Area Forecast Discussion
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
932 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 932 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

ADJUSTED HOURLY TEMPERATURE TRENDS WITH SOME AREAS IN THE WEST
SEEING TEMPS DIPPING INTO THE LOWER 50S. DO NOT EXPECT TEMPS TO
DROP TOO MUCH THERE AS SOME HIGHER CIRRUS CLOUDS MOVING IN FROM
THE WEST...AND EXPECT SURFACE WINDS TO REMAIN AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH
TO PROVIDE SOME MIXING AT THE SURFACE. FORECAST LOW TEMPERATURES
FROM THE MID 40S TO AROUND 50 STILL ON TRACK.

UPDATE ISSUED AT 629 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

VIRGA AND LIGHT SHOWERS IN THE FAR SOUTHWEST - BOWMAN AND HETTINGER
AND AMIDON AREAS - WAS EXITING THE AREA TO THE SOUTHEAST...SOUTH OF
THE SOUTH DAKOTA BORDER. CURRENT FORECAST ON TRACK WITH ENDING THE
ISOLATED SHOWERS BY EVENING. HIGH PRESSURE OVER WESTERN ONTARIO WITH
LOW PRESSURE IN THE LEE OF THE ROCKIES WILL KEEP AN EAST/SOUTHEAST
WIND FLOW ACROSS WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA THIS EVENING AND
DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY)

ISSUED AT 326 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

THERE ARE SEVERAL FEATURES IN THE SHORT TERM FORECAST TONIGHT.
FIRST..THE SATELLITE WATER VAPOR IMAGE SHOWS A WEAK VORT MAX
MOVING THROUGH SOUTHEAST MONTANA. THIS FEATURE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE CLOUDS AND SPRINKLES ACROSS SOUTHEAST MONTANA. WILL INCLUDE A
PERIOD OF SPRINKLES SOUTHWEST FOR THIS. ABUNDANT DRY AIR BENEATH
CLOUD BASES SHOULD CAUSE EVAPORATION AND SEE LITTLE REACHING THE
GROUND.

SECOND...A BACK DOOR COLD FRONT HAS STALLED OUT ACROSS THE NORTH
CENTRAL LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE SHALLOW COOL AIR NORTH OF THE FRONT
LOOKS TO BE MIXING OUT A BIT AS THE CLOUDS HAVE EVAPORATED. RETURN
SOUTHERLY FLOW TONIGHT SHOULD KEEP THE COOL AIR AT BAR ACROSS THE
BORDER.

ON THURSDAY...A SURFACE TROUGH WILL STRENGTHEN ACROSS EASTERN
MONTANA WITH AN ASSOCIATED LOW LEVEL SOUTHERLY FLOW WHICH SHOULD
BRING IN HIGHER DEW POINTS DURING THE DAY. BACKING FLOW ALOFT WITH
THE ADVANCING WEST COAST H500 TROUGH SHOULD SUPPORT AN ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORM WEST LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. LOOKING FOR HIGHS FROM 72
TO 85

.LONG TERM...(THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY)

ISSUED AT 326 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

RIDGE AXIS PUSHES TO THE EAST THURSDAY NIGHT AS A PACIFIC TROUGH
WORKS TOWARDS THE ROCKIES. WILL KEEP A MENTION OF THUNDERSTORMS
WITH THIS PATTERN TRANSITION AND AS A SFC LOW MOVES ACROSS THE
STATE THURSDAY NIGHT. A FEW STRONGER STORMS MAY MATERIALIZE.
SOUTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT IS MAINTAINED THROUGH FRIDAY WITH A
VARIETY OF WEAK DISTURBANCES MOVING THROUGH RESULTING IN SOME
PRECIPITATION CHANCES THROUGH FRIDAY INTO EARLY SATURDAY.

RIDGE REBUILDS ACROSS THE WESTERN CONUS OVER THE WEEKEND...THEN
PUSHES OVER THE ROCKIES EARLY NEXT WEEK. THIS WILL BRING QUIET
WEATHER CONDITIONS AND SEASONABLY MILD TEMPERATURES SUNDAY -
WEDNESDAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z THURSDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 629 PM CDT WED SEP 17 2014

A WEAK COLD FRONT EXTENDING FROM NEAR FARGO THROUGH NORTH CENTRAL
NORTH DAKOTA NORTH OF MINOT IS FORECAST TO RETURN NORTH TO CANADA AND
HAVE LITTLE IMPACT IN ND. A SURFACE TOUGH IN MONTANA WILL
STRENGTHEN TONIGHT AND THURSDAY. AN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM IS
POSSIBLE NORTHWEST THURSDAY AFTERNOON...AND TOO UNCERTAIN AT THIS
TIME TO INCLUDE IN TAF FORECAST. VFR EXPECTED AT ALL TAF SITES.


&&

.BIS WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

UPDATE...JV
SHORT TERM...WAA
LONG TERM...NH
AVIATION...JV





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