Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KMKX 181515 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
1015 AM CDT Mon Jun 18 2018


The main forecast challenge today is pinning down the timing and
placement of thunderstorm development. There is a boundary across
the forecast area from around Lone Rock to Madison to
Milwaukee...the leftover outflow boundary from previous storms.
Also...the cold front sits farther to the north. The leftover
boundary could serve as a focus point for later storm development,
but right now it looks like it`s more likely storms will fire
along the front. Based on this and the meso models that are
handling the current situation the best, think that storms will go
up north of Madison and Milwaukee early this afternoon, with the
line then sagging southward through late afternoon as the front

There remains a chance that some of the storms will become severe
this afternoon, but the bigger threat may be heavy rainfall,
especially if the line hangs up for a time.



Some fog is lingering in the Sheboygan area this morning. A cold
front will bring a wind shift and showers/storms to the area by
early afternoon, which will help to improve visibilities. Storms
will then be possible at times through Tuesday night.

Otherwise, winds and waves are expected to stay below Small Craft
Advisory levels through the week.


.PREV DISCUSSION... (Issued 615 AM CDT Mon Jun 18 2018)

UPDATE...Showers and a few t-storms will continue to affect the
northern areas next several hours. More isolated activity is then
expected later this morning with more numerous showers and storms
returning this afternoon. Will need to watch temperatures and heat
indices closely as nighttime microphysics satellite enhancement
showing thin spots across southern WI. Temperatures currently in
the mid 70s to around 80 in rain free areas of the south.

AVIATION(12Z TAFS)...Showers and storms across northern CWA will
become more isolated this morning, but then reinvigorate this
afternoon and evening. A passing cold front will act as the focus
for the aftn/eve activity with the potential for a period of lower
clouds in the wake of the front.

PREV DISCUSSION... (Issued 328 AM CDT MON JUN 18 2018)

TODAY AND TONIGHT...Forecast Confidence - Medium to High.

Expect showers and t-storms over far northern CWA to become more
scattered this morning as enhanced forcing from right exit region of
upper jet shifts off to the east, as well as weakening low level
jet.  Upper level jet reinvigorates this afternoon and evening
across northern Great Lakes, resulting in enhanced lift returning.
In addition, upstream mid-level wave over the NE/KS area moves
northeast along upper level ridge and crosses southern/central WI
this afternoon and evening.  During this period, upstream cold front
over northern WI will sag southward across southern WI, exiting
the far south in the late aftn/early eve.

Precipitable water remains incredibly high for mid-June, in the 2-
2.5" range, which is approaching 3 standard deviations.  These
values are off the charts of the Climate Forecast System Reanalysis
with no return interval in the climate record.  Corfidi vectors
decrease to 5 to 15 knots this aftn as frontal boundary slips
through while low level theta-e ridge builds into southern WI. Would
be issuing a Flash Flood Watch had more widespread heavy rainfall
occurred over the weekend.  Deep warm cloud depth and impressive
strength of low level moisture convergence aligned with 850-300mb
flow also highlight heavy rain potential this aftn/eve. Wl reissue
Hydrologic Outlook and continue to focus on heavy rain threat in
SitRep and HWO.

Best chance for severe will be in southern CWA this
afternoon/evening where surface based CAPE may climb to around 2K
joules.  However bulk shear remains less than 25 knots, so not a
great setup.  Hence a few high winds/large hail events possible, but
nothing widespread.

TUESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...Forecast Confidence - Medium.

Deep moisture slow to sag southward and remains over southern WI
into Tuesday night.  Second stronger mid-level short wave crossing
the area wl likely bring more scattered convection to the area later
Tue into Tuesday night.  Southern WI also remains in the elevated
baroclinic zone during this period, even through surface front will
have sagged into northern IL.  Drier conditions looking more likely
for Wednesday.



Medium range guidance in reasonable agreement on low pressure
passing to the south of the area late in the week into the weekend,
returning shower and t-storms chances to the area. Temperatures
will remain more seasonable during the period.

AVIATION(09Z TAFS)...Isolated to scattered t-storms will affect the
area this morning and then become more widespread this afternoon and
evening as cold front sags across southern WI.  A few storms may
produce strong winds and large hail.  Low level east to northeast
winds in the wake of the front and the lingering moist air may bring
lower ceilings to the area later tonight.

MARINE...Mariners should expect more widespread thunderstorms
to affect nearshore waters this afternoon and tonight as cold front
sags southward across the area.  Until then, more isolated to
scattered activity is expected, especially north of North Point
Light.  Warm, moist air flowing across the cooler near shore waters
may result in some patchy fog developing, especially as the
gustiness subsides ahead of approaching front.  Cold front is
expected to sag southward over the near shore waters between 21Z and
01Z.  Few gusts to 25 knots may accompany rapid wind shift to the
northeast, but should only last 1-2 hours.  Will hold off on issuing
Small Craft Advisory for now.  Waves are expected to remain below 5




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