Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Dodge City, KS
FXUS63 KDDC 292300
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
600 PM CDT FRI JUL 29 2016
.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 1230 PM CDT Fri Jul 29 2016
Atmosphere slowly recovering once again early this afternoon,
after last night`s MCS. Easterly component to surface winds
maintaining dewpoints in the 60s, even as far west as eastern
Colorado. Still, airmass is cooler today, which will reduce CAPE
values. Scattered thunderstorms expected to redevelop this afternoon
across eastern Colorado and SW KS, mainly west of Dodge City. The
severe weather threat is low, but not zero. Healthy NW flow aloft
persists, and with easterly boundary layer flow, bulk shear is
sufficient for marginally severe hail/wind. As expected,
temperatures remaining well below normal this afternoon courtesy of
clouds and easterly winds. NAM swings an additional shortwave
embedded in the NW flow through SW KS overnight, with another round
of scattered showers/thunderstorms. Increased pop grids some for
this expectation. Expecting this round of rain to be wrapping up
across the SE zones around sunrise Saturday, with low stratus clouds
covering much of SW KS.
Saturday...Warmer, but still several degrees below normal for late
July. High temperatures will range from the upper 80s at Hays to
the mid 90s at Liberal. Kept isolated showers/thunder in the grids
for the SE 1/2 of the CWA, but coverage appears minimal and most
outdoor activities will be unaffected. Expect SE winds to prevail
Saturday afternoon at 15-25 mph.
.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 222 PM CDT Fri Jul 29 2016
Sunday and Monday...Dry and warmer. Atmosphere warms with rising
heights each day. As has been the case this summer, afternoon
temperatures will fall well short of 12z MEX guidance (100s).
Standing water and green vegetation will ensure max temps will
remain in the 90s for most locales.
Tuesday through Friday...Rain and thunderstorm chances will return
to SW KS. This will be especially true for the NW zones, as upper
high pressure establishes to the SE of SW KS. The resultant SW
flow aloft is progged by medium range models to direct monsoonal
moisture into the central plains. 12z ECMWF suggests daily
convection firing across NE New Mexico near Raton Pass and moving
NE into SW KS. Highs in the 90s will continue, gradually cooling a
degree or two each day as moisture quality increases.
.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 600 PM CDT Fri Jul 29 2016
Low confidence with convective evolution, so take with a grain of salt.
Will use prob30 for early morning convection, since confidence is so
low. The models are all over the place and current radar trends have
been weakening. Otherwise, VFR is expected. Winds E to SE 5-10 kt.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DDC 65 89 70 96 / 40 20 20 10
GCK 64 89 68 96 / 30 20 20 10
EHA 65 95 68 97 / 30 20 20 10
LBL 67 96 70 100 / 30 20 10 10
HYS 65 87 68 95 / 30 20 30 10
P28 69 91 72 98 / 50 30 30 10