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FXUS63 KLOT 142000

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
300 PM CDT Mon Aug 14 2017

234 PM CDT

Through Tuesday...

Debris clouds from early morning thunderstorms kept temperatures a
bit cooler than expected this morning. However, those clouds are
dissipating as they push east, and temperatures are rebounding

Weak low pressure over Iowa will pass over southern Lake Michigan
tonight.  Scattered storms are expected to form across north-central
IL this evening.  Guidance has been struggling with convection most
of today and many models are already overdoing thunderstorm
coverage. Therefore, while I expect scattered storms, I am uncertain
about coverage and exactly when thunderstorms will form. The latest
RAP guidance suggests the atmosphere is in the process of
destabilizing, but surface CIN remains.

Therefore, expecting scattered storms to form near the Rockford area
between 00-02Z/ 7-9PM CDT.  Storms will shift east through the
evening. A couple of storms may become strong, but I am not
expecting widespread severe weather. CAPE values should be 1000 J/kg
or less and 0-6km shear will be around 40 kt. The strongest
storms may produce gusty winds.

Weak winds and recent rainfall will probably lead to patchy fog
in outlying areas tonight. The low`s cold front pushes south early
Tuesday morning with winds becoming north to northeast behind it.
12Z guidance has the cold front stalling across central IL, a bit
further south than previous runs. As such, thinking the focus for
thunderstorms Tuesday will be further south. Kept up to a chance
of showers and storms south of I-80, but the main focus may even
be further south across WFO ILX`s forecast area. Temperatures
Tuesday will be similar to today except for cooler along the lake.



255 PM CDT

Tuesday night through Monday...

With Tuesday looking drier than previously anticipated, weak ridging
should be in place and a diffuse stationary front parked just south
of the area by late Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Northeasterly
low level flow Tuesday night will transition to south to
southeasterly by midday on Wednesday as the stationary front lifts
through as a warm front and starts feeding higher dewpoints into the

The GFS and ECMWF disagree on how quickly to develop showers during
the day Wednesday, apparently in part due to differences in the
degree of low level convergence in the warm sector, afternoon
destabilization, and supporting shortwaves aloft. Using the NAM as a
tiebreaker would support the much slower ECMWF solution and keep
much of the area dry until evening.  For now will plan to carry
slight chance to chance POPs for most of Wednesday and go with
likelies for the evening and overnight.

Somewhat better model agreement supports hanging onto at least
chance POPs for most of Thursday as well.  A cold frontal passage
was previously expected a bit earlier in the period but now looks
to be on track for the middle of the day Thursday.

Friday looks dry and cooler with northwest winds but residual low
level moisture and steep midlevel lapse rates likely will support
increasing cloudiness in the afternoon along with the possibility of
a few sprinkles.

The picture for the weekend is of course far less certain but
current trends suggest Saturday could see scattered showers with a
passing small amplitude trough aloft, while Sunday presently looks
dry under the influence of increasing heights aloft and ridging at
the surface.

And then there is the question for Monday and the eclipse.  A very
early look gives hope that the ridge anticipated to be overhead
Sunday may still be blocking moisture return and providing large
scale subsidence through the first part of Monday.  Or perhaps the
pattern will slow down a bit and not move the ridge into the area
until Sunday night or Monday. It remains too early to have much
confidence in any specific solution, but for now we will start
with a dry forecast and partly cloudy skies.



For the 18Z TAFs...

South-southwest winds continue this afternoon, and the winds
should be strong enough to keep the lake breeze east of ORD and
MDW. Scattered thunderstorms are still forecast to form this
evening near RFD and then shift east through the mid to late
evening. I have medium-high confidence in showers and storms
forming near RFD, but I have medium-low confidence in timing and
coverage. As such, I kept TSRA as is in the TAFs.

Light winds tonight will probably result in fog mainly at RFD. A
cold front sinks south early Tuesday morning and winds become
north to northeast. Low cigs are also expected with the front. IFR
cigs are most likely at RFD, while other sites will likely see
MVFR cigs. Clouds scatter out in the mid to late morning, and
thunderstorm activity Tuesday should be well south of the



255 PM CDT

A weak cold front dropping across the lake tonight will turn winds
northeast and then north. The front will stall well south of the
lake Tuesday before lifting back north as a warm front on
Wednesday with strengthening south and southeast winds behind
it Wednesday night and Thursday. A stronger cold front then
crosses the lake Thursday and returns winds to a more
northwesterly direction.






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