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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
637 PM CDT MON MAY 4 2015

.SYNOPSIS...
ISSUED AT 330 PM CDT MON MAY 4 2015

A NEARLY STATIONARY FRONTAL BOUNDARY EXTENDED FROM SOUTH OF
CHICAGO TO JUST SOUTH OF THE QUAD CITIES AND THEN TO SAINT JOSEPH
MO. TO THE NORTH OF THE BOUNDARY...LOW CLOUDS...WINDS FROM THE
NORTHEAST AND TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE UPPER 60S TO LOWER 70S. TO
THE SOUTH OF THE BOUNDARY WINDS WERE FROM THE SOUTH WITH
TEMPERATURES IN THE MID TO UPPER 70S. DEWPOINTS ACROSS THE CWA
RANGED FROM THE UPPER 50S TO LOWER 60S.

AT 3 PM DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A FEW THUNDERSTORMS IN HANCOCK
AND MCDONOUGH COUNTIES IN WESTERN IL MOVING DUE EAST. AN AREA OF
SHOWERS WAS INCREASING IN SOUTHWEST/SOUTHCENTRAL IA AND
THUNDERSTORMS WERE FIRING IN KS ASSOCIATED WITH A SHORT WAVE
EMBEDDED IN THE FLOW PUSHING INTO SW KS.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 330 PM CDT MON MAY 4 2015

OVERVIEW...VISIBLE SATELLITE SHOWED SOME BREAKS IN THE CLOUD
COVER AND MUCAPES WERE RISING TO 2000 J/KG AND ARE FORECAST TO
2500 J/KG LATER THIS AFTERNOON. HOWEVER...SHEAR IS WEAK AND
FREEZING LEVELS ABOUT 10K. THIS SUGGESTS MULTICELL CLUSTERS
PRODUCING NEAR SEVERE HAIL AROUND 1 INCH. PRECIPITABLE WATERS
INCREASE TO 1.50 INCHES SO HEAVY DOWNPOURS WILL ACCOMPANY THE
STRONGER STORMS.

TONIGHT...SHORT WAVE WILL RIDE INTO SOUTHEAST NEB EARLY THIS
EVENING AND THEN ACROSS IOWA OVERNIGHT. THIS WILL PROVIDE LARGE-
SCALE ASCENT AND WITH THE BOUNDARY BISECTING THE CWA THUNDERSTORMS
WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
EVENING. HRRR/ARW/WRF-NMM INDICATE THIS CONGEALING INTO A RATHER
LARGE AREA OF SHOWERS AND EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS OVERNIGHT. THE
HAIL THREAT APPEARS TO BE CONFINED TO MAINLY THIS EVENING WITH THE
BETTER INSTABILITY. HEAVY DOWNPOURS CAN BE EXPECTED AT ANY TIME
AND SOME LOCATIONS SHOULD BE ABLE TO PICK UP OVER AN INCH OF RAIN.
DUE TO THE BOUNDARY BISECTING THE MIDDLE TO THE CWA THERE WILL BE
A NICE THERMAL GRADIENT. MINIMUM TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE FROM THE
LOWER 50S FROM DUBUQUE TO FREEPORT...TO THE LOWER 60S IN OUR
SOUTHERN CWA.

TUESDAY...SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING WILL
GRADUALLY DIMINISH AS THE DAY PROGRESSES AS FORCING WEAKENS. THE
STRONGER FORCING SHIFTS WELL TO OUR WEST AS A DEEP UPPER LEVEL
TROUGH EDGES CLOSER TO THE PLAINS. OPERATIONAL MODELS SUGGEST THE
FRONTAL BOUNDARY WILL MOVE LITTLE BUT THE CONVECTION OVERNIGHT MAY
HAVE A SAY IN THAT. SHOULD BE QUITE A THERMAL GRADIENT AGAIN WITH
HIGH TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM THE LOWER TO MID 60S IN FAR NW IL
TO AROUND 80 IN OUR SOUTH. HOWEVER...DEPENDING ON WHERE THE
BOUNDARY WILL EXIST...CLOUD TRENDS AND ANY LINGERING SHOWERS THIS
MAY IMPACT TEMPERATURES GREATLY.

.LONG TERM...(TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH NEXT MONDAY)
 ISSUED AT 330 PM CDT MON MAY 4 2015

TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY...SEVERAL OF THE 12Z RUN MODELS TRY TO
MIGRATE THE MAIN WARM FRONT TO THE NORTHERN CWA BY EARLY WED
MORNING...WITH MAIN FORCING SHIFTING OFF DIGGING L/W TROF ACRS THE
CENTRAL PLAINS AND ELEVATED WAA FED RIBBON OF SHOWERS STORMS TO THE
NORTH ACRS MN INTO WI. THUS BESIDES A FEW SCTRD TO ISOLATED SHOWERS/
STORMS ACRS THE NORTHERN CWA TUE EVENING...THIS PERIOD MAY BE A LULL
IN PRECIP BARRAGE THIS WEEK. BUT RATHER LOW CONFIDENCE IN THIS
SCENARIO AND COULD SEE THE NAM/S MORE SCTRD PRECIP COVERAGE ALONG
AND NORTH OF I80 FOR MUCH OF THE EVENING PAN OUT ESPECIALLY WITH A
MORE SOUTHERLY WARM FRONTAL POSITION HANGING ON. LOWS RANGING FROM
THE LOWER 50S IN THE NORTHEAST...TO AROUND 60 IN THE FAR SOUTH WITH
SIMILAR DPT VARIANCES.

SOUTHEAST CONUS RIDGE WITH SE ATLANTIC CUT-OFF TROPICAL LOOKING
SYSTEM MAKING FOR A BLOCKING PATTERN WED INTO AT LEAST THE END OF
THE WEEK. SHORT-WAVE SPOKES SCOOTING UP THE PLAINS AROUND STALLED
NORTHWESTERN HIGH PLAINS L/W TROF MAY MAKE FOR MUCH MORE CONVECTIVE
COVERAGE TO THE WEST/NORTHWEST OF THE CWA AND A MAINLY DRY FIRST
HALF TO WED LOCALLY. THIS MAY ALLOW TEMPS TO WARM INTO THE 80S...BUT
LATEST SREF TRENDS SUGGEST CLOUDS AND A LEAD BAND OF SHOWERS/STORMS
TO MAKE IT INTO THE SOUTHWESTERN THIRD OF MORE OF THE DVN CWA BY
LATE WED AFTERNOON. BUT THE MAIN FORCING FOCUS CLOSER TO THE UPPER
WAVE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE ACRS THE WEST CENTRAL INTO NORTHEASTERN
PLAINS/MO RVR VALLEY WED NIGHT...WITH SEVERAL OF THE MODEL SOLUTIONS
SUGGESTING THE PRECIP WEAKENING AS IT MOVES INTO OUR AREA OF CONCERN
WED NIGHT INTO THU MORNING...THE MORE SIGNIFICANT CONVECTION
REMAINING OFF TO THE WEST AND NORTHWEST.

THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...AS STALLED SOUTHWESTERLIES WITH SEASONALLY
ROBUST WARM MOIST CONVEYOR IMPINGING ON A LLVL BOUNDARY CONTINUES
FROM THE PLAINS UP INTO THE WESTERN GRT LKS...SEVERAL OF THE MEDIUM
RANGE MODEL RUNS ARE POINTING TO LATE THU AND THU NIGHT FOR A BETTER
CHANCE FOR MORE OUTSPREAD CONVECTION OR A MCS TYPE EVENT INTO THE
LOCAL AREA AS THE MAIN SFC FRONT DRAWS CLOSER FROM THE WEST. LONG
RANGE SHEAR PROFILES AND THERMODYNAMICS SUGGEST MARGINAL SVR
STORMS POSSIBLE...WITH A BETTER CHC AT LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN...
PROJECTED PWAT/S CLIMB TO OVER AN INCH TO 1.2 INCHES AS THU
PROGRESSES. THU IS A WARM DAY WITH READINGS WELL UP IN THE 80S
POSSIBLE...BUT AGAIN CONVECTIVE DEBRIS AND PRECIP ITSELF MAY
TEMPER THE HIGH TEMP POTENTIAL AND WILL PLAY IT MORE CONSERVATIVE.
ANY OUT FLOW BOUNDARIES FROM THU NIGHT...OR THE MAIN BOUNDARY
ITSELF STALLING OUT RIGHT ACRS THE CWA ON FRI MAY MAKE FOR A WET
END TO THE WEEK.

SATURDAY THROUGH NEXT MONDAY...ALMOST DAILY PRECIP CHANCES
CONTINUE...AND SEVERAL OF THE MEDIUM RANGE MODELS SUGGEST A LARGE
PIECE OF THE WESTERN CONUS L/W TROF TO ROLL OUT ACRS THE MID CONUS
OR UPPER MIDWEST THIS PERIOD...WITH SEVERAL TARGETING SUNDAY. WITH
ADEQUATE HEATING THIS COULD BE A MORE ORGANIZED SEVERE WX DAY WITH
SYNOPTIC SCALE FORCING MAKING IT/S WAY ACRS THE MS RVR VALLEY INTO
THE GRT LKS...IT/S JUST TIMING THIS WAVE. LESS SVR POTENTIAL IF THE
WAVE ROLL OUT DELAYS UNTIL LATER AT NIGHT SUCH AS SUNDAY NIGHT INTO
MON MORNING. BUT THE HEAVY RAIN THREAT STILL THERE...AND
ACCUMULATIVE RAINFALL POTENTIAL FROM THIS WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND
MAY RANGE FROM 3-5+ INCHES WITH THE MREF SUGGESTING 50 MILES EITHER
SIDE OF THE I80 CORRIDOR CURVING BACK INTO SOUTH CENTRAL IA. HOPEFULLY
THEN A TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FROM THE RAINS AND STORMS FOR THE EARLY
PART OF NEXT WEEK IN THE WAKE OF THE PASSING L/W TROF.   ..12..

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z TUESDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 633 PM CDT MON MAY 4 2015

WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION
TONIGHT WITH EXTENDED PERIODS OF MVFR AND PROBABLY HIGHER END IFR
CONDITIONS IN RAIN. CONDITIONS SHOULD IMPROVE BY MID TO LATE
MORNING AS A WARM FRONT MOVES NORTH. WINDS WILL BE FROM THE EAST
AT 5 TO 10 KTS...BECOMING SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST AT 5 TO 15 KTS BY MID
DAY ON TUESDAY.

&&

.DVN WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
IA...NONE.
IL...NONE.
MO...NONE.

&&

$$

SYNOPSIS...HAASE
SHORT TERM...HAASE
LONG TERM...12
AVIATION...NICHOLS


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