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Fire Weather Planning Forecast for Wrn Montana and N Cntrl Idaho
National Weather Service Missoula MT
339 AM MDT THU AUG 27 2015

...COLD FRONT TO BRING GUSTY WINDS AND THUNDERSTORMS SATURDAY...

.DISCUSSION...

Idaho: Valley smoke will remain trapped in valleys under
temperature inversions, while elevations above 4000 feet or so should
be able to experience some afternoon mixing. There is a slight
chance of showers and thunderstorms developing this afternoon and
again Friday afternoon, concentrated mostly over the highest
terrain closer to the Montana border. Friday afternoon will
feature a weak frontal passage, followed by a much stronger cold
front on Saturday. The Saturday front should move through by the
late afternoon, possibly accompanied by thunderstorms capable of
erratic wind gusts. Chances of wetting rain will be low. Beginning
Sunday, the pattern will shift to cooler and possibly wetter, with
consistent daytime winds at all elevations.

Montana: High pressure will continue to keep the stagnant and
smoky airmass over the area through Friday. Monsoon moisture will
bring some shower and thunderstorm activity to mainly southwest
Montana forests each afternoon and evening. Wind gusts and
lightning are the main expectations with any storms, with only a
minimal chance of wetting rain. Gusty winds will develop Saturday
ahead of cold front which is expected pass through by the evening.
Thunderstorms may develop along the cold front, with northwest
Montana forests having the best chances of wetting rain. Beginning
Sunday, the pattern will shift to cooler and possibly wetter, with
consistent daytime winds at all elevations.


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IDZ102-103-280945-
PALOUSE/HELLS CANYON-CLEARWATER/NEZ PERCE-
239 AM PDT THU AUG 27 2015

.Today...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke.
* Max Temperature.....83-93 valleys and 80-85 ridges.
* Min Humidity........25-35 percent valleys and 16-26 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Variable less than 7 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-10 mph.
* Haines Index........3 very low.
* LAL.................1.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Tonight...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke.
* Min Temperature.....50-60.
* Max Humidity........67-77 percent valleys and 45-55 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Northwest 5-10 mph in the evening becoming
      downslope/downvalley 2-5 mph.
*     Ridge Top............Northwest 5-15 mph decreasing to up to 5 mph
      after midnight...then becoming south early in the morning.
* LAL.................1.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Friday...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Slight chance
  of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....85-95 valleys and 80-85 ridges.
* Min Humidity........18-28 percent.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Becoming southwest 5-15 mph in the
      afternoon.
*     Ridge Top............Southwest 10-20 mph.
* Haines Index........5 moderate.
* LAL.................1 in the Palouse/Hells Canyon...and 2 in the
  Clearwater/Nez perce.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Saturday...Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Lows 55-65. Highs 80-90. Southwest winds
15-25 mph.
.Sunday...Not as warm. Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 50-60. Highs 70-80. Southwest winds
10-20 mph.
.Monday...Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers. Patchy smoke.
Lows 45-55. Highs 75-85. Southwest winds 10-15 mph.
.Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers. Lows
45-55. Highs 75-85.
.Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers.
Lows 45-55. Highs 75-85.

$$

MTZ104-105-280945-
KOOTENAI-FLATHEAD/GLACIER PARK-
339 AM MDT THU AUG 27 2015

.Today...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Isolated
  showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....85-90 valleys and 75-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........10-20 percent valleys and 17-27 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Becoming upslope/upvalley 4-8 mph in the
      afternoon.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-15 mph.
* Haines Index........3 very low.
* LAL.................2.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Tonight...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke.
* Min Temperature.....40-50 valleys and 55-60 ridges.
* Max Humidity........73-83 percent valleys and 45-55 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Southwest 5-10 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 10-20 mph.
* LAL.................1 in the Kootenai...and 2 in the
  Flathead/Glacier Park.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Friday...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Slight chance
  of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....85-90 valleys and 75-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........10-20 percent valleys and 18-28 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......South 5-15 mph.
*     Ridge Top............Southwest 10-20 mph.
* Haines Index........3 very low.
* LAL.................1 in the Kootenai...and 2 in the
  Flathead/Glacier Park.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Saturday...Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Lows 55-65. Highs 75-85. Southwest winds
20-30 mph.
.Sunday...Cooler. Partly cloudy with chance of showers and slight
chance of thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 45-55. Highs 60-70.
Southwest winds 15-25 mph.
.Monday...Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 40-50. Highs 65-75. Southwest winds
10-20 mph.
.Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers. Lows
45-55. Highs 65-75.
.Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Chance of showers. Lows
45-55. Highs 70-80.

$$

MTZ106-108-280945-
WEST LOLO-EAST LOLO-
339 AM MDT THU AUG 27 2015

.Today...
* Sky/Weather.........Mostly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Isolated
  showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....85-90 valleys and 75-85 ridges.
* Min Humidity........9-19 percent valleys and 18-28 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Variable less than 7 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-15 mph.
* Haines Index........4 low.
* LAL.................1 in the West Lolo...and 2 in the East Lolo.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Tonight...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and
  thunderstorms in the evening. Areas of smoke.
* Min Temperature.....45-50 valleys and 55-60 ridges.
* Max Humidity........76-86 percent valleys and 44-54 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Southwest 5-10 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-15 mph.
* LAL.................1 in the West Lolo...and 2 in the East Lolo.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Friday...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Slight chance
  of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....90-95 valleys and 80-85 ridges.
* Min Humidity........16-26 percent.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Becoming southwest 10-15 mph late in the
      afternoon.
*     Ridge Top............Southwest 10-20 mph.
* Haines Index........5 moderate.
* LAL.................1 in the West Lolo...and 2 in the East Lolo.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Saturday...Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Lows 55-65. Highs 80-90. Southwest winds
15-25 mph.
.Sunday...Cooler. Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 50-60. Highs 65-75. Southwest winds
10-20 mph.
.Monday...Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 45-55. Highs 70-80. Southwest winds
10-20 mph.
.Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers. Lows
45-55. Highs 70-80.
.Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Chance of showers. Lows
45-55. Highs 70-80.

$$

MTZ107-280945-
SALISH AND KOOTENAI RESERVATION-
339 AM MDT THU AUG 27 2015

.Today...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke.
* Max Temperature.....85-90 valleys and 75-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........16-26 percent.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Variable less than 7 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-10 mph.
* Haines Index........3 very low.
* LAL.................1.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Tonight...
* Sky/Weather.........Mostly clear. Areas of smoke.
* Min Temperature.....50-60.
* Max Humidity........65-75 percent valleys and 43-53 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Southwest 5-10 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-15 mph.
* LAL.................1.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Friday...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Slight chance
  of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....85-90 valleys and 75-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........15-25 percent.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Becoming south 5-15 mph in the afternoon.
*     Ridge Top............Southwest 5-15 mph.
* Haines Index........4 low.
* LAL.................2.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Saturday...Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Lows 55-65. Highs 80-90. Southwest winds
15-25 mph.
.Sunday...Not as warm. Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 50-60. Highs 70-80. Southwest winds
15-25 mph.
.Monday...Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 45-55. Highs 75-85. Southwest winds
10-20 mph.
.Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers. Lows
50-60. Highs 75-85.
.Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Chance of showers. Lows
50-60. Highs 70-80.

$$

MTZ109-280945-
BITTERROOT-
339 AM MDT THU AUG 27 2015

.Today...
* Sky/Weather.........Mostly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Isolated
  showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....85-90 valleys and 75-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........16-26 percent.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Variable less than 7 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-10 mph.
* Haines Index........4 low.
* LAL.................2.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Tonight...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and
  thunderstorms in the evening. Areas of smoke.
* Min Temperature.....45-50 valleys and 55-60 ridges.
* Max Humidity........79-89 percent valleys and 46-56 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Northwest 5-10 mph in the evening becoming
      downslope/downvalley 2-5 mph.
*     Ridge Top............Northwest 5-15 mph decreasing to up to 5 mph
      after midnight...then becoming southwest early in the
      morning.
* LAL.................2.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Friday...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Slight chance
  of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....85-90 valleys and 75-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........15-25 percent.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Variable less than 7 mph.
*     Ridge Top............Southwest 5-15 mph.
* Haines Index........5 moderate.
* LAL.................2.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Saturday...Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Lows 55-65. Highs 75-85. Southwest winds
15-25 mph.
.Sunday...Cooler. Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 45-55. Highs 65-75. Southwest winds
10-20 mph.
.Monday...Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 40-50. Highs 70-80. Southwest winds
5-15 mph.
.Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers. Lows
45-55. Highs 70-80.
.Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers.
Lows 45-55. Highs 70-80.

$$

MTZ110-111-280945-
DEERLODGE/WEST BEAVERHEAD-EAST BEAVERHEAD-
339 AM MDT THU AUG 27 2015

.Today...
* Sky/Weather.........Mostly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Chance of
  showers and thunderstorms.
* Max Temperature.....80-85 valleys and 70-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........14-24 percent valleys and 23-33 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......West 5-15 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-15 mph.
* Haines Index........5 moderate.
* LAL.................4.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...20 percent.

.Tonight...
* Sky/Weather.........Mostly cloudy then becoming partly cloudy.
  Areas of smoke. Chance of showers and thunderstorms.
* Min Temperature.....38-48 valleys and 45-55 ridges.
* Max Humidity........79-89 percent valleys and 58-68 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Southwest 5-10 mph.
*     Ridge Top............West 5-15 mph.
* LAL.................3.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...10 percent.

.Friday...
* Sky/Weather.........Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke. Slight chance
  of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
* Max Temperature.....80-90 valleys and 70-80 ridges.
* Min Humidity........10-20 percent valleys and 20-30 percent
  ridges.
* 20-Foot Winds.......
*     Lower Elevation......Variable less than 7 mph.
*     Ridge Top............Southwest up to 5 mph increasing to 5-15 mph
      in the afternoon.
* Haines Index........5 moderate.
* LAL.................2.
* CWR (> 0.10 Inch)...0 percent.

.Saturday...Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 50-60. Highs 75-85. South winds
15-25 mph.
.Sunday...Mostly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 50-60. Highs 70-80. Southwest winds
15-25 mph.
.Monday...Partly cloudy with slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Patchy smoke. Lows 40-50. Highs 70-80. Southwest winds
10-20 mph.
.Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Lows 45-55. Highs 70-80.
.Wednesday...Partly cloudy. Patchy smoke. Slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Lows 45-55. Highs 70-80.

$$



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