Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDDC 290502

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
1202 AM CDT Thu Jun 29 2017


Issued at 1002 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

WV imagery indicates a zonal flow aloft prevailing across the Western
High Plains. Meanwhile, an upper level trough of low pressure is
digging southeast across the Northern Rockies. Near the surface, an
area of low pressure is anchored across southeast Colorado with an
attendant frontal boundary extending northeast across western Kansas
into southeast Nebraska.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Thursday)
Issued at 320 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

Mid afternoon surface map and clear-air radar returns showed a
frontal zone across southwest KS from roughly Liberal to near Dodge
City to near Hays. This front had pretty much stalled out with
afternoon heating. Mid level temperatures were quite warm, so the
atmosphere will likely remain capped to surface-based convection
along this front, with the exception being up around Hays. The HRRR
runs today were showing attempts at convection along the front, but
not until after 00z. The 03-06z time frame will be of most interest,
as the nocturnal LLJ will be ramping up significantly in advance of
the shortwave trough moving into Wyoming this afternoon. The speed
convergence around 850mb will increase quite a bit, and this will be
the primary focus for convection after dark. The best area, though,
will be between I-70 and the Nebraska border. Nevertheless, will
have some 40-50 POPs across central and northern Trego and Ellis
County. POPs will taper off quite a bit south of there down to K96.
Fresh convection that develops at the nose of the LLJ with
uninterrupted inflow will be capable of some large hail to half
dollar size and some 60 mph winds.

Thursday is now looking more complicated that previously thought
regarding severe weather across our neck of the woods. Models are
now showing the main surface low pushing well off to the east
earlier, out near Russel or Great Bend by 21z, with a trailing
boundary southwest from there to another weak surface low in the
northern Panhandles in the dry air. We will have to watch for post-
frontal moisture sneaking back west into far southeast/east central
CO, and this may actually be the best shot for severe convection to
develop and mature into southwest KS. This would be very late,
though, most likely late evening around or after midnight. A general
20-30 POPs is forecast given the uncertainty in placement and timing
of most coherent convection.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday night through Wednesday)
Issued at 320 PM CDT Wed Jun 28 2017

After a couple of cooler days Friday and Saturday with highs in the
80s, we will warm back up Sunday and beyond back into the 90s. POPs
will be back in the forecast Sunday Night and Monday Night as weak
northwest flow aloft will be found across western KS. There is still
some question about how far west adequate moisture will be, so most
of the higher POPs during this time frame will be across eastern
half of the forecast area. By mid-week, subtropical ridge will start
to build in across the Four Corners region which would lead to drier
and hotter weather. The latest ECMWF really shows the 500mb ridge
building in across the region by Thursday of next week.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Thursday night)
Issued at 1200 AM CDT Thu Jun 29 2017

VFR conditions will prevail at all TAF sites through late Thursday
afternoon. South to southeast winds 10 to 20kt will persist across
central and portions of southwest Kansas through overnight with a
near stationary frontal boundary extending from southeast Colorado
northeast into southern Nebraska.


DDC  69  96  65  84 /   0  10  20  10
GCK  65  95  63  82 /   0  10  20  10
EHA  63  98  62  82 /   0  10  10  10
LBL  67 100  65  84 /   0  10  10  10
HYS  67  92  63  82 /  30  10  30  20
P28  72  98  69  87 /   0   0  30  20




SHORT TERM...Umscheid
LONG TERM...Umscheid
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