Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Topeka, KS
FXUS63 KTOP 280454
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
National Weather Service Topeka KS
1154 PM CDT MON JUN 27 2016
...Update to aviation forecast discussion...
.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Tuesday)
Issued at 309 PM CDT MON JUN 27 2016
A broad upper level trough was located across the upper Great
Lakes and will amplify as it digs southeast across lower MI. The
upper flow will become more northwesterly and a short-wave trough
across eastern WY and will translate southeast across western NE
into central KS by the mid morning hours of Tuesday.
A weak front extend from central IA, southwest into south central
NE, then recurved northwest into the NE PNHDL. There may be enough
surface convergence ahead of the surface front across southeast NE
for isolated to scattered thunderstorms to develop late this
afternoon or early evening. The HRRR model seems to have a handle on
the thunderstorms developing across southwest IA, and shows
thunderstorms developing southwest ahead of the weak surface
boundary, and then moving southeast across much of northeast KS. If
thunderstorms manage to develop across southern NE, they will then
move southeast into the northern counties of the CWA. MLCAPE will be
around 3,000 J/kg and the 0-6 KM effective shear will be 30 KTS.
Therefore, any isolated thunderstorms late this afternoon and early
evening across the northern counties of the CWA may be strong to
severe with the primary hazard being large hail and damaging wind
gusts. If thunderstorms do develop along the weak front late this
afternoon and early evening they should weaken and dissipate through
the mid evening hours.
Tonight, The mesoscale models are showing two thunderstorm complexes
developing across the high plains of eastern CO and western NE. Most
numerical models show these thunderstorm complexes moving south-
southeast across western and central KS, remaining just west of the
CWA. However, the NMM and GFS show the northern thunderstorm complex
that develops across the western NE panhandle, moving southeast
across northwest KS into the western counties of the CWA between 12Z
and 15Z TUE. If an MCS manages to develop it may be able to maintain
itself due the sufficient MUCAPE and vertical windshear. An MCS may
bring the threat for damaging wind gusts to north central KS near
sunrise through the mid morning hours of Tuesday.
Tuesday, after the potential for morning thunderstorms across north
central KS, skies will become partly cloudy. It looks dry for the
remainder of the day. Upslope flow across the higher terrain of
northeast CO, eastern WY and the western NE panhandle will cause
scattered thunderstorms to develop and these storms will organize
into an MCS late Tuesday afternoon across the central high plains.
Highs Tuesday afternoon will reach the mid to upper 80s.
.LONG TERM...(Tuesday Night through Monday)
Issued at 309 PM CDT MON JUN 27 2016
In general, chances for precip remain in the forecast through the
extended period as models continue to show a conditionally
unstable airmass with possible pertibations within the flow.
Although confidence in storms occurring at any give time are below
normal as the forecast should be driven primarily by mesoscale
features, and thunderstorms in one period could affect the next
For Tuesday night through Thursday, the better chances for
thunderstorms looks to be Wednesday or Wednesday night as there
continues to be signs for a vort max to move through northwest
flow aloft. However there are timing differences with vort max as
well as with the location of a possible convective system among
the various solutions. Because of this, POPs where kept in the 30
to 50 percent range. Models continue to support temps a little
closer to or below normal temps with highs in the lower and mid
80s and lows in the mid 60s.
For Thursday night through the weekend, the ECMWF and GFS are
showing a little better defined cold front moving into the area
and stalling out across east central or southern KS as the
synoptic pattern becomes a little less amplified and flow aloft
becomes a little more westerly. Since there is not a big change in
airmass with the front pushing through well south of the forecast
area, potential instability remains possible with disturbances
coming off the Rockies. Therefore it is difficult to rule out
precip chances through this period as well. The reenforcement of
surface ridging should keep highs in the lower and mid 80s and
lows in the mid 60s through the weekend.
By next Monday, there are indications for shortwave ridging to
develop over the central plains and the thermal ridge to build
back in from the southwest. With no obvious forcing seen in the
models, have trended POPs into the slight chance and temps should
be warming up again with some lower 90s possible.
.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday Night)
Issued at 1153 PM CDT MON JUN 27 2016
Will continue with VFR forecast. Still appears enough wind and
cloud will keep BR/FG in check. Low probabilities of high-based
precip exist much of this forecast, too low for any inclusion.