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FXUS63 KDVN 040539

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Quad Cities IA IL
1239 AM CDT Thu Jun 4 2020


Issued at 230 PM CDT Wed Jun 3 2020

Morning storms along a boundary made for a complicated forecast
today, with quick temperature drops and debris clouds slowing the
warmup in some spots. Some areas in Rock Island, Henry, Bureau,
Putnam, and Mercer counties in IL saw a quick 1-2" rainfall this
morning with torrential rainfall. MLI had 0.9" rain in just 16
mins. Damaging winds and downed trees were also reported. Storms
along this boundary finally dissipated around noon today.

MSAS 18z surface analysis depicted a low in central IA, with a
warm front extending northeast towards Waterloo then to
Guttenberg. Temperatures at 2pm were in the middle 70s to lower
80s, with dewpoints in the upper 60s and lower 70s.


.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Thursday)
ISSUED AT 240 PM CDT Wed Jun 3 2020

Key Messages:

1. The bulk if not all of this afternoon and evening storms will
remain south of the CWA. If a storm develops, heavy rain,
lightning, and large hail will be the possible.

2. Clearing skies and calm winds will make for a quiet night, with
more storm chances expected Thursday evening and overnight.


It was one of those days where surface, satellite, and radar
observations were the best tools to forecast, since models did
not have a good handle on the evolution of storms today. Clouds in
areas and clearing in areas made for differential heating in the
CWA and thus a challenging temperature forecast. A high CAPE/low
shear environment is expected this afternoon and evening and with
a convective temp of 82 degrees, already seeing some agitated cu
develop in the warm sector and some towering Cb along our border
with LSX. Expect the bulk of the storms to develop south of the
CWA late this afternoon and evening along the boundary that
occurred over us earlier in the day, but can`t rule out some
scattered pulse type storms over our IL counties. If these were to
occur in the counties along I-80, then some concern is there for
more flash flooding to occur under the strongest storms.
Regardless of what happens, another warm and humid night is in
store with clearing skies and temperatures only dropping into the
low to mid 60s. With dewpoint depressions dropping below 2 degrees
and light to calm winds forecast overnight, there is some
potential for fog to develop, but have left out of the public
forecast for now due to low model confidence.

Thursday...sunny skies and mostly dry conditions will be seen
with temperatures a little warmer than today with highs in the mid
to upper 80s. There is a chance for afternoon and evening storms
once again, especially in the evening when a mid level wave
tracks across southern MN and a potential MCS tracks towards the

.LONG TERM...(Thursday Night through Wednesday)
ISSUED AT 240 PM CDT Wed Jun 3 2020

The main forecast concerns are chances of precipitation through the
period.  The biggest differences between the models are the
placement of key features especially after Saturday.

On Friday, A shortwave trough digging southeastward across Canada
will cause a cool front to slowly sag southward across the area
during through 00 UTC Saturday. Two rounds of showers and
thunderstorms are possible the first Thursday night into Friday
morning as a potentially decaying MCS moves across the region. The
second will be as a second, weaker, shortwave trough moves across
the region during peak heating bringing the risk of scattered
showers and thunderstorms to the region along and
ahead of the cold front. The high temperatures may be too warm for
Friday but another hot and humid day with highs in the mid to upper
80s south of the front with dewpoints in the upper 60s.

Beyond Friday, 500 mb ridging begins to build northward across the
region and slowly pushes the  jet stream and main storm track farther
to the north over into early next week. A disturbance passing to
our north Saturday night into Sunday morning may clip the area along
and north of the Highway 20 corridor early Sunday morning but the
best lift will be across the Upper Great Lake states.

The GFS is much slower to build the ridge northward then the ECWMF
and keeps in the storm track into early next week.
The ECMWF would bring a dry and hot weekend into early next week.
The key question is what happen as this weeks tropical system comes
onshore into the northwest Gulf of Mexico. The
arrival of the tropical system forces a Rex Block across the Upper
Midwest or Mid Mississippi River Valley depending  on where
closed 500 MB pressure is located. This would  bring dry weather to
the region through Monday before the remnant upper level low from
Cristobal is absorbed into a trough moving eastward across the
Rockies and traverses the region. This would bring rounds of showers
and thunderstorms to the region Tuesday into Wednesday as the trough
lifts across the area.

Temperatures through the period will remain above the normal early
to mid June temperatures in the upper to lower 80s.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday Night)
ISSUED AT 1235 AM CDT Thu Jun 4 2020

Cirrus from areas of thunderstorms to the south and west of the
area. Otherwise, the light flow and moist air will allow for some
patchy fog overnight, and for now, I have a period of 3 mile fog
at all sites through early morning, but this may become dense in
some locations where cirrus does not cover the sky. Tomorrow, the
light winds will become south by late morning, as a warm front
lifts back northward into the area. A thunderstorms is possible
tomorrow, but coverage is expected to be isolated.



Issued at 1111 AM CDT Wed Jun 3 2020

Showers and thunderstorms moved southeastward across the area this
morning. Radar estimated rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches fell
north of a Cedar Rapids to Freeport line. Another area of 1 to 2
inches fell between a Burlington to Galesburg line and just north
of Interstate 80. The rain fell quickly in some locations causing
flash flooding in parts of Bureau and Putnam Counties. Radar
estimates also showed some pockets of heavier rain up to 2.50
inches in northwest Bureau County and far northeast Henry County

There were no major changes to the ongoing river flood warnings
on portions of the Iowa, Cedar, Wapsipinicon, and Mississippi
Rivers. The rain that fell this morning has not been included in
the river forecasts and this may cause changes to the forecast
this evening.




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