Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KFGF 130815

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
315 AM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 315 AM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Pcpn chances and amounts remain the main forecast challenge for
today into tonight. Water vapor imagery shows some spin over
south central ND, related to the mid level energy that will
continue to move east today into tonight. Meanwhile, there is a
low level jet which is focused more into the southern Red River
Valley and west central MN. This is also forecast to hold together
through the day today, helping to keep the moisture feed going.
Both of these ingredients will keep the better chances for pcpn
across the southern half of the FA, and even more so along and
south of the I94 corridor in ND and highway 10 corridor in MN.

There is some lightning associated with the current activity, but
only for a couple of the segments. In this FA, it is mainly
concentrated with the activity over Ransom/Sargent counties. Have
not had a lot of pcpn reports, but the radar is showing that about
a half an inch to an inch has fallen across portions of Barnes,
Ransom, Sargent and Richland counties. For today into tonight,
roughly the same can be expected across portions of Richland,
Wilkin, Grant, and Otter Tail counties. Less pcpn is expected
north of these counties. Like yesterday, clouds will hold down
temperatures, limiting the instability. No severe weather is

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 315 AM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Monday should be mainly dry as weak 500mb ridging moves in behind
the departing short wave. Models are showing some clouds
lingering, especially across the southern half of the FA.
Therefore, once again temps will be warmer across the north. The
break from pcpn will be short lived, as pcpn associated with the
next system begins to spread into the western FA late Monday
night. However, better pcpn chances will hold off until Tuesday
into Tuesday night. SPC has placed portions of the southern FA in
a marginal risk for severe weather during this time frame, however
that may depend on cloud trends. At this point, models are
forecasting quite a bit of cloud cover, which would limit heating
and instability. Still have time to watch this event.

For Wednesday through Saturday...For the mid to late week
period...a fairly fast H5 jet stream flow along the southern
Canada border will continue to bring a series of weak systems into
the area.

A trof of low pressure will push across Minnesota through the day
on Wednesday with scattered showers and thunderstorms ending across
northwest Minnesota by late evening. Expect generally fair skies and
a somewhat drier northerly flow on Thursday. Highs should range in
the mid to upper 70s with lows in the middle to upper 50s. By
Friday...expect a somewhat unstable westerly flow and scattered rain
showers to develop late Friday and Friday night as the next weak
shortwave trof pushes across the Northern Plains.

Saturday and Sunday should be a bit drier and warmer as an H5
shortwave ridge builds in over the area. high should edge
back into the lower 80s for the coming weekend. With lows
ranging from the middle 50s north to near 60 degrees in
southern portions of the forecast area.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Sunday night)
Issued at 1121 PM CDT Sat Aug 12 2017

Rain coverage continues to be a challenge mainly on how far north
any rain will get. Models have been overdoing rain coverage all
evening so some doubt as to if any -ra will reach GFK/DVL taf
sites. At this point limited any mention to FAR and will have to
monitor trends. Best potential looks to be towards morning as
upper low reaches the forecast area. Also limited any mvfr cigs to
FAR leaving the remainder sites vfr through the period.




LONG TERM...Godon/Gust
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