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National Weather Service Lincoln Illinois
319 PM CDT Wed Oct 22 2014

Short term...(tonight)
issued at 318 PM CDT Wednesday Oct 22 2014

High pressure ridge over the Midwest this afternoon slowly shifting
eastward with the winds slowly taking on an increasingly
south/southeasterly direction. Winds through the overnight will
continue to be light, but will help advect warmer air into the
area. However, location of the ridge axis closer to the Indiana
border with lighter winds will result in lower temps east of I-57.
Low lying areas may see some areas of frost as well in the pre dawn
hours. Not as concerned in the west where lows will only dip into
the lower 40s. Approaching system from the west slowing
considerably and precip chances not in the forecast before 12z.


Long term...(thursday through wednesday)
issued at 318 PM CDT Wednesday Oct 22 2014

The short/medium range models are in fairly good agreement with the
progressive upper level through the weekend. Differences start to
appear by early next week with the next significant precipitation
producing system.

Upper level troughing from the High Plains will approach the
Mississippi River valley Thursday, with a weakening trend the
farther east it advances into surface and upper level ridging. Based
on the 12z upper air analysis from today, there is very little deep
moisture associated with this system. Moisture advection and
isentropic lift will be quite weak, so the window of opportunity for
rain tomorrow should be pretty short. Scaled back on the rain
chances as a result, with 30-40 pops mainly along and west of the
Illinois River during the afternoon - spreading toward bmi-cmi-
Lincoln toward early evening. The clouds and spotty rain showers
will keep temperatures a bit cooler than seasonal normals Thursday.

Trimmed temperatures a bit for Friday as some low level moisture
with a light southerly flow ahead of weak shortwave trough should
produce a few more clouds as the day progresses, especially west of
the I-55 corridor. The weekend is expected to be mild with plenty of
sunshine as ridging at the surface and aloft moves toward the
Midwest. Low level warm advection Saturday will allow highs to reach
the lower 70s in most areas, although readings will be a few degrees
cooler on Sunday as the surface ridge axis moves over Illinois. A
return, southerly flow on Monday will give US unseasonably warm
readings in the 72-76 range across the forecast area.

The model differences mainly revolve around the strength and
amplitude of an upper level trough moving out of the plains Tuesday.
The GFS has more of a phased northern/southern stream system which
moves at a steady pace through the Midwest Tuesday. The European
model has a much stronger southern stream system, which develops a
surface low on the cold front, which then tracks into central Illinois by
early Wednesday which gives US heavier rainfall and precipitation
chances into Thursday morning. At this time, prefer the more
progressive/phased GFS model, and will keep the forecast dry for
next Wednesday.


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Thursday afternoon)
issued at 1232 PM CDT Wednesday Oct 22 2014
VFR throughout. High pressure ridge expected to hold through the
overnight with light east-southeasterly winds. Clear skies today
with cirrus anticipated to stream into the region after midnight,
but the expected precip is not anticipated to be in the region
until after the taf pd.


Ilx watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...hjs
long term...Miller

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