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000 FXUS63 KOAX 221707 AFDOAX Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE 1207 PM CDT Sun Apr 22 2018 .SHORT TERM...(Today through Tuesday Night) Issued at 315 AM CDT Sun Apr 22 2018 ...Are We On Track for a Record Cold and Dry April???... The active pattern continues this next week, however we still are getting missed by appreciable precipitation. See climate section for details. Forecast concerns will be any lingering light precipitation today, clouds and temperatures through Monday night, then chance of rain/winds Tuesday/Thursday and this weekend. The latest WSR-88d radar mosaic highlights the main area of showers rotating around the h5 closed low that is currently centered over Kansas. The active thunderstorms for the day were over northern Texas with some hail and wind reports. Thunderstorms extend from the Texas Gulf Coast into Arkansas and a few farther west into Oklahoma early this morning. Upstream, GOES-16 water vapor satellite imagery has a shortwave over Washington/Oregon. This wave will deepen over the next couple of days and will be the next weather-maker for the region Tuesday. The closed h5 low continues to slowly move southeast into Arkansas today and the Kentucky/Tennessee region Monday. The lift weakens locally and is more focused in Missouri and southeastward. Starting to see more breaks in the overcast from Iowa into northeast Nebraska. This should continue through the day for much of the area with a mix of clouds and sun. A southeast low level jet will continue to advect moisture from the Gulf states northward across Missouri into southeast Nebraska and near the Iowa/Missouri border this afternoon. Forecast soundings hold onto clouds in the 5-10k ft level in southeast Nebraska, so will be more pessimistic with the clouds there. All the short range models are dry save for the GFS this afternoon. May mention so sprinkles in southeast Nebraska this afternoon. Highs today should rise into the 60s and being in-between storm system Monday should top out in the upper 60s. Clouds are on the increase Monday night as the trough over Montana swings southeastward toward South Dakota and Nebraska There is good model agreement in the location of the h5 trough, although the NAM12 is a bit deeper and closes it off over western Nebraska Tuesday and the models all have a slightly difference solution related to the qpf fields. The cold front sweeps across the forecast area Tuesday morning and early afternoon. northwest winds increase into the breezy category behind the front. Will maintain isolated to scattered category for pops until there is better agreement on where to expect the light rain Tuesday and Tuesday night. With the clouds and cold air advection, some areas may see highs only in the 50s, with 60s elsewhere. .LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Saturday) Issued at 315 AM CDT Sun Apr 22 2018 Wednesday is looking dry and warmer with mid level ridging ahead of the next trough dropping through the Upper Mississippi Valley. The shortwave trough drags a cold front through Thursday, increasing winds and limiting highs to the 50s and 60s. The GFS has spotty post-frontal showers mostly in Iowa, while the EC has post-frontal has a northeast to southwest band from the Great Lakes toward the Texas Panhandle. The band is fast-moving, thus most amounts are a tenth of an inch or less. Northwest winds Friday will put a chill on the highs in the 60s, although the winds may diminish by evening as surface high pressure builds in. Finally, it looks like we may see some good weather on the weekend! Return flow sets up for Saturday and high temperatures may top out in the upper 60s to lower 70s. The GFS is a little more pessimistic and tries to return some moisture with a weak shortwave in the northwest flow aloft and a few spotty showers Saturday night . and Sunday. We`ll see how this trend evolves this week. && .AVIATION...
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(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon) Issued at 1158 AM CDT Sun Apr 22 2018 VFR conditions will continue through the period. Light winds will gradually veer to the east this afternoon.
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&& .CLIMATE... Issued at 315 AM CDT Sun Apr 22 2018 Cold first three weeks of April... So far with the data collected for April, Norfolk, Lincoln, are seeing their coldest average temperatures for April and Omaha is in 3rd place. We still have over a week to go and should still be in the top 5 or so cold Aprils by the end of the month. April has been dry as well. Not much rain is forecast, so we also have a shot at these records. Driest April Precipitation Records Location April to Date Record Year Other Information Lincoln 0.11" 0.02" 1910 To be in top 5 0.36" Omaha 0.10" 0.23" 1936 To be in top 5 0.38" Norfolk 1.00" 0.11" 1928 To be in top 20 1.04" && .OAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES... NE...None. IA...None. && $$ SHORT TERM...Zapotocny LONG TERM...Zapotocny AVIATION...KG CLIMATE...Zapotocny is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.