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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
702 PM CDT FRI AUG 19 2016

.UPDATED for 00z Aviation Discussion...
Issued at 651 PM CDT Fri Aug 19 2016


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 402 PM CDT Fri Aug 19 2016

Afternoon water vapor imagery shows a mid/upper trough over the
Dakotas. Weak upglide ahead of this feature continues to instigate
very light and widely scattered showers. Meanwhile, the more
concentrated thunderstorm activity is to the south over Iowa where
instability is higher near the front. Therefore, really do not
expect much this evening in our area other than the continuance of
spotty showers. Higher chances arrive overnight as the trough axis
enters western MN. Have centered the highest precip chances between
06Z and 18Z for MN, and through 21Z for WI counties.

Due to the trough being centered overhead and accompanied by
extensive low cloud cover and precip on Saturday, high temperatures
will likely be the coolest we have experienced since around the 1st
of June, which is around 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this
time of August.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 402 PM CDT Fri Aug 19 2016

The long term will be categorized by a fairly progressive, though
amplified pattern as we begin our transition to a bit more fall-
like weather. A cool weekend for mid August standards is still
expected, with a quick warmup Monday/Tuesday ahead of the next
cold front Tuesday night/Wednesday, with temperatures similar to
what we are expecting this weekend coming to end next week.

Saturday night, we will be slowly working showers out of western
WI as the upper wave currently working across the Dakotas today
slowly moves across the Great Lakes. The NAM and Canadian have
started to come in line with the GFS/ECMWF with a more eastern
track for the heaviest precip Saturday/Saturday night, so we did
start trimming how far west there are mentionable pops Saturday
night, keeping them confined to western WI. Behind this rain,
surface ridge axis and clearing skies moving into western MN means
we should see some folks in west central MN start out in the upper
40s Sunday morning, before we turn into a sunny Sunday with highs
in the 70s.

Monday, we quickly get into return flow and warming temperatures
as southerly winds quickly increase. The models show a 30kt llj
coming up on Monday, with a decent amount of WAA, but little model
derived QPF is generated. 1000-500 RH shows the atmospheric
column is rather dry, but you can`t completely rule out some
thunderstorms over central MN Monday afternoon within this WAA
regime given the increase in elevated instability as well. That
thunder threat will continue into Monday evening, but lift north
with the warm front, with thunderstorm chances for the MPX area
not really increasing until Tuesday evening, which is when the
cold front begins moving into western MN. This front looks to
cross the MPX area Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon. So
timing isn`t the greatest for seeing the warmest temperatures we
could or getting much in the way of severe weather, though the
20-25 kts of 0-1km shear should be more than adequate for a few
strong to severe storms come Wednesday afternoon ahead of the

The 19.12 ECMWF came in faster with the midweek fropa, becoming
more in line with the GFS. This likely means we are too slow in
clearing the precip out Wednesday night. By Thursday, h85 temps
are back in the single digits, which means we should see highs
back in the 60s and lower 70s.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 651 PM CDT Fri Aug 19 2016

Occasional MFVR conditions overnight with reduced visibility from
rain showers. A cold front will continue to push through and
should see ceilings around 1000 to 2000 ft Saturday morning, with
rain continuing in eastern MN and western WI. At this time the
chance of thunder is too low to include mention in the TAF.

Should see occasional reduced visibility with the showers passing
through this evening. As mentioned above, MVFR clouds will move in
Saturday morning. At this time it appears that they should stay
above 1800 ft, but confidence is not too high that they wont dip
below 1700 at times. VFR conditions should move in by late
afternoon/early evening.

Sun...VFR with morning MVFR Cigs possible. Winds NW 5 kts.
Mon...VFR. Winds S 10-15 kts.
Tue...VFR. Winds S 12-15 kts.


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