Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Goodland, KS

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FXUS63 KGLD 172101
AFDGLD

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
301 PM MDT FRI OCT 17 2014

.SHORT TERM...(THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 124 PM MDT FRI OCT 17 2014

EARLY AFTERNOON WV IMAGERY AND RAP H5 ANALYSIS SHOW NW FLOW ACROSS
THE PLAINS WITH A RIDGE ACROSS THE NORTHWEST US. A SHORT WAVE
TROUGHIS MOVING INTO THE FOUR CORNERS REGION WITH HIGH CLOUD
COVER STREAMING NORTH ACROSS THE CENTRAL ROCKIES INTO THE HIGH
PLAINS. AT THE SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE IS IN PLACE ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PLAINS...EXTENDING SOUTH ACROSS OUR CWA.

A RIDGE WILL SHIFT EAST ACROSS THE NORTHERN PLAINS WITH WEST-
NORTHWEST FLOW OVER OUR CWA AND ANY WEAK LIFT ASSOCIATED WITH
EMBEDDED SHORTWAVE TROUGH REMAINING WELL SOUTH OF THE CWA. THIS
SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL BRING INCREASING HIGH CLOUD COVER AND
INCREASING WINDS. AS THE FLOW SHIFTS TO MORE OF A WESTERLY
DIRECTION ACROSS THE ROCKIES A LEE TROUGH WILL BEGIN TO DEEPEN
WHICH WILL RESULT IN A TIGHTENING OF THE PRESSURE GRADIENT OVER
OUR CWA AND BREEZY WINDS DURING THE DAY. WE WILL ALSO START TO SE
A SLIGHT MODERATION IN THE AIR MASS OVER THE WESTERN CWA...WHICH
MAY ALLOW AFTERNOON TEMPS SATURDAY TO WARM INTO THE LOWER 70S IN
THE WEST...THOUGH MOST LOCATIONS WILL REMAIN SEASONAL WITH HIGHS
IN THE MID-UPPER 60S.

MODELS ARE ADVERTISING TD RECOVERY WITH SOUTHERLY FLOW AND ELEVATED
INVERSION LIMITING MIXING SO WE SHOULD SEE RH VALUES REMAIN WELL
ABOVE RED FLAG CRITERIA. SO DESPITE WIND GUSTS AROUND 25 MPH RED
FLAG CONDITIONS ARE NOT ANTICIPATED.

.LONG TERM...(SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 217 PM MDT FRI OCT 17 2014

A LARGE RIDGE WILL BE AMPLIFYING ALOFT OVER THE ROCKIES AND HIGH
PLAINS REGION ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY WITH SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE
ALSO IN PLACE OVER THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS REGION DURING THIS
TIME. A SURFACE LEE TROUGH WILL BE DEEPENING OVER THE WESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE FORECAST AREA TUESDAY THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT AS THE
UPPER RIDGE MOVES OVER THE EASTERN PLAINS AND A TROUGH OF LOWER
PRESSURE APPROACHES FROM THE WEST. THE SURFACE PRE-FRONTAL TROUGH
MOVES INTO THE FORECAST AREA ON WEDNESDAY WITH A COLD FRONT MOVING
THROUGH THE AREA WEDNESDAY NIGHT. SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED FROM WEDNESDAY THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY
MORNING AS THE THE UPPER TROUGH MOVES EAST OF THE ROCKIES AND
ACROSS THE HIGH PLAINS.

OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL BE NEAR NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL WHILE DAYTIME
HIGH TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE REGION WILL BE AROUND 10 DEGREES
ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. THE EXCEPTION WILL BE ON
THURSDAY FOLLOWING THE COLD FRONT WHEN DAYTIME HIGHS WILL BE
COOLER...BUT STILL NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THIS TIME OF
YEAR.

MODEL SOLUTIONS BEGIN TO DIVERGE ON THURSDAY NIGHT WITH THE ECMWF
DEEPENING A CLOSED LOW OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS BY FRIDAY INSTEAD
OF MOVING IT EAST AS AN OPEN TROUGH AS THE GFS DOES. EITHER
WAY...IT APPEARS THERE WILL BE AT LEAST WEAK UPPER RIDGING OVER
THE FORECAST AREA THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK AND INTO NEXT
WEEKEND FOR MORE DRY CONDITIONS AND WARM TEMPERATURES.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 18Z TAFS THROUGH 18Z SATURDAY AFTERNOON)
ISSUED AT 1132 AM MDT FRI OCT 17 2014

VFR CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE TAF PERIOD AT BOTH KGLD
AND KMCK. LIGHT WINDS 5-10KT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MOST OF THE
TAF PERIOD AT BOTH TERMINALS AS WEAK SURFACE GRADIENT LINGERS OVER
SW NEBRASKA AND NW KANSAS. LEE TROUGH OVER EASTERN COLORADO WILL
DEEPEN SATURDAY MORNING...WITH WINDS SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH AND
INCREASING. GUSTY WINDS AROUND 20KT WILL DEVELOP AT KGLD AROUND
15KT. WINDS WILL REMAIN BELOW 12KT AT KMCK.


&&

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

$$

SHORT TERM...DR
LONG TERM...LOCKHART
AVIATION...DR



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