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FXUS63 KDVN 230853

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
353 AM CDT SAT JUL 23 2016

Issued at 330 AM CDT Sat Jul 23 2016

The latest SFC analysis was indicating a quasi-stationary boundary
draped from west-to-east acrs SD...along the IA/MN border...and back
up acrs northern lower MI. Along and south of it, including the
local area SFC DPTs were pooling generally in the mid 70s ATTM.
Aloft, upper ridge axis was adjusting up the mid and upper MS RVR
Valley. MCS and associated MCV was rolling east acrs central Neb,
and should get shunted more northeastward as it encounters the ridge
axis this morning.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
ISSUED AT 330 AM CDT Sat Jul 23 2016

Today...Clouds trends on the IR loop and assessing some convergence
looking at H85 MB flow on the profilers/VAD, suggest that a elevated
wing of warm air advection type showers and storms off the Neb wave,
will continue to develop and move eastward acrs portions of the CWA
this morning. Several of the HiRes/near term models picking up on
this as well. But the forcing is marginal and layer shear rather
weak through 18z, thus will just cover with 20-30 POPs and expect
coverage higher acrs the northwestern half to third of the DVN CWA.
Later this afternoon, several MCS generation tools and forcing
indications come together acrs NW IA/eastern SD/much of MN. Some
forcing wings extending/tailing southeastward off this process may
allow for more storms in the north and northwestern fcst area this
afternoon. Will keep low POPs mainly north of I80 this afternoon to
account for this. Of course, if the Neb MCS does not decay diurnally
like several models show, or get shunted more off to the northwest
of the area and keeps chugging eastward, it will be a forecast
buster for both temps and the low to moderate POPs for today will
have to be raised.

As for the heat headlines, convective debris from the west and
ongoing high humidity itself will keep ambient temps in check in the
mid to upper 80s. Some areas that get more sun later this afternoon
like south of I80, will near 90 or low 90s. Even with DPts in the
mid to upper 70s, true heat warning criteria will not be met. But
with heat index readings in the upper 90s to around 105, much of the
CWA will continue to reach at least local office heat advisory
criteria. Thus will use three days accumulative of heat warning or
heat advisory criteria to support keeping the heat warning going for
now.  But am worried today will be marginal at best especially if
clouds hold thicker than expected and even the somewhat trimmed back
forecast highs are still not met.

Tonight...main challenge will be how far south the expected
resultant northern plains through the upper MS RVR Valley MCS will
make it. Best forcing and support on several models, including the
00z run ECMWF and NAM keep the brunt of a strong MCS just to the
north of the DVN CWA, with just some secondary sctrd to isolated
storms along and north of Hwy 30. But looking at several convective
steering mechanisms and thermal highway rules of thumb that storm
clusters propagate along, feel the 00z GFS may have more of a handle
as it dumps some of the system acrs at least the northern to
northeastern third of the CWA especially after midnight. Would not
be surprised if it could even push further south and west of that by
early Sunday morning. Will adjust POPs accordingly with the GFS in
mind and at least likely POPs in the northeast for now after
midnight. High PWATs and CAPES would allow for heavy rain producing
storms, as well as some potential for damaging winds with any
associated llvl cold pool formation...even with marginal deep shear
profiles in place locally as(or if) the storms propagate into the
local area. Could see a flash flood threat in recent heavy rain hit
areas of the north if these storms make it into the local area. But
not enough confidence at the moment to issue a flash flood watch.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through next Friday)
ISSUED AT 330 AM CDT Sat Jul 23 2016

Cold front moving through on Sunday will end the stretch of
oppressive heat and humidity, and also provide a focus for
thunderstorms. Beyond, a developing upper level NW flow will bring
slightly cooler weather for next week.

Sunday: The shortwave currently driving through northern MT pushes
the stationary front southward as a weak cold front through the
forecast area during the afternoon. There are some typical model
differences in timing, but the overall idea of the frontal passage
during peak heating into an airmass with temperatures at least in
the 80s and dewpoints well into the mid and upper 70s supports
scattered thunderstorms. The heat index may again push at least into
advisory criteria, especially where dewpoint pooling occurs along
and ahead of the front across the south and southeast, and an
advisory will need to be considered. With MUCAPES possibly into the
3000 to 4000 j/kg range by late afternoon, severe storms will be
possible, but somewhat limited by marginal shear.

High pressure then follows for Monday and Tuesday providing dry
weather with temperatures closer to july averages and more tolerable
humidity values. Will continue low chances for thunderstorms in the
south behind the front Sunday night, then in the far south Monday.
Thunderstorm chances return area-wide Wednesday through Friday when
the area comes under the influence of a more active wavetrain in the
W-NW flow aloft.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday Night)
ISSUED AT 1149 PM CDT Fri Jul 22 2016

Generally VFR conditions and fair skies overnight. Patchy very
light fog may be possible toward morning. A thunderstorm complex
in mature and decaying stages may arrive by late morning. This is
handled with cloud ceilings aob 7k agl and and again vicinity
wording. Winds will tend to be southerly and less than 5 kts.


.DVN Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
IA...Excessive Heat Warning until 7 PM CDT this evening for Benton-
     Buchanan-Cedar-Clinton-Delaware-Des Moines-Dubuque-Henry IA-
     Muscatine-Scott-Van Buren-Washington.

IL...Excessive Heat Warning until 7 PM CDT this evening for Bureau-
     Carroll-Hancock-Henderson-Henry IL-Jo Daviess-McDonough-
     Mercer-Putnam-Rock Island-Stephenson-Warren-Whiteside.

MO...Excessive Heat Warning until 7 PM CDT this evening for Clark-



LONG TERM...Sheets
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