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FXUS63 KDDC 200703

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
203 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

...Updated Fire Weather Discussion...

.SHORT TERM...(This afternoon through Wednesday)
Issued at 1218 PM CDT Tue Sep 19 2017

Strong SW winds beginning to increase as of midday, and will only
increase further through 6 pm. Some gusts near 40 mph are likely.
Strong dryline near the CO/KS border as of noon will progress
quickly to the eastern CWA by late afternoon, with dewpoints
crashing into the 30s. High confidence the combination of this dry
air intrusion and strong SW winds will create a dangerous wildfire
setup for several hours this afternoon. Please be aware that
cigarettes and catalytic converters on cars start the majority
of dormant/cured grass fires, and these can be prevented. Already
90 degrees here at the office as of noon, and many locations will
approach/achieve 100 this afternoon.

Winds will diminish some around 7 pm as heating and mixing wane,
becoming southerly at 15-25 mph and gusty. A sharp and well-
defined, but dry, cold front is slated to slide through SW KS
tonight, during the 1am-4am timeframe. The cold front will be
accompanied by an abrupt shift to northerly winds, also gusty to
near 30 mph for several hours late tonight.

Wednesday, winds will veer NEly and remain gusty for several hours
after sunrise, once mixing commences. Pressure gradients will
weaken during the course of the afternoon, with winds become
easterly and decreasing to near 10 mph by late day. Few if any
clouds with a dry airmass persisting. Temperatures will be
noticeably cooler compared to Tuesday`s unseasonable heat, with
highs reduced to near 80 NW to near 90 SE (Barber county).

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 210 PM CDT Tue Sep 19 2017

It`s right back to windy hot and dry on Thursday. 12z ECMWF spins
up an impressive 995 mb leeside cyclone east of Denver, inducing
strong south winds across SW KS once again. Pressure gradient will
support gusts near 40 mph, with enhanced fire danger returning,
especially west of US 283 and west of the lee trough/dryline.
Models continue to suggest there may be a rogue thunderstorm over
the SE zones late Thursday, but kept the grids dry with pops < 15%.
Well back into the 90s and well above normal.

Meridional synoptic pattern changes little on Friday, with a
strong 556 dm upper low over Nevada and a blocking 590 dm ridge
near the Great Lakes. Strong SW flow aloft will be sandwiched in
between over SW KS, with strong south winds continuing. Models
have backed off some on convective potential late Friday, but
still expect convergence on the leeside trough/dryline to get a
few storms going (mainly west of US 83) Friday afternoon/evening.

Stagnant pattern continues Saturday, with both the western US
upper low and Great Lakes upper high moving little. Forcing for
ascent ahead of the Great Basin upper low will therefore make
little progress eastward as well, keeping any convective potential
relegated to the western counties late Saturday (mainly west of
US 283). Temperatures will begin to cool gradually, as heights
begin to gradually lower aloft.

Sunday and Sunday night, closed low and upper trough begin to make
some eastward headway into NW Colorado by Monday morning. This
evolution will allow scattered convection to increase across
SW KS, as forcing and lift increase. GFS and the FB model blend
are more enthusiastic with this compared to 12z ECMWF, with pop
grids in the likely category by Sunday night. Heights and
thickness decrease Sunday, and along with clouds/convection,
temperatures will cool back to the 75-85 range Sunday afternoon.

The good news is rain opportunities will continue on Monday, as
SW KS remains in a zone of favored lift SE of slowly ejecting
Central Rockies trough. Let`s hope we receive some sorely needed
rainfall Sunday/Monday, since 12z ECMWF depicts a dry/quiet PNA
(ridge west/trough east) pattern by late next week.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night)
Issued at 1201 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

A cold front was quickly crossing western Kansas early tonight.
The RAP and HRRR were a little slow with timing based on 05z
verification and were also too weak with the winds behind this
front. Given these known issues with this frontal passage the
Garden City and Hays areas would have already had the wind shift
occur by 06z. The frontal passage at Dodge City and Liberal is
expected within the next hour. Behind this front a northwest winds
of 20 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots will be possible for
a couple of hours based on several observations in northwest
Kansas. These gusty winds will begin to subside after 09z
Wednesday and by 12z the winds across western Kansas are expected
to be in the 15 to 20 knot range. Northwest winds will continue to
decrease through the day on Wednesday and are expected to fall
back to around 10 knots after 21z Wednesday. VFR conditions can be
expected over the next 24 hours.


Issued at 202 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Elevated fire to critical weather conditions will return to
western Kansas on Thursday as gusty southeasterly winds develop
during the day and afternoon relative humidity values fall back
into 15 to 25 percent range. The lowest relative humidity values
Thursday afternoon currently appears to be west and north of
Garden City so will be issuing a fire weather watch for this
location Thursday afternoon. Any open burning should be avoided
due to the increasing winds and low humidity in and near this
watch area.


DDC  85  59  94  69 /   0   0  10  10
GCK  82  52  93  67 /   0   0  10   0
EHA  81  53  90  64 /   0   0  10  10
LBL  83  56  93  67 /   0   0  10  10
HYS  81  59  94  72 /   0   0  10  10
P28  89  67  95  71 /   0   0  10  10


Fire Weather Watch from Thursday afternoon through Thursday
evening for KSZ043-061>063-074-075-084.



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