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FXUS63 KMPX 220428
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1128 PM CDT THU AUG 21 2014

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 340 PM CDT THU AUG 21 2014

SFC ANALYSIS SHOWS A LOW PRES CENTER NEARLY ATOP THE TWIN CITIES
METRO...WITH A CDFNT EXTENDING SWWD TO NEAR KRWF AND A WMFNT
EXTENDING SEWD TO NEAR KRGK. LOW CLOUDS REMAINED STEADFAST OVER
MUCH OF THE WFO MPX CWFA FOR MUCH OF THE DAY...ASIDE FROM THE WARM
SECTOR OF THIS SYSTEM WHICH ALLOWED SRN MN TO HAVE PLENTY OF SUN
AND ALSO SEE TEMPS RISE TO THE MID 80S TO ARND 90 DEGREES. HENCE
WHY THE HEAT ADVY HAS BEEN ADJUSTED TO JUST ACCOUNT FOR A HANDFUL
OF COUNTIES IN SRN MN THRU THE REST OF THE AFTN HRS. IN
ADDITION...THIS WARM SECTORING IS THE FOCUS AREA FOR POTENTIAL
ISOLD STRONG/SEVERE TSTMS DUE TO NEARLY NO CAPPING...MUCAPES OVER
3000 J/KG /AND PLENTY OF OTHER SEVERE INDICES INDICATING THE SAME/
AND LIFT PROVIDED BY THE FRONT ALONG WITH SEVERAL OUTFLOW
BOUNDARIES DEPICTED ON KMPX RADAR. N OF THIS SYSTEM...AREAS CAUGHT
UNDER THE CLOUD COVER HAVE HAD TEMPERATURES HOLDING IN THE 70S
ALONG WITH DEWPOINTS IN THE UPR 60S TO LWR 70S. OUT IN WRN
MN...WINDS HAVE SHIFTED TO NWLY AND SOME PARTIAL CLEARING HAS
ALLOWED TEMPS SO RISE TO THE LOW-MID 80S BUT STILL WITH DEWPOINTS
IN THE LOW-MID 70S. OVERALL...A QUITE THE MUGGY DAY. WITH REGARD
TO POPS...HAVE KEPT THE HIGHEST POPS OUT IN WRN WI TO FAR ERN
MN...BUT OVERALL POPS ARE NOT ANY HIGHER THAN THE CHANCE CATEGORY.
GOING INTO THE EVENING HRS...ONCE THE CDFNT SWINGS THRU... THAT
WILL HELP STABILIZE THE ATMOS AND BRING IN SLIGHTLY COOLER TEMPS
BUT WILL NOT MITIGATE THE MOIST ATMOS. GIVEN THE CLEARING SKIES
AND CALMING WINDS...THIS SETUP WILL BE PRETTY IDEAL FOR WIDESPREAD
FOG...AND FAIRLY THICK FOG AT THAT. CROSSOVER TEMPS LOOK TO EASILY
BE REACHED SO HAVE MAINTAINED WIDESPREAD FOG DOWN TO 1/2SM IN
GRIDDED AND TEXT PRODUCTS. AM EXPECTING THE ENTIRE CWFA TO BE
SUSCEPTIBLE...INCLUDING THE TWIN CITIES METRO...THOUGH THE METRO
IS LIKELY NOT TO BE AS AFFECTED AS OUTLYING AREAS. ANY FOG WILL BE
SLOW TO DISSIPATE AFTER DAYBREAK IN FRI MRNG...BUT WITH THE SYSTEM
OF TDA EXITING TO THE E AND ANOTHER SFC FRONT LINGERING IN THE
DAKOTAS...MN AND WI WILL BE IN A RATHER STABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR FRI
SUCH THAT NO PRECIP IS EXPECTED FOR THE WFO MPX CWFA. WILL LOOK
FOR LESS OF A TEMP SPREAD FROM N TO S TMRW...WITH HIGHS FROM THE
UPR 70S TO MID 80S. DEWPOINTS WILL ALSO BE LOWER...TRANSLATING TO
HEAT INDEX VALUES HITTING THE UPR 80S TO ARND 90.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 340 PM CDT THU AUG 21 2014

LONG TERM MODELS HAVE COME INTO BETTER AGREEMENT WITH OVERALL
DEVELOPMENT/MOVEMENT OF THE WESTERN CONUS TROUGH DURING THE
PERIOD.

RETURN FLOW AHEAD NEXT DEVELOPING SHORT WAVE WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT
MAINLY THE FAR SOUTHWEST CWA LATER FRIDAY NIGHT. FOG MAY BECOME AN
ISSUE ELSEWHERE...ESPECIALLY THE NORTHEAST CWA...WITH LIGHT WINDS
AND ONLY MARGINAL CLOUD COVER. THE WAVE LIFTS NORTHEAST SATURDAY
INTO SATURDAY NIGHT WITH HIGH PERCEPTIBLE WATER VALUES ALONG WITH
DECENT FORCING. WE SHOULD SEE GOOD SHOT OF HEAVIER QPF OVER THE
WESTERN AND CENTRAL CWA DURING THIS PERIOD. WILL CONTINUE TO LIMIT
THE HIGHEST POPS TO THE WEST.

THE SURFACE FRONT REMAINS MAINLY TO THE WEST OF THE STATE THROUGH
SATURDAY NIGHT. THE UPPER TROUGH MOVES A BIT MORE EAST INTO SUNDAY
AS THE UPPER LOW AND SURFACE LOW PIVOTS SOME INTO SOUTHERN
CANADA. HEAT RETURNS AHEAD OF THE FRONT...MAINLY EAST...WITH
HIGHER DEWPOINTS. WILL HAVE TO MONITOR FOR CLOUD COVER AGAIN...BUT
BETTER SOUTHERLY FLOW IN THE WAKE OF THE SATURDAY NIGHT SHORT WAVE
SHOULD BE ABLE CLEAR SOME. THE COLD FRONT WILL MOVE EAST LATER
SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. HAVE INCREASED POPS TO THE EAST INTO
SUNDAY NIGHT AS THE FRONT MOVES THROUGH. COOLER AND DRIER AIR WILL
MOVE IN FOR MONDAY BUT THE MAIN WESTERN CONUS TROUGH DOESNT MOVE
EAST UNTIL WEDNESDAY. ANOTHER HEAVY BOUT OF RAIN POSSIBLE TUESDAY
OVER THE SOUTH AND SPREADING EAST TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z FRIDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 1123 PM CDT THU AUG 21 2014

NO MAJOR CHANGES FOR THE 06Z TAF...STILL BRING IN LIGHT FOG/MIST
AND LOW STRATUS. WE TREND A LITTLE MORE TOWARD LOW CEILINGS RATHER
THAN REDUCED VISIBILITY FROM FOG. THE STRATUS CURRENTLY IN CENTRAL
MN AND NORTHERN WI SHOULD CONTINUE TO SPREAD SOUTH TONIGHT AND
LOWER WITH TIME.

KMSP...

HIGH CONFIDENCE IN CEILINGS BELOW 1500FT BEFORE THE MORNING
COMMUTE...CEILINGS COULD BE AS LOW AS 300FT. WE THINK THERE WILL
BE SOME FOG...BUT THE CEILINGS WILL BE THE BIGGEST CONCERN. LITTLE
WIND IS EXPECTED THIS MORNING AND THE CEILINGS WILL BE SOMEWHAT
SLOW TO CLEAR GIVEN THE WEAK FLOW IN THE WIND FIELDS TODAY.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
SAT...MVFR WITH IFR/+TSRA POSSIBLE. WINDS E AT 10G15 KTS.
SUN...VFR WITH MVFR/TSRA POSSIBLE. WINDS NW 10 KTS.
MON...VFR. WINDS VARIABLE 5 KTS.

&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MN...NONE.
WI...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JPC
LONG TERM...DWE
AVIATION...CLF







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