Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KARX 240747
AFDARX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LA CROSSE WI
247 AM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 247 AM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015

PLEASANT WEATHER LAST FEW DAYS WILL BE ENDING TODAY AS IMPACT FROM
BROAD UPPER TROUGH OVER WESTERN U.S. BEGINS TO BE FELT ACROSS
CORNBELT AND WESTERN GREAT LAKES. MAIN FOCUS CONTINUES TO BE TIMING
OF RAIN OVER NEXT COUPLE DAYS...ALONG WITH LOWER RISK OF ANY SEVERE
WEATHER.

UPPER LOW CONTINUES TO SLOWLY MOVE THROUGH CENTRAL ROCKIES WITH
SEVERAL SHORT WAVE TROUGHS ROTATING AROUND BASE AND INTO THE CENTRAL
PLAINS EARLY THIS MORNING. THIS HAS BEEN GENERATING WIDE SPREAD
CONVECTION FROM INTERSTATE 80 SOUTHWARD ALTHOUGH INSTABILITY AND
LIGHTNING RISK REMAINS WELL SOUTH.

AS LEAD WAVE EJECTS NORTHEAST THIS MORNING...EXPECT RAIN SHIELD TO
CONTINUE NORTHEAST AS WELL...WHICH IS HANDLED WELL IN SHORT TERM
MESOSCALE MODELS. HAVE ADJUSTED RAIN THREAT TO MATCH TRENDS...WHICH
WILL INCREASE FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST AFTER DAYBREAK. MAY TAKE
QUITE AWHILE TO REACH INTERSTATE 94 BATTLING DRIER AIR INITIALLY.

BEHIND THIS WAVE...COULD SEE A BREAK IN RAIN THREAT DURING PART OF
THE AFTERNOON BEFORE NEXT WAVE...WHICH APPEARS STRONGER IN
GUIDANCE...FORCES MORE CONVECTION INTO AREA TONIGHT. MAY BE A BIT
OPTIMISTIC BUT TRENDED RAIN CHANCES DOWN FOR PART OF THE
AFTERNOON...WITH BACK TO CATEGORICAL TONIGHT. CAPE IS BASICALLY NIL
FOR MUCH OF DAY BUT SOME ELEVATED MUCAPE DEVELOPS TONIGHT AS DEEPER
MOISTURE BEGINS TO APPROACH. THIS COMBINED WITH BROAD DIFFLUENT FLOW
WILL CERTAINLY AID DEVELOPMENT OF MORE WIDESPREAD RAIN AND PERHAPS A
FEW THUNDERSTORMS...ESPECIALLY IN SOUTHERN FORECAST AREAS WHERE
INFLUENCE OF LOW LEVEL JET AHEAD OF WAVE COULD BE STRONGEST.

.LONG TERM...(MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 247 AM CDT SUN MAY 24 2015

STILL LOOKING LIKE UPPER LOW WILL DEVELOP INTO OPEN WAVE AND MOVE
NORTHEAST MORE RAPIDLY ON MEMORIAL DAY. BEST LOW LEVEL MOISTURE
TRANSPORT OCCURS EARLY MONDAY THOUGH AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED
STRONGER WAVE ADVECTS NORTHEAST. MODELS TRACK SURFACE LOW ACROSS THE
AREA AND DRAW WARM SECTOR BRIEFLY INTO AREA WITH MUCH HIGHER MIXED
LAYER CAPE VALUES SETTING UP JUST SOUTH OF THE AREA. IF WE BREAK
INTO SUNSHINE...TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY CLIMB QUICK SO DID RAISE A
FEW DEGREES.

INSTABILITY WILL BE THE LIMITING FACTOR IT APPEARS WITH AMPLE 0-3KM
SHEAR AVAILABLE FOR LIMITED THREAT OF DAMAGING WIND OR HAIL IF ANY
STRONGER STORMS DEVELOP MONDAY AFTERNOON OR EVENING. DETAILS ON ANY
THREAT MAY HAVE TO BE WORKED OUT NEAR REAL-TIME DEPENDING ON HOW
EARLIER CONVECTION INHIBITS SETUP. MARGINAL RISK VIA SPC SEEMS ON
TRACK BUT AGAIN...WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF SLIGHT LEVEL
PROBABILITIES ARE ADDED AT SOME POINT.

BOUNDARY FROM EARLIER SYSTEM WILL LIKELY BE JUST SOUTH OF THE AREA
TUESDAY BUT YET ANOTHER SHORT WAVE COULD TRIGGER MORE CONVECTION
ALONG THIS...BRINGING HIGHEST RAIN RISK ACROSS MAINLY SOUTH AND
SOUTHEAST AREAS.

WHILE WE COULD SEE A BREAK FROM RAIN THREAT MID WEEK...MEAN UPPER
TROUGH ACROSS NORTHERN ROCKIES AND NORTHERN MIDWEST WILL CONTINUE TO
EJECT WEAK SHORT WAVE TROUGHS AND PRODUCE RAIN THREATS INTO NEXT
WEEKEND BEFORE NORTH BRANCH OF SPLIT FLOW BECOMES MORE DOMINANT AND
PUSHES FRONT THROUGH.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z SUNDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 1140 PM CDT SAT MAY 23 2015

MAIN AVIATION CONCERN IS ONSET OF RAIN AND MVFR/IFR CEILINGS.
INITIAL RAIN THAT IS ADVANCING NORTH AHEAD OF THE MAIN SHORT WAVE
TROUGH IS HAVING A VERY TOUGH TIME ADVANCING INTO THE RELATIVELY
DRY AIR IN THE BOUNDARY LAYER OVER THE FORECAST AREA. THERE WERE
SOME SCATTERED LIGHT SHOWERS/SPRINKLES ALONG I-35 JUST WEST OF
KRST DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING...BUT THOSE DIED
OFF DIURNALLY. SHOWERS OUT AHEAD OF THE MAIN CONVECTION ACROSS
CENTRAL IA UP TOWARD KFSD ARE SUFFERING A SIMILAR FATE...SHOWING A
DIMINISHING TREND SINCE 03Z. MESOSCALE MODELS SHOWING THE RAIN
LOOKS TO HOLD OFF UNTIL 15Z OR SO. MAIN BAND MAY ALSO SHUNT EAST
IF THE LATEST MODEL TRENDS HOLD...SO THAT KLSE SEES MORE THAN
KRST. DO FEEL THERE WILL BE A BREAK FOR A TIME AFTER THE INITIAL
RAIN MOVES IN. BUT LOOKING LIKE DEEPER MOISTURE ARRIVES TO PROVIDE
A PERIOD OF RAIN AND IFR CONDITIONS BY SUNSET SUNDAY.



&&

.ARX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...NONE.
MN...NONE.
IA...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...SHEA
LONG TERM...SHEA
AVIATION...MW


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