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FXUS63 KDVN 240832

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
332 AM CDT SAT SEP 24 2016

Issued at 331 AM CDT Sat Sep 24 2016

H5 ridge across the area this morning led to quiet weather.
Easterly sfc winds were ushering slightly lower dewpoints into the
area. This flow was aiding in creating a stratus deck. To our
west, a closed off H5 low was slowly lumbering across the Great
Plains. This low will slide closer to the area in the short term.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
ISSUED AT 331 AM CDT Sat Sep 24 2016

Main forecast concern for the short term are the chances for rain
and thunder later in the period towards daybreak Sunday. As with
most closed off lows, the models are usually faster than what
occurs. The current forecast calls for a slightly slower frontal

For the most part today will be a continued taste of summer with
temps in the 80s across the area, with possibly 90s in the
southern CWA. The sfc boundary will shift north in response to the
H5 low advecting in from the west. This will allow for upper 60
dewpoints to advect into the area, leading to a warm and humid
Saturday across the area.

Overnight tonight, a slower progression of the cold front has lead
to delayed arrival for pops with most of the chance for rain
closer to 12z across the western CWA. This system is a much more
progressive system than last nights weak H85 flow and flash
flooding. Moisture convergence along the sfc feature is weakening
during the period so it appears that most of the rain will be in
a weakening state when it approaches the CWA. Hires cams suggest
that precip will be scattered and weakening as well during this
time. Our current pops may be overdone near 12z, however decided
to keep likely pops across the west as confidence in lower pops is
lower than I`d like to change the forecast. The rain that is
forecast during the short term will likely not exasperate ongoing
flooding as the storms should be moving much faster than last

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
ISSUED AT 331 AM CDT Sat Sep 24 2016

Rain likely on Sunday followed by much cooler and drier into midweek then moderating
temperatures and continued dry late week.

Anticipate a gradual waning in intensity of pre-frontal showers and possibly a few
storms Sunday morning, with some flare-up possible by afternoon along and east of the
Mississippi River provided enough solar insolation, which is in question. Progged
MUCAPES by afternoon over the eastern CWA are in the 1500-2000+ J/KG range based on
temperatures in the lower 80s and dewpoints in the upper 60s, but bulk shear is
marginal at around 20 kts 0-6km. As a result, do not anticipate severe weather at
this time but an isolated couple of strong storms may be possible if thermodynamic
parameters are realized, which again are in question and dependent on degree of solar
insolation. Ribbon of deep tropospheric moisture is depicted with the front, with
precipitable water values shown of nearly 2 inches. This may support brief heavy
rain with the stronger cells, but overall progressive nature of front and weakening
large scale ascent look to limit rainfall amounts to generally below 0.5 inch, which
is good news for area rivers as this amount would have little if any impact on levels.

Advancing dry slot in wake of front and undercutting an Upper Mississippi Valley low
should lead to decreasing clouds and diminishing rain chances Sunday night into
early Monday morning. Much cooler conditions expected by Monday morning on gusty
northwest winds, with lows Sunday night in the upper 40s to mid 50s.

Monday through Friday looks like an extended period of dry weather, and exactly what is
needed with many area rivers experiencing flooding. The core of the cool air is
forecast to rotate through the region on Monday into Tuesday on the backside of
a slowly departing Great Lakes low, with 850 mb temperatures shown around 4C to 6C.
This will lead to slightly below normal and near typical early fall-like temperatures
with highs in the 60s to near 70 degrees and lows in the 40s to near 50 degrees.
Mid to late week and upper ridge looks to build toward the region, which will bring
moderating temperatures along with a continuation of dry conditions.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Saturday Night)
ISSUED AT 1124 PM CDT Fri Sep 23 2016

Low clouds that covered the entire region all day are now
completely moved out of eastern Iowa, but some fragments of the
cloud deck in Illinois continue to be seen near Lake Michigan.
Models are not handling that, and it is concerning that the clouds
remain over northeast Illinois, so clouds could become more
widespread again overnight. Thus, a low confidence forecast is
being issued with pessimistic MVFR/IFR forecast at DBQ and
optimistic VFR mainly forecast for CID/MLI/BRL as they are already
clear and somewhat dry advecting from the east surface winds off
Lake Michigan. Saturday should see partly cloudy VFR weather in
all sites, especially after 15Z when any morning light fog or low
clouds mix out.



Issued at 331 AM CDT Sat Sep 24 2016

The only change since yesterday afternoon is that a flood warning has been issued
for the English River at Kalona. CFS from Parnell gauge would support Kalona
breaching flood stage, however likely to see some attenuation of water as it moves
downstream and thus could be close to whether it reaches FS or not, and have noticed
a marked slowing in the ascension of the river recently. Parnell crested only a few
hours and has already quickly dropped below FS, thus any flooding at Kalona likely to
be short-lived.

Previous discussion.

Heavy rains across the area last night created some additional
flooding concerns across the area. Primarily along the Maquoketa
River which had not had the heavy rains previously. Currently, the
Maquoketa River at Manchester is nearing crest, just over Major
Flood Stage. In other areas, the river models are continuing to get
a handle on all of the rainfall. Some locations upstream in the
Cedar River Basin have been running higher than originally forecast
which has caused a rise in the forecasts along the Cedar River and
areas downstream of the confluence with the Iowa River.
There is still a bit of question on these exact crest levels, as
there could be changes up to a foot. That being said, these levels
are the 2nd highest in historical history and do have confidence
that it will be a significant event.

Looking at the Mississippi River, the forecast crests for many
locations continues to be just outside of the 7 day forecast as we
would expect the crests sometime next weekend. Many locations will
reach well over flood stage so have felt confident enough to issue
flood warnings for a good portion of the river. There are a few
areas that don`t receive impacts until they observe higher flows and
have continued with Flood Watches as there is less confidence in
reaching flood stage.

Forecasts will likely be updated and changed periodically over the
coming days. Please stay tuned to the current statements as well as
the AHPS pages for current information.


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