Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDMX 202050

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
350 PM CDT Sun Aug 20 2017

.SHORT TERM.../Tonight through Monday/
Issued at 318 PM CDT Sun Aug 20 2017

Convective trends will highlight the concerns into Monday, but
confidence is not high. MCS remnants from overnight are still
festering from SW Iowa into MO and it continues to survive longer
than models have anticipated with most not handling current weather
well. The HRRR and ESRL HRRR seem to have the best current
projections, but even they are too aggressive pushing the cluster
off to the SE by 21z. Current RAP objective analysis continues to
show this MCS driven by H85/H7 frontogenesis and warm/theta-e
advection into 0-2km moisture convergence over NW Missouri so feel
this will continue to be a focus as the low level jet matures into
the night. The mean wind and Corfidi vectors suggest movement would
keep this out of our forecast area, or just brushing far SW
sections, with the NCAR ensembles providing a reasonable solution.

Although the MLCIN and convergence are currently unfavorable for
development anytime soon, most models suggest nocturnal development
will occur this evening somewhere over NW Iowa. Using the HRRR 305K
isent surface as a guide since it seems to have the best handle at
the moment would suggest this would occur in or near our far NW
corner as the current SD/MN mid clouds ooze into Iowa with timing
similar to last night, 02-03z. This area is also highlighted by a
GOES 16 elevated derived CAPE axis. The question will be whether
there will be enough separation between the two MCSs for them both
to have significant inflow, especially with what seems to be suspect
effective shear this far south and east. Have fairly good confidence
that this northern area will materialize to at least some degree so
have likely PoPs north later tonight as suggested by the CAM

Looking ahead into tomorrow, most models suggest what MCSs are in
place would dissipate or exit into midday looking to re-charge into
the afternoon. It appears as though the surface based genesis area
would be similar to where the weak boundary is currently, over
northern Iowa. Instability looks to be high with at least moderate
deep shear, so a jump to severe in the 21-00z window as suggested by
most guidance and the Day 2 SPC outlook seems quite realistic.  All
modes of severe weather look possible considering the degree of
instability, especially into and shortly after peak heating.

.LONG TERM.../Monday night through Sunday/
Issued at 318 PM CDT Sun Aug 20 2017

Bottom Line up Front...
Continuing severe weather threat greets us at 00z Tue, with
moderate to heavy rainfall threat overnight tomorrow night. The
rest of the long term looks to be dry, with slightly below normal

00z Tue to 06z Tue will bring the most active weather in the long
term. Located somewhere across north-central Iowa will be a cold
front attendant to strengthening sfc low pushing across northern
Lake Michigan. Ahead of the front, in the WAA sector, LLJ
continuing to surge moisture as GFS and NAM continue to suggest
PWATs of 2 inches spread across Iowa into southern Wisconsin. All
modes of severe weather will remain on the table at 00z Tue. As is
climatologically favored, instability will begin to wane with
loss of daytime heating... so am expecting storms to undergo
transition from being svr wx producers to moderate/heavy rainfall
producers. Carrying over issues discussed in short-term, not great
agreement among model members at this time. Hopefully by next
update, when hi-res models dig in and system has shown its hand
more, can have some better consistency among solutions. At this
point, confidence there that somewhere may receive 1 to 2 inches
of rain between 00z and 12z Tue, but the location of the swath of
heaviest rain is difficult to get pinned down. Suggestion at this
time is towards eastern Iowa.

Behind this system, run-to-run consistency extremely strong in a
deep, broad area of high pressure that will push significant CAA,
subsidence, and dry air entrainment into Iowa...setting us up for
a sunny afternoon on Tuesday.

Wednesday and Beyond...
Strong high pressure to take control for the rest of this week.
By Wednesday afternoon, position of high should be somewhere near
northern Minnesota, and by Friday afternoon, high should be
somewhere near northern Michigan...returning a southerly (SE)
component to the low-level flow. As expected, trends continue to
be slightly stronger, cooler, and slower with the high, so have
slowed down temperature increases by next weekend, hedging closer
to persistence. Widespread area of 850mb temps -1 to -2 std dev
over the upper Midwest support forecast temperatures of around 5
or so degrees below normal.


.AVIATION.../For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon/
Issued at 1250 PM CDT Sun Aug 20 2017

The primary concern through the period will be convective trends
and associated ceiling and visibility restrictions. The potential
at TAF sites does not begin until later tonight however and
confidence is somewhat low, so only VCSH has been mentioned in the
most likely time windows which are at least 9 hours out.
Confidence is medium to high that VFR conditions will prevail into
the early evening hours.




LONG TERM...Kotenberg
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