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National Weather Service Grand Forks ND
1252 PM CDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

issued at 1249 PM CDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

A fine day over the forecast area with lots of sun. A short wave in
south central South Dakota moving northeast is spreading some high
level cloudiness into the far southern Red River at this time...and this will spread
into west-central Minnesota. This is within the forecast so no changes.


Short term...(today through wednesday)
issued at 330 am CDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

The main challenge will be temperatures then increasing chances for
convection late in the week and this weekend. Models are in very
good agreement with synoptic scale features.

For will be dry with some morning fog mainly in
Minnesota lakes country. Temperatures should warm above normal once again
into the low and middle 80s.

For tonight...moisture will return to the region with some
elevated instability and a weak low level jet around 30kt. There could be
some isolated convection mainly in the north...although can/T rule
it out anywhere really. Since we had some low probability of precipitation in the
north...will maintain those and may need to add them in all areas
later today.

On Wednesday...middle level temperatures will warm and temperatures should warm
well into the 80s to around 90. Southerly winds will also increase
and it may become breezy.

Long term...(wednesday night through monday)
issued at 330 am CDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

For Wednesday night and Thursday...expect continued dry and mild weather
with temperatures well above normal. The Mercury on Thursday should climb
into the low 90s in the west to around 90 in Minnesota. A strong
cap will also develop that should suppress any convection.

For Friday-Monday...the weather pattern will turn more unsettled
for the Labor Day weekend. Shortwave troughs within southwest flow
aloft will eject northeastward ahead of a broader trough which
will slowly progress eastward through early next week. These will
interact with a frontal zone that will likely be draped somewhere
NE-SW across the region...and in no hurry to move given the
southwest flow. Abundant moisture will be present...owing to days
of uninterrupted low-level southerly flow...with naefs precipitable waters
reaching near the 99th percentile for this time of year by late
Friday. While models continue to differ on details...periods of
showers and storms are expected with locally heavy rain and some
stronger storms possible (depending on cloud cover and frontal
position). Temperatures will depend on the position of surface boundary and
extent of clouds/precip.


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Wednesday afternoon)
issued at 1249 PM CDT Tuesday Sep 1 2015

VFR with light south to southwest winds today. Tonight
there remains a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm developing
overnightacross the northern half of the area...though confidence is
low and will leave out of the tafs for now.


Fgf watches/warnings/advisories...



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