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FXUS63 KIWX 212042
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
342 PM EST SUN DEC 21 2014

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 1217 AM EST SUN DEC 21 2014

HIGH PRESSURE OVER THE EASTERN U.S. WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE FAIR
WEATHER ACROSS OUR AREA TONIGHT. A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE
SOUTHEAST INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS MONDAY. RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH
THIS SYSTEM WILL LIKELY SPREAD INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA
MONDAY AFTERNOON... WHILE EASTERN COUNTIES SHOULD STAY DRY THROUGH
EARLY EVENING. LOWS TONIGHT WILL BE IN THE UPPER 20S AND LOWER
30S... WITH HIGHS ON MONDAY IN THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 40S.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH MONDAY)
ISSUED AT 332 PM EST SUN DEC 21 2014


POCKET OF DRIER AIR IN LOW LEVELS HAS SPREAD N-NW FROM THE OH VALLEY
INTO OUR AREA AS SFC RIDGE CONTS TO MOVE SLOWLY EAST ACROSS THE ERN
CONUS. BROAD UPR LEVEL TROF OVER THE PLAINS WILL AMPLIFY TONIGHT AND
MONDAY AS SHRTWV OVER MT AND ACCOMPANYING STRONG JET OVER THE PAC
NW/ERN PAC DIGS SEWD WITH SYSTEM CLOSING OFF AND BECOMING
VERTICALLY STACKED IN THE VCNTY OF OMA BY MON EVE. WARM FRONT
EXTENDING SE FROM THE LOW TO THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY MONDAY MORNING
WILL LIFT N-NE DURING THE DAY. BEST FORCING/MOISTURE TRANSPORT
ASSOCIATED WITH THE WARM FRONT WILL OVERSPREAD WRN PORTIONS OF THE
CWA AND POINTS WESTWARD MONDAY SUGGESTING RAIN LIKELY MOVG INTO
THIS AREA DURING THE AFTN... WHILE JUST A SLIGHT CHC OF PRECIP
REACHING THE EASTERN COUNTIES.

ALTHOUGH WAA WILL STRENGTHEN ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT... JUST SOME
HIGH THIN CLOUDS DURING THE EVE WITH STILL FAIRLY LIGHT WINDS SHOULD
ALLOW TEMPS TO FALL INTO THE U20S/L30S. STAYED CLOSE TO PREVIOUS
FCST HIGHS MONDAY WHICH WERE GENERALLY ON THE WARM END OF 12Z MOS
GUIDANCE AS EXPECT CONTD WAA AND INCREASED GRADIENT WINDS/MIXING
WILL ALLOW TEMPS TO REACH THE L-M40S.

&&

.LONG TERM...(MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY)
ISSUED AT 332 PM EST SUN DEC 21 2014

FRUSTRATING MODEL INCONSISTENCIES CONTINUE WITH RESPECT TO POTENTIAL
CHRISTMAS EVE STORM. TREND SEEN IN LAST NIGHT`S 00Z DATA FOR A LATER
PHASE/MORE PROGRESSIVE SURFACE LOW IN OUR AREA CONTINUED TO SOME
DEGREE INTO THIS MORNING BUT STILL A HIGH DEGREE OF INTERMODEL AND
RUN-TO-RUN VARIABILITY IN THE FINE SCALE DETAILS. 170+ KT UPPER
LEVEL JET THAT WILL DRIVE THIS EVENT IS JUST NOW COMING ONSHORE.
HOPEFULLY WILL HAVE SOME MORE DEFINITIVE ANSWERS BY TOMORROW AS THIS
JET IS FULLY SAMPLED BY THE NOAM RAOB NETWORK.

INCREASING WAA AHEAD OF LEAD WAVE WILL BRING WIDESPREAD RAINFALL TO
THE AREA MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. EFFICIENT MOISTURE TRANSPORT AND
290-295K ISENTROPIC ASCENT ASSOCIATED WITH INCREASING SOUTHERLY LLJ
SUPPORT CATEGORICAL POPS DESPITE SOME LINGERING UNCERTAINTY AS TO
EXACT TIMING AND TOTAL QPF AMOUNTS. MAIN JET CORE AND ATTENDANT PV
ANOMALY WILL THEN ROUND THE BASE OF LONGWAVE TROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT
INTO WEDNESDAY AND SUPPORT SECONDARY CYCLOGENESIS SOMEWHERE OVER THE
OHIO VALLEY. IT IS THE EXACT TIMING AND LOCATION OF THIS SECONDARY
WAVE THAT HAS CAUSED SO MUCH DIFFICULTY FOR THE VARIOUS NWP
SOLUTIONS. AS NOTED EARLIER...OVERALL TREND IN THE PAST FEW CYCLES
HAS BEEN FOR A MORE PROGRESSIVE/OPEN TROUGH THROUGH OUR AREA...NOT
BECOMING NEGATIVELY TILTED/RAPIDLY DEEPENING UNTIL IT REACHES
CANADA. AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED FREQUENTLY...THERE IS NO GOOD SOURCE
OF COLD AIR UPSTREAM AND A WEAKER/MORE PROGRESSIVE SURFACE LOW WILL
STRUGGLE TO PULL IN SUB-FREEZING AIR BEFORE THE BEST FORCING FOR
ASCENT EXITS. AND WHILE THE LATEST CONSENSUS TRACK IS SLIGHTLY
FURTHER EAST...STILL LOOKS LIKE A LIMITED WINDOW FOR ANY SIGNIFICANT
SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS LATE WEDNESDAY. THAT WILL BE ESPECIALLY TRUE
GIVEN WARM/WET GROUND CONDITIONS AND VERY MARGINAL THERMAL PROFILES.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE NEW 12Z ECMWF SHOWS A STRONGER OHIO VALLEY LOW
BUT SURFACE WET BULBS STILL HOVERING RIGHT AROUND FREEZING. TAKING A
MORE HOLISTIC APPROACH...DECIDED ON NO MAJOR CHANGES TO THE GOING
FORECAST GIVEN THE LEVEL OF UNCERTAINTY. STILL SUSPECT AT LEAST A
BRIEF PERIOD OF LIGHT SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WEDNESDAY EVENING BUT THE
MAGNITUDE OF WHICH IS YET INDETERMINABLE.

WHILE CHANCES FOR A SIGNIFICANT EVENT APPEAR LOW...THERE IS STILL
LITTLE CONFIDENCE IN ANY ONE PARTICULAR SOLUTION. ANYONE WITH
CHRISTMAS EVE TRAVEL PLANS SHOULD STILL KEEP AN EYE ON THE LATEST
FORECASTS. EVEN AN ADVISORY-LEVEL EVENT CAN CAUSE LARGE DISRUPTIONS
ON A BUSY TRAVEL DAY.

THERE IS ANOTHER CHANCE FOR RAIN OR SNOW ON FRIDAY BUT WILL HAVE TO
GET CHRISTMAS EVE STORM SORTED OUT BEFORE ANY MEANINGFUL DISCUSSION
OF FRIDAY. DOES APPEAR TO GET COLDER HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND AND
EARLY NEXT WEEK THOUGH...WITH A RETURN TO NORTHWEST FLOW AND ARCTIC
AIR AT LEAST MAKING A RUN FOR OUR LOCAL AREA.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z MONDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1206 PM EST SUN DEC 21 2014

LOW LEVEL MOISTURE PERSISTING OVER THE AREA TODAY RESULTING IN VFR
STRATO CU AND MVFR VSBYS IN HZ... BUT EXPECT AN IMPROVING TREND TO
THESE CONDITIONS THIS AFTN/EVE AS DRIER AIR IN LOW LEVELS MOVES IN
FROM THE S-SE. A STRENGTHENING LOW IS EXPECTED TO MOVE SE INTO THE
CENTRAL PLAINS TONIGHT/MONDAY CAUSING GULF MOISTURE TO SURGE
NORTHWARD INTO NRN INDIANA. THIS SHOULD RESULT IN FLIGHT
CONDITIONS LOWERING TO MVFR AGAIN TOWARD THE END OF THE PERIOD.

&&

.IWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IN...NONE.
MI...NONE.
OH...NONE.
LM...NONE.
&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...JT
SHORT TERM...JT
LONG TERM...AGD
AVIATION...JT


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