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National Weather Service Hastings NE
421 am CDT Tuesday may 5 2015

Short term...(today and tonight)
issued at 419 am CDT Tuesday may 5 2015

Latest radar this morning shows some showers and isolated
thunderstorms mainly along Interstate 80 and across north central
Kansas. Surface analysis shows a front drifting north into south
central Nebraska. Surface observations show several locations with
visibility around a half mile or less.

Will continue with the dense fog advisory. Will need to watch
further north since the visibility has been decreasing in Ord early
this morning.

Models are fairly similar in bringing the front into Nebraska before
it weakens during the afternoon. There is an upper level wave that
will move into the area late this morning into early this afternoon.
Since the showers this morning have been diminishing. Expect that
these showers will continue to diminish gradually during the
morning. By later this morning and into the afternoon as the upper
wave moves into the area showers and thunderstorms are expected to
redevelop. The greatest chance middle day will be in the west then as
the wave moves to the northeast...will spread across much of the

The wave continues to affect the area tonight. Precipitation will
move through the area during the night and by morning the best
chance for showers and thunderstorms will be in the eastern part of
the forecast area. There is MUCAPE of around 1000 j/kg so not
expecting there to be severe weather.

Long term...(wednesday through monday)
issued at 419 am CDT Tuesday may 5 2015

Main challenges include chances of thunderstorms and the potential
for at least a couple rounds of severe weather.

Synoptically...successive troughs in the western and central United
States will continue to cause an inclement weather pattern into the
weekend. A blend of European model (ecmwf) and GFS ensembles was used as there was
generally good continuity of the synoptic pattern. For Wednesday...a
deepening upper trough will occur as a lead negatively tilted
shortwave trough moves through the Central Plains. Leftover sky
cover will throw a kink into the predictability of severe weather.
As of appears we could have MLCAPES up to 1500 j/kg and
bulk shear near 30 kts in the 0-6 km layer. Large hail and damaging
wind are possible...especially in our appears for
now...although I will not get too specific in the severe weather potential statement as confidence
in placement is low. Saturday/Saturday night could be another shot
at some severe weather as a negatively tilted trough makes its way
through...with the axis crossing Saturday night potentially. This
scenario could set US up for another severe weather scenario. Bulk
shear looks like it could be very the 40 to 60 kts
range. Instability is a bit of a question...and for now it appears
it could be in the 500-1000 j/kg range...but with that kind of is enough for ME to mention in the severe weather potential statement for large hail and
damaging wind potential.


Aviation...(for the 06z kgri/kear tafs through 06z Tuesday night)
issued at 1223 am CDT Tuesday may 5 2015

Fog has formed and visibilities and ceilings have dropped to IFR
or even LIFR. Expect this to continue through middle morning before
improving. There could be a few showers and maybe an isolated
thunderstorm but should be very isolated.


Gid watches/warnings/advisories...
NE...dense fog advisory until 10 am CDT this morning for nez060>064-



long term...heinlein

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