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FXUS63 KUNR 242327

Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
527 PM MDT TUE MAY 24 2016

.SHORT TERM...(This Evening Through Wednesday Night)
Issued at 218 PM MDT Tue May 24 2016

Upper low spins over southern Saskatchewan, with southwest flow
and a 70-80 kt jet over the CWA. At the surface, there`s an area
of high pressure over western ND and low pressure over southern
WY. Winds across the CWA are southeasterly, bringing in more moist
air with dew points in the 40s across central/western SD. Dew
points are in the 30s across northeastern WY, with cooler temps in
the 60s. Clouds are increasing, and radar is showing some showers
over portions of the area.

Upper divergence and energy associated with the low pressure system
will aid in thunderstorm development this afternoon and evening,
with the best energy over Nebraska. Instability is marginal over
much of northeastern WY and western SD, with the best MLCAPE near
1000 J/kg along the Nebraska border. However, 0-6km shear up to 60
kts may result in a few severe thunderstorms. Precipitable water
this evening will be around 150% of normal. Forecast soundings
indicate the biggest threats will be strong winds and heavy rain,
although large hail cannot be ruled out, especially near the
Nebraska border. Hi-res convective models are showing a band of
thunderstorms moving through the CWA this evening, shifting east of
the area by morning. Additionally, there may be a secondary batch of
storms that moves through the northeastern WY/Black Hills area as
more shortwave energy pushes into the region.

On Wednesday, NAM and GFS are showing the upper low splitting into
two lows, while the ECMWF has a strong wave instead of a closed low.
Nonetheless, this low/wave will help produce more showers/storms
across the area, with better chances across northwestern SD. Surface
low will move through SD and drag a cold front through the area.
Highs will range from the 60s across the western CWA to the lower
80s across south central SD. With dew points in the mid to upper 50s
across central SD, models are showing MLCAPE of 1000-2000 J/kg
there. Best 0-6 km shear of 35-45 kts is also over south central SD,
and so that area will have the greatest chance in our CWA of any
thunderstorms becoming severe.

.LONG TERM...(Thursday Through Tuesday)
Issued at 218 PM MDT Tue May 24 2016

Persistent upper level troughing over the northwest
CONUS will keep active southwest flow across the Northern Plains
through the Memorial Day weekend. Periodic shortwave energy will
eject out of the trough, keeping a daily chance of showers and
thunderstorms in the forecast through the holiday weekend.
Temperatures will be near seasonal averages, with highs each day
generally in the mid 60s to upper 70s. Lows at night will be in the
40s to mid 50s.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS Through 00Z Wednesday Evening)
Issued At 520 PM MDT Tue May 24 2016

sct Showers and thunderstorms will move east across the area this
evening. Some strong storms will be possible...mainly near the
Nebraska border. MVFR/IFR conditions will be possible near any
precipitation. A cold front will move into the area early wed
morning with mvfr to ifr conds possible across ne wy into nw sd.
Conds will trend vfr all locations wed afternoon.


.UNR Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


SHORT TERM...Pojorlie
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