Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KCYS 172345

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
545 PM MDT Thu May 17 2018

Issued at 515 PM MDT Thu May 17 2018

Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for western Nebraska
until 1100 PM tonight. Activity is rapidly developing at this hour
and will continue to strengthen and push east into Cheyenne
county, Morrill, and Box Butte counties. Updates have been sent.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 1248 PM MDT Thu May 17 2018

Latest surface analysis was showing the dry line about 10 miles
west of Cheyenne. Through the morning the dewpoints have been 50
to 55 in Cheyenne with lower 40 degree dewpoints about 10 miles.
Latest radar loop was showing elevated convection trying to
develop around Horse Creek, but the cap is still pretty evident
over this area based on the visible satellite loop. Meanwhile,
Niobrara county is showing a bit more enhancement. LAPS data is
showing very limited CINH over the area, so it probably will be
another 1 to 2 hours before we start to see this convection
become more prevalent. CAPES are very high especially over the
panhandle where capes are running 3000-4000 j/kg with marginal
effective shear around 30kts. This is sufficient instability to
create supercells with large hail up to baseball size along with
damaging downburst winds. The tornado threat cannot be ruled out,
but the bulk of shear is in the mid layers. These supercells
should begin to shift east this evening and evolve into clusters
which will increase the threat for damaging winds. Things should
begin to settle down towards midnight. The next round of
convection is expected to develop once again Friday afternoon.
This convection looks to have more effective shear with values
around 40kts, but the instability is not expected to be as high as
today. The severe convection will also most likely not linger
much beyond the early part of the evening as the cold front dives
south through the area. However, we may be faced with heavy
rainfall/minor flooding potential along and behind the front
through Saturday morning with 1 to 2 inches of rainfall possible.
This is all in response to the mid/upper level low developing over
northeast Colorado which will advect plenty of moisture into
areas east of the Laramie Range along with good upslope flow.

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 1248 PM MDT Thu May 17 2018

Upper trough situated over the central high plains Saturday night
will progress slowly east-northeast toward the Upper Midwest
through Sunday. Showers will gradually diminish Saturday night and
Sunday morning along and east of I-25. Scattered showers/isolated
tstorms will redevelop along and west of the Laramie Range Sunday
afternoon with the passage of a weak disturbance in the SW flow
aloft. High temperatures Sunday will be 10 degrees warmer compared
to Saturday.

For the Monday through Wednesday period, weak diffluent south-
southwest flow aloft prevails as a upper low meanders over the
Great Basin. Weak disturbances will periodically track across the
CWA, producing isolated to scattered convection each day. Above
normal temperatures are expected with highs in the 70s lower


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Friday evening)
Issued at 540 PM MDT Thu May 17 2018

Latest radar loop was showing the convection continuing to erupt
across the Nebraska panhandle. Would expect this convection to
continue to slowly push east through the Nebraska Panhandle TAF
sites this evening. Meanwhile, we would expect some outflow to
push through the CYS TAF site this evening which will allow for
low level moisture and perhaps some lower ceilings and fog to push back
into the CYS TAF site late tonight. May also see some patchy fog
late tonight in the Nebraska TAF sites towards daybreak. Frontal
boundary is expected to surge through the area tomorrow afternoon
which will once again trigger more showers and thunderstorms.


Issued at 150 PM MDT Thu May 17 2018

No major fire weather concerns during the next few days, due to
greenup and persist chances of showers and thunderstorms through
the period.




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