Wednesday, June19, 2019

Marine Weather and Tides
Big Sky, MT

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Sunrise 5:32AMSunset 9:18PM Wednesday June 19, 2019 11:25 AM MDT (17:25 UTC) Moonrise 10:22PMMoonset 6:41AM Illumination 95% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 17 days in cycle
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Area Discussion for - Great Falls, MT
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national weather service great falls mt
1003 am mdt Wed jun 19 2019

Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms will pick up again
this afternoon along parts of northcentral and southwest montana,
and persist into the evening hours. Windy conditions are expected
as well today for locations along the rocky mountain front and
northcentral plains through this evening. Then much cooler and
unsettled weather moves in for Thursday into the weekend. Expect
increasing chances for showers, with some snow possible over
mountain locations Thursday night into Friday.

Morning update has been published. Large scale height falls of 100-
150m were pushing east southeast across the northern rockies this
morning as a potent upper level trough was digging into the region.

At the surface, low pressure was beginning to move east northeast
from southern alberta, with a pacific front sliding east southeast
from the pacific northwest southwest canada and towards the northern
rockies. The aforementioned cold front will begin to cross north
central and southwest montana by late this morning, clearing far
eastern portions of the CWA by the late afternoon early evening
hours. Breezy conditions have already developed across most of the
region thanks to a stout h700 jet of 20-40kts orientated
perpendicular to the continental divide and diurnal mixing, with
wind speeds expected to see a further uptick as the cold front
crosses the region this afternoon. Dry air is also overpreading the
cwa this morning thanks to the dry, downsloping southwest westerly
winds, with miniumum relative humidity values expected to fall into
the upper teens to around 30 percent. The combination of the breezy
winds and low relative humidity values will lead to elevated to near-
critical fire weather conditions, however, feedback from local
experts indicate that fuels remain too wet green for large fire
spread. Thus, have and will continue to hold off on any fire weather
highlights for today. As the cold front crosses the region, expect
showers and thundestorms to develop, especially over the higher
terrain where uneven surface heating will provide additional lift in
conjuction with the increasing synoptic lift. These showers and
thunderstorms are expected to be isolated to scattered in nature,
with the one expcetion being near the idaho wyoming borders, where
showers and storms will be more numerous in coverage. While a strong
storm producing small hail and gusty winds (outside of the general
winds) can not be ruled out, expect most thunderstorms to be of the
garden variety do to a non-proportional combination of bulk shear to
instability (i.E. Shear will be so strong today that it will likely
shred storms apart given the marginal instability). - moldan

Updated 530 am mdt Wed jun 19 2019 (19 12z tafs)
vfr conditions prevail throughout this forecast period, with the
exception of potentially MVFR conditons under thunderstorms and
showers that develop this afternoon and evening. Expect gusty
westerly winds with the strongest winds along the rocky mountain
front and adjacent plains today. -tp

Prev discussion
Issued 530 am mdt Wed jun 19 2019
a trough approaches from the west and begins to move through our
area. The associated strong cold front passes through the treasure
state from the west-northwest to the east-southeast. Instability,
lift and moisture will continue to favor thunderstorm activity.

The storm prediction center (spc) has placed a marginal risk of
severe weather along the eastern boarder of our southwest montana
forecast area. Following cold frontal passage, fire weather
concerns are expected to be elevated to near-critical. Please, see
our fire weather forecast for more information. The unseasonably
cold mid-level trough becomes cut off from the general circulation
as it dives southeast into the state later today and into
Thursday early morning. -jaf tp
Thursday through Tuesday... Expect a fairly significant drop in
temperatures on Thursday, with the cool temperatures expected to
persist through much the weekend. Currently it looks like Friday
will be the coolest day during this period. Wetter conditions
begin to ramp up over the area on Thursday, and it appears that
the most significant precipitation will fall sometime late
Thursday into Friday. The areas along the rocky mountain front
and over portions of north & central montana are likely to see the
bulk of this rainfall, which may cause areas of excessive runoff.

As the cooler temperatures filter in, snow levels may fall as low
as the 5500 to 6500 foot level late Thursday into Friday,
allowing for some snow to fall and potentially accumulate at
higher elevation locations such as glacier national park, king's
hill pass. This is highly dependent on whether the snow falls
during a time period influenced by diurnal heating but either way,
the biggest impacts from snow are expected to be limited to those
with outdoor recreation plans or forest service activities in
mountain areas. Due to forecast uncertainty, some refinement will
be likely in terms of locality and rainfall snow amounts as
details become clearer in the coming days. By Saturday, the trough
is expected to lift northeast as general flow becomes more zonal.

Pops drop off a bit later Saturday into Sunday, although isolated
to scattered showers and thunderstorms remain possible into early
next week. Expect a slow warming trend Sunday through Tuesday,
ahead of the next disturbance progged to move in from the pacific
northwest late Tuesday into Wednesday. -rcg tp

Preliminary point temps pops
Gtf 74 43 62 42 20 20 40 50
ctb 69 40 59 41 30 20 50 40
hln 76 44 62 41 10 10 50 40
bzn 73 39 62 38 50 20 50 70
wey 65 32 56 28 100 50 40 70
dln 70 37 57 35 20 10 50 50
hvr 77 44 64 42 30 30 40 30
lwt 71 40 59 39 20 20 50 60

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Bozeman, Gallatin Field, MT38 mi30 minN 810.00 miFair64°F46°F54%1007.8 hPa

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