Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS63 KOAX 201722 AFDOAX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE 1222 PM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017 .SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday) Issued at 303 AM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017 ...Excessive Heat Continues Through Friday... Existing forecast remains in good shape with only minor tweaks here and there. Convection from earlier storms has significantly diminished in our area, with best coverage now across north central NE. The frontal boundary associated with that convection remains in place today, placing most of the forecast area in the warm sector today with another day of very hot and oppressive conditions. Highs today will likely be a couple of degrees warmer than yesterday, from 95-101 along and south of the front. There will be some morning cirrus from the convection to our northwest, but this should thin through the day. Like yesterday, models are likely underdoing the dewpoints this afternoon, thus have continued to trend forecast a little higher, due in large part to peak evapotranspiration occuring from the mature midwest corn crop. These conditions yield another day with afternoon heat indices 103-115. The stalled frontal boundary will be a focus for thunderstorm development this evening and overnight as a weak impulse, currently noted on water vapor imagery across the central Rockies, moves onto the Plains. Will have a small chance of thunderstorms north of I80 tonight. Given the heat and instability, a marginal risk of storms will exist. Should be another muggy night with lows in the mid to upper 70s. If there is any nighttime convection along the front, it may dissipate by daybreak Friday. Also important to note that the ECMWF generally keeps any convection north of the area tonight as well. The GFS hints at spotty convection in the warm sector on Friday, but this seems overdone, given the strong cap in place across the Midwest. Friday should be the hottest day as H85 temps remain quite warm. Again, the afternoon model dewpoints may be slightly low, thus trended a little higher as we have done the last few days. This yields one more day with afternoon heat index values 103-115. The stalled front does remain in the vicinity of northeast NE Friday, and this could trigger isolated afternoon thunderstorms. A better chance of storms will exist Friday night, generally along/north of I80, as another upper impulse moves out of the Rockies. Any convection that develops Friday night will probably dissipate by daybreak Saturday. Meanwhile the stalled front near I80 Saturday morning should continue to drift slowly south in response to a fairly strong low moving through southern Canada. While the initial air behind the front is not that cool, it is enough to drop the humidity just a bit to be below heat advisory criteria, except for extreme southeast NE where the heat warning may need to be extended. There is a small chance of storms along the front south of I80 for Saturday afternoon. .LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Wednesday) Issued at 303 AM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017 There remains a small chance of thunderstorms south of I80 Saturday night along the front, then dry for Sunday and Monday. More importantly, temps and humidity return to near normal with more typical summertime values in the upper 80s, with much more comfortable dewpoints in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Tuesday and Wednesday may be slightly warmer, upper 80s to near 90s, with mostly dry conditions, although model blends generate sporadic spotty slight chance of precip, but confidence is pretty low that far out. && .AVIATION...
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(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon) Issued at 1215 PM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017 A few isolated showers and storms could skirt by KOFK later this afternoon and evening, however confidence remains low on their occurrence, so did not mention in the TAF at this time. Otherwise, VFR conditions will prevail with relatively light southerly surface winds expected through the period. LLWS will become an issue at all sites mainly between 07Z and 13Z.
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&& .OAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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NE...Excessive Heat Warning until 8 PM CDT Friday for NEZ034-044-045- 050>053-065>068-078-088>093. Heat Advisory until 8 PM CDT Friday for NEZ015-018-030>033-042- 043. Heat Advisory from noon to 8 PM CDT Friday for NEZ011-012-016- 017. IA...Excessive Heat Warning until 8 PM CDT Friday for IAZ055-056-069- 079-080-090-091. Heat Advisory until 8 PM CDT Friday for IAZ043.
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&& $$ SHORT TERM...DeWald LONG TERM...DeWald AVIATION...KG

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