Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

FXUS64 KFWD 212003

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
203 PM CST Sun Jan 21 2018

/Rest of Today and Tonight/

A vigorous upper-level low, immediately apparent on moisture-
channel satellite imagery, is spiraling into extreme southwestern
Kansas early this afternoon. At the surface, a dryline is mixing
eastward and is entering our far western counties, but is having a
difficult time making swift eastward progress as it encounters a
much deeper near-surface layer of Gulf moisture. Recent ACARS
soundings show that this moist layer extends up to around or just
above 800 mb, which is quite deep. As a result, the trends
observed in recent high-resolution guidance to slow the eastward
progression of the dryline make sense, and it should be located
from near a Gainesville to Lampasas line by late this afternoon.

...Fire Weather...
The air to the west of the dryline will become dry very quickly as
dewpoints plummet into the 20s and 30s with temperatures in the
mid 70s. This will result in relative humidity values falling into
the 15-25 percent range, which will coincide with gusty west-
southwesterly winds into the evening hours. This will result in a
critical fire weather threat for locales west of a Bowie to
Mineral Wells to Stephenville line into the evening hours before
winds slacken to under 15 mph. As a result, we`ll continue the
Red Flag Warning for these locales through 9 PM.

...Severe Weather...
To the east of the dryline, the airmass continues to destabilize as
low to mid 60s dewpoints are being advected under a gradually
diminishing capping inversion. Showers (and a few embedded
thunderstorms) have already developed under the cap from the
Metroplex and north and eastward to the Red River. Based on
earlier aircraft soundings, the capping inversion remains
relatively robust, but this will be incrementally eroded through
the afternoon hours as better height falls and attendant forcing
for ascent overspread the region. As a result, we should continue
to see just a gradual uptick in convective vigor over the next
few hours as this inversion is lifted.

By about 3-4 PM, MLCINH should be sufficiently eroded to allow
thunderstorms to increase markedly in coverage and intensity as
activity orients itself more or less along the I-35/35E corridor
and down towards Waco. With MLCAPE values approaching 1000 J/kg
coinciding with a very robust mid- and lower-tropospheric wind
field, rotating updrafts will be possible as activity gradually
marches and develops eastward. Initial activity may remain semi-
discrete, and will pose a risk for damaging wind gusts and a few
tornadoes. A notable veer-back-veer profile may ultimately hamper
updraft development to an extent, but we simply cannot ignore the
presence of tremendous low-level shear, increasing forcing for
ascent, and surface-based instability (0-3km CAPE values
approaching 60-70 J/kg). Activity will gradually develop into a
line with effective bulk shear vectors favoring more of a line-
parallel orientation as the evening wears on and the main threat
will incrementally shift to a damaging winds, but an embedded QLCS
tornado or two cannot be discounted. Given the lack of more
steeper mid-level lapse rates, the hail threat will remain
somewhat lower, but quarter-sized hail will be possible as
updrafts are augmented by mid-level rotation. Our primary area of
concern for severe weather exists east of roughly a Sherman to
Dallas to Waco to Temple line (and shifting eastward through the

Finally, the flash flood threat will remain low as things remain
relatively progressive, but embedded heavier rates may cause some
localized hydrological issues near low spots and hilly terrain.

Subsidence and dry air will ensure an end to all convection
around or just after midnight tonight, as everything exits our
far southeastern counties.



/Monday Through Saturday/

As the strong upper level system over the Central Plains lifts
northeast toward the Midwest and Mid Mississippi Valley Monday,
an associated and deep 996-998mb surface low will be over
Missouri. The resultant and very tight pressure gradient and
efficient mixing of unidirectional flow up through 700mb will
result in very gusty northwest winds 20-30 mph with gusts 30-35
mph occurring across especially those areas north of a Comanche,
to Waco, to Athens line. Strongest winds will be I-20 northward
where some gusts could approach 35-40 mph closer to the departing
occluding system to our northeast. With several highlights out
with the threat for both severe and fire weather, we`ll abstain
from any Wind Advisory issuance for now for Monday, but it`s
certainly possible one may need to be issued on the early morning
package for those areas north of I-20. In addition, despite cooler
temperatures, afternoon RH values will be 20-30 percent across
the western 2/3 of the region, as a dry combination of both
Pacific and mountain air continues entraining southeast across the
area. The Fire Weather Watch for Monday has been expanded eastward
and now includes areas west of a Sherman to Temple line.
Otherwise as stated above, this is not expected to be an airmass
of arctic origin with plentiful sunshine likely resulting in
afternoon highs of 55-60 degrees north, 60-65 degrees south. The
winds will make it feel cooler, however.

The intense storm system will continue to pull northeast further
away from the area Monday night with the surface pressure gradient
easing up and rapid cooling of the boundary layer likely helping
to decouple the winds down late evening and during the evening
hours. With strong radiational cooling expected with the dry air
in place, we`ll see lows Tuesday morning crater to between the
mid-upper 20s in protected areas north and west, to the mid 30s
across the far eastern counties and the heat island area of the
D/FW Metro. This will be the case as well Tuesday night/early
Wednesday morning, with highs each day staying "static" with highs
in the upper 50s to lower 60s, as a southern stream shortwave
passes through and allows another weak cold frontal passage to
move through by Tuesday night. The airmass will be too dry and
deep for any precipitation, however.

Shortwave ridging ahead of another approaching and fast-moving
shortwave will allow southerly surface winds to return to the area
with a slight warm up Thursday, as the Gulf of Mexico begins to
open up. A lead shortwave late Thursday night and Friday will help
continue this trend with a chance for showers and possibly
isolated and elevated thunderstorms with mid level lapse rates
steepening somewhat. Otherwise, we`ll see a large latitudinal
trough lifting out of the Rockies and over the Plains Friday night
through the first half of the weekend. We will continue chances
for showers and a few thunderstorms, as quality of moisture return
from the Gulf of Mexico doesn`t appear near as rich as with the
current system today. Actually, most thunder should be elevated in
nature. We`ll refine the forecast for this system as the week



.AVIATION... /Issued 1158 AM CST Sun Jan 21 2018/
/18z TAFs/

MVFR cigs are attempting to scatter out at this hour, and VFR
conditions will return to the TAF sites over the next few hours.
The main change to the TAFs in the short-term was to introduce a
VCTS mention to the eastern Metroplex sites (KDFW, KDAL, KGKY) and
add a TEMPO for TSRA at KDAL given recent trends in morning model
guidance and current observations. It appears the dryline will
have a more difficult time mixing east than previously
anticipated, and convection looks like it may initiate right near
the I-35 corridor around 20-21z. It`ll be close, but the western
sites should remain far enough removed to just carry VCSH. Any
thunder activity should be short-lived, however as activity
quickly pushes to the east this evening. In addition, wind gusts
at DFW are currently flirting with AWW criteria, but the
anticipation is for wind gusts to generally remain around 30 kts
this afternoon.

The other aviation concern will be the potential for some limited
crosswind issues today with breezy southwesterly winds. However, a
more robust crosswind event appears possible on Monday behind a
cold front. Strong and gusty west-northwest winds appear likely
to favor a 290-310 directionality with gusts upwards of 30 kts
materializing by mid-morning. These strong winds will likely
persist through much of the afternoon before waning during the
early evening hours.



Dallas-Ft. Worth    44  60  35  60  36 /  10   0   0   0   0
Waco                43  62  30  63  29 /  40   0   0   0   0
Paris               42  57  34  58  32 / 100   0   0   0   0
Denton              41  59  30  59  29 /   5   0   0   0   0
McKinney            42  59  31  59  29 /  30   0   0   0   0
Dallas              44  59  37  60  36 /  20   0   0   0   0
Terrell             43  59  34  59  32 / 100   0   0   0   0
Corsicana           43  61  35  62  34 /  90   0   0   0   0
Temple              42  63  32  63  32 /  30   0   0   0   0
Mineral Wells       39  60  29  62  29 /   5   0   0   0   0


Red Flag Warning until 9 PM CST this evening for TXZ100-101-115-

Fire Weather Watch Monday afternoon for TXZ091>093-100>104-



90/05 is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.