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FXUS63 KIWX 260635
AFDIWX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
235 AM EDT TUE APR 26 2016

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 230 AM EDT TUE APR 26 2016

INCREASING SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL HELP DRAW IN WARMER AND
INCREASINGLY HUMID AIR TO HELP SET THE STAGE FOR SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT. LOWS TONIGHT WILL RANGE FORM
THE LOWER 50S NEAR LAKE MICHIGAN TO THE MIDDLE AND UPPER 50S
ELSEWHERE. TEMPERATURES WILL RISE LITTLE ALONG THE LAKESHORE AREAS
TODAY... BUT SHOULD REACH WELL INTO THE 60S TO LOWER 70S FOR THE
REMAINDER OF THE AREA.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 319 PM EDT MON APR 25 2016

FOCUS OF SHORT TERM WILL BE ON CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL INTO THE
OVERNIGHT HOURS.

PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES AND INCREASING SOUTHERLY WINDS HAVE
ALLOWED TEMPERATURES TO CLIMB WELL INTO THE 70S AND PUSH 80 IN SOME
LOCATIONS. DEWPOINTS ARE STEADILY INCREASING AS WELL...NOW INTO THE
MIDDLE 50S WITH 58 TO 62 DEGREE DEWPOINTS OFF TO THE WEST. LOW
PRESSURE WAS CENTERED OVER SE MINNESOTA WITH A WARM FRONT INTO
SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN AND COLD FRONT BACK IN EASTERN IOWA.
CONVECTIVE INITIATION EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF
HOURS ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS/SOUTHERN WISCONSIN AND MOVE EAST AND
SOUTH INTO THIS EVENING. EXACTLY HOW THE CONVECTION EVOLVES FROM
THERE REMAINS A CHALLENGE AS HI RES MODELS SHOW DIFFERENCES IN TIMING
AND INTENSITY. LAST SEVERAL RUNS OF HRRR HAVE BEEN MOST AGGRESSIVE AND
FASTEST WITH INITIAL CELLS CONGEALING INTO LINE OF STORMS...POSSIBLY
SEVERE WHICH ARRIVES AROUND OR SHORTLY AFTER 00Z AND PROGRESSES
THROUGH THE AREA. RAP/NMM MORE FOCUS ON THE WARM FRONT AND KEEP
ACTIVITY MORE SCATTERED AND FURTHER NORTH. NAM/NAM 4KM SHOW SOME
SIMILARITY TO HRRR BUT SLOWER AND LESS ROBUST. GRIDS WERE UPDATED TO
LIMIT PRECIP POTENTIAL UNTIL AFTER 21Z WITH LITTLE IN THE WAY OF
FORCING MECHANISMS AROUND TO HELP USE THE LIMITED INSTABILITY. SHEAR
PROFILES DO INCREASE THIS EVENING...BUT INSTABILITY WILL BE ON THE
DECREASE. MID LEVEL JET WILL BE IMPINGING ON THE CONVECTION WITH
SOME HINTS OF A SMALL EML THROUGH EARLY EVENING BEFORE BEING LOST.

HAVE REMOVED THE SMALL AREA OF CATEGORICAL POPS AND WENT WITH SOME
ATTEMPT TO TIME OUT ANY CONVECTION WITH HIGH CHC TO LIKELY POPS.
PRECIP MAY LINGER LONGEST IN THE SE BUT WILL LIKELY BE WEAKENING BY
THIS POINT. TRIED TO LIMIT SOUTHERN EXTENT OF THE CONVECTION WITH
LOCATIONS SOUTH OF US-24 POSSIBLY NOT SEEING MUCH.

FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL LINGER TO THE SOUTH OF THE AREA WITH POTENTIAL
FOR A FEW SHOWERS AND STORMS IN FAR S/SE AREAS INTO TUESDAY
AFTERNOON. SHOULDN`T BE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT WITH GREATER SEVERE
THREAT SOUTH AND ESPECIALLY WELL SOUTHWEST OF THE AREA. COOL DAY IN
STORE ALONG THE LAKE WITH HIGHS IN THE MIDDLE 50S VS MIDDLE 60S TO
MIDDLE 70S INLAND.

&&

.LONG TERM...(TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY)
ISSUED AT 319 PM EDT MON APR 25 2016

TWO PRIMARY CHANCES OF RAIN DURING THIS LONG TERM PERIOD AS PAIR OF
DEEP WESTERN CONUS TROUGHS EJECT EASTWARD. THE FIRST IS CURRENTLY
CLOSING OFF OVER NEVADA. AS THIS PV ANOMALY MOVES INTO OUR REGION ON
WED...TIGHTENING BAROCLINIC ZONE/FGEN WILL SET UP OVER THE SOUTHERN
GREAT LAKES. GOOD CROSS-ISOBAR FLOW AND MOISTURE ADVECTION ON THE
300K SURFACE WITH MIXING RATIOS AROUND 8 G/KG. PW VALUES ALSO CLIMB
TO AROUND 1.2 INCHES BY LATE WEDNESDAY. THETA-E SURGE IN PRESENCE OF
GOOD ISENTROPIC ASCENT AND INCREASING CVA WILL LIKELY LEAD TO NUM
SHOWERS LATE WED INTO THURS. ADDED A BIT MORE TEMPORAL DETAIL TO POP
FORECAST...SLOWING DOWN ARRIVAL AND INCREASING TO CATEGORICAL WED
NIGHT BASED ON GOOD AGREEMENT IN 12Z MODEL SUITE. DID KEEP IN A
SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDER BUT PLACEMENT OF FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL KEEP
SURFACE-BASED INSTABILITY LOCKED TO OUR SOUTH AND ELEVATED
INSTABILITY LOOKS PRETTY MEAGER BASED ON FORECAST SOUNDINGS.
MIDLEVEL VORT LOBE WILL EXIT EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WITH DRY
CONDITIONS FRI INTO EARLY SAT.

ROUND TWO (POTENTIALLY) ARRIVES IN SIMILAR FASHION LATE SAT INTO
SUNDAY...AND POSSIBLY MONDAY. MODEL AGREEMENT REMAINS POOR THOUGH
WITH LATEST GFS KEEPING SURFACE LOW AND ALL PRECIP WELL SOUTH OF OUR
AREA. CONTINUED WITH CONSENSUS CHANCE POPS FOR NOW GIVEN IT IS AT
THE VERY END OF THIS FORECAST PERIOD. TEMPS THROUGH THIS WEEK WILL
BE SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR...THOUGH NOT
PARTICULARLY COLD AND FROST POTENTIAL APPEARS LOW.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 06Z TAFS THROUGH 06Z TUESDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 226 AM EDT TUE APR 26 2016

A COLD FRONT WAS MOVING SOUTH ACROSS LOWER MICH AND LAKE MICHIGAN
AND WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY.
SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE POSSIBLE AHEAD OF THE FRONT...BUT SHOULD
END BEFORE DAYBREAK. OTHERWISE...SOME LOW CLOUDS SHOULD SPREAD
INTO NW INDIANA AND THE SBN TERMINAL AS THE COMBINATION OF THE
COLDER AIR BEHIND THE FRONT AND THE COLD MARINE LAYER ACCENTUATE
THE FRONT. ADDED IFR CONDITIONS AT SOUTH BEND DURING THE MORNING
FOR THESE CLOUDS. OTHERWISE...WINDS SHOULD VEER TO THE NORTHEAST
AS A LARGE SURFACE HIGH MOVES INTO THE REGION.

&&

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

$$

SYNOPSIS...FISHER/SKIPPER
SHORT TERM...FISHER
LONG TERM...AGD
AVIATION...SKIPPER


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