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Forecast Discussion
NWS Omaha/Valley, NE

FXUS63 KOAX 102353

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Omaha/Valley NE
653 PM CDT Fri Jul 10 2020

...Updated Aviation Forecast Discussion...

Issued at 317 PM CDT Fri Jul 10 2020

Forecast Summary:

A good chance for thunderstorms, some potentially severe, remains in
the forecast for tonight. Beyond that, a series of shortwaves
rolling through generally westerly flow in the Plains will bring off-
and-on thunderstorm chances through much of next week.

Tonight through Saturday:

Northwest mid level flow remained over eastern Nebraska and western
Iowa today, along northeast quadrant of high pressure centered over
New Mexico. A subtle shortwave was noted rippling through central
South Dakota which had spawned scattered convection there and in
north central Nebraska. Convective inhibition to the east of this
activity had squelched eastward push, with only showers remaining
over northeast Nebraska. HRRR had shown this evolution with morning

A second and more prominent shortwave was pushing into eastern
Montana, and was triggering convection there as of mid afternoon.
This activity is expected to increase in intensity this afternoon
and evening as it begins a turn to the southeast. This may offer our
best opportunity for severe in our area, but will likely arrive
after midnight.

Short-range convection-allowing models have been all over the place
in regards to evolution of storms this evening and tonight. One
thing in common is them showing a broken line of wind-producing
storms diving southeast through our CWA, but timing into our area is
varied from early evening to after midnight. Given current
convective trends, expect a later arrival of storms from the western
Dakotas. Cold pool development in high instability environment is
indicated by various models, so damaging winds may accompany any
activity overnight.

Another potential for severe is this evening as north central
Nebraska storms continue to bubble up and expand south and east as
capping gradually weakens. Cumulus field has expanded in central
Nebraska where steep mid level lapse rates, MLCAPE near 3000 J/kg,
and effective shear near 50kt resides. Will have to watch this
activity this evening for potential development. If storms do fire,
large hail and damaging winds will be the main hazards with
supercellular storms, and mainly affecting areas west of a Norfolk
to Lincoln line.

Any convection should be exiting to the southeast of our area
Saturday morning, though some lingering instability is forecast to
lag behind line keeping chance for a few showers or storms to remain
in the area through noon or so. Decreasing clouds and temperatures
rebounding into the mid and upper 80s should follow.

Sunday through Friday:

We appear to be getting back to a pattern that will favor periodic
thunderstorm chances through the week. Mid level high pressure
will remain suppressed to our south as mid level low spins
through central Canada. This keeps much of Nebraska and Iowa under
influence of westerly mid level flow, with occasional shortwaves
agitating environment to trigger storms from time to time.

There appears to be some agreement between ECMWF and GFS that a
strong shortwave rotating through the Northern Plains will drive a
cold front into our area Monday night, bringing a decent chance for
thunderstorms then. Wednesday also offers some overlap between
models showing convection in our south. Otherwise we will likely see
at least small chances for storms each day, with temperatures close
to mid-July normals.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 643 PM CDT Fri Jul 10 2020

VFR conditions with light winds, unrestricted visibility and
SCT-OVC AOA 7,000 ft AGL should continue through 05Z Saturday.
After 05Z Saturday, the potential for thunderstorms will be
increasing across the region from northwest to southeast. Any
storms between 05Z and 13Z Saturday may produce damaging winds
and/or large hail. As always, strong LLWS, up/downdrafts and near
zero visibility are possible with the strongest storms.
Confidence in storm timing and coverage for the TAFs is low.
Suffice it to say, any of the TAF sites (KOMA, KLNK and KOFK) may
be impacted overnight. Skies should clear after 13Z Saturday,
leaving VFR conditions and breezy north winds (sustained 10 to 18
mph with gusts 20 to 30 kt) Saturday afternoon.





NWS OAX Office Area Forecast Discussion

Forecast Discussion
NWS Hastings, NE

FXUS63 KGID 102330

National Weather Service Hastings NE
630 PM CDT Fri Jul 10 2020

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 334 PM CDT Fri Jul 10 2020

Tonight`s forecast is challenging...largely because the high-
resolution CAMs have been struggling at best with the ongoing
convection and the convective evolution for tonight. Thus, confidence
is low on how tonight will evolve.

This evening: An isolated thunderstorm is ongoing northwest of the
forecast area. This(these) storms are not being handled well in
high-resolution CAMS...dissipating quickly in each run. However,
that is not the case and these storms are very robust and slowly
moving southeastward towards the forecast area. Confidence is low
on the evolution, but it`s hard to say it won`t at least reach
part of the area this evening. Shear is abundant and instability
is plentiful.

Later tonight: A secondary (maybe primary?) round of convection is
expected to move southeast out of southern South Dakota. This
convection is expected to slide southeast across primarly central
and eastern Nebraska. Confidence is slightly higher on this
evolution as high-res and other guidance has indicated this
evolution for the past 24 hours. It continues to track eastward.
The main question is how far west this secondary line will move.
The primary area still looks to be east of a line from Lexington
to Hebron. Wind will be the primary threat with this later
convection, but cannot rule out hail as well.

We will be in the wake of the upper disturbance from tonight with
surface high pressure moving overhead. Highs in the upper 80s to
low 90s with light winds.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Friday)
Issued at 334 PM CDT Fri Jul 10 2020

Sunday looks quiet, but we are in northwesterly flow aloft so some
activity along the High Plains could move eastward, but currently
a dry forecast.

The upper pattern does dampen and become more zonal through the
work-week. This allow a few different disturbances to move across
the area, bringing better chances for thunderstorms. The best
chances look to be Monday night through Wednesday. There are
discrepancies with the timing of the systems, so confidence is
low on any specifics at this time.

Highs are generally seasonal in the upper 80s to 90s through the
remainder of the forecast.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z KGRI/KEAR TAFS through 00Z Sunday)
Issued at 630 PM CDT Fri Jul 10 2020

Primary ongoing threat is thunderstorms for both terminals. This
threat should move southward with time this evening. Then there is
a secondary threat of thunderstorms into the overnight hours.
Thunderstorms during the overnight hours still look to slide
across eastern Nebraska, but this could reach as far west as KGRI
and KEAR. Winds will become northerly after the thunderstorms and
into the day Saturday.




SHORT TERM...Billings Wright
LONG TERM...Billings Wright
AVIATION...Billings Wright

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