Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL
FXUS63 KLOT 010826
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
326 AM CDT Sat Oct 1 2016
307 AM CDT
The main focus for today is the timing of showers and
thunderstorms with the next disturbance expected to impact
portions of the area.
Water vapor imagery this morning shows the center circulation of
the upper low now centered over far southeastern Indiana. This
continues to allow small scale perturbations to rotate westward
along its northern periphery, namely over the lower Great Lakes.
One such disturbance is currently driving a complex of showers,
with some embedded thunderstorms over portions of northeastern
Indiana. Believe it or not, these storms will be headed for
portions of northeastern Illinois and northwestern Indiana this
morning as they shift westward within the deep broad cyclonic flow
over the region. Current timing of these showers and storms puts
them in and around the Chicago area by around 14Z (9am) this
morning. As a result, I have boosted POPs into the 70 to 80
percent range across the eastern CWA mid to late this morning.
Although it is not a good diurnal time of day for thunderstorms
this time of year, the northwestward influx of cold mid-level
temperatures (500MB temps -18 to -20C) associated with the
northward moving upper low, will support the presence of steep
enough lapse rates for charge separation over the area. Therefore,
I have also mentioned isolated thunderstorms in the forecast with
these showers this morning.
Additional showers and storms will remain a good bet (at least on
a scattered basis) over the eastern half of the area into the
early to mid afternoon hours as the main PV anomaly retrogrades
northwestward towards the area. Forecast guidance continues to
indicate that this will act to drive an inverted surface trough
northwestward towards southern portions of the Chicago area by
early afternoon. As a result, this will continue to act as a focus
for showers and some storms through mid afternoon, especially over
my southern and eastern CWA.
Any lingering showers or storms should come to an end over the
area by early this evening. However, there will remain a small
chance for a few showers later Saturday night as another area of
showers tries to drop southward over portions of northeastern
326 AM CDT
Sunday through Friday...
The upper low that has been hanging out around the region for the
past several days, and really outstayed its welcome, is finally
expected to gradually shift towards the eastern Great Lakes by
Sunday evening, then over New England on Monday. Attention will
then begin to focus on another upper level trough, which is
expected to dig over the western CONUS late Sunday and into
Monday. The good news is that it appears that we will be in for
some dry and warmer weather into midweek as the low-level flow
turns southerly across the central CONUS ahead of this western
CONUS trough. However, this system will shift gradually shift
eastward over the Plains, with surface low pressure likely to
shift over the Upper Midwest and into Ontario by mid to late week.
This still looks to drive a decent cold front eastward over the
area, sometime around Thursday. Showers and some storms will be
possible with the frontal passage. Cooler weather is likely in the
wake of this front for Friday into Saturday.
For the 06Z TAFs...
One batch of drizzle is passing through our western terminals as
of 6z, while a batch of showers and thunderstorms continues to
cycle northeastward ahead of inverted surface trough axis.
Rap/Hrrr guidance rotate this trough axis through the area this
morning, with shower coverage expected to increase around 10-11z
in NW Indiana, then spread westward. This axis does not completely
spread west through the terminals, so these showers may have their
best kick along and east of the Chicago TAF sites. Have not
introduced thunder, but isolated thunder looks to at least get
into NW Indiana and adjacent Lake Michigan. Will monitor overnight
progression for ORD/MDW but at this point feel that better threat
would be east and south.
Cigs are a bit of a smorgasbord with a mix of IFR and MVFR (most
dominant) and some VFR. Winds remain elevated such that widespread
IFR is not expected, but some downward trend is possible later
tonight into early Saturday when the next batch of precip arrives.
At least scattered showers continue in the afternoon with some
increase in Cigs, and flow off the lake could contribute to lake
effect showers as well.
Once again guidance is trying to bring conditions back to IFR
later tonight. This has been somewhat overdone in nights past, but
winds will lighten tonight and shift to NNW which may allow some
IFR/LIFR cigs to sneak in. Still a ways off on this so continued
the downward trend of the past TAF cycle.
306 AM CDT
An inverted low pressure trough will expand over the lake this
morning as the center of low pressure moves to the southern tip of
Lake Michigan. This will maintain an east-northeast wind today.
Waves at the Wilmette buoy have settled in the 3.5- 4 ft range or
so, and therefore will carry 3-5 occ 7 ft in the NSH and let the
small craft Advisory go with the wind field weakening. Expect
waves will hold in this range at least through the morning for the
IL nearshore. The low will eject to the northeast toward Lake
Huron tonight into Sunday which will finally allow high pressure
to begin moving east, and will also let winds shift to more NNW.
This will aid in decreasing the waves tonight into Sunday. The
high will build across the northern and western Great Lakes Sunday
night, and then it will shift to New England through the middle of
the week. The next low will head north of the lakes mid to late
LM...Small Craft Advisory...NEARSHORE WATERS
UNTIL 4 AM Saturday.
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