Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KDDC 210826

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
326 AM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

...Updated Short and Long Term Sections...

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 325 AM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

A hot day is expected again across the region as the mid to upper
level ridge of high pressure remains anchored from the Central
Plains into the southeast CONUS. Nonetheless, a potent wave riding
within the stronger westerlies across the Northern High Plains will
flatten this ridge while also allowing the surface lee trough to
deepen over eastern CO. This will bring gusty south to southwest
winds today which along with deep thermal mixing up to 700 hPa, will
result in afternoon highs in the 100-105 F range. Further, with
dewpoints holding closer to 60 F from Hays to Pratt, heat index
values will be close to 105 in this area. A Heat Advisory is in
effect for this region of the central KS.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Thursday)
Issued at 325 AM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

The pattern turns slighlty more active late Saturday as the mid to
upper level ridge shifts back into the Intermountain West. This is
largely in response to the tail end of the wave mentioned over the
Northern Plains, sagging southeast into Kansas. This will push a
weak front into western Kansas by Saturday evening with an
associated chance for thunderstorms by late afternoon to early
evening. Risk for severe storms looks minimal as both low and deep
layer is rather weak. However, ahead of this front one more day with
temperatures near 100 or higher will exist as strong solar
insolation allows mixing up to 700 hPa. Heat index readings around
105 are possible mainly along and east of a Hays to Dodge City line
by mid afternoon although if dewpoints are even slightly lower than
expected values may stay in the 100-103 range. Similar to today,
active heat advisory covers this potential for high index values.

The front then shifts southward into OK to the TX Panhandle by
Sunday morning and then stalling over those areas through Monday.
This will bring a reprieve from triple digit temperatures with
cooler conditions expected both days along with a chance for
thunderstorms. Tuesday then becomes a transition day as the ridge
starts building back into the Great Plains while the previous front
essentially dissolves over OK into the TX Panhandle. This will
result in a return to dry and hot conditions for the middle of the
week. By the end of the workweek the global spectral models hint at
another weak boundary slipping into the Central Plains with a chance
for thunderstorms despite the ridge still sitting over the region.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1137 PM CDT Thu Jul 20 2017

Yet another tranquil aviation period expected over central into
southwest Kansas as an upper level dome of high pressure
dominates the region. This will bring an unlimited ceiling and
visibility through Friday. The only aviation issue will be a
period of low-level wind shear tonight ahead of a deepening
trough of low pressure across eastern CO. South to southwest winds
will quickly increase to near 40 kt at 500-1000 ft with wind shear


DDC 103  73 104  69 /   0   0  10  30
GCK 101  69  98  67 /   0   0  10  30
EHA  99  69  95  67 /   0   0  10  30
LBL 102  70  99  69 /   0   0  10  20
HYS 104  74  99  69 /   0   0  20  40
P28 104  76 104  74 /   0   0   0  20


Heat Advisory until 8 PM CDT Saturday for KSZ031-046-065-066-081-

Heat Advisory from 1 AM to 8 PM CDT Saturday for KSZ064-077>080-

Heat Advisory until 1 AM CDT Saturday for KSZ030.



LONG TERM...AJohnson
AVIATION...AJohnson is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.