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Aug 16, 2017 1630 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook
Updated: Wed Aug 16 17:05:10 UTC 2017 (Print Version | 20170816 1630Z Day 1 shapefile | 20170816 1630Z Day 1 KML)
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   SPC AC 161705

   Day 1 Convective Outlook CORR 1
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1205 PM CDT Wed Aug 16 2017

   Valid 161630Z - 171200Z

   ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM SOUTHEAST
   KANSAS INTO WEST-CENTRAL MISSOURI...

   ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM OKLAHOMA
   ACROSS THE LOWER MISSOURI VALLEY INTO IOWA...

   ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE
   SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...

   CORRECTED FOR ENHANCED RISK GRAPHIC AREA

   ...SUMMARY...
   Scattered to numerous severe storms are likely from Iowa to
   Oklahoma, mainly later this afternoon and evening. Large hail,
   damaging winds, and a couple of tornadic storms are expected.

   ...Upper Mississippi Valley into the Southern Plains...
   Water vapor imagery shows a strong trough/vorticity maxima lifting
   into southwest Nebraska this morning.  This system is forecast to
   continue toward the upper Mississippi Valley tonight as a mid-upper
   level jet streak moves northeast on the southern periphery of the
   system.  An associated surface low over extreme eastern Nebraska is
   expected to move into extreme southwest Minnesota by evening and
   continue across southern Minnesota tonight.  A cold front trailing
   southward from the low will progress eastward and southeastward
   through the period.  

   A key mesoscale feature impacting thunderstorm evolution this
   afternoon is an arcing band of convection from western Iowa
   southward into extreme northwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.  The
   intersection of the western extension of this boundary over Kansas
   with the advancing cold front is expected to serve as a focus area
   for new convective initiation this afternoon, with activity
   expanding in coverage as storms move northeastward into the lower
   Missouri Valley this evening.  In addition, there is potential for
   ongoing storms in parts of Iowa and Missouri to intensify this
   afternoon as they move into a warming and destabilizing environment.

   The air mass from Oklahoma into central Missouri is undergoing
   strong diabatic heating, and there is potential for some
   thermodynamic recovery into parts of eastern Kansas in the wake of
   the downstream convection as clouds diminish to the north of the
   outflow boundary and ahead of the cold front.  Moderate to strong
   instability is expected this afternoon with MLCAPE reaching
   2000-3000 J/kg.  Winds aloft will be veering with height and
   increasing in magnitude during the afternoon which will provide
   sufficient vertical shear /35-40 kt in the lowest 6 km/ to support
   organized convective structures including a few initial supercells. 
   It appears that convection will evolve into a series of linear
   segments with time that may include a few bowing elements.  All
   severe hazards including large hail, damaging winds, and several
   tornadoes will be possible, especially during the earlier stages of
   severe storm maturation when the likelihood of discrete cells will
   be the greatest.  The threat is expected to evolve into primarily a
   damaging wind threat during the evening with some severe potential
   continuing into the early overnight hours.

   Farther north, the slight risk has been extended northward into
   parts of central/eastern Iowa where visible imagery shows some
   breaks in clouds which will promote heating and air mass
   destabilization.  Strong forcing for ascent along/in advance of the
   ongoing convective band coupled with favorable shear profiles
   suggest potential for a few severe storms to develop this afternoon
   and early evening.

   ..Weiss.. 08/16/2017

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