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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TOPEKA KS
452 AM CDT Thu Sep 18 2014

.SHORT TERM...(Today and Tonight)
Issued at 426 AM CDT THU SEP 18 2014

A complex weather scenario has taken place this morning ranging from
severe hail to very dense fog. The elevated thunderstorms have
developed along a mid level baroclinic zone/moisture gradient across
the southwest portions of the forecast area. Isentropic lift and
possibly a weak shortwave has been the driving force behind this
convection. Latest radar trends as well as high res models have
suggested the complex of thunderstorms will continue to drift
southeastward this morning. The NAM shows that isentropic lift will
persist through late morning over southern portions of the forecast
area. Additional isolated showers and thunderstorm are still
possible therefore have kept slight chances in those areas through
the morning hours. Instability should decrease with time but can not
completely rule out a few strong storms. It appears most of the
dense fog has improved as mid level clouds over spread the area.
This widespread fog is forecast to mix out later morning. Lingering
low level moisture trapped within the inversion in the form of low
stratus in Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, and Douglas counties will
also continue through late morning. Mid level clouds last most of
the day with highs in the 70s. There is another slight chance for
elevated showers and thunderstorms later tonight across far eastern
KS although do not expect any severe weather with these storms.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 426 AM CDT THU SEP 18 2014

Friday and Friday night, An upper level ridge will move east across
the plains. Expect mostly sunny skies on Friday with increasing
clouds Friday night. Highs on Friday will reach the mid to upper 80s.

The latest run of all the numerical models are now showing the
remnants of Odile remaining south of the state of KS across the TX
PNHDL and into OK.

Saturday and Saturday night, an upper level trough will amplify as
it moves east across the northern and central plains on Saturday. A
cold front will push through the CWA Saturday afternoon and evening.
Deeper gulf moisture will be in place as the front pushes southward
across the CWA Saturday afternoon. Scattered showers and
thunderstorms are expected to develop as surface convergence
increases ahead of the front and ascent increases ahead of the H5
trough. The scattered showers and thunderstorms will eventually push
south of the CWA as a surface ridge of high pressure builds
southward on the back side of the departing H5 trough. It no longer
looks as if there will be widespread heavy rainfall Saturday or
Saturday night. Though, some of the thunderstorms Saturday afternoon
and evening may produce localize brief heavy rainfall.

Sunday, There may be a few morning showers south of I-35 but skies
should clear from northwest to southeast across the CWA. Highs
Sunday will be slightly cooler with highs in the upper 70s to lower
80s.

Monday through Tuesday, The center of a surface ridge of high
pressure will move southward across eastern KS. Highs will continue
to cool into the mid 70s.

Tuesday Night and Wednesday, The broad surface ridge of high
pressure will shift east into the OH river valley. Southerly low
level winds will allow for deeper moisture to be advected northward
across the central plains. The resulting WAA/isentropic lift may
cause some showers and isolated thunderstorms to develop late
Tuesday night into Wednesday. The cloud cover and rain chances may
keep Wednesday cooler, with highs only reaching the lower to mid
70s.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFs through 06Z Thursday Night)
Issued at 1158 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

Fog has quickly developed at TOP/FOE, with more gradual vis
restrictions building into MHK. Expect the LIFR vis to be dominant
through 14Z at TOP/FOE, although it may fluctuate between 06Z and
09Z as mid clouds move overhead. These clouds should clear out
though with the fog persisting. MHK will be more heavily
influenced by the mid cloud cover, and do not expect such low vis
at MHK for this reason...although a period of IFR seems likely
around sunrise. Vis will improve after 14Z but expect broken
ceilings to remain through much of the morning, with cigs rising
from IFR to MVFR before scattering out.

&&

.TOP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Sanders
LONG TERM...Gargan
AVIATION...Barjenbruch






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