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FXUS63 KLOT 231532

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
1032 AM CDT Fri Jun 23 2017

1027 AM CDT

Showers have exited to the south and the leading edge of the cold
front has cleared into Central Illinois. Southwest flow aloft will
maintain a cirrus shield for at least a few more hours. It is
still a tad muggy outside as dewpoints will be creeping downward
this morning, but should steadily drop more so this
afternoon/evening. Upstream clouds across the upper Midwest are
ahead of a series of disturbances, with diurnal timing keep the
bulk of these and any associated showers largely off to our



258 AM CDT

Today and Tonight...

Primary concern in the near term is with the passage of a cold
front across the forecast area today, and convection trends
especially this morning along and ahead of the front.

Early morning surface analysis depicts low pressure over
southeast WI/southern Lake Michigan, with a cold front trailing
to the west and southwest from southern WI and eastern IA into the
Central Plains. This front is progged to push southeast across
the forecast area this morning, clearing the southeast by early
afternoon. Thunderstorms along/ahead of the front will spread
southeast across the area early this morning, and may present a
locally heavy rain and sub-severe gusty wind threat early. Weak
low-level lapse rates and stronger mid-level winds lagging behind
the convective line for the most part should substantially limit
any severe threat. Winds shift to the north-northwest behind the
front, with a gradual filtering of cooler/drier air into the
region. Partly sunny skies by afternoon should still support
afternoon temps around 80, except near the lake in northwest
Indiana where northwest onshore winds are expected. IL shore may
see north-northwest winds turn north-northeast with a bit of a
lake breeze late. Clearing and cooler tonight as temps fall into
the 50`s, and a modest west-northwest breeze.



258 AM CDT

Saturday through Thursday...

Period of cooler weather will be in place across the area this
weekend and into the start of next week. Appears to be a potential
for a few scattered diurnal showers especially Sunday, though
otherwise pleasantly dry with dew points in the in the 40`s and
temps in the 70`s. Warmth and humidity then gradually increase
again mid-week, along with a scattered thunderstorm threat.

Series of mid-level short wave disturbances are progged to slide
across the Upper Midwest/western Lakes region this weekend, as
building upper ridge along the west coast induces amplification of
downstream trough across eastern North America. Diurnally steep
low level lapse rates are evident in forecast soundings, with a
gradual cooling of mid-level temperatures noted late Saturday with
vort digging across the area. Despite fairly dry low levels with
dew points in the mid-upper 40`s, a few isolated-scattered showers
may spread into mainly far northern IL during the late
afternoon/evening hours, especially in GFS depiction of deeper
(but still weak) instability. Similar scenario persists Sunday and
Monday, as additional vort energy digs southeast across the
region. Despite the potential for these isolated-scattered
convective showers, many dry hours are likely, and coverage will
be lower the farther south you go. Highs over the weekend will be
a good 15 degrees or so cooler than the past few days, with 850 mb
temps cooling to +6/7C Saturday and +5/6C Sunday. This would
support high temps only in the low-mid 70`s, with some locations
across far northern IL topping out only around 70 especially where
greater stratocu coverage is likely.

Western CONUS upper ridge eventually builds eastward with time as
flow pattern is progged to become more progressive mid-week. This
results in building heights/subsidence and surface high pressure
developing across the region Tuesday. Building mid-level heights
will support warming surface temps, with highs expected to be back
around the 80 degree mark. Surface ridge moves off to the east of
the area Tuesday night, with a return to southerly winds coming
on Wednesday. GFS and ECMWF both depict a short wave advancing
through the more zonal upper pattern across the Upper Midwest
Wednesday into Thursday, with surface low pressure tracking north
of the Lakes. Warmer and more humid air mass will support an
increasing thunderstorm threat by this time, and into the end of
the week as a trailing cold front slowly sags into the region.



For the 12Z TAFs...

Showers and thunderstorms are exiting the terminals early this
morning. Winds have shifted northerly with some variability
between northwest and northeast and expect this to continue for a
few hours yet, though expect north or northwest to prevail by mid
morning. Ceilings are tricky with them largely having scattered but
this is likely temporary and expect MVFR to return for the
Chicago/NW Indiana metro area while RFD may remain VFR. Am also
concerned about a brief period of IFR developing with scattered
clouds in the 600-900 ft range being reported. Will carry MVFR
with scattered IFR clouds until mid morning then improve things
but this will likely need refinement. By afternoon, ceilings
should not be an issue but will need to watch wind direction. A
lake breeze may develop but may not make much inland progress.
Confidence in how this plays out is not great. If the lake breeze
does form then there may be a tendency for a more westerly wind
component at ORD/MDW as the convergence develops. Will need to
watch this closely. VFR will prevail tonight and Saturday morning
with a steady west to northwest wind.



307 AM CDT

Low pressure over far southern James Bay will move east across
northern Quebec today. The trailing cool front will move across
southern sections of Lake Michigan this morning as a secondary
area of low pressure moves from southern Wisconsin into lower
Michigan. Winds will likely fluctuate during the day staying
primarily west or southwest across northern sections and northerly
then northwesterly across the south. It is possible that wind
speeds will be light enough to allow winds across the southern
part of the lake to become onshore for a time this afternoon. A
prevailing west to northwest wind will set up this evening and
trend westerly Saturday. Another low will bring another cool front
down the lake Saturday night as high pressure across the plains
drifts east. This will set up a decent pressure gradient for a
time into Sunday morning. Yet another weak low is expected to
cross the lake early Monday before the high moves across into
Tuesday. Another series of low pressure systems are forecast to
track across the upper lakes starting mid week next week with
strong southerly winds setting up ahead of them.






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