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FXUS63 KDDC 210537

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Dodge City KS
1237 AM CDT Wed Jun 21 2017

...Updated aviation discussion...

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 151 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017

Afternoon CU developing along a surface boundary that extended
from extreme southeast Colorado to north central Kansas earlier
this afternoon. East of this boundary a southerly wind and surface
dew points in the mid to upper 60s. Based on 18z verification it
appears that the HRRR may have the right idea with the better
chance for convection developing later today a along surface
boundary in west central and north central Kansas. At this time
the area most favorable to late day convection will be across
north central Kansas given that it will be just east of the 700mb
temperature gradient. 0-6km shear and mid level instability late
today and early tonight suggests that any storm that does develop
in these areas has the potential to become severe with the primary
threat early in the event being 2 to 3 inch hail and strong
damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.

Once developed these storms are expected to move south across
western Kansas early this evening. Still some question how long
these storms will last early tonight but given the latest HRRR and
18z NAM the potential exists that these storms may hold together
as they move all the way south to near the Oklahoma border based
on the low level moisture axis and 25 to 35 knot 0-1km south
winds. Will therefore keep a mention of ongoing convection through
midnight for much of western Kansas. This evening the hail threat
will decrease as these storms move south but strong winds and
heavy rainfall will still be possible from some of these storms
early tonight.

On Wednesday 850mb temperatures warm into the upper 20s to lower
30s which suggests highs will climb into the upper 90s to around
100 degrees for all of western Kansas. By late day there will once
again be a chance for some scattered strong to severe
thunderstorms along a surface boundary which is forecast to be
located once again near the Colorado border. Convection that does
develop along this boundary late Thursday will move southeast
again across western Kansas and is expected to weaken through the
evening. The GFS does hint at a weak upper wave crossing southwest
Kansas early Wednesday night which if this does occur may enhance
convection and keep some night time storms going through at least
midnight for locations west of highway 283.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 151 PM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017

On Thursday the surface boundary/dry line will again be located
from extreme southeast Colorado to northwest Kansas. 850mb
temperatures at 00z Friday are forecast to be at or only a degree
or two warmer compared to 00z Thursday. Highs once again around
100 degrees still look on track for western Kansas along with a
chance for late day severe thunderstorms.

Thunderstorm chances for western Kansas currently appears more
favorable Thursday night as an upper level trough exits the
central Rockies and crosses the West Central High Plains.
Confidence is not high on how organized this convection will be as
it crosses Western Kansas Thursday night but at this time this
may be the better opportunity for widespread precipitation.
Periods of heavy rainfall and gusty winds will be the main hazard
should an organized complex of storms roll across western Kansas
Thursday night.

A stronger upper level trough will cross the plains on Friday and
as it does a surface cold front will move across western Kansas.
This will not only bring another chance for thunderstorms on
Friday but also some cooler air is expected to return. Models over
the weekend disagree on how much cooling will occur behind this
front and how far this front will move before stalling out. At
this time confidence is not on which solution is more correct so
will stay close to the latest guidance for both precipitation
chances and temperatures through the weekend into early next week.

Despite the differences between the models over the weekend it
does appear a break in the heat can be expected for western Kansas
this weekend into early next week. Could easily have highs Sunday
and Monday only in the 70s.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Wednesday night)
Issued at 1237 AM CDT Wed Jun 21 2017

VFR conditions are will prevail through this period. LLWS is
expected at all the terminals through the early morning hours and
will diminish by sunrise. Showers and isolated thunderstorms over
eastern Colorado may stray into far western Kansas early this
morning. There is some small probability for these to impact the
Garden City terminal but the showers are expected to diminish by
sunrise as well. Thunderstorms are expected to redevelop by
Wednesday afternoon and could impact operations at all the
terminals by early evening.


DDC  70  97  69  96 /  30  20  30   0
GCK  69 101  67 100 /  70  30  40  10
EHA  67 101  66 100 /  30  40  40  10
LBL  69 100  68 100 /  20  30  40  10
HYS  70  97  70  96 /  60  30  40  10
P28  70  95  69  95 /  20  10  10   0




SHORT TERM...Burgert
LONG TERM...Burgert
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