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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Saint Louis MO
335 AM CDT Thu Mar 23 2017

.SHORT TERM...  (Through Late Tonight)
Issued at 332 AM CDT Thu Mar 23 2017

Low pressure will develop over the Great Plains today as a strong
high over the Great Lakes moves off the East Coast.  The developing
trof is producing increasing low level southwest flow, and this is
brining moisture up into the area.  Moisture convergence and
isentropic lift is already producing isolated showers of the
Mississippi.  Expect this activity will continue to develop, become
more widespread, and refocus further north after sunrise where the
low level jet and moisture convergence is strongest.  Could also
hear a few rumbles of thunder as the RAP is showing 200-600 J/Kg of
MUCAPE across most of the area through the morning.  Showers should
dissipate by early afternoon as a slug of drier air pushes up into
the area from eastern Oklahoma/Texas.  The drier air should clear
out the clouds this afternoon and temperatures should jump pretty
quickly into the 60s and low 70s west of the Mississippi.  Eastern
zones will stay cloudier longer and won`t have as much  time to warm
up so will likely stay in the 50s.

Tonight looks quiet and mild with southerly flow continuing.
Temperatures will likely drop off a few degrees in the evening, but
will probably steady off after midnight in the upper 50s.  There
could be a few showers over the eastern Ozarks before 12Z as the low
level jet increases to around 50kts.  Some moisture convergence
showing up down there in the models, but baroclinicity is lacking
(unlike this morning).  Have therefore opted to keep the forecast
dry through the night for now.


.LONG TERM...  (Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 332 AM CDT Thu Mar 23 2017

Active period expected over the next 7 days with a pair of closed
lows moving across the Mississippi Valley.  One low will bring a
round of showers and thunderstorms to the area Friday night into
Saturday night with the next one moving through early next week.

NAM/GFS/ECMWF are showing decent agreement that the first upper low
currently over northern California will move steadily eastward into
the high Plains by Friday morning.  There may be some scattered
showers early in the day as moisture transport increases ahead of
the upper level low.  Better chances for showers and thunderstorms
will occur later on Friday afternoon and Friday night when both the
GFS/NAM shows a band of strong low level convergence moving out
ahead of the cold front.  This low level forcing combined with
strong mid-level ascent from the approaching trough warrants likely
or categorical PoPs on Friday afternoon into Friday night. It still
looks like the attendant cold front with upper low will not pass
through until Saturday.  With the upper low moving over the area,
there is still the potential for some modest instability to develop
near the low, and ahead of the cold front.  As mentioned in previous
discussion, will need to monitor the possibility for low-topped
supercells capable of producing all hazards near the path of the
upper low with more of a hail threat along the cold front during the
day on Saturday.  Latest SPC Day 3 outlook has a marginal risk over
parts of the area.

The upper low will begin moving east of the area on Saturday night
and a shortwave ridge will move across Missouri and Illinois on
Sunday.  This will cause rain to end from west to east Saturday
night and Sunday morning with a break in the precipitation Sunday
afternoon and Sunday evening.  Then the GFS and ECMWF are showing
the next upper low moving across southern Missouri Monday and Monday
night. Ahead of it, strong low level moisture convergence and
instability will cause showers and thunderstorms to develop across
the entire area late Sunday night and Monday.  This upper low will
open up and move out by Tuesday and an upper ridge will move in
leaving Tuesday and Tuesday night dry.

The ECMWF and Canadian are quicker bringing the next southern stream
system into Missouri and Illinois mid-late next week compared to the
GFS. Have added a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday
as this third system moves into the area.

Temperatures will be mainly above normal this weekend and next
week based on the GEFS mean MOS.



.AVIATION...  (For the 06z TAFs through 06z Thursday Night)
Issued at 1145 PM CDT Wed Mar 22 2017

VFR conditions are expected to prevail at the TAF sites for much
of the valid period. A warm front will approach our region later
tonight and will result in scattered showers maybe a thunderstorm
developing out ahead of it. Have placed in VCSH when the highest
probs are expected at most of the TAF sites mainly during Thursday
morning, with the addition of a TEMPO group at UIN. A period of
MVFR conditions is now expected at UIN with it possible elsewhere
but less likely. Clearing is then anticipated for later on Thursday
afternoon into evening as the warm front pushes thru. Surface
winds will gradually veer from easterly to southeast tonight and
southerly on Thursday. LLWS has been added for much of Thursday
night with a 45-50kt low level jet expected.





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