Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
300 PM CDT SAT MAY 21 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday night)
Issued at 126 PM CDT Sat May 21 2016

Severe weather potential for portions of western and central
North Dakota highlights the weather through Sunday night.

For the near term, through early this evening, the wind advisory
in the southwest remains in good standing. Will let this continue
and let the next shift take control.

Soundings indicate strong CIN/capping layer west and central this
evening with a slow erosion overnight in the far west. However,
not enough erosion at this point for much more than a few strong
to possibly severe thunderstorms overnight. Showers and thunderstorms
in eastern Montana will limp into the west toward 06z Sunday, then
shift from west to east Sunday morning. The main severe hazards
continue to be wind and hail.

Strong warm air advection via southeasterly flow will higher
dewpoints and low clouds currently upstream into south central ND
overnight and through most of Sunday. Timing on when the low clouds
begin to erode will be the key for surface based convection
Sunday. Indications from the experimental HRRR ceiling forecast
show the area of low clouds from Minot to Bismarck and into
Jamestown will erode between 20z and 00z. Minot would be the
first to see the erosion followed by Bismarck and Jamestown.

After talking to SPC, and given the full expectation that overcast
conditions will be the rule until mid afternoon Sunday in most of
central ND, the consensus is that there will be an area of
thunderstorms developing from Lemmon SD to Dickinson, and
narrowing northeast into Minot between 21z Sunday and 00Z Monday.
The NAM seems to fit this conceptual model nearly perfectly. The
NAM shows convection initiation will be right along the front,
but west of the stratus or low cloud deck. Thereafter, some
unknowns appear. How much erosion of the low clouds and enough
surface heating will be obtained prior to the convection and
surface cold front approaching from the west. The maximum CAPE and
850mb THETA-E axis slightly outrun the surface cold front,
highest shear, and strongest ascent. Nonetheless, the Bismarck
NSharp sounding indicates that Precipitable Water rises to 1.30
inches with a K-index of 41, which is indicative of some heavy
rain along with a hail and wind threat between 00z and 03z Monday
across central ND.

The cold front and precipitation shield slide into the southern
James River Valley 06z-12z Monday as increasing stability shifts
from west to east behind the front.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 126 PM CDT Sat May 21 2016

Upper low remains over Saskatchewan on Tuesday before slowly
meandering east through mid-week, though models are differing on
whether to keep it closed or start opening it up. Either way, this
will keep cyclonic flow over the area bringing a near daily
chance for showers/thunderstorms. Temperatures will start out
above average, cooling to near average as the low pushes eastward.

Low chances for showers/thunderstorms will remain in the forecast
into the end of the week along with near normal temperatures as a
generally unsettled pattern sets up in the wake of the departing low
with the next upper low lifting from the desert southwest into the
plains. Still some question on the exact placement on this system.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
Issued at 126 PM CDT Sat May 21 2016

Cloud cover will increase across the region through the day from
west to east. A stratus deck is expected to impact western and
central parts of North Dakota, mainly impacting KDIK, KMOT, and
KBIS lowering heights into the MVFR category. Late tonight early
Sunday morning a few thunderstorms will move into western North
Dakota possibly impacting KDIK, KISN, KBIS, and KMOT.


.BIS Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
Wind Advisory until 9 PM MDT this evening for NDZ031>033-040-041-



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