Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 150844

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
344 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

Issued at 344 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

H5 analysis from earlier this evening had a low amplitude ridge
across the central CONUS. West of this feature, a closed low was
located over western Alberta, with a trough extending sw of this
feature into northern Nevada. Overnight, a lead disturbance
continues to track across southern South Dakota and northern
Nebraska and has led to showers and thunderstorms. Some of these
were producing heavy rain, especially across north eastern
portions of the forecast area. Current radar imagery, has a meso
vort over southern Brown county with a second over eastern Todd
county in South Dakota. Under mostly cloudy skies, 3 AM CDT
readings were generally in the middle 60s to lower 70s.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 344 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

Precipitation chances over the next 24 hours is the main forecast
concern. For today: With good agreement between the HRRR and
WARW, precipitation is expected to move out of the forecast area
by mid morning with limited clearing expected to develop by this
afternoon. By this afternoon, a surface boundary will become
established from north central Nebraska south into southwestern
Nebraska. Along and east of this boundary, SB CAPES of 3000 to
4500 J/KG are noted at 21z this afternoon, with little or no cap
present by this time. Am expecting convection to develop sometime
after 4 PM CDT INVOF of the surface boundary. Wind shear along the
boundary is meager at this point and on the order of 15 to 25 KTS
this afternoon. With K indexes along the boundary in excess of 45
this afternoon, and high PWATS, heavy rain will be a concern this
afternoon and evening. The inherited forecast has a flash flood
watch for Custer county and this still looks viable, given the
degree of moisture and forecast model qpf`s tonight. Showers and
thunderstorms will continue well after dark tonight as a decent
low level jet develops from northern Kansas into central Nebraska.
Will continue with thunderstorm chances overnight with the
highest pops in the east.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
Issued at 344 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

After a stout H5 shortwave passes through Nebraska on Wednesday and
a more subtle shortwave on Thursday, the flow aloft wobbles between
zonal and northwesterly. The main surface features include a fropa
early Wednesday morning, a fairly weak cool front passage on Friday,
and a Black Hills low and associated trough Sunday into Monday.

The best widespread precip chances over the next week appear to be
Wednesday due to residual moisture in the mid levels and sufficient
lift in the low levels. The shortwave late Thursday will be fairly
quick moving, and soundings indicate limited moisture below 700mb.
However, a 25kt LLJ will provide some convergence, and elevated CAPE
will support convective activity to keep at least chc PoP mention.
Soundings suggest too much dry air below 700mb on Friday to support
measureable rainfall. The sfc low and trough over the weekend point
toward diurnally-driven convection with abundant CAPE in the
evenings and a 35+kt LLJ at night. Early indications for solar
eclipse totality early Monday afternoon are dry across western

Temperatures will be near to slightly below normal through Friday
due to periodic precip chances and predominantly northwest flow in
the low levels. H85 temps struggle to reach 20C during the period.
Over the weekend, H85 flow turns southerly, allowing appreciable
WAA. Forecast highs generally split the guidance, resulting in upper
80s to lower 90s for much of the forecast area.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Tuesday night)
Issued at 1238 AM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

Thunderstorms will continue in the vicinity of the KVTN terminal
through 08z tonight. Thunderstorms are also possible in the
vicinity of the KLBF terminal after 08z through 12z this morning.
Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies to persist on Tuesday with an
increasing threat for thunderstorms after 23z at the KVTN terminal
and after 00z at the KLBF terminal. Heavy rain, reduced
visibilities and small hail are possible at both terminals Tuesday


Flash Flood Watch from noon CDT today through Wednesday morning
for NEZ038.



SHORT TERM...Buttler
LONG TERM...Snively
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