Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KBYZ 280319

Area Forecast Discussion...Updated
National Weather Service Billings MT
919 PM MDT Thu Jul 27 2017


Monsoonal flow continues to move over the forecast area this
evening. Dynamics and shear were better this evening than last
evening as a few stronger storms occurred across Carter County
late this afternoon and another storm across southern Big Horn
County into Sheridan County this evening. These have since moved
out of our forecast area with just a few isolated showers across
the western counties and an isolated thunderstorm remaining
across the southeast portions of the state. The only update this
evening was to decrease shower/thunderstorm chances to just an
isolated chance for most areas with the higher chances across
southeast Montana. The updated forecast has been sent. Hooley


.SHORT TERM...valid for Fri and Sat...

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms had formed over
western and eastern portions of the area through early afternoon.
Central zones have been fairly quiet where subsidence in the wake
of the PV from this morning has restricted convective activity. As
energy from a shortwave moving through the Northern Rockies pushes
east through the rest of this afternoon and evening, expect
isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms to fill in and
move east with time. Re-development over far southeast MT is
likely as well, with models continuing the activity into the
overnight hours as a low level jet develops. Shower and
thunderstorms are expected to decrease elsewhere with forcing
waning. A few strong to severe storms will remain possible over
far SE MT through the evening with wind and hail the main threats.
Storms will be capable of producing heavy rain as well with slow
storm motions and PWATs over an inch.

A weak front will cause winds to turn out of the northwest Friday
morning, with ridging expected to build back over the region.
Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible
during the afternoon and evening as monsoonal moisture and weak
impulses continue to advect over the area. Best chances will be
over the higher terrain and western areas. Showers and
thunderstorms may linger into Friday night, moving west to east as
another weak shortwave moves through the region. Afternoon/evening
showers and thunderstorms are possible once again on Saturday as
monsoonal moisture remains over the region. Temperatures will
range from the upper 80s to 90s on Friday and Saturday. STP

.LONG TERM...valid for Sun...Mon...Tue...Wed...Thu...

Upper level ridge with above normal heights will remain in place
over the western CONUS through the extended period. This will
result in persistent above normal temperatures, with highs mostly
in the 90s each day. Latest models have trended a bit warmer by
next Wed/Thu, so have adjusted temps up some. It is possible that
we see temps back toward 100F next week. There are still no signs
of a pattern shift that would bring cooler weather.

Any precipitation next week will be associated with monsoonally
driven thunderstorm activity, which there is potential for each
day at least over the mountains. With a trend toward higher
heights, the middle of next week may turn out mostly dry. Have
scaled back pops accordingly. Given the warm mid level temps and
weak winds aloft, thunderstorms will not be severe, though gusty/
erratic surface winds are possible given that any convection will
be high-based. JKL



Isolated to scattered showers and a few strong thunderstorms will
continue through the evening, with a few showers lingering late
overnight. VFR will prevail, but local MVFR/IFR is possible with
any storms as torrential rainfall may reduce visibility. VFR will
prevail on Friday with only isolated thunderstorms near the
mountains and foothills. BT



    Fri     Sat     Sun     Mon     Tue     Wed     Thu
BIL 064/092 064/094 065/095 065/094 064/092 063/093 064/095
    21/B    21/U    11/U    22/T    01/U    11/U    10/U
LVM 055/087 054/092 054/093 055/092 054/091 053/092 055/093
    22/T    21/U    12/T    21/U    11/U    11/U    10/U
HDN 063/094 063/096 063/097 061/095 060/094 060/094 062/096
    21/U    21/U    11/U    22/T    11/U    11/U    10/U
MLS 066/096 067/097 068/098 068/098 066/094 065/094 066/097
    31/U    22/T    21/U    12/T    11/U    01/U    10/U
4BQ 064/093 065/094 065/095 066/095 063/093 063/093 063/095
    31/U    22/T    22/T    12/T    21/U    11/U    10/U
BHK 063/093 064/094 062/095 064/094 061/092 059/091 061/094
    41/U    12/T    11/U    12/T    22/T    21/U    10/U
SHR 059/090 058/092 058/093 058/091 056/090 056/091 057/093
    22/T    22/T    12/T    22/T    21/U    11/U    10/U




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