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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
941 PM PDT TUE JUN 30 2015

.SYNOPSIS...HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO WOBBLE OVER UTAH AND
NEVADA THROUGH THE WEEK INTO THE WEEKEND KEEPING TEMPERATURES ABOVE
NORMAL. THERE WILL BE ENOUGH MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY IN PLACE FOR A
CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS EACH AFTERNOON AND EVENING...MAINLY OVER THE
MOUNTAINS AND MOHAVE COUNTY.
&&

.UPDATE...THE LATEST TRENDS SEEM TO INDICATE SOMEWHAT LESSER CHANCES
OF A SIGNIFICANT WIND EVENT ACROSS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF MOHAVE
COUNTY TONIGHT. HOWEVER THERE IS STILL SOME INDICATION THAT
CONVECTION WILL CONTINUE ALL NIGHT...ESPECIALLY ACROSS EXTREME
SOUTHERN MOHAVE COUNTY AS WELL AS SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY. RADAR
IMAGERY AS OF 940 PM INDICATED A SMALL CLUSTER OF WEAK STORMS ALONG
US-95 BETWEEN NEEDLES AND BLYTHE AS WELL AS BETWEEN PRESCOTT AND
WICKENBURG...BOTH MOVING WEST. HAVE UPDATED THE FORECAST TO ACCOUNT
FOR THESE CHANGES. THE ONLY OTHER NOTABLE CONVECTION IN THE AREA WAS
ALONG SR-375 BETWEEN RACHEL AND TONOPAH. THIS ACTIVITY WAS CONFINED
MAINLY TO THE TERRAIN AND WAS MOVING OUT OF THE FORECAST AREA.
&&

.PREV UPDATE...753 PM PDT TUE JUN 30 2015...ANTICIPATING THE
POSSIBILITY OF AN ACTIVE NIGHT OF CONVECTION ACROSS THE REGION
TONIGHT. ONGOING CONVECTION OVER CENTRAL ARIZONA IS LIKELY
CONTRIBUTING TO A DEEPENING COLD POOL OVER THE MOGOLLON RIM. AS THIS
COLD POOL SHIFTS EAST UNDER EASTERLY FLOW ALOFT AND THE INFLUENCE OF
A WEAK WAVE A DECENT BOUNDARY MAY SET UP SEPARATING THE COOL AIR
FROM THE VERY WARM TEMPERATURES OVER THE DESERTS OF MOHAVE AND LA
PAZ COUNTIES. THIS WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO TRIGGER A WESTWARD
PROPAGATING CLUSTER OF STORMS ENTERING OUR AREA LATE THIS EVENING
(LIKELY AFTER 10 PM) WHICH COULD IMPACT MOHAVE...SOUTHERN
CLARK...AND AT LEAST EASTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES. THE PRIMARY
THREAT WITH THIS SCENARIO WOULD BE WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH AS
CONSIDERABLE SHEAR AND DCAPE ARE IN PLACE OVER THESE AREAS. RIGHT
NOW THERE IS STILL A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF UNCERTAINTY IN THIS
SCENARIO...BUT HAVE DECIDED TO UPDATE THE FORECAST TO ACCOUNT FOR
THE POTENTIAL. IN ADDITION...THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS UPDATED
THE DAY ONE OUTLOOK TO INCLUDE A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE STORMS FOR
THESE AREAS OVERNIGHT...PRIMARILY DUE TO THE THREAT OF SEVERE WINDS.
POPS WERE INCREASED FROM LAS VEGAS SOUTH TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
MORNING. ALSO INCREASED SOUTHEAST WINDS ACROSS MOHAVE COUNTY.
ADDITIONAL UPDATES WILL BE POSSIBLE IF NOT LIKELY THROUGH THE
OVERNIGHT HOURS.
&&

.AVIATION...FOR MCCARRAN...WINDS SHOULD FAVOR A SOUTHWEST DIRECTION
OVERNIGHT OUTSIDE OF ANY OUTFLOW OF THUNDERSTORM INFLUENCE. THERE IS
A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS OR OUTFLOW WINDS EARLY
WEDNESDAY MORNING...BUT CHANCES ARE TOO LOW TO CARRY IN THE TAF AT
THIS TIME. LIGHT EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS ARE EXPECTED MOST OF
WEDNESDAY BEFORE BECOMING SOUTH/SOUTHWEST AROUND 00Z OR 01Z.
THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN CONFINED MAINLY TO THE
MOUNTAINS WEDNESDAY...WITH ONLY A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AT THE
TERMINAL.

FOR THE REST OF SOUTHERN NEVADA...NORTHWEST ARIZONA...AND SOUTHEAST
CALIFORNIA...THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT...MAINLY OVER
MOHAVE...SOUTHERN CLARK...AND EASTERN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES. GUSTY
WINDS IN EXCESS OF 50 KTS WILL BE POSSIBLE NEAR THUNDERSTORM
ACTIVITY IN THESE AREAS TONIGHT. FOR WEDNESDAY SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE ONCE AGAIN...PRIMARILY OVER THE
HIGHER TERRAIN OF THE SOUTHERN GREAT BASIN AND MOJAVE DESERT. MAINLY
SCT-BKN CLOUDS AOA 15K FEET WITH BASES AS LOW AS 6K-10K FEET IN AND
NEAR ANY SHRA/TSRA. OUTSIDE OF THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...WINDS SHOULD
FAVOR TYPICAL DIURNAL TRENDS.
&&

.SHORT TERM...TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY.

OVERALL IT LOOKS LIKE NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN THE OVERALL PATTERN
THROUGH FRIDAY WITH HIGH PRESSURE WANDERING BETWEEN UTAH AND
NORTHERN NEVADA. THIS WILL KEEP A SOUTHEASTERLY FLOW OVER THE AREA
WITH FAIRLY HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT FOR LATE JUNE ALONG WITH LIMITED
INSTABILITY. AS A RESULT WE WILL SEE ISOLATED TO SCATTERED MAINLY
AFTERNOON AND EVENING THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS A GOOD PORTION OF THE
FORECAST AREA EACH DAY. THE BEST CHANCES STILL LOOK TO BE OVER THE
MOUNTAINS AND MOHAVE COUNTY. ALTHOUGH THE BASIC PATTERN DOES NOT
CHANGE MUCH THROUGH FRIDAY...IT LOOKS LIKE THERE WILL BE A COUPLE OF
WAVES TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR. THE FIRST LOOKS LIKE IT MOVES WEST
ACROSS THE MEXICO/ARIZONA/CALIFORNIA BORDER AREA TONIGHT INTO
WEDNESDAY. THIS MAY BRING MORE SHOWERS/THUNDERSTORMS INTO SOUTHERN
PORTIONS OF SAN BERNARDINO AND MOHAVE COUNTIES DURING THE OVERNIGHT
HOURS TONIGHT. A SECOND WAVE FOLLOWS CLOSE BEHIND WEDNESDAY NIGHT
ACCORDING TO THE MODELS WHICH MAY KEEP A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS OR
THUNDERSTORMS GOING WEDNESDAY NIGHT. CONFIDENCE IN THE
TIMING/TRACK/IMPACTS OF THESE FEATURES IS FAIRLY LOW AT THIS TIME.

.LONG TERM...SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

THE MEDIUM RANGE MODELS NOW INDICATE THE HIGH CENTER WILL HEAD OVER
THE FOUR CORNERS REGION BY INDEPENDENCE DAY WHICH WILL LEAD TO A
SOUTHERLY FLOW DEVELOPING OVER MUCH OF THE FORECAST AREA. THIS IS A
FASTER PATTERN SHIFT THAN WAS INDICATED 24 HOURS AGO AND IT WOULD
OPEN THE DOOR FOR ANY MOISTURE TO MOVE UP FROM NORTHWEST MEXICO.
THERE IS NOT MUCH INDICATION YET OF ANY SIGNIFICANT MOISTURE AND I
WILL KEEP JUST A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE MOUNTAINOUS
ARES AND NOT MENTION THUNDERSTORMS FOR MOST OF THE MOJAVE DESERT FOR
NOW. THE GFS SOLUTION INDICATES SOUTHERLY FLOW MAY GRADUALLY TURN
SOUTHWESTERLY AND BECOME DRIER SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY AS A BROAD
EASTERN PACIFIC TROUGH SLOWLY MOVES INLAND. THE GFS INDICATES THIS
DRYING TREND MORE THAN THE ECMWF AND CONFIDENCE IS LOW IN THE TIMING
OF THESE SUBTLE CHANGES. I WILL KEEP A SLIGHT CHANCE OF
THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK.
TEMPERATURES WILL TREND DOWNWARD SLIGHTLY WITH THIS PATTERN BUT WILL
REMAIN HOT...WITH HIGHS STILL AROUND 105 FOR LAS VEGAS.
&&

.CLIMATE...THE JUNE RECORD OF 18 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A HIGH OF 105
DEGREES OR GREATER WAS TIED TODAY FOR MCCARRAN AIRPORT. IN
ADDITION...THE ALL-TIME RECORD STRETCH OF 21 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A
HIGH OF 105 DEGREES OR GREATER IS ALSO IN JEOPARDY IN THE COMING
DAYS. THIS RECORD STANDS AT 21 DAYS AND HAS BEEN SET FOR
TIMES...MOST RECENTLY IN 2000.
&&

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT
ANY SIGNIFICANT WEATHER CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING
PROCEDURES.
&&

$$

UPDATE/AVIATION....WOLCOTT
SHORT TERM.........HARRISON
LONG TERM..........ADAIR
CLIMATE............STACHELSKI


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