Area Forecast Discussion
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
948 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 943 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

MOST OF THE EVENING CONVECTION HAS DIED. STILL A FEW SHOWERS
REMAINING OVER THE NORTHWEST AND FROM AROUND MINOT TO JUST WEST OF
JAMESTOWN...BUT ARE FADING FAST. WILL REMOVE THE MENTION OF
THUNDER FOR THIS EVENING. MESOSCALE MODELS AND NEW NAM ARE STILL
HINTING AT SOME SHOWER ACTIVITY LATE TONIGHT AROUND THE TURTLE
MOUNTAINS. COULD BE ENOUGH INSTABILITY ALOFT FOR AN ELEVATED
THUNDER SO WILL KEEP A MENTION OF ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THIS
AREA AFTER MIDNIGHT. OTHERWISE NO SIGNIFICANT UPDATES NEEDED.

UPDATE ISSUED AT 648 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

INSTABILITY SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE TO
DIMINISH IN COVERAGE THIS EVENING. ADJUSTED POPS DOWNWARD A BIT
WITH JUST A MENTION OF ISOLATED THUNDER EARLY THIS EVENING. FOR
NOW DID KEEP A MENTION OF ISOLATED THUNDERSHOWERS ACROSS THE NORTH
LATER TONIGHT AS PREVIOUSLY FORECAST. OTHERWISE NO SIGNIFICANT
CHANGES TO THE GOING FORECAST.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 316 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

THUNDERSTORM CHANCES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING...AND AGAIN ON
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON HIGHLIGHT THE SHORT TERM FORECAST.

AS OF 2030 UTC...SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CONTINUE TO
DEVELOP ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA. THIS
TREND IS EXPECTED INTO THE EARLY EVENING....WITH A DIURNAL DOWN
TREND WITH SUNSET. GIVEN ML CAPE VALUES OF 500-700 J/KG AND VERY
WEAK DEEP LAYER SHEAR...NO SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED.

FOR TONIGHT...THE 12 UTC WRF-ARW/NMM AND 16-18 UTC HRRR
ITERATIONS CONTINUE TO SUGGEST ISOLATED CONVECTION ACROSS
NORTHWEST NORTH DAKOTA WITH WEAK IMPULSES EJECTING OUT OF THE
UPPER LEVEL LOW ACROSS WASHINGTON AND IDAHO. ADDITIONAL ISOLATED
SHOWERS AND STORMS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE TURTLE
MOUNTAINS...AGAIN WITH WEAK IMPULSES PROPAGATING SOUTHEAST IN THE
NORTHERN STREAM.

ON WEDNESDAY...A MORE POTENT UPPER LEVEL WAVE IS FORECAST TO
PROPAGATE INTO WESTERN NORTH DAKOTA DURING THE AFTERNOON. 12 UTC
NAM/GFS BUFR SOUNDINGS SUGGEST RATHER WEAK ML CAPE IN THE 200-500
J/KG RANGE...WITH SEVERE CONVECTION AS A RESULT NOT EXPECTED.
HOWEVER....PRECIPITABLE  WATER VALUES OF 1.00 TO 1.25 INCHES
POINTS TO ANOTHER ROUND OF POTENTIAL WIDESPREAD MODERATE RAINFALL
AMOUNTS IN THE 0.30 TO 0.50 INCH RANGE WITH WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON INTO THURSDAY.

.LONG TERM...(WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 316 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

FORECAST ISSUES THIS PERIOD INCLUDE INCREASING CHANCES FOR SHOWERS
AND THUNDERSTORMS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY WITH A SIGNIFICANT
COOL DOWN FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. SOME PATCHY FROST WILL BE POSSIBLE
SATURDAY MORNING.

MODELS ARE IN GENERAL AGREEMENT IN BRINGING AN H500 TROUGH FROM THE
NORTHWEST US INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND
THURSDAY. THIS WILL BRING INCREASING CHANCES FOR SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS WEST AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY NIGHT
AND CONTINUING CENTRAL AND EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA THURSDAY. AS THE
H500 TROUGH MERGES INTO A COOL UPPER LOW OVER CENTRAL CANADA...THE
ASSOCIATED H850 FLOW WITH THIS COLD UPPER FLOW BRINGS IN PRETTY
UNSEASONABLY COOL AIR WITH EVEN A 1030MB SURFACE HIGH ACROSS THE
MANITOBA/SASKATCHEWAN BORDER. FRIDAYS HIGHS WILL BE IN THE 50S
NORTH AND 60S SOUTH AND BY SATURDAY MORNING WIDESPREAD TEMPERATURES
IN THE MID TO UPPER 30S WITH PATCHY FROST POSSIBLE. TEMPERATURES
WILL RETURN TO MORE NORMAL BY MONDAY AND TUESDAY WITH HIGHS INTO
THE 70S.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z WEDNESDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 943 PM CDT TUE MAY 26 2015

FOR THE 27 00 UTC TAF ISSUANCE...HAVE REMOVED THE MENTION OF
THUNDER AND VCSH AT TAF SITES. POSSIBLE LATE NIGHT
SHOWER/THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN NORTHEAST OF
MINOT. OTHERWISE VFR CONDITIONS TONIGHT WITH LIGHT WINDS. COULD BE
SOME PATCHY FOG AGAIN LATE BUT NOT CONFIDENT ENOUGH AT THIS TIME
TO MENTION IN ANY ONE TAF. ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE
INTO THE SOUTHWEST WEDNESDAY MORNING AND SPREAD NORTH AND EAST.
BROUGHT A MENTION OF THUNDERSTORMS TO KDIK AROUND 18 UTC AND KISN
AROUND 22 UTC.

&&

.BIS WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

UPDATE...TWH
SHORT TERM...AYD
LONG TERM...WAA
AVIATION...TWH



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