Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
552 PM CDT Sat Oct 14 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Sat Oct 14 2017

The main concern for the rest of the afternoon and early evening
will be the increasing winds across the region. As a cold front
pushes southeast, winds will shift to the north and become quite
blustery. Sustained winds will be in the 30 to 35 mph range, with
gusts up to 45 mph mainly between 4pm and 7pm. Winds will slowly
diminish throughout the remainder of the evening. Any lingering rain
showers/drizzle will also dissipate as the remainder of the
afternoon and evening progresses. New precipitation totals will be

For the remainder of Saturday night and Sunday...high pressure will
build into the region bringing a return to dry weather. Clearing
skies tonight combined with decreasing winds will allow overnight
temperatures to drop into the upper 20s across the eastern Panhandle
and the low 30s elsewhere. Mostly sunny skies return on Sunday as
well with high temperatures rising into the low 60s across the
entire forecast area.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
Issued at 310 PM CDT Sat Oct 14 2017

Models in good agreement for the mid and extended forecast. ECMWF
mirroring GFS run from yesterday. Ensemble means are zero and 1
standard deviation for highs and lows through the period. Pacific
high pressure at the surface Sunday night into Monday as the upper
trough moves east into the Great Lakes. With ridging over the
western CONUS the forecast area will be in northwest flow with weak
waves moving across the northern plains. Gulf will remain closed
through Thursday so waves that do move through will be working with
Pacific moisture and will mainly be high and some mid clouds.
Pattern shift begins Wednesday Thursday time frame as strong system
moves out of the Gulf of Alaska and strengthening high over the
Southeast CONUS.

What does this mean for western Nebraska? Above normal temperatures
through the period some 5 to 15 degrees F above normal and lows 5 to
10 degrees F above normal. Dry through the week with chances
increasing through next weekend as a deep trough approaches from the
west and the Gulf opens up.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening)
Issued at 550 PM CDT Sat Oct 14 2017

Latest surface plot shows strong north-northwest winds with peak
gusts about 30-40 MPH across much of western and north central
NEB. Mostly cloudy skies continue overhead with ceilings improving
slowly from west to east. VFR ceilings are present across the
eastern Panhandle and far western NEB, elsewhere MVFR-IFR ceilings

Winds will remain elevated through much of the evening and will be
lessening gradually from west to east. Winds will then continue to
decrease through the small hours becoming less than 12 kts
across much of the area by early tomorrow morning. Meanwhile,
skies will clearing from west to east through the evening hours.
Tomorrow, sunny skies are expected to prevail along with light
westerly breezes.




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