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FXUS63 KARX 190445

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1145 PM CDT THU AUG 18 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Friday Night)
Issued at 241 PM CDT THU AUG 18 2016

Surface map this afternoon has a warm front extending from near
Sioux Falls SD through Waterloo IA and then into northwestern IL.
Increasing moisture transport into/over the warm front aided by an
approaching mid-level trough, per latest water vapor loop, was
producing scattered thunderstorms across southern/central MN.

Main concern through Friday night is obviously on thunderstorm
chances and severe/localized heavy rain threat.

Going into this evening/overnight...moisture transport continues to
increase over the warm front as it moves slowly northward to near I-
90 by pre-dawn hours. This is expected to fuel thunderstorms with
highest chances along/north of I-90. Could see an isolated strong to
severe storm threat with the main threat being wind. Precipitable
waters in the 1.5 to 1.8 range overnight, so could see some
concentrated/localized heavier rainfall with some of the storms.
Appears to be a lull in the moisture transport among the various
models in the 09-15z time should see a corresponding lull
in showers and thunderstorms.

Focus then turns to incoming cold front Friday afternoon/night with
0-3km mucape pool of 3500-5500J/kg in place along/south of I-94. 0-
3km bulk shear still a bit meager in the 20-maybe 35kt range. Still
thinking damaging wind would be the main severe threat if some
linear organization can be attained. Also will continue to see that
threat of localized/concentrated heavier rainfall with some of the

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 241 PM CDT THU AUG 18 2016

For Saturday into Saturday night...still seeing some differences
among the deterministic models on amount of intensification of
surface low moving northeast across the area. NAM has been
consistently the deepest with the low and steers heavier deformation
area rain more from east central MN into northwest WI. The
GFS/ECMWF/GEM have a more open wave low and resultant deformation
rain is light but more focused over our southeast MN into west
central/north central WI area. Consensus of all the models brings a
broad 1-2 inches of rainfall across our area from tonight through
Saturday. Have to believe there will be some localized higher
amounts given the higher precipitable water amount/humid airmass in
place. As such, went with an ESF/Hydrologic Outlook with concern for
for some flooding the next few days until this low exits the area.

Autumn-like conditions in store for Sunday behind the departing low
and as cool Canadian high pressure builds into the region. Could
still see a few lingering/isolated showers across central WI under
the deeper cyclonic flow aloft. Otherwise...plan on high
temperatures in the upper 60s/lower 70s.

Looks dry through Tuesday with a slow warming trend through Tuesday
as that high pressure drifts eastward into the Great Lakes/Ohio
River Valley regions. Highs on Monday look to be in the 70s and in
the upper 70s/lower 80s Tuesday.

Shower/thunderstorm chances return Wednesday through Thursday as a
mid-level trough/surface cold front pushes into the region.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1144 PM CDT Thu Aug 18 2016

Latest surface analysis indicates the a cold front extends from
northwest Wisconsin to a surface low near KFSD. A warm front
extends east from the low into northeast Iowa. As the low level
jet starts to strengthen and intersect the warm front, showers and
storms were beginning to develop north of the front. For now,
these are north and south of KRST so will not introduce a VCTS
until about 08Z or so but the activity is close enough to KLSE to
just start with a VCTS. If the 19.03Z HRRR is correct, this
activity should continue to fill in with about a 2 hour window
overnight at both airports with showers and storms. More showers
and storms are expected Friday afternoon and evening as the cold
front approaches the area and a short wave trough swings in from
the west. For now, will just handle this with VCTS at both sites
with VFR ceilings but will show KRST going down to MVFR Friday
evening when the models show the more persistent rains moving into
the area.


Issued at 241 PM CDT THU AUG 18 2016

Latest NAM/GFS/ECMWF still showing precipitable water values in the
1.5 to 1.8 inch range tonight through Saturday. However...models
still displaying differences in placement of convection and heavier
rainfall tracks through period. At this time...looks like the
forecast will likely see 1 to 2 inches of rainfall through the
period...with locally 2 to 4 inches. If storms entrain over any
given area either tonight or Friday evening/night...flooding will be
possible. However...confidence remains low for any flooding


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