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HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...WEST GULF RFC...FORT WORTH TX
1050 AM CDT FRI MAY 26 2017

                     VALID MAY 26 THROUGH MAY 31

...AFTER A COUPLE DRY DAYS, THE WGRFC AREA WILL HAVE ANOTHER RAINFALL
EVENT LATER THIS WEEKEND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK...

                   ...METEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION...
The past 24 hours were mostly dry due to a ridge of high pressure
that is just east of the region, with the exception of some light
precipitation amounts in southern Colorado. Generally dry weather is
expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

By Saturday morning a trough of low pressure is forecast to
move into northwest Colorado from the northwest.  This will allow for
a return of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.  Rain chances will
return to the WGRFC area as early as Saturday morning, but it will
start out being light.  But by Saturday afternoon and evening the
dryline is forecast to be active from north Texas into Oklahoma.
There may be thunderstorms which form, but at the moment the
heaviest rain will fall over Oklahoma.

By Saturday night and Sunday the upper air disturbance will pass off
to our north.  However, this trough will push another cold front into
Texas.  As this front encounters better moisture, heavier and more
widespread rain is expected toward the end of the holiday weekend
(mainly Sunday night and Monday). Due to the slow movement of the
front, locally heavy rainfall may result.  At the moment it appears
the heaviest rain will be from southwest into central and east Texas,
with excessive rain possible over the Rio Grande south of Del Rio
and western portions of the Edwards Plateau. Rain will likely persist
into Wednesday and beyond across portions of Texas as a new upper
level low pressure system forms over Baja California.  WGRFC
forecasters will be monitoring this storm system as the weekend
approaches.

                    ...PRECIPITATION FORECAST...
For Today into Saturday morning, no significant Mean Areal
Precipitation (MAP) amounts are forecast for the WGRFC area.

For Saturday into Sunday morning, MAP amounts of 0.25 to 0.5 inch
are forecast for exterme north central and northeast Texas northward
into Oklahoma and for southeast into central Colorado. MAP amounts of
less than 0.25 inch are forecast for the rest of north central and
northeast Texas, as well as over northeast New Mexico into most of
Colorado.

For Sunday into Monday morning, MAP amounts of 0.25 to 1 inch are
forecast from southwest Texas across most of central and eastern
Texas and most of Louisiana. MAP amounts of up to 0.25 inch are
forecast for portions of southern Colorado and northeastern New
Mexico.

For Monday into Wednesday morning, MAP amounts greater than 3 inches
are forecast for portions of the Rio Grande from Del Rio to Laredo.
MAP amounts of 1 to 3 inches are forecast for a wider area of South
Texas, especially the Rio Grande Plains and western portions
of the Edwards Plateau. MAP amounts of 0.25 to 1 inch are
forecast for most of the rest of Texas and for Louisiana, most of New
Mexico, and portions of southern Colorado.

Soil moisture conditions have rebounded due to the widespread
rainfall which fell last weekend. The last U.S. Drought Monitor for
Texas shows the area considered to be abnormally dry is down to 22%.
And, only 2% of Texas was experiencing moderate drought with less
than 1% of the state in severe drought.  In New Mexico, 24% of the
state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions with 7% of the state
in the moderate drought category.  The rainfall the next five days
may be heavy enough to produce significant runoff over the southwest
Texas and the Hill Country rivers, and possibly the northeast Texas
river basins.

                     ...HYDROLOGIC DISCUSSION...
...WGRFC Basins...
Minor flooding on the Neches river system is expected to continue
through the weekend. Elsewhere, all other rivers will slowly fall over
the next day or so. No additional rainfall or flooding is expected
through the end of the week. However, more rainfall is expected to
return to the WGRFC region over the weekend, which could cause minor
and possible moderate flooding across the Rio Grande Valley and the
Hill Country.

              ...SUPPLEMENTARY GRAPHICAL INFORMATION...
The following URLs (all lower case) provide additional graphical
information on current and forecast hydrologic conditions, past and
future precipitation, and drought and climate forecasts.  This
information is provided by a variety of National Weather Service,
NOAA, and private sector entities.

For specific information on river conditions, refer to the AHPS
pages from the local NWS offices at:
http://water.weather.gov/ahps/

The Flood Potential Outlook can be viewed on our webpage at:
http://www.weather.gov/wgrfc/wgrfcfop

The West Gulf River Forecast Center is now on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/NWSWestGulf

National Precipitation Analysis:
http://water.weather.gov/precip/

The forecast rainfall amounts (QPF) can be viewed on our webpage at:
http://www.weather.gov/wgrfc/wgrfcqpfpage

The US Drought Assessment:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought

The latest on Reservoir Information for Texas:
http://www.waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/statewide

PHILPOTT


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