Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL
FXUS63 KLOT 222023
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
323 PM CDT FRI JUL 22 2016
304 PM CDT
Have made no changes to current heat headlines for Saturday and no
major changes to the low chances for storms tonight and Saturday
morning, mainly in north central Illinois and then slowly
increasing chances Saturday afternoon.
Influence of last night`s and this morning`s MCS can still be seen
on visible satellite this afternoon. The outflow from this arcs
northward across central/eastern Iowa with a zone of 20-25kt
850-925mb warm advection across that same area. Have seen isolated
storms develop in that area and expect an uptick through late
afternoon as a subtle short wave disturbance moves eastward near
the MN/IA border and the cap is eroded. The instability gradient
and thicknesses slope southeastward and would expect any organized
convection to propagate that way, possibly clipping north central
Illinois during the evening hours and east central Illinois in the
late evening/overnight hours. Confidence is low on this, but
somewhat higher confidence than in recent days that the Chicago
area and far northwest Indiana will remain dry.
Afternoon dew points have recovered into the lower to mid 70s
across the area and may inch up a couple more degrees into this
evening. The humid air mass will not allow the temperatures to
drop much, but they could reach the temperatures for a few hours
which under the surface ridge could set the stage for patchy
shallow fog or even some haze. So have added that into the
overnight forecast. There may even be stratus development based
on the lowest level profiles forecast by some of the high-
For Saturday outside of morning fog/stratus possibility and the
small chance of festering convection in the south/southwest, the
morning should be sunny. Given the 925mb temperatures forecast to
be 26-27C, highs in the mid 90s are possible, but at this time
have gone lower 90s in most locations. Light onshore flow is
expected to develop across northeast Illinois and far northwest
Indiana which should keep them cooler. Heat index values may be
close or reach advisory criteria for some counties not currently
under a headline for Saturday, but given the uncertainty on
clouds/afternoon storms have collaborated on waiting for any new
headline issuance or changes.
As for Saturday afternoon storms, as the higher theta-e returns
from the southwest there are increasing chances reflected. Also,
if convection can sustain itself from the Dakotas/Minnesota late
tonight and Saturday morning, this would possibly reach into or
near the CWA by mid-late afternoon Saturday. Some guidance
indicates this and being in the zone of ridge-riding complexes,
this is a possibility at some points late Saturday or into the
342 AM CDT
Sunday through Thursday...
A cold front swings through Sunday with a chance of showers and
storms ahead of it. Thinking Sunday will be the final day of heat
and humidity. A heat advisory may be needed for most of the warning
area. Heat indices vary from 100 to 110.
Slightly cooler and drier conditions move in Monday and Tuesday with
highs in the 80s. A more active pattern returns mid and late in the
week with periodic chances of storms. High temps look to remain in
For the 18Z TAFs...
The concerns for the Chicago area airports are the potential for a
lake breeze shift to easterly winds late this afternoon, as well
as a chance for light haze/fog tonight. Finally, east winds may
reach 7-10 kt for a period Saturday afternoon.
Westerly winds have continued to be stout enough across northeast
Illinois to prevent a lake breeze development thus far. The
somewhat local pressure gradient in place is anticipated to weaken
and allow a lake breeze to develop, though it should be slow to
move inward and have backed up the timing of an easterly wind
shift. It is possible that this wind shift does not arrive at all
or that the speeds are below 7 kt when it does, and confidence is
medium in its arrival and low on the specifics.
Isolated storms are possible across eastern Iowa late this
afternoon though the expected organization in these if they
develop is low. Because of that, the potential to move over the
TAF sites tonight is even lower, especially the Chicago airports.
Saturday will see a high pressure ridge over the area allow for
easterly to southeasterly winds across the TAF sites. These could
see an increase to 7 to 10 kt during the afternoon especially for
Chicago area sites.
322 PM CDT
Generally light winds will continue through Saturday with high
pressure building over the Western Great Lakes. A weak cold front
will turn winds from southwest over the north half of the lake
Friday afternoon to light northerly Saturday morning. The pressure
gradient will increase Saturday night as the trough of a low
pressure system moving across Ontario approaches. This will result
in south to southwest winds/gusts up to 25 kt on Sunday. A cold
front trailing from the low pressure system will move across the
lake Sunday night, with fairly light west and northwest winds on
Monday behind the front, though some potential for gusts up to 20
kt. High pressure spreading to the Eastern Great Lakes by mid week
will bring light winds Monday night through Wednesday.
Thunderstorms are possible across the lake over the weekend,
especially Saturday night into Sunday, with locally higher winds
and waves possible with any stronger thunderstorms.
IL...Excessive Heat Warning...ILZ008-ILZ010-ILZ019-ILZ021-ILZ023-
ILZ032-ILZ033-ILZ039 UNTIL 7 PM Saturday.
ILZ014 UNTIL 7 PM Friday.
Heat Advisory...ILZ020-ILZ022 UNTIL 7 PM Saturday.
IN...Heat Advisory...INZ001-INZ002 UNTIL 7 PM Friday.
Heat Advisory...INZ010-INZ011-INZ019 UNTIL 7 PM Saturday.
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