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FXUS63 KLBF 270501 AAB

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1201 AM CDT WED JUL 27 2016

...Updated Aviation section...

Issued at 645 PM CDT Tue Jul 26 2016

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms are ongoing across
extreme southeast and south central SD, entering the NE
Panhandle, and NE CO. Ongoing thunderstorms in extreme southeast
SD and over the Panhandle are expected to develop and/or move
into Sheridan, Garden, and Cherry counties within 1 to 2 hours.
Further development is expected across the northern-half of the
CWA later on this evening. Main threats are large hail and
damaging winds. Updated grids for strong and severe storms,
timing, and coverage in the near-term period.

Please refer to the SPC Convective Watch page for the latest
information on any convective watches issued.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 308 PM CDT Tue Jul 26 2016

The main forecast challenge over
the next 24 hours will be the threat for precipitation and severe
weather potential especially this evening. First off, the short
range solutions failed to correctly initialize the South
Dakota/northwestern Nebraska convection this morning which is
problematic for this evening`s forecast. I think this failure in
initialization, will delay the timing of onset of thunderstorms into
the mid evening vs. early evening hours. Thunderstorms should come
at western and north central Nebraska from two sources this evening.
The first is from the west southwest as a shortwave lifts east of
the central Rockies. This will be activity from residual convection
across northeastern Colorado and southwestern Wyoming. The second
area of convection will arise across western South Dakota early
this evening. As this convection tracks east it will throw out a
frontal boundary into northern Nebraska. As this feature moves south
into an increasing low level jet by mid evening, we should see quick
thunderstorm development over north central Nebraska. This activity
will ride to the southeast along the moisture and instability axis,
and will impact mainly areas in the east and southeastern forecast
area. This area of convection may briefly merge with a line of storms
tracking east from the panhandle with the northern area becoming
more dominant by late evening with support from the nose of the low
level jet. Strong mid level wind shear will support supercell
thunderstorms initially with large hail being the main severe
threat. A quick changeover to a cluster of storms with heavy rain
and wind being the main severe threats, will occur during the late
evening hours. Given the expected later timing for thunderstorms in
the forecast area tonight, the threat for large hail and discrete
supercells may be decreasing across northern Nebraska with an
increased threat for a convective cluster and strong winds. Since
the models did a poor job initializing convection this morning,
decided to cut back pops for tonight in the north. Overnight
convection will force a frontal boundary south to the KS/Nebr border
where it will stall Wednesday. Temperatures will be much cooler
north of the front with highs Wednesday in the lower 80s. There will
be a lingering threat for light pcpn behind the front as well
particularly over eastern portions of the forecast area as mid level
waa lifts into central and eastern Nebraska.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 308 PM CDT Tue Jul 26 2016

Mid and long term solutions in fair agreement and will use a blend
for the forecast. Upper ridge has retreated over the desert
southwest placing the northern plains in fast northwest flow with
chances for thunderstorm development nearly every day. Boundary in
place over western Nebraska Wednesday night with upper wave moving
across the northern plains. Thunderstorms to continue along the
boundary through  the evening. Storms will decrease in intensity
and coverage area through the early morning hours. Weak cold front
over the Dakotas will drop south across Nebraska on Thursday with
slight chance pops retained along the front as it progresses
south. Stationary boundary to lie across southwest into the
southeast Nebraska panhandle and will be the focus for isolated
thunderstorms Thursday night into Friday.Highs in the low to mid
80s with cloud cover and thunderstorms Thursday and Friday. Ridge
building east into western Nebraska on Saturday and warm
temperatures return.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night)
Issued at 1144 PM CDT Tue Jul 26 2016

A mesoscale convective system has moved through the northwest
portion of the forecast area and is moving southeast through
portions of north central and central NE. Strong to severe level
winds are associated with this line of thunderstorms. The main
line should exit out of the forecast area between 1 and 2 AM CDT.

Low stratus and convective debris exists across portions of the
eastern half of the forecast area -- these ceilings are mainly
MVFR. These low cloud heights will continue to persist into the
early morning hours. Tomorrow...chances remain for isolated to
scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.


.LBF Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


SHORT TERM...Buttler
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