Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL
FXUS63 KLOT 260741
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
241 AM CDT FRI AUG 26 2016
.UPDATE...239 PM...UPDATED MARINE BELOW...
241 PM CDT
A short wave disturbance and remnant, somewhat ill-defined, MCV
are translating east-northeast near the IA/MO/IL border region.
This is riding along an instability gradient that in the far
southern CWA is characterized by MLCAPE as high as around 1,000
J/kg. The surface cool front which inched its way southward today
is weakly defined in convergence fields across the southern CWA.
Cumulus clouds on visible satellite imagery have shown little
growth thus far but are seeing some uptick over far western
Illinois just ahead of the short wave. Given the forcing and
instability and the time of day, along with consistent support
from the HRRR, would expect scattered convective development
further eastward into central Illinois and as far northward as the
instability gradient. Thus the part of the CWA that would be
likely to see scattered storms remains south of the U.S. Highway
24 corridor, with isolated/scattered showers possible north of
there. The current CAPE/shear/PWAT spectrum would support a few
stronger to possibly severe organized storms capable of gusty
winds, mainly through 8 pm. The better potential for longer-lived
organized storms looks to remain south of the CWA where greater
destabilization has occurred.
A sheath of high clouds is expected to remain over the area
tonight as the moist plume aloft eases eastward. This should help
to limit temperature drop as well as fog threat. If the clouds
do end up being less prevalent though, cannot rule out some
patchy shallow fog, namely over the south where higher dew points
327 PM CDT
Friday through Thursday...
With the surface front south of the CWA on Friday and while high
pressure builds across the region, any precip development during
the day will stay just to the south. Some guidance is hinting at
the possibility for some precip to drift along the southern CWA in
central Illinois and northwest Indiana during the day Friday and
although can`t completely rule out some stray precip, think the
higher probability for any development will be near the front that
will be to the south. Only made minor adjustments to the high
temps on Friday, a slight increase, with only mid/high level cloud
cover expected to be in place.
Active weather will likely return to the region at the start of
the weekend as an upper level trough pushes through the central
conus, and while more energetic mid level flow begins to draw
near. This will aid in a return to southerly flow across the
region, with low pressure developing over the upper midwest and
with the surface front lifting back north. Focus for precip Friday
night looks to initially be over Iowa and far northwest Illinois
but as forcing increases across the region and while the LLJ
continues to veer, should begin to see better precip development
steer over northern Illinois after midnight into early Saturday
morning. Most guidance pretty consistent with this signal and with
several forcing mechanisms in place, did increase pops to high
likely pops across north central Illinois during this time.
Instability which will initially be south of the area will spread
back north into the weekend, with thunderstorm development
becoming more likely. At this time, think the more robust
development will be just to the west of the CWA Friday night into
Saturday but with higher moisture air returning, do think the
threat of heavy downpours will also return to the area.
Forcing/Focus will continue to the north and northeast during the
day Saturday with precip likely in the morning, but with a drying
trend possible into the afternoon. Guidance is showing some
development in the afternoon and although this is possible, I
wonder about boundary layer recovery as well as any good focus to
produce this. Nonetheless, with high dewpoint air in place and
with large scale ascent still overhead, scattered development in
the afternoon will be possible. Warmer airmass in place Saturday
would be supportive of temps well into the 80s but with expected
precip and cloud cover maintained highs around 80.
Confidence lowers with regards to precip chances Saturday night
with guidance showing QPF during this time but question the
potential forcing mechanisms. Did leave forecast of chance thunder
alone Saturday night as it is possible for any additional
development during the day Saturday to possibly linger into a
portion of the evening. Precip chances should lower on Sunday and
did reflect this in the forecast, but do think isolated to widely
scattered precip will be possible in the afternoon.
For the 06Z TAFs...
Primarily VFR conditions and light winds expected through most of
the TAF cycle, at least for the 24 hour period for most TAFs.
There is some patchy fog where there are more holes in the high
cloud cover, most prevalent at KGYY. Expect that the fog would
remain patchy as high clouds continue to stream northeast tonight.
Synoptic flow and weak lake influence will keep a lighter east
component to the wind today, 7-10 kt, but lighter winds inland.
Forcing appears benign through 6z to preclude precip mention.
Mixed signals in the 6z-12z period for ORD as the low level jet
ramps up in broad moist ascent. Elevated instability is weak, but
could see some showers enter the picture, with higher likelihoods
after 6z near KRFD and after 12z closer to the Chicago terminals. Will
keep dry conditions for now until trends of moisture recovery
become more apparent.
239 AM CDT
Fairly benign conditions are expected across the lake outside of
occasional thunderstorm periods. High pressure will build across
the lake today and east the pressure gradient across the north
half. A weak system will cross the north half of Lake Michigan
Saturday night with southeast winds increasing some ahead of it.
High pressure will return to the eastern Great Lakes region Sunday
into early next week. Southerly winds will redevelop as low
pressure slides east across North Central Canada. This low will
send a cold front across the northern half of Lake Michigan.
Modest high pressure will rebuild across Ontario behind the front,
and this will maintain north to northeast flow across Lake
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