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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHEYENNE WY
412 PM MDT WED APR 23 2014

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 412 PM MDT WED APR 23 2014

FORECAST CHALLENGES IN THE SHORT TERM DEAL WITH FIRE WEATHER
CONCERNS. PLEASE SEE FIRE DISCUSSION BELOW.

CURRENTLY...COLD FRONT THAT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND
THIS MORNING CONTINUES TO MOVE INTO CENTRAL NEBRASKA THIS
AFTERNOON. STILL SEEING SOME PRETTY STRONG WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS
BEHIND THE FRONT WITH REPORTS IN THE PANHANDLE STILL SHOWING WIND
GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 42MPH AT THE SCOTTSBLUFF AND AGATE RAWS SITES.
SIDNEY HAS JUST RECENTLY BEGUN TO GET REALLY CLOSE TO ADVISORY
CRITERIA OUT THERE...SO WILL KEEP THE WIND ADVISORY GOING THIS
AFTERNOON. IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO CANCEL EARLY AS LATEST IR IMAGERY
SHOWING DENSE MID AND HIGH LEVEL CLOUDS BEGINNING TO DEVELOP OVER
THE SOUTH LARAMIE RANGE...SPREADING EAST.

WINDS WILL EASE SOME TONIGHT...THOUGH WOULD EXPECT OUR WIND PRONE
AREAS TO CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE ELEVATED WINDS. GFS 700MB WINDS
REMAIN STRONG TONIGHT...KEEPING 40+MPH WINDS GOING OVER ALBANY
COUNTY. 850MB WINS STAY UP ALL NIGHT AS WELL OUT OVER THE
PANHANDLE WITH 20 TO 25KTS FORECAST ON THE GFS. THIS SHOULD KEEP
OVERNIGHT HUMIDITIES FROM RECOVERING VERY WELL...SO WE WILL START
OFF THURSDAY PRETTY WARM AND DRY.

LOOKING AT MODEL SOUNDINGS THURSDAY...LOOKS LIKE WE SHOULD MIX
WELL DURING THE AFTERNOON...REACHING POSSIBLY 600MBS WHERE WINDS
ARE FORECAST AT 35KTS ON THE USUALLY WEAKER NAM. THIS SHOULD BE
EASILY ENOUGH WINDS TO CREATE FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE
PANHANDLE THURSDAY AFTERNOON. GFS 700MB TEMPERATURES QUITE WARM AS
WELL...WARMING FROM -4C THIS AFTERNOON...UP TO +2C TOMORROW
AFTERNOON...SO WE SHOULD BE CONSIDERABLY WARMER OVER TODAYS HIGHS.

WARMER TEMPERATURES FOR FRIDAY AS UPPER LEVEL RIDGE BUILDS OVER
THE CWFA. GFS FORECASTING 700MB TEMPERATURES OF +4C OVER SOUTHERN
WYOMING. SO AFTERNOON HIGHS SHOULD BE IN THE MID 70S ACROSS THE
PANHANDLE WITH UPPER 60S ACROSS SOUTHEAST WYOMING.

.LONG TERM...(SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY)

ISSUED AT 412 PM MDT WED APR 23 2014

MODELS REMAIN FAIRLY CONSISTENT WITH THE SYNOPTIC PATTERN IN THE
LONG TERM. A STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL MOVE ACROSS THE GREAT BASIN
AND DESERT SOUTHWEST ON SATURDAY...AND LOOKS TO BECOME A STACKED
SYSTEM ON SUNDAY OVER THE CENTRAL PLAINS. AHEAD OF THE
LOW...INCREASINGLY DIFFLUENT FLOW WILL MOVE OVERHEAD ALONG WITH
STRONG PVA. THE LEESIDE TROUGH WILL DEEPEN ON SATURDAY
MORNING...WITH A SURFACE LOW PROGGED TO DEVELOP OVER NORTHEAST
COLORADO THROUGH THE DAY. LLVL MOISTURE ADVECTION OCCURRING WITHIN
THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN PERIPHERY OF THE DEVELOPING SFC LOW WILL
BRING INCREASING CHANCES FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE
AFTERNOON FOR THIS AREA...WHICH INCLUDES NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE
PANHANDLE AND EAST CENTRAL WYOMING. WITH THE ENERGETIC FLOW MOVING
OVERHEAD...WILL ALSO SEE ACTIVITY INCREASE THROUGH THE DAY OVER
THE MOUNTAINS. AREAS EAST OF THE SOUTHERN LARAMIE RANGE MAY LACK
OVERALL MOISTURE AND SFC FORCING TO SUPPORT TSTORMS UNTIL THE SFC
LOW WRAPS UP LATER IN THE AFTERNOON/EVENING. MODELS SHOW THE SFC
LOW SLOW TO MOVE TO THE EAST-SOUTHEAST ON SUNDAY AS THE UPPER LOW
MOVES INTO THE CENTRAL PLAINS...SO EXPECT CONTINUED CHANCES FOR
SHOWERS AND TSTORMS FOR THE NEBRASKA ZONES WHICH MAY STILL BE IN
THE WARM SECTOR AT THIS TIME. FURTHER WEST...WILL BEGIN TO SEE
MORE OF STEADY RAIN WITH SNOW IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE
SNOWY AND SIERRA MADRES THROUGH THE DAY. AS CAA INCREASES BEHIND
THE SLOW MOVING SYSTEM THROUGH THE EVENING...WILL LIKELY SEE A
CHANGEOVER TO SNOW IN THE LOWER ELEVATIONS OF SOUTHEAST WYOMING AS
WELL. MAY NOT SEE SNOW IN THE PANHANDLE UNTIL MONDAY MORNING.
TIMING OF THIS CHANGEOVER WILL BE VERY TRICKY THO AS THE ORIGIN OF
THE COLD AIR LOOKS TO BE HIGHLY MODIFIED AIRMASS FROM THE PACIFIC
AND CONTINENTAL US...SO MAY NOT BE ALL THAT COLD IN GENERAL.
REGARDLESS...STRONG SFC AND MIDLEVEL FORCING WILL KEEP QPF ON THE
HIGHER END...WITH MODELS PRODUCING A QUARTER TO HALF INCH OF QPF
FOR A GOOD PORTION OF THE CWA THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. THE
SYSTEM WILL TREK TOWARD THE MIDWEST ON MONDAY...WITH WRAPAROUND
MOISTURE AND ENERGETIC NORTHWEST FLOW MAINTAINING CHANCES FOR RAIN
AND HIGH ELEVATION SNOW. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL BE BLUSTERY THROUGH
THIS TIME AS THE SFC PRESSURE GRADIENT REMAINS FAIRLY TIGHT AS THE
SYSTEM DEPARTS. TUESDAY WILL SEE CONTINUED GUSTY NORTHWEST
WINDS...BUT LESS MOISTURE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR RAIN AND SNOW.
DAYTIME TEMPS WILL FALL FROM THE 60S AND 70S ON SATURDAY...TO THE
40S AND 50S THRU THE REMAINDER OF THE FORECAST PERIOD.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z THURSDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 1156 AM MDT WED APR 23 2014

GUSTY WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE MAIN ISSUE
THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING...WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 KTS EXPECTED
ACROSS SOUTHEAST WYOMING AND 30 TO 40 KTS FOR THE NEBRASKA
PANHANDLE. WINDS WILL EASE AFTER SUNSET THIS EVENING BUT WILL
INCREASE ONCE AGAIN AFTER 14Z THURSDAY. GUSTS WILL BE LESS ON
THURSDAY...WITH SPEEDS OF 25 TO 35 KTS. VFR CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED THROUGH THE PERIOD.

&&

.FIRE WEATHER...
ISSUED AT 412 PM MDT WED APR 23 2014

CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE NEBRASKA PANHANDLE
THURSDAY AS DOWNSLOPING WINDS CONTINUE TO DRY OUT THE LOWER LAYERS
OF THE ATMOSPHERE. LOOKING AT MINIMUM AFTERNOON HUMIDITIES OF 10
TO 13 PERCENT WITH WINDS GUSTING TO 30 MPH...ESPECIALLY FOR FIRE
ZONES 312 AND 313. WILL BE ISSUING A FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR
THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR THESE ZONES. LOW PRESSURE CAUSING THESE
WINDS OVER EASTERN MONTANA WILL MOVE EAST INTO THE DAKOTAS
THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY WITH THE ASSOCIATED COLD FRONT MOVING
EAST. NEXT CHANCE FOR WETTING RAINS AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS WILL BE
SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY AS A STRONG PACIFIC LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM
MOVES INTO UTAH AND TRACKS ACROSS NORTHERN COLORADO. EVERYONE
SHOULD SEE ACCUMULATING RAINS AND MOUNTAIN SNOWS SUNDAY INTO
MONDAY AS THIS SLOW MOVING LOW MOVES NORTHEAST INTO SOUTHERN
NEBRASKA.

&&

.CYS WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WY...NONE.
NE...WIND ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM MDT THIS EVENING FOR NEZ019>021-054-055-
     095-096.

     FIRE WEATHER WATCH FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY
     EVENING FOR NEZ312-313.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...CLAYCOMB
LONG TERM...RJM
AVIATION...RJM
FIRE WEATHER...CLAYCOMB








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