Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Dodge City, KS
FXUS63 KDDC 200500
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
1100 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017
.SHORT TERM...(This afternoon through Friday)
Issued at 1135 AM CST Thu Jan 19 2017
Widespread stubborn stratus across SW KS at midday, will likely go
pretty much nowhere through this afternoon. The combination of
weak winds surface and aloft, and very poor mixing, will allow the
stratus and areas of fog to be persistent. At midday, the only
areas experiencing sun are the far western zones, portions of
Hamilton, Stanton and Morton counties. Cloud ceilings may show
some gradual improvements from west to east for a few hours this
afternoon, but for most, the gray sky will continue. In the limited
areas that receive sunshine, 50s will prevail this afternoon.
Elsewhere, temperatures are expected to hold steady in the 40s.
Tonight...Areas of fog and widespread stratus. With no change in
airmass, weak flow and a moist boundary layer will produce
widespread low clouds and areas of fog. Another dense fog advisory
may be necessary. With the clouds and moisture preventing
radiational cooling, temperatures will again struggle to fall
tonight, remaining well above normal. Some good news for those
awaiting power restoration.
Friday...Strong, negatively-tilted shortwave over SE Colorado at
6 am, pivots to SW KS at midday, and to NE KS by 6 pm. This
disturbance is quite strong, but moisture aloft continues to
appear limited. Will need to watch this shortwave for any
surprises tomorrow, but current expectations are a modest
scattering of light rain showers favoring the northern counties
Friday afternoon. Have noticed 12z NAM has lifted index
approaching zero in places tomorrow, so showers will be convective
in nature, with isolated thunder not out of the question. Areas
of fog and low clouds will likely persist again Friday morning,
but the shortwave aloft should help this erode faster on Friday,
by noon or so. Continued mild for January, with highs from the mid
40s to mid 50s.
.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 130 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017
Temperatures will remain mild, and well above January normals,
through Tuesday. A pattern change to seasonably colder weather is
expected the middle of next week.
Saturday...Dry with increasing clouds, perhaps some light rain
across the SW counties late. Vigorous shortwave and jet max aloft
race through the Desert SW, forcing surface cyclogenesis across
the Texas panhandle by afternoon. Vast majority of the forcing
will be south of SW KS, but most models suggest some light rain
may at least approach the SW counties in the afternoon.
Temperatures remain mild; well into the 50s east with the most
sun, ranging down to the upper 40s SW under the increasing clouds.
Saturday night...12z GFS tracks deformation zone of strong cyclone
across the far SE zones, with measurable rain (1/4 to 1/2 inch)
from near Ashland to near Medicine Lodge. Thermal profiles from
forecast soundings clearly support liquid rain from this storm,
with a changeover to some wet snowflakes near the end of the
precipitation. 12z ECWMF is further south with its rain shield,
relegated to mostly Oklahoma. Kept pops somewhat conservative
across the SE zones for now, in case the ECMWF solution verifies.
Regardless, this system is very progressive, and it will not have
time to generate much QPF in SW KS.
Sunday...Sunny, breezy and dry. Gusty NW winds of 15-30 mph are
expected behind the departing cyclone. With little if any cold air
advection, the mild temperatures will continue with lower 50s
Monday...The warmest day of this forecast. Large trough digs
across western North America, forcing SW flow aloft over Kansas
and strong leeside troughing and downsloping. 12z ECMWF forecasts
993 mb surface low in eastern Colorado. Kept the mid to upper 50s
from the forecast builder, but these are almost certainly several
degrees too cool. ECMWF bias-corrected guidance supports 60s
across the southern CWA, with lower 70s along the Oklahoma border.
Some fire weather concerns are expected Monday afternoon.
Models have trended far enough north, with early next week`s
strong cyclone, such that precipitation chances appear minimal
across SW KS, and favoring the northern counties. A strong cold
front will certainly blast through Kansas Monday night, with
strong NW winds and much colder temperatures Tuesday. Retained a
light rain/snow mix across the northern counties during this
timeframe, but progressive northerly track should keep this
.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1100 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2017
MVFR cigs still start out for KDDC, however, will decrease to LIFR in
a few hours as the stratus deck lowers. Improvement back to VFR is possible
this evening. For KGCK, dense fog and a low stratus deck will also bring
in LIFR conditions by morning. MVFR conditions are possible by this
evening. Lastly, for KHYS, LIFR conditions expected to continue for
much of the TAF pd. Light showers will be possible this evening.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DDC 36 51 30 54 / 10 20 0 10
GCK 31 46 26 53 / 0 20 10 10
EHA 27 50 28 51 / 0 10 10 20
LBL 31 54 29 54 / 0 10 0 20
HYS 35 46 31 53 / 10 30 10 0
P28 37 55 31 58 / 10 10 0 10
Dense Fog Advisory until 10 AM CST /9 AM MST/ Friday for KSZ030-