Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KFGF 301743

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
1243 PM CDT MON MAY 30 2016

Issued at 1228 PM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Minor adjusments made to POPs...continue to prefer HRRR for
convective initiation over DVL area mid aftn and main band of
activity moving into western zones in the 01Z to 03Z timeframe.
Think POPs may be an hour or two too fast and will re-assess prior
to 4 PM forecast issuance. Band of showers/isold storms still
possible in the mid-afternoon as nose of H850 theta-e ridge
expands north. HRRR also generating some convection across w
central MN with this feature. At current time, SPC mesoanalysis is
beginning to increase ML CAPE across eastern ND, mainly between
about 500 and 1250 J/KG. MU CAPEs are over 1000 J/KG...however the
best shear is well to the west just ahead of the showers and
storms moving across western ND. This activity certainly moving
into area of weaker shear.

UPDATE Issued at 940 AM CDT Mon May 30 2016

A cluster of showers formed over Grand Forks and will propagate to
the east this morning. Added POPs for this area for the next three
hours, although rain at Grand Forks has already stopped and the
sun is back out. Very isolated area.

For this evening, a couple of changes made to grids. First, severe
wording was removed for areas outside of the slight risk area.
The latest rain event focused mostly on northeast ND and the
southeast should still be family dry. The lowest FFG are for the
valley and northeastern ND, thus reduced weather story flash
flooding risk from moderate to low. No other changes to public
products at this time.

UPDATE Issued at 635 AM CDT Mon May 30 2016

No significant changes made this update period.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Tuesday)
Issued at 200 AM CDT Mon May 30 2016

forecast concerns will be severe potential tonight and rain
duration. Models still differ on surface low position however high
resolution models supporting farther north solution. Otherwise
overall message similar with severe potential tonight.

Today will start out sunny with increasing southerly flow/moisture
flux during the afternoon. Surface low to organize over the
northern high plains and will be location of convective
initiation. Farther south solution would have convection
also developing along E-W boundary along the ND/SD border area
where the northern solution keeps convection farther west. With
model differences there is some uncertainty as to when convection
will reach our FA so did not make significant changes to pops.
Should be sufficient solar along with warm advection to get
temperatures a few degrees warmer than Sunday highs.

Main action will be tonight as surface low and related convection
shifts east into the region. Bulk shear not overly impressive and
best upper support lags back into the western/central dakotas.
However strong low level forcing and sufficient cape/instability
for severe storm threat. Slight risk area expanded north and
justified with some model showing farther north solution.

Surface low will reside over the northern fa on Tuesday. Dry
slotting will limit best rain chances to the northern fa. As a
result coolest temperatures will be across the north with
temperatures close to average across the south.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Sunday)
Issued at 200 AM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Low becomes stacked Tuesday night across the northern valley
region so only a slow eastward propagation expected. This will
slowly shift wrap around rain band slowly east overnight to the
valley region.

low will pull out Wednesday with best rain chances over the ne fa.
Cooler column and clouds will hold temperatures well blo average.

Wednesday to Saturday night...Models have become consistent
with robust short wave trough moving across the northern plains to
start the extended period. Stacked low pressure system centered over
the valley will bring a cool...damp start to June with clouds and
showers lingering into the afternoon especially in NW MN...highs in
the 60s. Thursday and first half of Friday will be dry as 500mb
ridging and NW flow aloft bring weak high pressure to the
Northern Plains. The next CHC for convection arrives Friday PM
into Saturday as sfc low and upper support track across northern
Manitoba dragging a boundary across the FA.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday afternoon)
Issued at 1228 PM CDT Mon May 30 2016

Ceilings are still VFR across the area with fairly light sfc winds
yet. Just starting to see some convective development southwest of
KDVL. Otherwise there is a large area of weak showers and tstms over
western ND, moving to the east. These are spreading some mid and
high level clouds into this FA. Outside of these, models are still
trying to develop stronger storms over the western Dakotas later
this afternoon, then moving them NE by late afternoon into tonight.
Confidence not great overall in regard to strength or timing, but
have tried to indicate in the TAFs what the latest guidance
proposes. As the tstms move through, ceilings or vsbys could be
lower than VFR at times, but with timing not certain will add that
later when confidence improves. There will be a dry slot moving into
the area Tuesday morning, bringing decreasing clouds and a bit
stronger SW winds.


.FGF Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


SHORT TERM...Voelker
LONG TERM...JK/Voelker
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