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FXUS63 KDVN 240501

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
1201 AM CDT Wed May 24 2017


Issued at 224 PM CDT Tue May 23 2017

Showers have developed across the eastern and western CWA this
afternoon as an upper level low slowly lumbers south. A vort max
at H5 along with a weak surface front from Freeeport to Galesburg
led to heavier rain showers across the far east. To the west,
diurnal heating along with the upper level low has led to the
development of isolated rain showers. This low, as it slowly
lumbers out of the area will drive the short term weather.


.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Wednesday)
ISSUED AT 224 PM CDT Tue May 23 2017

Two main forecast concerns for the short term. The first,
temperatures tomorrow as the upper level low will likely keep the
area cooler than guidance. The other, the chance for rain tonight
and into tomorrow associated with the upper low. Current forecast
is for the heavier more persistent rain to be associated with the
cold front as it slides to the east.

As far as temperatures go, the MOS based guidance seems to be to
high and the gridded guidance seems to be too broad brushed
across the area. The current Canadian model appears to have nailed
the temps for this afternoon. As a result have used the CMC
blended with the Superblend for overnight lows and tomorrows
highs. If we can break out in decent sun, we could see higher
temps than currently forecast.

As far as the precip goes, if you are follower of synoptic models,
expect precip across the area. If you like the CAMs we will see
widely scattered showers tomorrow afternoon across the area.
Inclination is to go with the CAMs as the overall forcing will be
mesoscale in nature. As a result, POPs decrease from west to east
tomorrow as the low pulls out.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday Night through Tuesday)
ISSUED AT 224 PM CDT Tue May 23 2017

The overall large scale picture indicates an unsettled weather
pattern with temperatures at or below normal through the end of the

Rain will end from west to east Wednesday evening with most areas
being dry after midnight. The better chances for rain look to be
east of the Mississippi.

Dry conditions are expected on Thursday with temperatures in the
lower 70s, which is slightly below normal. However, the proximity of
the upper low over the Great Lakes raises questions regarding the
amount of cloud cover across the area. If there are more clouds than
expected, then temperatures may remain in the 60s for parts of the

Thursday night into Friday the next storm system approaches from the
Plains. Spotty rain will develop or move into the area Thursday
night with a more widespread rain on Friday. Based on what the
models are suggesting, the south half of the area has the better
chance for rain. Temperatures should be near normal on Friday.

Friday night on...

The global models have the next storm system passing to the south of
the area Friday night into Saturday night. However, the models
disagree on the overall timing. As a result, the model consensus has
slight chance to chance pops east of the Mississippi Friday night,
chance pops across the entire area on Saturday, and slight chance to
chance pops across the eastern two thirds of the area Saturday

Depending upon the model solution, late Friday night and possibly
Saturday morning might be dry.

Sunday through Tuesday, the models diverge on their respective
solutions. There is loose agreement that the next upper low will
slowly drop into the Midwest and the Great Lakes. However, each
model has a different timing, track, and strength of the upper low.

As a result of these differences, the model consensus has slight
chance pops Sunday/Sunday night, chance pops Monday, slight chance
pops Monday night, and chance pops on Tuesday.

Depending upon the timing and track of the upper low, the
possibility does exist that Sunday/Sunday night may end up being
dry. There may or may not be a period of dry weather late Monday
night and Tuesday morning.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday Night)
ISSUED AT 1158 PM CDT Tue May 23 2017

Low chances of showers now expected overnight into Wednesday
morning, with higher coverage during the afternoon hours. Have
introduced a VCSH group at 17z at each site. Expect periods of
MVFR visibilities overnight with IFR to MVFR ceilings rotating
southward behind a cold front.


Issued at 224 PM CDT Tue May 23 2017

Heavy rain fell across Minnesota and Wisconsin last week and will
move down the Mississippi river over the next 14 days. Many
tributary rivers are running higher than normal.

An unsettled weather pattern will be seen across the Midwest through
the end of the month with several chances for rain. The additional
rainfall may result in changes to river forecasts so one should not
lock onto a specific crest forecast.

Mississippi River...

Flood warnings are now in effect for LD11 and Dubuque. Flood warning
continue for Gladstone and Burlington. The river is expected to rise
at all locations over the next 7 to 10 days.

Flood watches have been issued for the Mississippi river from LD13
south through Keithsburg with the river rising over the next 14

Iowa River...

The Iowa river at Marengo is now expected to crest just below flood
stage. Any additional rainfall across the basin in the next 7 days
may push the river above flood stage.




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