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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
1241 PM CDT TUE MAY 31 2016


Issued at 257 AM CDT Tue May 31 2016

A seasonally strong upper low is making its way through the northern
portion of the CONUS tonight, and the models are nailing that part
of the forecast. As far has handling the slow moving convection
producing small areas of heavy rains since last afternoon across
Iowa, Illinois, and southwest Wisconsin, most of them are doing
poorly. Warm advection continues over locations east of Interstate
35 early today, and that should keep some activity going through the
morning. The cold front is showing signs of a decrease in
convection, as typically occurs during the early morning hours.
This forcing will arrive late this afternoon in our cwa.


ISSUED AT 257 AM CDT Tue May 31 2016

The global models are of little use in such a pattern with respect
to thunderstorm placement in the warm advection region of this
event. In other words, the NMM (CAMS allowing) is handling things
best this morning so far, and we will lean on it for trends through
the early afternoon hours, when we can begin to look at the
advancing cold front for a focus for storms. Our forecast contains
70 to 80 percent pops for this cold front, which might be on target
given the diurnal uptick on convection along it, and I will not
change that idea. I will increase pops this morning to lower to
moderate chance levels in the central and eastern cwa. With some
backbuilding already occurring there, and what appears to be an MVC
feature on composite radar arriving from Missouri early today, it
does look like the NMM idea of thunderstorms with heavy rain, slowly
moving north over the central and eastern cwa may actually be
correct. I will closely monitor those trends and update to likely or
higher pops should that idea unfold, but for now, I will just
introduce that idea to the pops forecast before noon.

Highs today may be tricky if convection does blossom this morning,
but will go with about 4 degrees under yesterday`s highs given the
more expansive cloud cover. It won`t take much heating to produce
lower 80s, so the mid 80s seem a reachable target even with less
than full sun. Tonight, under cloud cover and thunderstorm activity,
lows should be in the lower to mid 60s.

Like this past evening, local QPF values may be quiet high, and
flash flooding cannot be ruled out, but the widespread QPF may be
much lower.  I am not expected widespread significant rainfall until
later tonight as the front approaches, but the individual storms are
certainly capable today of amounts over 1 inch.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday THROUGH Monday)
ISSUED AT 257 AM CDT Tue May 31 2016

The main cold front sweeps through the area on Wednesday. Showers
and thunderstorms should be fairly widespread at sunrise across the
area with rain slowly ending from west to east during the day.

Wednesday evening, showers and possibly some thunderstorms will
persist east of the Mississippi that will move east of the area by
midnight. Dry conditions are then expected late Wednesday night.

Quiet and dry conditions will be seen across the area
Thursday/Thursday night as high pressure moves through the Midwest.
Temperatures should be close to normal.

Friday on...

The model consensus has slight chance pops for areas along/north of
highway 30 on Friday. There are some model solutions that indicate
dry conditions for the entire area on Friday.

Friday night and Saturday the flow aloft will start coming from the
northwest as an upper low drops into the Great Lakes. A seasonably
strong cold front will move through the area bringing a threat of
rain. As a result, the model consensus has chance pops for the
entire area.

Once the cold front moves through on Saturday, northwest flow aloft
will continue through Monday. Numerous weak disturbances in the flow
aloft will be moving through the area. These disturbances combined
with daytime heating will be capable of producing showers and
possibly some thunderstorms.

As a result, the model consensus has slight chance pops in each
period from Saturday night through Monday.


ISSUED AT 1240 PM CDT Tue May 31 2016

Scattered thunderstorms at midday should remain east of the
terminals until at least 3 pm. Thunderstorms are expected then to
redevelop ahead of an approaching cold front from mid afternoon
through evening. This has been handled with tempo groups, followed
by vicinity wording as the activity moves out of the region.
Prevailing VFR conditions are expected overnight into Wednesday
morning with a low potential for MVFR fog, which is not currently
in the forecasts.


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