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FXUS63 KMPX 292006

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
306 PM CDT MON AUG 29 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT Mon Aug 29 2016

Surface analysis shows a cold front extending from northwestern MN
across eastern SD early this afternoon, along with an outflow
boundary over south central MN from earlier convection. Surface
dewpoints locally in the warm sector ahead of the main front are in
the upper 60s to lower 70s, with plenty of sunshine breaking out to
aid destabilization. Mid level lapse rates around 7-7.5C will
combine with the increasing MLCAPES to spark thunderstorm
development in the vicinity of the front. The only limiting factor
is shear, which is not impressive. Therefore the threat for severe
weather remains limited but not out of the question. Given the slow
storm motion heavy rainfall will be a concern as well, and will have
to monitor the threat for a Non-supercell tornado or two over south
central MN in the vicinity of the outflow boundary.

In the wake of the convection late tonight winds are fairly weak and
we may see enough clearing to result in fog development with the
moist ground conditions.

Tuesday should bring continual clearing, with mostly sunny skies by
mid to late afternoon. Highs will still be a bit above normal, and
range in the upper 70s to around 80.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Monday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT Mon Aug 29 2016

The longer term concern remains the dry trend through the rest of
the work week...and timing of next trough and surface front into
next weekend.

Cool and dry high pressure will move across the region during the
week. The coolest day appears to be Thursday...with slow moderation
thereafter as upper heights rise/ridging and southerly surface
flow develops. The GFS and ECMWF have similar timing in passage of
the front on Labor Day. The GFS ensemble mean is a little slower
but the trough associated with this system appears to be quite
strong. Forcing will be directed favorably along the front for at
least the possibility of heavy rain. Filtered CWASP is pointing
toward a severe weather threat as several of those
parameters are looking favorable for Monday.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday afternoon)
Issued at 1230 PM CDT Mon Aug 29 2016

The primary TAF concern is timing of shower and thunderstorm
activity this afternoon and tonight. The cold front of interest
was stretching from eastern South Dakota across northwestern
Minnesota at TAF issuance, while an outflow boundary (generated
from earlier thunderstorm activity) was found across south
central MN. Spotty shra/ts development is possible this afternoon
in the vicinity of the old outflow boundary, although that should
stay south of the TAF sites and therefore the main show will be
tied to the approaching front. Have delayed the onset of activity
a bit due to a slightly slower frontal timing. Expect shra/ts to
start to develop in the northwest (KAXN) around 21z, then drift
east-southeast toward KSTC/KRWF around 23z, and reach KMSP after
00z (most likely closer to 02z). MVFR vsbys/cigs will be possible
for a several hour window after onset, and then some additional
showers are possible early Tuesday morning with the frontal
passage. Outside of the precipitation time frames, VFR conditions
will prevail. South winds ahead of the front will gradually shift
to the northwest then north-northeast behind the front.

SHRA/TS activity is expected to impact KMSP a bit later, and it is
now looking more like 02z and after. The window for thunder looks
to be 02z-06z with scatter showers possible with the frontal
passage around/after daybreak Tuesday.

TUE NIGHT...VFR. Wind N 5 kts.
WED...VFR. Wind NNE 5 kts.
THU...VFR. Wind E 5 kts.
FRI...VFR. Wind SSE 7-10 kts.


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