Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Chicago, IL
FXUS63 KLOT 291936
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
236 PM CDT FRI JUL 29 2016
Through Saturday Night...
236 pm...Thunderstorms developed along the weak cold frontal
boundary earlier this afternoon and have been training over the
same areas producing torrential rain and flooding. An outflow
boundary moving south of the current activity should continue to
provide the focus for additional thunderstorm development through
early this evening. Short term/Hi res guidance has all been in
fair agreement with this activity weakening and dissipating this
evening. The main threat from these storms will continue to be
heavy rain and flash flooding but isolated strong wind gusts will
also be possible.
Models show a weak wave moving across the region overnight into
Saturday morning which may allow additional showers/thunderstorms
to develop overnight toward morning. Confidence is fairly low
regarding coverage and location...which could end up mainly north
of the cwa and over the lake but maintained low chance pops thru
the night and trends will need to be monitored later this evening.
The front will slowly sag south across the region tonight into
Saturday and similar to this morning...there will likely be areas
of fog...possibly dense across the southern cwa. Added patchy fog
away from the metro area overnight but trends will again need to
be monitored this evening and overnight.
Weak low pressure over the southern lakes region will slowly begin
to move east Saturday and Saturday night...but additional
thunderstorm development is expected by late Saturday morning and
should continue through Saturday evening...similar to today and
Thursday. Location of thunderstorm development is uncertain due
to possible ongoing precip Saturday morning but focus may end up
being over the southern cwa by Saturday afternoon. Activity should
dissipate Saturday evening with mainly dry conditions Saturday
night along with the potential for fog...especially over the
southern cwa. cms
324 AM CDT
Saturday night through Thursday...
Drying trend expected to occur Saturday night into Sunday, while
temps get back into the low 80s on Sunday. Some guidance hinting
at possible isolated precip development Sunday afternoon but with
low confidence, have left chances out at this time. Conditions
should continue to be dry across the CWA Sunday night, while more
energetic flow remains to the west. However, upper level ridging
expected across the region early next week into midweek. While
this occurs, guidance indicating more energetic flow to move over
the area and bring a return to more active weather. Along with
this active weather, a trend towards hotter and more humid
conditions will occur through the end of the work week. Have kept
highs in the upper 80s but do think highs in the low 90s will
become probable Wednesday and Thursday. Will need to monitor this
period, especially as guidance indicating the possibility for mid
to upper 70s dewpoints to spread back across the area.
For the 18Z TAFs...
The concern for the next few hours with the TAFs will center on
scattered showers and thunderstorms rapidly developing across the
At issuance time, development is largely driven by diurnal heating
in a moist, unstable environment. There is no strong focusing
mechanism across nrn IL/IN so activity invof the terminals should
remain scattered. So, have gone with the prevailing VCTS with a 4
hour TEMPO group through 22z. With time, expect that the TS may
focus more to the south of the terminals where old outflow
boundaries may help focus activity there and tsra/shra potential
may diminish with time. The 4 hour TEMPO group may end up a bit
pesimistically long, but confidence is too low to narrow the
timing any more.
A series of mid level impulses moving across the region will keep
some shower potential across the area through the remainder of the
late afternoon hours, through the night and, possibly even into
tomorrow morning. This shra activity should also be scattered,
with no significant sfc focus, so will maintain the VCSH from the
Winds may be a bit problematic through the afternoon. On the
larger scale, winds should remain generally northeasterly at arnd
10kt, but there will likely be some random direction gustiness
with outflow from the thunderstorms.
There will be potential for lower cigs and visibility again
tonight into Saturday morning, but should be less prevalent than
last night since winds might remain a bit stronger and not
necessarily light and variable. However, given the low confidence
in the reduced cig/vis potential, will maintain the going trends.
214 AM CDT
Mainly northeast winds will continue across the lake through
Saturday evening. The speeds will undulate through that time with
sporadic gusts exceeding 20 kt especially in the open water and
the western nearshores. The highest nearshore waves today can be
expected in the Illinois nearshore where they will be close to
Small Craft Advisory criteria of over a 4 ft average. Given that
waves at the Wilmette buoy are over 3 ft early this morning, may
end up leaning on issuing one but will watch trends for a couple
more hours. The winds turn a little more north-northeast on
Saturday spreading more of the 3 to 5 ft waves into the Indiana
High pressure will move over the lake during the last half of the
weekend into Monday before southerly flow resumes.
IL...Beach Hazards Statement...ILZ006-ILZ014 UNTIL 4 AM Saturday.
IN...Beach Hazards Statement...INZ001 UNTIL 4 AM Saturday.
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