Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Austin/San Antonio, TX
FXUS64 KEWX 272353
Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX
653 PM CDT Thu Apr 27 2017
Winds will decrease over the next few hours under some high clouds.
MVFR/IFR CIGs will develop by around 04Z or 05Z in Austin and San
Antonio and by around 09Z at DRT. Low CIGs will last through the
night with conditions improving to VFR by late morning or early
.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 245 PM CDT Thu Apr 27 2017/
SHORT TERM (Tonight through Friday Night)...
Low level moisture will return tonight with stratus developing
overnight. Friday morning lows will be around 15-20 degrees warmer in
some areas compared to this morning. Low level moisture will continue
to increase Friday and Friday night beneath a strengthening cap and a
few isolated showers may be possible Friday night into Saturday
morning. Breaks in the cloud cover Friday afternoon should allow
temperatures to climb into the low 90s across the east and mid 90s
across the south and west. Combined with increasing dew points this
should put heat index values into the upper 90s across the region
LONG TERM (Saturday through Thursday)...
An upper level low through the short term will develop near the Four
Corners and Southern Rockies and by Saturday morning be located
across New Mexico. A lead shortwave in the southwest flow aloft will
move through eastern areas of the CWA during the day on Saturday.
The main question will be how quickly the cap erodes during the day
on Saturday, if it completely erode at all. As has been the case
much of the Spring, GFS forecast soundings at AUS and SAT indicate a
much faster erosion of the cap than does the ECMWF, Canadian and
NAM12 and as such develops isolated/scattered convection near and
east of I-35 Saturday afternoon. Am leaning towards a slightly
stronger cap as the rest of the model soundings indicate and slower
erosion during the day on Saturday, awaiting for the main forcing
Saturday night. However, if a storm were to develop MUCAPE values of
3000-3500 J/KG combined with 0-6km shear values of 40-50 kts could
yield an isolated strong to severe storm Saturday afternoon.
As mentioned the main forcing in the base of the upper level low
moving into Texas will eventually lead to better chances of storms as
the associated cold front catches up with the dry line over the CWA
early Saturday evening. This should help convection overcome what is
left of the weakening cap through portions of the Hill Country and
I-35 corridor between 00Z-03Z Saturday evening. Eventually storms
could organize into a broken line as the front progresses east of
I-35 late Saturday evening and into the overnight. Given the
aforementioned MUCAPE and increasing 0-6km shear values over the
region, there will be a risk for some storms Saturday night to be
severe across portions of the Hill Country and along and east of
I-35. The main threats at this time appear to large hail initially,
transitioning to damaging straight-line winds east of I-35 should a
line develop. 0-1km and 0-3km shear will be low and does not align
well with the most unstable area, therefore the potential for
tornadoes associated with this activity appears low at this time.
While pockets of heavy rain may occur, the progressive nature of the
front will sweep the entire system through quickly by Sunday morning
limiting the potential for a widespread flash flood threat. Overall
rainfall totals 1/4 to 1 inch will be common across central and
eastern areas, with pockets up to 2 inches possible.
Clearing with windy northwest winds developing during the day on
Sunday. This could lead to elevated to near critical fire weather
conditions Sunday afternoon across western areas that do not receive
much rain with this system.
Below normal lows will occur again on Monday morning behind the
front, with lows into the upper 40s and low 50s in many areas. A
warming trend will take place Monday afternoon through Wednesday.
Another potential upper level system and surface cold front looks to
possibly impact the area Wednesday and Wednesday night. There is
currently a large spread between the ECMWF and GFS on timing of this
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Austin Camp Mabry 69 91 75 89 57 / 10 10 20 30 70
Austin Bergstrom Intl Airport 68 91 76 88 58 / 10 10 20 30 70
New Braunfels Muni Airport 69 91 75 89 58 / 10 10 20 20 70
Burnet Muni Airport 67 89 73 85 51 / 0 - 20 30 60
Del Rio Intl Airport 69 96 71 93 55 / - - - 10 20
Georgetown Muni Airport 68 89 75 85 55 / - 10 20 30 70
Hondo Muni Airport 68 93 74 91 56 / - 10 20 20 40
San Marcos Muni Airport 68 91 76 87 57 / 10 10 20 20 70
La Grange - Fayette Regional 69 90 77 87 60 / 10 10 20 30 70
San Antonio Intl Airport 70 92 75 89 58 / 10 10 20 20 60
Stinson Muni Airport 70 93 75 90 58 / 10 10 20 20 60
Public Service/Data Collection...Williams