NWS Forecast Discussion

Below is the latest Forecast Discussion from the National Weather Service for our area. It gives great insight into why the forecasters are making the predictions they are listing in the "zone forecasts" around the area, as well as some additional information about how the overall "big picture" of the weather systems are affecting us. Sometimes, very specific information is available here that is not available, or otherwise generalized, in the public forecast.

Forecast Discussion for MPX NWS Office
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
1229 PM CDT Sun Jun 25 2017

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.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 341 AM CDT Sun Jun 25 2017

Another shortwave drops across the Great Lakes today, although it
will be a bit weaker with a farther northeast track as compared to
Saturday`s wave. Therefore do not expect the threat for hail again,
and the prevalent convective mode points toward more of a shower
nature than thunder. Have therefore kept the thunder mention to
isolated and restricted mainly to the afternoon hours.

Today will be different in that we will start off with a stratus
deck overhead (instead of sunny at daybreak with diurnally-driven
stratocu development). Do expect peeks of sun by afternoon, with
cloud cover more correlated with shower activity. Scattered showers
over northern MN will sneak into central MN (north of I-94) this
morning, sliding into west central WI by early afternoon (when
isolated/embedded thunder will also develop). Another weak impulse
will generate isolated to scattered activity to the west along the
MN River Valley into eastern SD.

Temperatures today will be around 15 degrees below normal, mainly
topping out in the low/mid 60s. Lows tonight will follow suit, and
dip into the 40s across most of the area, excepting downtown
MSP.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 341 AM CDT Sun Jun 25 2017

The longer term looks similar to the past few days, with the
primary item of concern being the shortwave trough and associated
surface features that will impact the area during the Tuesday
night through Wednesday night time frame. There have been some
changes beyond that time frame, with today`s runs all looking less
bullish on re-developing a western ridge and re-establishing
northwest flow over our area toward the end of the period.
Solutions now seem to favor more of a zonal pattern across the
northern tier of the CONUS from late week into the weekend.

A ridge of high pressure will be building in from the west on
Monday, but it looks like we should still have sufficient lapse
rates and low-level cyclonic flow for some lingering diurnal
shower activity over the eastern part of the forecast area.
Ridging then looks to keep things dry through the day on Tuesday,
but warm advection will markedly increase by Tuesday night. The
850 mb theta-e ridge looks to work into the area from west to east
Tuesday night in conjunction with strong warm advection, which
should lead to widespread shower and thunderstorm development with
things getting to the I-35 corridor or so by Wednesday morning.
There may be some potential for severe weather overnight Tuesday
night into Wednesday morning given forecast MUCAPE AOA 2000 J/Kg
and effective shear likely AOA 35 kt for portions of the area. The
main concern would be hail given mainly elevated convection, but
winds could be an issue if an MCS of sufficient size develops.
Residual cloud cover during the day on Wednesday will likely keep
temperatures in check, although they should still get back up to
near normal. The cold front looks to push through the area late
Wednesday afternoon and evening, and although there should be
sufficient forcing for additional shower/thunderstorm activity, it
remains to be seen if the atmosphere can recover sufficiently for
any severe weather potential after the precipitation earlier in
the day. We look to dry out behind the front Wednesday night.

Things won`t be too much if any cooler behind the front on
Thursday given a fairly zonal flow and little push of cold air
(along with more in the way of sunshine). A surface low looks to
work east along the main baroclinic zone to our south later
Thursday into Friday, with the GFS, ECMWF, and Canadian models all
indicating an inverted trough extending north through our area.
This would provide another period of higher PoPs with showers and
thunderstorms Thursday night and Friday, with perhaps some spotty
activity persisting into Saturday as another weak shortwave trough
moves through the region.

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.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon)
Issued at 1220 PM CDT Sun Jun 25 2017

MVFR cigs are rapidly improving across eastern MN. Parts of west
central WI will contend with VCSH for the afternoon and MVFR may
linger an hour two before bases lift above 3k feet. Farther west,
a VFR cu deck will linger for the afternoon around 4-5k feet.
Additional cloud cover and possibly light precip will develop this
evening across the eastern Dakotas and affect far southwestern MN.
Still, expect VFR cigs at TAF sites in our area. Gust northwest
winds will continue this afternoon but will fall below 7 knots
this evening. Skies will clear overnight and tomorrow will bring
NNW winds of 5 to 10 knots with FEW to SCT cu across the region,
expect portions of western WI will see BKN cloud cover by midday
and possibly some passing showers, but those would be mainly
tomorrow afternoon.

KMSP...VFR throughout the period. Winds will remain gust this
afternoon but quickly fall below 7 knots this evening.

/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/
Tue...VFR. SHRA/TSRA late, with MVFR cigs. Winds S 5-10 kts.
Wed...VFR/MVFR. Periods of SHRA/TSRA early. Winds SSW 10-15 bcmg W.
Thu...VFR/MVFR. Winds W 5-10 kts.

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.MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WI...None.
MN...None.
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SHORT TERM...LS
LONG TERM...
AVIATION...SPD

NWS MPX Office Area Forecast Discussion