Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 201726

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1226 PM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 400 AM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017

Latest satellite imagery shows a mix of mid and high level clouds
streaming northward over western and north central NEB. Water
vapor imagery shows cyclonic flow across California spreading east
to the Northern and Central Plains with an amplified trough
moving onshore the West Coast. Highs will be similar to a few
degrees cooler than yesterday with values 14-18 degrees above
seasonal normal values  largely mid-upper 70s.

Decent moisture delivery today via Gulf moisture transport with
surface dewpoints rising to the 50s outside extreme western NEB
with mid 50s expected in portions of north central NEB. Large
scale trough moves east to the Northern Rockies to Central Great
Basin-Central Rockies today. Meanwhile, modest 500 hPa ht falls
persist today and tonight overhead. Increasing southerly breezes
today as surface trough sharpens with breezy winds east of the
trough, outside the eastern Panhandle and far southwest NEB.
Strongest gusts across north central NEB peaking largely 35 MPH.
Favorable setup for momentum transfer with upper level winds
mixing down. Mean mixed-layer winds of 25+ kts covering an
appreciable portion of the forecast area outside the
aforementioned areas near the trough. Overnight, a surface cold
front will advance east across the area mid-late evening through
early morning tomorrow. Meanwhile, winds stay elevated overnight.
Increasing northwest winds are expected over the western-third of
the local forecast area through the small hours. Increased
precipitation chances largely after midnight with the best chances
over northeast NEB and the northeast Panhandle. Of which,
instability sufficient for mention of thunder in portions of north
central NEB.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 400 AM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017

More wind expected Saturday in the wake of the cold front. NAM
indicates 30 to 40 kt H85 winds behind the front during the morning
hours, gradually weakening during the afternoon. Well mixed boundary
layer and CAA should lead to breezy or locally windy conditions for
at least the first half of the day. Showers are also possible,
especially across northwest Nebraska during the morning, where
favorable jet dynamics will be located. Have increased pops a bit,
as soundings indicate enough moisture to allow any precipitation to
make it to the surface. Some lingering mid level instability across
far eastern north central Nebraska, where a few rumbles of thunder
are possible with any shower during the morning.

Skies quickly clear and winds rapidly decouple Saturday night. Drier
air in place, along with the clear calm conditions will allow for a
chilly night as lows drop into the lower 30s. Could be some isolated
upper 20s in river valleys etc.

Downslope warming winds expected Sunday with highs climbing back
into the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. Then cooler Monday as a cold
front moves across the region. A secondary cold front will usher in
even cooler air Tuesday with highs only in the 50s. A brief warm up
Wednesday followed by a strong cold front and much cooler again for
Thursday. Not much chance for precipitation with northwest to north
flow aloft due to deep upper trough across the Great Lakes region.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 1219 PM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017

Wind is the primary aviation weather concern across western and
north central Nebraska through Saturday afternoon. South winds
will be quite gusty this afternoon and evening ahead of an
approaching cold front. A brief lull at ground level late this
evening may cause low level wind shear. The front will push
through overnight and rapidly strengthen and switch the winds to
northwesterly, generally around 21/06z at GRN, 21/09z at LBF and
VTN, and by 21/12z at BBW and ONL. Rain showers are possible along
and behind the cold front, but cigs and visby should remain VFR.




LONG TERM...Taylor
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