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FXUS63 KUNR 141010

Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
410 AM MDT Mon Aug 14 2017

.DISCUSSION...(Today Through Sunday)
Issued at 344 AM MDT Mon Aug 14 2017

Upper level analysis has low amplitude pattern across the CONUS
with a trof across the east and west, and weak ridge crossing the
northern Plains. Skies are partly to mostly cloudy across the area
with some very weak echoes showing up on radar across
northeastern WY. At the surface, weak low pressure resides across
eastern MT with frontal boundary to the west and south of the
area. Surface high pressure is located across ND with light east
to southeast winds across western SD. Temperatures at 3am are in
the 50s.

First of several upper shortwaves associated with the western
trof will move through central MT early this morning. The second
shortwave will track a little further south and east, and approach
the area late this afternoon. This will result in partly to
mostly cloudy skies with some weak showers/storms early in the
day, then a much better chance of stronger storms this afternoon
and evening. Southeasterly winds will become breezy across the
western SD plains ahead of the Montana surface low, and MLCAPE
will increase to 1000-2000 J/kg during the afternoon. Zero-6 km
shear of 40+ kts will support the development of strong to severe
thunderstorms. Showers/storms will continue tonight and through
Tuesday as a third wave slowly slides through the northern plains.
A low level jet will develop tonight, continuing to bring
moisture into the area, along with supporting continued favorable
shear. Heavy rain will be possible with any storm that develops,
especially late tonight into Tuesday, when PWATs are expected to
be 150% of normal.

Showers and storms will finally shift east of the area Tuesday
night, with Wednesday expected to be mainly dry. Another
shortwave trof will cross the area on Thursday, producing
additional chances for showers and storms.

Models are still showing a ridge towards the end of the week,
bringing drier weather.

Today and Tuesday will continue with below average temperatures,
but a slow warming trend will begin on Wednesday with near to
above average temperatures expected late this coming weekend.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS Through 06Z Monday Night)
Issued At 1033 PM MDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Mainly VFR conds. Patchy fog will be possible on the SD plains
tonight. A warm front will slowly shift north overnight, possibly
supporting ISOLD SHRA/TS across the region. Otherwise, a storm
system will bring increasing chances for TS Mon afternoon across
NE WY, moving into western SD by late afternoon/evening.




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