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FXUS63 KILX 250123

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lincoln IL
823 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 the 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 00Z TAFS through 00Z Thursday evening)
Issued at 600 PM CDT Wed Aug 24 2016

Timing and coverage of convection tonight the main forecast
concern as another wave of showers and storms will track
over the TAF sites, especially PIA and BMI after 05z. We
look for cigs to deteriorate again later this evening as
the showers track across the area with MVFR and possibly
brief IFR cigs in the heavier storms. The MVFR cigs are
expected to gradually lift into a scattered to broken
cumulus deck by noon Thursday as the system producing the
precip shifts well off to our east during the morning
hours. Surface winds tonight will be light south to southwest
with speeds of less than 10 kts, except winds will be variable
in direction and speed in and near any thunderstorms. As a
cool front tracks across the area on Thursday, we look for winds
to become west to northwest at 7 to 12 kts after 15z at PIA and
over the remainder of the forecast area during the afternoon.


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



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