Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KEAX 252048

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
348 PM CDT THU AUG 25 2016

.Short Term...(This Evening through Saturday Night)
Issued at 255 PM CDT THU AUG 25 2016

Relatively quiet thus far early this afternoon across the forecast
area but this will change as the evening progresses. Stalled frontal
boundary is currently draped across Leavenworth County, KS through
NE MO and is expected to provide a focus for renewed convection
tonight. High effective shear values persist in the forecast area
with amounts as high as 60 kts. Instability has also been on the
increase with diurnal heating this afternoon, with the highest values
found across central Missouri, south of where the morning MCV tracked
through. Little to no cap appears to be in place for the southern
portions of the forecast area, where locations reside within the warm
sector. Add in copious amounts of atmospheric moisture and the setup
exists for not just strong storms to develop but for hydro concerns.
Earlier today, received a report of 0.55 inches falling within a 15
minute period so little doubt exists in the efficiency of any storms
that develop. Limiting factor on the severe threat is the meager to
marginal lapse rates across the area. Any stronger storm that does
develop will have the potential to not only contain heavy rainfall,
but gusty to perhaps damaging winds, although the wind threat appears
to be less this evening as compared to last night. Additionally,
flash flood guidance has lowered given the rain that has fallen
across much of the forecast area. With the boundary lingering in the
KC metro area, the lowered FF guidance, the high PWATs, and the
inherently prone issues the metro faces in a heavy rain event, felt
it prudent to issue a FF watch for the metro and counties south and

As well-advertised by this point, the region remains locked in an
unsettled pattern into next week. Despite the aforementioned boundary
still forecast to wash out tomorrow, the forecast area will linger on
the periphery of an upper ridge centered near the Mid-Atlantic
states. Surface easterly flow tomorrow looks to transition into
southerly flow by the weekend with southwesterly flow aloft
persisting, pulling in a constant stream of moisture. Therefore,
precip chances are in the forecast well into the weekend, although a
complete washout isn`t expected. Even in the short-term, it`s
challenging to rely too much on direct model input given how widely
varied they are as they struggle to resolve some of the finer
mesoscale details, such as lingering boundaries. Not much to discuss
with respect to the temperatures as they`ll remain near normal for
this time of year into the upcoming weekend.

.Long Term...(Sunday through Thursday)
Issued at 255 PM CDT THU AUG 25 2016

The upper pattern will begin to flatten as the Northern Plains
trough exits the area late into the weekend. Split upper flow with a
southern jet max progged over central Iowa and northern Missouri
will still permit upper level support for continued showers and
thunderstorms into the early to mid work week. This will further be
supported by persistent southerly moist flow at the surface through
the end of the forecast period. By the mid week, a deepening trough
over the Pacific Northwest will build a broad upper ridge across the
central CONUS. This will begin a warming trend by the end of the
forecast period as warm and moist southerly surface flow remains
firmly in place.


.Aviation...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday Afternoon)
Issued at 1231 PM CDT THU AUG 25 2016

Challenging forecast in store for most of the terminals as the
stalled frontal boundary currently draped across the KC metro area is
what the primary focus will be for storm potential later this
afternoon into this evening. If the boundary slides further south,
then MCI and perhaps MKC may be clear of too much thunderstorm
activity, but if the boundary hardly moves, storms could develop as
early as the late afternoon to early evening hours. Of the four
terminals, IXD may have the best chance of storms and STJ appears to
have the least chance. Will monitor trends closely this afternoon and
update/amend as necessary.

Later tonight into the overnight period, presuming ongoing storms
aren`t directly impacting the terminals, lowered ceilings and/or
visbys are likely given the light winds anticipated in addition to
the abundant moisture readily available. At least partial clearing of
any LL cloud decks and/or fog is expected shortly after sunrise
Friday morning.


.EAX Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
KS...Flash Flood Watch from 7 PM CDT this evening through Friday
     morning for KSZ057-060-103>105.

MO...Flash Flood Watch from 7 PM CDT this evening through Friday
     morning for MOZ028>030-037-038-043-044-053-054.



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Long Term...Welsh
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