Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KMSO 251002

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Missoula MT
402 AM MDT Thu Aug 25 2016

.DISCUSSION...Drier air is already evident across the region by
the lack of cloud cover as compared to last night. This will
manifest itself into lesser chances for showers this afternoon and
temperatures running a few degrees warmer, though still well below
normal for late August. Additional warming is anticipated on
Friday with a few late day showers along the Continental Divide as
the upper level trough exits the region.

Near normal late August conditions are expected this weekend with
cool, calm Saturday morning conditions followed by a warm, sunny,
breezy afternoon. However these near normal conditions may prove a
bit more challenging on area fires where the combination of low
humidity and the persistence of gusty late day/evening winds may
result in more active fire behavior.

Near normal temperatures for this time of the season (in the 80s) will
continue Sunday through the first half of next week, with mostly
pleasant and rather uneventful conditions persisting. Without any
appreciable precipitation likely during this time, this will
undoubtedly contribute to ongoing fire weather suppression
efforts. The good news is, aside from the usual diurnally-driven
winds, no major wind events are in the extended forecast.

The next chance for rainfall could come by midweek with the chance
for afternoon thunderstorms and scattered late day showers.


.AVIATION...Some patchy fog will be possible in vicinity of KGPI
and KMSO this morning, though shouldn`t directly affect conditions
at the terminals. Otherwise expect generally tranquil conditions
throughout the day with typical afternoon breeziness.



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