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FXUS63 KDVN 202000

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
300 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Issued at 256 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

18Z surface data has the cold front from northwest Wisconsin,
through central Iowa and into northeast Kansas. Although not
indicated in the surface data, satellite suggests a weak low in the
cloud fields moving northeast along the front in Iowa. Dew points
ahead of the front were in the 60s to lower 70s. Behind the front
dew points were in the 40s and 50s.


.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Thursday)
ISSUED AT 256 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Convection has initiated just prior to peak heating along the front
in northeast Iowa with additional storms developing further south
into central Iowa.

Through late afternoon convection should be confined near the front.
However, the instability that had developed in the full sun ahead of
the front should result in another band of convection developing
along or just west of the Mississippi just prior to sunset.

The inferred wave in satellite should aid in convection expanding in
areal coverage during the evening. However, overall coverage should
remain scattered.

The severe potential still looks low. However, the inferred wave in
satellite data may help to enhance storm development and allow a few
severe storms to develop. If this does occur, the primary risk would
be wind and possibly hail.

Late tonight convection will slowly decrease in areal coverage as
the front washes out across the area. The light winds combined with
the humid airmass should allow patchy fog to develop that may
increase in areal coverage prior to sunrise. Clouds across the area
may help to limit how thick the fog gets but some patchy dense fog
is possible in river valleys and low lying areas.

On Thursday, any lingering rain/fog will dissipate during the
morning and skies will slowly clear. How long the clouds hold during
the morning will dictate how warm it gets during the afternoon.
However, it does look to be another very warm and humid day.

Refer to the climate section for record highs over the next few

.LONG TERM...(Thursday Night through Wednesday)
ISSUED AT 256 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Little change in the long term forecast with this iteration as
guidance continues ridging and above normal temps into the weekend.
Later in the period a chance for showers and storms returns as a the
ridge breaks down and the L/W trof advects east.

Friday through the Weekend...After today`s high temperatures
guidance with highs in the 90s look likely Friday into Saturday
before lower H85 temps advect into the area.  Saturday looks to
possibly set new record highs at a couple of sites.  Spread in the
high temperature guidance has decreased in the latest run of the
synoptic models leading to higher confidence in forecast highs.
Regardless, these temperatures are going to feel more like July than
late September.

Into next week, agreement between guidance is for the L/W trof to
shift back to the east across our area.  With it a series of
shortwaves are forecast to affect the central Plains starting
Monday.  Each of these waves will lead to summer like convection.
Eventually all of the guidance has a robust wave with cold front
moving in.  Temperatures are expected to drop to more seasonable
later in the period.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday Afternoon)
ISSUED AT 1239 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

An area of MVFR cigs was developing across eastern Iowa ahead of
the approaching cold front which should affect each TAF site.
Convection should begin developing around 00z/21 plus/minus 1-2
hours. Any TSRA that impacts a TAF site should result in a period
of MVFR and possibly IFR conditions through at least 08z/21. After
06z/21 wet ground and light winds look to be favorable for fog
development resulting in IFR and possibly LIFR conditions.


ISSUED AT 256 PM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Record Highs for September 20...

Moline.........92 in 1931
Cedar Rapids...93 in 1931
Dubuque........92 in 1895
Burlington.....93 in 1940

Record Highs for September 21...

Moline.........92 in 2007
Cedar Rapids...93 in 1920
Dubuque........94 in 1891
Burlington.....94 in 1908

Record Highs for September 22...

Moline.........95 in 1937
Cedar Rapids...94 in 1930
Dubuque........92 in 1937
Burlington.....94 in 1937 and other years




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