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FXUS65 KVEF 041703
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
903 AM PST WED MAR 4 2015

.SYNOPSIS...MUCH DRIER CONDITIONS WILL COMMENCE TODAY AS A HIGH
PRESSURE RIDGE BUILDS IN ALONG THE WEST COAST. SOME GUSTY NORTHERLY
WINDS ARE EXPECTED PRIMARILY ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER AND WILL EASE
BY LATE THIS EVENING. TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO ABOVE NORMAL VALUES
BY FRIDAY WITH MILD AND DRY WEATHER PERSISTING THROUGH EARLY NEXT
WEEK.
&&

.UPDATE...TWEAKED WIND SPEEDS ALONG THE RIVER VALLEY FOR TODAY
OTHERWISE, THE FORECAST LOOKS IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. UPDATE OUT
SHORTLY. -SALMEN-
&&

.AVIATION...FOR MCCARRAN...NORTHERLY WINDS WILL PERSIST MUCH OF DAY
WITH DIRECTIONS VARYING BETWEEN 340 AND 030 AND SPEEDS IN THE 8 TO
12 KT RANGE. WINDS WILL SLIDE TO A MORE NORTHEASTERLY COMPONENT IN
THE AFTERNOON AFTER 21Z WITH SOME DECREASE IN WIND SPEED. SOUTHERLY
DRAINAGE WINDS EXPECTED TO RETURN TONIGHT.

FOR THE REST OF SOUTHERN NEVADA...NORTHWEST ARIZONA...AND SOUTHEAST
CALIFORNIA...NORTHERLY SURFACE WINDS IN THE 10 TO 15 KT RANGE
EXPECTED ACROSS THE REGION ALTHOUGH BISHOP WINDS MAY FAVOR LIGHTER
AND MORE TYPICAL DIURNAL TRENDS. WINDS ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER MAY
BE LOCALLY STRONG AND GUSTY ESPECIALLY NEAR KIFP AND KEED WHERE
SPEEDS OF 15 TO 25 KTS AND GUSTS AROUND 30 KTS WILL BE POSSIBLE.
CLEAR SKIES EXPECTED.
&&

.PREVIOUS DISCUSSION...200 AM PST...

.SHORT TERM...TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT.

A RETURN TO MUCH DRIER AND QUIETER WEATHER HAS COMMENCED AS THE
TROUGH WHICH HAS BROUGHT UNSETTLED WEATHER TO OUR REGION FOR THE
PAST SEVERAL DAYS IS NOW PUSHING EASTWARD. IN ITS WAKE SOME NORTH
WINDS HAVE DEVELOPED AND WILL BE LOCALLY GUSTY ALONG THE COLORADO
RIVER LATER THIS MORNING THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. WIND SPEEDS IN THE
15 TO 25 MPH RANGE ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE RIVER BUT SHOULD STAY A
BIT SHY OF THE NEED FOR ANY WIND PRODUCTS.

TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL REMAIN A BIT ON THE COOLER SIDE BUT SHOULD
MANAGE TO WARM A COUPLE DEGREES ABOVE WHAT HAS BEEN OBSERVED THE
PAST FEW DAYS. CONTINUED WARMING IS EXPECTED THURSDAY WITH
TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO RETURN TO ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS BY FRIDAY
AFTERNOON.

.LONG TERM...SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

A STRONG RIDGE IS FORECAST TO HOLD OVER THE WEST COAST AND GREAT
BASIN THROUGH THE WEEKEND THEN GRADUALLY WEAKEN AND MIGRATE EASTWARD
MONDAY AND TUESDAY. THIS WILL KEEP A WARM DRY PATTERN OVER THE
FORECAST AREA SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY. HIGH TEMPS IN LAS VEGAS ARE
EXPECTED TO  REACH AT LEAST THE MID 70S BY SUNDAY THEN HOLD THROUGH
EARLY NEXT WEEK. THE LATEST MEDIUM RANGE MODELS INDICATE THE GRADUAL
BREAKDOWN OF THE RIDGE WILL ALLOW A MOIST ZONAL FLOW AND A POTENTIAL
PACIFIC SYSTEM TO MOVE INTO THE WEST COAST AND INTERIOR WEST AFTER
TUESDAY.

&&


.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...SPOTTERS ARE REQUESTED TO REPORT
ANY SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM/AVIATION...OUTLER
LONG TERM...ADAIR

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