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FXUS63 KTOP 262117

National Weather Service Topeka KS
417 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Friday)
Issued at 318 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

Inverted surface trough extended northeast across north central
Kansas this afternoon. Another left over outflow boundary/warm front
extended along Interstate 70. Very moist airmass was noted across
much of the area with dew points in the low to mid 70s. 18Z Topeka
sounding shows steeps lapse rates, Mlcape of 1200 J/kg and good
turning in the lower levels with storm relative helicity of 330
m2s2. With boundaries from earlier convection, instability and
moisture any convection will be capable of all modes of severe
weather. Tornadoes will be possible well into the evening hours
tonight across the area. In addition with good moisture transport
and increasing forcing for ascent as lead wave moves out across
central Kansas this evening and tonight there is a high potential
for flash flooding and continued or additional flooding of streams
and creeks. Have issued a flash flood watch through Friday morning.
There will be a few rounds of thunderstorms through the night and
into Friday. Main upper trough will move out into the Plains on
Friday with another round of storms expected initially in the morning
then with refireing in the afternoon hours. Convergence along the
boundary is weaker in the low levels in the afternoon. 0-6km shear
of 30 to 40 kts is forecast and low level shear near the boundary
will enhance updrafts so with storms that interact with it they may
produce a brief tornado. Hail and winds will continue to be the main

.LONG TERM...(Friday Night through Thursday)
Issued at 318 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

Late Friday night into the first part of the weekend, the upper
level mean trough over the western CONUS will finally begin to move
northeast and pull out of the Central Rockies into the Central
Plains during the early morning hours on Saturday into the day.  The
upper low is progged to slowly fill and eventually transition into
an open wave.  Suggestion is that there won`t be a quick end to
severe potential into this time frame as moisture is still abundant
under a favorable shear profile.  With conditional lapse rates in
place also, at least expect some severe potential with hail being
the largest threat along with continued moisture causing additional
flooding in some river basins that have already become swollen.  By
Saturday night, some improvement will be seen as the open wave lifts
to the northeast into the Upper MS Valley.  Into Sunday most
guidance is in fairly good agreement that a subsident flow regime
will be in place and therefore keeping Sunday mostly dry.

Into Sunday night and Monday early morning, upper flow pattern
weakens over the Central Plains and northern stream flow will set
up over the Northern tier of the CONUS. Very hard to resolve at
this point, but some weak shortwaves may influence northeastern
KS into portions of early next week bringing chances of additional
precipitation and thunderstorms. Severe potential appears to
become more isolated at this point as upper level energy weakens
but yet some instability remains. Depending on if the GFS verifies
over the ECMWF will determine how much storm potential and
organization actually develop. GFS is more aggressive which would
suggest at least some potential for a few stronger storms to
develop but narrowing down the exact timing at this point is not
very evident. What does seem consistent is that on Wednesday a
cold front will be pushed through the area and a potentially drier
pattern should begin to take hold.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday Afternoon)
Issued at 1245 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

Tricky forecast. Showers and thunderstorms may develop early this
afternoon with little cap in place. More organized thunderstorms
are expected to develop over central KS and move northeast during
afternoon into evening. There could be a couple rounds of strong
to severe thunderstorms during that time. Expect at least MVFR
conditions with the heavier thunderstorms, and then probably some
lower ceilings in the MVFR or IFR range after the rain is over.
Conditions may slowly improve Friday morning.


.TOP Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
Flash Flood Watch through Friday afternoon for KSZ008>012-



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