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FXUS63 KDVN 291821

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
121 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017


Issued at 1251 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Widespread light to moderate rain had overspread the southern half
of the forecast area as of midday with a few lightning strikes
into the far northeast MO/SE IA counties. This was occurring as
the elevated warm front was pushing northward, along with a mid
level vort max lifting northeast in the flow ahead of the upper
low over NM. This appears to be the onset of our period of
heaviest 6 hour QPF for this event, still focusing on the
southeast half of the forecast area, where .5 to over 1 inch will
be possible this afternoon. Trends are now suggesting that there
will likely be a lull of much lighter rain or drizzle for the
overnight into Sunday morning over at least the northwest part of
the forecast area before the next, more convectively-based round
moves in Sunday afternoon.

With the brisk northeast winds, as high as 20 to 30 mph at times,
temperatures have remained steady or even fallen since sunrise.
Have updated the forecast to nudge temperatures downward,
especially in the hourly grids for today.


Issued at 330 AM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Digging large cut-off upper low seen on current water vapor loop
over the 4-corners region, will continue to act with atmospheric
river/moist conveyor feed up off the western gulf and Bermuda High
to produce rounds of moderate to heavy rain over the weekend, and
even some thunderstorm chances Sunday afternoon and evening as it
pivots over the east central plains. This closed and partially
blocked low will then look to continue to plague the region into
early next week.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
ISSUED AT 330 AM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Today...Substantial rainfall event to commence today as first good
round of lift pulls up out of the southwest plains to lee of strong
upper low. LLVL baroclinicity aligns and tightens from northeast-to-
southwest from the southern GRT LKS, to northwestern MO and into the
southwestern plains, thus bisecting the local area. Increasing
southerly THETA-E rich LLJ of 40-50 KTS impinges upon east-to-
northeast flow in the same layer along and north of the local area
today into the evening, feeding the approaching vort max from the
upper low center off to the southwest. The result will be an
approaching mainly stratiform precip shield of moderate to locally
heavy pockets of rain from the southwest as the day progresses. This
process or portion of it that will eventually affect the local
area, already evident acrs western into central KS ATTM. Will just
make minor tweaks to the increasing POP scenario as the day unfolds
already in the forecast. Precip may initially funnel along elevated
narrow shear zone currently bisecting the state of IA that has been
the focus of light rain and drizzle overnight. The rain shower
shield expected to be most widespread acrs the local CWA from late
morning and the afternoon, before the wave starts to exit the region
by this evening for a temporary precip down-turn in coverage and

PWAT`s expected to increase to well over an inch today
and extent of upward omegas through the column, see widespread
rainfall amounts of 0.20 to around a half inch north of HWY 30 by
this evening. Areas to the south closer to convergent axis should be
quite a bit higher of three quarters of an inch to over an inch by
evening. Enough elevated MUCAPES and mid layer lapse rates with the
arriving precip plume for isolated to sctrd thunder embedded in the
rain mainly south of I80 this afternoon into evening. Low confidence
on any hail potential with these, but locally enhanced rainfall
pockets will occur. A raw day with increasing northeast winds of 15
to 25 MPH and higher gusts in tightening llvl pressure gradient,
along with ambient temps mainly in the 40s.

Tonight...Several 00z model run solutions suggest the 00z-06z Sunday
period a lull window as the more organized rains move out, maybe
just spotty sprinkles or drizzle if cloud bases can remain low
enough. Advertised POPs for this evening may be a bit high but the
light precip and coverage may still warrant the fcst values. Then as
the H5 cut-off upper low approaching 540 MB adjusts eastward acrs
the central plains, the next surge in rain on tap after midnight and
toward dawn Sunday morning. Widespread rains with some embedded
thunder will re-advect up acrs the southern 2/3`s of the CWA, but
the more substantial activity may remain off to the southwest
through 12z. Will post additional rainfall amounts of 0.30 to over
0.60 of an inch generally along and south of I80 from 06z-12z
Sunday. This will result in 24 HR QPF amounts for the local area of
0.40 to near an inch along and north of the HWY 30 corridor, with 1
inch to 1.75+ inches to the south. Locally higher amounts of course
will unfold especially along convective elevated cluster paths. Will
hold off any flood watch headlines for now, but these kind of
rainfall amounts and run-off will result in rising river levels and
streams, standing water in drainage ditches and even some urban
nuisance ponding of water by early Sunday morning.   ..12..

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through next Friday)
ISSUED AT 330 AM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Widespread rains, with embedded thunder should be ongoing Sunday
morning as the entire area remains north of the warm front, while
the strong upper low begins to lift northward. This low will
dramatically enhance the lift over Iowa and northern Illinois, and
should serve to bring another inch of rain or so to most of the CWA
Sunday through early afternoon. By late afternoon, the coverage of
rain should decrease as the dry slot begins to near out southern CWA
counties. As the mode transitions from widespread to more banded
rains, out convective potential will rise. There remains
questionable destabilization for severe storms, but with models
forecasting low pressure to ride up into the central CWA, which may
be more of a triple point in the end, there could be a tornado risk
with storms between very late afternoon and mid evening, along this
low/triple point passage. That threat may not be apparent until a
few hours prior to the event, but it cannot be discounted at this

While the coverage of storms will not be as widespread Sunday
afternoon/evening, the short term rain intensity will be much more
significant, typical of deep convection. After our widespread
general rains have saturated out region, these will need to be
watched for a potential flash flood risk.

Sunday temperatures will spend most of the day stuck in the 40s and
50s, but a late day push of the warm front will result in a high
forecast in the 60s in the southeast 1/2 of the area, which will
likely occur toward early evening.  After the low pressure/triple
point moves through Sunday evening, drizzle and southwest winds will
sweep in, and by morning, drizzle and light rain will again
spread over the area for Monday. Monday, cold advection on
southwest winds will combine with steady temperatures in the 40s
to lower 50s to keep an cool wet and blustery day going.

A grateful return to quieter weather returns for Tuesday through
Friday, with cool high pressure mainly controlling the surface
weather, while the upper low exits to the east only to be followed
by cool northwest flow. Temperatures will remain cool, far below
seasonal normals for Tuesday through the upcoming weekend.



.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday Afternoon)
ISSUED AT 1251 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

A strong storm system affecting the region will result in
gradually deteriorating conditions from south to north this
afternoon due to lowering ceilings and widespread rain. There will
also be brisk east to northeast surface winds as high as 20 to 30
kts this afternoon and evening. Overnight, widespread light rain
or drizzle will remain in place with IFR ceilings and light fog.
There is a low potential for thunderstorms from late afternoon
through the overnight, mainly at the BRL site, which is not
included in the forecast at this time. Rain showers and a few
thunderstorms will likely become more widespread as a warm front
associated with the low lifting out of the plains pushes
northward Sunday. For now, forecasts for the Sunday morning
period will remain broad brushed with continued IFR conditions.


Issued at 120 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Confidence has increased that periods of moderate to heavy rainfall
will occur this afternoon through Sunday evening across much of
the dvn hsa. Therefore, we have issued flood warnings for the Rock
River from Como to Moline, and the Mississippi River from Rock
Island to Muscatine. Farther downstream on the MS River, flood
warnings remain in effect. A flood warning has also been issued
for the Wapsipinicon River at De Witt.

Additionally, flood watches have been issued for the Green River at
Geneseo, the Iowa River at Wapello and Oakville, and the English
River at Kalona.

Widespread rain amounts of 1 to 3 inches can be expected and this
will push many tributaries and portions of the Mississippi River
into at least minor to moderate flood. At this time, the heaviest
rains (approaching 3 inches) should occur in our Illinois counties.

Depending on where the axis of heaviest rain occurs and the actual
amount of rain that falls, there is the potential for major flooding
on the lower Rock River from Como to Moline, and on the Mississippi
River from Keithsburg to Burlington during much of next week.
Interests along these rivers should take necessary precautions to
protect life and property.

There is still some uncertainty on the axis of the heaviest rain,
and those with interests along area rivers, streams and creeks
should check back for updates through the weekend. Haase




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