Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 132317 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service North Platte NE
617 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

The NAM and HRRR/HRRR EXP models have been persistent showing storm
development across the central Sandhills this afternoon and this
evening. This is related to a weak frontal boundary drifting south
through the region. Winds aloft at 500mb strengthen a bit to 35kt to
perhaps 45kt this evening. Instability, 2500-3000 J/KG MLCAPE should
be sufficient for supercell development. Temperatures at H700mb have
warmed to near 10C across Srn Neb and this could be a capping
mechanism as activity moves south toward I-80 this evening. The
models show storm activity breaking up and becoming scattered or
even isolated.

A second disturbance across the cntl Rockies this afternoon should
move east into Wrn Neb late tonight. The showers and thunderstorms
may dissipate as they move through Wrn Neb. The models suggest they
will encounter rain-cooled and more stable air.

POPs for tonight are limited to 40 percent given the limited
coverage shown by the HRRR models. Storm activity should diminish
Monday morning. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are in place
Monday afternoon. The forcing for storm development Monday is highly
uncertain but the instability and cape are favorable.

The SREF was the basis for the fog forecast Monday morning. The RAP
and NAM models maintain a moist layer at h700mb. This should prevent
dense fog from forming. The SREF and MET guidance suggest fog will
form and the forecast is for patchy fog.

The temperature forecast uses blended guidance plus bias correction
for lows in the 50s and 60s with highs in the 80s Monday. A weak
frontal boundary should be draped across Ncntl Neb keeping highs
across Ncntl Neb near 80 while highs rise toward 90 across the

.LONG TERM...(Monday night through Sunday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

The GFS and ECM suggest any storm development Monday afternoon would
grow upscale across ncntl Neb Monday evening. Winds aloft at 500mb
decrease to 25-30kt suggesting the severe weather potential will be
lower. SPC is favoring the Black Hills for genesis and awarded the
Hills a 5 percent severe chance.

Two other significant rain chances develop Tuesday and Thursday and
instability returns Saturday for what could be a third rain
event/opportunity. A broad upper level trof will migrate through
Canada furnishing jetlets of wind speed maxima aloft and an
occasional lowering of heights across Nebraska appear to be the
foci for storm development.

The situation late Tuesday has been advertised for several model
runs now and ambient precipitable water increases to over 1.5 inches
Tuesday afternoon. Winds at 500mb are 25-35kt perhaps suggesting a
HP multicell environment. POPs are 60 percent for this event and SPC
has a 5 percent severe chance covering much Cntl and Swrn Neb.

Moisture returns Thursday and another disturbance moves through.
Winds aloft increase to 25-35kt once again and precipitable water
increases to 1.25-1.50 inches. The model consensus shows h700mb
temperatures falling to around 8C presenting a weak cap.

A similar set up is in place Saturday with warmer temperatures at

Highs in the 80s are expected this week and a gradual warming trend
develops Thursday through Saturday. This supports increasing
instability and a strengthening cap at 700mb which could limit
storm coverage.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Monday evening)
Issued at 616 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Isolated to scattered storm coverage is underway and should
generally continue as depicted by the HRRR model which shows the
storms exiting south around 03z.

A second disturbance across the Laramie range this evening should
move east into Wrn Neb later tonight. The showers and
thunderstorms may dissipate as they move through Wrn Neb. The
models suggest they will encounter rain-cooled and more stable
air. Any storm activity should diminish Monday morning.

The MET guidance, NAM and SREF models suggest MVFR/IFR cigs/vsby
will develop tonight. The SREF was the basis for fairly widespread
stratus developing.




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