Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KBIS 220550

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
1250 AM CDT WED JUN 22 2016

Issued at 1250 AM CDT Wed Jun 22 2016

Quick update issued to freshen the forecast. Adjusted pops
slightly and increased winds across the southwest. Will look at
trimming western counties from the watch next. Storms that just
moved into the northwest have remained on the weak side. Strongest
storms at this moment are just about to move through the
Bismarck/Mandan areas and currently have warnings in effect for

UPDATE Issued at 902 PM CDT Tue Jun 21 2016

Multiple severe thunderstorms continue to develop over the area
this evening with impressive shear and strong instability in
place. Large hail continues to be the main threat with a lower
threat of damaging wind gusts. A tornadic threat still remains for
the next hour or so with stronger low level shear noted,
particularly over western locations. Later this evening expect
storms to become elevated diminishing the tornadic threat.

UPDATE Issued at 612 PM CDT Tue Jun 21 2016

Storms continue to move through northeast Montana with some
additional storms now starting to develop over southwest North
Dakota. Strong instability along with very impressive deep layer
shear (60 to around 80 kts) remain in place. Will be monitoring
the severe threat through the evening.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 233 PM CDT Tue Jun 21 2016

Main forecast issue in the short term period will be thunderstorm
chances late this afternoon and tonight.

Latest satellite and radar imagery is depicting thunderstorms
trying to fire off the Bighorns. Also some activity from west of
Havre MT to north of Glasgow MT. Surface analysis shows 1005mb
surface low over southeast MT with 3mb pressure falls from west
central ND into northeast MT. Currently around 1000 j/kg of cape
from southeast ND into north central MT but currently capped, and
80 knots of shear from northeast MT into west central ND. The
instability will only continue to increase this afternoon while
shear remains strong. With a strong upper low and associated
forcing tracking across north central MT at this time, think it`s
only a matter of time before convection fires. Only question is
how will things evolve late this afternoon through this evening.

Of the many solutions from the mesoscale models today, one thing
remains consistent. That would be convection (either supercell or
mcs) tracking from around the Williston area...south and east
toward the Bismarck Mandan area. Various iterations are showing
additional convection north and south of this but thus one area
has been consistent. The 00Z SPC SSEO was giving an impressive
signal of strong convection centered over northwest north dakota
from 00-03 UTC this evening and with forecast flow, this would
track toward the south and east. Stronger capping and will likely
inhibit convection as we move into eastern portions of central ND.

Have heightened severe wording in our forecast products products
for this evening.

Convection moves into eastern ND for Wednesday then a quiet day on
thursday as we are in an area of shortwave ridging ahead of
another upper low that will affect the area beginning Friday.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 233 PM CDT Tue Jun 21 2016

Short wave ridge will quickly move east across the Northern Plains
region transitioning flow aloft to southwesterly during the day on
Friday. Strong short wave upper level trough/closed low over the
Northern Rockies Friday will lead to height falls ahead of its path
and near an associated surface trough over the central and eastern
Dakotas. Instability axis with robust mucape will materialize ahead
of the surface trough along to east of Highway 83 during peak
heating. Uncertainty of whether convection will fire given the
degree of the forecast capping inversion with strong mid level waa
nosing into North Dakota. More favorable area for thunderstorms
looks to be on the edge of the cap across my northeast, which is
also where the more favorable shear is located. For now will hold
off on mentioning severe given the convective initialization

Breezy conditions in the lows wake Saturday and Sunday will advect
much drier air into the region along with cooler temperatures. Left
pops in for both days, but I anticipate these being dropped in
future forecast updates. Possible wind headlines may be needed as
well this weekend, and will take a closer look over the next few
model cycles.

Broad/long wave ridge builds east for early next week, however
models show embedded impulses undercutting the ridge so will not
completey rule out chances for showers or isolated thunderstorms.
Overall precipitation coverage will be minimal.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night)
Issued at 1250 AM CDT Wed Jun 22 2016

The main area of showers and thunderstorms have moved into central
and eastern sections. Overall, the trend has been for weakening
storms, although severe thunderstorms with strong winds will be
moving through Bismarck by 06z. VFR conditions should prevail most
locations, although could see some MVFR ceilings this morning and
afternoon across the north.


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