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Mesoscale Discussion 0304
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
0110 PM CDT Tue May 01 2018
Areas affected...Central KS into southeast NE
Concerning...Severe potential...Tornado Watch likely
Valid 011810Z - 012045Z
Probability of Watch Issuance...95 percent
SUMMARY...One or two tornado watches will be needed by mid-afternoon
(20-21Z) across central Kansas into southeast Nebraska.
DISCUSSION...Surface mesoanalyses this afternoon showed an area of
low pressure located in northwest KS, while the equatorward-trailing
dryline was continuing to shift east through southwest KS. DDC
radar imagery showed this boundary located between KGCK and KDDC at
1740Z and into central portions of the OK and TX Panhandles.
Clearing skies per visible satellite imagery have allowed for
stronger surface heating across the warm sector where the
environment continues to moisten per southerly low-level winds.
These changes in boundary-layer thermodynamics (reduction in
inhibition) have allowed cumulus clouds to develop along the KS
portion of the dryline into adjacent part of the OK Panhandle, as
the environment further destabilizes (mixed-layer CAPE is already up
to 2500 J/kg).
Deeper moist convection is expected by 20-21Z along the KS dryline
as stronger ascent within the exit region of southwesterly mid- and
upper-level jets shift into the central Plains this afternoon and
evening. Trends in the operational HRRR continue to suggest storm
development along the KS portion of the dryline by 21Z, with some
potential for initiation by around 20Z. Further low-level moistening
and increasing vertically veering winds will support supercell
development with an attendant threat for all severe hazards.
Initial storms will be capable of producing very large hail, while a
tornado threat (some strong) will increase, given a strengthening
southerly low-level jet resulting in increased hodograph curvature
...Please see www.spc.noaa.gov for graphic product...
LAT...LON 37349992 38149990 39429952 40089898 41169757 41449659
41379612 40879586 40329599 39289672 38319768 37539859
37229942 37179971 37349992
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