Weather Service Report


890 
FXUS65 KRIW 040510
AFDRIW

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RIVERTON WY
1110 PM MDT MON AUG 3 2015

.SHORT TERM...TONIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY

UPPER LEVEL MCV CONTINUES TO ROTATE OVER NORTHERN UTAH THIS 
AFTERNOON. THERE IS MINOR NORTHERN MOVEMENT AT THIS TIME...WITH THE 
LOW CENTER LOCATED OVER UINTA AND SOUTHERN LINCOLN COUNTIES. 
ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS HAVE ALSO DEVELOPED ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF 
THIS CIRCULATION...WITH ADDITIONAL ISOLATED ACTIVITY MOVING INTO 
EASTERN SWEETWATER COUNTY. ISOLATED LIGHTNING STRIKES ARE ALSO 
OCCURRING WITHIN A LINE OF SHOWERS THAT HAVE SLOWLY BEEN PUSHING 
NORTHWARD. THIS LINE NOW EXTENDS FROM SOUTHERN TETON TO EASTERN 
CARBON COUNTY. 

THE SHORTWAVE/MCV WILL CONTINUE ITS NORTHWARD TREK TONIGHT ALONG 
WESTERN PORTIONS...BEFORE TURNING NORTHEASTWARD OVER NORTH-CENTRAL 
WYOMING BY 12Z TUESDAY. IT WILL CONTINUE IN THIS DIRECTION AND BE 
OVER EASTERN WYOMING...AND OUT OF THE CWA BY 00Z WEDNESDAY. 

IN SHORT...EXPECT SCATTERED SHOWERS WITH ISOLATED/EMBEDDED 
THUNDERSTORMS THE REST OF THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING HOURS. 
DUE TO THE MONSOONAL NATURE OF THIS SYSTEM...ALONG WITH THE 
POTENTIAL FOR CONTINUED UPSLOPE FLOW...ESPECIALLY OVER THE WIND 
RIVER MOUNTAINS AND SALT AND WYOMING RANGES...HEAVY RAIN WILL BE THE 
MAIN THREAT WITH THIS ACTIVITY. ALTHOUGH STORMS THAT FORM FROM KCPR-
KCOD COULD HAVE SMALL HAIL AND BRIEF STRONG WINDS. A FLASH FLOOD 
WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 09Z WEDNESDAY. 

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MAINLY BE CONFINED FROM EASTERN 
PORTIONS OF THE BIG HORN BASIN TO NATRONA COUNTY EASTWARD 
TUESDAY...WITH CONDITIONS RAPIDLY IMPROVING LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

.LONG TERM...TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT

EXPECTING CLEARING TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING AS THE 
STRONG SHORTWAVE TROUGH DISSIPATES INTO THE NORTHERN PLAINS AND WEAK 
HIGH PRESSURE BUILD OVER THE ROCKIES.  HOWEVER...A WEAK SHORTWAVE 
TROUGH WILL MOVE QUICKLY FROM NORTHERN CA INTO NW WY 
WEDNESDAY...BRINGING CLOUDS...INSTABILITY...AND MOISTURE BACK TO THE 
AREA.  WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING THUS LOOKS FAVORABLE FOR 
ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WITH A DECENT POTENTIAL FOR GUSTY 
OUTFLOW WIND ACROSS THE NORTHERN TWO-THIRDS OF WY. SOUTHERN WY 
LIKELY TO BE WINDY AND DRIER...WITH TEMPERATURES REMAIN NEAR NORMAL 
FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.  EXTREME NW WY AND THE NORTHERN BIGHORN 
MOUNTAINS MAY SEE A THUNDERSTORM OR TWO THURSDAY AFTERNOON...BUT THE 
REST OF THE AREA LOOKS QUITE SEASONAL WITH MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES AND 
BASIN TEMPS IN THE MID 80S.

WITH THE CENTER OF THE HIGH MOSTLY OVER NEW MEXICO DURING THE 
WEEK...COMBINED WITH ANOTHER SHORTWAVE TROUGH FROM CA...CLOUDINESS 
WILL INCREASE ON FRIDAY AS MID-LEVEL MOISTURE PUSHES UP FROM THE 
GREAT BASIN.  FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING MAY SEE SOME 
ISOLATED SHOWERS...THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE 
POSSIBLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING HOURS.  IF THE TROUGH 
HAS MORE OF A SOUTHERLY TRAJECTORY...THE STORMS MAY BECOME STRONGER. 
THE RIDGE THEN BUILDS BACK OVER THE ROCKIES SUNDAY AND 
MONDAY...RESULTING IN MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES AND WARMER TEMPERATURES.  
NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY COULD SEE OROGRAPHICALLY INDUCED 
THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN.

OVERALL THROUGH THE LONG TERM...THE CONFIDENCE SEEMS RATHER HIGH 
GIVEN THE CONSISTENCY OF THE FEATURES AND PATTERN DESCRIBED ABOVE IN 
THE GFS AND ECMWF. TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR NORMAL THROUGH THE 
PERIOD...WITH MODERATE PRECIPITATION CHANCES THROUGHOUT THE AREA.  
WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THOUGH...WITH SOME DRYING BETWEEN 
WEATHER SYSTEMS.

&&

.AVIATION.../06Z ISSUANCE/

WATER VAPOR AND KRIW RADAR IMAGERY SHOWS UPPER LOW OVER NORTHERN
SWEETWATER COUNTY AND SLOWLY DRIFTING EAST LATE THIS EVENING. BEST
REFLECTIVITY SEEN ROTATING WESTWARD ACROSS FREMONT COUNTY ON THE
NORTHERN EDGE OF THE UPPER LOW. EXPECT -SHRA AND PERHAPS A LONE
-TSRA WILL REMAIN IN THE GENERAL VICINITY OF THE TIGHTLY PACKED
CIRCULATION THROUGH MOST OF THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. BRIEF PERIODS
OF HEAVIER RAIN WILL CAUSE MVFR CONDITIONS AT TIMES AT KLND AND
KRIW WITH IFR POSSIBLE AT KLND THROUGH ABOUT 10Z/TUE. HAVE INCLUDED
TEMPO GROUPS AT THOSE TERMINALS THROUGH THAT TIME. OTHERWISE...
VFR CONDITIONS ANTICIPATED AT ALL TERMINALS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF
KRKS WHERE LOW-LEVELS ARE MOIST AND LOCALIZED UPSLOPE FLOW HAS
GENERATED MVFR CLOUD DECK. THIS LOWER DECK SHOULD FIZZLE BY 10Z/TUE
LEAVING VFR THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE FORECAST PERIOD. DRIER
FLOW FROM THE WEST-NORTHWEST WILL WORK ITS WAY INTO SOUTHWEST WYO
AND THE WIND RIVER BASIN LATER THIS MORNING. GUSTY NORTHWEST
SURFACE WIND OF 12-25KTS WILL BE COMMON BY 18Z/TUE AT TERMINALS
IN THOSE LOCATIONS. DRIER NORTHWEST FLOW WILL WAIT UNTIL
18Z-22Z/TUE TO REACH KWRL AND KCPR. BEST CHANCE FOR AFTERNOON
CONVECTION WILL BE ALONG AND EAST OF THE BIGHORN MOUNTAINS WHERE
INSTABILITY AND PRECIPITABLE WATER WILL BE MOST PLENTIFUL. AS FOR
MOUNTAIN OBSCURATIONS...ANTICIPATE FREQUENT OBSCURATIONS IN THE WIND
RIVER RANGE AND FAR WESTERN WYO MOUNTAINS UNTIL 15Z/TUE. CONDITIONS
WILL GRADUALLY IMPROVE BY 18Z/TUE WITH ONLY OCCASIONAL MOUNTAIN TOP
OBSCURATIONS AFTER THAT TIME...MAINLY WITH CONVECTION. 

&&

.FIRE WEATHER...

FIRE DANGER DECREASES THIS AFTERNOON...AND REMAINS ON THE LOWER
SIDE THROUGH AT LEAST WEDNESDAY...AS MOIST AND SOMEWHAT COOLER
CONDITIONS ACCOMPANY AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE THAT WILL ROTATE
ACROSS THE FORECAST AREA TONIGHT...EXITING LATER ON TUESDAY.
MINIMUM RH VALUES WILL INCREASE EVERYWHERE TODAY ABOVE CRITICAL
LEVELS EXCEPT FOR THE NORTHERN BIGHORN BASIN WHERE VALUES WILL
STILL DROP INTO THE MID TEENS (PERCENT). MONSOONAL-LIKE MOISTURE
WILL REMAIN IN PLACE TONIGHT AND TUESDAY...WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS
AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED. STORM ACTIVITY WILL END FROM
SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST TONIGHT...WITH SHOWERS AND STORMS GRADUALLY
ENDING BY 00Z WEDNESDAY OVER THE BIG HORN BASIN AND JOHNSON AND
NATRONA COUNTIES. HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED AT TIMES. LATER WEDNESDAY
WILL SEE A RENEWED CHANCE FOR MORE RAINFALL ACROSS THE
REGION...ALTHOUGH ON A MORE ISOLATED TO WIDELY SCATTERED BASIS.

&&

.RIW WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH LATE TONIGHT FOR WYZ014-015-024.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM...LAVOIE
LONG TERM...MCDONALD
AVIATION...CNJ
FIRE WEATHER...LAVOIE

Return to Home page


Western Regional Climate Center, wrcc@dri.edu