Area Forecast Discussion
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
231 PM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

...UPDATED LONG TERM SECTION...

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 158 PM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

SHORT RANGE MODELS INDICATE A STRONG NORTHWEST FLOW ALOFT PREVAILING
ACROSS THE WESTERN HIGH PLAINS THROUGH FRIDAY AS STRONG UPPER LEVEL
RIDGING CONTINUES TO TRANSITION SLOWLY EAST ACROSS THE INTERMOUNTAIN
WEST. ALTHOUGH THE LOWER LEVELS LOOK TO REMAIN FAIRLY DRY, A STRONG
JET CORE IS PROJECTED TO DIVE SOUTHWARD ACROSS NORTHERN PLAINS
EDGING INTO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL KANSAS WITH WIND SPEEDS IN EXCESS
OF 100KT IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOME INCREASED MID/UPPER LEVEL
MOISTURE. AS A RESULT, A FEW SPRINKLES/FLURRIES AND POTENTIALLY A
FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS CENTRAL KANSAS EARLY
FRIDAY MORNING AS NAM/GFS MODEL SOUNDINGS BEGIN TO SHOW MID/HIGH
LEVEL VERTICAL PROFILES BEGINNING TO SATURATE. OTHERWISE, FAIRLY DRY
CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN THROUGH
FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE NOT QUITE AS COOL TONIGHT FROM THIS
MORNING`S LOW TEMPERATURES, EVEN AS A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH PUSHES
EASTWARD ACROSS WESTERN KANSAS TURNING THE LOW LEVEL FLOW MORE
NORTHERLY. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY LITTLE CHANGE TO THE OVERALL AIR
MASS ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS. HOWEVER, MID/HIGH LEVEL CLOUDS ARE
LIKELY TO INCREASE ACROSS THE STATE IN RESPONSE TO THE STRONG UPPER
LEVEL JET CORE MOVING ACROSS THE STATE. THIS MAY HELP KEEP LOW
TEMPERATURES UP A LITTLE FROM THE NIGHT PREVIOUS WITH LOWS ONLY DOWN
INTO THE 30S(F) FOR THE MOST PART WITH NEAR 40F POSSIBLE IN THE FAR
SOUTH ALONG THE OKLAHOMA BORDER. FOR FRIDAY, LOW LEVEL SOUTHERLIES
WILL QUICKLY RETURN AS SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE SHIFTS SOUTHEAST ACROSS
THE CENTRAL PLAINS. THIS WILL HELP DRAW WARMER AIR NORTHWARD INTO
WESTERN KANSAS WITH H85 TEMPERATURES CLIMBING TO AROUND 10C
ACROSS CENTRAL KANSAS TO NEAR 15C OUT NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER.
EXPECT HIGHS UP NEAR 60F ACROSS CENTRAL KANSAS TO WELL UP INTO THE
70S(F) IN EXTREME SOUTHWEST KANSAS WHERE SOME DOWNSLOPING IS
EXPECTED TO OCCUR DUE TO LEE SIDE TROUGHING DEVELOPING. HIGHS MAY
ONLY REACH THE UPPER 50S(F) ACROSS CENTRAL KANSAS DEPENDING ON HOW
LONG MID/UPPER LEVEL CLOUD COVER PERSISTS.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 230 PM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

CLOUDS WILL DECREASE IN COVERAGE FRIDAY NIGHT WITH MOSTLY CLEAR
SKIES ANTICIPATED SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. THIS IS DUE TO UPPER
LEVEL RIDING BUILDING ALOFT OVER SOUTHWEST UNITED STATES PLACING
NORTHWEST FLOW ABOVE THE CENTRAL PLAINS WHICH USUALLY SUPPRESSES
ANY SIGNIFICANT WEATHER FROM FORMING. SURFACE WINDS WILL GENERALLY
BE FROM THE SOUTH FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT THEN SHIFT
TO MORE OF A NORTHERLY DIRECTION SUNDAY AS A COLD FRONT MOVES
THROUGH THE AREA. THIS IS DUE TO A WEAK SHORTWAVE MOVING THROUGH
THE FLOW OVER THE NORTHERN PLAINS. WINDS SHIFT BACK TO MORE OF A
SOUTHERLY DIRECTION ON MONDAY AS LEE TROUGHING DEVELOPS ACROSS
EASTERN COLORADO. CLOUD COVER AND PRECIPITATION CHANCES THEN
INCREASE TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AS UPPER LEVEL FLOW
BECOMES MORE ZONAL (WEST TO EAST) WITH A FEW WEAK SHORTWAVES
MOVING THROUGH THE AREA. AS FOR TEMPERATURES, HIGHS WILL GENERALLY
BE IN THE 70S SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY WITH UPPER 70S SATURDAY
AND TUESDAY AND LOWER 70S SUNDAY. LOWS WILL GENERALLY BE IN THE
40S WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SUNDAY NIGHT WHEN UPPER 30S WILL BE
POSSIBLE ACROSS WEST CENTRAL AND CENTRAL KANSAS.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z FRIDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1218 PM CDT THU MAR 26 2015

VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL AT ALL TAF SITES THROUGH EARLY FRIDAY
MORNING. A WEAK SURFACE TROUGH WILL PUSH EAST ACROSS WESTERN KANSAS
LATE THIS AFTERNOON TURNING WINDS NORTH-NORTHWESTERLY AROUND 15 TO
25KT THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING. WINDS WILL QUICKLY SUBSIDE MID TO
LATE EVENING AS SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE SINKS SOUTHWARD OUT OF THE
NORTHERN PLAINS INTO MUCH OF KANSAS. WINDS WILL REMAIN LIGHT AND
VARIABLE THROUGH LATE FRIDAY MORNING.


&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DDC  35  70  41  77 /  10   0   0   0
GCK  34  72  41  79 /  10   0   0   0
EHA  38  73  42  82 /  10   0   0   0
LBL  37  73  41  81 /  10   0   0   0
HYS  31  62  38  75 /  10  10   0   0
P28  37  62  41  77 /  10  10   0   0

&&

.DDC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...JJOHNSON
LONG TERM...HOVORKA_42
AVIATION...JJOHNSON



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