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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE, IL
300 PM CDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.SHORT TERM...
228 PM CDT

THROUGH WEDNESDAY...

BIG CHANGES ARE IN STORE IN THE SHORT TERM. HIGH PRESSURE IS SLOWLY
SHIFTING SOUTH AS LOW PRESSURE AND A COLD FRONT DROP SOUTH OUT OF
ONTARIO.  EXPECTING A PLEASANT AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH WEST WINDS
AND FAIR WEATHER CUMULUS CLOUDS.  SHOWERS HAVE ALREADY FORMED AHEAD
OF THE COLD FRONT OVER THE U.P. OF MICHIGAN. REALLY LIKING THE RAP/S
TIMING SO LEANED HEAVILY IN ITS DIRECTION...WITH THE NAM BEING A
SLOWER SOLUTION.  HAVE SLIGHT CHANCE TO CHANCE POPS OUT AHEAD OF THE
MAIN FRONTAL PRECIP JUST IN CASE A FEW STRAY SHOWERS FORM THIS
EVEING. KEPT THE PREVIOUS FORECASTS IDEA OF NUMEROUS SHOWERS WITH A
FEW EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS. SEVERE STORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED AS CAPE
VALUES WILL BE MINIMAL AT BEST.

THE BIGGER STORY WILL BE WINDS SHIFTING OUT OF THE NORTH AND GUSTING
TO 30 MPH BEHIND THE FRONT. WINDS WILL BE EVEN GUSTIER ALONG THE
SOUTHERN END OF LAKE MICHIGAN ESPECIALLY ALONG THE INDIANA SHORE.
MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES FOLLOW THE FRONT WITH HIGHS IN THE LOW TO
MID 50S AWAY FROM THE LAKE.  HIGHS ALONG THE LAKE WILL BE IN THE
UPPER 40S TO MAYBE 50.  THE BACK END OF THE UPPER LEVEL LOW ROTATES
THROUGH TOMORROW AND EXPECTING SCATTERED SHOWERS TO FORM.  FORECAST
SOUNDINGS SHOW VERY SHALLOW CAPE...BUT ANY CONVECTION WOULD BE VERY
LOW TOPPED.  FREEZING LEVELS ARE ALSO LOW AROUND 3000 FT SO THINKING
THE LOW CAPE AND STEEP LAPSE RATES WILL LEAD TO GRAUPEL INSTEAD OF
THUNDER.  NOT EXPECTING A TON OF RAIN...MORE ALONG THE LINES OF
DREARY CONDITIONS WITH OCNL LIGHT RAIN AND POSSIBLY GRAUPEL.

JEE

&&

.LONG TERM...
259 PM CDT

WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY...

THE PERIOD WILL BEGIN ON THE CHILLY SIDE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS THE
LINGERING EFFECTS OF THE UNSEASONABLE STRONG UPPER LOW CONTINUES
TO SHIFT OVER THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY. CLEARING SKIES WEDNESDAY
NIGHT SHOULD ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO RADIATE SOME INTO THE UPPER
30S...ESPECIALLY ACROSS NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND PORTIONS OF THE
FOX RIVER VALLEY...AND LOWER 40S ELSEWHERE. IT APPEARS THAT A
LIGHT NORTHERLY WIND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MUCH OF THE NIGHT...SO
THE THREAT OF FROST LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD ONLY BE SPOTTY AND
CONFINED TO WELL PROTECTED AREAS...SO WE WILL LEAVE THIS MENTION
OUT OF THE FORECAST FOR NOW. OTHERWISE...EXPECT A SURFACE RIDGE OF
HIGH PRESSURE TO BUILD OVER THE AREA ON THURSDAY. ONSHORE FLOW
WILL AGAIN RESULT IN NEAR 50 DEGREE TEMPERATURES ALONG THE
LAKEFRONT...BUT FARTHER INLAND TEMPERATURES LOOK TO REBOUND BACK
INTO THE LOWER 60S UNDER MAINLY SUNNY SKIES.

MUCH WARMER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ON FRIDAY AS A WESTERLY WIND
SHIFT ALLOWS THE THERMAL RIDGE OVER THE PLAINS TO SHIFT OVER THE
WESTERN GREAT LAKES. MODEL GUIDANCE IS ADVERTISING 925 MB
TEMPERATURES AROUND +20C BY MIDDAY FRIDAY. THIS SHOULD ALLOW
TEMPERATURES TO WARM INTO THE LOWER 80S...ESPECIALLY OVER NORTH
CENTRAL ILLINOIS. THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT A LAKE BREEZE COULD
DEVELOP FRIDAY AFTERNOON DUE TO RELATIVELY WEAK WESTERLY FLOW AT
THE LAKE FRONT...AND THIS COULD RESULT IN SLIGHTLY COOLER
CONDITIONS THERE IF ONE DOES DEVELOP. IN ADDITION TO THE QUICK
WARM-UP...I CANNOT TOTALLY RULE OUT A FEW ISOLATED OR WIDELY
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY WITHIN THE
STRONG WARM AIR ADVECTION REGIME. HOWEVER...DUE TO THE RELATIVELY
WEAK SIGNAL...AND THE LIKELY LOW AREAL COVERAGE...WE HAVE OPTED TO
LEAVE THE FORECAST DRY AT THIS TIME.

A POTENT AND FAST EASTWARD MOVING STORM SYSTEM ACROSS SOUTHERN
CANADA FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY LOOKS TO DROP A COLD FRONT SOUTHWARD
OVER THE AREA BY LATE SATURDAY. THIS SHOULD SET THE STAGE FOR OUR
NEXT DECENT THREAT FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. ALTHOUGH DEEP
LAYER SHEAR IS NOT ADVERTISED TO BE OVERLY IMPRESSIVE OVER THE
AREA...WE CANT RULE OUT A FEW STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WITH THIS
FRONTAL PASSAGE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. ALSO...WITH THE TIMING OF THIS
FRONT LOOKING TO BE DURING THE MIDDAY TO AFTERNOON HOURS...IT
APPEARS HIGHS ON SATURDAY COULD AGAIN REACH INTO THE 70S IN MOST
INLAND AREAS...TO POSSIBLY LOW 80S AGAIN SOUTH PRIOR TO THE ONSET
OF CONVECTION WITH THE APPROACHING FRONTAL BOUNDARY.

SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE LOOKS TO SET UP OVER THE AREA BY SUNDAY...SO
DRY...BUT COOLER CONDITIONS IN THE 60S ARE EXPECTED.
HOWEVER...WARMER CONDITIONS...INTO THE 70S...BEGIN TO RETURN BY
EARLY NEXT WEEK. IT ALSO APPEARS THE THE WEATHER PATTERN COULD BE
CONDUCIVE TO ADDITIONAL PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS INTO
NEXT WEEK AS MODEL/ENSEMBLE GUIDANCE ALL ARE FORECASTING ANOTHER
STORM SYSTEM TO TAKE SHAPE OVER THE PLAINS AND THEN SHIFT INTO THE
UPPER MIDWEST BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.

KJB

&&

.AVIATION...
FOR THE 18Z TAFS...

THE REMAINDER OF THIS AFTERNOON SHOULD BE QUIET WITH HIGH PRESSURE
SLOWLY DRIFTING SOUTH. VFR CU AND NORTHWEST TO WEST WINDS ARE
EXPECTED. THE LOW OVER ONTARIO AND ITS ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT WILL
SHIFT SOUTH THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT. SHOWERS AND A FEW EMBEDDED
THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE THROUGH AHEAD OF THE FRONT. HAVE MUCH
HIGHER CONFIDENCE IN SHOWERS THAN THUNDER. THUNDER WILL BE AROUND
BUT DO NOT HAVE  ENOUGH CONFIDENCE IN LOCATION...COVERAGE...AND
EXACT TIMING TO INCLUDE THUNDER IN THE TAF. CIGS WILL FALL TO IFR
BEHIND THE FRONT. HAVE A LITTLE LOWER CONFIDENCE IN IFR AT RFD.
ALSO RAISED NORTH WIND SPEEDS WITH GUSTS TO 25 KT EXCEPT FOR
GUSTS TO 30 KT AT GYY. CIGS IMPROVE TO MVFR BY MID MORNING...BUT
ALSO EXPECTING SCATTERED SHOWERS AS THE BACK END OF THE UPPER
LEVEL SYSTEM ROTATES THROUGH. NOT EXPECTING RAIN ALL DAY
TOMORROW...BUT THE SHOWERS SHOULD BE SCATTERED ENOUGH TO JUSTIFY A
VCSH.

JEE

&&

.MARINE...
221 AM CDT

HIGH PRESSURE IS OVER THE REGION EARLY THIS MORNING PROVIDING
LIGHT FLOW ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN...HOWEVER A COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED
TO MOVE SOUTH ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN LATE THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT
BRINGING NEAR GALE FORCE NORTHERLY WINDS. SOUTHWEST FLOW WILL
INCREASE THROUGH THE DAY TODAY AHEAD OF THE FRONT. SHOWERS AND A
FEW THUNDERSTORMS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO OCCUR IMMEDIATELY ALONG AND
AHEAD OF THE FRONT...THEN WINDS WILL TURN NORTHERLY AND INCREASE
WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 KT EXPECTED BEHIND THE FRONT. WINDS WILL
REMAIN STRONG THROUGH THE DAY WEDNESDAY...THEN GRADUALLY COME DOWN
THROUGH THE DAY THURSDAY. A SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY WILL LIKELY BE
NEEDED FOR THE ILLINOIS AND INDIANA NEARSHORE WATERS THROUGH THIS
TIMEFRAME. WINDS DIMINISH ENOUGH FOR LAKE BREEZES BY LATE THURSDAY
AFTERNOON AS HIGH PRESSURE ONCE AGAIN MOVES OVERHEAD...THEN
SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW RETURNS THURSDAY NIGHT AS THE RIDGE AXIS SAGS
SOUTHEAST OF THE LAKE. ANOTHER COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO PUSH
ACROSS LAKE MICHIGAN OVER THE WEEKEND.

BMD

&&

.LOT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IL...NONE.
IN...NONE.
LM...GALE WARNING...LMZ743-LMZ744-LMZ745-LMZ777-LMZ779...5 AM
     WEDNESDAY TO 4 AM THURSDAY.

     SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...LMZ743-LMZ744-LMZ745...4 AM THURSDAY TO 3
     PM THURSDAY.

     SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY...LMZ740-LMZ741-LMZ742...5 AM WEDNESDAY TO
     10 AM THURSDAY.

&&

$$

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