Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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FXUS63 KLBF 182047

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
347 PM CDT THU AUG 18 2016

Issued at 346 PM CDT Thu Aug 18 2016

Cold front has pushed into northwest Nebraska already. Ahead of the
front compressional heating pushed temps into mid and upper 90s, and
even 100 at VTN. A prefrontal trough across western Nebraska has
been the focus for some scattered showers. Also some showers have
popped up behind the cold front.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 346 PM CDT Thu Aug 18 2016

Main focus is the passage of the strong cold front tonight and to a
lesser extent the prefrontal trough. Models in good agreement with
the front continuing to push southeast. Severe threat is marginal as
0 to 6 km shear is strong at 40 to 45 kts however CAPE is generally
2000 j/kg or less with the exception of right along the boundary.
This is expected to limit the severe potential at least initially,
however outflow boundaries may result in some localized CAPE which
could be utilized for some severe potential this evening.

Behind the front cooler air settles across the region however models
continue to show some instability along with qpf. Initially thought
generally showers with only a few strikes would be expected, however
cold air aloft could be enough for more widespread thunder and
forecast is showers and thunderstorms. Highs tomorrow will be
noticeably cooler with forecast following close mos guidance in the
upper 60s to lower 70s.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 346 PM CDT Thu Aug 18 2016

Mid and long term solutions in fair agreement with some timing
issues. Will use blend for the forecast. Post frontal precipitaion
continues Friday night as upper level wave moves across western
Nebraska. Have some chance pops with the post frontal activity.
Lows in the 40s and 50s as surface high pressure builds in. Highs
only in the 70s on Saturday with mostly sunny skies and northerly
flow. Much cooler Saturday night as surface high pressure over
head. Light winds and clear skies will allow insolation to radiate
out with lows only in the 40s over the forecast area. Sunday on
the backside of the surface high southerly flow...clear skies and
temperatures rising into the 80s. Monday as the next system moves
out of western provinces of Canada into the Pacific Northwest
ridge through the northern plains responds and temperatures rise
into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Upper closed low moves along the
south central Canadian border with height falls into the northern
plains through mid week and chances of precip along the surface
trough axis each afternoon and evening. Temperatures cooling a
couple of degrees each day with the height falls. Highs falling to
around 80 on Thursday.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 105 PM CDT Thu Aug 18 2016

Southerly winds ahead of a trough moving across western Nebraska
this afternoon will be gusting to 20 kts or higher. Light winds
expected along the trough with a cold front slowly pushing in from
the west through the night bringing northerly winds. Along the
trough a few stray storms will be possible with storms likely
behind the cold front. This will impact both terminals however
confidence is low on how low the ceilings drop in association to
the storms which could be IFR. At this time generally low end VFR
to MVFR cigs are anticipated, but will need to be monitored.


Issued at 346 PM CDT Thu Aug 18 2016

Near critical to critical fire weather conditions early this evening
ahead of a strong cold front. Compressional heating ahead of the
front has caused deep mixing with temperatures soaring into the
upper 90s. Southerly winds ahead of the front gusting at times to 20
to 25 mph. This combination has produced local RH values in the 15
to 20 percent range. The elevated fire weather conditions will be
limited to this evening as behind the cold front will be
considerably cooler temperatures and chances for precipitation.


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