Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
936 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Issued at 933 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

No significant changes to ongoing forecast. Skies continue to
clear from w-e and currently at the far eastern FA boundary.

UPDATE Issued at 628 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Clearing is spreading into the Red River Valley now with very few
showers left. Should see steady west winds move in this morning
for areas east of the Red River Valley, which will help push out
the lower clouds left there.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 401 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

The storm complex from overnight has shifted well east of the FA
now, with just a few light showers around. Still have a fair
amount of cloud cover remaining, but there are a few clear spots.
In one of these clear spots around Detroit Lakes MN, winds have
also gone light, leading to some fog formation. Do not think the
winds will remain light very long, as they are shifting west and
increasing. So will not mention fog anywhere this morning. The
clouds should decrease slowly from west to east, with quite a bit
more sun today. There will be some fairly cold 500mb temps today,
especially in the Devils Lake region and northern Red River
Valley. With some sun and heating today, some of the models are
showing some light showers developing along the Canadian border in
this cold pool. Not confident in this occurring, so left it out
for now. Tonight, despite fairly clear skies initially, winds will
stay pretty constant from the south, which should prevent much
fog formation. Will have to see what later model runs show for

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday)
Issued at 401 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

Southwest 500mb flow continues on Thursday, with a sfc boundary
moving into the Devils Lake region/northeast ND. This will be a
focus area for some shower development, but overall it would be
pretty minor. SPC has placed most of the FA along and east of the
Red River Valley in a marginal risk for severe weather Thu night.
At this point, a strong low level jet and warm advection look to
be the primary forcing mechanisms. There should be somewhat of a
downturn in activity through Fri morning, before there is another
chance for severe weather Friday afternoon into the evening. This
time around, the surface boundary looks to set up somewhere from
northeast SD up into north central MN. Best thunder and severe
weather chances will be along this corridor. Models not in the
best of agreement on where and how much activity will develop, but
this is still a ways off yet. Would expect this activity to shift
more into MN by Fri night.

For Saturday through Tuesday...Long wave trough remains over
western North America and weakens. High amplitude pattern de-
amplifies and becomes more split with main flow across southern
Canada. Longwave ridge over eastern North America also weakens
through the period.

The GFS was a faster solution than the ECMWF. Will blend the

High temperatures were generally increased a degree or two for Sat
and increased two to three degrees for Sun. Little change was made
to Mon and Tue from yesterdays forecast.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Thursday morning)
Issued at 628 AM CDT Wed Sep 20 2017

KBJI is the only TAF site that has lower clouds left, and these
should depart in the next few hours. Conditions should then become
VFR there too. Rest of the TAF period looks quiet.




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