Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KPIH 240306
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE POCATELLO ID
906 PM MDT SAT MAY 23 2015

.UPDATE...CONDITIONS APPEAR TO HAVE SETTLED DOWN...ALTHOUGH
SHOWERS CONTINUE OVER THE WESTERN PART OF THE FORECAST AREA. NO
UPDATES TO CURRENT FORECASTS ANTICIPATED.

MESSICK

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 100 PM MDT SAT MAY 23 2015/

SHORT TERM...TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS CENTERED OVER EASTERN UTAH THIS
AFTERNOON. NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS HAVE DEVELOPED
ACROSS THE AREA IN RESPONSE TO DAYTIME HEATING AND THE PROXIMITY
OF THE LOW. BRIEF HEAVY DOWNPOURS ALONG WITH SMALL HAIL ARE
POSSIBLE WITH SOME STORMS. EXPECT MOST OF THIS ACTIVITY TO
DIMINISH TONIGHT. THE LOW WILL MOVE FROM WESTERN COLORADO INTO
EASTERN WYOMING ON SUNDAY. THE LOW WILL REMAIN CLOSE ENOUGH TO
TRIGGER SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ONCE AGAIN ON SUNDAY. ALTHOUGH
COVERAGE SHOULD BE LESS AND MAINLY BUT NOT ENTIRELY CONTAINED TO
THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND EASTERN HIGHLANDS. THE NEXT LOW PRESSURE
SYSTEM WILL APPROACH THE AREA ON MONDAY FROM THE NORTHWEST. THE
NAM AND GFS DIFFER SLIGHTLY ON THE POSITION OF THE LOW. BUT
BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENCE...THE GFS HAS MORE CONVECTION OVER
THE REGION THAN THE NAM. AT THIS TIME...FAVOR THE GFS WHICH SEEMS
MORE CONSISTENT. THIS WILL PRODUCE GOOD CHANCES FOR SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS WITH LESSER CHANCES
ELSEWHERE.

VALLE

LONG TERM...TUESDAY THROUGH NEXT SATURDAY. WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT
DAILY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS EASTERN IDAHO. THE PATTERN
WILL BE A BIT DIFFERENT THOUGH AS THE LOW RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING
WILL BE TO OUR NORTH. FOR TUESDAY...THE MODELS ARE SHOWING SOME
SUBTLE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION. ALL OF THEM HOLD THE LOW ACROSS THE
IDAHO PANHANDLE/EASTERN WASHINGTON. HOWEVER...THE TIMING OF A
BOUNDARY MOVING THROUGH IS DIFFERENT. THE NAM AND TO SOME EXTENT
PUSHES EVERYTHING EAST COMPARED TO THE GFS. IT WILL STILL BE STORMY
ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA...BUT THE BOUNDARY WILL DETERMINE WHERE THE
HIGHEST COVERAGE AND POTENTIAL FOR STRONGER STORMS WILL BE IN THE
AFTERNOON. THAT STORM WILL INCH EASTWARD AND WEAKEN THROUGH THE REST
OF THE WEEK. WHAT THAT MEANS IS...MORE RAIN FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF
EASTERN IDAHO. IT DOES APPEAR THAT WE WILL SEE DRIER AIR WORKING UP
THE SNAKE PLAIN. THAT COULD DRY OUT THOSE AREAS A BIT...BUT WITH ALL
THIS MOISTURE AROUND FROM RECENT RAINY DAYS THE EXTRA SUN COULD FUEL
STRONGER STORMS ALSO. WE DID REDUCE THE CHANCE IN THE FORECAST BUT
THAT MIGHT NOT END UP BEING A SWING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. HIGH
PRESSURE TRIES TO BUILD OVER THE STATE BY NEXT WEEKEND. WILL THAT
SPELL AN END TO ALL OF THIS RAIN? LIKELY NOT A COMPLETE END AS THE
MODELS STILL SHOW SHOWERS AND STORMS POPPING UP. IT MAY END UP
STORMY...BUT COVERAGE IS LESS. KEYES

AVIATION...SHOWERS AND ISOLATED STORMS WILL BE AROUND THROUGH THIS
EVENING. A MORE PERSISTENT BAND OF RAIN WITH EMBEDDED THUNDER
LINGERS AROUND KIDA AND KPIH. ELSEWHERE...WE ARE SEEING SOME HEATING
THAT IS FUELING REDEVELOPMENT. ALL AIRPORTS WILL HAVE -SHRA VCTS IN
THE TAF UNTIL SUNSET. WE ARE LOOKING FOR THINGS TO TRY AND DIE DOWN
OVERNIGHT...BUT NOT TOTALLY. WE KEPT VCSH GOING...WITH THE
EXPECTATION THAT COVERAGE OF SHOWERS AND STORMS WILL EXPAND LATE
SUNDAY MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. WE`VE SEE SOME LINGER MVFR
CEILINGS WHERE WE HAD GOOD RAIN THIS MORNING. WE WILL NEED TO WATCH
THAT AGAIN TONIGHT...ALTHOUGH THE ONLY AIRPORTS THAT MIGHT SEE IT
WOULD BE KIDA AND KPIH. KEYES

&&

.PIH WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$



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