Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KRIW 260904

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Riverton WY
304 AM MDT THU MAY 26 2016

.Short Term...Thursday through Saturday night

All in all it looks like more of the same for the next few days. For
the most part the radar is quiet except for a stray shower here or
there. Thursday looks fairly similar to Wednesday with a mix of
clouds and sunshine along with isolated to scattered showers and
thunderstorms mainly of the afternoon variety. Once again, the best
chance will be across the mountains. With heights slightly higher
than yesterday and jet dynamics a bit weaker, coverage will
likely be a bit less than yesterday. However, everyone will have
at least a small chance of shower or thunderstorm. But much like
yesterday, many areas will see nothing and even places that do see
something will be dry a majority of the time. With the higher
thicknesses, high temperatures should be a couple of degrees
warmer than on Wednesday. Any storms that do develop will likely
have slow movement since steering winds are fairly weak.

Convection could decrease a bit more on Friday. Both the NAM and GFS
show some shortwave ridging over the area that could cap the
atmosphere a bit more. In addition, there will little upper level
forcing from the jet. But with the still fairly low heights over the
area there will still be at least an isolated shower or thunderstorm
possible for all areas in the afternoon and evening. It is the same
story for Saturday as well. However, similar to today, most areas
outside of the mountains should be dry a majority of the day.
Temperatures will slowly rise into the weekend but remain
below seasonal normals.

.LONG TERM...Sunday through Thursday

Synopsis...Sunday will be the least active and mildest day over
the holiday weekend with mainly isolated afternoon and evening
thunderstorms across the south and west. A cold front will push
across the area on Memorial Day spreading more numerous showers
and thunderstorms across the area with isolated strong to severe
thunderstorms possible across the north and central. A cool and
unsettled northwest flow will follow this system on Tuesday with
several inches of snow possible across the northern mountains and
Yellowstone National Park Monday night and Tuesday morning. A
ridge of high pressure will bring drier and warmer weather to the
area by Thursday.

Discussion...Omega-type block with upper high over Alaska and
trough across western Canada and the northwest U.S. is expected to
breakdown Sunday and Memorial Day, dislodging the trough across
the northern Rockies on Memorial Day. GFS and ECMWF show much more
spread with this transition than 24 hours ago. Between the two
models, ECMWF shows better continuity progressing the upper
trough into the northern plains midweek. There was little weight
given to GFS cutting off upper low over the area Tuesday and

After a relatively pleasant day Sunday, upper trough is dislodged
from western Canada and translates the northern Rockies Memorial
Day.  Showers and thunderstorms are likely to spread into the west
during the morning.  Depending on timing, if this strong upper
trough crosses the area during maximum heating Monday afternoon, we
could see some strong to severe thunderstorms develop, especially
across north and central Wyoming.

ECMWF has trended colder behind the trough passage Monday night and
Tuesday with H7 -3C isotherm dipping across the north.  This would
bring snow levels down to near 7000 feet with several inches of snow
possible in the northern mountains, the ECMWF targeting mainly the
Beartooth Pass area and the Bighorn Range.

Upper ridge is expected to slowly progress into the area Wednesday
and Thursday bringing more seasonal, even summer-like weather by
Thursday with some mid 80s possible across the lower Bighorn



West of the Continental Divide...KJAC/KRKS/KPNA/KBPI Routes

Light showers will remain possible this morning, especially over the
western mountains. Low pressure moving around the Four Corners area
will result in a return of scattered showers and thunderstorms after
18z this afternoon. VCTS mentioned at the majority of terminals
after 18z. Thunderstorm development is expected to weaken after 03z
with the loss of sunlight, with -SHRA remaining possible through the
remainder of the TAF period for the majority of terminals. The
exception is KJAC where generally dry conditions are anticipated
after 02z. Continued mountain showers will result in additional
mountain obscuration in low clouds and shower activity.

East of the Continental Divide...KCPR/KCOD/KRIW/KWRL/KLND Routes

Generally VFR conditions anticipated this morning in a brief lull in
shower activity. The movement of an area of low pressure through the
Four Corners region will result in a return of showers and
thunderstorms after 18z this afternoon. VCTS has been included at
the majority of area terminals. Activity will lose its thunderstorm
threat after 03z Friday, though VCSH will remain possible through
the TAF period. Shower activity looks fairly unfavorable after 06z
Friday. However, those terminals in foothill locations will see a
continued possibility of shower activity with showers remaining
possible over mountain locations through the TAF period.
Consequently, mountain obscuration will remain possible through the
TAF period.



It will be more of the same today with a mix of clouds and
sunshine along with isolated to scattered thunderstorms, mainly
of the afternoon and evening variety. Relative humidity should
remain above critical levels. Winds should remain light to
moderate outside of any thunderstorms, where gusty and erratic
winds are possible. Mixing and smoke dispersal should be fair to
good outside of any precipitation.

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