Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
339 AM CDT FRI MAY 27 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday)
Issued at 330 AM CDT Fri May 27 2016

Challenging forecast ahead mainly with pcpn potential through the
holiday weekend. Main feature of interest will be an upper low
over the central/southern plains which will slowly eject NE
through the weekend.

For today two areas to watch for potential. First will be any shra
associated with upper low over SW MB. Guidance mainly keeps pcpn
north of the border however could see a few showers clip the far
N-NW fa so maintained low pops there. Better chances for rain will
be across the SE FA as an impulse ejecting from the central plains
upper low lifts NE. Best low level forcing will be to our S-SE
however a weak boundary currently bisecting the FA from NE-SW will
likely move little today and combined with upper impulse cannot
rule out potential for pcpn along and south of boundary.
Convective parameters marginal for T but again cannot rule it out.
Temperatures will hinge on cloud cover but should be able to get
into the low-mid 70s most areas.

Any diurnally driven pcpn should diminish during the evening as
wave lifts out to the NE and low level forcing remains weak. Will
maintain chance pops but may likely be too widespread.

Central plains upper low lifts NE Saturday. Again best forcing
will be to out S-SE however the SE FA will be on the northern
fringe of pcpn shield so have higher pops there. Plenty of
uncertainty to the NW and most areas may end up dry. High temperatures
will again hinge on sky cover.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Thursday)
Issued at 330 AM CDT Fri May 27 2016

Rain chances will likely be confined to the eastern Fa as remnant
upper low lifts into the Mn arrowhead by morning. Thunder chance
continue to look minimal.

Upper low lifts NE with mid level flow becoming more zonal. This
for the most part should bring dry conditions for the remainder of
the holiday weekend. With more solar anticipated should see
temperatures more on the mid-upper end of the 70s.

Memorial Monday to Thursday night time period will revolve around
the timing and speed of a rather potent short wave system progged to
move across the FA mid week. Ahead of this feature low level thermal
axis and the warmest day of the week with max temps on Monday in the
upper 70s to low 80s with 500mb ridging ahead of aforementioned
wave. The 00Z EC run continues to be faster with short wave energy
bringing pcpn into the FA by late Monday night into Tuesday whereas
the 00Z GFS remains slower with PCPN holding off until Tuesday
morning west and afternoon east. The wave brings down cooler air on
the backside with temps on wednesday most likely stuck in the 60s
with chances of light rain showers lingering.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Friday night)
Issued at 1136 PM CDT Thu May 26 2016

Thunderstorm just north of the Fargo airport so have VCTS in FAR
TAF to 08z as other small cells in region. Otherwise VFR with
light winds. Still risk of some lower mvfr cigs at DVL near some
deeper low level moisture centered over southern Manitoba.
Otherwise kept some mid clouds and high clouds into Friday.
Afternoon or evening showers psbl mainly FAR and BJI.


&&

.FGF Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
ND...None.
MN...None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...Voelker
LONG TERM...JK/Voelker
AVIATION...Riddle



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