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  1. The pseudo dryline greatly narrowed the risk zone on this side of the lake. Plus the core of 500 mb cold pool lagged enough to limit lapse rates and destabilization east of the dryline. Only had low-mid 60s temps with near/around 50 Td over northeast IL and far NW IN, which yielded 200-300 j/kg MLCAPE. Needed the 500 mb cold pool to lag less and/or temps around 70 to boost MLCAPE and get it done, as the instability we had wasn't enough to balance out the 40-45 kts of effective bulk shear.
  2. Synoptically it's definitely a good setup. I noticed the more meridional flow pattern aloft resulting in the backing you noted. That looks most problematic over Iowa due to the closed off mid-upper low. There will likely be very good sfc-700 mb veering, which may be enough to get it done despite the backing aloft unless/until things get too messy. Wind profiles are better with south and eastward extent but then the lapse rates are forecast to be pretty weak during the day on Tuesday. Certainly possible the GFS is overdone with elevated convection near and north of the front, but it does make sense conceptually to have some. I think it's pretty likely the warm front will get hung up a bit farther south in the LOT CWA until the late afternoon and evening. Haven't looked at latest guidance today because I'm on midnight shifts. Last night I was most concerned locally about Tuesday night when the lapse rates improve and strong forcing arrives while the stout southerly low level flow does work in offsetting nocturnal stabilization.
  3. When April 2019 started off better, felt optimistic, and then had incessant precip the 2nd half plus of that month including the two big snow events. The genuinely nice Aprils are rare around here, but the truly awful ones like 2014 and 2018 definitely stand out. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
  4. Today locally is what every day was like in April 2018. Glad we don't have a cold pattern locking in.
  5. Re. the SPC outlooks yesterday, took a hindsight look at yesterday's 12z HREF plus the Nadocast Twitter feed. A good case can be made that SPC should have issued a 10% hatched tor in the general vicinity of the area affected by strong tornadoes, by the 1630z or 20z update. Plenty of boxes were checked environment wise in the HREF mean fields, plus some of the neighborhood and paintball UH probs. The 24-hour STP based calibrated tornado probs had a spot of 10% right near one of the strong tornado tracks. Since they had a slight with 5% tornado probs, it wasn't an egregiously underdone forecast. 8/24/16 is a much better example of that when doing hindsight assessment of the day's SPC mesoanalysis fields. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
  6. NAM'med, as they say. If I had the power to get two changes in NCEP modeling done tomorrow, I'd discontinue the NAM and only have 24 hours of publicly available CAM data (and RAP data).
  7. Had quarter sized hail here in southeast/south central Naperville. Lots of smaller hail with several stones around to just under under quarter size.
  8. Doing a deeper dive at the office now using ECMWF ERA5 reanalysis maps to look at antecedent conditions prior to some notable cool season events. This one definitely has questionable moisture with Gulf currently scoured out. 2017 not a bad comp w.r.t. Td over the GoM within this range of the event, though it had a better sfc pattern for more rapid moisture advection with the primary CO low a good deal stronger and a much stronger surface high (1035 mb) off the east coast. Some other notable cool season events, November 17th, March 15, 2016, March 27, 1991 to name a few, had much better source region moisture present. What Tuesday does have is exceptionally steep mid-level lapse rates as you mentioned with cold -15 to -20 C h5 temps. Seeing how February 8th performed with relatively questionable moisture quality, the cold mid-level temps/steep mid-level LRs could help compensate for the potentially middling moisture quality. We're concerned here that if the sun breaks out at all on Tuesday, Td could mix out substantially especially with northward extent. Perhaps a narrow zone near the warm frontal zone is best bet where you can pool the moisture with a longer residence time and pump up the 3CAPE to the 50+ threshold. Still thinking southern LOT CWA and points south with this in mind.
  9. 00z Euro if anything upped the ante a bit, assuming we can trust its dew points. Liking the south third of LOT and points south where the near or over 50 J/kg 0-3 km CAPE is progged. Also of note, the Bunkers right moving vectors are less crazy than you'd think they'd be for a cold season setup, so anything prior to sunset should be chaseable without having to speed as much.
  10. Had SN/borderline +SN in Naperville earlier this evening with large flakes. This is more reminiscent of a late March or early April event than late February. Edit: Measured an average of 1.2" on flat surfaces here at around 8:30pm. With a heavier band overhead now, may take one more measurement.
  11. I guess a better way to put it is that it was a noteworthy turnaround, but relative to the all out torch the year before, plus the fact the month still finished at normal, made it stand out less. Certainly not unusual to have widely varying conditions throughout the month of February in a typical winter. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
  12. Unremarkable locally with 3 days in the 60s and 4 days in the 50s, but enough to wipe out the negative anomalies from the cold and snowy first half of the month. The warmth was more extreme east of here. Sent from my SM-G998U using Tapatalk
  13. Definitely doesn't look as warm going by dprog/DT
  14. Late February 2017. It was the 3rd warmest February on record for Chicago. 1998, a super Niño, is second warmest.
  15. Just surprised at how things turned so strongly away from more sustained blocking and many other LR forecasters much more well versed than me were banking on that. So the pattern did change, but only short-lived and it was completely luck driven to get in on the swaths of snow with the few clippers after the initial southern stream system got suppressed south. It shows again that strong Niños are a losing battle. Plus I think the past few winters the eastern US has been prone to these ridge amplifications apparently related to the anomalous ocean and air mass warmth in the western Pacific (maybe some CC linkage there). The warmth to end the month and start March does certainly look higher end and may have some threat for severe wx but guessing we don't get into a March 2012-lite situation. While the weekly guidance has certainly been unreliable, the recent stratospheric warming would tend to support the return of more blocky regime they've been showing toward or during mid March, right when most won't want it of course. As far as Chicago getting any measurable snow on the board for February, it seems unlikely but the only potential window would be a well timed wave while the cold air is around next weekend.
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