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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
654 AM CDT THU JUL 21 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 513 AM CDT Thu Jul 21 2016

Concerns early this morning have been with strong to severe
thunderstorms moving across the northern and eastern CWA overnight.
The storms originated back in ND last evening. Wind gusts in the
40 to 50 mph range have been common along the leading edge of the
storms. We`re still dealing with a cluster of storms over central
MN that have a large hail threat. Going forward this morning, we
believe that skies will clear with the mid level cap reasserting
itself. However, the storms early this morning have certainly
taking their toll on the overnight lows...knocking temperatures
down into the 60s across central MN with near 70 in the Twin
Cities. This has lowered our confidence on being able to achieve
highs in the middle to upper 90s this afternoon with quite a bit
of recovery that needs to take place. However, it`s too soon to
throw in the towel with our heat headlines with peak heating not
taking place until around 5 pm. Hence, the heat headlines remain
in place with afternoon heat indices reaching 100 to 110 degrees.

This brings up another concern/problem for late in the day/evening.
A cold front will be sagging slowly south into central mn and
adjoining areas of west central WI late this afternoon. Several
CAMS are showing thunderstorms developing along the front. We
added some small pops to account for this but pops may need to be
raised much higher after seeing what occurred overnight even
though mid level temperatures were in the +14 to +16 degree range
over a wide area. Can`t really say it`s going to be cooler tonight
after the storms this morning, but lows tonight are progged from
the lower 60s in central MN to the lower 70s in southern MN.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 513 AM CDT Thu Jul 21 2016

Excessive heat on friday and severe thunderstorms Saturday into
Sunday are the main concerns in the long term.

Friday will mark the end of the heat wave with highs topping out
in the lower to middle 90s. Fortunately the 70+ degree dew points
are expected to be confined to south central MN with middle to
upper 60s to the north. This yields heat indices Friday afternoon
in the 100 to 105 range across south central and portions of west
central MN with around 100 degrees for the Twin Cities. Therefore,
the excessive heat warning for these areas is still valid and will
remain in effect. Areas of central Minnesota and west central
Wisconsin have heat indices in the lower to middle 90s which is
borderline heat advisory criteria. However, if the high
temperature forecast is too warm on Friday, then all heat indices
values will be lower. Hence, left the headlines alone for now.

Thunderstorms will return on Saturday as a warm front lifts
northeast across the FA. The timing is a little slower and it may
take until afternoon until thunderstorms get underway. Heading
into the evening and overnight hours, a cold front will be pushing
in from the Dakotas with more thunderstorm development likely. Any
of the storms Saturday and Saturday night could be severe. In
addition, PWAT values will climb back above 2 inches and heavy
rainfall will likely occur with some of the storms leading to a
flooding threat.

Seasonal temperatures will prevail next week with thunderstorm
chances returning Tuesday and Wednesday.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Friday morning)
Issued at 637 AM CDT Thu Jul 21 2016

Showers and thunderstorms moving off to our east early this
morning, only impacting western WI after 12Z. A few isolated
showers and storms remained on the MN side, but are expected to
slide east of the area and weaken through the remainder of the
morning. Still expect mainly high clouds once the remnants of the
morning MCS move east of the area. With the frontal boundary
in the area today, winds will be somewhat variable, but the
general expectation is that they will start out southeasterly and
eventually turn around to northwest, but light enough to not be
much of an impact. They should go light and variable tonight.

KMSP...no change from the main discussion.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/

Fri...VFR. Chc -TSRA late. Wind SE 5 kt.
Sat...VFR. Chc -TSRA late. Wind S-SE 5-10 kt.
Sun...VFR. Winds NW 10-15 kt.


&&

.MPX Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
WI...Excessive Heat Warning until 7 PM CDT Friday for WIZ024-026.

     Excessive Heat Warning from noon today to 10 PM CDT this evening
     for WIZ014>016-023-025-027-028.

MN...Excessive Heat Warning until 7 PM CDT Friday for MNZ054-056-
     060>070-073>078-082>085-091>093.

     Excessive Heat Warning until 10 PM CDT this evening for
     MNZ041>045-047>053-055-057>059.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...RAH
LONG TERM...RAH
AVIATION...SPD


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