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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN
120 PM CDT THU OCT 30 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY AND TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 353 AM CDT THU OCT 30 2014

ONE AREA OF DECREASING AREAL COVERAGE OF -RA WAS ACROSS SW MN AS OF
230 AM WHICH PRODUCED LOCALLY A TENTH OF AN INCH OF RAINFALL AT
MADISON. THIS AREA WAS ASSOCIATED WITH A DEPARTING SHRTWV MOVING
QUICKLY SE ACROSS SE SD. INITIAL DRY AIR MASS ACROSS SC/EC MN HAS
LED TO ONLY SPRINKLES AT BEST AS THE AREA OF -RA MOVED EASTWARD.
ANOTHER AREA OF -RA...MIXED WITH -SN WAS DEVELOPING ALONG A WEAK SFC
LOW NEAR KGFK. ALTHOUGH THE SFC LOW WILL WEAKEN...STRONG CAA EVIDENT
JUST NORTH OF THE CANADIAN BORDER WILL ENHANCE THE SFC CONVERGENCE
ALONG THIS WEAK LOW AS IT MOVES SE ACROSS MN TODAY. AS PREVIOUSLY
STATED...INITIAL AIR MASS IS VERY DRY BLW 5K...BUT MOISTENS
CONSIDERABLY DURING THE MORNING AHEAD OF THIS SFC LOW.
THEREFORE...WITH THE STRENGTHENING SFC CONVERGENCE ALONG THE LEADING
EDGE OF COLD AIR...-RA WILL LIKELY HOLD TOGETHER ACROSS CENTRAL/EC
MN AND WC WI TODAY. THIS WAS ALSO NOTED IN THE LATEST WRF MODELS
FORECAST REFLECTIVITY PATTERN. THE STRENGTH OF THE CAA BEHIND THIS
FEATURE IS QUITE IMPRESSIVE FOR LATE OCTOBER WHICH WILL LEAD TO
TEMPS LIKELY FALLING BEHIND IT DURING THE AFTN. AS WINDS INCREASE
AND TEMPS FALL INTO THE 20S AND 30S...WIND CHILL VALUES WILL LIKELY
FALL INTO THE TEENS.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 353 AM CDT THU OCT 30 2014

THE LONG TERM FORECAST ISSUED THIS MORNING CHANGED VERY LITTLE
FROM THE PREVIOUS /DAY SHIFT/ FORECAST. THERE IS OVERALL GOOD
MODEL AGREEMENT IN THE LONG WAVE PATTERN AND PRETTY GOOD RUN-TO-
RUN CONSISTENCY. A STOUT AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL QUICKLY DROP
SOUTH INTO THE DAKOTAS AND EVENTUALLY ACROSS MN BY FRIDAY MORNING.
THIS WILL BRING AN IMPRESSIVE SURGE OF COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WITH IT. MOMENTUM TRANSFER APPROXIMATIONS FROM THE NAM/GFS
FORECAST SOUNDINGS SUGGEST PEAK WIND GUSTS UP NEAR 30-35KTS IN
WESTERN MN AND 25-30KTS ACROSS THE REST OF THE FORECAST AREA LATE
THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. THE AIR MASS THAT ARRIVES ON
FRIDAY WILL BE THE COLDEST OF THE SEASON THUS FAR WITH MOST OF THE
GUIDANCE FORECASTING 850MB TEMPS BETWEEN -7C AND -11C BY FRIDAY
MORNING ACROSS THE LOCAL AREA...WHICH WILL BE THE COLDEST AIR OF
THE FALL SEASON SO FAR. THE WEEKEND STILL LOOKS TO BRING WARMER
TEMPS THAN FRIDAY BUT WILL REMAIN COOL OVERALL. MN/WI WILL FIND
ITSELF UNDER RIDGING THIS WEEKEND IN BETWEEN A DEEP TROUGH OFF
THE NORTHEAST COAST AND AN APPROACHING TROUGH FROM THE ROCKIES. BY
06-12Z SUNDAY THERE ARE TWO WELL-DEFINED PV BOOTS TRANSVERSING THE
CONUS WITH MN/WI RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. EVENTUALLY THE SYSTEM OFF TO
OUT WEST ON SUNDAY WILL MOVE ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS AND INTO
NORTHWEST MN AND SOUTHWEST ONTARIO MONDAY MORNING. THAT PUTS THE
FORECAST AREA RIGHT IN THE DRY SLOT ON MONDAY. THAT IS WHY /EVEN
WITH AN APPROACHING LOW AND COLD FRONT/ WE REALLY CAN`T GO HIGHER
THAN 30% FOR PRECIP EARLY NEXT WEEK. IT LOOKS LIKE CONVECTION WILL
LIGHT UP A STATE OR TWO TO OUR SOUTH MONDAY-MONDAY NIGHT. WE WILL
SEE A QUICK COOL DOWN ON TUESDAY BEHIND THIS SYSTEM. THE GFS/ECMWF
BEGIN TO DIVERGE BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT...WITH THE ECMWF
AGGRESSIVELY BRINGING BACK WARMER AIR FROM THE SOUTHWEST AND THE
GFS KEEPING MN/WI IN COLD NORTHWEST FLOW. THERE`S ABOUT A 20C
DEGREE DIFFERENCE IN 850MB TEMPS BETWEEN THE TWO NEXT THURSDAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1248 PM CDT THU OCT 30 2014

MAIN CONCERN THIS TAF PERIOD IS HOW LOW WILL CIGS GO THE
AFTN/EVENING. CURRENTLY HAVE FAIRLY EXTENSIVE MVFR CIGS NORTH OF A
LINE FROM ABOUT GRANITE FALLS UP TO DULUTH. GIVEN THE TIME OF DAY
THIS ACTIVITY WILL BE IMPACTING THE MPX TERMINALS...STARTED TO SHY
AWAY FROM THERE BEING MUCH MVFR CIGS...INSTEAD KEEPING MOST
TERMINALS LOW END VFR WITH A TEMPO MVFR. STARTING TO SEE SOME
STRONG CLEARING IN SUBSIDENCE REGION OVER SRN MANITOBA...SO LIKE
THE CLEARING TREND IN THE 12Z TAFS AND KEPT THAT MORE OR LESS
UNCHANGED. ONLY PLACE THAT MAY HAVE LINGERING CLOUD ISSUES INTO
THE MORNING IS EAU...AS THEY WILL HAVE A LOW LEVEL WIND FEED
COMING FROM LAKE SUPERIOR...SO THEY COULD SEE STRATOCU LINGER
THROUGH MUCH OF FRIDAY MORNING. STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE OBSERVED
BETWEEN 22Z AND 04Z. HIGH PRESSURE WILL QUICKLY MOVE INTO MN
FRIDAY MORNING...SO WE WILL SEE WINDS DROP OFF PRETTY QUICK LATE
TONIGHT/EARLY FRI MORNING ACROSS MN. HAVE KEPT ALL TAFS DRY...BUT
WE ARE SEEING AN OCCASIONAL SPRINKLE COMING DOWN WITH THE CLOUD
COVER COMING IN...THOUGH REPORTS HAVE BEEN PRETTY SPARSE...SO HAVE
KEPT TERMINALS DRY.

KMSP...EXPECT MAINLY VFR CONDITIONS TO PREVAIL...THOUGH SOME
TEMPORARY CIGS DOWN TO 020 WILL BE POSSIBLE...MAINLY BETWEEN 22Z
AND 00Z. EXISTING TAF LOOKED TO HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON THE
WINDS...SO MADE FEW CHANGES WITH THEM. FOR TONIGHT...WE WILL SEE
STRONG SUBSIDENCE AND DRYING...SO LOOKS GOOD FOR MAINLY CLEAR
SKIES ON FRIDAY WITH MUCH LIGHTER NORTH WINDS.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
SAT...VFR. WINDS SE 10-15 KTS.
SUN...VFR. WINDS SSE 12-18 KTS.
MON...CHC MVFR CIGS. WINDS SW 5-10 KTS.

&&

.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
MN...NONE.
WI...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JLT
LONG TERM...CLF
AVIATION...MPG






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