Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KBIS 300943

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
443 AM CDT MON MAY 30 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 405 AM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Severe thunderstorm and heavy rainfall potential today through
this evening highlight the short term forecast.

SPC in their Day 1 Severe Convective Outlook has expanded the
slight risk to include most of southwest and south central North
Dakota. Overall, thunderstorms are expected to enter western North
Dakota late this morning ahead of a surface cold front across
central Montana. This cold front will begin to occlude this
afternoon with a stationary front located across southern Canada
this morning. Thunderstorms will focus across central North Dakota
this afternoon and into the early evening as the cold front
propagates east. Regarding severe potential, the 00 and 06 UTC NAM
solutions have been generally disregarded given low level moisture
fields that are too high resulting in unrealistic CAPE values this
afternoon. The remainder of the 00-08 UTC global and high
resolution suites are plausible. Some uncertainty remains as to
how much surface based instability can build across the southwest
and south central from cloud cover associated with ongoing
convection across Montana. Peak ML CAPE values south central range
from 1000-1500 j/Kg on the 07 UTC RAP, to 2000-2500 j/Kg on the 00
UTC GFS, indicative of the uncertainty of surface heating. Deep
layer shear around 35-40 kts is certain across the guidance
sources, supportive of organized convection especially if the
higher bound of instability can be realized. This is seconded by
2-5 km updraft helicity forecasts from the the 06-08 UTC HRRR and
00 UTC SSE0. Values in excess of 75 m2/s2 have been depicted by
the HRRR, which would support the potential for supercells. Again,
conditional on the higher bounds of instability being reached,
which is uncertain. The main threats with this event appear to be
large hail and damaging winds. However, an isolated tornado is
possible if a discrete supercell structure can realized before
storms congeal into a line later this afternoon and evening. WPC
does have much of northwest and central North Dakota in a slight
risk for excessive rainfall today and tonight. Slow storm motions
of 10-20 kts are possible today with PWATs climbing to 1.25
inches. However, the overall threat given flash flood guidance
will likely be confined to urban areas.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
Issued at 405 AM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Rain showers Tuesday with a return to dry weather and near normal
temperatures late this week highlight the extended forecast.

The 00 UTC guidance suite is in agreement on an upper level low
across the Northern Plains on Tuesday, supporting the continuation
of widespread rain showers with embedded thunderstorms. Wrap
around moisture on the pivot point of the deformation zone across
northwest and far north central North Dakota may lead to storm
total rainfall amounts Monday through Tuesday approaching two
inches. Thereafter, an intermountain west upper level ridge is
forecast to build into the weekend, marking a return to drier
weather with near normal temperatures.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Tuesday morning)
Issued at 405 AM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Widespread thunderstorms will move into western North Dakota late
this morning and spread east through afternoon and evening. Some
storms may be severe with large hail and damaging winds southwest
and south central. Widespread showers with embedded thunderstorms
continue Tuesday with IFR/MVFR ceilings possible.


.BIS Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


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