Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KCYS 291807

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
1207 PM MDT FRI JUL 29 2016

Issued at 1145 AM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Low-level cumulus field is expanding rapidly in both coverage, and
vertical extent over the Laramie Range. The overall environment is
already quite favorable for severe thunderstorm development, w/the
latest SPC Mesoscale Analysis showing steepening low/mid-lvl lapse
rates and resultant MUCAPES over 2000 J/kg with minimal CIN. Moist
boundary layer in place along/east of the Laramie Range with upper
50s dewpoints currently observed at KCYS, and effective bulk shear
is more than sufficient for supercells at 40 kts. This combined w/
excellent low-level convergence will more than likely support more
widespread activity as we head into the afternoon. Agree with HRRR
solutions showing robust convection along a Cheyenne to Torrington
line at 22z. Introduced likely PoPs over much of southeast WY this
afternoon. All other aspects of the forecast are in good shape.


.SHORT TERM...(Today through Sunday)
Issued at 300 AM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Today...Still believe we will see some fog develop during the late
night and early morning hours based on current and projected
temperature and dewpoint spreads, especially once some residual low
and middle clouds dissipate with the passing showers across far
southeast Wyoming and the southern Nebraska panhandle.

Agree with the Storm Prediction Center outlook of marginal risk
along and east of a Douglas to Laramie line this afternoon and
evening based on the events of the past few days, as well as the
proximity of a low and mid level theta-e ridge axis of instability
residing north to south across far southeast Wyoming and the
Nebraska Panhandle. Low level convergence along the Laramie Range
expected to help ignite isolated to widely scattered coverage of
thunderstorms this afternoon, and with projected CAPES of 1000 to
2000 J/kg and wind shear in excess of 40 knots, expect isolated
strong to severe storms to develop in the marginal risk area, most
likely south of a Cheyenne to Alliance line where instability will
be maximized. Guidance maximums close and will follow these.

Tonight...Storms expected to decrease in coverage and intensity this
evening with the loss of daytime heating with more late night fog
developing across parts of western Nebraska based on projected
boundary layer progs.

Saturday...With less low and mid level moisture availability and
warmer temperatures at mid levels of the atmosphere, expect less
coverage of afternoon and evening thunderstorms along with warmer
temperatures at NAM and GFS guidance temperatures suggest.

Saturday night...A quieter night with minimal chance of showers and
thunderstorms due to lack of forcing mechanisms and lift. Boundary
layer progs suggest late night fog possible from Chadron to Sidney.

Sunday...A weak shortwave progged to move across northern Colorado
will combine with adequate mid level moisture to produce isolated
afternoon and evening thunderstorms, with limited coverage due to
relatively warm temperatures aloft near 16 Celsius. Warming trend
continues per thicknesses and warming temperatures aloft and have
compromised between the NAM and GFS MOS maximum temperatures.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Thursday)
Issued at 330 AM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

There is general consensus with the 00Z medium range models progging
the subtropical upper high center to shift east from the Four Corners
to the south central Great Plains by midweek. The flow aloft will
become southwest, opening the door for some monsoonal moisture.
However, diurnal convective coverage will be isolated to widely
scattered at best and confined to the higher terrain and portions
of the plains. The ECMWF continues its wetter trend compared to
the GFS, and compromised. Monday and Tuesday will be warmer than
average with highs in the 80s to mid 90s. A rather potent upper
trough will track east along the northern tier CONUS Wednesday
which will push a cool front through the CWA. The flow aloft will
be more westerly which will cut off the monsoonal moisture.
Temperatures will moderate back to normal values for early August
with highs in the 80s.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 1145 AM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Mostly vfr conditions through the taf period. Scattered
thunderstorms will develop along the Laramie Range over the next
few hours and move southeast. Included vcts at most sites through
the early evening. The best chance of mvfr/vfr vis in heavy rain
will be at CYS. Winds will generally be below 20 kts, except in
the vicinity of tstms.


Issued at 300 AM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Lowering afternoon humidities through the weekend, and with winds
and gusts slowly increasing each day, concerns will increase
especially by Sunday along and west of Interstate 25.


.CYS Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


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