Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Quad Cities, IA IL

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43

FXUS63 KDVN 251806

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
106 PM CDT WED MAY 25 2016

Issued at 1246 PM CDT Wed May 25 2016

It`s appearing more and more like not much will happen this
afternoon as the main upper level wave lifts up acrs southeastern
MN into WI taking much more convective activity with it in those
areas, as well as another area in eastern KS into MO. But will
keep slight CHC to low CHC for showers/storms (probably elevated
in nature) in the eastern half of the CWA and into NW IL for a
secondary vort lobe trailing off the MN wave and it`s lift. Some
showers trying to develop now near BRL and into west central IL,
and may continue to develop as it moves north and northeast.
Another day of sfc dpts getting mixed down below guidance. Raising
high temps as well in areas of thinly filtered insolation. ..12..


Issued at 355 AM CDT Wed May 25 2016

An area of thunderstorms continued across the Plains into
southwest Iowa during the early morning hours. Warm and moist area
remained in place across the area, with early morning temperatures
mainly in the mid to upper 60s.


ISSUED AT 355 AM CDT Wed May 25 2016

he main forecast issues in the short term period involve
convective timing, coverage and intensity.

In the near term, various CAMS indicate a leading wing of showers
and storms developing early this morning and lifting northeast
across the forecast area. Based on recent radar trends and weak
deep layer shear, am thinking the main threat from the strongest
storms will be some small hail. However, by late morning into the
afternoon, an approaching H5 trough will enhance forcing and deep
layer shear. This feature, coupled with areas of enhanced moisture
convergence along a northward lifting warm front, should mean some
storm reintensification by late morning into the afternoon.
Forecast soundings suggest the main threat will be elevated storms
with large hail. However, there is some potential for a narrow
window of surface based storms with isolated damaging wind gusts.
Enhanced 0-1km shear of 20-25 kts near the boundary indicates that
an isolated brief tornado also cannot be ruled out. SPC has areas
west of a line from Dubuque, to Moline and Galesburg in slight
risk for today. Unseasonably warm and muggy conditions will
continue today with highs mainly in the low 80s, although not as
warm as Tuesday with the increased cloud cover.

For tonight, there is considerable uncertainty regarding favorable
areas for additional storms tonight. The 12km WRF is hanging up a
remnant boundary near the I-80 corridor with some heavy rainfall
amounts late. Certainly not sold on this scenario, and we will
have to see how the trends play out today before getting a better
handle on tonight`s weather.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday THROUGH Tuesday)
ISSUED AT 355 AM CDT Wed May 25 2016

Forecast focus on periods of active weather through the middle of
next week. Continued above normal temperatures.

Thursday, a brief lull in the action as operational models depict
weak ridging surface and aloft, due to subsidence in the wake of the
wave that moves through the night before. With sunshine and
southerly winds this should push temperatures into the mid to upper
80s at many locations. In addition, dewpoints will be well into the
60s to near 70 making for a summer-like day as heat index values
will push into the lower 90s.

Thursday night through Saturday, the active pattern resumes as the
main trough and surface low gradually pulls out of the Plains and
across the Midwest. There is a low risk of severe storms as the deep
layer shear just does not look that impressive, but it`s not zero
either. Also, this is a positive-tilt system and weak surface low.
Temperatures will remain somewhat above normal with highs in the
upper 70s to lower 80s, due to an increase in cloud cover this

Sunday and Memorial Day, another lull as weak ridging surface and
aloft builds into the area. Will only have slights or small pops but
later shifts may be able to remove pops for one or both of these
days depending on model trends. With more sunshine expected
afternoon highs will push again well into the 80s.

Tuesday through Wednesday...Active pattern returns again as another
upper level trough swings out of the Rockies and into the Upper
Midwest. However, deep layer shear again not impressive as the main
cyclone will track well to our north and in a weakening fashion.


ISSUED AT 1246 PM CDT Wed May 25 2016

Have lowered shower/storm presence in the TAFs this afternoon with
more and more signs of not much or just isolated coverage will
occur. Will have to watch the MLI site for activity coming out of
far southeastern IA/West central IL over the next few hours.
Think MVFR cigs around CID will lift north as well...then mainly
VFR for the TAF sites into the evening. A low chance fro isolated
to sctrd nighttime showers/storms in VCNTY of CID and possibly
DBQ after 10 PM CDT, but not enough confidence to put in TAFS at
this time. Decaying remnants of a convective system from the west
may also try to make it into the area late tonight, but again not
enough confidence to put in TAFS except maybe VCNTY at BRL toward


.DVN Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


AVIATION...12 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.