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FXUS63 KFSD 120334

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
1034 PM CDT Wed Oct 11 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 359 PM CDT Wed Oct 11 2017

On the large scale, the area will reside in the short term between a
deep trough across the Pacific northwest and ridge axis building
into the Great behind exiting wave, putting area into a
strengthening southwest flow aloft.  As surface ridge axis across
eastern Minnesota and Iowa pulls away, surface gradient will
continue to increase tonight, and winds settling toward 8 to 15 mph,
perhaps stronger and a bit gusty at times at elevation, will keep
temperatures much milder than the last couple of nights, residing
mainly in the 40s.  Watching potential for some sneaky stratus to
brush through parts of NW IA and SW MN late night into early morning
hours as near surface flow turns more south-southeast and
potentially advects bordering locations of stratus field today. High
res models and especially NAM showing a great potential back toward
I-29 corridor, but unimpressed with handling of some lower cloud
potential and inversion/near surface moisture fields for current
day, so likely will keep a bit more wishy-washy view on potential
for the time being.

As long as the lower clouds fail to substantially materialize,
Thursday, other than the gustier southerly winds, shaping up to be a
decent Autumn day. Should see some wind gusts 20-30 mph into at
least the early afternoon, especially across southwest MN. Plenty of
upper 60s to lower 70s to share, warmest near the James and Missouri
River valley locations. As a wave pushes through the western trough
and lifts north of ND late day, a cold front will push into areas
near/west of the James late afternoon, but not with enough to keep
from warming nicely with the little mixing boost. The front will
continue to slide through the area on Thursday night, with
reinforcement of drier air mass from the north as surface ridge
becomes centered in ND and northern SD by daybreak.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 359 PM CDT Wed Oct 11 2017

Right entrance of jet will drag through the area on Friday, but
while there will be some mid-level baroclinicity and moisture to
work with, it will be largely battling the drier air intrusion
below from the north. At most, the period of stronger
frontogenetic forcing (in absence of instability aloft) will
probably top out at a few sprinkles. Closer to stalling surface
boundary and in presence of a little better moisture toward the
southern areas across northeast NE and northwest IA, could see a
little very light measurable rainfall later morning through the

Between systems on Friday night should again return to quiet, with
any clearing being masked again later night by increase in clouds
late as main upper trough energy moves into the central Rockies. The
main precipitation event in the intermediate term will evolve on
Saturday into Saturday evening as the positively tilted trough moves
eastward across the region.  The main lower-level baroclinicity
remains tied up during the period south of the area, while mid- and
upper-level forcing moves across the area.  Low pressure will
develop along this boundary and remain south/east into Saturday
night with the main focus of heavier precip threat. To the north,
precipitation will be much lighter, but still fairly widespread with
the strength of frontogenetic forcing. Just a touch of elevated
instability could combine with strongest forcing Sat aftn to get an
isolated rumble to around the Ida Grove and Storm Lake areas.
Clouds and precipitation will keep readings among the coolest for
the period, mainly mid to upper 50s.

Progression of the trough and orientation suggests a fairly
definitive ending to the precipitation chances on Saturday night.
On the fringes of possibility, if system was to wrap up or come out
with less positive tilt, there would be an outside chance for precip
to linger long enough to perhaps mix with a little snow around
KBKX/KMML before ending, but again anything looks to be quite light
that lingers into Saturday night.

Brisk northwest winds will mix across the area on Saturday night and
continue through at least early Sunday, as low pressure deepens to
the east and stronger cold advection steepens the low-level thermal
profile.  Winds will drop off heading through Sunday as conditions
change to warm advection behind ridge axis, which is expected toward
the SD/MN border by 18z, and through the area by 00z.  Again
somewhat cool for the date, with highs in the 50s.

The first half of the following week will take a turn toward warmer,
dry and downright pleasant as flat ridging takes over on the large
scale with periodic waves focused along the International Border.
Diurnal ranges could be extended a bit with the drier and
periodically downslope component to flow. Highs in the 60s, with
perhaps a few lower 70s will prevail early week, with lows in the
mid 30s to mid 40s.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1023 PM CDT Wed Oct 11 2017

VFR conditions and gusty winds out of the south and southeast will
be the likely story of the upcoming TAF period. Main potential
aviation impact will be a large stratus deck whose current western
edge runs along roughly a MKT-DSM line. Aided by the southeasterly
flow at the surface, stratus will filter westward slowly into
northwestern Iowa and southwest Minnesota. Short term guidance
continues to trend away from flight rule restrictions at FSD and
SUX. Taking a look at ground and satellite observations, the
westward progression of the stratus has indeed been slowed by
southerly flow aloft. Just in case, have left a few hours of a
scattered deck during the most likely time for stratus at each
affected terminal.




SHORT TERM...Chapman
LONG TERM...Chapman
AVIATION...Ferguson is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.