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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
443 PM CDT Fri Jul 14 2017

Issued at 436 PM CDT Fri Jul 14 2017

Quick update for convective trends through 2130 UTC. Overall,
convection has been more numerous, and perhaps a bit more intense,
than the CAM suites through the 20 UTC RAP/HRRR. Damaging winds
remain the primary threat given the very warm and deeply mixed
lower troposphere with significant inverted-v soundings and down-
draft CAPE around 1500-2000 j/kg. The secondary threat is large
hail to golf ball size, followed by the potential for dry
lightning in the early stages of convective growth.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 211 PM CDT Fri Jul 14 2017

A broad upper level ridge is in place over much of Montana, with
western and central North Dakota situated on the eastern
periphery. With surface high pressure centered over southern
Minnesota, southerly return flow will facilitate increasing
temperatures and dewpoints. Because of these factors, a heat
advisory is in effect through the early evening hours. Near record
high temperatures will be possible over parts of western and
central North Dakota.

Regarding thunderstorm chances, a cold front that is currently
located over eastern Montana will push into western and central
North Dakota later this afternoon and evening. While the
strongest forcing will remain north of the international border,
water vapor satellite imagery does show a weakness riding along
the ridge that should provide enough lift for isolated to
scattered thunderstorms along the cold front as we erode afternoon
capping. Decent instability will be in place with steep mid-level
lapse rates, but shear will be modest at best. Given inverted V
forecast soundings, strong winds look to be the greatest threat
with any of the stronger cells. A marginal severe hail threat may
also exist, but a hot boundary layer may limit hail size. SPC has
placed most of western and central North Dakota in a marginal risk
of severe weather, which seems reasonable based on the pattern
and the latest high resolution guidance.

Saturday will be dry and slightly cooler after the passage of the
cold front.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 211 PM CDT Fri Jul 14 2017

Hot temperatures will quickly return on Sunday as the ridge
amplifies and moves east. The ridge axis will move from central
North Dakota into the eastern part of the state by late Sunday
afternoon, placing our forecast area in southwest flow aloft.
Highs near the century mark will once again be possible. Given the
hot temperatures, minimum relative humidities below 20 percent,
and gusty winds ranging from 20 to 30 mph, critical fire weather
conditions will be possible on Sunday across parts of western and
south central North Dakota. Because of these factors, a fire
weather watch has been issued, mainly along and west of the
Missouri River.

A cold front will approach from the west on Sunday evening,
bringing another chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms.
At this time, the most favored area for strong to severe storms
will be across the northwest and north central. SPC has much of
the area outlined in a marginal risk for severe weather with their
latest day 3 convective outlook.

Monday will see cooler temperatures behind the cold front, and it
appears as if the cooler weather may stick around through much of
the week with highs generally in the 70s and 80s in the Tuesday
through Thursday time frame. Fast moving waves through quasi-zonal
flow will bring periodic chances of at least isolated showers and


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 436 PM CDT Fri Jul 14 2017

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will continue across
southwest and central North Dakota late this afternoon and
evening. Large hail and damaging winds are possible.


Issued at 211 PM CDT Fri Jul 14 2017

A cold front will push across western North Dakota late Sunday
afternoon into the early evening. Winds are expected to shift from
south and southwest, to northwesterly as the front sweeps
through. The combination of the cold frontal passage, southerly
sustained to 20 mph, temperatures around 100 degrees, minimum
relative humidities as low as 17 percent, and very dry fuels,
could produce critical fire weather conditions along and west of
the Missouri River. Thus a Fire Weather Watch has been issued.


Fire Weather Watch from Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening
for NDZ017>020-031>034-040>045.

Heat Advisory until 8 PM CDT /7 PM MDT/ this evening for



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