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FXUS63 KLSX 201555

Area Forecast Discussion...Updated
National Weather Service Saint Louis MO
1055 AM CDT SAT AUG 20 2016

Issued at 1036 AM CDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Made significant updates to the fcst for today. Greatly reduced
PoPs...and quite likely still have too high for most areas. Last
nights convection has pushed an outflow bndry well out ahead of
the synoptic front which basically means lower coverage of
convection for today across our area. The effective front is now
pushing SE thru the sthrn and ern FA while the synoptic front
stretches from SW WI to ern IA to N cntrl MO to W cntrl MO to far
SE KS to NE OK. The outflow bndry should lose steam thru the day
causing it to slow but still think it will clear the SErn CWA
around noon. The current thinking is that the best coverage of
convection will be in advance of the outflow bndy but still at
least a chance of showers and/or storms until synoptic front
passes. ALL CAMs support this thinking with isld to scttrd
coverage at best this aftn. Synoptic front should push SE out of
the FA area by 00z ending precip threat. Also bumped high temps
up to E/SE/S of the STL metro area due to break in the cloud cover
that will remain over those areas for the next several hours until
more clouds move in assoc with the synoptic front.



.SHORT TERM...  (Through Late Saturday Afternoon)
Issued at 324 PM CDT Fri Aug 19 2016

Isolated to widely scattered showers and thunderstorms primarily
over the southern and western sections of the forecast area are
expected to weaken and dissipate with loss of diurnal instability.
Attention will then turn to an approaching cold front and the
chances of showers and thunderstorms overnight tonight. Shortwave
currently near the NE/KS border has already helped initiate a
cluster of thunderstorms along the cold front. This shortwave is
expected to travel largely west to east overnight reaching
western MO just after midnight. Combination of upper-level forcing
for ascent ahead of this feature and low-level moisture
convergence along/ahead of cold front should result in a round of
showers/thunderstorms for most locations late tonight and into the
day on Saturday.

The front will continue to progress southeastward through the day
on Saturday. Could be a period between the morning and early
afternoon hours where coverage of storms lessens as stronger low-
level forcing wanes coincident with minimum instability.
However...expect an uptick in activity by mid afternoon for
portions of southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois as
instability increases ahead of the cold front. Cannot rule out a
couple of strong to severe thunderstorms with wind gusts a
concern...though fairly middling instability ahead of boundary
due to expected cloud cover and better shear to the north
suggests only an isolated threat of strong/severe thunderstorms.


.LONG TERM...  (Saturday Night through Next Friday)
Issued at 324 PM CDT Fri Aug 19 2016

SHRA/TSRA will continue during the early evening hours on
Saturday until the aforementioned cold front moves through the
area and post-frontal subsidence brings an end to the precip. The
cooler air mass will be noticeable right away: overnight
temperatures on Saturday night will be in the upper 50s to low
60s, which will be around 10 degrees cooler compared to the
previous night.

A surface high pressure center builds into the region behind the
front, bringing quiet wx conditions to the region for Sunday and
Monday. Highs on Sunday will be around 5-10 degrees cooler than
average, and Sunday night still looks quite cool. Although the
speed of the surface high is slightly faster on the 19/12z model
runs compared to 24hr ago, conditions on Sunday night/early Monday
morning still look favorable for radiational cooling over most of
the area given nearly clear skies and light winds. Widespread
overnight lows in the 50s still look reasonable. The exception may
be across parts of central MO if winds become southerly earlier
than fcst.

Return flow around the back side of the retreating surface high
will act to sharpen a baroclinic boundary over the plains ahead of
at least one approaching mid/upper trough. There is some model
disagreement regarding whether the southernmost trough is a
separate shortwave or whether it is an extension of the parent
shortwave moving near the US/Canada border. Regardless, the sfc
reflection(s) of the upper disturbance(s) eventually lift the sfc
bdry northeastward across the area on Wed as a warm front followed
by the passage of the trailing cold front on Thu/Fri. The presence
of low-level boundaries and the passage of at least one trough
supports a chance of rain for mid/late next week.



.AVIATION...  (For the 12z TAFs through 12z Sunday Morning)
Issued at 638 AM CDT Sat Aug 20 2016

Areas of MVFR with cigs between 2000-2500 ft will persist this
morning. Locally lower ceilings will also affect parts of
northeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Ceilings should rise
to VFR by late morning or early afternoon. Widely scattered
showers and a few thunderstorms will also affect the area ahead of
a cold front. The front should be through the area by early
evening bringing the rain threat to an end. VFR flight conditions
are expected after the front moves through.


MVFR cigs between 2000-2500 ft will persist over Lambert this
morning. There are numerous breaks in the clouds, but I think
these breaks will fill in from the southwest, especially as the
lower atmosphere begins to heat this morning. Cigs should rise to
VFR levels by early afternoon. Isolated showers and possibly a
thunderstorm may affect the terminal today as well. Rain threat
should end as a cold front moves through the area late this
afternoon. VFR flight conditions will prevail tonight.





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