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FXUS65 KSLC 311550

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT
950 AM MDT TUE MAY 31 2016

.SYNOPSIS...Strong high pressure aloft along the west coast will
shift east across the Great Basin through midweek. This high
pressure will strengthen across region late in the week...and
remain the dominant weather feature through the upcoming weekend.


.DISCUSSION...Prominent feature to note in morning water vapor and
H5 analysis is the strengthening mid level ridge oriented from
the Cali coast east into the western Great Basin. Downstream of
this, anti- cyclonic northerly flow aloft exists locally with a
weak axis of convergence stretching across southeastern Utah.
Remnant low/mid moisture within this zone will aid for a few
terrain based buildups across the southern mtns, and possibly an
isolated convective cell or two over the most prone areas such as
Boulder mtn this afternoon, but the area as a whole will remain
clear/sunny with warm temps. Going forecast handles this well and
have made no changes to forecast this update.

Said ridge will continue to expand east into the area over the
next 24 hours, then build overhead through the end of the week.
This will drive a notable warming/drying trend across the
forecast area, and the hottest period thus far this warm season
beginning midweek. Look for temps jump into the low 90`s along
the Wasatch Front by Thursday, with temps in Utah`s Dixie
exceeding 100 at that time. Little change in sensible weather is
expected through next weekend.


.AVIATION...Operational weather concerns will remain minimal at
the KSLC terminal through the valid TAF period. Light and variable
surface winds are already trending towards the northwest, which
are expected to prevail for the remainder of the day. A normal
switch back to southeast is expected between 03-04z this evening.


.SLC Watches/Warnings/Advisories...



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