Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
653 PM CDT SAT JUL 30 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 253 PM CDT Sat Jul 30 2016

While high pressure is still generally prevailing across the area
before departing to the east tonight, a weak surface trough over
far SE MN into NE IA combined with modest convergence evident over
the same region in WV satellite imagery is allowing for isolated
showers/thunderstorms over SE portions of the coverage area.
Focused mainly along and east of I-35 and along and south of I-94,
in east-central and southeast MN into west-central WI, showers and
storms that have formed are slow-movers with little duration so
aside from some brief heavy downpours, will not look for much
development or coverage through the rest of the daylight hours.
Partial clearing tonight will linger into tomorrow though a
lingering mid-level trough and weak disturbance passing through
the region looks to be enough to spark off additional isolated
showers/storms over southwestern MN during the day tomorrow.
Again, not looking for anything strong/severe but some may well be
slow-movers which could produce brief heavy downpours.
Temperatures will run fairly similar tomorrow as today, possibly
1-3 degrees warmer tomorrow with high pressure exiting and a
stronger backside southerly flow bringing in slightly warmer and
slightly more moist air from the Deep South.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
Issued at 253 PM CDT Sat Jul 30 2016

Things look to be somewhat unsettled across the area for much of
the week, with chances for showers and thunderstorms, although
the most significant precipitation looks like it north and south
of the area. We`ll initially see the upper ridge build over the
area into Monday, before a piece of the shortwave trough currently
over British Columbia moves across southern Canada and pushes a
weak front through the region on Tuesday, with northwest upper
flow returning for a time. A more significant upper trough will
track farther south during the Wednesday/Thursday time frame, with
a sub-1000 mb low moving across southern Canada in association
with it. Although the guidance is similar in the overall evolution
of things, there are timing differences in the deterministic and
ensemble solutions. The GFS remains quicker with the front in
comparison to the ECMWF and Canadian. The GFS would bring the
front across Wednesday night, while the other solutions wait until
Thursday afternoon. The timing could certainly play a role in any
severe weather potential, as we should have decent instability
back in place across the area. However, the better large scale
forcing and deep layer shear looks to be to our north during that
time frame. For now, given the spread in ensemble solutions, can`t
go all-in on any particular solution, and keep some PoPs over the
area into Thursday night.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening)
Issued at 653 PM CDT Sat Jul 30 2016

A few showers will linger early this evening to the north and east
of the Twin Cities Metro with all activity over by 03z. The main
concern overnight is whether of not stratus and fog develop from
south central into central MN with a moist southeast low level
flow prevailing. The showers from this afternoon/evening only add
more fuel to the fire for areas of eastern and southeastern MN.
Confidence was highest at this point to include MVFR visibilities
in the 10z-13z period with some hints (sct) low mvfr/ifr clouds.
The terminal most affected would be KSTC due to the nature of the
southeast low level flow and perhaps KAXN. Some TSRA moving across
SD may also approach western MN late in the night. However, short
term models suggest they will dissipate before moving into KRWF
Sunday morning. Light southeast wind overnight increasing to near
10 knots on Sunday.

KMSP...Airfield free of any more shra this evening. Concern turns
to late tonight with mvfr br/hz likely toward daybreak Sunday.
Concern is also growing that MVFR or lower ceilings may try to
develop to our southeast and stream into MN during the late night
hours. Not totally sold on this idea at this point and held off
any ceilings for now. Winds similar to those listed above.

Mon...Mainly VFR. Chance MVFR/TSRA. Winds SE 5-10 kt.
Tue...Mainly VFR. Chance MVFR/TSRA early. Wind light/variable.
Wed...Mainly VFR. Chance MVFR/TSRA late. Wind SE 5-10 kt.


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