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FXUS63 KGRB 191741

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Green Bay WI
1141 AM CST Sun Feb 19 2017

Updated aviation portion for 18Z TAF issuance

Issued at 319 AM CST Sun Feb 19 2017

Unseasonably warm through the mid-week, with some rain Monday
afternoon and Monday night. Then turning colder with some rain and
snow late in the week.

The positive upper height anomaly associated with the highly split
flow currently across North America will consolidate over James
Bay the next few days, then rapidly weaken and shift east. As it
does so, the southern stream will strengthen and expand northward
across the CONUS. The result will be a colder and much more
active weather pattern for the latter part of the forecast period
and beyond.

Temperatures will remain well above normal the next several days,
though readings will be tempered some Monday due to clouds and
east winds. Readings will return to seasonal normals by next
weekend. An influx of moisture and a strong shortwave crossing the
region will bring some rain Monday into early Tuesday. Late in the
week, a powerful cyclone in the strengthening southern stream
is expected to affect the area. Since both those systems look
like good precipitation producers, totals for the period will
probably end up above normal.

.SHORT TERM...Today...Tonight...and Monday
Issued at 319 AM CST Sun Feb 19 2017

The main short-term forecast issues are again temperatures and the
timing of the onset of rain on Monday. Satellite suggests there
will be quite a bit of sun this morning, with more high clouds
this afternoon. Temperatures aloft will be similar to yesterday,
but with a cooler start and a developing east wind, readings will
probably be a little cooler than yesterday. The exception will be
central Wisconsin, which stayed a little cooler than other areas
yesterday and may get warmer today. Continued east winds and
increasing clouds tonight will temper mins, so stayed close to a
broad-based blend of guidance products. With clouds, incoming
rain, and strengthening east-southeast winds, guidance actually
looked a little too warm on Monday. So edged temps back a bit--
especially near the lake.

Differences among the models in the arrival time of the rain on
Monday are pretty typical of what occurs about 36 hours out.
Tried to stake out a middle ground--which is similar to the timing
of the ECMWF.

.LONG TERM...Monday Night Through Saturday
Issued at 319 AM CST Sun Feb 19 2017

Forecast concerns revolve around temperatures and precip chances for
the upcoming week.  A blend of the ecmwf/gfs will continue to

Monday night through Tuesday night...A cold front will push east
across the area Monday evening.  The front will have ample moisture
to work with (pwats above 1.0 inches), so rainfall amounts above a
half inch remain possible before the rain pulls out late Monday
night. Not unreasonable to think that a few rumbles of thunder could
occur within the stronger showers. The ecmwf has been blowing away
the competition in regards to temperature verification, so relied on
the ecwmf products for high temps on Tuesday. Temperatures will
remain mild behind the front, as west winds continue to bring in
downsloped air off the Rockies.  So raised temps into the middle 50s
north to lower 60s south.  Based on 925mb temps, these forecast
highs could still be several degrees too cool.  Continued quiet and
mild through Tuesday night.

Rest of the forecast...Low pressure will move across northern WI or
Lake Superior on Wednesday and an accompanying cold front will drop
south across the area on Wednesday night.  Small precip chances will
occur along the front over northern WI, but looks doubtful
elsewhere.  Temps will likely fall back with more clouds and precip
chances over northern WI, but central and east-central WI could see
highs in the low 60s. Depending upon how far south this front
reaches will help determine the track of a large cyclone at the end
of the week. Potential is there for parts if not most of the area to
be impacted from wintry weather with this system, but nature of the
split flow pattern will make the track tough to pin down until later
in the upcoming week.

.AVIATION...for 18Z TAF Issuance
Issued at 1135 AM CST Sun Feb 19 2017

Unseasonably mild temperatures will continue this afternoon with
VFR conditions expected. Lake/bay breeze expected to form across
eastern Wisconsin this afternoon which will impact the
KMTW/KGRB/KATW taf sites. Some patchy fog is possible later
tonight, but conditions should begin to deteriorate later Monday
morning into Monday afternoon as a round of showers, and perhaps
a thunderstorm moves across the region. Gusty winds are
expected on Monday, first from the southeast during the morning
and then veering to the southwest Monday evening. Some gusts to
around 30 knots are possible, especially across eastern Wisconsin.




SHORT TERM.....Skowronski
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