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FXUS63 KEAX 190505

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
1205 AM CDT FRI AUG 19 2016

Issued at 333 PM CDT THU AUG 18 2016

An expansive area of surface high pressure across the southeastern
CONUS has produced areas of warm air advection as far north as
eastern Kansas and central Missouri as of Thursday afternoon. A
large CU field has also resulted in this region as depicted on
visible satellite imagery in the midst of southerly surface flow.
These will dissipate after sunset, with mostly clear skies expected
for the overnight period. With persistent warm advection in place,
afternoon highs will climb just above Wednesday`s values, reaching
into the low 90s for most areas. With increasing dew points and
clearing skies overnight, there is the potential for a couple of
hours of patchy fog early Friday morning. Building cloud cover from
the south may minimize this, though areas north of I-70 could still
see periods of fog development Friday morning.

The main focus of this forecast period will reside with tomorrow as
a deepening upper trough currently over southern Canada swings
southeastward across the Northern Plains into Friday afternoon. This
will push a surface cold front through northwest Missouri Friday
evening. Deepening moisture with precipitable water values near two
inches will be more than sufficient to initiate convection along the
front as it crosses in to the local area. Before this feature
arrives, an isolated thunderstorm or two is possible for points south
of the I-70 corridor Friday afternoon in the warm sector of the
approaching storm system. Should storms develop during the afternoon,
the main threats will be in the form of gusty winds and potentially
heavy rainfall. More widespread activity will occur along the
approaching frontal boundary later in the evening. Latest model runs
suggests as slightly delayed arrival of the cold front compared to
previous runs, though still thinking that storms will initiate across
northwest Missouri shortly after sunset. Storms will affect the
Kansas City area late in the evening as the boundary quickly pushes
southeastward with time. Storm mode will assume the form of a
possible MCS and multicellular storms initially given a veering with
height wind profile. With regard to severe potential, the slightly
delayed arrival may be impacted by a more stable atmosphere. Elevated
instability will remain modest, however, and a more southward extend
of the upper trough per the latest model runs suggests 0 to 6 km
shear values near 30 kts, compared to slightly lower forecast values.
Relatively weak lapse rates combined with a stabilizing environment
will limit vertical momentum within storms. The main threat within
these storms will be in the form of strong winds within collapsing
storms and MCS-driven winds, along with locally heavy rainfall. The
progressive nature of the front should inhibit areal flooding, though
localized flash flooding will remain a potential threat. The forcing
along the front will quickly weaken as the front pushes through
central Missouri overnight. Residual storms will taper off through
early to mid Saturday morning, though the severe threat should
quickly dissipate in the early overnight hours.

Post-frontal cloud cover will then scatter out as high pressure
quickly builds into the region Saturday afternoon. The weekend is
shaping up to be rather pleasant with temperatures behind the front
only peaking in the mid to upper 70s for both Saturday and Sunday.
Dry conditions will then continue until the middle of next week
before the next chance of storms will affect the area through the
end of the forecast period.


.Aviation...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday Night)
Issued at 1203 AM CDT FRI AUG 19 2016

Clear skies and a light southerly wind will dominate the early
portion of the forecast leading to some potential fog formation near
sunrise along the Missouri River valley. Patchy MVFR is possible
along this area with STJ having the best chance of going IFR being
closer to the moisture source and lighter winds. Colder air will
advect in from the south combining with daytime heating and the
lifting moisture from fog to develop a MFVR ceiling over the region
just after sunset. Most guidance has this deck around 1500ft with
coverage mainly from MCI and south. It will slowly rising with
surface temperatures into VFR ceilings around 18z. A cumulus field is
expected to stick around most the day with a chance of isolated
convection possible in the late afternoon, but the timing and
location are too uncertain to add to any TAFs as of now. A cold
frontal boundary over Nebraska will advect into NW Missouri just
after sunset moving through all TAF locations. Some guidance has the
storms coming through in a solid line, but others have it
disorganized with timing varying 1-2 hours either way. With this
uncertainty of exact timing and placement only VCTS has been added to
the TAFs for now.


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