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FXUS63 KEAX 170502

National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
1202 AM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017

Issued at 303 PM CDT WED AUG 16 2017

Main concern this afternoon involves new convective development
as long awaited surface cold front begins moving through the area.
In contrast to yesterday, confidence is increasing that severe
weather will develop in the coming hours as enough clearing has
occurred to result in moderate destabilization across the lwr
Missouri Vly. Expect this trend to continue this afternoon and
early evening as remnant elevated mixed layer plume as noted by
warm brightness temperatures on GOES-16 7.34 micron water vapor
imagery (see also the 12z Amarillo, TX sounding) continues to
advect northeast with time. Deep-layer shear will continue to
increase this afternoon as midlevel speed max associated with main
trough axis across the Central Plains also moves east with time.
BUFKIT soundings from across the area show largely a
unidirectional wind profile, with 0-6 km bulk shear values on the
order of 35-40 kts. Considering this, along with the ample amounts
of buoyancy that appear present, initial development in the form
of discrete cells to the west of the KC Metro will support both a
large hail and strong wind threat, with activity migrating more
towards a linear configuration in response to deep layer shear
values remaining largely parallel to the incoming cold frontal
boundary. Across southern portions of the fcst area, an isolated
tornado threat will also be possible in response to increased
helicity near a lingering outflow boundary from this morning`s
convection. Overall however, this threat appears most likely well
south of the KC Metro, and in reality more likely down in SGF`s
area. In addition, we did have some pretty efficient rainfall
across the area this morning with reports and MRMS storm total
estimates suggesting over 2.5" fell across the northeastern Metro,
specially over Clay County. Prevailing thought is that this
afternoon/evening`s activity should be progressive enough to limit
a widespread flash flood threat, but trends will have to be
monitored for areas that did receive decent rainfall this morning.

Precip to quickly come to an end after the 06z time frame from
west to east as drier air moves back into the area. This will set
the stage for slightly cooler temps tomorrow and the return of dry
conditions which should continue through much of Friday. Fcst
guidance continues to show redeveloping precip early Saturday
morning as a secondary wave of energy sweeps a boundary south
across our area during the predawn hours. As a result, morning
shwrs/storms appear possible and current chance pops appear
reasonable. Beyond this, fcst becomes less uncertain as we head
into next week as zonal flow returns to the central U.S. and a
series of shortwaves impact the lwr Missouri Vly. Obviously this
leads to some concern over Monday`s solar eclipse and additional
details are provided below. Beyond this, unsettled weather looks
to persist through midweek as a boundary stalls south of the area.


.Aviation...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday Night)
Issued at 1136 PM CDT WED AUG 16 2017

Mid-level cloud cover will gradually dissipate during the
overnight hours and continue to thin out heading into Thursday in
the wake of a passing cold front. IFR to MVFR fog is expected to
persist at KSTJ, though a drier air mass advecting into the area
may lead to some improvement prior to sunrise. Otherwise, NW
surface winds will develop behind the frontal boundary Thursday
afternoon with clearing sky conditions expected through the end of
the forecast period.




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