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National Weather Service Topeka Kansas
347 PM CDT Sat Aug 29 2015

Short term...(this evening through sunday)
issued at 344 PM CDT Sat Aug 29 2015

Elongated upper trough axis is currently stretched this afternoon
from the Great Lakes region, southwest towards eastern OK. Weak
embedded impulses were filtering southward towards Missouri during
the day and tonight periods. Towards the sfc, the 850 mb front and
closed low are centering over the County Warning Area this afternoon with shallow,
yet persistent stratus that has been unable to overcome the strong
inversion seen earlier this morning. Weak mixing through the day
will likely leave most of east central Kansas mostly cloudy to overcast.
Over north central KS, increasing subsidence is gradually eroding
cloud cover eastward. In addition to the cloud cover, weak lift
advecting through the area may develop light showers or an isolated
storm for areas just east and south of the County Warning Area. Confidence in
showers impacting County Warning Area are too low to mention pops at this time.

There is definite uncertainty with guidance on how far eastward
cloud cover clears by this evening. Based on current trends, have
kept partly to mostly cloudy skies through much of the evening as
the surface inversion and adequate bl moisture increase shortly
after sunset. Believe low level stratus and fog are once again
likely after midnight through sunrise Sunday. Setup suggests areas
of haze or fog, but there is some question of dense fog forming
based on the coverage of low stratus so will not issue any headlines
at this time. Lows tonight fall to the lower 60s.

On Sunday, 850 mb low shifts southward in response to incoming
trough builds into western Kansas. Frontal boundary in this layer
lingers over far east central areas where stratus may linger through
the afternoon. Temps therefore are in question, like today, where
highs may only reach the low or mid 80s for eastern areas.
Otherwise, mostly sunny skies for north central Kansas will peak highs
in the upper 80s.

Long term...(sunday night through saturday)
issued at 344 PM CDT Sat Aug 29 2015

Upper ridging will spread east with time during the Sun night
through tues period with sfc-850mb response expected to be a gradual
southeast to south flow re-establishing. NAM is trying to generate
precip Sun night but given cold air advection at 850mb and lack of other focus and
building hts will keep conds dry. Highs will gradually warm to
around 90 both Monday into Tuesday when a weak wave will move into
the northern plains and could bring some low chcs for storms to
north central Kansas late tues more likely into tues night.

By mid week, the western edge of the Main Ridge axis extending along
the appliachains will continue to be flattened by a series of weak
shortwaves moving out of Colorado into Nebraska. These will be the
main weather makers into at least Wednesday morning, but most
forcing appears to remain to the north of the forecast area. So
small chance pops have been kept over areas mainly north of I-70.
Meanwhile, a longwave trough will be digging into the Pacific
northwest, which in turn will re-amplify the longwave ridge over
southern MS valley into the Great Lakes region. Heights will
generally rise into the Saturday time frame. As the previously
mentioned trough begins to deepen and lift into the northern rockies
and central Canada, it wouldn't be unreasonable that another series
of shortwaves could move out of The Rockies and into the Central
Plains helping to develop some isentropic lift early into mid-day
Saturday over north central Kansas into central and eastern Nebraska.

Temps could push into the mid 90s by Thursday, especially over east
central Kansas. Low temps will generally be in the upper 60s.


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Sunday afternoon)
issued at 1235 PM CDT Sat Aug 29 2015

Persistent MVFR cigs will remain pivoted around a 850 mb front
this afternoon, while dry air coming from the northeast attempts
to scatter cloud deck by 00z tonight. Best chances for this
occurring is over kmhk. Otherwise expect the MVFR stratus to
remain in place overnight with some guidance indicating fog
developing underneath the frontal inversion. This unusual scenario
for this time of year leads to uncertainty in how low visibilities will
be based on what occurs with the stratus this afternoon. For now,
have introduced IFR 10z to 15z for low stratus and fog at all
sites. May need to monitor trends to adjust timing, but believe
the MVFR stratus will linger through at least 18z Sunday.


Top watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...Bowen
long term...Drake/omitt

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