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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Duluth MN
349 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 349 PM CDT Thu May 26 2016

A surface boundary nearly bisected the Northland from northwest to
southeast this afternoon. Subsidence behind the departing shortwave
that impacted northwest Wisconsin this morning has led to mostly dry
conditions this afternoon. Weak shortwave ridging has built into
the area this afternoon and will continue into the early evening.
A few showers/storms will remain possible this afternoon into the
evening hours along and north of the surface boundary and we will
keep some low pops for that. A few have recently developing over
Ashland/Iron counties. Much of the guidance, including the CAMS,
supports at least low POPS. MUCAPE values have risen to 500-1000
J/KG over our western and southern zones and we expect those
values to rise further east as gradual clearing works east. Deep
layer shear was around 30 knots for much of the area. There will
be at least an isolated threat for strong/severe storms into the
evening over parts of northwest Wisconsin.

The upper flow will transition from the weak short wave ridging to
southerly as a deeper trough moves east into the Northern Plains to
the southern plains. We will delay the chance for showers/storms
tonight as much of the guidance is in agreement on a slower
development. The chance will then increase through the day Friday as
a shortwave moves into the area along with a surface low with a
surface front extending north to south through the area. PWAT values
will rise to 1 to 1.4 inches so plenty of moisture will be
available. We do have likely POPS over parts of the Northland
despite both the SPC WRF and NSSL WRF suggesting isolated/scattered
coverage.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 349 PM CDT Thu May 26 2016

An unstable flow will allow several waves to track across the region
through the extended period, keeping showers and thunderstorms in
the forecast for most of the upcoming week.

A short wave with 850hPA closed low will lift northward across
minnesota and into Ontario Saturday and saturday night. models are
in good agreement PWATs increase to around 1.5" during this time,
along with deeply saturated profiles and a few hundred j/kg of CAPE
to provide sufficient instability and moisture for periods of heavy
rain.

A west to northwest flow will bring drier air into the northland as
the low retreats towards Hudson bay on Sunday. LIngering showers and
storms are expected mainly in the eastern zones across the MN
arrowhead and over northern WI during the morning...ending
through the afternoon.

Surface high pressure and mid level ridging build over the forecast
area Monday. have continued to carry small pops for an isolated
shower or storm Monday. however, this time frame looks like the best
shot for a dry day in most areas across the forecast area.

Focus turns to a stacked low pressure system that will translate
along the international border and bring a threat for storms and
periods of heavy rain towards the end of next week. at this
time...Long range models suggest a warm front lifts into the western
great lakes region Tuesday...with the low pressure center sweeping
the cold front across the region in the Wednesday/Thursday time
frame.  I would anticipate the timing of this system slows down and
impacts the northland more towards the end of the week as typical
for this far out in the forecast.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1238 PM CDT Thu May 26 2016

generally vfr conditions through the afternoon and evening
hours...with khib and KDLH on track to clear out in the 20Z-22Z
time frame. The low clouds and fog will redevelop overnight with a
period of lifr possible during the early morning.

The unstable air mass will continue to support a few showers and
thunderstorms through the evening...but have left out of TAFs at
this time due to isolated nature and uncertainty in location.

A transition back to southerly flow will lift area of rain with
embedded thunderstorms in to the region through friday
morning....becoming widespread during the afternoon.


&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DLH  49  65  52  64 /  20  60  60  70
INL  50  75  55  71 /  30  50  50  60
BRD  55  74  57  72 /  20  50  60  60
HYR  52  75  58  74 /  30  70  70  70
ASX  48  64  53  69 /  20  70  70  70

&&

.DLH Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
WI...None.
MN...None.
LS...None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Melde
LONG TERM...Graning
AVIATION...Graning



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