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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
333 AM CDT Tue Apr 25 2017

Issued at 300 AM CDT Tue Apr 25 2017

At 3 AM CDT...area seeing slowly increasing high clouds as trough develops
in the southern plains. Area temperatures with a southeast wind of 5
to 10 kts resulting in mostly 50`s to near 60F. Low dewpoints in the
30s support little precipitation until higher dewpoints arrive
late PM and more likely tonight. Jet digging from North Pacific to
ensure unsettled weather for area next several days.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
ISSUED AT 300 AM CDT Tue Apr 25 2017

Short term forecast confidence assessment...fair or average. Main issues
are timing of higher dewpoints arrival later today than most solutions
are too moist. This suggests delayed precipitation changes most locations.

Today...Based on partly to mostly sunny skies, have gone a degree or
two above yesterday mostly locations. This results in 75 to 80 degrees
for SE 2/3 of the area with NW 1/3 area lower/mid 70s. Elevated showers
or virga expected today with low POPS today probably too high.

Tonight...dewpoints to rise into low/mid 50s with front arrival to our
west should allow for showers and a few embedded storms to develop and
move into region mostly after midnight. Low evening POPS to rise to
likely after midnight with mainly lighter amounts below .25 inches.
Area mins mostly in mid/upper 50s except some lower 50s NW sections.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
ISSUED AT 300 AM CDT Tue Apr 25 2017

Active forecast for the long term still on track with general zonal
flow with longwaves and shortwaves forecast through the period. With
such an active pattern expect large swings in the forecast as models
usually struggle with specifics related flow regimes such as this.
Main take away from the period is that there will be chances for
rain and thunder virtually everyday, confidence is high that the
area will see rain this week.  Specifics as far as timing and
amounts will be better determined as each event gets closer.

Wednesday through Friday AM

Deep H5 trof with elongated vort max is forecast across the central
US.  The GFS/NAM/GEM suggest H5 forcing across the area, however
this is likely an artifact of convection across the area.  The best
H5 forcing looks to be south of the area into the lower Mississippi
river valley.  Closer to the area,  frontal convergence along a cold
front moving through the area may lead to showers and storms on
Wednesday.  Surface based CAPE across the area suggests that
thunderstorms will be possible. SPC has a marginal risk for severe
weather east of the Mississippi river on Wednesday.  That said, it
appears that deep layer shear along with low level shear will be
sufficient for organized storms.  Orientation of 0-6km shear vector
favors multicell storms.  The 0-3km shear vector is favorable for
mesovortex generation.  These ingredients occur in the early
afternoon. That very fact may be the limiting factor for any severe
weather to occur across our area.  As the system pulls out of the
area, H85 temps of -4 to -6C rush back into the area.  Wednesday
night into Thursday morning could be a cold morning and we may be
dealing with a freeze if temperatures drop much further, especially
across the NW zones.

Friday through the Weekend

Thursday will see a brief respite from much weather, even though it
will remain cloudy, deep BL moisture will have left the area. Friday
afternoon, a warm advection wing brings chances for rain back to the
area as a deep shrtwv translates through the flow.  It appears that
this shrtwv will move through the area and provide us with another
chance for rain and storms.  The orientation of this wave suggests
that forcing will be strong enough for moderate to heavy rain and
possible thunderstorms.   The sfc low is dragged across the CWA on
Sunday.  That said, with the front on Wednesday essentially making
its way to the gulf, moisture return is suspect and the main
question at this point. An insane jump in moisture in the GFS occurs
Friday morning into the afternoon with a relatively weak H5 forcing.
I`m not sure this is real. We will need to keep an eye on this.

Next Week

NW flow early the week will lead to quiet weather before the flow
turns SW again midweek.  The active weather pattern looks to
continue through the period.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday Night)
ISSUED AT 1153 PM CDT Mon Apr 24 2017

DVN VWP showing 40-45 kts in second gate from SSE and with surface
winds around 10 kts I have added LLWS mention. Otherwise, vfr
conditions will persist through the TAF cycle with periodic bouts
of mid/high clouds and chance of a high based shower Tue AM. There
is a chance of a shower or storm arriving late in the taf cycle as





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