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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
636 PM CDT Tue Oct 17 2017

Issued at 625 PM CDT Tue Oct 17 2017

Clear skies cover most of the region with some thin cirrus moving
into the the west. Update the winds a bit as the later
afternoon/early evening winds have been a bit gusty with good
linkage to winds aloft. Otherwise current forecast looks ok.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 214 PM CDT Tue Oct 17 2017

Strong winds tonight into Wednesday and potential critical fire
weather conditions Wednesday afternoon highlight the short term

A strong cold front will enter western North Dakota between 05-07
UTC tonight, and propagate east into central North Dakota by
early Wednesday morning. Strong west to northwest winds are
expected behind this front. The main challenge is how mixed the
post-frontal surface to 825 mb layer will become tonight. The RAP
iterations through the day and 12 UTC NAM soundings at Williston
late tonight suggest that a small inversion may remain in place,
while the 12 UTC GFS has consistently shown near adiabatic lapse
rates throughout the layer. The GFS has also been consistently
stronger with its wind field, and would even support a small
window for gusts in excess of 50kts across northwest and north
central North Dakota late tonight into early Wednesday morning.
For now given uncertainty in mixing tonight, issued a Wind
Advisory for northwest and north central North Dakota into the
Upper James River Valley through Wednesday afternoon. Gusts of
45-50 mph are forecast. A local upgrade to a High Wind Warning
will have to be monitored based on upstream observations if
adiabatic lapse rates can be established during the night behind
the front.

See the Fire Weather Discussion below for details regarding
potential critical fire weather conditions on Wednesday.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 214 PM CDT Tue Oct 17 2017

Above normal temperatures Thursday and Friday highlight the
extended forecast.

An upper level ridge is forecast to build across the Northern
Plains and Upper Midwest Thursday transitioning to southwest flow
aloft on Friday. This favors an anomalously warm airmass
characterized by 850 mb mean temperatures between their 90-99th
percentiles for the period as forecast by the 00 UTC NAEFS. High
temperatures of 70 to 80 are forecast each day, above the 12 UTC
guidance consensus. A windy Saturday is possible behind a cold
front, which will have to be monitored for possible critical fire
weather conditions as fuels dry this week.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Wednesday evening)
Issued at 625 PM CDT Tue Oct 17 2017

The main hazard to aviation will be gusty surface winds late
tonight and Wednesday as a strong cold front sweeps through the
region. The strongest surface winds, 25KT to 40KT, are expected
across the north central and east, impacting KMOT- KJMS. Low level
wind shear is expected to impact all taf sites between 03z-15z.
VFR conditions will prevail for the 00Z forecast.


Issued at 214 PM CDT Tue Oct 17 2017

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for northern and much of central
North Dakota Wednesday.

For northern and much of central North Dakota, strong west to
northwest winds are forecast on Wednesday behind a cold front.
Sustained winds around 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph are forecast.
Afternoon relative humidity will fall to near 20 percent. While
high temperatures will only be in the 50s, dry and windy
conditions may lead to critical fire weather conditions across
northern and much of central North Dakota. Across southwest North
Dakota, winds will be weaker on Wednesday, sustained around 20 mph
with gusts to 30 mph.

Warm conditions are forecast again on Thursday and Friday with
highs of 70 to 80. However, winds are not expected to be strong
either day. A windy Saturday is possible behind a cold front,
however, there is some uncertainty if relative humidity will
reach critical levels.


Fire Weather Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday
evening for NDZ001>005-009>013-021>023-025-035>037.

Wind Advisory from 4 AM to 7 PM CDT Wednesday for NDZ003>005-

Wind Advisory from 2 AM to 4 PM CDT Wednesday for NDZ001-002-009-



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