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FXUS63 KOAX 300323

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
1023 PM CDT MON AUG 29 2016

Issued at 1005 PM CDT MON AUG 29 2016

A north to south area of heavy rain fell across parts of the
forecast area this evening. Reports of 1.5 inches in Lincoln,
almost 2 inches near Chalco, another 1.31 inches at Kennard, and 1
to 3 inches were estimated per dual pol across parts of
Pottawattamie Co. Additional storms continue to develop as
shortwave trough energy slowly moves across Kansas and Nebraska
the rest of tonight and Tuesday. The moisture plume with 1.88
inches of PWAT on the 00Z OAX sounding remains in place and
gradually is pushed south later Wednesday. Upper level divergence
remains in place and h5 moisture increases with 80 to 90 percent
rh over a broad area through Tuesday. The low level forcing signal
is weaker, thus more difficult to define threat area and have a
general flash flood risk.  Expanded the flash flood watch to
included areas that received locally heavy rains again tonight and
will be prone to flash flood should these highly efficient storms
develop as the h5 trough slowly swings through Tuesday. The FFA
may need to be extended in time, however later shifts can asses


.SHORT TERM...(tonight through Thursday)
Issued at 241 PM CDT MON AUG 29 2016

Conditions are primed in some areas for additional flash flooding
tonight, primarily for those areas that received from 1 to 5
inches of rain last night in slow moving thunderstorms. Thus a
flash flood watch was issued for portions of southeast NE and
southwest IA where flash flood guidance was lowered as a result.

Environmentally, things are not that different from last night.
The atmosphere remains tropically moist being fed by a moist water
vapor plume that can be traced to the western coast of Mexico. PW
values this morning were around 1.8", which climatologically is
right at the maximum moving average for this time of year. This
moisture is also 1-2 standard deviations above normal based on
NAEFS climatological means, thus we have a lot of water to work
with. The upper low across the central Rockies will continue to
very slowly fill then lift across the plains through Tuesday. The
main westerlies are well north of the region, thus storm motions
are quite slow, only 10-15 mph at times. Due to the abundant
moisture, rainfall rates could easily reach 1-2" per hour. Storms
have begun to fire with the heat of the day with surface based
CAPE ranging 2000-3500 J/kg. Effective shear is very marginal
though, generally less than 20 knots. While freezing levels around
13300 could be conducive for hail, wet bulb zero levels are
extremely high around 12650. With the lack of higher storm scale
rotation and very marginal mid level lapse rates, hail will be a
struggle, but there does appear some wet microburst potential for
any storms that can develop a cold pool.

The wet pattern continues into Tuesday with conditions nearly
identical, but perhaps more coverage of storms as the upper trough
axis remains in place across the region, then slowly drifts south
of the area by early Wednesday. Will maintain likely Pops
along/south of I80 late tonight into Tuesday, then end precip from
north to south Wednesday morning, then go dry and mild for

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Monday)
Issued at 241 PM CDT MON AUG 29 2016

Dry conditions continue Friday with an upper ridge remaining in
place across the central US, but rain chances return for the
holiday weekend as the ridge shifts east, and a series of upper
level weather disturbances move into the area Saturday and Sunday,
along with a cold front on Labor Day.


Issued at 636 PM CDT MON AUG 29 2016

Intermittant showers and thunderstorms expected at KLNK/KOMA and
also possible at KOFK this evening with favorable deep moisture in
place/theta-e advection in the area through 06z. VFR cigs outside
of showers/thunderstorms...however with precipitation...conditions
may range from vfr to LIFR/MVFR with heavy rain reducing
visibilities. Some gusty winds possible; generally 30kts or less
in the vicinity of storms. Coverage uncertain later tonight, thus
mention vcsh/shra. Favorable stormy pattern continues Tuesdayand
again due to low confidence in coverage left as vcts


.OAX Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
NE...Flash Flood Watch through Tuesday afternoon for NEZ045-052-053-

IA...Flash Flood Watch through Tuesday afternoon for IAZ069-079-080-



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