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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
National Weather Service Topeka KS
353 PM CDT WED AUG 24 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This Evening through Thursday)
Issued at 251 PM CDT WED AUG 24 2016

The main focus for the short-term is on the potential for strong to
severe storms and locally heavy rainfall.

This morning scattered showers and isolated storms lifted northward
across the CWA as a mid-level wave tracked northward into Nebraska.
With this wave advancing into Nebraska, visible satellite imagery
shows the cloud cover has begun to scatter out some across portions
of east central and southeast Kansas this afternoon. The peaks of
sunshine have allowed temperatures to warm into the mid/upper 80s
across east central Kansas with dewpoints still in the low 70s.  As
a result, conditions should continue to destabilize across eastern
Kansas late this afternoon into this evening.  Surface observations
show that the cold front is progressing across north central Kansas,
with winds in Concordia shifting to the north and temperatures
plunging into the 60s to around 70 degrees. As this front shifts
eastward into the more destabilized air mass across eastern Kansas,
expect thunderstorms to quickly initialize along the boundary,
generally along a line stretching from Abilene to Manhattan.  Low-
level flow will initially be nearly parallel to the boundary, so
could see some heavy rainfall from these storms along the boundary.
With conditions destabilizing, CAPE values should reach 2000-3000
J/kg.  Mesoanalysis shows strong 0-6km wind shear across east
central Kansas of 40-50kts.  With these conditions in place, severe
thunderstorms will be possible late this afternoon through this
evening with the primary threats being large hail and damaging
winds.  Models show 0-1km wind shear values increasing early this
evening across far east central Kansas with the increasing low-level
jet, so cannot rule out the potential for an isolated tornado threat
as well.  With PWAT values of around 2 inches, these thunderstorms
will likely be capable of producing periods of moderate to heavy
rainfall. Models have trended a bit further south with the areas of
best potential for rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches, so have expanded
the Flash Flood Watch for most locations along and north of I-70
until Thursday morning. Models have trended a bit faster with the
front tracking eastward and, thus, have shown trends of diminishing
precipitation late tonight and overnight across north central
Kansas.  Some models show the potential for another mid-level wave
to lift into central Kansas overnight into Thursday morning, which
would bring additional storms to north central Kansas.  However,
have just chance PoPs at this time due to lower confidence amongst
the models.  The uncertainty in the potential for Thursday morning
storms results in some uncertainty with strong or severe storm
potential for Thursday afternoon.  With the frontal boundary
expected to be stalled out over southeast Kansas, the better
instability should be focused just south of the CWA.  However, with
decent enough instability and shear in place, a marginal risk for
strong to severe storms still exists for east central Kansas
Thursday afternoon. With cloud cover in place through much of the
day, have Thursday high temperatures ranging from the mid 70s to low
80s.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday Night through Wednesday)
Issued at 251 PM CDT WED AUG 24 2016

Thursday night through Saturday...Another shortwave trough in
southwest flow aloft moves through Thursday night with the chance
for more showers and thunderstorms. Boundary tries to lift north
on Friday with best chance that day across northern KS. Tail end
of another shortwave trough moves through Friday night with best
chances still in northern KS closer to stronger dynamics. Saturday
is somewhat between systems with weakening flow aloft, however,
still can`t drop precip chances as several of the models continue
to have surface boundary in the vicinity of northeast/east central
KS and convective development.

Saturday night through Wednesday...Rather stagnant pattern sets
up for the early to middle part of next week with relatively
weaker southwest to west flow aloft across the Central Plains.
Unfortunately, all models continue to show some type of weak
disturbances in the flow, and daily convective development. While
I doubt that the precip will be as widespread and heavy as over
the next couple days, POPs in the 30 to 40 percent range look
warranted through about Tuesday.

Beyond this forecast, perhaps the latter part of next week will
provide a respite for thunderstorm chances as both the GFS and
ECMWF show bulding heights and likely capped atmosphere. But
that`s a long way out.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday Afternoon)
Issued at 1245 PM CDT WED AUG 24 2016

For the 18z TAFs, areas of showers and isolated storms will impact
the TAF sites early this afternoon with a brief break in
precipitation through late afternoon. More widespread thunderstorm
development is expected by early this evening, with some moderate
rainfall likely resulting in some reduced visibilities at times.
There will be the potential for some gusty winds if any stronger
storms develop near the TAF sites. Short-range models have been
showing storms diminishing from west to east overnight. However
there is the potential for at least MVFR cigs near KTOP/KFOE by
Thursday morning.

&&

.TOP Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
Flash Flood Watch from 7 PM CDT this evening through Thursday
morning for KSZ010>012-020>024-026-038>040.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Hennecke
LONG TERM...GDP
AVIATION...Hennecke



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