Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KGLD 301138
AFDGLD

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
538 AM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 223 AM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

UPPER RIDGE OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS WILL RETROGRADE TO THE GREAT
BASIN TODAY AND TONIGHT. A WEAK SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL TOP THE
RIDGE TODAY AND MOVE ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA TONIGHT IN THE
DEVELOPING NORTHWEST FLOW. LOW LEVEL SOUTHEASTERLY FLOW WILL
RETURN MOISTURE TO THE AREA WITH AFTERNOON SBCAPE VALUES FORECAST
TO BE WEAKLY UNSTABLE WITH POCKETS OF MODERATE INSTABILITY IN
EASTERN COLORADO. WIDELY SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP
MAINLY IN COLORADO IN RESPONSE TO THE SHORTWAVE TROUGH BUT LITTLE
MOVEMENT EASTWARD IS EXPECTED WITH 0-6KM MEAN WINDS AT ONLY 5KTS.
WITH THE LIMITED INSTABILITY AND DEEP LAYER SHEAR LESS THAN 20KTS
SEVERE STORMS ARE NOT ANTICIPATED...BUT LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE
POSSIBLE WITH THE SLOW STORM MOTIONS.

THE UPPER RIDGE WILL BECOME FIRMLY ESTABLISHED OVER THE GREAT
BASIN FRIDAY AND BUILD ACROSS THE CENTRAL ROCKIES ON SATURDAY.
LITTLE IN THE WAY OF SYNOPTIC SCALE FORCING IS INDICATED EITHER
DAY BUT CANNOT RULE OUT AN ISOLATED AFTERNOON OR EVENING
THUNDERSTORM POPPING UP FRIDAY IN AN UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT OR AHEAD
OF COLD FRONT APPROACHING SOUTHWEST NEBRASKA LATE IN THE DAY.
SATURDAY MAY END UP BEING DRY WITH THE RIDGE CONTINUING TO ASSERT
ITSELF ACROSS THE ROCKIES.

TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR NORMAL THROUGH THE SHORT TERM PERIOD.

.LONG TERM...(SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY)
ISSUED AT 223 AM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

AT THE START OF THE EXTENDED...UPPER LEVEL RIDGING CONTINUES OVER
THE DESERT SOUTHWEST ALONG WITH A TROUGH OVER THE EASTERN CONUS. THE
RIDGE DEEPENS AND SHIFTS EASTWARD SLIGHTLY EARLY NEXT WEEK AS THE
LOW THAT IS EXPECTED TO SPIN OVER HUDSON BAY EVENTUALLY LIFTS
NORTHEAST. THIS UPPER LEVEL SETUP WILL BRING DRY CONDITIONS TO MUCH
OF THE FORECAST PERIOD DUE TO THE RIDGE DOMINATING.

THE ECM SUGGESTS THAT A SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA
LATE MONDAY/EARLY TUESDAY AS A FRONTAL BOUNDARY TRAVELS SOUTH
TOWARDS NORTHERN KANSAS. THIS IN COMBINATION WITH MOISTURE RETURN AT
THE SURFACE WILL BRING PRECIP CHANCES TO THE HIGH PLAINS ON MONDAY
NIGHT AND TUESDAY. HOWEVER...NOT SURE AT THIS TIME IF THIS OUTCOME
IS REPRESENTATIVE OR IF THE RIDGE WILL PERSIST FOR THE AREA INSTEAD
AS THE GFS PROPOSES. DID LEAVE SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM CHANCES IN
THE FORECAST FOR THIS TIME FOLLOWED BY DRY CONDITIONS AGAIN ON
WEDNESDAY.

THE WARMING TREND LOOKS TO CONTINUE INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK WITH HIGHS
IN THE UPPER 80S TO MID 90S THROUGHOUT THE EXTENDED PERIOD. LOWS ARE
EXPECTED TO BE IN THE 60S.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 12Z TAFS THROUGH 12Z FRIDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 534 AM MDT THU JUL 30 2015

LOW CLOUDS MAY BRIEFLY IMPACT KGLD THIS MORNING WITH MOISTURE
RETURN ON THE BACKSIDE OF A SURFACE HIGH OVER EASTERN KANSAS.
OTHERWISE...SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS WILL DEVELOP LATER THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING OVER EASTERN COLORADO WITH ONLY VERY SLOW
EASTERLY MOTIONS EXPECTED. THERE IS A LOW PROBABILITY OF A STORM
REACHING KGLD. FOR THE MOST PART...VFR EXPECTED AT BOTH KGLD AND
KMCK THROUGH THE PERIOD.

&&

.GLD WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
KS...NONE.
CO...NONE.
NE...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...024
LONG TERM...JBH
AVIATION...024


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