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FXUS65 KCYS 272320

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
520 PM MDT Sat May 27 2023

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 330 PM MDT Sat May 27 2023

Started the afternoon off with yet another Severe Thunderstorm Watch
for most of the CWA. Currently, severe convection is ongoing across
the Interstate-25 corridor. Multiple Severe Thunderstorm Warnings
for quarter-size hail and even a Tornado Warning with a confirmed
tornado have been issued so far this afternoon. Storms are expected
to expand further eastward into far eastern Wyoming and the Nebraska
panhandle by later this afternoon and into the evening hours. The
initial threat, as we have already seen will be large hail and
tornadoes with more discrete cells. During the evening, storms look
to transition to a more linear mode, which will lead to more of a
wind threat. Storms looks to vacate the CWA by midnight tonight.

Luckily, the remainder of the holiday weekend looks drier. Don`t
want to get hopes up as there will likely still be thunderstorms
Sunday and Monday afternoon, however convection looks to be more
scattered and less widespread in coverage. The same synoptic pattern
continues over CONUS with the Rex Block to the east and a broad
trough over the west, causing the daily storminess. A more subtler
change in this pattern in the form of a stronger shortwave
downstream of the trough will push the better moisture supply
further off to the east. As a result, winds will turn more westerly
and begin to gradually dry out the low-levels, contributing to the
decreased storm coverage and intensity over the next two days.

Severe weather chances continue into Sunday, but mainly for the
Nebraska panhandle. The environment here remains decent enough to
potentially get a few isolated strong to severe storms. Dewpoints
drop into the 40s and low 50s with pretty impressive SBCAPE in the
panhandle of about 1200 to 1800 J/kg. Shear looks to remain similar
to today with 0-6 km shear of about 20 to 30 kts. 700-500 mb lapse
rates also remain steep. Still could get some heavy rain with
storms, although PWs from soundings have roughly dropped to around
the 75th percentile for climatology. Heading into Memorial Day, the
environment does not look as conducive for severe storms. Dewpoints
continue to trend downward, as well as instability and shear.
Thunderstorms are still likely during the afternoon, however perhaps
just a few isolated storms are possible.

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
Issued at 330 PM MDT Sat May 27 2023

An unsettled long term pattern continues. Daily chances for
afternoon convection are expected. Warm temperatures are expected
Tuesday, before beginning to cool everyday throughout the long term.
Thursday through Saturday have the best chances for widspread

A closed, upper-level low moves into southern California Tuesday and
progresses easterly through Wednesday. The closed low begins to take
a more northerly track Wednesday and impacts the area Thursday. A
similar evolution is present at 500mb and 700mb. Vorticity maximums
traverse across the CWA Tuesday and Wednesday, supporting daily
precipitation chances. PW values remain between 0.3 and 0.5 for most
of the day Tuesday and increase to 0.7 to 0.8 for Wednesday,
suggesting a wetter day Wednesday than Tuesday. Decreased
temperatures a degree or two, as the NBM seemed a bit warm.
Temperatures Tuesday are in the mid-70s west of I-25 and low-80s
east of I-25. Temperatures a few degrees cooler Wednesday, but still
remain in the mid-70s west of I-25 and low-80s east of I-25.

The upper-level low pushes towards the CWA with a strong negative
tilt to associated to the trough. A jet streak ejects towards the
CWA with the entire area experiencing dynamic lift. The dynamic lift
associated with this shortwave continues Friday. Shear values
increase for Thursday as well, with bulk shear closer to 30 kts and
potentially approaching 40 kts in some locations. Thursday could see
some strong to severe storms across the CWA, but this will continue
to be monitored. Shear looks lacking for Friday, but PWs remain
around 0.9 in western Nebraska and 0.7 to 0.8 for southeast Wyoming.
Friday could be a wetter day, though severe weather looks minimal at
this time. Temperatures Thursday expected to be in the low-70s west
of I-25 and mid- to upper-70s east of I-25. Friday looks to be a few
degrees cooler across the region, with upper-60s and low-70 west of
I-25 and low- to mid-70s east of I-25.

A secondary upper-level low moves into southern California Friday
and pushes east through Saturday before turning northerly, following
a similar track of the initial upper-level low. The low impacts the
CWA Saturday with a jet streak ejecting over the region, providing
dynamic lift and supporting precipitation development. Shear values
are lower than Thursday, with bulk shear around 30 kts. Some strong
to severe storms may be possible, but this will need to continue to
be monitored. Did decrease PoPs Saturday per collaboration with
neighboring offices. PoPs between 60 and 70% for Saturday. PW values
remain near 1.0 for western Nebraska and 0.8 for southeast Wyoming,
further supporting precipitation Saturday. Temperatures Saturday
cooler than Friday with highs in the upper-60s west of I-25 and low-
to mid-70s east of I-25.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Sunday evening)
Issued at 520 PM MDT Sat May 27 2023

Another active period of TSRA with VCTS for terminals east of the
Laramie Range through 07Z. Included a TEMPO at KBFF for VRB25G35KT
in TSRA. For KLAR and KRWL, VCSH in TAFs until 02Z. MVFR to IFR
CIG/VIS potential at KSNY and KAIA from 07Z to 15Z.


Issued at 330 PM MDT Sat May 27 2023

Minimal fire weather concerns continue over the next several days
due to daily chances for showers and storms and fuels in green-up
status across the area. More widespread storms with wetting rains
are likely Saturday. Storms may contain strong, erratic gusty winds
with gusts in excess of 60 MPH. Conditions will gradually dry out
Sunday into the beginning of next week with minimum RHs across the
area ranging from the teens to low 30s. Lowest RHs will be west of
the Laramie Range during this time. Although drier, more storms are
expected Sunday through Tuesday. However, storms will be more
scattered and less numerous than the previous few days.


Issued at 345 AM MDT Sat May 27 2023

Runoff from snowmelt continues across the area with warm
temperatures continuing, though the seasonal crest may be
approaching or just behind us in some areas. The Little Snake River
barely reached flood stage again yesterday morning near Baggs and
Dixon, but after today, is expected to continue to fall. The flood
warning may be able to be let go as soon as this afternoon or
Sunday, but will let it continue for now to see where the typical
morning crest ends up. The Encampment river remains at action stage,
but forecasts hold steady for the next few days. The Laramie River
at Laramie is still below action, with the latest RFC forecasts now
cresting just below action stage. Slightly drier air is now working
in, particularly west of the Laramie range, reducing but not
eliminating the short term flash flood threat.
Daily thunderstorms over the next few days still could produce
locally heavy rainfall, but overall storm coverage and rainfall
totals should be lower over the next several days compared to what
we saw the last three days.




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