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FXUS63 KOAX 272304

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
604 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Thursday)
Issued at 317 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017

Lucky people in northeast NE are getting glimpses of the sun, while
the rest of us remain socked in under stratus. Subjective 12Z upper-
air analysis indicates an upper-level trough over MO/AR toward
Arklatex, with another trough upstream over CA/NV toward the Pacific
Northwest. Pattern is overall rather weak and wavy, with several
shortwave ripples and lacking an upper-level jet stronger than
100kt. The 850mb low was centered in eastern KS/northwest MO, with
0C+ dewpoints wrapped around from the Great Lakes toward
central/western NE and western CO.  Little cold air was noted behind
the low, with a thermal ridge in the western US.  Surface low at 19Z
was centered in southern MO/northern AR, with lee troughing already
developing and with surface ridge axis from MN into eastern
NE/eastern KS.

Main forecast concerns are what locations may see the sky and for
how long, followed by a return of rain on Tuesday night. Clouds have
eroded from SD into northeast NE, while stratus are hanging on from
KLCG to KOLU and east/south.  As surface winds veer to more
easterly, along with loss of daylight, it`ll be hard to erode that
cloud deck much further. Expect that the clouds will back into the
area this evening, as supported by low-level RH progs among model
solutions. Have kept us locked in stratus particularly in the
eastern to southern CWA, with some break in the northeast to east
central CWA before clouds re-invade. Could see some erosion also in
the northern to northwestern CWA on Tuesday during the day, but
moisture fetch does not support erosion in the same eastern to
southern CWA area.

Upper low is progged to roll across the southern Plains on Wednesday
and Thursday, bringing increasing rain chances. With low so far
south, the instability also should remain south of the CWA, and have
continued to keep thunder out of the forecast.  Forecast indicates
little temperature change from lows to highs Tuesday night through
Wednesday, which is reasonable given clouds and rain.  Given slow-
moving nature of low, many areas could see over an inch of much-
needed rain from Tuesday night through Thursday.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Monday)
Issued at 317 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017

After that next round of rain and continued clouds, respite arrives
Thursday night and Friday with at least a break in rain chances.
Optimistically, could see clouds break, too ... but then again, with
northeast to easterly low-level winds and a fair amount of low-level
moisture, hesitate to get too optimistic.  The active upper-level
pattern reloads for Saturday and Sunday, but as one would expect,
model differences on the track of the weekend low present a wider
envelope and thus lower confidence in details such as thunder
potential and precipitation extent. Still do think airmass will be
too warm for rain, though on the cool side as long as we remain on
the north side of the ejecting trough/low.  Another break behind the
low should provide respite again on Monday.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Tuesday evening)
Issued at 605 PM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017

Clouds scattered out at KOFK and KLNK but they should fill back in
with MVFR conditions tonight. KOMA will likely remain in MVFR
ceilings through the period. Did include some mention of fog with
visibility around 4 miles at KLNK and KOMA toward sunrise.




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