Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Little Rock, AR
FXUS64 KLZK 291720
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Little Rock AR
1220 PM CDT SUN MAY 29 2016
A light and variable surface flow will prevail across all sites
during this period. Expect brief scattered MVFR conditions due
fog between 09z-14z.
.PREV DISCUSSION...(ISSUED 1057 AM CDT SUN MAY 29 2016
15z subjective surface analysis indicates several mesoscale
boundaries across the southern plains and mid-south...with one
noted from near Hot Springs...to near McAlester Oklahoma. Surface
based CAPE values of >3000 J/kg are indicated at 15z. Any
convective cells that develop this afternoon should be short
lived...although could briefly approach severe limits.
PREV DISCUSSION...(ISSUED 612 AM CDT SUN MAY 29 2016
Updated to include the 12Z aviation discussion below...
Some patchy fog is ongoing at some terminals across the area early
this morning...but this fog should clear out over the next couple
hrs. Winds throughout the day will be generally light...and
variable in direction. Have kept the forecast dry at this
time...though cannot rule out any isolated SHRA/TSRA.
However...location of possible SHRA/TSRA is too uncertain to
pinpoint at this time. TAFs out shortly.
PREV DISCUSSION...(301 AM CDT SUN MAY 29 2016)
SHORT TERM...Today Through Monday Night
Same story...different day...a statement that pretty much sums up
the forecast for this Sun. Expecting generally dry
conditions...though some isolated afternoon convective activity
could be seen. Expect temps to be a few deg warmer than seen on
Flow aloft will remain generally from the west over the region
tonight through Mon night...keeping a persistent forecast for the
short term period. This means some small chances for SHRA/TSRA again
tonight through Mon night...with generally isolated to widely
scattered convective activity possible. The best chances for precip
will come during the afternoon hrs during the peak heating of the
afternoon hrs. Highs will be just above normal...in the 80s to
around 90. Some upper 70s will be possible in the higher terrain.
Will point out that some model guidance has occasionally been
hinting as some upper level disturbances moving through the region
tonight into Mon night...which could trigger some more organized
convective activity. However...timing and placement of any
development has not been well handled lately...and as a
result...have gone on the lower end regarding POPs. If some more
organized activity were to develop and move into portions of the CWA
during this particular period...it will likely be result of
meososcale type features associated with any convective systems that
could sustain themselves from areas west of the state. If these
scenarios were to become more probable...will adjust POPs
accordingly when the confidence increase.
LONG TERM...Tuesday Through Saturday
Mesoscale influences will remain active into the long term periods,
as daytime heating, low level moisture, and upper level systems
interact with convective remnants and allow diurnally-
driven showers/storms to continue. Synoptic-scale forcing will become
more of an influence by Tuesday night, as surface low pressure
develops along a frontal boundary to the west. Precipitation will
become more widespread by Wednesday, as the front moves into the
state. Several upper level waves will move through and interact with
the front. The front will slow down a bit by late Wednesday, as upper
ridging amplifies over the southeast conus.
By Friday, the front will stall out near southern Arkansas. By this
time, extended range models are developing a cutoff upper low in the
vicinity of the Arklatex region. While this pattern is a bit
anomalous for early June, it showing up in more than one solution is
cause to pay a bit more attention to it. Should this pan out, it
would act to keep precip chances in the forecast through at least
the end of the period.
While there is enough instability present during most of the long
term to allow for a chance of an isolated strong/severe storm, I
wouldn`t expect any widespread severe thunderstorms, at least not
looking at the latest data. Wednesday would be the highest chance
for any strong storms. Cloud cover will be a big inhibiting
factor. Also, similar to the last few days, any stronger storm would
have the capability of producing heavy rain, which could lead
to localized flooding issues.
Temperatures will be above average at the beginning of the period.
However, cooler air will move in with the frontal boundary, which
will allow temperatures the remainder of the long term to be below