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FXUS63 KSGF 292300

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Springfield MO
600 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Issued at 242 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Serious flash flooding event ongoing across the parts of the area
early this afternoon with 3 flash flood emergencies ongoing and
flash flood warnings for a good portion of the southeast 2/3 of
the CWA.

Upper low was still over the 4 corners region with strong
diffluent flow across the southern and central plains. Strong
southerly low level jet of 40 to 50 kts continues to advect
copious amounts of moisture up and over a nearly stationary
boundary which was draped across southern Missouri, but was
showing some lifting to the north over south central Missouri,
where instability was rapidly increasing. Dewpoints south of the
front were in the low 70s. Shear remains favorable when combined
with the instability south of the front for all modes of severe
storms this afternoon and evening. Widespread PW values of 1.6 to
1.7 in. were located across the forecast area, so these
thunderstorms were very efficient rain producers.

Main focus will be with continued significant flooding as several
more waves of thunderstorms are expected through tonight and the
potential for severe storms south of the front, with all modes of
severe storms possible.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 242 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Conditions have destabilized rather quickly south of the frontal
boundary over south central MO which has remained rain free for
much of the morning and early afternoon. Surface based CAPES have
surged into the 2500-3000 j/kg range as dewpoints have increased
from the low 60s to low 70s on the south side of the front. Have
around 30-40 kts of 0-6km shear and 35 to 40 kts of 0-1km low
level shear. These would indicate the potential of supercells this
afternoon and evening with all modes of severe storms, including
the potential of isolated tornadoes.

Short term convective models continue to show several waves of
thunderstorms moving through the area for the remainder of the
afternoon through Sunday morning which will add to the significant
flooding already going on. All of our forecast river points are in
flood forecast with most into moderate or major flood categories
and a few might go into record breaking territory. We are still
going with an additional 2 to near 4 inches of widespread rainfall
across the area before rain ends during the day Sunday.

The upper low should shift from the 4 corners region into central
KS by mid morning Sunday with the dry slot beginning to edge into
the western CWA. This should transition eastward during the day
with the bulk of the precipitation shifting east of the area by
midday. Could still have residual showers/light rain through the
afternoon Sunday.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday Night through Saturday)
Issued at 242 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

With the large amplified ridge in place over the eastern U.S, the
upper low will move very slowly to the northeast through Monday.
Most of the wrap around moisture and associated precipitation
should remain north of the forecast area.

Another jetstreak start diving southeast into the northern Rockies
on Monday night which will begin to develop a trough and
eventually another closed upper low which will bring additional
precipitation to the area from Tuesday night into Thursday. Models
do have some differences, but all bring additional precipitation
and we are going another inch to inch and a half with this system.
Most of the instability will remain south of the area so we will
go with mainly isolated thunder in the southern part of the CWA
and showers across the north. Due to the significant ongoing
flooding though, additional rainfall will add to the flooding


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening)
Issued at 556 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

Several waves of convection will persist through tonight across
the area which will have aviation forecasts going between MVFR and
IFR conditions. Stratus will occur behind the convection late
tonight into Sunday. Pressure gradient will tighten across the
area with the low to our west from late morning Sunday into the
afternoon. Will likely see winds from 20 to 35 mph at times.


MO...Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening for MOZ055>058-066>071-

KS...Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening for KSZ073-097-101.



SHORT TERM...Lindenberg
LONG TERM...Lindenberg
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