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AFDREV

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
907 PM PDT FRI AUG 1 2014

.UPDATE...
CLOUDS TOPS WERE WARMING AND STORM COVERAGE RAPIDLY DECREASING
ACROSS WESTERN NV. EXPECT THIS TREND TO CONTINUE WITH ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS AND THE LIGHTNING THREAT ENDING THIS EVENING. ANY
ISOLATED CELLS WOULD MOST LIKELY OCCUR ACROSS THE BASIN AND RANGE
SOUTHWARD INTO MINERAL COUNTY AND NEAR THE WHITE MOUNTAINS THROUGH
MIDNIGHT. WINDS CONTINUE TO GUST 25-30 MPH ALONG THE SIERRA FRONT
IN ASSOCIATION WITH ZEPHYR. THESE WINDS WILL SLOWLY TAPER THROUGH
LATE EVENING. WINDS ELSEWHERE WERE ALREADY STARTING TO DECREASE.
AN UPDATE WILL BE ISSUED SHORTLY TO REFLECT THE LATEST TRENDS.
HOHMANN

&&

.PREVIOUS DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 648 PM PDT FRI AUG 1 2014/

UPDATE...
THE ZEPHYR HAS KICK IN AND PUSHED THE CONVECTION WELL SOUTH AND
EAST OF THE RENO-CARSON CITY AREA. THE PRIMARY THREAT FOR STRONG
STORMS WITH HEAVY RAIN AND SOME BLOWING DUST WILL BE ACROSS
MINERAL AND CHURCHILL COUNTIES WITH MORE ISOLATED ACTIVITY ACROSS
PERSHING AND NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTIES. STORMS WILL END IN THE NEXT
HOUR OR TWO IN NORTHWEST NEVADA WHILE STORMS WILL PROBABLY GO
LONGER IN THE BASIN AND RANGE EAST OF FALLON. AN UPDATE HAS BEEN
ISSUED TO SHOW LATEST CLEARING TRENDS AS WELL AS TO SHOW A SLIGHT
INCREASE IN WINDS ALONG THE EASTERN SIERRA FOR THIS EVENING. HOHMANN

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 136 PM PDT FRI AUG 1 2014/

SYNOPSIS...

ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE AGAIN POSSIBLE TODAY WITH A
DRY SOUTHWEST FLOW SHIFTING CHANCES FURTHER SOUTH AND EAST
SATURDAY. MOISTURE WILL BEGIN TO RETURN SUNDAY WITH THUNDERSTORMS
POSSIBLE TO I-80 AND ALL AREAS MONDAY. MOISTURE WILL REMAIN
THROUGH THE WEEK WITH THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE EACH DAY.

SHORT TERM...
CONVECTION SLOWER TO GET STARTED THIS AFTERNOON WITH A MID-LEVEL
CAP PRESENT ON THE 12Z KREV SOUNDING. STILL EXPECT A FEW STORMS TO
FIRE NEAR THE OREGON BORDER AND SOUTH IN MONO AND MINERAL COUNTIES
TODAY. WITH THE ZEPHYR NOW KICKING IN ACROSS TAHOE, STORMS SHOULD
FIRE NEAR/JUST EAST OF THE RENO/CARSON CITY AREAS AND MOVE
NORTHEAST. THESE STORMS COULD BE STRONG IF THE CONVERGENCE ALONG
THE ZEPHYR IS ORGANIZED. EXPECT THE STORMS TO THEN DIMINISH AFTER
SUNSET.

FOR SATURDAY, SOUTHWEST FLOW WILL REMAIN FOR ANOTHER DAY AND PUSH
MOST OF THE MOISTURE TO THE NORTH AND EAST. SOME SHOULD REMAIN FOR
SOME STORMS SOUTH OF A BRIDGEPORT TO FALLON LINE DURING THE
AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

IN A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE, THE MODELS ARE NOW BRINGING THE INVERTED
TROUGH OVER BAJA FURTHER WEST INTO WESTERN NEVADA SUNDAY NIGHT
INTO MONDAY. THIS SHOULD RESULT IN MORE OF A MOISTURE INCREASE
BEGINNING SUNDAY. AS A RESULT, HAVE INCREASED CHANCES OF STORMS
OVER MONO-MINERAL COUNTIES FURTHER WITH ISOLATED STORMS POSSIBLE
UP TO I-80. IF THE MODELS CONTINUE THIS TREND, THE MOISTURE
INCREASE COULD BE SIGNIFICANT WITH HEAVY RAINS POSSIBLE OVER
MONO-MINERAL COUNTIES. WHILE CLOUD COVER COULD INHIBIT HEATING,
ONLY A SHORT BREAK WITH SUN WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR CONVECTION GIVEN
THE AMOUNT OF MOISTURE FORECAST.

REGARDING THE SMOKE FROM THE FRENCH AND BALD FIRES, THAT WILL BE
AN ISSUE AT LEAST THROUGH THE WEEKEND. BOTH FIRES CONTINUE TO BURN
ACTIVELY WITH SMOKE PRESENT IN NORTHWEST LASSEN COUNTY EXPECTED TO
BE CONTINUOUS THROUGH MONDAY MORNING. FOR THE MAMMOTH AREA, SMOKE
WILL MOVE BACK IN THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE EVENING.
SOME CLEARING IS EXPECTED AGAIN SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE RETURNING
IN THE AFTERNOON WHERE IT MAY CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
WALLMANN

LONG TERM...MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY...
SOME ADJUSTMENTS WERE MADE TO THE PRECEDING FORECAST. THESE
CHANGES WERE MAINLY TO ACCOUNT FOR CURRENT MODEL TRENDS ESPECIALLY
THUNDERSTORM COVERAGE ON MONDAY. DETERMINISTIC MODELS ARE IS GOOD
AGREEMENT THROUGH WEDNESDAY BEFORE SOLUTIONS DIVERGE LATE IN THE
WEEK. THIS TRANSLATES TO SLIGHTLY BETTER THAN MEDIUM CONFIDENCE IN
THE FORECAST THROUGH WEDNESDAY, THEN LOW CONFIDENCE FOR THURSDAY
AND FRIDAY.

INCREASED PRECIPITATION CHANCES AND COVERAGE OF THUNDERSTORMS FOR
MONDAY AS A WAVE PUSHES NORTHWARD AROUND THE WESTERN PERIPHERY OF
THE HIGH OVER THE FOUR CORNERS REGION. IF THIS WAVE HOLDS TOGETHER,
MONDAY WILL BE VERY ACTIVE WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR STORM CELLS WITH
HEAVY RAIN. THE BEST CHANCES WILL LIKELY REMAIN NORTH OF HIGHWAY 50
AND EAST OF ALTERNATE 95. THESE AREAS WILL RECEIVE THE MOST SUN
PRIOR TO DECENT FORCING AHEAD OF THE WAVE. AREAS SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50
WILL LIKELY BE CLOUD COVERED WHICH WILL LIMIT SOLAR INSOLATION EARLY
IN THE DAY. STILL, THERE WILL BE BREAKS IN CLOUD COVER ALLOWING FOR
ENOUGH SURFACE INSTABILITY TO KICK OFF SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS.
ALSO, LOWERED TEMPERATURES A LITTLE ON MONDAY TO ANTICIPATE AREA
CLOUD COVER.

LATE IN THE WEAK, MODELS DIVERGE. THE EC HANGS ONTO A STRONGER WAVE
ON THURSDAY WHILE THE GFS OPENS THE WAVE AND LIFTS IT INTO THE
NORTHERN ROCKIES.  IF THE GFS VERIFIES, THEN THE FORCING WILL BE
MUCH LESS. HOWEVER, THE EC SHOWS A SCENARIO WITH ANOTHER ROUND OF
STRONG FORCING. HAVE LEFT SLIGHT CHANCES IN AND WILL NEED TO
REEVALUATE AFTER ANOTHER RUN OR TWO TO SEE IF MODELS CONVERGE TO
EITHER OF THESE SOLUTIONS.

OTHERWISE, LEFT THE PREVIOUS FORECAST INTACT. TEMPERATURES WILL BE
AROUND SEASONAL AVERAGES TO SLIGHTLY BELOW DEPENDING ON CLOUD COVER.
CHANCES OF THUNDERSTORMS AND SHOWERS WILL OCCUR EACH DAY AS DEEPER
MOISTURE IS TRANSPORTED NORTHWARD AROUND THE WESTERN PERIPHERY OF
VERY STAGNANT HIGH PRESSURE. BOYD

AVIATION...
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL REDEVELOP TODAY, BUT WITH SOME
SOUTHWEST FLOW, PUSH AWAY FROM THE SIERRA CREST BY MID TO LATE IN
THE AFTERNOON. THIS PLACES THE BEST CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER
WESTERN NEVADA. GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS TO 50 MPH ARE THE BIGGEST
THREAT, WHICH MAY KICK OFF AREAS OF BLOWING DUST. SOUTHWEST FLOW
ALOFT WILL INCREASE FOR SATURDAY WITH A THREAT OF STORMS LIMITED
TO SOUTH OF BRIDGEPORT TO FALLON. MORE WIDESPREAD THUNDERSTORM
ACTIVITY WILL INITIATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50 THEN
PRETTY MUCH ALL TERMINALS FOR MONDAY WITH THE NEXT STRONG WAVE.

THE SOUTHWEST FLOW ALOFT WILL ALSO PUSH SMOKE FROM WILDFIRE ALONG
THE WESTERN SIERRA SLOPES INTO THE AREA.  THIS WILL LEAD TO
VISIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AS LOW AS 3 MILES, NORTH OF
SUSANVILLE-GERLACH AND ACROSS MONO, MINERAL AND SOUTHERN LYON
COUNTIES. BRONG/BOYD

&&

.REV WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NV...NONE.
CA...NONE.
&&

$$

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