Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:51AM||Sunset 7:09PM||Sunday September 20, 2020 5:43 AM CDT (10:43 UTC)||Moonrise 9:47AM||Moonset 8:16PM||Illumination 10%|
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 336 AM CDT Sun Sep 20 2020
SHORT TERM. (Today through Monday) Issued at 336 AM CDT Sun Sep 20 2020
Another random mid level stratus deck, which seem to be frequent this month, is located over portions of western Wisconsin this morning. Other scattered to broken cloud cover is noted over the Dakotas ahead of the approaching trough and widespread smoke shrouds the entire region.
The trough will continue to lift northeast today from the northern Rockies. The big story will be increasing wind as the pressure gradient tightens with the stationary high over New England. Forecast soundings continue to support wind gusts in the 30-35 kt range this afternoon. While some rogue higher gusts are possible, increasing cloud cover and thick smoke will probably temper the possibility of deeper mixing. Thus, we should fall short of wind advisory criteria.
A confluence line will head east late this afternoon and could spark a couple showers across western MN. Added some schc PoPs for that area after 5 PM. Later this evening as this convergence zone continues eastward and eventually stalls over eastern and southern MN and western WI, additional showers and thunderstorms are possible as better moisture advects north within the inversion between 800- 850 mb. Elevated CAPE of 500-1000 J/kg will result while a LLJ of about 45 kts develops near 900 mb. The CAPE is quite above and removed from the core of the LLJ and rather high CIN may keep much from developing. Therefore, the 30-40 PoP over western WI should be considered conditional rather than expected coverage. But, several models do show some development. The stalled convergence zone will keep low convective chances going into Monday from southwestern MN to northern WI.
LONG TERM. (Monday night through Saturday) Issued at 336 AM CDT Sun Sep 20 2020
Moderate 250 hPa flow of 60 to 75 knots will cover most of the Upper Midwest to start the period. A weak trough will be located over the Dakotas within the mostly zonal flow covering the CONUS. Slight confluence in the 850 hPa wind field across eastern MN and into WI could allow for some lingering showers Monday night. However, vertical moisture profiles look rather dry so any shower activity will remain isolated. The aforementioned trough pushes through the area overnight and will help clouds and, hopefully, the smoke clear out. Monday night's lows will be in the mid to upper 50s. On Tuesday, weak upper-level ridging will shift over the Northern Plains. Tuesday's forecast looks beautiful with sunny skies and highs around or slightly above 80. Winds will be light out of the south.
The upper-level flow is forecast to be progressive so features will not stick around long. The ridge shifts eastward Tuesday night while another weak trough approaches northern MN Wednesday afternoon. This trough will push east-southeast reaching Lake Michigan by Thursday evening. Currently have slight chance PoPs from our extreme northern CWA into WI Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening. However, the southward extent of showers and thunderstorms should be limited with the trough's vorticity maximum being displaced far enough to the north. More certain is a quick cold frontal passage Wednesday night, "cooling" Thursday's highs into low to mid 70s. Thursday will also be dry and mostly sunny.
Meanwhile, a 150 knot west-southwesterly jetstreak arrives onshore of the Pacific Northwest Wednesday evening. As this feature moves eastward across the US/Canadian border, the ageostrophic response to the jetstreak will foster a strong LLJ over the northern High Plains and Rockies. With 850 hPa temperatures from the upper teens to low 20s degrees C already in place over the High Plains (above the 75th percentile for this time of year), ridging will once again develop over the Northern Plains and south central Canada by Friday. Thus, the "cooldown" on Thursday looks brief as we are poised to return to well above normal temperatures to end the period. In fact, nearly all forecast models have MSP breaking their record maximum low next Friday night (64 set in 1998). Forecast models also agree on a rather amplified upper-level trough approaching the Northern Plains in wake of the ridge Saturday evening. Widespread precipitation would likely be generated from such a feature but details of when, where, and how much precipitation are still relatively unclear. Regardless, perhaps our next chance at accumulating rainfall isn't too far away.
AVIATION. (For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Sunday night) Issued at 1053 PM CDT Sat Sep 19 2020
Few changes needed to going TAFs with LLJ building into southwest MN this evening. NAM shows 50 kt winds making it down to about 015 overnight, giving us round one of wind shear. As mixing builds on Sunday, we'll start seeing gusts over 30 kts (in MN). This LLJ will still be over eastern MN/western WI Sunday night, so WS comes back into the fray then. Shower chances on an approaching surface trough continue to look minimal due to a lack of deep moisture. Best chances for showers look to be at RNH/EAU between 5z and 10z.
KMSP . Shower potential is greatest between 3z and 6z, though chances still don't look good enough to even warrant a prob30. With the LLJ moving slow, looks like we'll be seeing similar conditions Sunday night to tonight, so brought WS back Sunday evening as mixing diminishes and the nocturnal LLJ begins to strengthen.
/OUTLOOK FOR KMSP/ MON . VFR. Wind SW 15G25 kts. TUE . VFR. Wind S 5 kts. WED . VFR. Wind SW 10G20 kts.
MPX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. MN . None. WI . None.
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