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AFDIND

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
1008 PM EST Sun Feb 19 2017

.UPDATE...
The NEAR TERM Section has been updated below.

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.SYNOPSIS...
Issued at 221 PM EST Sun Feb 19 2017

A weakening cold front is expected to move through the area Monday
night into Tuesday morning. A stronger low pressure system may
affect the area towards the later parts of the week.

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.NEAR TERM /Overnight/...
Issued at 1008 PM EST Sun Feb 19 2017

High pressure centered just east of the region with an upper ridge
centered just to our west. Skies were mainly clear with fog
starting the develop over the lower Wabash Valley. 03Z temps
ranged from the lower 40s to lower 50s.

The primary focus for the rest of the night will be regarding the
development of fog and lower stratus once again. Locally dense fog
has formed over the last hour or two across the lower Wabash
Valley where the stratus took the longest to mix out earlier
today. Hi-res guidance and simulated satellite products highlight
favorable conditions for fog expansion across central Indiana
overnight with light flow and a shallow but strong inversion
developing with moisture trapped beneath it. Model soundings
suggest the height of the inversion is likely to set up near or
just below 1000ft...which is lower than Saturday night and more
supportive of fog versus low stratus.

Have beefed up wording in the grids to include patchy dense fog
overnight across the entire area. Based on the above thoughts...an
argument for a dense fog advisory is certainly warranted. Think
though we have some time to see how widespread and thick the fog
can get before considering the advisory...and will introduce an
SPS at this time and continue to monitor.

Zone and grid updates out.

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.SHORT TERM /Monday through Wednesday/...
Issued at 221 PM EST Sun Feb 19 2017

Lingering fog early Monday morning should burn off by the mid to
late morning hours Monday.

Model data suggest a short wave trough will push through the Great
Lakes region Monday night and Tuesday, dragging a weakening cold
front through the local area. Appears there may a decent amount of
lift, albeit rather narrow, for a precipitation threat late Monday
night into Tuesday morning over the northern zones. Will go with
PoPs starting Monday night and continuing through early Tuesday
evening to cover the passage of this system, with the highest PoPs
coinciding with the best lift.

Some weak elevated instability may be associated with this feature
as well, but convective parameters not very impressive at this
point.

Will go with a dry forecast by Wednesday as upper flow becomes zonal
in the wake of short wave trough, and weak surface high pressure
develops over the area.

Progged low level thicknesses suggest the GFS MOS highs for Monday
may be on the cool side. Will nudge the guidance highs up a bit in
that period. The remainder of the periods look OK for now.

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.LONG TERM.../Wednesday night Through Sunday/...
Issued at 225 PM EST Mon Feb 19 2017

The highlights of the long term will be warm weather for the
remainder of next week with a return to seasonable temperatures by
Saturday. In addition, unsettled weather is on tap late week with
strong storms possible Friday.

Models are having temporal and spacial issues with a potent system
that will be developing over the Rockies midweek and lifting
northeast across the Plains and then Great Lakes late week and into
the weekend. Thus, confidence in timing and coverage of looming
convection is not great and will accept the Superblend which has the
highest pops Friday afternoon and evening and is dry by Saturday.
Prior to that, a front will drop southeast over the area before
lifting back to the north Thursday and Thursday night. Superblend
output has small pops over all or parts of the area by Wednesday
night.

Model instability progs support thunder chances Thursday afternoon
through Friday. Adjacent offices agreed through coordination. With
such strong dynamics and some instability...day6 SPC outlook
supports severe possibility with mainly a damaging wind threat.

Low level thermal progs and expected cloud cover support well above
normal blend temperatures in the mid 60s to around 70 through Friday
and more seasonable highs mostly in the 40s by Saturday in the wake
of the cold front.

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.AVIATION /Discussion for 200300Z TAF Update/...
Issued at 1008 PM EST Sun Feb 19 2017

Little change needed at the mid evening update. Obs in the lower
Wabash Valley indicating expanding fog and made subtle
adjustments at both KBMG and KHUF as restrictions likely to
develop by 04Z.

00Z discussion follows.

Restrictions are likely to develop again tonight and early Monday
in fog and low stratus with a return to VFR conditions for the
afternoon.

Low stratus from earlier had completely diminished over the region
with just wisps of mid and high level clouds drifting across
central Indiana. Do expect a return of the lower stratus later
this evening and into the overnight along with an expansion of fog
as model soundings once again show the development of a shallow
but sharp inversion as the upper level ridge sets up just west of
the area. Presence of the inversion near or just below 1000ft is
lower than the inversion set up Saturday night...and may see more
impacts from fog versus low stratus late tonight as a result.

Introduce sub-IFR conditions after 06Z through mid morning Monday
before increased low level mixing weakens the inversion. Potential
is there for patchy dense fog but overall...appears hi-res
guidance is again overdoing the extent for dense fog. Have tapered
back a bit and will adjust as the fog and stratus develops if need
be.

Once the fog and stratus dissipates near midday Monday...expect
partly cloudy skies for the remainder of the day with southeast
winds generally less than 10kts. Likely to see an increase in
cloud cover by Monday evening in advance of the approaching front
from the west.

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.IND WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...NONE.

&&

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SYNOPSIS...JAS
NEAR TERM...Ryan
SHORT TERM...JAS
LONG TERM....MK
AVIATION...Ryan


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