Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service North Platte NE
524 AM CST Wed Feb 15 2017

Issued at 351 AM CST Wed Feb 15 2017

Sharp ridge over the western CONUS between Aleutian low and upper
low over the Great Lakes. Ridge extends over western Canada and
north to the Arctic Circle. Northern Plains continues in fast
north flow.


.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 351 AM CST Wed Feb 15 2017

Near term solutions in good agreement and will use a blend for the
forecast. Temperatures aloft continue to warm today with surface
temperatures expected around 60 over most of western Nebraska. Clear
skies to continue with good insolation and west northwest winds not
quite as gusty as yesterday. Winds will decouple through late
afternoon and with clear skies continuing over night temperatures
will fall into the 20s. Dry.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday through Tuesday)
Issued at 351 AM CST Wed Feb 15 2017

Strong upper level ridging across much of the western US will keep
conditions dry across Nebraska through the end of the week and into
the weekend. The major story for through Sunday will be the
continuing warming trend across north central Nebraska. High
temperatures remain well above normal as warmer air surges into the
southern and central Plains. Expect high temperatures to hold steady
in the upper 50s to mid 60s through Sunday. Low temperatures also
remain warmer than normal dropping only into the low to mid 30s
through Sunday night.

The next chance of precipitation arrive late Sunday night and into
Monday morning as a low pressure system tracking across southern
Canada drags a cold front across the Midwest. Confidence in
precipitation development is low at this time, however, if all the
right ingredients come together, an isolated thunderstorm will not
be out of the question.

Dry weather returns for the beginning of next week with warm
temperatures continuing into next week.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Thursday morning)
Issued at 523 AM CST Wed Feb 15 2017

Mostly sunny skies with only a few high clouds expected over
western Nebraska today. West winds are expected around 10kts with
a few higher gusts this afternoon.


Issued at 351 AM CST Wed Feb 15 2017

Temperatures in the 50s and 60s today and Thursday with minimum
relative humidity falling to 15 to 20 percent over a large portion
of southern Nebraska. This area hasn`t seen much precipitation for
several weeks. Winds today will be 10 to 15 with some higher gusts.




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