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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Green Bay WI
313 PM CDT TUE SEP 20 2016

Forecast discussion for routine afternoon forecast issuance

.SHORT TERM...Tonight and Wednesday
Issued at 313 PM CDT Tue Sep 20 2016

The main concerns during the short term are onset of rain,
possibly heavy, and the risk of severe storms.

High and middle clouds made their way across much of northern
Wisconsin today. There were some radar echoes showing up in the
north but their height suggests that they may just be some middle
clouds since observation sites in north central Wisconsin had no
rain but did have some 10-12kft clouds.

12Z models indicated that the main rainfall event for the forecast
area will not be until after 06z. Showers and thunderstorms moved
across Minnesota today but they were weakening as they moved into
western Wisconsin. Expect development overnight as a warm front to
the southwest of Wisconsin pushes northeast and encounters some
mid level instability. There is also some weak upper level short
wave energy that will contribute to the development of showers and
storms. The front will remain nearly stationary across southern
Wisconsin through Wednesday, with continued chances for showers
and thunderstorms across the entire area.

Models have the highest overnight QPF values across central and
east central Wisconsin, but totals do not look like anything to be
too concerned about at the moment. Moisture increases on Wednesday
so rainfall totals should be heavier then. Low wet bulb zero
heights, as seen on the 12Z GRB sounding, make large hail the
primary severe threat for tonight.

.LONG TERM...Wednesday Night Through Tuesday
Issued at 313 PM CDT Tue Sep 20 2016

Conditions are coming together for a heavy rainfall event on
Wednesday night, with a warm front setting up just to our south,
a low-level jet increasing to 30 to 35 kts, and short-wave and
jet energy moving through the region. In addition, elevated
instability will be in place, along with PWATs of 1.5 to 2 inches.
We could see 2+ inches of rainfall in parts of central WI. The
threat of locally heavy rainfall will continue across mainly
central and east central WI Thursday into Thursday night, though
amounts should not be as significant as Wednesday night. Event
total rainfall (through Friday) of 2-4 inches, with local higher
amounts, can be expected over parts of central WI, especially
Marathon, Wood and Portage counties, and this would appear to be
the area of greatest threat for localized flooding. Right now,
confidence is not high enough in the placement and amount of heavy
rainfall to issue a Flash Flood Watch, though issuance is possible
with subsequent forecasts.

The cold front will gradually sag south of the region Friday into
Friday night, with Canadian high pressure settling into the Lake
Superior region. This will cause a decrease in shower activity,
especially over northern WI, where a brief period of dry weather
may occur.

Upper level ridging may also suppress precipitation Saturday into
Saturday night, though confidence is not high enough to go with
a completely dry forecast. A frontal system will spread showers
and thunderstorms back into our western counties Sunday afternoon,
and across the rest of the region Sunday night itno Monday.
Mainly dry conditions are anticipated Monday night and Tuesday

Near normal temperatures are expected through most of the period.
&&

.AVIATION...for 18Z TAF Issuance
Issued at 1238 PM CDT Tue Sep 20 2016

VFR conditions are expected this afternoon through the evening
with surface high pressure over Wisconsin moving east. Not great
confidence in the forecast for the latter half of the TAF valid
period due to model differences in their precipitation forecasts.
The 12Z NAM QPF seemed overdone, though onset of rain may not be
too bad. An attempt was made to use a compromise among the NAM,
GFS, ECMWF, UKMET, and Canadian. Still, mainly VFR tonight except
lower visibilities in any showers/thunderstorms. Expect MVFR
visibilities in fog during the morning. There are also some rain
chances for central and north central Wisconsin.
&&

.HYDROLOGY...
Issued at 313 PM CDT Tue Sep 20 2016

The primary focus will be on central WI, where total rainfall of
2-4 inches, with local higher amounts, is currently forecast
during the late tonight through Friday period. At this time, it
appears the greatest concern for flooding will be over Marathon,
Wood and Portage counties. Parts of these counties have heavier
soils that are more conducive to runoff, as well as a couple of
our more flash flood-prone rivers (Big Eau Pleine and Yellow).
Confidence is not high enough in the placement and amounts of
heaviest QPF to issue a Flash Flood Watch at this time, but
it is possible that a watch may need to be issued with subsequent
forecasts.
&&

.GRB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM.....MG
LONG TERM......Kieckbusch
AVIATION.......MG
HYDROLOGY......Kieckbusch



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