Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KEAX 201721
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
National Weather Service Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO
1221 PM CDT Sun May 20 2018

.Discussion...
Issued at 403 AM CDT SUN MAY 20 2018

Early morning surface analysis shows frontal boundary generally
extending from southwestern Iowa to west-central Missouri and down
into south-central Oklahoma. Scattered showers and thunderstorms
were noted north of the front, primarily across eastern Nebraska and
Iowa. Several thunderstorm complexes were also noted south of the
front in southeastern Kansas and central Missouri...and a much
larger complex was noted in central Oklahoma moving to the
northeast. Expect this southern activity to continue into the
morning hours with low-level jet axis positioned from central
Texas and curving up into southeast and central Missouri. The
northern activity may also be able to sustain itself into the
morning hours with mid-level perturbation moving through and
upper jet positioned over the area.

Later this morning should see a bit of an uptick in activity with
complex moving out of Oklahoma and up into southeastern Kansas and
western Missouri. This activity will move east with time and we may
see a brief respite before the next round during the late afternoon
and evening with a shortwave trough ejecting into the Plains. We may
see some breaks in cloud cover this afternoon which could allow for
a bit of recovery and MLCAPE values of 500-1500 J/kg. If this
happens, a stronger storm or two capable of large hail and strong
winds may be possible, especially near the frontal boundary. Storms
are expected to weaken around sunset with the loss of diurnal
heating.

Scattered showers may linger into Monday with weak mid-level trough
just north of the area. The front will be pushed south with high
pressure moving in behind. Cooler temperatures today but could see
some temperatures swing upward by a few degrees from current
forecast if cloud cover breaks over a location. Tomorrow looks
pleasant with showers possible in the morning but gradual clearing
by afternoon from west to east. The remainder of the week will
see periodic rain chances as several perturbations move through
the flow. Best chances for more widespread rain looks to occur
late in the week in response to trough ejecting out onto the
Northern Plains and attendant cold front moving through.

&&

.Aviation...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday Afternoon)
Issued at 1213 PM CDT SUN MAY 20 2018

A second round of thunderstorms and rain showers will develop
early in the forecast period, though will be relatively broken in
coverage. This activity should diminish toward sunset. Cooler NW
surface flow later tonight should assist in the development of
MVFR ceilings overnight into Monday morning. Will need to monitor
the potential for IFR development as well during that time frame.
Dry conditions will persist heading into the end of the forecast
period and into Monday afternoon.

&&

.EAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
KS...NONE.
MO...NONE.
&&

$$

Discussion...Pietrycha
Aviation...Welsh


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