Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 160505

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1205 AM CDT Wed Aug 16 2017

Issued at 505 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

Updated forecast to reflect severe thunderstorm watch and added
heavy rain.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

The HRRR, NAM and GFS continue bounce around the prospect of a heavy
rain center developing tonight somewhere between Valentine, Thedford
and Broken Bow. This not uncommon. We probably won`t know where it
will develop until the thunderstorms begin coalesce this evening or

It certainly appears conditions are favorable for storms capable of
heavy rainfall as storms began to develop late this morning. All
models indicate precipitable water increasing to 1.5 inches or
higher and remaining high overnight. A strong upper level trof
across UT/NV this afternoon will approach Nebraska overnight lowering
heights aloft, steepening lapse rates and forcing thunderstorm
development. The model consensus shows a sfc cold front drifting
southeast overnight with a large warm sector opening up across Ncntl

The rain activity is expected to shift east Wednesday morning with
cooler temperatures and northwest winds.

Severe weather has developed and is expected to continue well into the
evening hours as a series of MCS`s move through Swrn and Ncntl Neb.
Ping pong to golf ball size hail was reported beginning around 830 am.
The HRRR is the basis for this forecast. The amazing part of this is
bulk effective shear is less than 25kt, but lapse rates below 500
mb are steep.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 305 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

The upper level trof across UT/NV this afternoon moves into the midwest
Thursday morning. This will set up northwest flow aloft which would
last until Saturday. 500mb winds aloft increase to around 30kt. Return
moisture develops Thursday suggesting a chance of thunderstorms late
Thursday/Thursday night. That rain chance shifts east Friday. More
return moisture develops Saturday through Monday with additional
rain chances mainly late in the day or in the evening. The potential
for strong or severe thunderstorms will remain under review at this
point. All rain chances are 40 percent or lower and generally isolated
in terms of coverage.

A gradual warming trend develops as h700 mb temperatures rise into the
lower teens by this weekend. This would support highs in the upper 80s
to around 90.

The sky forecast for 1 pm CDT Monday: the ECM and GFS would suggest the
potential for some high cloudiness associated with subtropical moisture
streaming across the Rockies.

The GFS indicates scattered midlevel cloudiness. Both the ECM and GFS
show morning stratus associated with a cold front drifting into Neb.
Presumably these clouds would burn off by noon.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night)
Issued at 1204 AM CDT Wed Aug 16 2017

Strong thunderstorms will continue to move slowly east through the
early morning hours. Visibilities may be reduced to a mile  at times
with gusty winds to 45kts. Ceilings will lower with the passage of
the storms into mvfr categories and then towards sunrise especially
over the north cigs will lower into mvfr categories. Conditions will
slowly improve through the morning.


Issued at 305 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017

WPC suggests the eastern portion of the forecast area could experience
some level of flooding over the next 24 hours. The Flash Flood Watch
has been expanded to include a good portion of Ncntl Neb and Swrn Neb.
The RFC 3-hour flash flood guidance shows 1.5 to 2 inches in many areas
and this was the basis for the flash flood watch covering much of the
forecast area.


Flash Flood Watch until 7 AM CDT /6 AM MDT/ this morning for



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