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National Weather Service Des Moines Iowa
653 am CDT sun Jul 5 2015

Short term /today/...
issued at 256 am CDT sun Jul 5 2015

High pressure has shifted off to the southeast with an area of low
pressure approaching the region centered across the northern High
Plains. This area of low pressure will shift east-southeast today becoming
centered over central South Dakota/NE by late today. Southerly flow will
increase ahead of it with the surface pressure gradient tightening across
Iowa. This will create breezy conditions by this afternoon...and warm air advection
will allow for temperatures to push into the middle to upper 80s across the
County Warning Area today. An area of thunderstorms has developed off to the
northwest of the County Warning Area...with the activity expected to slowly push
east and diminish through sunrise. Therefore expect dry conditions
to hold on for today...with increasing cloud cover as moisture
increases aloft as well.

Long term /tonight through Friday/...
issued at 256 am CDT sun Jul 5 2015

Forecast focus is on potential for strong to severe thunderstorms
producing heavy rain late tonight through Monday. An upper trough
digging into the northern plains will drive a surface cold front
southeast through the corn belt. This front will interact with a
moist boundary layer with precipitable water values prognosticated near
2 inches. Numerous showers and thunderstorms will develop near and
along this front as the front approaches north central Iowa early
Monday morning. The front will continue to move through the state
and exit southeast Iowa by early Tuesday morning. Forecast models
forecast 0-3 km bulk shear near 35 to 45 knots bringing a risk for
damaging winds. Ahead of the front...daytime heating will aid
instability with models depicting mu cape near 2000 j/kg Monday
afternoon. Lapse rates will be sufficient for a marginal hail
risk. Heavy rain will be realized where stronger updrafts
materialize with localized flash flooding possible due to high
rainfall rates and where showers and thunderstorms track over the
same locations.

Behind the departing cold front...surface high pressure will
build across the Midwest bringing a cooler and drier airmass to
the region. High temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday will be 10 to
15 degrees below normal high temperatures for this time of the
year.

Middle week the surface high will build to the east bringing the
return of southerly flow to Iowa and a warming trend. Isentropicupglide
will be supportive of slight chances for showers and thunderstorms
Wednesday night across southern Iowa.

There is general agreement between forecast models of an upper
ridge strengthening over the Southern Plains. Shortwaves moving
up and over the ridge through the corn belt will provide
additional chances for showers and thunderstorms late in the week.

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Aviation...05/12z
issued at 653 am CDT sun Jul 5 2015

VFR conditions expected throughout much of the period. Initially
may have a brief visibility reduction at kotm with light fog...otherwise
clouds to increase through the day ahead of an area of low
pressure approaching from the northwest. A frontal boundary with
push through late tonight into Monday with chances for
precipitation. Have highlighted with vcsh at kfod and kmcw.
Best chances for the other stations will be beyond the current
forecast period. Southerly winds to increase across the area today
and then lose the gustiness this evening...but remain somewhat up
overnight.

&&

Dmx watches/warnings/advisories...none.

&&

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Short term...beerends
long term...angle
aviation...beerends

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