Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KTOP 252000

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Topeka KS
300 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 300 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

As of early this afternoon, the mid- level ridge was situated
over eastern KS, with the CWA wedged between expansive surface
high pressure centered over the Gulf of Mexico and low pressure
advancing into western KS. This surface pattern resulted in a
tight pressure gradient over the eastern half of the state, which
was causing southeasterly winds to gust upwards of 25-30mph. These
breezy southeasterly winds supported decent WAA with afternoon
highs reaching into the mid/upper 70s. While the regional radar
shows some scattered light reflectivity returns over central KS,
low-level dry air was likely causing this limited moisture to
evaporate before reaching the ground. As a result, have kept a dry
forecast for this afternoon due to the short-range models
consistently staying dry.

By tonight, the surface low will slide southeastward across western
Kansas and then into far north central Oklahoma, with an inverted
trough extending into the CWA.  Models show this inverted trough
stretching into north central KS by mid-evening, with short-range
models showing the potential for isolated showers and thunderstorms
to develop along and behind this inverted trough late evening into
the overnight hours.  While short-range models continue to vary in
their coverage of this isolated activity, the best potential for
scattered storms looks to be across central to north central KS.
Model soundings suggest that the cap may build back in by around the
time isolated storms develop across north central KS, resulting in
storms becoming more elevated in nature by mid to late evening. With
CAPE values of 1000-1800 J/kg present along with 40kts of 0-6km bulk
shear, cannot rule out the potential for a few stronger storms if
they are able to remain organized enough as they enter into north
central KS.  The primary hazards would be gusty winds and possibly
some hail.

Models show these isolated storms diminishing early Friday morning
with cloud cover scattering through the day. Sunshine should help to
boost high temperatures into the 80s, and models show dewpoints
rising into the low/mid 60s across east central KS.  These
conditions combined with steepening mid-level lapse rates will
support CAPE values of 2500-3500 J/kg with 0-6km bulk shear values
of around 40kts. While these conditions are obviously favorable for
thunderstorm development, model soundings show a cap remaining in
place through the afternoon hours and, thus, are struggling to
develop any precipitation across east central KS. As a result, have
a dry forecast in place right now through the daytime hours on
Friday.  However, if the cap is able to weaken more, then chances
will increase for thunderstorm development, and any storms that
develop would have the potential to be strong to severe.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 300 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

Models continue to show a vort max moving across the area late
Friday night and Saturday, mainly across southern NEB. With very
steep mid level lapse rates, think there is a reasonable chance
for elevated storms with a risk for hail through the morning
Saturday. The big question is how any morning convection will
impact the location of the frontal boundary and redevelopment
Saturday afternoon. The NAM and GFS continue to indicate the
boundary will be across east central KS during the afternoon with
dewpoints and instability increasing along the boundary. Shear is
progged to be sufficient for supercell storm development during
the afternoon. By the early evening, models push the boundary
south so it may be a scenario where storms form in or near the
forecast area and move east of the area. 0-1KM shear values seem
rather modest across east central KS during the afternoon so the
tornado risk may be mitigated due to surface winds veered to the
southwest ahead of the front. Coverage of storms is still not
clear so the forecast only has chance POPs through Saturday night.

By Sunday, surface ridging and dryer air should be building into
the area bringing an end to the precip chances through Monday.
Models continue to suggest a low level warm air advection pattern
developing by mid week, but there is not much consistency between
runs are with the different solutions. Because of this there are
small POPs sprinkled throughout the forecast for Monday night
through Thursday.

Temps continue to look temperate with models keeping a northwest
flow aloft and no obvious warm air advection. Therefore highs are
expected to generally be in the 70s while lows remain in the 50s.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1238 PM CDT Thu May 25 2017

For the 18z TAFs, southeast winds will remain breezy this
afternoon with gusts of 20-25kts. Models continue to show the
potential for some scattered thunderstorms developing near KMHK as
a cold front tracks into north central KS. However, there is
still too much uncertainty with the coverage and tracking of any
storms. As a result, have not included any mention of storms in
the TAFs at this time. By Friday morning, winds will back to the
north with model soundings showing the potential for ceilings to
drop to MVFR conditions. Currently have cigs improving to VFR by
late morning, however it is worth noting that some models are
keeping MVFR cigs in place into early Friday afternoon.




SHORT TERM...Hennecke
LONG TERM...Wolters
AVIATION...Hennecke is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.