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FXUS63 KLOT 251950

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
250 PM CDT Sun Jun 25 2017

224 PM CDT

Through Monday...

Little change necessary for the going forecast for the short term
forecast period.  Main concerns focus on unseasonably low
temperatures and diurnal cloud cover/pcpn trends.

Broad upper troughing remains in place, over the eastern 2/3 of the
CONUS with high amplitude ridging over the west coast.  A series of
weak impulses will continue to drop through the nwly flow aloft, out
of the upper Mississippi Valley and across the Great Lakes region.
Broad cyclonic flow aloft will help generate increasing diurnal cu
coverage for the late morning through early evening hours.  Under
the cyclonic curvature aloft, daytime warming coupled with
unseasonably cold air aloft will generate scattered showers with
isold thunderstorms possible durg the afternoon hours invof the
short wave energy dropping through the nwly flow aloft.  The pattern
has remained very slowly progressive, so conditions for tomorrow
will largely be similar to today, with chances for sct shra/isold
tsra from late morning through early evening.  For the overnight
hours, sky cover should become mostly clear.  Temperatures today
should top out in the lower 70s.  As short wave energy dropping
around the swrn periphery of the upper trough should help increase
the amplitude of the upper trough, with heights lowering a little
tomorrow.  With general cold advection through a deep layer and
lowering heights, temperatures tomorrow should be a couple degrees
lower, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s.  As cloud cover and
winds diminish overnight, temperatures tonight should drop into the
upper 40s to lower 50s, except for the urban heat island of the
Chicago Metro area, where temperatures should only drop into the
upper 50s.


249 PM CDT

Monday night through Sunday...

Upper level heights will build Monday night as low pressure that
has brought our cooler and occasionally through briefly showery
weather will shift to the eastern third of the country. Surface
high pressure, which has been parked over the center of the CONUS
will shift across Central IL early Tuesday and to the eastern Ohio
Valley later in the day. Model time heights depict a largely cloud
free day, save for some possible high clouds, and with warm
advection behind the high, temperatures will rebound back a little
bit closer, though still a tad shy of normal for late June.

Dampening upper level ridging will keep Tuesday night dry, but
warm/moist advection will ensue of ahead of low pressure to the
west, zonal and active flow aloft, while the Gulf of Mexico
moisture will open up a bit more. Overnight convection across the
plains will be driven by a strong low level jet and a lower
amplitude shortwave. This wave and an associated cold front will
near our region late in the day and Wednesday night. Models are in
fairly good agreement with the pattern with some modest
disagreement in timing, leading to a likely period of showers and
thunderstorms. Severe chances are not zero given the strength of
the low to mid level wind fields, but the timing of the activity
does suggest a possible weakening trend with some chances
lingering for heavy rainfall, especially in our western areas.

There looks to be a lull Thursday morning as this wave will shift
east. The frontal boundary will stall out a bit somewhere in the
region as low pressure to the north will promote a continued
warm/moist feed from the southwest. This will continue a warm and
somewhat muggy pattern, with occasional chances for showers and
thunderstorms ahead of an upper low across the Canadian prairies
that will slowly shift to the upper Midwest and eventually to the
western Great Lakes this weekend. The best chances Thursday appear
along and south of our area which is where the frontal boundary
may linger. It is along and south of this axis that will stand a
severe threat as instability increase ahead of the upper trough.
Our best chances of precipitation would be Thursday night. There
are additional chances on Friday ahead of this system`s cold
front. Temperatures will hold around normals in the lower to mid
80s, likely tempered by at least occasional cloudiness and
dampened during wet periods. Saturday does appear to be a drier
period as a more benign surface pressure pattern becomes a bit
more evident. As mentioned in the overnight shift discussion, the
overall weather pattern supports milder conditions with occasional
bouts of storms, but upstream activity will play a role in our
local impacts.



For the 18Z TAFs...

Broad low pressure will remain parked over the eastern Great
Lakes while high pressure extends from the northern plains through
the lower Ohio Valley. This will keep wly-wnwly winds across the
region through the period.

Under cool, cyclonic flow aloft remaining in place, diurnal cu
development will be the only cloud cover of significance. Cloud
cover will increase to bkn coverage for the afternoon hours today
and tomorrow and diminish to few overnight and into the morning
hours. A series of weak impulses will track around the swrn
periphery of the associated upper low, bringing a chance for some
sct shra or isold tsra to the region for the afternoon hours, but
will keep the TAFs dry as coverage should be sparse and the
chances for any individual shower impacting the terminals will be


249 PM CDT

A cold front extending from low pressure across the northern
Great Lakes region will push southeast over Lake Michigan tonight.
The stagnant pattern of high pressure to the west and low pressure
to the east will then hold for one more day with a slight uptick
in the west northwest winds, reaching near 25 ky. High pressure
across the plains will shift south of Lake Michigan on Tuesday,
which will ultimately shift winds to southerly through the day,
and winds will largely hold a south component through late
Thursday night. The high will shift to the eastern Ohio Valley
late Tuesday and to the Atlantic basin Wednesday. Meanwhile, a
decent (995 mb) low across the northern plains will shift to
northern WI by early Thursday. A fairly tight pressure gradient
later Wednesday into early Thursday may bring winds close to 30
kt. The low will weaken over northern Lake Michigan ahead of a
cold front that will move over the lake Friday night. Winds will
generally settle to more of a west-northwest at this point.






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