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FXUS63 KILX 250402

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
1102 PM CDT WED AUG 24 2016

Issued at 820 PM CDT Wed Aug 24 2016

Isolated storms slowly dissipating over southeast Illinois this
evening while a small cluster of storms was tracking east over
extreme eastern Iowa and may clip our far northern counties over
the next few hours. Otherwise, a larger complex of thunderstorms
was located over northwest Missouri with the Rapid Update Cycle
and HRRR suggesting this will congeal into an MCS and track over
our west and northwest areas with the threat for training cells
and possibly some flash flooding in this band late tonight. In
addition, the ILX 00z sounding was showing some rather steep mid
level lapse rates this evening across our area so hail and some
gusty winds will be possible with a few of the stronger storms
later tonight. No changes will be needed with the current Flash
Flood Watch for west central and central Illinois which runs
through 12z Thursday. We should have the updated zones out by
845 pm.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
ISSUED AT 309 PM CDT Wed Aug 24 2016

Across the country this afternoon, high pressure dominates the east
coast, but moving westward into the Midwest, the pattern is
considerably more unsettled.  A warm and muggy airmass is in place
over the region, and showers and thunderstorms this morning just
reinforced the llvl moisture.  Several mesoscale boundaries drape
across ILX this afternoon, visible on sat imagery. Distinction
between them is difficult in obs alone, and the showers that have
developed in the past few hours have collapsed shortly after due to
some localized subsidence in the wake of this mornings activity.
However, another wave, currently back to the SW and associated with
the sfc low/cold front, is making its way towards ILX.  This
afternoons activity could be more scattered, and will likely
diminish slightly once the sun sets.  But as quickly as the storms
lose the suns diurnal influence, the shortwave will provide lift in
its absence. Severe threat for winds mainly in much of central and
southeastern IL. However, the PW values are still in the 1.50" to 2"
range, and th1e general motion from SW to NE is a concern for
training storm echoes once they get going, enhancing the flash flood

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday)
ISSUED AT 309 PM CDT Wed Aug 24 2016

Pretty typical summer weather expected across central and southeast
Illinois through the longer range of the forecast. Namely,
persistent warm and humid conditions, along with a frequent risk of
showers and thunderstorms. The main concern in trying to time the
best periods for higher or lower shower/storm chances.

Thursday night into Friday looks dry for the most part, with short-
wave ridging building into the area along with weak surface high
pressure. The surface cool front coming through the area tomorrow
will stall not too far from the area, and may still have some
activity in its vicinity during the evening hours Thursday.

The next obvious short-wave of note will approach the area by late
Friday night, with the main energy passing near the northern Great
Lakes area Saturday into Saturday night. This wave will slowly push
another cool front through the area by late Saturday night. The
potential impacts of this system have trended a little quicker in
the past couple model runs. With this thinking in mind, have boosted
PoPs overnight Friday into Saturday, with higher PoPs all day

Another relative lull in the shower/storm risk is anticipated Sunday
into Tuesday. However, as with tomorrow`s frontal passage, Saturday
night`s front will also stall not too far from the area.
Also, cooling/drying in the wake of the front should be minimal. The
proximity of the font, combined with continued warm/humid
conditions, preclude going with a completely dry forecast during any
of this period.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1100 PM CDT Wed Aug 24 2016

Coverage of TSRA was increasing out to our west and expect
that trend to continue with the main challenge, at least in
the short term portion of this forecast will be what TAF
sites are affected the most. It still appears that areas
from SPI to BMI and west will see the most concentrated
area of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with more
scattered coverage further east. As a result, will hit the
lower cigs/vsbys the hardest in our west and north TAF sites
thru the early morning hours. It appears the best timing
will be from 06z through 12z before the precip begins to
move out and cigs improve during the late morning hours
of Thursday. With some of the heavier thunderstorms, we
may see cigs briefly low to IFR before returning to MVFR.

Any lingering MVFR cigs will gradually lift to VFR between
17-19z. Surface winds will be light southerly tonight with
speeds of 5 to 10 kts, and then begin to switch into the
west and then northwest by afternoon as a weak cool front
moves through the area. Wind speeds will range from 8 to 13
kts by afternoon. Winds will be quite variable in direction
and speed in and near any thunderstorms tonight into early
Thu morning.


.ILX Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
Flash Flood Watch until 7 AM CDT Thursday for ILZ027>031-036>038-



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