Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL
FXUS63 KLOT 230329 AAE
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
1029 PM CDT WED JUN 22 2016
Tornado recently occurred in/near Pontiac per reports of power
flashes and tornadic damage signatures on radar and may still be
continuing as it moves southeast. Pontiac airport gusted to 59
knots from the northeast as well indicative of the cyclonic
circulation. This supercell storm remains discrete with favorable
environmental parameters ahead of this storm. Reflectivity tags
are noted and as these translate this mesocyclone it appears to
tighten/strengthen. So some undulating in intensity could occur
at this progresses east-southeast. Parameters remain in place for
a significant strength tornado despite the time of day.
259 PM CDT
Elevated thunderstorms have continued to fester over the past
couple hours within the warm air advection across north central
through east central Illinois. However, attention for the main
severe weather episode is still focused on renewed surface based
development expected around 4-6 PM. Although the air mass over
northern Illinois continues to remain in the lower 70s with lower
cloud cover continuing, a very warm and moist air mass resides just
to our south. The latest surface analysis continues to show the warm
front shifting northward over southern Iowa and into central
Illinois. Just south of this boundary, conditions are in the lower
to middle 90s, with dew points in the low 70s. As this air mass
continues to shift northward over the next few hours, expect
conditions to become more supportive of significant convective
development. As mentioned previously, it appears that renewed
development will likely occur in the vicinity of the triple point
most favored over northwestern Illinois/far southwestern WI. This
general scenario continues to be supported by the CAMs (convective
allowing models) and have been for several runs.
The latest VAD wind profile out of KDVN indicates that a strong
veering wind field is already in place. Given that the surface
boundary will likely set up somewhere near the I80 corridor, and
surface winds will be increasingly backed along the boundary, there
still appears to be an enhanced tornado threat, with a strong
tornado or two possible near the front where enhanced helicity will
be present. Additionally, given the super cell storm motion looks
to be nearly parallel to the boundary, this indicates the potential
for a maximum residence time of any supercells if they were to
develop along this boundary, which would locally enhance the tornado
threat and longevity.
In addition to the tornado threat, large hail and damaging winds will
be possible with these storms as they develop. The storms should
begin to build upscale into wind-producing congealed segments or
LEWPs as it moves over the Chicago area and into northwest Indiana.
This will make strong damaging winds, possibly in excess of 70 mph,
the main threat. However, tornadoes will remain
possible...especially in the vicinity of the surface boundary.
These storms will be fairly progressive and thus the severe threat
should end from northwest to southeast by late evening. The rapid
storm motion looks to also limit the magnitude of flash flooding,
especially considering much of the heavy rainfall this morning
stayed west/southwest of the area. However, due to the possibility
of heavy rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour, and them possibly
impacting the urban areas of Chicago, we still find it prudent to
hold onto the going Flash Flood Watch.
300 PM CDT
Thursday through Wednesday...
The pattern looks quieter in the extended. A vort streamer pushes
south into northern IL Thursday morning. Given the recent rain and
moist conditions, thinking a few isolated showers are possible so
included a slight chance of showers in the forecast through early
Thursday afternoon. North winds will allow a lake breeze to form.
Temps will then vary from the low 80s along and south of I-80 and
70s north of I-80. There may be an elevated risk of rip currents at
the IL and northwest IN beaches Thursday due to high waves. Do not
have enough confidence in exact wave heights to issue a beach
hazards statement at this time.
High pressure builds over the region Thursday night into Friday
leading to a dry forecast. High temps will be in the low 80s;
however, a lake breeze will keep temps along the lake in the low
The high shifts east Friday afternoon and an upper level shortwave
trough scoots over the region Saturday. Showers and storms will
spread east across the warning area Saturday afternoon. Forecast
soundings feature a decent cap so thinking the severe storms will
occur to our east. Warmer conditions are expected with high temps
in the upper 80s and heat indices in the low to mid 90s.
Showers and storms continue Sunday, some left over convection from
out east the day before. Forecast soundings dry out as the day goes
on so outside of any frisky storms early Sunday, severe weather is
not expected. Forecast high temps are once again forecast to be near
90, but convection may limit warming leading to cooler temps.
Thinking that we will warm quickly behind the storms Sunday;
therefore, kept the warm temps in the forecast.
The early part of next week looks dry with one more warm day Monday.
Temps will be in the mid to upper 80s with heat indices in the upper
80s to low 90s. A cold front pushes south through the region Monday
afternoon and night bringing a break to the heat. High temps Tues
and Wed are forecast to be in the 70s and 80s.
For the 00Z TAFs...
Main concern continues to be shower/thunderstorm activity between
now and about 03-04z. Primary activity has developed towards KRPJ
and points west and is tracking east-southeast. This more intense
activity will continue on a south of east track and should largelypass
south of the terminals toward 01z. Additional weaker activity has
developed north of the heavier activity and is quickly approaching
ORD/MDW. It appears that it will be this weaker type shra/tsra
activity that will impact the terminals between now and about
03/04z. Will continue with prevailing tsra and TEMPO lower vsby.
However, coverage could be more intermittent that implied by the
TAF. RFD should see activity exit by around 02z.
Otherwise, winds will be easterly turning northeasterly at the
terminals through the evening. Cigs will increase later tonight
and lower with a period of IFR looking likely which would continue
through daybreak if not a few hours beyond. Improvement to MVFR is
expected with the lowest clouds scattering into midday with VFR
expected for the afternoon. Confidence in timing of these
improvements is not great but have good confidence in the trends.
300 PM CDT
The low over the Missouri River valley passes just south of the lake
tonight and then continues to the east coast. Winds become
northeast tonight and increase to 10-20 kt. High pressure builds
over the lake Thursday night with winds diminishing. The high
shifts east Friday afternoon and evening with winds becoming south
behind it. South winds increase to 15-25 kt as a strong low passes
over Ontario south central Canada this weekend. A cold front then
shifts south down the lake Monday night with winds becoming north
IL...Flash Flood Watch...ILZ019-ILZ020-ILZ021-ILZ022-ILZ023 UNTIL 1
IN...Flash Flood Watch...INZ001-INZ002 UNTIL 1 AM Thursday.
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