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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
321 PM CDT TUE MAY 19 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 312 PM CDT TUE MAY 19 2015

SYNOPSIS...AS OF 300 PM CDT...SUBSIDENCE ASSOCIATED WITH A LARGE
HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE UPPER MIDWEST AND NORTHERN PLAINS
BROUGHT MAINLY CLEAR SKIES TO EASTERN IOWA AND WESTERN ILLINOIS
INTO THE MID AFTERNOON TODAY. LIGHT NORTHWEST FLOW HAS CONTINUED
TO ADVECT DRY LOW-LEVEL AIR INTO THE FORECAST AREA. DEWPOINTS WERE
GENERALLY IN THE 30S.

THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT...TEMPS WILL FALL INTO THE 40S BUT MID AND
UPPER LEVEL CIRRUS CLOUDS...ALREADY VISIBLE OVER CENTRAL AND WESTERN
IOWA ON GOES IMAGERY...WILL STREAM IN FROM THE SOUTHWEST AND
CAUSE VALUES TO STABILIZE IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 40S.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 312 PM CDT TUE MAY 19 2015

WEDNESDAY...COLD CLOUD SHIELD ON IR SATELLITE IMAGERY...CURRENTLY
OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS...HAS FORMED DOWNSTREAM OF A MID-LEVEL
LOW CENTERED NEAR THE FOUR CORNERS. THIS MID/UPPER LEVEL WAVE WILL
PROPAGATE ENE WITH TIME BRINGING A GOOD CHANCE FOR RAIN SHOWERS TO
THE SOUTHERN TWO-THIRDS OF THE DVN CWA ON WEDNESDAY.

TIME HEIGHTS SECTIONS DISPLAY DEEP NEGATIVE OMEGA WHICH IS MOST
FOCUSED BETWEEN 700-500MB AS PVA AND WAA SLIDE THROUGH.
ADDITIONALLY...NAM/ECMWF 1000-500MB COLUMN AVG RH PLOTS SHOW A
HIGHLY SATURATED ENVIRONMENT...VALUES GREATER THAN 95 PERCENT...AS
SE WINDS WITHIN THIS LAYER PULL 0.75-1.00 INCH PWAT VALUES
NORTHWARD INTO THE FORECAST AREA. COOL SFC TEMPS SUPPORT THE HIGH
SATURATION AT LOW-LEVELS. THE GFS IS SIGNIFICANTLY DRIER THAN THE
AFOREMENTIONED MODELS BUT WEIGHTED FORECAST MORE TOWARD THE WETTER
MODELS.

EXPECT A NORTH TO SOUTH GRADIENT IN RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS
RANGING FROM A FEW HUNDREDTHS NEAR DUBUQUE TO AROUND 0.30-0.40
TENTHS OF AN INCH NEAR/SOUTH OF BURLINGTON WITH SOME LEEWAY FOR
THIS GRADIENT TO SHIFT NORTH OR SOUTH SLIGHTLY. THE BEST CHANCE
FOR SHOWERS WILL BE BETWEEN THE MID MORNING TO THE MID AFTN. MAX
TEMPS ONLY FORECAST IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 50S.

.LONG TERM...(WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 312 PM CDT TUE MAY 19 2015

A RETURN TO MORE ACTIVE WEATHER BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND IS THE MAIN
FOCUS OF THE LONG TERM PERIOD.

AN UNSEASONABLY COOL AIRMASS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
INTO THURSDAY WITH A SURFACE RIDGE SLIDING SOUTH ACROSS THE FORECAST
AREA. UPPER RIDGING IS THEN FORECAST FOR FRIDAY WITH AFTERNOON
TEMPERATURES MODERATING BACK INTO THE LOW 70S.

ATTENTION THEN TURNS TO THE TRANSITION TO SOUTHWEST FLOW OVER THE
WEEKEND...LIKELY TO PERSIST INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK. WILL CONTINUE TO
CARRY POPS EVERY PERIOD FROM SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. WHILE THERE
WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE DRY PERIODS...CANNOT REASONABLY RESOLVE THEM
THIS FAR OUT. HOWEVER...A LOOK AT THE CURRENT AND PAST RUNS OF THE
GFS AND ECMWF...THE LAST 3 TO 4 RUNS HAVE BEEN DECENTLY
CONSISTENT IN FAVORING SUNDAY INTO MONDAY FOR THE HIGHEST COVERAGE
OF SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS AND MOST WIDESPREAD RAINFALL. THE MODEL
BLEND GUIDANCE OF LIKELY POPS FROM WEST TO EAST LOOKS REASONABLE.
IN TERMS OF SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL...THERE WILL LIKELY BE AT
LEAST ONE WINDOW OF LOW-LEVEL SEVERE WEATHER THREAT...BUT NOTHING
IN TERMS OF SIGNIFICANT INSTABILITY/SHEAR COMBINATION THAT WOULD
POINT TO A HIGHER END THREAT AT THIS TIME. THAT COULD CHANGE IN
THE COMING DAYS...BUT FOR NOW IT LOOKS LIKE MODERATE TO LOCALLY
HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE THE MAIN HIGHLIGHT. REGARDING LONGER TERM
TEMPERATURES...LOOK FOR A GRADUAL WARMING TREND INTO EARLY NEXT
WEEK...WITH A RETURN TO THE 80S LIKELY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 108 PM CDT TUE MAY 19 2015

BROKEN TO OVERCAST STRATOCUMULUS CLOUDS AT KMLI AND KBRL WILL
CONTINUE TO THIN AND MOVE SOUTHWARD THROUGH THE AFTN AS LARGE
SCALE SUBSIDENCE OVERSPREADS E IOWA/W ILLINOIS. VFR CONDITIONS
ARE THEN FORECAST INTO TONIGHT.

AN APPROACHING MID-LEVEL WAVE WILL SPREAD MID TO HIGH LEVEL
CLOUDS ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA THROUGH TONIGHT. CIGS WILL LOWER
LATE TONIGHT INTO WED MORNING AT ALL TERMINALS. MVFR IS FORECAST
AS CIGS DROP BELOW 3 KFT AND VSBYS BELOW 5SM. GREATEST
PROBABILITY FOR IFR WILL BE AT KCID AND KBRL BUT DID NOT GO QUITE
THAT LOW WITH CIGS SINCE THE EVENT IS STILL 18-24 HOURS AWAY.

&&

.DVN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IA...NONE.
IL...NONE.
MO...NONE.
&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...UTTECH
SHORT TERM...UTTECH
LONG TERM...RP KINNEY
AVIATION...UTTECH



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