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FXUS63 KDVN 292008

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
308 PM CDT FRI JUL 29 2016

Issued at 246 PM CDT Fri Jul 29 2016

At 2 PM CDT...region under a mantle of clouds with some breaks in the
southeast. Scattered popcorn light showers noted with some thunderstorms
in northern Illinois. Upper low disturbance responsible for the clouds
and seasonably cool temperatures will move east later tonight and Saturday.
Next disturbance associated with a warm front may impact the region
on Monday. Temperatures are seasonably cool with upper 60s northwest
to near 80 degrees in extreme southeast for late July.


.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Saturday)
ISSUED AT 246 PM CDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Short term forecast confidence assessment...fair or average with main
issue the end of light showers and extent of low clouds and light fog
tonight into Saturday morning. Area highs and lows should be within
3 degrees of forecast.

Tonight...clouds with any lingering light showers and possibly isolated
brief storm should gradually end by mid to late evening. Some drizzle
may be possible with light to moderate fog for evening shift to monitor.
Area mins should tend to be in the lower 60s northwest to the middle
60s southeast.

Saturday...still mostly cloudy to cloudy overall with some partial clearing
possible in the afternoon hours. Isolated showers may be possible mid
day as convective temperature is approached. Any precipitation coverage
should be light and quite spotty. Highs should remain below normal
in the upper 70s to lower 80s with light north winds and decreasing

.LONG TERM...(Saturday Night through Friday)
ISSUED AT 246 PM CDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Overview: The synoptic models are hinting at a favorable setup for
MCS development through the Upper Mississippi Valley - along the
northeast periphery of the heat dome Monday into Wednesday. While
the details are unclear, heat indices may exceed 100 F at times next
week - especially on Wednesday and Thursday.

Saturday Night through Sunday...Sfc high pressure in control over
the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi Valley, bringing near normal
temps and pleasant conditions.

Sunday Night into Monday morning...850-700mb warm air advection gets
going in the Central Plains and Midwest. Question is what kind of
eastward progression is made into Monday morning. Some of the latest
guidance (GFS/NAM) locate the nose of the low-level jet into
southwest Iowa - where a convective complex may fire and slide ESE.
The CAPE/theta-e gradient will dictate the track of the storms which
may end up tracking to the southwest of the forecast area. At this
time, it is a close call and too far away to mention much more than
30-40 POPs.

Monday Afternoon through Thursday...Yet another pattern change. The
culprit is a seasonally strong upper-low progged to track through
Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Low-level mass fields responding to this
synoptic area of low pressure will result in a south-southwest flow
from the sfc to 850mb and significant warm air advection in the
Central U.S. Latest Model-blend temps, beyond Monday, are in the
upper 80s/lower 90s as 1000-500mb thickness values increase to
levels comparable to the prolonged very muggy period which ended
this past Monday. The GFS/ECMWF are near 582 dam. There is potential
for heat indices to exceed 100 F - best chances on Wednesday and
Thursday. And if significant rain falls earlier in the week, we
will have to watch for dewpoints spiking near 80 F, again.

The NAEFS now advects the 24 C 850mb isotherm slightly closer to
eastern Iowa/western Illinois - similar to where this ensemble had
850mb temps peaking at during the last extremely humid period. The
return interval for ~24 C 850mb temps during early August is once
every year or two (~1.5 standard deviations above the mean). Sfc
temps will then be dependent on degree of clearing or mixing
Wednesday and Thursday aftn. Regardless, the humidity will be

Thursday Evening through Friday...Shower and thunderstorm chances
increase in association with weakening cold front. The slow moving
nature of the boundary, high PWAT air, and light mid-level winds
mean heavy rainfall rates are possible with any storms. Uttech


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday Afternoon)
ISSUED AT 1235 PM CDT Fri Jul 29 2016

An upper level and weak surface low will continue to produce widespread
clouds with extended periods of MVFR and IFR conditions the next 24
hours. Lower visibilities in fog may also occur tonight into mid morning
on Saturday. Afternoon heating this afternoon will provide scattered
showers and thunderstorms with the greatest risk at CID/DBQ/MLI terminals
until at least 21z which is handled as a tempo group. Winds will be
light and tend to favor the north the next 24 hours.


.DVN Watches/Warnings/Advisories...



SHORT TERM...Nichols
LONG TERM...Uttech
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