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Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KMKX 172257
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI
557 PM CDT Fri Aug 17 2018
The lingering showers and isolated thunderstorms should continue
to diminish over the next few hours. The remainder of the night
will be quiet with some fog developing later tonight due to the
light winds, clearing skies and damp conditions from the recent
Visible satellite imagery shows quite a lot of smoke from the SW
Canada and NW U.S. wildfires dropping across the Upper Midwest and
western Great Lakes. Despite the mostly sunny conditions
Saturday, the sky should look rather milky/hazy.
Expect areas of fog to develop late tonight and linger for a few
hours after sunrise on Saturday. KMKE should be ok, not seeing
much fog, but the fog will be more dense and widespread out
toward KMSN. Other than the fog, expect VFR conditions through the
.PREV DISCUSSION... (Issued 337 PM CDT Fri Aug 17 2018)
Tonight And Saturday...Forecast Confidence Is Medium.
Scattered showers and storms developed to the west and north of
the forecast area this afternoon. This is where there is low level
confluence/convergence with modest mean layer CAPE. Could see
some of this activity develop or move into portions of the
forecast area until early this evening. The best shot would be the
activity moving southward into the far northern counties. Kept
lower end PoPs across the area for this possibility. Relatively
high precipitable water values, with the slow movement of any
storms, may bring locally heavy rainfall.
Clouds should gradually dissipate this evening. Some fog is
expected later tonight into early Saturday morning. The best shot
will be in western parts of the area, and where the heaviest
rainfall occurred over the past day or so. Patchy dense fog is
possible in the river valleys and low lying areas, as winds will
be light with dewpoints remaining in the lower to middle 60s.
Given these conditions, the dense fog may get more widespread than
currently forecast, which later shifts will need to monitor.
Saturday looks like a nice day, with warm and humid conditions.
Highs should reach the lower to middle 80s across most of the
area. Onshore winds should keep highs a little cooler near the
Saturday night through Sunday night...Forecast confidence high.
A sfc ridge will remain over the Great Lakes through the weekend.
Warm and humid conditions are forecast, but no rain.
LONG TERM...Monday through Friday...Forecast confidence medium.
A large upper trough and organized sfc low will approach srn WI
and nrn IL from the Great Plains on Monday, and pass Monday night
into Tuesday. PWs will once again rise to 1.7-1.8 inches with
moist adiabatic soundings during the passage. The movement of the
system will be faster than this prior one, but still slow enough
for heavy rainfall and flooding concerns. Nice summer weather
will then prevail for Thu-Fri.
Scattered showers and a few storms may develop or move southward
into portions of the area until early this evening. Winds will
generally be light and north to northeast into this evening,
light and variable overnight, then light and northeast on
Any lingering clouds should dissipate this evening. Fog is
expected later tonight into early Saturday morning, especially in
western parts of the area, including Madison. Values down to
around 1 mile are forecast, with lower values possible at times.
Dense fog with visibilities 1/4 or less is possible in low lying
areas and river valleys, and may get more widespread than
Scattered to perhaps broken diurnal cumulus clouds are expected
by early Saturday afternoon.
Any shower and thunderstorm activity should remain inland from
Lake Michigan into early this evening.
North to northeast winds of 10 to 15 knots are expected into
Saturday across the nearshore waters of Lake Michigan. Waves of 2
to 3 feet are expected during this period, perhaps lingering into
Saturday night. Winds and waves will then subside on Sunday.
Increasing onshore winds and building waves may reach Small Craft
Advisory levels at times early next week.
Tonight/Saturday and Aviation/Marine...Wood
Saturday Night through Friday...Gehring