Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service North Platte NE
729 PM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 307 PM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

The model consensus of the RAP, HRRR, NAM and HRRR exp appear to be
keying on a disturbance moving through Ncntl Colo as the forcing for
storm development across Swrn Neb this evening. WPC has put Ncntl
Colo on notice for heavy rainfall potential and what develops out
west should grow upscale into Swrn Neb tonight.

The HRRR appears to generate heavy storms from the robust CAPE
across Ncntl Neb. This instability forms ahead of a cold front
moving through Ncntl Neb which could form a strong cluster of
thunderstorms late this afternoon and this evening.

850mb winds this evening become northeast and this should support
upslope theta-e advection into Colorado supporting the model
consensus and the WPC heavy rain discussion. This storm activity
would be late evening and overnight across Swrn Neb. Precipitable
water will be 1.5-1.75 inches supporting locally heavy rainfall.

Thunderstorms may redevelop Saturday afternoon across Swrn Neb. The
stronger storm activity could easily be across Scntl Neb near the
Sfc front but h850mb winds are east across Swrn Neb which could
support storms near and south of Interstate 80.

The temperature forecast tonight uses blended bias corrected
guidance for lows mostly in the 60s. Blended guidance plus bias
correction produced highs in the upper 80s to mid 90s Saturday.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 307 PM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

Whatever rain activity that forms Saturday should move south
Saturday evening. Moisture decreases markedly by Sunday morning but
begins to increase Monday as return flow develops. Opportunities for
thunderstorm development Monday through Friday revolve around
genesis off the Black Hills and Laramie Range.

The subtropical upper level ridge retrogrades Sunday and Monday
setting up northwest flow aloft. Storm development could be off the
Black Hills Monday. Thereafter, the upper level ridge builds east
and a ridge runner pattern sets taking storms through SD, perhaps
affecting Nrn Neb. POPs are lofty in the 30 to 40 percent range
which could be a stretch given the drought conditions underway.

POPs across Wrn Neb are mostly isolated which is appropriate given
the developing thermal ridge and associated capping mechanism.

The temperature forecast uses bias corrected model data from the
ECM, GFS and GEM. This was close to the national blend of model and
guidance data. Highs in the 90s will be common. The upper level
ridge will build back toward the cntl Plains Tuesday through
Thursday presenting a potential heat wave. H700mb temperatures rise
to 14-16C during this time. The models have been slow to adjust with
temperatures. The GFS gives 90s to near 100 for highs those days.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Saturday evening)
Issued at 726 PM CDT Fri Jul 21 2017

Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms between KODX and KONL in
north central Nebraska this evening. Baseball hail reported with
the southern storm. Storms to move out of northeast Colorado
through the early morning hours of Saturday. Have carried vcts at


Heat Advisory until 8 PM CDT /7 PM MDT/ this evening for



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