Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KARX 260450

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1150 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Friday Night)
Issued at 231 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

Ridge of high pressure over the area providing a spectacular day for
the area with mostly sunny skies and temperatures this afternoon in
the middle to upper 60s.

For tonight...will be watching a mid-level trough and some 850-700mb
moisture transport and isentropic lift pushing into the area. This
will generate some higher-based altocumulus with perhaps a few
showers from time to time. Plan on lows dropping into the lower and
middle 50s.

Quasi-southwesterly flow aloft brings in another trough/weak surface
cold front through on Friday for shower chances. Could also see an
isolated  thunderstorm or two in the afternoon as the NAM/GFS bring
in a weakening corridor of CAPE ahead of the trough/front in daytime
heating/moisture transport. Appears 0-3km MUCAPE peaks in the 500-
1500J/KG range across eastern MN/northwest WI, waning as it moves
into WI. Otherwise, look for highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s
with partial sunshine.

Any lingering showers associated with the mid-level trough look to
exit east of the area by late in the evening with partly cloudy
skies the rule through the rest of the night. Overnight lows will
cool into the lower/middle 50s.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 231 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

Saturday will see a small-end chance of showers/isolated
thunderstorms mainly south of I-94 as another weak mid-level trough
and surface cold front push through. NAM brings in 0-3km MUCAPE of
500-1800J/KG Saturday afternoon ahead of the trough/front but bulk
shear looks rather weak, so severe threat looks minimal at this

For Sunday into Memorial Day...a deepening mid-level trough drops
into the region from Canada with increasing cooler/cyclonic flow
aloft. Steepening lapse rates will likely generate scattered showers
along with isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Look fro highs Sunday
in the upper 60s to the lower 70s, cooling into the 60s on Memorial

On/off shower chances continue through Thursday with lingering
cyclonic flow aloft. Otherwise, highs will remain below normal with
reading topping off mainly in the 60s.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1150 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

A band of showers continues to make steady progress across the
area late this evening. It has already passed by KRST and looks
like it will miss KLSE to the north. With these moving out, will
keep the forecasts dry and the ceilings VFR. Another round of
showers possibly Friday afternoon. A short wave trough rotating
around the upper level low moving into Saskatchewan will track
across northern Minnesota. Another short wave trough coming out of
Colorado will move across Iowa. The showers should be most
concentrated ahead of these waves with the possibility that they
could split the two airports to the north and south. Will keep the
forecasts dry for now with lowering VFR ceilings.


.HYDROLOGY...231 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

Runoff from heavy rainfall this past week will continue to cause
minor flooding along portions of the Mississippi River into next
week and also the Trempealeau River at Dodge through Friday. Be sure
to monitor river levels closely if you have any plans or interests
along these rivers. You can access this information on our website




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