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National Weather Service Topeka Kansas
638 am CDT Sat Jul 4 2015

..update to aviation forecast discussion...

Short term...(today and tonight)
issued at 314 am CDT Sat Jul 4 2015

Area of middle clouds has moved off to the southeast allowing
temperatures to cool into the lower 60s. Some patchy fog was
developing in the low lying areas and river valleys and it should
quickly burn off after sunrise. The surface high extended into
eastern Kansas this morning while return flow was occurring across
the western High Plains.

Independence day is shaping up nicely for today as light winds
gradually become southeast as the surface high moves off to the east
and a Lee side trough deepens across eastern Colorado. Soundings
suggest that we should mix down from roughly around 850 mb this
afternoon which will yield highs in the middle 80s to upper 80s.

Tonight the low level jet will increase across western Kansas during
the evening hours then gradually veer to the southwest after
midnight. Isentropic lift in the 305k-315k layer increases after 09z
which may lead to some elevated showers and thunderstorms developing
in north central Kansas. Theta-E axis noses into north central
Kansas as the low level jet veers later tonight. Will concentrate
highest precipitation chances in north central Kansas and taper off
to the east. Far eastern areas of the County Warning Area look to remain dry through
the night. Lows tonight will fall into the middle to upper 60s.

Long term...(sunday through friday)
issued at 314 am CDT Sat Jul 4 2015

Sunday and Sunday night...it's possible that whatever warm
advection precipitation that develops late Saturday night might persist
into Sunday morning...but chances and/or areal coverage look to be
small for most of the area. After that, stronger northern stream
trough moves across the northern plains and upper Midwest for late
Sunday night and Monday. Associated cold front sags across Kansas
during Monday and Monday night. Boundary movement relatively slow
and expect considerable convection to occur with, and behind
front. Precipitation associated with front should move out of east
central Kansas on Tuesday with the rest of the area dry.

Models diverge somewhat by Wednesday afternoon and evening as GFS
develops a stronger surface low pressure area and stronger warm
advection to its east. Thus, GFS wetter on Wednesday than European model (ecmwf)
and Gem. Despite differences between GFS and ECMWF, both keep
boundary in the area through the end of the work week with
associated chances for periodic thunderstorms, mostly in the 30 to
40 percent range.

&&

Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Sunday morning)
issued at 638 am CDT Sat Jul 4 2015

MVFR visibilities expected with fog through 13z at top and mhk, then
improving to VFR for all of the terminals. Winds will become
southeast around 6 kts by 16z and continue through the period.
Convection should remain to the west of the mhk terminal and have
left mention of thunderstorms and rain out for now.

&&

Top watches/warnings/advisories...
none.
&&

$$

Short term...53
long term...gdp
aviation...53

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