Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Hastings NE
641 AM CDT Sun May 26 2024


- Isolated showers and thunderstorms may redevelop late this
  afternoon and into the evening, but organized severe weather
  is not expected.

- Otherwise dry and fairly pleasant rest of the holiday weekend
  with highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s. Monday will be on the
  breezy side, esp. N of I-80 with afternoon gusts near 30 MPH.

- Most areas will remain dry and mild Tuesday and probably even
  most of Wednesday, with any low end precipitation chances
  confined to far SW/S portions of the forecast area.

- Potentially active pattern returns Wednesday night into
  Thursday and continues into at least Friday-Saturday. This
  could be our next chance for organized severe weather, but
  it`s just too far out to determine any details.


Issued at 445 AM CDT Sun May 26 2024

I think the main forecast message for today is that models have
generally trended toward lesser coverage of showers and
thunderstorms, and a more narrow window for which they`ll be
possible. Guidance has trended more subsident and drier in the
low levels, both of which should prove to be more hostile to
convective initiation attempts within a very steep low level
lapse rate environment. As a result, forecast soundings now
maintain non-zero amounts of CINH and indicate potential for a
lot of dry air entrainment. Still can`t rule out something
isolated popping up anytime after 19-20Z, but appears the
"greatest chances" (still only 30-40%) today will come from
activity that develops over the higher terrain of the Black
Hills region then moves SE. This activity will be "up against
the clock" in terms of a quickly cooling BL after 00Z, but think
portions of south central Neb. will probably get at least
something between 21Z-03Z. Severe weather not really anticipated
with this stuff due to weak instability AND shear...though some
of the recent HRRR runs bring some gusty winds (40-50 MPH?) with
the dying shwrs/storms this eve, which seems plausible given the
amount of dry air in the low to mid levels. Outside of this
fairly low end rain potential, should be a fairly nice day -
through perhaps a bit brzy - given widespread highs in the mid
70s to low 80s. Any shwr/storm chcs quickly fade after 03Z.

Memorial Day - Wednesday:
Looks like we could string at least a few mostly dry/quiet days
with pleasant temperatures/humidity together for the start of
the week. Mon will be brzy in the afternoon, esp. N of I-80
where gusts incr to around 30 MPH, but otherwise pleasant with
highs in the mid 70s to lower 80s. It`s more of the same
temperature-wise for Tue and Wed, and dew points look to remain
seasonably low and comfortable in the 40s to low/mid 50s. Winds
will be light on Tue, but then become brzy out of the SE for Wed
with afternoon gusts around 25-30 MPH. There are some low- end
(mainly 20-30%) shower/thunderstorm chcs that return as early as
Tue and continue off and on into Wed, mainly for areas SW of the
Tri-Cities. However, think the greater chances will remain S and
SW of the forecast area where there will be better combination
of low to mid level warm air advection/isentropic ascent and
weak elevated instability.

Wednesday Night - Saturday
Models are in decent agreement that an upper ridge axis from SW
TX into the Dakotas will begin to break down Wed. PM into Thu
and allow for a series of low amplitude upper disturbances to
move through the region in zonal to SW flow. This should lead to
a gradually more active pattern once again. Models initially
suggest a pretty good setup for daily High Plains convection as
the primary instability axis remains W of the area. This
activity would then try to move eastward into some variation of
a nightly LLJ but then outrun the better moisture/instability.
As such, agree with NBM that W half of the CWA will have higher
chances (40-60%) for pcpn vs E half (20-40%), at least Wed night
into Thu. Models suggest a stronger shortwave should progress E
out of the N Rockies and onto the central/northern Plains later
in the week, generally sometime in the Thu night to Sat time
frame. This should help advect/shift the instability axis and
associated EML plume further E, as well, perhaps leading to an
increase in severe weather potential, esp. with any SEward
moving cold front Fri or Sat. Obviously, timing and mesoscale
details will be important - both of which can`t be nailed down
this far out. Regardless of the severe weather potential, latest
EPS has this as our next decent rain producer as it`s already
showing 50-70% chances for at least 0.5" in this time frame, and
20-40% for more than 1". Not bad for days 5-7 in which there are
undoubtedly timing differences amongst the members. Should see
at least a day or two of more stable conditions before ensembles
return instability back into the region early the following
week. Outside of perhaps a 1-2 day "cool down" Fri-Sat,
temperatures look to remain on the comfortable to seasonably
warm side in the mid 70s to upper 80s.


Issued at 640 AM CDT Sun May 26 2024

Today: MVFR stratus is present in central Nebraska, as well as
north central KS, but it`s becoming less likely that the area
in between will fill in, so backed off from the MVFR CIGs for a
few hrs this morning. Otherwise, should see some FEW-SCT CU
develop through the aftn. Short-term hi-res guidance still
brings some iso-scat high-based shwrs through the terminals, but
not until the eve hrs now, generally 23Z-04Z. Could get some
gusty winds from these shwrs. Outside of the shwrs, expect NW
winds 10-12kt, with gusts near 18kt. Confidence: Medium.

Tonight: Skies will clear by late evening and winds will back
off to 5-8kt out of the WNW/NW. Confidence: High.