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National Weather Service Topeka Kansas
329 PM CDT Monday Jul 25 2016

Short term...(this evening through tuesday)
issued at 321 PM CDT Monday Jul 25 2016

Rain has all but come to an end across the forecast area this
afternoon although embedded short wave/mesoscale convective vortex remains over east central
Kansas and seems to be slowly pushing east and southeast. This final
area of vertical motion is rather weak, but could support a few more
showers mainly south of Abilene to Ottawa but only a slight chance.

Drier air and high pressure are present over northern Kansas and
southern Nebraska, but with cloud cover and minimal advection across
much of the forecast area, dewpoints remain fairly high while
dewpoint depressions are rather small. With the expectation that
some of these clouds will clear out tonight, see some potential for
fog but have not gotten too aggressive with it in the forecast at
this point. The most likely areas for fog development would be those
areas that received appreciable rain in the past 24 hours but will
also clear out and also have the higher initial dewpoints. This
focused area currently seems to be in the general
Concordia/Manhattan/Abilene/Council Grove region, but again this is
not a slam dunk for fog development and will want to monitor
potential this evening.

Do not expect precipitation tonight or tomorrow with relatively dry
air and no appreciable lifting mechanism so have reduced pops to
near 0 for much of the period. Lows tonight look to hold in the
middle to upper 60s with some dependence upon cloud cover and/or fog
while highs tomorrow should climb into the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Long term...(tuesday night through monday)
issued at 321 PM CDT Monday Jul 25 2016

Tomorrow night surface high pressure will be centered over the Great
Lakes region. The overall flow over this surface high is rather
weak. Although the models are showing hints of some isentropic lift
in the 310-315k surfaces over southeast Kansas. Moisture is also limited
in these layers, but have kept slight chances in those areas. This
lift could continue over eastern Kansas into the late morning, but most
locations should remain dry. On Wednesday night a shortwave trough
will dive southeastward over the northern plains within the
northwest flow aloft. This wave could support a thunderstorm complex
that develops in South Dakota or NE that moves towards the forecast area. The
low level jet is not forecasted to be strong overnight therefore the
complex might not reach northern Kansas before falling apart. There may
be some left over showers and or redevelopment as the wave passes
over Iowa during the day Thursday. Thursday night another wave may
track over western NE and support a storm complex that again moves
southeastward overnight. Also, there may be some isentropic lift
that stretches across central Kansas. A few isolated to scattered
storms may be possible out ahead of the complex. This wave may be
strong enough to allow this complex to continue through the area
during the day Friday. The weekend is looking mostly dry as of
now. Especially with the upper ridge beginning to build back over
the region. Temperatures are forecasted to be slight below normal
until early next week.

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Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Tuesday afternoon)
issued at 1238 PM CDT Monday Jul 25 2016

VFR conditions are expected throughout the period. A few sprinkles
or light rain showers are possible through 20z. Winds will remain
easterly as high pressure remains northeast of the area. Fog is
possible near dawn tomorrow morning. However, confidence is too
low at this point to include due to a drier air mass moving in
and possibility of minor cloud cover. The best chance for ground
fog formation appears to be mhk as about 0.75" of rain fell this
morning, increasing soil moisture.



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Top watches/warnings/advisories...
none.
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Short term...barjenbruch
long term...Sanders
aviation...baerg

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