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FXUS63 KDVN 121143
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
643 AM CDT FRI SEP 12 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 304 AM CDT FRI SEP 12 2014

SURFACE RIDGE CENTERED IN THE PLAINS BUT SPANNING MUCH OF THE
CONTINENTAL US DOMINATES THE LOW LEVEL PATTERN. ALOFT... QUASI-ZONAL
FLOW OVER THE MIDWEST WITH A STRONG TROUGH DIGGING INTO THE
NORTHERN PLAINS. BROAD AREA OF STRATIFORM PRECIP FROM NE INTO
WESTERN IA ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TROUGH.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 304 AM CDT FRI SEP 12 2014

HIGH CONFIDENCE TODAY IN A WIDESPREAD BUT LOW PRECIP AMOUNT RAINFALL
EVENT. LESS CONFIDENCE IN FOG/FROST POTENTIAL TONIGHT.

UPPER TROUGH WILL CONTINUE TO DEEPEN AS IT DIGS INTO THE CENTRAL
CONUS...SUPPORTING A CONTINUATION AND EXPANSION OF THE OVERRUNNING
PRECIP EVENT ONGOING TO OUR WEST. PRECIPITABLE WATERS UNDER ONE
INCH...WHICH IS NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL...WILL LIMIT
RAINFALL AMOUNTS TO A FEW TENTHS. END RESULT IS HIGH POPS FOR A WIDESPREAD
BUT LOW QPF EVENT. SATURATION WILL BE SLOW DUE TO LOW BOUNDARY
LAYER DEW POINTS... AND THUS PRECIP ONSET AT THE SURFACE IS
EXPECTED TO BE SLOWER THAN WHAT MODELS SUGGEST.

TEMPERATURES WILL BE A BIT TRICKY TODAY DEPENDING ON TIMING OF
ONSET OF RAIN. EVAPORATIVE COOLING AS RAIN DEVELOPS SHOULD LIMIT
TEMPERATURE RECOVERY THIS MORNING...THEN EXPECT LITTLE TEMPERATURE CHANGE
THROUGH THE DAY ONCE PRECIP STARTS.

HAVE KEPT PATCHY FOG TONIGHT FOR AREAS ALONG AND WEST OF THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER WHERE CLEARING IS EXPECTED EARLIER TONIGHT.
CURRENT THINKING IS THAT WARMER GROUND SHOULD KEEP FROST AT BAY
EXCEPT IN PARTICULARLY LOW SHELTERED LOCATIONS WITH EXTREMELY
STRONG COLD AIR DRAINAGE...ALTHOUGH THIS BEARS CLOSE WATCH.

.LONG TERM...(SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 304 AM CDT FRI SEP 12 2014

THE MAIN FOCUS OF THE LONG TERM PERIOD WILL BE ON TEMPERATURES.

SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL BE CENTERED ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA ON
SATURDAY...WITH A LIGHT WIND AND PLENTY OF SUN. A BLEND OF THE
WARMER MAV AND COOLER MET GUIDANCE LOOKS REASONABLE...YIELDING
AFTERNOON HIGHS IN THE UPPER 50S TO LOWER 60S. ON SATURDAY
NIGHT...HIGH PRESSURE WILL BEGIN TO SLOWLY PUSH EAST...WITH THE
COLDEST TEMPS IN THE UPPER 30S LIKELY IN THE CLINTON AND FREEPORT
AREAS.

LOOKING AHEAD...EXPECT A CONTINUED MODERATION IN TEMPERATURES ON
SUNDAY AHEAD OF THE NEXT FRONT...WHICH IS FORECAST TO MOVE THROUGH
THE FORECAST AREA SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY. RELATIVELY LIMITED
MOISTURE WILL PRECLUDE HEAVY RAIN...BUT THERE WILL LIKELY BE ENOUGH
ELEVATED INSTABILITY TO SUPPORT A FEW THUNDERSTORMS...MAINLY SOUTH
OF INTERSTATE 80. INCREASING CLOUDS WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES DOWN IN
THE 60S AGAIN ON MONDAY.

TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY WILL BE MAINLY DRY WITH A GRADUAL WARMING
TREND AS AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE BUILDS INTO THE PLAINS.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 12Z TAFS THROUGH 12Z SATURDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 638 AM CDT FRI SEP 12 2014

A BROAD AREA OF RAIN WILL MOVE INTO EASTERN IOWA THIS MORNING AND
CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY. THUNDER IS NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER...MVFR
CEILINGS AND VSBYS WILL PERSIST FOR MUCH OF THE DAY. RAIN IS
EXPECTED TO MOVE OUT OF AREA TAF SITES BY 00Z SATURDAY WITH
CLEARING SKIES BY 06Z.

&&

.CLIMATE...
ISSUED AT 304 AM CDT FRI SEP 12 2014

RECORD COOL HIGHS FOR SEP 12 (TODAY)...

DUBUQUE... 53 SET IN 1902
MOLINE.... 55 SET IN 1902

RECORD LOWS FOR SEP 13 (TONIGHT)...

MOLINE.........36 IN 1902
CEDAR RAPIDS...35 IN 1975
DUBUQUE........35 IN 1953
BURLINGTON.....34 IN 1902

&&

.DVN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IA...NONE.
IL...NONE.
MO...NONE.
&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...DMD
SHORT TERM...DMD
LONG TERM...RP KINNEY
AVIATION...DMD






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