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000 FXUS63 KOAX 271127 AFDOAX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE 627 AM CDT FRI MAY 27 2016 .SHORT TERM...(today through Sunday) Issued at 350 AM CDT Fri May 27 2016 Will go ahead and cancel the flash flood watch that was scheduled to expire at 12z. Some streams in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa have seen flooding...but it does not appear that widespread high rainfall amounts will occur this morning. The main forecast concerns will be in regards to thunderstorm chances...potential severe storms and rain amounts through Saturday. Large scale pattern features a mid tropospheric trough from Manitoba down into the four corners region. Water vapor imagery early this morning showed one closed low over eastern Colorado and another in northern North Dakota. Highest precipitable water values and 850 mb dewpoints (10-17 degrees C) were down across Kansas and Missouri. Surface analysis was fairly complex due to outflow from numerous thunderstorm complexes earlier in the night...but primary low was over northwest Oklahoma. A weak front seemed to extend from another low in northern South Dakota to western Kansas and then down to the low in Oklahoma. Dewpoints in our area were in the mid 50s to lower 60s. Storm chances will linger into Saturday evening...then we may get a dry period from later Saturday night into Sunday morning. Timing of this will be tied to the progression of the Colorado closed low lifting up toward Minnesota by midnight Saturday night. By that time...a shortwave trough will be over southern California with a stronger trough moving toward the Pacific Northwest. Today...overall coverage of showers and storms should be fairly low with main complex near the Kansas/Missouri border as of 0835z. Some recent runs of the high resolution convection allowing models...including the experimental HRRR...develop storms again by late this afternoon over southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. If confidence of that happening...with heavy rain....increases then we may need a new flash flood watch for that area. Day 1 SPC outlook seems fine with better parameters for organized severe storms mostly to our southwest. .LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday) Issued at 350 AM CDT Fri May 27 2016 Pattern then turns active again early next week as 500 mb trough moves toward our area. The GFS and ECMWF are in fair agreement... showing a closed low forming in the northern plains. But the ECMWF is more progressive...and prefer a solution closer to a blend. At least for now it seems that rain chances will be lower in the later part of the week. && .AVIATION...(12Z TAFS for KOMA...KLNK...KOFK through 12Z Saturday) Issued at 625 AM CDT Fri May 27 2016 Mainly VFR conditions are expected today with a few IFR cigs floating around this morning. Think these IFR cigs should diminish through time early this morning giving way to all VFR. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast to move into the TAF sites later this afternoon and continue into the evening. Confidence is fairly low in timing and coverage so did continue with a PROB30. && .OAX Watches/Warnings/Advisories... NE...None. IA...None. && $$ SHORT TERM...Miller LONG TERM...Miller AVIATION...Kern is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.