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FXUS63 KOAX 132009

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
309 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Wednesday)
Issued at 307 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Thunderstorm chances will reach most of the area through Monday,
with a generally active period for most of the upcoming week.
Subjective 12Z upper-air analysis indicates a compact upper-level
low centered in southeast ND and dropping southeastward toward
eastern SD/western MN. A broader upper-level trough was noted in
western Canada, with weak ridge between over MT/ID toward the UT-NV
border. Stronger upper-level jet streak was noted along the
Northeast coast, with a weaker 75kt jet over KOMA. A small 850mb low
was noted in southeast ND, associated with the upper low, with 12C+
dewpoints edging into western to central NE. Surface low at 19Z was
centered in central MT, with secondary lows in central WY and
northeast NM, and a boundary was noted from southwest to northeast
NE and into southeast SD.

Main forecast concern is convective potential tonight, with
showers/storms lingering into and/or redeveloping on Monday, and
convective potential again on Tuesday. Instability axis at 19Z was
noted in central NE, with rapid dropoff in instability near the MO
River in NE, as MLCAPE was around 3000 and largely uncapped.
Thunderstorms should develop in the next few hours from central NE
toward southeast SD, with convection dropping southeast through the
evening/night. Latest high-res guidance suggests isolated supercells
developing in southeast SD and in central NE, with CWA in between
and left out until weaker but more scattered storms develop later
this evening. Supercells would carry a severe weather potential as
deep-layer shear tops 40-45kt, with large hail and damaging wind
gusts the main threat.  Thunderstorm development later this evening
and tonight would be on the nose of the low-level jet in northeast
NE to northwest IA, with potential storms dropping southeast through
the CWA tonight into Monday morning.

Evolution on Monday is a little murkier, given the potential for
remnant storms, convective debris, remant boundaries as well as
mesoscale boundaries, and rising 500mb heights with the approach of
the upper-level shortwave ridge.  With lower confidence on where any
potential afternoon storms could develop, a more widespread slight-
chance POP seems warranted.  As the ridge passes on Monday night and
Tuesday, with a trough behind it, a surface low will develop in
eastern CO by Tuesday afternoon, with a trough axis extending
northeastward through central to northeast NE and into southeast SD.
This region should be a focus for afternoon thunderstorm development
as MLCAPE tops 3000-3500 J/kg. Deep-layer shear may be weaker with
this system, but instability should be abundant, along with
supportive synoptic features. Thus, expect fairly widespread
thunderstorm development by Tuesday evening, rolling across eastern
NE to western IA Tuesday evening and overnight and into Wednesday
morning. The frontal forcing feels favorable for cold pool
development behind the convection, like it would be more of a wind
risk, but at day 3, details are still subject to quite a bit of
clarification.  In wake of morning convection, do think that the
airmass will be stabilized enough for the rest of Wednesday to be
fairly quiet.

Temperatures should return to readings closer to normal, but they
will be affected quite a bit by convective debris or lingering
showers (or periods of significant clearing and warming) on any
given day.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Sunday)
Issued at 307 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Believe quiet weather will continue Wednesday night into Thursday as
mid-level ridging and surface high pressure moves across the MO
River valley in wake of the Tuesday night system. Return flow could
allow shower/storm development by Thursday night into Friday, with a
wet pattern returning through Sunday as an upper-level trough again
traverses the northern Plains and encounters a more unstable/moist
airmass. As with earlier in the week, temperatures should be largely
closer to normal but could deviate on some days if there is
interference from clouds/showers or persistence of clearing/mixing
beyond current forecast expectations.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon)
Issued at 1227 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Main concern is possible TSRA later tonight. All this ahead of a weak
frontal boundary dropping out of SD and into nern Neb sometime toward
midnight. Activity is expected to increase in areal coverage as
it pushes southward overnight...moving into KOFK around 04Z...and
KOMA/KNLK around 06Z. Activity should be clear of all TAF sites by
12Z Monday morning.




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