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Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
213 PM MDT Mon May 15 2017

.DISCUSSION...(This Evening Through Monday)
Issued at 137 PM MDT Mon May 15 2017

Cool outflow from the thunderstorms that passed through last
night, cloud cover through the morning and low level moisture have
all combined to keep temperatures cooler than the potential over
much of the region today. This has limited the instability over
western SD, delaying the onset of convection to after 00Z over
most of the area. The exception is over northeastern Wyoming were
the cap has eroded and the sfc based CAPE has risen to
1000-1500J/KG early this afternoon. With the upper low located
over the southwestern CONUS and the upper trough over the mid-
west, active southwesterly flow aloft will continue to feed
shortwave disturbances over the forecast area.

Expect to see thunderstorms develop over northeastern Wyoming in
the next couple of hours and then increase in coverage as the
first shortwave begins to affect the area. Low pressure along a
sfc boundary will drift northeastward into nern WY area late this
afternoon and evening, with drier air moving into northeast WY to
the southwest of the low. The best chances for showers and storms
and the risk for some strong to severe storms will generally be
near and to the north and east of the low over northeastern
Wyoming and northwest and central SD during the evening hours.
Hail and gusty winds will be the main threats from any stronger
storms. Showers and some T-storms will continue as the sfc low
tracks eastward across the forecast area tonight, with some
showers from far northeast WY to northwest SD Tuesday morning as
low moves into eastern SD.

Another strong shortwave will bring a chance for showers and storms
Tuesday afternoon and night. Isolated strong storms look possible
again in the afternoon and evening, especially from the Black Hills
eastward. A cold front will slide south through the area Tuesday
night and early Wednesday, bringing much cooler air for the rest of
the week.

The extended period continues to look cool and unsettles as the
upper trough drifts eastward across the Rockies and into the
plains by late in the week. The upper low within the trough will
dig southeastward into the Great Basin Wednesday and the Rockies
on Thursday, then will stall out over the Central Rockies area
late week. With the medium range models still showing a more
southern movement, the better pcpn chances Thursday into Friday
will be across southern portions of the CWA, with heavier rainfall
potential mostly staying south of the forecast area. Still a good
deal of uncertainty at this point, but the trends continue to
favor this solution right now. Could still see a bit of snow
across the higher elevations of the Black Hills and possibly into
parts of northeastern WY, mainly during the overnight and morning
hours Thursday and Friday. Temps will be below average through at
least Saturday, with highs in the 40s and 50s. Lows Thursday
night and Friday night will mostly be in the mid 30s to mid 40s,
some colder spots over northeast WY and the Black Hills. Some
frost will certainly be possible. At this time, the weekend looks
to be mainly dry with a warming trend if storm system exits the
region quickly enough, but that is no certainty right now.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS Through 18Z Tuesday)
Issued At 1242 PM MDT Mon May 15 2017

MVFR CIGS are beginning to dissipate from NW WY to far western SD.
Thunderstorms will develop again in the mid to late afternoon,
with MVFR cig/vsby in vicinity of storms into tonight.
Additionally, MVFR CIGS will be possible across NE WY late tonight
into Tuesday morning.

&&

.UNR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
SD...None.
WY...None.
&&

$$

DISCUSSION...10
AVIATION...13



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