Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Rapid City, SD

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FXUS63 KUNR 221055

Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
455 AM MDT Sat Jul 22 2017

.DISCUSSION...(Today Through Friday)
Issued at 234 AM MDT Sat Jul 22 2017

08z surface analysis showed cold front south of the CWA with weak
high pressure settling in. Water vapour showed upper low spinning
over south central Canada with main shortwave trough east of the
CWA. Some high level moisture streaming over CWA from the
southwest US. Isolated ACCAS/TS over the far southwest will end by

Today through Sunday, upper ridge will build over the western US,
slowly moving into the northern Plains as it flattens somewhat.
Temperatures will be a few degrees above normal given forecast
soundings. This will be near guidance, although smoke from wildfires
in MT may keep readings from reaching full potential. Few breezy
spots over northwest SD this afternoon. Modest low level jet Sunday
night as return flow sets up may create a bit of elevated convection.

Monday, upper and thermal ridge peaks over the CWA ahead of a
cold front. Readings near 100F likely, especially if southwest
downslope develops in the afternoon. As cold front moves through,
some TSRA possible as a shortwave flattens upper ridge Monday

Rest of next week, progressive flow expected over the CWA with a
series of shortwaves and frontal boundaries meandering through.
Long term guidance appears to be targeting Wednesday for the best
chance of TSRA. Temperatures will be noticeably cooler mid-week
given cloud cover and higher PoPs.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS Through 12Z Sunday Morning)
Issued At 451 AM MDT Sat Jul 22 2017

Weak showers/storms moving across portions of the CWA this morning
are expected to be short-lived. Smoke from fires in central
Montana may result in periods of MVFR visibility at times.
Otherwise VFR conditions are expected.


Issued At 234 AM MDT Sat Jul 22 2017

Deep mixing is again expected today over northwest SD with very
dry minimum relative humidities. Breezy winds expected at times.
Combination of minRH around 15% and frequent gusts to 25 MPH
indicate need to convert Fire Weather Watch to Red Flag Warning.
Wild card will be effect of smoke on temperatures and mixing. Rest
of area will see 15-20% minRH`es, but winds will be more gentle.


SD...Red Flag Warning from 11 AM this morning to 7 PM MDT this
     evening for SDZ261-266.



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