Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS66 KOTX 071726
AFDOTX

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Spokane WA
1026 AM PDT TUE JUL 7 2015

.SYNOPSIS....
Another weather system drops in from Canada today, with a threat
of showers and thunderstorms across the north. Drier conditions
return Wednesday with hot temperatures through Thursday. The
remainder of the week will see a cooling trend with and increased
chance of showers.


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.DISCUSSION...
Isolated showers and thunderstorms have been forming across NE
Washington and much of the panhandle of Idaho this morning. There
was quite a bit of nocturnal thunderstorm activity just north of
the US-Canada border earlier but this band of showers has
diminished in intensity as it sinks south into Bonner County
Idaho. The other area of concern is across SE WA and the Camas
Prairie where we are seeing a few stronger cells and some
lightning strikes. Morning update is to extend the areal coverage
of isolated showers and thunderstorms to the southeast corner.
Rest of the forecast package is on track. /Kelch

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.AVIATION...
18Z TAFS: Showers and isolated thunderstorms will affect the
eastern half of the forecast area this morning, and increase in
coverage during the afternoon. Some of this activity could move
over the KGEG/KSFF/KCOE/KPUW/KLWS sites through early evening.
Additionally, a thunderstorm gust front is possible for
KGEG/KSFF/KCOE but the likelihood is too low to depict it in the
TAFS. KEAT and KMWH have a very small chance of seeing
thunderstorm activity late in the day, too low to mention in the
TAF. Showers and thunderstorms will diminish after 05Z Wednesday.
/EK



&&

.FIRE WEATHER...
The Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning for
the Okanogan Highlands, northeast Washington, and the northern
Panhandle areas. Given the current fuel states, any lighting has a
good potential to ignite new wild fires. Additionally, these
thunderstorms could produce gusty winds which could hamper fire
fighting on existing wild fires.

The Watch for the north Cascades has been canceled. Isolated
thunderstorms may still develop, but the coverage of lightning
should not be abundant.  RJ


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.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Spokane        92  66  94  66  96  70 /  10  20   0  10  10  10
Coeur d`Alene  89  62  92  61  95  64 /  30  30   0  10  10  10
Pullman        91  56  92  57  94  61 /   0  10   0  10  20  20
Lewiston       98  68  99  69 100  72 /   0  10   0  10  20  20
Colville       91  60  97  61 100  62 /  30  20   0   0  10  10
Sandpoint      84  54  90  54  94  57 /  50  30   0  10  10  10
Kellogg        87  56  91  57  93  61 /  30  30   0  10  10  10
Moses Lake    100  69 100  67 102  71 /   0  10   0   0  10  10
Wenatchee      99  74 101  73 102  74 /  10  20   0   0  10  10
Omak           98  66 100  67 102  68 /  20  20   0   0  10  10

&&

.OTX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
ID...Red Flag Warning until 9 PM PDT this evening for Northern and
     Central Idaho Panhandle (Zone 101).

WA...Red Flag Warning until 9 PM PDT this evening for East Washington
     Northeast (Zone 686)-East Washington Okanogan Highlands
     (Zone 687).

&&

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