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National Weather Service Cheyenne Wyoming
612 PM MDT Wednesday Jul 23 2014

Short term...(this evening through friday)
issued at 300 PM MDT Wednesday Jul 23 2014

Showers and thunderstorms have developed over the mountains this
afternoon as expected. Now the question is how far east will the
storms make it. Low clouds this morning have cut much of the
heating...and a storm complex east of the forecast area set down a
stable layer of air. Storm Prediction Center mesoanalysis showing 75 to 100 j/kg of
convective inhibition in place east of the Laramie range...so
should see storm struggle to move off the higher terrain for at
least the next hour or two. After that not certain storms will
make it into the plains but there is potential with abundant low
level moisture and surface based cape 3500-4000 j/kg. Should storms
root into the boundary layer in the plains...then they could
easily become severe. The greatest threat is into east central
Wyoming where the middle and upper level westerly winds are stronger.
Will certainly have to keep an eye on things this afternoon and
early evening.

Already getting concerned tomorrow forecast is too aggressive on
temperatures. Looking at the latest model data there may be
extensive middle and high level clouds around as monsoon moisture
moves across the top of the upper level ridge. Models also showing
embedded shortwave energy too. Should that occur then temperatures
could easily be 5 degrees cooler along with isolated to scattered
showers and thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms are not expected
for Thursday.

A frontal boundary is forecast to bring in a shot of cooler air
Thursday night. Models vary greatly as to how cool the air will
be. The NAM is very aggressive and would generally hold
high temperatures to the 80s for Friday. The GFS shows less cool
air and a fast rebound of warm air aloft Friday afternoon which
would push highs mainly into the 90s. Either way the main chance
for thunderstorms Friday will be over the mountains with dry air
in place across the forecast area.

Long term...(friday night through wednesday)
issued at 300 PM MDT Wednesday Jul 23 2014

Zonal flow initially over the County Warning Area Saturday will become
increasingly northwesterly Sunday as the upper high re-amplifies over the
Rocky Mountain region...with the ridge axis slightly retrograding
westward during the week. The northwesterly flow will allow for a surface high
to settle south across the plains Sunday and move little through
the middle part of next week with the County Warning Area residing on the western
side of this cooler air mass. This will take the edge off the
recent warmth with temperatures being closer to seasonal averages
especially over the plains. Mainly dry weather is expected
Saturday and Sunday then convection should increase somewhat
Monday through Wednesday as moisture increases over the region from the
south and weak impulses move across the area on the front side of
the upper high.

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Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Thursday afternoon)
issued at 611 PM MDT Wednesday Jul 23 2014

VFR conditions through the taf period. Isolated showers are
currently moving across portions of southeast Wyoming and they are
expected to diminish after 03z. South to southwest winds will
occasionally gust to 15-25 kts through the evening and then
diminish by 03z as well. Southerly wind gusts to around 30 kts may
continue in Chadron through the night with a developing low level jet.

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Fire weather...
issued at 300 PM MDT Wednesday Jul 23 2014

Isolated thunderstorms over the higher elevations of southeast Wyoming
may spread into the plains this evening. Fire Weather Watch remains in
effect for zone 301 in east central Wyoming for Thursday afternoon.
Marginal red flag conditions expected depending on cloud cover. Middle and
high clouds could inhibit warmer temperatures and reduce wind speeds and
relative humidity below critical levels. Isolated showers and
thunderstorms expected again Thursday.

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Cys watches/warnings/advisories...
Wyoming...Fire Weather Watch from Thursday morning through Thursday
afternoon for wyz301.

NE...none.
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Short term...small
long term...re
aviation...Finch
fire weather...small

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