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FXUS63 KIND 270744

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
342 AM EDT FRI MAY 27 2016

The SYNOPSIS...NEAR TERM and SHORT TERM Sections have been updated


Issued at 342 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016

Summer conditions will persist across central Indiana through the
holiday weekend and into next week with highs mainly in the 80s and
a humid airmass. Daily chances for storms will exist through the
weekend as weak upper level waves track through the Ohio Valley.
After a period with drier conditions for Monday and Tuesday...
chances for storms will return by midweek as a storms system tracks
through the Upper Midwest.


.NEAR TERM /Today/...
Issued at 342 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016

Drier airmass has briefly worked into parts of the forecast area
early this morning...but isolated convection beginning to form over
the lower Wabash Valley ahead of a warm front draped across the
lower Ohio Valley and aided by subtle enhanced flow at 850mb. 07Z
temps were mainly in the mid and upper 60s.

Warm front moving north through the region combining with weak mid
level perturbations in the southwest flow will serve as primary
catalysts in potential for isolated to scattered convection
developing in the moist and unstable airmass. Lack of more
substantial forcing aloft and presence of a mid level cap will be
limiting factors in convective coverage...with model soundings and
RH progs both hinting at mid level drying advecting north into the
region by this afternoon.

Primary focus for scattered storms setting up over western counties
in closer proximity to deeper moisture plume and the enhanced 850mb
flow aligning across the lower Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. Will
carry highest pops here this morning as the warm front lifts north
and again this afternoon as scattered convection develops in the
unstable airmass. Further east...the limiting factors mentioned
above support only low chance pops with any convection remaining

Temps...Despite the convective cloud debris slowing warming early in
the day...should see some sun through the course of the day with
warmer METMOS guidance being supported by low level thermals. Expect
a muggy day with highs rising into the 80s.


.SHORT TERM /Tonight through Sunday Night/...
Issued at 342 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016

Forecast challenges focus on continued convective chances throughout
much of the period as waves aloft interact with a moist and unstable
airmass across central Indiana.

Upper low centered over the High Plains will wobble northeast into
the Upper Midwest and then into western Ontario by late weekend.
Dirty southwest flow pattern aloft as multiple weak waves will
continue to eject out from the upper low and lift northeast across
the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes. As these waves interact with
the unstable air across the region...opportunities will exist for
isolated to scattered convection through Sunday.

As is often the case in these setups...models having all sorts
of difficulty timing the individual waves aloft creating a low
confidence forecast in timing convective impacts for the forecast
area. At this chances for storms appear for Saturday
and Sunday afternoons during peak heating. Bulk of the stronger
forcing aloft remains to the west of the forecast area on
Saturday...but presence of deeper moisture and surge of slightly
better mid level lapse rates supports chance pops across the
forecast area.

Strongest wave aloft impacts the region on Sunday as a more
pronounced upper trough swings through the lower Great Lakes with a
weakening cold front tracking east. Cooler and drier air in the mid
levels associated with the upper wave will support steepening lapse
rates over the area which should present a better and slightly more
organized convective potential during the afternoon and early
evening in vicinity of the cold front. With that being said...
weaker low level flow will limit coverage to storms. Still plenty of
details to work out but higher chance pops certainly appear
warranted for the afternoon and evening Sunday. Drier air will
overspread the region Sunday night as weak high pressure builds in.

Temps...Low level thermals generally supported MOS guidance for
highs Saturday and Sunday. More clouds should keep temps down
slightly on Saturday with Sunday being the warmer day ahead of the
weak cold front. Overall...expect a muggy summer-like holiday
weekend with highs mainly in the 80s and lows in the 60s.


.LONG TERM /Monday Through Thursday/...
Issued at 239 AM EDT FRI MAY 27 2016

Models are close enough that the SuperBlend initialization was
accepted for most items.

High pressure should keep the area dry on Memorial Day and most of
the area dry on Tuesday. However, a surface system and an
approaching upper trough will bring a return of shower and
thunderstorm chances Tuesday night through Thursday.

Temperatures will continue to be above average through the period.


.AVIATION /Discussion for 270600z TAF issuance/...

Issued at 1231 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016

Mid and high cloud should continue through the overnight. With the
rainfall today providing some soil moisture and not much sunshine
afterward could see some patchy MVFR fog develop at the outlying
sites late, but don`t expect anything worse than that given the
cloud cover and winds not completely dropping off. Upstream radar
mosaic shows showers and thunderstorms over western Illinois and
Kentucky that may hold together to impact the sites around 10-12z,
but still a lot of uncertainty on whether or not they will again
split to the north and south of the sites leaving them dry. Too much
uncertainty regarding any thunderstorm chances Friday afternoon to
include at this time also. Forecast soundings indicate some wind
gust potential during the afternoon with gusts of 16 to 20 kts out
of 180-200. Those gusts should subside by around sunset.


.IND Watches/Warnings/Advisories...NONE.



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