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Nobody invited them, but hot steamy weather conditions returned to the region Monday and right on cue, scattered thunderstorms are expected to follow Tuesday. However, the evolution of the storms is complicated and highly contingent on the position of a cool front creeping into the region and any rogue outflow boundaries that pop up.

Back tracking, Monday was a fascinating day in western Iowa and Minnesota, where severe weather parameters were literally off the charts. Early Monday evening (CAPE) which measures instability, was as high as 8,000 j/kg. That is an explosive atmosphere in terms of the potential energy indicated.

The violent tornado index in NC Iowa was at 12, the highest we have seen all year in Iowa.

The supercell index which measure the potential for rotating supercells was 66! 8-12 is considered significant!

The derecho index was also loaded at 16. We all know what those types of systems can do.

Yet, the satellite image at 7:00pm showed the only storms in northern Minnesota and SW Wisconsin, well outside the most unstable environment.

So why, with such a dynamic environment, were there not intense thunderstorms in Iowa and central Minnesota? The answer lies in what we call a CAP, a layer of stable warm air at roughly 3-7,000 feet. Updrafts that normally would grow into strong storms are suppressed by the CAP. All that potential energy goes unrealized or storms form later when the CAP breaks well after sunset. By then, instability is more manageable, especially towards the edge of the CAP, where there is enough cooling aloft for storms to make a breakthrough.

As I write this, the CAP has shown minimal signs of breaking in Minnesota or NE Iowa. On the outside chance storms do fire there, they are expected to charge SE during the late night. With the CAPE (instability) aligned N/NW to S/SE, any convection that forms should feed on it and travel the edge of it, giving my counties near and west of the Mississippi the best chance of seeing development. This now appears unlikely and despite an enhanced risk of severe weather in my NE counties overnight, current trends indicate most areas staying dry with a warm, sticky start to Tuesday.

That leads us into the remainder of the day and additional storm chances. Following any stray morning storms, abundant sunshine will allow strong heating. Highs should range from near 90 north to the mid 90s far south. The HRRR is even more aggressive and can't be fully discounted based on highs Monday in the upper 90s in SC and SE Iowa. It shows highs around 100 in Burlington

With dew points progged in the 70-75 degree range, it will be very uncomfortable.

In fact, the HRR shows heat index values of 100 to 106 over the region from north to south. That may be on the high side, but it's not out of the question if the front holds up north of I-80. It's possible the NWS could issue heat headlines in the south half of the area.

Once again, all this heat and humidity translates to raw energy and potential instability Tuesday afternoon. The HRRR manifests that in CAPE values over 4,000 j/kg. along I-80.

With a boundary encroaching on that towards evening, most models indicate enough forcing to allow the CAP to break and storms to fire that time. Where that occurs is low confidence, but the southern half (near and to the south of I-80 is favored.) SPC has a level 2 slight risk in effect for the potential of strong storms later Tuesday. Strong winds would be the primary risk. Again, placement of storms is highly contingent on how mesoscale factors come into play base on overnight events.

Additionally, PWATs (available water vapor) are nearing 2.5 inches, which ensures intense downpours where storms can fire. An inch or two of rain could fall in less than an hour. It looks as though the northern third of my area may avoid most of the storms, but from roughly I-80 south, the day could end with a bang. No matter how you slice it, Tuesday will be a high impact weather day with heat, humidity, and the threat of strong storms.

Wednesday and Thursday will be dry days, with temperatures declining and humidity falling, especially Thursday. Highs Wednesday will cool back to the low to mid 80s and Thursday upper 70s north to low 80s south seems reasonable. The next chance of rain is back with us Friday.

Should be an interesting day ahead. Until next time, roll weather...TS


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