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National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
406 PM CDT Friday Aug 22 2014

Short term...(this evening through Saturday night)
issued at 350 PM CDT Friday Aug 22 2014

Generally cloudy conditions this evening and overnight...with
scattered showers edging back into the area during the overnight.
More widespread showers and thunderstorms should develop through
the day on Saturday...with some potential for severe storms
through the late afternoon and evening mainly across southeast ND
into northwest and west central Minnesota.

Model guidance has been inconsistent on location and potential for
heavy rains...with the European model (ecmwf) and 12z NAM favoring heavier rains
across far southeastern ND into west-central Minnesota on Saturday evening along with
the potential for severe weather. Heavier deformation zone type
precipitation is expected to set up across portions of central and
western ND throughout Saturday.

Long term...(sunday through friday)
issued at 350 PM CDT Friday Aug 22 2014

Sunday and Monday...model consensus has a dry slot developing
through the Red River valley on Sunday with residual shower
activity across the Minnesota lakes country into northcentral
Minnesota...and widespread light rain hanging back west of a Cando to
Bismarck line. Generally dry conditions Sunday evening could give
way to scattered showers along the Canadian border early Monday as
the surface low pressure system drags the back edge of the system
across the area.

For Monday night through Friday...models continue
coming into better agreement and a blended European model (ecmwf)/GFS/Gem solution is
reasonable for now. Otherwise...surface low pressure developing over
the upper Midwest is expected to lift into southern Manitoba and an upper level trough looks to cross the area bringing
cooler air behind the system. Looking for decent frontogenetical
forcing to trigger -shra/-tsra along and ahead of the system.
Sufficient ll moisture will remain available to wrap behind the
low...keeping skies over the area mostly cloudy. As the upper trough
digs in...look for cooler temperatures continuing through the end of the


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z saturday)
issued at 1245 PM CDT Friday Aug 22 2014

Surface analysis shows low pressure located over the Red River valley
with abundant low level moisture present. Observation continue to show
widespread MVFR/IFR ceilings...with spots of scattered cloud cover over lakes
country. Expecting some solar to penetrate during the afternoon
hours raising ceilings a bit...but 925mb and 850mb forecast moisture
fields continue to indicate persistent ceilings through the rest of the taf
period. Therefore...without a significant change in the air
mass...will raise ceilings a bit for the first part of the period.
Loss of heating after sunset will allow ceilings to fill in...and will
mainly drop down to IFR...with some mvr ceilings mixed in. Some areas of
patchy fog can be expected again overnight...but not looking to be
predominant at the taf sites at this time.


Fgf watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...gust
long term...gust/Hopkins

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