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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
1225 PM CDT THU MAY 5 2016

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 1225 PM CDT THU MAY 5 2016

UPDATED TO INCLUDE 18Z AVIATION DISCUSSION BELOW.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 327 AM CDT THU MAY 5 2016

TODAY AND TONIGHT...SFC ANALYSIS EARLY THIS MRNG PUTS THE CENTER
OF HIGH PRES OVER FAR SERN MN WHILE A WAVY E-W STNRY FRONT
LINGERS N OF THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER. ALOFT...MERIDIONAL FLOW
PREVAILS ATOP MN/WI ON THE ERN FRINGES OF A DEEP RIDGE OVER THE
ROCKIES. THRU THE REST OF THE MRNG HRS...THIS SFC HIGH WILL DRIFT
SE WHILE THE FRONT TO THE N SLIDES EVER-SO-SLIGHTLY ESE.
HOWEVER...IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SEWD JAUNT OF THE SFC HIGH WILL
ALSO BE SEWD MOVEMENT OF THE WRN RIDGE. H5 AND H7 PROGS OF THE
RIDGE INDICATE A SLIGHT SHTWV KINK IN THE FLOW WITH SOME
ADDITIONAL MOISTURE IN THE MID- AND UPR- LEVELS. THIS WAVE WILL
THEN RIDE SSEWD ALONG THE ERN FRINGES OF THE RIDGE LATER THIS MRNG
INTO THE EARLY AFTN HRS. CAMS ARE CONSISTENT IN SHOWING PRECIP
ECHOES BREAKING OUT IN THE WI PORTION OF THE WFO MPX CWFA LATE
THIS MRNG INTO THE EARLY AFTN HRS. HOWEVER...FROM A SENSIBLE WX
POINT OF VIEW...IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO REALIZE MEASURABLE PRECIP
SINCE THE LOWER LEVELS ARE PARTICULARLY DEVOID OF MOISTURE. THIS
IS SOMEWHAT EVIDENT IN THAT WITH THE CLEAR SKIES AND LIGHT WINDS
THIS MRNG THAT DECOUPLING AND NEAR-SFC SUBSIDENCE WILL AID IN
FROST FORMATION IN THOSE WRN WI COUNTIES /HENCE KEEPING THE FROST
ADVY IN PLACE FOR 3 OF OUR COUNTIES/.

GOING FORWARD...ONCE THE NIGHTLY INVERSION BREAKS...THEN THE
MOISTURE IN THE LOW LEVELS WILL QUICKLY MIX OUT AND RH LEVELS WILL
DROP INTO THE 30S IN WI AND 20S IN MN TDA. THE QUESTION IS IF
THE WEAK TROF ALOFT CAN MOVE INTO THE WI COUNTIES EARLY ENOUGH TO
ALLOW ANY FALLING PRECIP TO REACH THE GROUND BEFORE EVAPORATING.
AS SUCH...HAVE KEPT POPS CAPPED IN THE 20S...MENTIONING ONLY ISOLD
SHOWERS. OTHERWISE...FOR THE MN PORTION OF THE CWFA...LOTS OF
SUNSHINE IS EXPECTED AS THE INCOMING UPR LVL RIDGE WILL HAVE MORE
OF AN INFLUENCE FOR WAA. WHEREAS THE WI COUNTIES WILL BE HELD IN
THE UPR 60S TO LWR 70S FOR HIGHS DUE TO THE ADDED CLOUD COVER AND
NIL TEMP ADVECTION...THE MN COUNTIES WILL BE MORE SUBJECT TO WAA
AND CAN EXPECT HIGHS IN THE MID 70S FOR ERN/SRN MN WHILE WRN MN
WILL HAVE TEMPS RISE TO THE MID 80S. THE OTHER NOTABLE FEATURE AT
PLAY WILL BE THIN-LAYERED SMOKE WELL ALOFT FROM LARGE WILDFIRES
BURNING IN NORTHERN ALBERTA AND SASKATCHEWAN PROVINCES. THIS MAY
CREATE A MILKY-TYPE OF ATMOSPHERE DURING THE DAY TODAY...FILTERING
THE SUNSHINE SOMEWHAT...BUT NOTHING TO SIGNIFICANTLY ALTER THE
FORECAST. AIR QUALITY ISSUES ARE NOT EXPECTED FOR THE GENERAL
POPULATION...BUT ANYONE HIGHLY SENSITIVE TO POLLUTION MAY WANT TO
LIMIT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IF SMOKE IMPACTS ARE GREATER THAN
CURRENTLY EXPECTED.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 327 AM CDT THU MAY 5 2016

THE FORECAST REMAINS ON TRACK WITH WARM AND DRY WEATHER THROUGH
THE WEEKEND...FOLLOWED BY COOLER WEATHER FOR NEXT WEEK WITH MORE
CLOUDS AND CHANCES FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. THE BEST CHANCE
FOR RAIN WILL BE SOUTH OF I-94...AND CLOSER TO I-90.

THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS IS FRIDAYS TEMPERATURES. FORECAST
SOUNDINGS SHOW THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME HIGH CLOUDS WHICH WOULD
LIMIT TEMPERATURES...BUT THE BOUNDARY LAYER IS DRY AND SOUTHWEST
WINDS SHOULD LEAD TO MECHANICAL MIXING...SO CONTINUED WITH MID TO
UPPER 80S AT MOST LOCATIONS...WITH 90S POSSIBLE IN WESTERN MN.

A COLD FRONT WILL PASS THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...AND AS WAS THE
CASE BEFORE THE BEST UPPER LEVEL FORCING WITH THIS FRONT IS TO
THE NORTHWEST NEAR LAKE SUPERIOR...SO COULD SEE THE FRONT PASS
THROUGH DRY AT MOST LOCATIONS. THE HOPWRF TIMESHIFT DOES HAVE
ISOLATED CONVECTION...SO THE 15 TO 20 POPS WILL CONTINUE FROM THE
PREVIOUS FORECAST.

THE COLD FRONT WILL REACH SOUTHERN IOWA...WHILE A CUTOFF LOW OVER
THE DESERT SOUTHWEST WILL SLOWLY ADVANCE NORTHEAST. EVENTUALLY THIS
FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL LIFT NORTHWARD AS A WARM FRONT...AND THIS
WILL BE THE BEST CHANCE FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. THE POSITIVE
VORTICITY WITH THIS UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL LINGER OVER THE UPPER
MIDWEST FOR MOST OF NEXT WEEK...WHICH MEANS COOLER TEMPERATURES...
CLOUDS...AND CONTINUED CHANCES FOR RAIN.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1225 PM CDT THU MAY 5 2016

A FEW VFR SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE SOUTH ALONG I-35 EARLY
THIS AFTERNOON WITH KMSP SEEING A LITTLE LIGHT RAIN UNTIL 19Z.
SHOWERS WILL NOT BE TOO FAR AWAY FROM KRNH AS WELL. OTHERWISE VFR
THROUGH THE PERIOD WITH SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 10-15 KNOTS.
THERE IS A SMALL CONCERN FOR LOW LEVEL WIND SHEAR FRIDAY MORNING
IN THE 08Z-14Z TIME FRAME AS WIND SPEEDS IN THE 015-020 FOOT
LEVEL INCREASING INTO THE 35 TO 40 KNOT RANGE. NO MENTION AT THIS
TIME IN THE TAFS.

KMSP...A FEW LIGHT SHOWERS EARLY THIS AFTERNOON WITH CONDITIONS
REMAINING VFR. SOUTHWEST WINDS THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY TONIGHT
10-15 KNOTS. WINDS WILL BECOME A LITTLE STRONGER FRIDAY AFTERNOON
WITH SPEEDS CLOSER TO 15 KNOTS WITH GUSTS REACHING 25 KNOTS. A
COLD FRONT WILL MOVE THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING WITH A FEW SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST IN THE
EVENING.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
SAT...VFR. WIND N 10-15 KTS.
SUN...VFR. WIND N 5 KTS...BECOMING E.
MON...MAINLY VFR. CHC MVFR IN SHWRS/TSTMS. WIND SE 6-12 KTS.

&&

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

$$

UPDATE...RAH
SHORT TERM...JPC
LONG TERM...JRB
AVIATION...RAH



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