Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KARX 310445

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
1145 PM CDT MON MAY 30 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Tuesday)
Issued at 340 PM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Primary concerns through Tuesday include timing, coverage, and
strength of thunderstorms as a slow moving Pacific trough moves
across the Northern Plains and into the Upper MS River Valley.
30.20Z analysis shows the mid-upper level low across north-central
MT with a broad surface trough from northeast ND into western NE.
The warm front is well defined by developing cumulus this
afternoon and stretches across southwest MN into central IA. This
front will lift northward this evening and overnight, bringing a
chance for showers and storms for most of the forecast area.
Increasing moisture transport behind the front will allow elevated
instability to increase up to 1000 J/kg, but with weak overall
shear, not expecting any severe convection overnight.

Attention then turns to Tuesday as the low and surface cold front
march slowly eastward across MN. Trends in the 30.12Z models show
a much slower frontal progression, such that it doesn`t reach the
far western forecast area until near 00Z Wednesday. With the front
serving as the primary focus for additional thunderstorm
development, there could be a several hour break in convective
activity Tuesday morning into the early afternoon, especially
east of the MS River. By Tuesday afternoon however, MLCAPE
increases to between 1000 and 2000 J/kg. Deep layer shear is
rather weak, but there is upwards of 30 kts below 3 km. Because of
this, primary convective mode should be multi-cellular with some
strong to severe storms possible. Primary threats with the
strongest storms will be damaging wind, large hail, and heavy
downpours. For now, forecast area is highlighted by a marginal
risk, but wouldn`t be surprised if a small area is eventually
upgraded to a slight risk if higher instability/shear values can
be realized.

Will also want to watch for areas of heavy rain given PWATS
increasing to near 1.5 inches and upper level flow parallel to the
surface front. Not expecting flooding at this time with much of
the area still below normal precipitation for the month of May,
but heavy rain may result in rises on area rivers and some issues
in urban areas. All said, slowed the eastward progression of
higher POPs Tuesday afternoon and evening, exiting the easternmost
forecast area by 12Z Wednesday.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Monday)
Issued at 340 PM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Wednesday will be mostly dry, but could see some lingering showers
and isolated thunderstorms in post frontal air mass. It will be a
cooler and breezy day with highs in the 70s and westerly wind gusts
up to 25 mph. Thursday will be cool and dry with surface high
pressure dominating the regional weather pattern.

Synoptic pattern still on track for a major shift Friday into
early next week with an amplifying ridge across the intermountain
west, putting the eastern half of the CONUS in a broad trough
with northwest flow aloft across the forecast area. This increases
the chance for showers and thunderstorms with short-waves dropping
south from Canada. The strongest of these is forecast to move
through the area Friday night into Saturday, but chance POPs still
seem reasonable at this time. Higher confidence in temperatures
with daily highs generally in the 70s and lows in the 50s.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday night)
Issued at 1144 PM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Periods of showers and a few thunderstorms are expected at the TAF
sites during the overnight hours. Conditions could drop to MVFR or
IFR briefly in the heavier showers. After a brief break in the
activity Tuesday morning more widespread showers and storms move
in Tuesday afternoon. Some of these storm could be on the strong
side with gusty winds and hail possible. Brief periods of IFR
conditions are possible Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening,
especially in any heavier shower and storm activity.


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