Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Des Moines, IA

Current Version | Previous Version | Graphics & Text | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
000
FXUS63 KDMX 120006
AFDDMX

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Des Moines IA
706 PM CDT Sat Jul 11 2020

.SHORT TERM.../Tonight through Tonight/
Issued at 227 PM CDT Sat Jul 11 2020

A potent shortwave trough located in the SD/ND/MN tri-state area has
already initiated strong and severe storms early this afternoon,
including ping pong ball hail and 70 mph winds. That activity will
continue to slide SE through the afternoon and evening hours, likely
affecting large portions of Iowa north and east of a roughly Spencer-
Fort Dodge-Ames-Ottumwa line.

The environment ahead of current activity in MN will continue to
destabilize and yield additional support for organization and the
potential for large hail and damaging winds, including a corridor of
MLCAPE values around 2500-3000 J/kg and effective bulk shear around
40 kts. Additionally, lingering outflow boundaries from morning may
provide opportunity for at least some isolated convection ahead of
the parent activity in MN as well as a non-zero tornado threat. The
primary outflow boundary from this morning can still be picked out
on visible imagery, especially if looped, across Tama County and
towards the northwest and southeast respectively.

Given what has transpired already today, existing environment, and
persistent CAM depictions, anticipate ongoing convection in MN to
grow upscale to some degree, yielding a growing wind threat with the
potential for 70+ mph winds, along with continued severe hail.
Combined, wind driven hail will be of concern, yielding concern for
anyone outside as well as structures. Isolated storms ahead of the
main complex are likely to have the greatest potential for the
largest hail, ping pong balls or larger. The isolated tornado threat
will also be greatest ahead of the primary complex and in the
vicinity of the lingering outflow from this morning.

Activity will ramp up through the mid and late afternoon, before
exiting the CWA around/shortly after 00z.

.LONG TERM.../Sunday night through Saturday/
Issued at 227 PM CDT Sat Jul 11 2020

Key Points:

 1.) Temperatures... Near to above normal temperatures generally
continue, with a signal for increased heat towards the end of next
week.

 2.) Precipitation... A few chances for storms this week, especially
Tuesday.

-------------------------------------------------------------------

1.) Temperatures:
General persistent pattern continues... with Iowa`s weather
impacts generally driven by position of huge 500mb anticyclonic
high. This high has slowly drifted SW nearer to the Guadalupe
Mountains of Mexico, which has helped to bring a northwesterly
component to Iowa and migrate the associated thermal ridge
westward towards the South Dakota and Nebraska. Subsequently,
temperatures have cooled a few degrees over the past few days.

Throughout this week, the high may gradually drift
east/northeastward towards the OK panhandle. By the end of next
week, it should be near Tulsa... which is a location that generally
hints at hot temperatures in Iowa via the placement of the thermal
ridge. By the end of the week, 850mb temperatures may be near the
+22C to +25C range, which would suggest highs well into the 90s.
There is obviously a fair amount of time between now and the end of
next week, so will not lock into the forecast too much at this
point. During the beginning to middle of the week 850mb temps look
to fluctuate around the +16C to +21C range... initially suggesting
temperatures in the 80s to low 90s without cloud cover... with the
clouds, especially on Tuesday, highs should be tempered to the 80s.

2.) Precipitation:
The best chance for precipitation this week should be on Tuesday.
A boundary oriented NE-SW tied into an upper low in Canada will
serve as a focusing mechanism for precipitation during the day
Tuesday. 950mb frontogenetical forcing looks very impressive as
this boundary should be draped across Iowa during peak heating. A
decent enough moisture surge is expected with this system to help
juice the atmosphere. At this time, severe weather cannot be ruled
out... but heavy rainfall producers over a fairly short period of
time certainly seems plausible.

Another shot for precip may be in the Thursday/Friday timeframe as a
somewhat similar, almost "copycat" system looks to propagate across
Iowa. At this time, dynamical support seems to not be as strong with
this event, as the Tuesday event.

&&

.AVIATION.../For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening/
Issued at 701 PM CDT Sat Jul 11 2020

Thunderstorm activity winding down quickly across central IA.
Confidence is greatest in -TSRA impacting KDSM 00-01z. Otherwise,
maintained a few of VCTS at most other area terminals with
isolated showers/thunderstorms around. This threat will diminish
quickly this evening, leaving VFR conditions and light winds in
place through the remainder of the period.

&&

.DMX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Curtis
LONG TERM...Kotenberg
AVIATION...Hahn



USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.