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FXUS65 KCYS 242043

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
243 PM MDT WED AUG 24 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday night)
Issued at 300 PM MDT Wed Aug 24 2016

Surface analysis showing frontal system that moved through last
evening currently laying along a line from southeast Colorado,
northwest to near Dixon and then west out to Evanston this
afternoon. Most of the CWFA in easterly flow with 1PM temperatures
in the 60s. Mosaic radar do show convection beginning to blossom
out over southern carbon County with cell movement to the east at
20-25MPH. Cloudy skies have kept temperatures in check and latest
SPC Mesoanalysis only showing roughly 500 J/Kg CAPE along the
Wyoming/Colorado border. Better instability south in central
Colorado with 1000-1200 J/Kg CAPE being observed.

For this afternoon, expect to see an increase in coverage of
showers and thunderstorms through the afternoon. CAPEs climb to
around 1000 J/Kg late this afternoon with peak heating. Am not
expecting thunderstorms to be severe today based on this lack of
instability. Storm motions on the low end though this afternoon,
generally under 10kts, so we could see some moderate to heavy rain
showers at some location. Best chances over the mountains and
adjacent eastern slopes as the storms move off and drift east.

NAM, ECMWF and SREF showing showers continuing over our northern
zones of Converse and Niobrara Counties through the night time
hours. This is due to an upper shortwave moving through northern
Wyoming tonight. So kept some low chance PoPs going across our
northern mountains and Converse/Niobrara Counties overnight. Did
consider fog here and along the east slopes of the Laramie Range
tonight as we stay in a southeast upslope flow. But forecast
soundings and latest HRRR output keeping stratus chances on the
low side.

Fairly widespread showers Thursday east of the Laramie Range and
more widespread Friday as a strong shortwave approaches and then
moves through Friday afternoon. Did go with Superblend PoPs which
puts us into Likely category for most areas along and east of
Laramie Range Thursday night into Friday.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday through Wednesday)
Issued at 300 PM MDT Wed Aug 24 2016

The extended forecast period appears to be fairly quiet overall w/
dry, quasi-zonal flow aloft in place over the CWA. The models show
a few disturbances traversing the flow, but modeled H7-H3 moisture
progs suggest minimal activity outside of maybe an isolated shower
or thunderstorm over the mountains. With an active jet well to the
north along the Canadian border, no major weather events appear to
be in the offing. Daytime high temperatures should be right around
normal for this time of year, generally in the 70s and 80s. Models
begin to diverge late in the period with the GFS showing continued
upper-level ridging through Wednesday, and the ECMWF becoming more
unsettled w/increasing southwest flow aloft ahead of an amplifying
upper trough over the western US.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Thursday afternoon)
Issued at 1131 AM MDT Wed Aug 24 2016

A broken/overcast deck of mid-level cloud cover will likely remain
in place over the high plains today with cigs generally between 5K
and 10K feet AGL. VFR conditions prevail through the period. A few
showers and thunderstorms are possible in the vicinity of KLAR and
KCYS during the afternoon/evening hours today. Winds should not be
quite as gusty as previous days.


Issued at 124 PM MDT Wed Aug 24 2016

Minimal fire weather conditions the next few days with cool and
moist air over area from yesterdays frontal passage. Afternoon
humidities to stay well above critical levels with chances for
wetting rains for most of the area. Do begin to dry out this
weekend with westerly winds increasing. Could see critical fire
weather conditions return Saturday and Sunday for areas west of
the Laramie Range.


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