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National Weather Service Lincoln Illinois
703 PM CDT Friday Aug 28 2015

Short term...(tonight)
issued at 243 PM CDT Friday Aug 28 2015

Afternoon surface map showing low pressure centered near Omaha, with
a warm front extending northeast across Iowa and a cold front into
central Kansas. Main activity of showers and thunderstorms has been
closer to the warm front and tracking north of our forecast area. A
general eastward progression of the boundaries is expected over the
next several hours, with the cold front approaching the
Illinois/Iowa border toward 3-4 am. Forecast soundings are rather
dry below 12,000 feet from about Peoria east and south, and am
starting to get concerned that there will be little more than
isolated showers between I-55 and the Illinois River tonight.
However, the hrrr and arw models are a bit more aggressive with
showers moving into this area after 3 am, so will maintain chance
pop's across the Illinois River valley mainly from late evening
through overnight. Instability is a little more sparse though, with
the current thunder activity mainly near the upper level disturbance
tracking across central Iowa, and have trimmed back the thunder
potential to mainly west of the river. Otherwise, have mainly gone
dry east of I-55. Milder conditions expected overnight with cloud
cover much more extensive and a southerly flow, with most areas
dipping into the middle 60s.

Long term...(saturday through friday)
issued at 243 PM CDT Friday Aug 28 2015

Low pressure area and associated front west of the area will
continue to slowly move east and into the County Warning Area during the weekend.
However...very little support for this system as it moves east so
all models have this system weakening as it moves into the area.
Therefore...will only have chance probability of precipitation for Sat morning west of I-55
and then move probability of precipitation east during the afternoon but remaining mainly
north of I-70 as front continues to weaken and become somewhat
parallel to the flow and very lacking on convergence/support. Chance
probability of precipitation for Sat night will continue as the upper level wave shifts east
across the area. Precipitation will be mainly showers and isolated
thunderstorms...due to lack of forcing and instability. By
Sunday...the wave should be very weak and east of the County Warning will
only have slight chance probability of precipitation. For remainder of the weekend and into
the beginning of next week...dry conditions can be expected as high
pressure begins to build in the west and push into the northern part
of the area.

Beginning Tuesday and through most of the week...a couple of models
bring remnants of ts Erika into the area. However...this is
dependent on where the ts GOES. And it is far enough away in time
that will just keep close to what the crint has...and that is just
slight chance probability of precipitation in some areas for Wednesday through Thursday. Slight chance
probability of precipitation will be in the grids but not mentioned in the worded forecast.

Temperatures through the weekend will be tempered due to cloud cover and
scattered precipitation...but still expecting them to rise into the 80s for
the weekend. By next week...with upper level ridging building into
the area and dewpoints being drier...expecting temperatures to rise into
the upper 80s to around 90 for the entire week. This will be much
above normal for the beginning of sept.


Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Saturday evening)
issued at 700 PM CDT Friday Aug 28 2015

Low pressure centered in western Iowa is projected to drift east
as it gradually dissipates near western Illinois Saturday
afternoon/eve. Showers are drifting into a relatively dry airmass,
as confirmed by the ilx 00z sounding. Spotty rain will eventually
move across central Illinois, ahead of the low. The chances only
warranted a vcsh and VFR cloud cover, based on forecast soundings
from hrrr and rap/NAM output. We started vcsh at pia the soonest,
at 03z, while delaying at bmi until 12z and the southern taf sites
after 18z. Winds are expected to remain south through at least
18z, then begin to shift to the southwest as the low and cold
front approach western Illinois. Prevailing wind speeds should
remain 10kt or less through tomorrow afternoon.


Ilx watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...geelhart
long term...auten

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