Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KTOP 070525

1225 AM CDT Thu May 7 2015

...Update to aviation forecast discussion...

.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Thursday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT WED MAY 6 2015

Shortwave trough seen in water vapor imagery across western KS has
helped with widespread shower/thunderstorm development over
northwest and north central KS.  Per SPC, low-level shear very
strong across western parts of our area while 0-6 km bulk shear not
extremely impressive. This could result in heavy precip supercells
across north central KS this afternoon/evening with all types of
severe weather.  Models indicate the potential for training of
activity in north central KS this evening and some potential for

Even in the short term of tonight and tomorrow, little consistency
among models in timing of heavier precip farther east and when
chances decrease.  If NAM was right late tonight and much of
Thursday would be relatively rain free across forecast area in
shortwave ridging, while other short range models have more
significant chances for precip throughout that period as weak,
difficult to resolve disturbances move through the southwest flow
aloft.  Hard to be too definite with this so have generally gone 30
to 50 percent POPS for late tonight through Thursday.

Will need to monitor movement and persistence of any significant
precip areas given the saturated soil across portions of eastern

.LONG TERM...(Thursday Night through Wednesday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT WED MAY 6 2015

Forecast focus on excessive rains and flooding and severe weather
threat through the weekend.

Will use a blend of GFS/ECWMF for the weekend system since the NAM
is the outlier much slower and further south than the latest GFS
and EC.

For the Thu night into Fri night time frame...a front will remain
draped across the area with continued SW flow aloft and weak waves
expected to support continued convection across much of the area.
Cannot rule out severe storms given continued 6KM shear and
instability THU night into FRI night and the flooding risk may
also increase as repeated bouts of heavy rains will saturate more
of the area and begin to cause rises on area mainstem rivers. The
greatest severe risk still appears to be later Saturday as a major
upper low ejects into the Plains. 12Z GFS is the fastest and
further north of the models while the EC is a bit slower and
further SW with the sfc low. Either way this promises to bring a
widespread bout of severe weather to the region and potentially to
the CWA Saturday evening into Saturday night. Worst case scenario
also keeps the eastern half of the area in the warm sector for
Sunday with another round of severe storms possible albeit
confidence in timing of the entire system is low/medium at this point.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFs through 06Z Thursday Night)
Issued at 1219 AM CDT THU MAY 7 2015

Main change to the new forecast was changing the thunderstorms
from the TAFs early this morning to VCTS. Current trends and
mesoscale models suggest much less thunderstorm coverage that
perviously thought. Continued strong southeast surface winds with
VFRcigs. Thunderstorm chances increase this evening, but left out
of TAFS due to uncertainty in timing details, etc.




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