Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KLBF 231755

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service North Platte NE
1255 PM CDT Sun Oct 23 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 354 AM CDT Sun Oct 23 2016

Weak cool front moving through western Nebraska early this morning.
Some gusty winds associated with frontal boundary mixing some warmer
temperatures aloft down to the surface with and upward temperature
trend since midnight. Cloud cover pretty much non existent with dry
airmass. Highs today in the 60s with low 70s southwest. Winds
shifting to the northeast through the day and weakening. Becoming
southeast late afternoon on the backside of the surface high.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 354 AM CDT Sun Oct 23 2016

Upper level ridging continues to be advertised to dominate the
weather the next several days - likely lasting through next
weekend. This will continue the current stretch of above normal
highs this coming week.

There will be a couple of pacific cold frontal passages and
associated upper level disturbances that will skirt along the
northern edge of the upper level ridging. The first of these will
be Tuesday into Tuesday night. Southerly flow Monday into Monday
night ahead of this first front will draw Gulf of Mexico air
northward into much of the central plains. Dew points will rise
into the 50s as far west as North Platte and Mullen areas Monday
night. Some patchy fog and stratus is likely to develop as the
moisture increases. This will last into the first half of Tuesday,
then as the front pushes east clearing is expected from west to
east Tuesday afternoon. A few showers or weak thunderstorms may
develop along and ahead of the front across eastern portions of
north central Nebraska Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The next front will pass Friday night. This appears to be weaker
and any associated precipitation should mostly remain in the

As far as highs this week, mainly 70s each day across southwest
Nebraska and near 70 or upper 60s across north central Nebraska.
Lows will remain above freezing.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon)
Issued at 1254 PM CDT Sun Oct 23 2016

An upper level ridge will remain in place over the next 24 hours
keeping aviation conditions dry and quiet. Only major concern at
both terminals will be a change in wind direction overnight from a
north/northeasterly direction to a southeasterly direction by Monday
morning. Southeasterly wind gusts also increase to near 20 knots at
KVTN by late Monday afternoon. Gusts are expected to remain below 15
knots at KLBF.




LONG TERM...Taylor
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