Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Dodge City, KS

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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DODGE CITY KS
452 PM CST THU MAR 5 2015

...UPDATED FOR AVIATION...

.SHORT TERM...(THIS EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY)
ISSUED AT 138 PM CST THU MAR 5 2015

A WEAK SURFACE BOUNDARY WILL CROSS WESTERN KANSAS OVERNIGHT AS AN
UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE MOVES ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS. THIS WILL
SHIFT THE WINDS BACK TO THE WEST OVERNIGHT. BASED ON THIS WESTERLY
FLOW AND IN AREAS WHERE LITTLE OR NO SNOW COVER WILL EXIST WILL
STAY CLOSE OR GO A FEW DEGREE WARMER THAN THE LATEST GUIDANCE.
ELSEWHERE WILL GO SEVERAL DEGREES COOLER. NAM AND TO A LESSER
DEGREE THE NMM BOTH HINT AT SOME DENSE FOG DEVELOPING LATE TONIGHT
ALONG AND JUST EAST OF THIS SURFACE BOUNDARY AS IT CROSSES WESTERN
KANSAS. AT THIS TIME IT APPEARS THAT THE FOG DEVELOPMENT IS
OVERDONE GIVEN THE RECENT POOR PERFORMANCE OF THE NAM WITH LOW
LEVEL MOISTURE AND A PREVAILING SOUTHWESTERLY TO WESTERLY WIND.

THE 12Z NAM SURFACE SNOW DEPTH EARLIER THIS MORNING HAD MORE SNOW
COVER PRESENT THAN WHAT REALLY WILL BE GIVEN THE POOR VERIFICATION
BETWEEN THE 12Z THURSDAY MODEL SNOW COVER AND VISIBLE SATELLITE
IMAGE FROM EARLIER TODAY. GIVEN THIS ERROR AND THE 850MB
TEMPERATURE CHANGE BETWEEN 00Z FRIDAY AND 00Z SATURDAY WILL STAY
CLOSE TO THE PREVIOUS FORECAST AND KEEP HIGHS FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN
THE UPPER 50S TO THE LOWER 60S.

.LONG TERM...(FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 215 PM CST THU MAR 5 2015

THE WEEKEND IS SHAPING UP TO BE PLEASANT WITH HIGHS AROUND 60. A WEAK
LEE TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS THE REGION ON SATURDAY, BUT NOT HAVE MUCH
IN THE WAY OF AN IMPACT EXCEPT A WIND SHIFT. LOWER DEWPOINTS ARE EXPECTED
TO MIX OUT ACROSS THE WESTERN ZONES, HOWEVER, CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER
CONDITIONS DO NOT LOOK LIKELY GIVEN THE MARGINAL RH`S AND WEAK WINDS.
NO PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED DURING THIS PERIOD.

FOR NEXT WEEK, MODELS ARE CONTINUE TO TREND WARMER AND WARMER. WILL
SEE THE MOST PRONOUNCED DOWNSLOPE SOUTHWESTERLY WIND TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY
AND SFC TEMPERATURES SHOULD MIX OUT NICELY WITH MUCH OF THE REGION SEEING
THE LOWER 70S. THIS IS ABOVE GUIDANCE FROM THE SUPERBLEND AND NEIGHBORS
WERE TRENDING POSITIVE FROM THE BASELINE. THE NEXT QUESTION IS HOW LONG
THE WARMTH WILL LAST. THE GFS IS NOW SLOWER WITH A FROPA AND KEEPS SOUTHWEST
KANSAS LONGER IN THE WARM SECTOR. THIS MAKES SENSE WITH UPPER LEVEL
SHORTWAVE RIDGING CONTINUING TO STICK AROUND LONGER AHEAD OF THE NEXT
TROUGH OUT WEST. A TREND TO COOLER TEMPERATURES IS POSSIBLE OUTSIDE
OF THE EXTENDED FORECAST TEMPORAL DOMAIN.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z FRIDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 448 PM CST THU MAR 5 2015

A WEAK SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS WESTERN KANSAS THIS
EVENING WITH SOME MID LEVEL CLOUDINESS. THIS WILL PUSH A WEAK
SURFACE PRESSURE GRADIENT ACROSS THE AREA WITH LIGHT SOUTHWEST TO
WESTERLY WINDS. VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
DDC  24  62  28  61 /   0   0   0   0
GCK  22  60  26  60 /   0   0   0   0
EHA  25  57  27  59 /   0   0   0   0
LBL  21  60  27  60 /   0   0   0   0
HYS  24  63  29  63 /   0   0   0   0
P28  23  62  28  61 /   0   0   0   0

&&

.DDC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...BURGERT
LONG TERM...SUGDEN
AVIATION...KRUSE



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