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National Weather Service Des Moines Iowa
343 am CDT sun Aug 31 2014

issued at 315 am CDT sun Aug 31 2014

A cold front from ND into the Texas Panhandle will move through Iowa
tonight and Monday. High pressure will follow Tuesday. An active
pattern will continue with the next system to pass through about


Short term /today/...
issued at 315 am CDT sun Aug 31 2014

Given ample low level moisture and light winds...some areas of fog
have developed across the County Warning Area...especially in the east and may
become more widespread throughout the early morning hours.
However...given increasing not anticipate fog to become
dense...though will linger a bit longer across the east.

Main concern for today will be with precipitation trends...and
chances for severe thunderstorms. Frontal boundary currently located
in central NE will push eastward throughout the day...this will be
the main focus for chances for thunderstorms and severe weather.
However...high res models are indicating a chance for development in
the west and southwest late in the morning/early in the afternoon
along a band of Theta-E advection lifting northeast across the state
ahead of boundary. This seems reasonable given current precipitation
trends in northern Kansas/southern NE. Better threat will come as
boundary nears...with models indicating arrival near MO River Valley
near 00z. Thunderstorms are expected to develop ahead of the
boundary beginning in the late afternoon...increasing and spreading
eastward through the end of the period.

Good southerly flow will allow for temperatures to warm throughout
the day...and also will allow for instability will continue to
increase throughout the day. Cape values will be near 2000 j/kg in
the early afternoon through evening hours. Shear will not be
optimized...but will be sufficient to allow for storms which develop
to maintain...therefore any storms which develop throughout the day
have a threat to become severe with large hail and damaging winds
the main threats. Some models indicating good low level shear which
may allow for an isolated tornado threat as well. Heavy rainfall
will remain possible with storms as well with precipitable water values remaining
near 1.5 inches or higher.

Long term /tonight through Saturday/...
issued at 315 am CDT sun Aug 31 2014

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move across the
state tonight in a favorable environment. Strong Theta-E advection
with divergence aloft will be in place. Precipitable water values in the 1.5 to
2 inch range and decent cape will make the storms efficient rain
producers. Severe weather chances will be best across the west
half of the state late today into tonight...with lower
probabilities over night over the east.

Expect precipitation to exit the County Warning Area fairly early on Monday with
cooler and drier air moving with high pressure. Temperatures will
remain at or a little above normal through much of the week.

The next frontal system later this week will also be pretty
potent with instability at least as high as the current system.
This system will need to be monitored for the potential of severe
weather once again. Temperatures will warm well above normal
ahead of this system with Wednesday and Thursday well above normal.

A stronger push of cooler air will follow this cold front with
below normal temperatures expected by next weekend.


issued at 1202 am CDT sun Aug 30 2014

Main concerns will be radiation fog trends overnight and
convective potential northwest late Sun afternoon into the evening.
VFR anticipated momentarily but with dewpoints quite elevated
crossover temperatures still suggest fog may form toward sunrise. Have
added MVFR visibilities for several hours before going back to VFR by
15z. Thunderstorms should develop along the MO river during peak
heating progression northwest-southeast across terminal sites 00-04z. There may
also be some more elevated weaker convection shortly before that.


issued at 315 am CDT sun Aug 31 2014

Concerns for flooding are certainly there for very late this
afternoon and tonight. Plenty of precipitable water available with deep cloud
depths to around 4400 meters expected over much of the County Warning Area. Recent
rains...especially southwest into the central counties...have
moisened the ground so that three hour ffg values are in the 1.
To 2.5 inch range. Am expected a widespread inch or so rainfall
amount with spotty three inch amounts likely. Given the low ffg
values...local flash flooding is a possibility. Did not go with
headlines at this time...however may need headlines south of U.S.
30 and west of I-35 for late today and tonight in later packages.


Dmx watches/warnings/advisories...


Synopsis...MS Aug 14
short term...awb
long term...MS Aug 14
hydrology...MS Aug 14

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