Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Austin/San Antonio, TX
FXUS64 KEWX 311846 AAA
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX
146 PM CDT TUE MAY 31 2016
Please see the 18Z aviation forecast discussion below.
The main concern for the next several hours will be the potential
for convection at area terminals. Based on radar trends and hi-res
model guidance, we have included TEMPO groups for TSRA at all TAF
sites through late afternoon. Convection chances may also need to
be pushed well into the evening and overnight hours, but much will
depend on what transpires this afternoon. Low clouds are expected
to fill in during the overnight hours, but this may be interrupted
by the amount of convection.
.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 1100 AM CDT TUE MAY 31 2016/
OVERALL FORECAST HAS NOT DEVIATED CONSIDERABLY...AND AS A
RESULT...CONFIDENCE CONTINUES TO INCREASE ON THE POTENTIAL FOR
FLASH FLOODING THROUGH THURSDAY. WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF
CONVECTION CURRENTLY ACROSS PARTS OF THE PLATEAU AND RIO GRANDE
PLAINS AND COVERAGE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THROUGH THE REST OF THE
AFTERNOON...THE DECISION WAS MADE TO ISSUE A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR
THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. MANY AREAS
ACROSS THE CWA...NAMELY LOCATIONS IN THE HILL COUNTRY...HAVE A
VERY LOW THRESHOLD FOR ADDITIONAL RAINFALL SO ANY CONVECTIVE
RAINFALL THAT DEVELOPS AND MOVES OVER THESE AREAS WILL BE A
SIGNIFICANT CONCERN FOR RE-DEVELOPMENT OF FLASH FLOODING.
QPF VALUES WERE MASSAGED TO REFLECT THE ONGOING CONVECTION AND
WITH THE 12Z GUIDANCE FROM WPC. HOWEVER...MORE REFINEMENT OF QPF
TOTALS WILL COME WITH THE AFTERNOON PACKAGE AS COORDINATED COLLABORATION
WITH WPC AND NEIGHBORS WILL TAKE PLACE THIS AFTERNOON.
IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOOD POTENTIAL...SOME OF
THESE CONVECTIVE CELLS MAY BE ABLE TO TAP INTO 2000+ J/KG OF
INSTABILITY AND A WEAKLY CAPPED ENVIRONMENT AND PRODUCE SOME
QUARTER SIZED HAIL AND/OR GUSTY WINDS.
PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 647 AM CDT TUE MAY 31 2016/
AVIATION... /12Z TAFS/
Rapid refresh models continue to struggle with the unstable
airmass over TX, each run attempting to break out new convection
in the first few hours. Given this poor performance, will revert
back to conventional late spring afternoon/early evening timing
with prob30s reflecting a breaking cap, as the 12z DRT sounding
suggests this could take some time today. The rest of the TAFs
continue to show routine lowering/raising of low cigs from VFR to
IFR and back in the early morning hours and mostly light winds.
Once organized convection develops over part of the area later
today...a more distinct forecast will be possible.
PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 357 AM CDT TUE MAY 31 2016/
SHORT TERM (Today through Wednesday)...
Early this morning, an upper level low centered over southwestern
Arizona is drifting south, a shortwave west of the Big Bend is
moving to the east, and a moist southeasterly lower level flow is
off the Gulf of Mexico. Radars show showers and thunderstorms west
of the Pecos River to the Big Bend and into Mexico and developing
over Rio Grande Plains. Expect these will move across Rio Grande
Plains and Edwards Plateau as other showers and thunderstorms
develop over those same areas as most hi-res models are showing.
The upper level low is forecast to move into northern Sonora state
of Mexico today and across northern Chihuahua state of Mexico on
Wednesday. Expect showers and thunderstorms to develop over
southwestern Texas and the Serranias del Burro of Mexico early
this afternoon, organize into an MCS by evening, and then move
across South Central Texas tonight. PWS rise with pockets near 2
inches with locally heavy rains possible. On Wednesday, a cold
front approaches from the north. Expect showers and thunderstorms
to develop along it and again over the Burros into southwestern
Texas around midday, then organize and move into South Central
Texas during the afternoon into evening. Locally heavy rains are
possible on Wednesday. Some models have slightly different timing
and location resulting in slight uncertainty on rainfall amounts.
Shear and instability are sufficient for isolated strong to severe
storms today through Wednesday.
LONG TERM (Wednesday Night through Monday)...
The upper level low moves into Texas on Thursday and then drifts
or meanders over mainly Central Texas Friday into Saturday. The
GFS shows it slowly pulling away Sunday into Monday, while the
ECMWF keeps it over our area Sunday into Monday. While yesterday`s
model runs kept the front north of our area, the latest runs bring
it slowly through our area late Thursday into Friday. With these
latest developments, periods of showers and thunderstorms are
expected with the threat for heavy rains continuing to increase,
and possibly continue into late week or even this weekend should
the system slow as the ECMWF indicate. In addition, there is a
potential for the system to attain warm core characteristics which
along with elevated or surface boundaries could lead to copious
mainly nighttime rainfall amounts. For now, rainfall amounts of 3
to 6 inches are expected across most areas with some totals up to
10 inches possible.
Due to recent heavy rains making soils saturated in many places,
the potential for new or renewed flooding is high over the next
few days. Flash flood watches will likely be needed over the next
few days, possibly as early as tonight. In addition, some rivers
and streams may rise again out of banks or in flood.
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Austin Camp Mabry 70 82 69 80 66 / 60 70 70 70 60
Austin Bergstrom Intl Airport 70 82 68 80 66 / 60 70 70 70 70
New Braunfels Muni Airport 70 82 68 80 66 / 60 70 70 70 70
Burnet Muni Airport 67 79 66 78 64 / 70 70 70 70 60
Del Rio Intl Airport 71 86 69 84 66 / 70 70 70 60 40
Georgetown Muni Airport 69 80 67 79 64 / 60 70 70 70 60
Hondo Muni Airport 70 84 68 82 65 / 70 70 70 70 60
San Marcos Muni Airport 70 82 68 79 65 / 60 70 70 70 70
La Grange - Fayette Regional 71 82 70 80 68 / 40 70 60 70 70
San Antonio Intl Airport 71 82 69 81 67 / 60 70 70 70 60
Stinson Muni Airport 72 83 70 82 68 / 60 70 70 70 60
Flash Flood Watch through Thursday morning for the following
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