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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Hastings NE
100 AM CDT Mon Aug 21 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday)
Issued at 341 PM CDT Sun Aug 20 2017

Eclipse...All eyes are on the eclipse and unfortunately the sky
will likely be partly to mostly cloudy during the eclipse. The
good news is that these clouds are expected to be mid to high
level clouds and some of the clouds will be thin enough to still
see the eclipse through. There should also be at least some
breaks in the cloud cover to allow people that are more mobile the
opportunity to find relatively better viewing spots within the
local area. Overall, the totality zone throughout Nebraska will
be dealing with similar cloud cover conditions. The best bet of
outright clear skies will be well west over Wyoming. As for
Nebraska there will be clouds to dodge meaning not everyone will
get a good glimpse right at that critical total eclipse time
frame. Right now the best chance at seeing thinner clouds or
larger breaks in the clouds around the 1 pm total eclipse time
frame will be in an area near or just northwest of the Hastings,
Grand Island, Kearney area. Of course this could change as holes
in cloud cover are hard to forecast until within a few hours.
Watch for continued cloud updates on our facebook and twitter page

Tonight...The chance for storms has been decreasing with new
forecast model runs showing not much of anything tonight despite
the sfc boundary in our area. Have lowered thunderstorm chances
into the slight category, but will keep at least that slight
chance given the sfc boundary in the area. Will also keep some
patchy fog in the forecast for very early Monday morning north of
the front, which would generally be north of I-80, but not
expecting it to be a big deal or long lasting.

Monday after the eclipse...
We expect clouds to thicken through the afternoon and we could see
some strong to severe thunderstorms develop by late afternoon and
evening. The best chance for thunderstorms will be across north
central Nebraska sliding into eastern Nebraska and then another
area over north central Kansas. Most of our forecast area will see
fairly low chances for thunderstorms.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
Issued at 341 PM CDT Sun Aug 20 2017

We expect a nice dry period from Tuesday through Thursday with the
next shortwave storm system entering our area by around Friday or
Saturday. Rain chances Friday and Saturday are currently fairly
low with minimal confidence. Temperatures will be fairly
seasonable throughout this period generally in the lower to middle


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z KGRI/KEAR TAFS through 06Z Monday)
Issued at 1256 AM CDT Mon Aug 21 2017

Low-level wind shear will be the biggest concern. Technically an
isolated thunderstorm is possible overnight, but chances are so
low that this has been left out of the forecast.




LONG TERM...Wesely
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