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000 FXUS63 KOAX 262027 AFDOAX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE 327 PM CDT TUE JUL 26 2016 .SHORT TERM...
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(tonight through Friday) Issued at 326 PM CDT Tue Jul 26 2016 High pressure is still dominating the area, with quiet and mild to seasonable temperatures. Subjective 12Z upper air analysis indicates mainly zonal flow across the northern tier of the US, with a few weak embedded shortwaves, including one in MT and another from MN through IA/MO. Weak upper-level flow was noted, with upper-level jet well north into Canada toward New England. At 850mb, a dry air intrusion was noted from MN into the mid- to lower MO River valley, with moisture returning through KS toward the High Plains of NE/SD/ND. Surface high at 19z was centered in eastern IA, with return flow finally sneaking into central to northeast NE. Main forecast concern is shower/thunderstorm potential tonight through Friday. Thunderstorms are ongoing in SD, and RAP/HRRR have some of the better current handling of the storms in both their coverage and their weakening trend. Meanwhile, storms also are developing from the Black Hills to the foothills. The more westerly batch of convection is the one associated with the shortwave analyzed in MT at 12Z and is more likely to impact our area tonight. Still seems like precipitation will hold off until after 06Z and may struggle to move into the drier air over eastern NE/western IA. Have limited the southward extent of precip mention tonight and really focused mention on northeast NE into Wednesday morning. There may be something of a lull in activity for most of the area on Wednesday as a weak front moves into the area, with convective development in eastern NE/western IA on Wednesday afternoon and expansion through the evening. Have tightened coverage of higher POPs through the afternoon and evening, particularly to clear the northwestern CWA more quickly and to delay onset in the southeastern CWA until evening. Think the marginal severe weather outlook from SPC is about right, with weak shear and some instability, but with a front becoming increasingly baroclinic through the evening and perhaps providing some focus for storms. Most models are now on the drier side on Thursday, with stabilized air and high pressure moving in behind the front. Have reduced POPs and also cooled temperatures a touch. Confidence remains quite low for Friday, with some signals for precipitation but not much in the way of focus, other than the presence of northwesterly flow and the tendency for periodic shortwaves. Have kept a mention on Friday for now, again with temperatures on the cooler side. .LONG TERM...(Friday night through Tuesday) Issued at 326 PM CDT Tue Jul 26 2016 Northwesterly flow continues into Saturday, before rising 500mb heights and a building ridge over the central US send the "ring of fire" northward. Held onto slight chance pops in at least some part of the CWA into Saturday, with lingering slight chances in the southern CWA into Sunday. Temperatures will moderate through the period, and by Monday and Tuesday, will again reach the 90s with increasing humidity, pushing heat indices toward the 100s.
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&& .AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Wednesday afternoon) Issued at 1218 PM CDT Tue Jul 26 2016 VFR conditions through the TAF period. Thunderstorms may develop at KOFK by 07-12z, but not confident enough to mention at KLNK/KOMA since they may not hold together. && .OAX Watches/Warnings/Advisories... NE...None. IA...None. && $$ SHORT TERM...Mayes LONG TERM...Mayes AVIATION...DeWald is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.