Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI
FXUS63 KMKX 201625 AAA
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
1124 AM CDT WED JUL 20 2016
We likely will be upgrading our Excessive Heat Watch from Thursday
afternoon into Friday to Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat
Advisories. We are coordinating with our neighboring offices at
this time, and should have the updated heat headlines issued by
early this afternoon.
The convection over Grant and Richland Counties has been very slow
to move toward Sauk, Iowa and Lafayette Counties this morning. It
appears to finally be moving east into these counties, being fed
by passing 500 mb differential cyclonic vorticity advection and
850 mb moisture advection.
The HRRR seems to have the best handle on current trends, and has
this area weakening during the afternoon. It does try to develop
some showers later in the afternoon, but these show a weakening
trend as well.
Updated POPs to go with scattered areal coverage in the western
counties this afternoon. Main concern would be heavy rainfall,
though some hail and gusty winds may occur as elevated CAPE
increases this afternoon.
Clouds and precipitation may limit highs in the southwest
counties, though the rest of the area should see middle 80s for
highs. The southeast may need a bump up in temperatures, as they
are already at forecast highs. Lake breeze should develop and cool
down the lakeshore areas.
Area of showers and thunderstorms are slow to move east toward
Madison at this time, so not sure if they will affect that
location at all this afternoon. For now, will leave out thunder
mention but could add vicinity thunder later on if the
precipitation goes further east than anticipated. Could see MVFR
ceilings/IFR visibilities in any storms.
Otherwise, expect VFR conditions this afternoon, tonight into
Thursday across TAF sites. There may be a period of MVFR fog later
tonight into Thursday morning, but should be rather shallow and
There are chances for showers and thunderstorms through the
period, but there is quite a bit of uncertainty if they will form
at all. If they do, timing and areal coverage are also uncertain.
For now, will leave out the precipitation mention and will monitor
Winds should shift southeast with the lake breeze at Milwaukee and
perhaps Kenosha by early this afternoon, with south winds
elsewhere. Winds will gradually veer southwest later tonight into
Thursday across the area, with gusts up to 23 knots possible
There may be fog development over the nearshore waters at times
this afternoon and tonight, but should be shallow and intermittent
in nature. Think the winds will be strong enough to limit more
widespread fog formation.
In addition, there is lots of uncertainty with thunderstorm
chances into Thursday. There is a better shot Thursday night into
early Friday morning.
Gusty southwest winds Thursday may reach Small Craft Advisory
levels, as a tight pressure gradient develops. Gusts up to 25
knots are possible during this time.
.PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 422 AM CDT WED JUL 20 2016/
SHORT TERM...Forecast confidence is medium.
The low to middle level warm advection pattern will remain weak
today and tonight as the better focus is to the west and north. The
mesoscale models do produce a couple areas of convection this
morning. One along the MS river over sw WI and IL or IA, with
another over srn MN. The models tend to weaken the convection as it
moves ewd into south central WI. However MLCAPEs may rise to as high
as 2000 joules in the afternoon so isold to sct strong convection is
possible. The PoP forecast will range from 40-50 percent west of
Madison to slight chance east. The weak warm advection pattern will
continue to support 20-30 PoPs for tonight. Temps will continue to
be very warm with higher humidity for today. This boosts the heat
index values into the lower 90s away from Lake MI where a lake
breeze will be prevalent. Swly winds tnt will keep low temps in the
70s with muggy conditions.
THURSDAY... Forecast confidence is medium.
The bubble of hot air over the Plains will expand into WI on
Thursday, ushered in by the low level jet. 925mb temps will be 28 to
29C over central WI by Thu afternoon which will yield max temps in
the lower to mid 90s, depending on if we mix all the way up to
925mb. There will be a strong enough pressure gradient and resultant
breezy southwest winds, so a lake breeze will not be a factor with
temperatures. Dewpoint temperatures should be in the lower to
possibly mid 70s Thu afternoon, so heat index values are expected in
the 100 to 110 degree range.
There is still some uncertainty with max temps and heat indices for
Thursday, so kept the watch going instead of issuing excessive heat
warnings or heat advisories for southern WI. The reason for the
uncertainty is the chance for storms. Right now it looks like the
area more favorable for storm development is eastern WI. This is due
to the potential for Thu morning convection to place an outflow
boundary near east central WI, and then ample instability and a weak
shortwave could allow for afternoon convection along the boundary
which would drift south-southeast through southeast WI. SPC included
this area in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms.
FRIDAY... Forecast confidence is low.
Outflow from any mesoscale convective system (MCS) Thu night could
limit temperatures and dewpoints across southern WI on Friday. If
this happens, we would not meet heat advisory or excessive heat
warning criteria. There is still quite a bit of uncertainty since
everything depends on the prior day`s convection.
A surface trough will slide south across WI on Friday which will
help to lower dewpoints.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY... Forecast confidence is medium.
A stronger shortwave trough tracking through the Northern Plains
will reach the Dakotas Saturday afternoon. Warm air advection, the
nose of a low level jet and weak shortwave activity out ahead of
this feature will bring a decent chance for showers and
thunderstorms to WI Saturday. The main shortwave will bring another
chance for thunderstorms Saturday night into Sunday morning.
MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY... Forecast confidence is medium.
It looks like a cooler and quieter weather pattern is in store for
southern WI for the first half of next week.
AVIATION/12Z TAFS/...Patchy ground fog is expected through 13z over
far ern WI and will affect KENW. Otherwise sct-bkn040 cumulus
congestus will prevail today along with small chances of tstorms.
The higher chances for tstorms will be west of Madison. Slight
chances of tstorms will continue tonight while swly winds will make
for a warm night and little to no fog.
MARINE...Light winds and low wave heights today and tonight. Swly
winds will then prevail on Thursday and wind gusts may rise to 25
kts. Thus a small craft advisory may be needed for Thursday.
Otherwise there are small chances of fog developing due to a humid
airmass flowing over the relatively cool waters of Lake MI. This
seems most probable on Friday when winds are very light.
WI...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH from Thursday afternoon through Friday
evening for WIZ046-047-056>058-062>072.
TODAY/TONIGHT AND AVIATION/MARINE...Gehring
Thursday THROUGH Tuesday...MRC