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FXUS63 KGLD 310154
AFDGLD

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
754 PM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 743 PM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

THUNDERSTORMS IN EASTERN COLORADO ARE FOLLOWING A SOUTHWARD
TRAJECTORY WITH THE CLOUD COVER MOVING MORE TO THE EAST/SOUTHEAST.
MODELS INDICATE STORMS SHOULD HAVE ENDED...BUT STORMS CONTINUE TO
MOVE ALONG 500 MB SHORTWAVE TROUGH JUST EAST OF THE 12 C 700 MB
ISOTHERM. AT THE CURRENT SPEED...STRONGER STORMS SHOULD MOVE OUT
OF THE FORECAST AREA BY MIDNIGHT MDT. SLIGHT CHANCES FOR SOME
PRECIPITATION WILL LINGER A LITTLE AFTER MIDNIGHT MDT AS THE SMALL
SHORTWAVE MOVES THROUGH THE HIGH PLAINS.

UPDATE ISSUED AT 430 PM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

ISSUED A QUICK UPDATE TO ADJUST COVERAGE AND THUNDERSTORM TIMING
MOVING INTO THE EASTERN COLORADO COUNTIES. THE WRF MODELS SEEM TO
BE HAVING THE BEST HANDLE ON THE CURRENT CONVECTIVE MODE...HOWEVER
PRECIPITATION IN THE MODELS ARE 3-6 HOURS LATE IN DEVELOPMENT.
STORMS MAY DISSIPATE EARLIER THAN ANTICIPATED DUE TO THE EARLIER
DEVELOPMENT...BUT WILL LEAVE IN PRECIPITATION CHANCES AFTER
MIDNIGHT MDT FOR NOW.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 200 PM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

EARLY AFTERNOON WV IMAGERY AND RAP H5 ANALYSIS SHOWS BROAD RIDGE
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS EXTENDING ACROSS THE CENTRAL ROCKIES AND
ACROSS THE GREAT BASIN. NW FLOW IS IN PLACE ACROSS THE NORTHERN
PLAINS AND GREAT LAKES REGIONS. A WEAK RIPPLE IN THE HEIGHT FIELD IS
DEPICTED OVER NW KANSAS WITH A STRONGER PV HEIGHT ANOMALY OVER NEW
MEXICO AND STRONGER SIGNAL IN WV IMAGERY. AT THE SURFACE LOW
PRESSURE HAS DEVELOPED ACROSS EASTERN COLORADO WITH A STATIONARY
FRONT EXTENDING FROM THE SW TO NE TOWARDS THE NEBRASKA PANHANDLE.
HIGH PRESSURE IS IN PLACE ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND CENTRAL
MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY.

THIS AFTERNOON-TONIGHT...CAPE VALUES IN THE 1500-2500 J/KG RANGE ARE
CURRENTLY IN PLACE WITH HIGHER TD VALUES (UPPER 50S TO MID 60S).
RAP/HRRR INDICATE CAP ALREADY WEAKENED...AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY
MAY BEGIN TO DEVELOP ALONG WEAK CONVERGENCE ZONE NEAR SURFACE
TROUGH/STATIONARY FRONT IN EASTERN COLORADO. GUIDANCE GENERALLY
SHOWS BETTER PRECIP SIGNAL IN THIS AREA. VERY WEAK LIFT IS IN PLACE
AND AT THIS POINT COVERAGE LOOKS TO BE ISOLATED TO WIDELY SCATTERED
THROUGH TONIGHT. THERE WILL BE SOME WAA THROUGH THE NIGHT WHICH
COULD SUPPORT CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT...HOWEVER WITH BEST FORCING
OUTSIDE OUR CWA...NOT A LOT OF CONFIDENCE. I LIMITED POPS TO 15-24
RANGE (SLIGHT CHANCE). WITH WEAK SHEER PROFILES IN PLACE...LIMITED
FORCING...AND MID LEVEL LAPSE RATES MAINLY LESS THAN 7 C/KM
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IS NOT EXPECTED TO BECOME ORGANIZED.

FRIDAY...SURFACE TROUGH SHIFTS EAST TO BE CENTERED ROUGHLY OVER OUR
CWA AND MAY ACT AS A FOCUS/INITIATION POINT FOR AFTERNOON
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY. BEST UPPER LEVEL SUPPORT IS IN THE MORNING
OUTSIDE OUR CWA...WITH POSSIBLY LESS UPPER LEVEL SUPPORT FRIDAY
AFTERNOON THAN TODAY. THERE SHOULD STILL BE ENOUGH
INSTABILITY/MOISTURE IN PLACE TO SUPPORT SOME THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY
ALONG TROUGH AXIS...HOWEVER COVERAGE STILL APPEARS TO BE ISOLATED IN
NATURE. EFFECTIVE SHEER PROFILES AROUND 30KT AND CAPE VALUES 1500-
3000 J/KG COULD SUPPORT A FEW STRONGER STORMS HOWEVER LIKE TODAY
SEVERE THREAT APPEARS TO BE LOW. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE SLIGHTLY
WARMER AND STILL SEASONAL WITH VALUES RANGING FROM THE UPPER 80S TO
LOWER 90S. A FEW MID 90 TEMPERATURES WILL BE POSSIBLE AT KMCK/KHLC.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 150 PM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ARE ON TAP FOR THE ENTIRE TRI STATE
REGION...AS MAIN WEATHER FOCUS FOR THE EXTENDED PERIOD WILL CONCERN
AMPLIFIED H5/H7 RIDGE OVER THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE COUNTRY...
SHIFTING EASTWARD INTO THE PLAINS REGION BY NEXT WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY.
EXPECTING BROAD WNW DOWNSLOPE FLOW AT 700/500 MB WITH RIDGE TO OUR
WEST...WITH RIDGE AXIS OVER THE PLAINS BY MIDWEEK NEXT WEEK. 850 MB
TEMPS DO RANGE FROM +28C UP TO +33C DURING THIS TIME...WITH WARMEST
SET TO OCCUR WED/THURS...COINCIDING WITH RIDGE AXIS SETTING UP OVER
THE AREA. WITH THESE CONDITIONS...DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL
RANGE IN THE LOWER TO MID 90S...AND OVERNIGHT LOWS IN THE LOW TO MID
60S.

THE AREA WILL ALSO SEE THE CHANCES FOR SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
DESPITE THE INCREASE TEMPS. SEVERAL SHORTWAVES MOVING DOWN ALONG THE
EAST SIDE OF THE MID-LEVEL RIDGE FRIDAY/FRIDAY NIGHT...NEXT MONDAY
INTO TUESDAY...AND AGAIN LATE WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY WHEN SURFACE
FRONT IS FOLLOWED BY TRAILING SHORTWAVE. CURRENT GFS A BIT MORE IN-
LINE WITH LATEST ECMWF...MAKING CONFIDENCE A BIT STRONGER IN KEEPING
CHANCE POPS FOR LATTER PORTION OF THE FORECAST. THE PUSH OF THE
UPPER RIDGE EASTWARD INTO THE PLAINS DOES PUT A BIT MORE EMPHASIS
FOR HIGHER POP CHANCES OVER EASTERN ZONES ON WEDNESDAY INTO
THURSDAY. AS WITH EXPECTED RAINFALL POTENTIAL...THE CLOUD COVER WITH
THESE EVENTS COULD IMPACT DAYTIME HIGHS/OVERNIGHT LOWS...ESPECIALLY
IN EASTERN ZONES AS WEEK PROGRESSES.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z FRIDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 520 PM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

A DOME OF UPPER LEVEL HIGH PRESSURE WILL BRING VFR CONDITIONS FOR
BOTH KGLD AND KMCK DURING THE TAF PERIOD. LIGHT AND VARIABLE WINDS
WILL BE EXPERIENCED...AND ANY PREVAILING DIRECTION WILL MAINLY BE
OUT OF THE SOUTHEAST.

&&

.GLD WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
KS...NONE.
CO...NONE.
NE...NONE.
&&

$$

UPDATE...MK
SHORT TERM...DR
LONG TERM...JN
AVIATION...MK


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