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FXUS63 KBIS 171951

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
251 PM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 156 PM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017

Fire weather concerns and Thunderstorm chances highlight the short
term forecast.

Currently, low pressure was situated near Watford City along a
trough situated from Saskatchewan through the western Dakotas.
Over far western ND and eastern MT, dewpoints have dropped behind
the surface trough with some gustier winds. However, a shortwave
tracking across Montana is bringing an area of increased
cloudiness into southwest ND at this time, and should may help
temper afternoon highs, which would inhibit fire weather potential

Tonight, mesoscale models are hinting at two areas of showers and
thunderstorms. the first is associated with the aforementioned
shortwave trough and tracks west to east along the ND/SD border,
extending south through SD. The strongest convection remains
mostly to the south of ND.

A second area of convection tracks across northwest and north
central ND, and then southeast into eastern ND during the
overnight hours. Severe thunderstorm appears on the minimal side,
but with around 1000 J/KG of CAPE and 25 to 35 knots of shear this
evening, an isolated severe storm can not be ruled out. Some of
the mesoscale models have indicated some weak to moderate updraft
helicity signatures dropping southeast from Canada this evening.

Warm and dry on Friday. We lowered the dewpoints from guidance in
the southwest Friday afternoon, but winds do not appear to be very

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 156 PM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017

he extended forecast begins Friday night with a shortwave ridge
bringing warmer temperatures Friday and especially Saturday.
Highs should be in the 80s Friday with more widespread lower 90s
by Saturday. This will be followed by a Pacific cold frontal
passage cooling the region back into the 70s and lower 80s Sunday
through Tuesday. This will also bring a chance for scattered
showers and thunderstorms Sunday and Sunday night. Broad ridging
develops aloft by early to middle of next week suppressing
convection and returning warmer temperatures to the region.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 156 PM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017

Regarding a wind shift:
Low pressure trough oriented N-S along the border of MT and ND at
18z will move eastward across KISN/KDIK this afternoon, and becoming
nearly stationary across central ND near KBIS/KMOT this evening,
reaching near KJMS by 12z Friday morning. South/southeast winds
ahead of the trough should become northwesterly behind the trough.

Regarding thunderstorm hazards:
Isolated thunderstorms possible at KISN/KDIK aft 21z, better chances
of thunderstorms at KMOT aft 00z, with isolated thunderstorms
possible at KBIS and KJMS later tonight.

VFR ceilings and VSBYS expected at all TAF sites.


Issued at 156 PM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017

While there are some fire weather concerns today critical fire
weather conditions are not expected.

A warm thermal ridge will support high temperatures today around
90 southwest into west central North Dakota. While consensus
models show Minimum RH values around 20 percent opted to use the
dryer HRRR model which supports Minimum RH`s as low as 15 percent,
and also extended the lower humidities a little farther east. A
wind shift to the Northwest is forecast with the surface trough
passage late this afternoon. Again, raised winds a tad over
consensus to around 15 mph with gusts 20 to 25. Based in this
there should not be sufficient winds to create critical fire
weather conditions today.

Another warm day is forecast Saturday with a more significant
frontal passage late Saturday afternoon and night. We utilized a
blend of higher wind guidance over our given guidance. BUFKIT
forecast NAM/GFS soundings for Saturday afternoon support
sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph and gusts of 25 to 30 mph. This
period will certainly need to be monitored for possible critical
fire weather.




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