIGHT.  WINDS THEN BECOME
SOUTH BEHIND THE HIGH FRIDAY.  GUIDANCE DIFFERS ON HOW QUICKLY THE
NEXT LOW MOVES OVER LAKE SUPERIOR...BUT THE PRESSURE GRADIENT
INCREASES AHEAD OF THE LOW RESULTING IN SOUTH WINDS AROUND 30 KT
LATE THIS WEEK. HAVE THE WINDS FORECASTED TO COME UP FRIDAY
AFTERNOON...BUT THEY COULD COME UP AS LATE AS SATURDAY MORNING. 20
KT WINDS PERSIST THROUGH THE WEEKEND WITH SOUTHWEST WINDS BECOMING
NORTH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  ANOTHER HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM MOVES OVER THE
LAKE EARLY NEXT WEEK WITH STRONG SOUTH WINDS BEHIND IT.

JEE

&&

.LOT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IL...NONE.
IN...NONE.
LM...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...NEARSHORE GARY TO MICHIGAN CITY IN UNTIL 4 PM TUESDAY.

&&

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