Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS63 KUNR 180919

Area Forecast Discussion For Western SD and Northeastern WY
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
319 AM MDT Sat Aug 18 2018

.DISCUSSION...(Today Through Friday)
Issued at 317 AM MDT Sat Aug 18 2018

Current upper level analysis highlights a fairly potent upper level
trough centered over Idaho. Ahead of this trough, showers and a
few thunderstorms have formed from Colorado to Montana. Surface
winds are southeasterly as return flow has commenced ahead of the

The approach of this trough and subsequent cyclogenesis will
dominate this weekend`s weather. Moisture return is ongoing ahead
of the trough and will contribute to anomalously high precipitable
water values today (1-1.75 inches). Steep lapse rates coupled
with surface dewpoints around 60 degrees will yield MLCAPE
500-1800 J/kg across the region. However, flow aloft will be
rather weak and resulting bulk shear of 25-35 knots may limit
overall severe weather threat today. Despite the lack of more
favorable shear, marginally severe wind and hail are possible
today, especially with any discrete storms.

Additionally, localized flooding will be possible in response to
weak steering flow, slow storm motion, and high precipitable water
values today and into Sunday.

The cold front will crash through the region this afternoon and
evening. Rapid pressure rises behind the front will allow for gusty
winds to develop this afternoon through Sunday. Rain and storms will
taper off Sunday with much of the forecast area drying out by Sunday
evening. Much cooler temperatures Sunday behind the front with mid
60s to low 70s for highs.

Another wave will clip the area Monday night and bring with it more
chances of showers and storms, mainly for northeastern Wyoming and
far western South Dakota. The latter half of the week will be warmer
and drier.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS Through 06Z Saturday Night)
Issued At 1031 PM MDT Fri Aug 17 2018

VFR conditions are expected through the remainder of the overnight
period. TSRA will develop from west to east across the area
beginning mid-morning, which could lead to localized MVFR/IFR
conditions. After the initial batch of TSRA crosses the area, a
brief dry period may be possible before widespread -SHRA develop.
These SHRA could be accompanied by MVFR/IFR cigs Saturday
evening/night. Gusty northwest winds will also be possible behind
a cold front Saturday afternoon through the evening, particularly
across the SD plains.




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