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FXUS63 KLSX 031959

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Saint Louis MO
259 PM CDT TUE MAY 3 2016

.SHORT TERM...  (Through Late Tonight)
Issued at 257 PM CDT Tue May 3 2016

An amplified longwave RIDGE was located over western North America
with a TROF over the east, leaving N-NW flow over our region.  Two
disturbances of note within this flow, with the first located just
south of the center of MO, with a stronger one located over far
western Lake Superior.  The first disturbance was interacting with
the diurnal CU cloud field already in place to produce spotty light
showers across southeast MO and in a few areas of STL metro and
southern IL.  Temps were in the 60s, with the coolest readings in
southeast MO where the cloud cover is thickest.

The first upper level disturbance will exit our region by sunset,
and along with the loss of diurnal influences, will precipitate an
end to the light shower activity in southern MO and IL.  Skies will
clear for a time in-between disturbances.

The second upper level disturbance will drop almost due south
tonight and track along the MS river late.  It will be accompanied
by a surface cold front.  If the current radar is any indication,
the coverage of showers should be sufficient, even in the middle of
the night, to justify high-end chance or likely PoPs for IL, with
lesser PoPs into MO where the upper support drops off significantly.

Min temps tonight will range from the lowest values--in the mid to
upper 40s--in southeast MO where the skies will remain clear the
longest, to the low-mid 50s for areas further north where clouds and
a late FROPA will keep the temps from dropping off too much.


.LONG TERM...  (Wednesday through Next Tuesday)
Issued at 257 PM CDT Tue May 3 2016

(Wednesday through Friday)

Forecast is still on track that cold front will move south of the
area by tomorrow morning.  Will keep a slight chance of showers over
the far eastern part of the CWA in close proximity to the upper low
that will be dropping southeastward into the Ohio Valley.  Thursday
and Friday will be dry as the upper low moves away and upper ridge
builds into the area.

Temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will be below normal as 850mb
temperatures stay around 5C.  Temperatures will climb back above
normal on Friday as low level flow turns out of the west and 850mb
values climb into the 10-15C range.

(Saturday through Tuesday)

GFS/ECMWF show that the upper ridge will move across Missouri and
Illinois before southwesterly flow sets up early next week.  A front
will move south into the area and stall over the weekend which will
act as a focus for scattered shower and thunderstorm development.
Models are showing significant shortwave trough that will move
across the Midwest Monday night/Tuesday that will keep the chance of
thunderstorms going early next week.

Temperatures during the period should be mainly above normal with
850mb values in the 10-15C range.  Warmest day may be Saturday
before the front moves down into the area allowing highs to climb
into the 80s.



.AVIATION...  (For the 18z TAFs through 18z Wednesday Afternoon)
Issued at 1255 PM CDT Tue May 3 2016

VFR conditions will prevail at the TAF sites thru the valid
period. Two periods of rain chances: this afternoon should stay to
the south of the TAF sites, with STL metro on the far northern
edge and the second associated with a cold front should be a
better chance for sites near the MS river and east. May need to
upgrade this to a TEMPO later on. Otherwise, look for surface
winds to shift from NW to SW by this evening ahead of the front
and then veer from the NW again with gusts on cold FROPA late





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