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National Weather Service Billings Montana
400 am MDT Tuesday Jul 28 2015

Short term...valid for today and Wednesday...

A much calmer day is store today in terms of thunderstorm
activity. will be a windy day across most of our
forecast area. Water vapor imagery currently showing the large and
deep upper low and that brought the severe weather to our forecast
area on Monday is located across southern Canada with the trough
centered over the northern rockies. All the thunderstorm activity
has shifted well east across the eastern Dakotas and western
Minnesota. The upper low will be situated over northeast
Montana/northwest North Dakota for most of the day before it
shifts east this evening.

Pressure gradients will be very tight across eastern Montana
today. Significant pressure rises will occur as well and this
combined with 850mb winds of 45 to 55 kts will result in very
windy conditions across portions of our eastern areas. Guidance
continues to show winds around 35kts for Miles City and Baker. As
a result...confidence remains high for high winds today out east
and will continue the High Wind Warning for today into this
evening. Elsewhere across our forecast area...expect winds to gust
into the 30 to 40 miles per hour range. As the low shifts east this
evening...pressure gradients will slacken and winds are expected
to decrease fairly quickly by sunset. Slight shower chances will
continue today mainly north and east of Billings as the upper low
continues to provide wrap-around moisture.

A dry west to northwest flow aloft along with rising heights will
prevail Wednesday. Expect a mostly sunny day along with
temperatures rebounding back to near normal values. Hooley

Long term...valid for Thursday...Fri...Sat...sun...Mon...

Summertime ridge axis builds into western Montana on Thursday and
slides eastward through Sunday. Dry pattern with temperatures 5
to 7 degrees above normal. After this period heights are slightly
lower and will see temperatures slide to normals in the upper 80s.
Weak signal that monsoonal flow builds enough to bring a chance
for mountain thunderstorms by Sunday afternoon and the beginning
of next week. Borsum



Very strong winds will be the major weather concern today
especially for kmls. Sustained west winds around 25 kts will be
common with gusts to 35 kts. Kbil could see sustained winds around
30 kts at midday with gusts to 40 kts while kmls could see
sustained winds at 35 kts with gusts to 45 kts. Areas of low
clouds and scattered showers can be expected along and north of a
kbil to kmls line with periodic MVFR conditions expected. Borsum

Preliminary point temp/pops...

Today Wednesday Thursday Friday Sat sun Monday
bil 075 052/085 057/091 058/094 061/092 061/089 060/087
2/west 00/u 00/u 00/u 00/u 11/b 11/b
lvm 073 044/083 049/088 053/091 054/090 054/088 054/087
2/west 00/u 00/u 00/u 01/u 11/T 12/b
hdn 076 051/087 054/092 056/096 058/093 059/091 059/089
2/T 00/u 00/u 00/u 00/u 11/b 11/b
mls 073 053/086 057/091 059/096 062/092 061/090 061/089
3/T 10/u 00/u 00/u 00/u 11/u 11/b
4bq 073 052/086 055/092 058/096 061/093 061/092 060/090
2/T 00/u 00/u 00/u 01/u 11/b 11/b
bhk 070 050/084 053/088 056/092 060/089 058/087 058/085
3/T 10/u 00/u 00/u 00/u 11/u 22/b
shr 074 046/083 049/089 054/093 055/092 056/090 056/087
1/north 00/u 00/u 00/u 01/u 11/T 22/b


Byz watches/warnings/advisories...
Montana...High Wind Warning in effect until 9 PM MDT this evening for
zones 31>33-37.



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