Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Topeka, KS

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
FXUS63 KTOP 200726

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Topeka KS
226 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 216 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018

07Z water vapor imagery showed an upper low over western Ontario
with one shortwave rotating across Lake Huron and a second shortwave
digging through southern MN. A broad upper low was noted off the
coast of southern CA with ridging over the northern Rockies. At the
surface, high pressure was building south along the lee of the
Rockies and much dryer air was moving in with the surface ridge.

The forecast for today and tonight is for clear skies and dry
weather due to a lack of forcing over the central plains and a dry
airmass moving in. Cold air advection through the day is expected to
keep highs cooler. But forecast soundings do show mixing to 850MB
and good insolation may offset the cold air advection somewhat.
Think highs will range from around 60 to near 65 degrees. The center
of a high pressure system is progged to move across northeast KS
tonight. With the boundary layer decoupling and clear skies
providing a good setup for radiational cooling, have trended lows a
few degrees colder into the upper 20s across northeast and east
central KS where winds are likely to remain light. Lows are forecast
to be in the mid 30s across north central KS where the light winds
may be more temporary as the center of the high passes east quickly.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
Issued at 216 AM CDT Sat Oct 20 2018

Transitioning into the extended period, a predominately quiet and
seasonable forecast is expected into the middle of next week. A
shortwave trough is progged to translate southeastward across the
Great Lakes region Monday afternoon -- shunting a weak surface
trough axis through the CWA. Little moisture is expected to reside
along the boundary, as a result precipitation is unlikely. Ahead
of the front Sunday afternoon, southerly winds may gust up to 25

The broad upper low currently off the coast of CA is progged to be
absorbed within the upper flow and traverse the central Plains
Wednesday into Thursday. Scattered, light rain showers are
probable Wednesday afternoon/evening, although a substantial dry
layer beneath 10kft should limit rainfall efficiency with
accumulations predominately less than 0.1". The midlevel ridge
axis is progged to re-amplify across the western US by the end of
next week. Additional rain showers are possible Thursday into
Friday as a shortwave trough traverses portions of the mid-MO
river valley.

In regards to temperatures, the entire period is likely to see
near-normal or slightly below-normal temperatures. High
temperatures are expected to range from the upper 50s to the
middle 60s with lows in the low to middle 40s.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 612 PM CDT Fri Oct 19 2018

VFR conditions are expected through the period. Northwest winds
will shift from the north by tomorrow afternoon with some gusty
winds up to 25 knots expected at all sites.




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