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FXUS63 KEAX 181146

National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
646 AM CDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Issued at 326 AM CDT MON SEP 18 2017

Southeasterly flow at the surface this morning helping advect some
moist air into the area, ahead of a shortwave trough, which will
push through the area today. PWAT values are rather high - in the
1.50 to 2.00 inch range - due to a connection to the EPAC and
tropical storm Norma. These high PWAT values will make any rain
today rather efficient in its accumulation production. Widespread
rain should move into the area from the west, perhaps as early as
15z, but more likely toward the 18z to 21z time period. NAM
indicates that the trough axis will likely reach the MO/KS border
around 18z to 21z, which will likely bring the period of heaviest
rain to eastern Kansas and western Missouri. Given the high PWAT
values, decent mid level support for ascent expect perhaps some
areas of 1+ inch amounts. As the trough progresses toward the
north and east expect the chances for rain to increase toward the
north and east with its progression. Given the early arrival of
the trough and cloudy conditions instability will likely be
limited, thus the concern for severe storms will be minimal. That
being said, should there be any clearings ahead of the trough,
perhaps east of KC toward central Missouri, it could lead to some
stronger updrafts, and perhaps an isolated strong storm or two,
capable of producing small hail and gusty winds.

Despite the broad trough to the west, and the southwest flow
aloft, there does not appear to be much in the way of appreciable
chance for rain through the mid week. Models have since backed off
a bit on the eastward spread of the large trough and it`s ascent,
so the bulk of the forecast area will likely remain under low flow
at the mid levels and perhaps even some shortwave ridging between
the tropical system off the Atlantic coast and the large upper
trough over the NE CONUS. Should the trough make a little progress
eastward and break down the ridge more than models anticipate
there could be a few chances for rain this week, but for now will
go with a predominantly dry forecast through the week. In the
meantime, expect temperatures to be on the warm side, with highs
in the middle to upper 80s, as the area remains under the
localized ridging. Higher chances for rain appear toward the
weekend or early next week as a cold front pushes into the area.


.Aviation...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Tuesday Morning)
Issued at 644 AM CDT MON SEP 18 2017

Patchy fog and low ceilings will bring periods of IFR conditions
on Monday morning. Expect some gradual improvement through the
morning hours, but showers and a few thunderstorms will move
through Monday late morning through the afternoon. Heavier pockets
of rain could bring reduced visibility. Could see VFR conditions
after the rain departs. There will be a possibility for more fog
and low ceilings late in the forecast period (likely around 12z
Tuesday). Will assess that period on a later issuance.




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