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FXUS64 KFWD 300009 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
709 PM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017

The cold front has moved through the Metroplex and Waco TAF sites
as of 00z Sunday. Some showers/thunderstorms are possible through
02z as the front moves farther east. Later tonight, as the upper
level system moves across the region, there will be a chance of
showers and thunderstorms. Hail will be the main threat from any
storms overnight. Expect northwest winds around 20 knots with some
gusts to around 30 knots this evening with the gusts dying off
overnight. West northwesterly winds 15-20 knots with gusts to
near 30 knots are expected again by 15z Sunday. MVFR ceilings this
evening are expected to improve to VFR around 08z.




Latest surface observations show the cold front is located along a
line from near Gainesville to Fort Worth then southwest to
Hamilton. Ahead of the front, deep southerly flow ahead of the
upper low to the west continues to transport moisture northward. A
hot and humid airmass is in place with DFW observation coming in
at 90/70 last hour. A large swath of low 70s dewpoints are in
place east of the cold front.

A 1pm supplemental sounding showed that a fairly stout capping
inversion remains in place across the region although it has
weakened some and been lifted to around 700 mb. 1-minute visible
satellite imagery remains rather unimpressive with a generally
flat appearance to the cumulus field. This is confirmed with
visual observations in Fort Worth. Several attempts at deeper
convection have failed indicative of the stronger inhibition.

Water vapor imagery does continue to show some better moisture
aloft spreading into the region on the nose of a 110 kt upper jet.
There has also been an increase in mid level echoes on radar over
the last hour. This suggests that some stronger forcing for ascent
is spreading into the region ahead of the upper trough. The latest
thinking is that deeper convection will likely initiate along the
cold front over the next couple of hours when stronger forcing
aloft can assist in lifting the stronger capping. This front is
likely to be a little farther east than previously forecast with
the highest severe weather threat shifting to the east of the
I-35/35E corridor.  Once storms do develop...they will have the
potential to quickly become severe. MLCAPE values are generally
between 2500-3000 J/kg east and southeast of the front. Steep mid
level lapse rates will support a large hail threat while deep
layer shear parallel to the frontal boundary should encourage a
linear mode and an increasing damaging wind threat. All of this
activity will continue to move east with the front through the
late evening hours.

Severe weather threat will be highest east of the front. Once the
winds have shifted to the northwest and temperatures fall, the
severe threat will be considerably lower.



.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 411 AM CDT Sat Apr 29 2017/
A deep upper level low near the Four Corners appears on satellite
to be making a move eastward along the New Mexico-Colorado border.
Thunderstorms have been erupting across the Texas Panhandle and
Oklahoma overnight along and north of a frontal boundary, due to
strong forcing associated with the upper low. In fact, intense
convection stretches all the way eastward from Oklahoma across
Missouri, Illinois and into the Ohio Valley.

Locally, the regional RADAR mosaic indicates that the front is
now beginning to push southeast, possibly aided by gust fronts
from the numerous storms to the northwest. The expectation is
that the front will move into the far northwestern counties around
sunrise before slowing down as the low level jet begins to mix
out. The front may still generate scattered convection this
morning across the northwestern third of the forecast area, though
it will likely be less intense than the ongoing OK-NW TX
activity. This is advertised well by the majority of the hi-res
model guidance. One fly in the ointment, however, is the 3 KM NAM
which indicates that the storms near the TX Panhandle-OK border
will organized into an MCS. The good news is that the 06Z run
weakens this feature considerably as it moves into the northwest
counties, as opposed to the 00Z run which blasted it all the way
through the Metroplex. Since the latter run is the biggest
outlier, the current forecast will not reflect that scenario.
Nevertheless we will need to keep an eye on the evolution of any
upstream storm clusters / cold pools which may develop.

After slowing a bit following sunrise, the front will pick up
steam again late this morning as the upper low approaches the
Texas-New Mexico border. Rain-cooled air may hamper surface
heating in the northwest, but the rest of the region will have
several hours to destabilize. By early afternoon, several
parameters will be in place for the development of strong to
severe thunderstorms. A moist and highly unstable airmass, good
lift provided by the deep upper level system, and a surface
boundary to provide focus for development.

Where storms initialize this afternoon will depend on the location
of the cold front. Taking a blend of the most recent guidance
places the boundary just west of I-35/35W in that 19-20Z hour
(when convective initiation is most likely), which is similar to
yesterday`s forecast and actually near the western edge of the
latest Enhanced risk area from SPC. Storms that develop will have
a good chance of becoming severe due to the high amounts of
instability and shear present. Since shear is mostly
unidirectional, the primary severe threat will be large hail and
damaging winds. A few tornadoes will still be possible, but if
winds become more backed at the surface, a higher tornado threat
would exist.

Storms should quickly congeal into a squall line early this
evening as they push eastward through the forecast area. The
severe concern would shift to a damaging wind and possible brief
spin-up tornado threat with a gradually lowering large hail
threat. In addition, high PWATs suggest that a brief heavy rain
and localized flooding threat will also exist along the line,
particularly if there are any training segments. The line of
storms should reach the southeastern-most counties around
midnight and exit to the east shortly thereafter. Additional
showers and storms will remain possible area-wide through the
overnight hours as the core of the upper low crosses the Southern
Plains. Forcing will be strong, but limited moisture and
instability will likely preclude any additional severe threat
(though some storms may produce frequent lightning and small

Cool and dry air can be expected Sunday behind the front with
highs in the 60s followed by lows in the 40s Sunday night.
Abundant sun and the return of south winds will bring a quick end
to the cool snap on Monday and Tuesday. A fast-moving shortwave
trough will provide a chance of showers and storms around the
middle of next week, followed by upper level ridging and pleasant
weather late in the week and into next weekend.



Dallas-Ft. Worth    51  67  48  81  59 /  50   5   0   0   0
Waco                50  70  46  82  61 /  50   5   0   0   0
Paris               52  63  44  75  54 / 100  10   0   0   0
Denton              46  65  43  80  56 /  50   5   0   0   0
McKinney            51  65  44  78  57 /  60   5   0   0   0
Dallas              51  68  51  81  60 /  50   5   0   0   0
Terrell             52  67  48  79  58 /  70  10   0   0   0
Corsicana           53  69  50  80  60 /  80  10   0   0   0
Temple              52  71  50  83  61 /  60   5   0   0   0
Mineral Wells       47  67  41  83  55 /  50   5   0   0   0




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