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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
1213 AM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017


Issued at 330 PM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017

Quasi-stationary front undulating generally west-to-east acrs
central IA and lingering outflow boundaries on northern fringe of
ongoing heat dome, to be focus of occasional rounds of severe and
heavy rain producing thunderstorms through the first half of the
weekend, before northwest flow brings about a reprieve from the
storms, heat and humidity by early next week. Until then, flooding
rains possible for select areas of the CWA, and resultant river
flooding. Current area more sensitive right now are far northwestern
IL that got hit with heavy rain last night.


.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Friday)
ISSUED AT 330 PM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017

Tonight...Will keep ongoing heat headlines going through at least
Fri evening, but with temporary bouts of storms and convective
debris producing some passing breaks in the excessive heat.

As for storm chances tonight, see two scenarios unfolding. First one
is in the VCNTY of the above mentioned front acrs central IA along
and south of I80, where LLVL moisture convergence is occurring. This
would be this evening where isolated to sctrd storms could fire, if
the EML can be overcome. The other zone would be along elevated warm
front draped acrs the north half of IA, into northwest IL where CU
field is ongoing. This could be more from mid evening and into the
overnight, early Fri morning hours. Will cover potentials with low
to moderate chance POPS. If storms could get going, despite marginal
shear, a few could be strong with gusty winds and locally heavy
rainfall. Patchy fog possible in pooled sfc DPT fields and light
winds later tonight into early morning.

Friday...Whatever thunderstorm activity lingers out of Thu night into
Fri morning may diurnally wane. This should allow some of the heat
to rebuild, thus the ongoing heat headlines. But some areas to the
north may not recover and stay below true excessive heat criteria.
Then the main from will try to retreat north, possibly adjusting
it`s way from northwest of Cedar Rapids, to princeton IL by evening.
This could be the late afternoon focus for more storms. With more
organized storm clusters developing acrs southern MN and looking to
propagate east-southeast along thermal gradient, along with the late
afternoon frontal alignment locally opening up NW IL to more
storms, will issue a Flash Flood watch for the 3 NW IL counties hard
hit by heavy rain last night, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Carroll
from 21z Fri through 14z Sat. Strong to severe storms possible Fri
afternoon where they fire.    ..12..

.LONG TERM...(Friday Night through Thursday)
ISSUED AT 330 PM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017

Hot & humid with storms and heavy rains with risk of severe into
Saturday...then return to cooler and drier conditions.

Long Term Forecast Confidence Assessment...fair or average with by
far the primary issue is timing, intensity and coverage of
convection abd heavy rainfall Friday night into Saturday AM due to
feedback issues.

Friday night...expect moderate to locally heavy rains over NE 1/2 of
area with retreating warm front and low pressure system with some
portions receiving 1 to 3 inches possible.  This in far NE sections
is enough to warrant Flash Flood Watch over NE 3 counties that got
lots of water last 24 hours.  Some severe also possible with
damaging winds main risk.   Mins of in the lower to middle 70s due
to high dewpoints and clouds are reasonable.

Saturday and Saturday night...another hot and humid day with highs
into lower to middle 90s with heat indices 100 to 105 degrees over
all but far north sections.  Some concern POPS may be too low for
later shifts to reassess into Saturday night.  Mins in the upper 60s
to lower 70s are expected as drier air starts to move in.

Sunday...Turning a bit cooler and definitely less humid as NW winds
allow for dewpoints to fall through the day.  Decent gradient with
lower 80s north to lower 90s south as core of cool air doesn`t
arrive until later in the day into Monday.

Sunday night through Tuesday Night...fair with Canadian high
pressure and slightly below normal temperatures with highs 75 to 85
and lows 55 to to 65 and moderately low humidity.

Wednesday through Thursday...near to slightly above normal as higher
moisture and more humid air allows for chances of typical late
summer convection mostly in PM hours.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday Night)
ISSUED AT 1208 AM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

06Z TAFS focused on thunderstorm trends and timing, with low
confidence beyond the very short term. Additional storms expected
overnight at KDBQ/KCID/KMLI, with low chance at KBRL. Highest
intensity likely to occur at KCID based on recent trends. More
showers/isolated storms possible Friday morning, then again Friday
night. KDBQ would have the best chance Friday night, and have
introduced a VCTS group at 02z, with lesser confidence at other


Issued at 330 PM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017

Rivers...have issued a Flood Watch for points on Rock River due to
last nights widespread heavy rains of 2 to 5+ inches in the basin
averages. If additional widespread heavy rains occur Friday
night...then major flooding is likely in many or all most forecast

Rainfall...area rains very possible in northeast sections could be
locally widespread 2 plus inches.  This could result in local flash
flooding issues in areas that received over 2 inches last night.
This is the reason for the Flash Flood Watch in the northeast.


IA...Heat Advisory until 8 PM CDT Saturday for Benton-Clinton-Jones-

     Excessive Heat Warning until 8 PM CDT Saturday for Cedar-Des
     Moines-Henry IA-Iowa-Jefferson-Johnson-Keokuk-Lee-Louisa-
     Muscatine-Scott-Van Buren-Washington.

IL...Heat Advisory until 8 PM CDT Saturday for Bureau-Putnam-

     Excessive Heat Warning until 8 PM CDT Saturday for Hancock-
     Henderson-Henry IL-McDonough-Mercer-Rock Island-Warren.

     Flash Flood Watch from this afternoon through Saturday morning
     for Carroll-Jo Daviess-Stephenson.

MO...Excessive Heat Warning until 8 PM CDT Saturday for Clark-



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