Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
326 PM CDT THU JUL 21 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 326 PM CDT Thu Jul 21 2016

The main forecast concerns begin on Friday, when the chances of
thunderstorms increase, with the potential for severe thunderstorms
and some locally heavy rainfall.

Currently...dry surface high pressure centered over western Montana
continues to push into North Dakota. At upper levels a dry zonal
flow today should continue most of tonight.

Tonight will mainly be quiet, with lows in the 60s. Late tonight
there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in the far southwest, with
the approach of the next system to affect our area.

Models are in agreement regarding a vigorous shortwave trough off
the Pacific Northwest coast today begins moving into the Rockies at
the US/Canadian border Friday. This will induce southwesterly flow
aloft upstream across the Rockies into the western plains...and the
leading edge of a series of upper level impulses approaches western
North Dakota Friday morning. A southerly low level jet develops
quickly, allowing 60s/lower 70s dewpoints to return to the state. As
the previous forecast crew did earlier, we increased dewpoints from
the consensus guidance given the low dewpoint biases from the past
several days. The Nam and ECMWF did pick up on these higher
dewpoints and felt confident continuing this trend of raising
dewpoints.

MU CAPE values of 2000-3000+ J/kg with 0-6km bulk shear values of 40-
55 knots will develop by Friday afternoon. This occurs as an upper
level shortwave impulse moves eastward across the state. Plenty of
lift with the aid of the nose of the low level jet punching into
western North Dakota. The Storm Prediction Center outlook for Friday
depicts a slight risk for severe storms for all of western and
central North Dakota. This is consistent with earlier outlooks.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 326 PM CDT Thu Jul 21 2016

The potential for severe thunderstorms Friday night through Saturday
is the highlight of the long term forecast.

Friday night another very potent shortwave impulse emanating from
Wyoming/Montana, along with the strengthening low level jet, will
continue the threat of severe thunderstorms. As per the previous
forecast package, it appears that the individual severe storms could
merge and form into an MCS by later Friday evening/night, with the
thunderstorms continuing across our region late Friday night. By
Saturday morning the earlier mentioned upper level Pacific Northwest
shortwave low will have crossed the Rockies and will be over central
Montana by daybreak Saturday. This will induce a surface low near
the Montana/Saskatchewan/North Dakota border by Saturday morning.
The surface low/cold front moves east across North Dakota during the
daytime Saturday, while the upper low hangs back a bit over the
Saskatchewan/Manitoba/ND border. The upper low then moves east
across southern Manitoba Saturday night.

Thus additional rounds of thunderstorms and potential severe weather
are possible Friday night through much of Saturday. Locally heavy
rainfall is a good possibility simply because of the anticipation of
several rounds of thunderstorms beginning Friday and continuing into
Saturday afternoon/early evening.

Thereafter, the upper-level flow across the Northern Plains is
forecast to be mainly a zonal west-to-east flow, with a few embedded
shortwaves that would bring chances of thunderstorms. Saturday night
through Monday appear to be mainly dry...with the consensus models
indicating the next chance of showers and thunderstorms beginning
Monday night, with daily chances of rain through much of next week.

High temperatures should be seasonable, with temperatures around 80
to 90 through the long term.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1220 PM CDT Thu Jul 21 2016

VFR conditions will prevail across western and central ND today and
tonight. A few scattered cumulus clouds may develop this afternoon,
but no showers or thunderstorms are expected through tonight. Early
Saturday, mainly after 12z, the chances of thunderstorms begin to
increase...mainly for KDIK and KISN...but chances of precipitation
are not high enough before 18z to warrant a mention in the TAFS.
Will however carry a mid level cloud deck after 12z at KDIK and
KISN.


&&

.BIS Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JV
LONG TERM...JV
AVIATION...JV



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