Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDVN 300830

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
330 AM CDT FRI SEP 30 2016

Issued at 327 AM CDT Fri Sep 30 2016

The latest sfc analysis was indicating a low pressure center acrs
the KY portion of the OH RVR Valley, with cyclonic flow and embedded
trofs circulating it northwestward to the MS RVR Valley. A
seasonably strong ridge axis was located to the northwest of the
cyclone from the southwestern plains, up acrs MN and toward the
James Bay region. Latest IR satellite loop was indicating associated
stratocu deck trying to whirl westward toward the local area from
the southwestern GRT LKS.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
ISSUED AT 327 AM CDT Fri Sep 30 2016

The upstream clouds will continue to propagate westward and overtake
the area, but may be more ragged at times west of the MS River for
portions of the day with drier air entrainment seen on the water
vapor loop from north of the GRT LKS. But this feed will get
squeezed/pinched off with cyclone retrograde by mid to late
afternoon and expect a cloud shield to cloak the entire CWA into the
evening. Just spotty light showers or sprinkles tying to make it
into the eastern CWA at times today with the same problem battling
dry air, but like the clouds, coverage to increase from the
northeast by late afternoon and into the evening.

Several of the 00z model runs vary on extent of coverage that these
light showers can make it acrs the local area even by this evening,
from mainly dry to likely coverage by this evening and into the
overnight. For now will keep low to moderate POPs mainly acrs the
eastern third and toward the MS RVR today, and expand into far
eastern IA into tonight. Most areas that manage to get some showers
will get only a few hundredths of an inch or a trace, except acrs
far northwestern IL and down into the I80 corridor east of the Quad
City area, where higher coverage and a bit more low to mid level
saturation may allow for a few areas to get up to a tenth of an inch.

As for temps, cloud cover to limit highs to the mid to upper 60s,
but some potentail for the far west if they remain partly cloudy
longer to get back to 70. Sfc winds and clouds to keep temps u
tonight in the mid to upper 50s.   ..12..

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through next Thursday)
ISSUED AT 327 AM CDT Fri Sep 30 2016

Upper low to keep cloudy, cool and unsettled weather going through
Saturday, then pattern shift to SW upper flow to bring warmer
temperatures and next rain chances toward the middle of next week.

Saturday, the lingering nearly stacked surface and upper low over
IL/IN will provide another day of cloudy skies with scattered light
rain showers over especially east of the MS river, where highest
chance pops are maintained. Temperatures will only rise into the

Saturday night into Sunday, model consenus has a deepening low
moving into the western U.S., inducing downstream ridging that
nudges the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley low northeastward. This will
bring a warming trend Sunday through Tuesday with highs returning
above normal into the mid to upper 70s by Tuesday. As the upper low
moves into the Rockies, a deep southerly flow brings a return flow
of moisture northward into the plains and then MS River valley,
possibly resulting in at least isolated showers Tuesday night.
Steepening mid level lapse rates may then result in thunderstorms
Wed into Wed night.  Forecast confidence decreases from Thu onward
due to differences in how models lift the upper low through the
Northern plains and the associated vort maxes rotating around its
base over the local area. Chance pops for showers are maintained
through Thu, where the timing of a cold front will be critical to
highs, which for now are held in the upper 60s to lower 70s.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday Night)
ISSUED AT 1134 PM CDT Thu Sep 29 2016

Wrap around clouds from a stalled upper low pressure system on the Ohio
valley will bring increasing clouds overnight. Mostly bkn-ovc cigs with
VFR conditions toward daybreak will drop to 2-3K AGL or MVFR conditions
toward early/mid morning lasting to around noon. then cigs will rise
above 3k AGL by early afternoon into the evening hours. Winds will be
north to northeast at generally 10 to 15 MPH.


Issued at 327 AM CDT Fri Sep 30 2016

The Wapsipinicon at Anamosa dropped into minor flooding Thursday
evening, while further downstream at Dewitt, the stage continues to
rapidly rise. Have updated the forecast to a low confidence crest
around 13.7 ft expected later today. On the Cedar, Vinton is likely
to drop below flood stage within the next couple hours.

Otherwise, no significant changes to forecasts and the previous
discussion, issued 1224 PM CDT Thu Sep 29 2016, is provided below:

Mississippi River:

Latest adjustments that were made was to slightly lower crest
forecasts at most points but minor to major flooding continues to be
on track. Forecast point DLDI4 Dubuque is expected to crest right at
flood stage with major flooding still expected at New Boston, Keithsburg,
Gladstone and Burlington. Majority of the crests are projected to
occur during the Saturday through Monday time frame. No significant
rain is expected through the middle of next week.

Cedar River...

Vinton: Forecast to fall below flood stage by Friday morning.

Cedar Rapids: Forecast to fall below major flood stage by late

Conesville: Cresting near 18.1 feet through this evening
before beginning to slowly fall.

Wapsipinicon River...

Anamosa Shaw Rd: Forecast to fall below moderate flood stage by
the late evening.

De Witt 4S: Now into major flood stage. Thinking current crest
forecast at 13.4 feet is on the upper end of possible outcomes.
Reasonably high probability the final crest is a bit lower.

Iowa River...

Marengo: Moderate flood stage is forecast by Friday afternoon or

Columbus Junction: Major flooding is occurring. Rate of rise has
slowed but is forecast to increase tonight.

Oakville and Wapello: Moderate confidence is associated with the
crest forecasts. Current thinking is crest forecasts are toward the
upper range of what is possible; observed crests may come in lower.
Please follow forecast information closely throughout this event.


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