Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDMX 160151

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
851 PM CDT Thu Jun 15 2017

.SHORT TERM.../Tonight through Friday night/
Issued at 317 PM CDT Thu Jun 15 2017

A weak boundary has pushed into north central Iowa this afternoon
and has been the focus for some cumulus development in vicinity of
region of speed convergence. This mixing has dropped dewpoints
into the mid 50s to lower 60s across the state and this has
limited instability overall. A few storms though may develop in
region of weak stability in the vicinity of Waterloo/Cedar Falls.
These storms may have an attendant damaging wind and/or large hail

A bigger concern for severe weather develops over southwest and
south central Iowa later this evening as the low level jet
intensifies and surges north. This will continue to lift MUCAPES
of 3000-4000 J/kg further north towards Interstate 80. Golfball
sized hail and damaging wind gusts to 70 mph will be possible with
these storms. PWAT values in excess of 1.5 inches will lead to
areas with brief heavy rainfall. The storms will begin to push
east of the forecast area after midnight.

A few isolated storms may reach far northwest Iowa Friday morning
though mainly dry weather should prevail through mid afternoon.
The surface warm front should surge back north towards the
Minnesota by Friday afternoon. That said, storms tonight likely
with have a large outflow area that will impact the warm front
advance during the morning but it should recover by the afternoon
as the pressure gradient increases with as low pressure moves into
western Nebraska. Storm initiation is anticipated in vicinity of
the boundary. These storms may initially be discrete then evolve
into an MCS and drive southeast along a strong instability
gradient. As of now, the main focus for these storms will be over
the western half of Iowa. Damaging winds will be the primary
threat though given the amount of instability and deep layer shear
over 40 kts, strong/organized updrafts will bring a large hail
threat especially early. A few tornadoes may also occur. SPC has
upgraded to an enhanced risk for this region. Possible this may
require an additional upgrade to moderate if everything falls into

.LONG TERM.../Saturday through Thursday/ Issued at 317 PM CDT Thu
Jun 15 2017

The severe weather threat will continue on Saturday, though
despite better mid level dynamics associated with the approach of
a vigorous shortwave, more uncertainty does exists Saturday.
Several potential scenarios that could play out Saturday. The
first is Friday night storms contaminate the airmass and hold the
warm front further south considering a weaker pressure gradient
will be in place. Second, the airmass destabilizes as the triple
point lifts into central Iowa and thunderstorms fire during the
afternoon as the upper level dynamics arrive and storms quickly
become severe. Third, the overnight MCS from South Dakota arrives
and interacts with a quickly destabilizing air mass over the
northern half of Iowa and storms become severe by late
morning/early afternoon before growing upscale and pushing east
of the warning area. Scenarios two or three are the most likely
and suspect SPC will upgrade the current Day 3 slight risk by
Saturday. Anyone with outdoor activities planned or camping this
weekend should pay special attention to weather forecasts and
warnings through Saturday.

The boundary moves through Saturday night and will bring much
cooler and less volatile weather through much of next week as a
transition to northwest flow occurs. The flow will transition
back to more zonal towards Thursday and will bring a return of
warmer and potentially more active weather.


.AVIATION.../For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Friday evening/
Issued at 851 PM CDT Thu Jun 15 2017

Primary concern will be convective trends through Saturday.
Initialround of storms affected KALO but has since departed with
immediate attention turning south to KDSM and KOTM. Confidence
fairly high that KOTM will be affected by thunder and visibility
restrictions this evening. Confidence a bit less for KDSM, but
have added VCTS for a start. Another round of convection approach
from the NW tomorrow and have added VCSH wording for a start at
KFOD/KMCW/KALO until confidence increases.





SHORT TERM...Donavon
LONG TERM...Donavon
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