Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Riverton WY
238 AM MDT Thu Jun 29 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Saturday night)
Issued at 230 AM MDT Thu Jun 29 2017

Imagery shows unsettled troughiness across much of the CONUS with an
amplified ridge ovr the EPAC adjacent to the west coast. Upstream SW
trof racing through srn Canada is now entering the PAC NW/to nrn MT
region...due to make Wyoming-fall around mid-day today. SFC across
most of WY is currently post frontal with modest high P building
over the FA. A few showers/isolated thunder still working their way
eastward...mainly across the nrn portion of WY.

After a few strong/borderline severe storms (mainly wind) were
inspired earlier Wednesday across the nrn half of WY due to a
passing upper shortwave and associated frontal passage, only a few
showers/iso storms are persisting overnight across the nrn portion
of WY early this morning...with a mini MCS trying to get established
ovr nern WY. Today`s forecast period will begin post frontal with
modest high P across SFC and under weakened flow aloft over the nrn
half of the CWA. Relatively dry across the srn half of WY. However,
yet another SW trof is on its way to/across the FA by mid-day
today...this time more a winter-like system coming straight down
from the north. Frontogenesis will be also be ongoing across MT/nrn
WY in the morning before crossing through cntrl WY in the afternoon.
Increasingly cool moist conditions through the BL along and
persistent cloud cover will limit heating, CAPE, and overall
instability for most of the nrn fcst zones. Stronger storms of the
day will then be found along/just behind the front across portions
of mainly central WY where the environment can sustain ML CAPE
between 500 and 800 J/kg for a few hrs. Isolated to widely scattered
storms are expected to move across WY this area a bit slower than
the previous two days...but still pushing occasional strong wind
gusts out ahead of the thunderstorms where DCAPE south of the front
will increase to > 1000 J/kg. Small hail is also expected within
some storms...perhaps more so than the previous two days with colder
temperatures aloft and a bit more moisture. If timing of
frontogenesis and fropa remains on track, the strongest storms of
the day look to take place across Fremont/Natrona and perhaps srn
Johnson counties this afternoon. Period of significant mountain
rainfall...heavy at times...can be expected across the nrn fcst
zones as the upper flow over this area will weaken through the day,
making it hard to kick showers/iso storms off the mountains. Even if
they do...storm movement is likely to be less than 20 kts. Again,
with the upper SW trof still moving through the FA Thursday night
along with cooling temps aloft, a few showers/isolated storms will
continue through at least midnight.

Friday through Saturday night: Friday, continued nw flow aloft but
post frontal and stable/dry with modest high P and warming in place
under clearing skies little in the way of any disturbances at any
level to change this. So, little to no chance for
showers/storms...except perhaps an isolated shower over a few higher
peaks of nrn WY mid to late afternoon. Not enough for any POPs at
this time. Saturday, the warm-up begins as upper lvl ridging
overtakes the FA...bursting back into the 80s across the lower
elevations with upper 50s to upper 60s in the mountains. No
appreciable precipitation expected for most of the FA...with only
an outside chance over nw WY later Saturday.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday through Thursday)
Issued at 230 AM MDT Thu Jun 29 2017

The long range models indicate a weak weather system moving from
west to east Sunday into Sunday night, then moving out of the
east portion of the area Monday morning. Best chance for showers
and storms will be in the west and over and near the mountains
Sunday into Sunday night. Most of the activity should end late
Sunday night. Biggest threat from the storms will be the outflow
wind gusts. The first week of July looks to be as hot as a
firecraker. Upper ridge noses its way into the Rockies with 700MB
temps warming up through the period. Moisture looks limited for
now but will have to see whether or not mid and high level
moisture rotates around the upper high into WY. For now have
isolated showers and storms over and near the mountains Monday
through Thursday. Will see how the models handle the scenario in
the coming days and adjust as needed. High temps will be in the
mid 80s to mid 90s in the basins with upper 70s to lower 80s in
the western valleys. Expect 65 to 75 in the mountains.


.AVIATION...(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Friday morning)
Issued at 230 AM MDT Thu Jun 29 2017

Widely scattered showers are expected to continue across northwest
and northern Wyoming thru 15Z Thursday with the best coverage across
far northwest Wyoming. Could also see very isolated thunderstorms
during this time frame. Coverage of showers and thunderstorms will
increase across northern Wyoming mid to late morning, and spread
into central Wyoming in the afternoon as a cold front surges south,
east of the Divide. In wake of this front, expect breezy to windy
northerly winds with lower ceilings. Although there is the
possibility of post-frontal MVFR ceilings developing, mainly across
northern/western Big Horn Basin, and N. Johnson County, will keep
prevailing ceilings VFR. There could also be brief periods of
MVFR/IFR conditions in any convection. The convection is expected to
end from northwest to southeast in the evening with possibly some
lingering activity across Johnson/Natrona Counties after 06Z. Winds
are expected to decrease, and become variable in most areas east of
the Divide between 02Z and 06Z. Also low freezing levels could be an
issue with icing for aviation going over the mountains.

Across southwest Wyoming, a drier airmass will be present with
little or no convection expected along and southwest of KBPI-40NE
RKS. However breezy westerly winds will be observed. A cold front is
expected to slide southwest/west across Sweetwater County during the
evening shifting winds to northeast/east, but remaining dry.


Issued AT 230 AM MDT Thu Jun 29 2017

All fuels are currently in green-up and below critical levels for
all locations. Fire danger remains low across all mountain areas.
Fire danger low for most forecast zones today but will return to
somewhat elevated status in the afternoon across the lower
elevations east of the Divide and over portions of southern and
central WY on Saturday. The areas with elevated fire concerns
Saturday will generally coincide with low afternoon RH values. Winds
north to northwest 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph across southern
WY today...north to northwest 5 to 15 mph on Friday...and west to
southwest 5 to 15 on Friday. Today will also see another chance for
very gusty outflow winds near stronger showers/storms across central
WY...sometimes gusting as high as 50 mph or more at times. Showers
and isolated thunderstorms continue to move through northern Wyoming
early this morning. Today as another upper level disturbance and
associated cold front move briskly through WY, expect more isolated
to scattered storms...some producing heavy rainfall across northern
WY...while brief heavy rain, hail up to 3/4s of an inch and
occasional strong gusty outflow winds of 45 to 60 mph will be
possible across portions of Fremont, Natrona, and southern Johnson
counties. This recent unstable pattern will end on Friday with
warm/hot and relatively stable weather returning through at least
the weekend. Smoke dispersion will be good to excellent each
afternoon and evening.





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