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FXUS64 KFWD 271540 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
1040 AM CDT WED JUL 27 2016

Main update this morning was to adjust PoPs/Wx based on current
observations and recent analysis/model output.

Upper air analysis in conjunction with water vapor imagery
revealed a mid-level deformation zone extended from the Concho
Valley back up towards the Ark-La-Tex. Similar to yesterday, this
feature in combination with daytime heating should be enough to
encourage scattered convection late this morning and into the
afternoon hours. The better threat for rain and thus highest PoPs
are confined to an area along the aformentioned deformation axis.
I have nudged PoPs upwards into the likely category for most
areas along the Red River with lower rain chances further south
towards Central TX where WV imagery indicates drier mid-level
air. Despite this mid-level dry air, diurnal sea-breeze activity
and subsequent convective outflows may still support some
scattered convection and I will keep a mention of showers and
storms here. With regards to hazards...the 12 UTC FWD RAOB sampled
an environment characterized by 2" PW values. This combined with
the weak deep layer shear and thus minimal dry air entrainment and
given expected slow storm motions---a heavy rain and a minor
flood threat will likely develop. Given the moist environment,
there does remain some potential for a strong downburst or two due
mainly to precipitation loading. If storms can survive the hostile
environment across the southeastern zones, a slightly higher risk
for downbursts will exist here. Otherwise, heavy rain will be the
main headline for today.

I have cautiously lowered temperatures along the Red River where
cloud cover and rain should keep temperatures in the low to mid
90s here. Given the time of year, however, it will only take a few
hours of sunshine to send temperatures soaring into the mid 90s.

The remainder of the forecast appears to be in great shape and
updated products have been sent.



/ISSUED 646 AM CDT WED JUL 27 2016/
Main concern for the TAFs today will be the thunder potential
beginning midday lasting through the evening, with another chance
for storms early Thursday morning.

As of 1130z, showers and isolated thunderstorms have begun to
develop along an axis of higher moisture draped from DFW into
southwest Missouri. Activity should continue to expand southward
late this morning and early afternoon as daytime heating
commences. Confidence is high that thunderstorms will be present
this afternoon and will likely impact TAF sites intermittently
throughout the afternoon and early evening, or possibly even by
late morning. However, due to the expected scattered nature of
thunderstorm activity, it is much too difficult to pin down one time
frame that is more likely than another, thus have chosen not to
include an explicit TSRA mention but rather several hours of VCTS
at DFW metroplex airports. Coverage of convection should be less
across Central Texas and have included a narrowed time frame of
21-00z for the Waco site. Otherwise, VFR conditions with light
south winds will prevail outside of thunderstorms.

The next forecast challenge is additional thunderstorm potential
early Thursday morning around 12z. There are some indications that
either a complex of storms may move southward from Oklahoma into
North Texas or at least a boundary from earlier convection may be
sent southward which could initiate new convection in North
Texas. Have included another VCTS mention in the extended DFW TAF
to account for this potential. Additional afternoon thunderstorms
on Thursday also appear likely which will be addressed in
subsequent TAFs.




Hot and humid conditions along with scattered showers and
thunderstorms will continue for a couple more days across North
Texas before upper ridging builds back in across the Southern

Water vapor imagery shows a weak upper trough centered over
Louisiana this morning. This feature is expected to continue to
slowly move north today. To the northwest of the upper
trough...there is a band of moisture associated with a mid level
deformation axis which extends from southwest Missouri into
central Oklahoma and into North Texas. 00Z upper air analysis at
700mb indicated the presence of rich moisture from near Midland
into North Texas and extending into the Ozarks. Latest RAP
analysis indicates PW values in excess of 2 inches along this axis
and across a good chunk of North Texas. At the surface...there is
some weak troughing noted from south of Lubbock to near Wichita
Falls and into southern Oklahoma. Given these features...think a
good portion of North Texas...especially across the northern half
of the CWA...will see convection develop later this morning into
the afternoon we have raised PoPs to 40-50%. South of
the I-20 corridor there may be a relative minimum in convective
coverage with the exception of our far southern counties. This
area may see some activity spread north from southeast Texas. All
of this activity should again be diurnally driven with a peak in
coverage late this afternoon and diminishing after sunset.
Conditions will be favorable for isolated strong downburst winds
and locally heavy rainfall.

Later tonight...a second shortwave trough will swing through the
Central Plains and into northern Oklahoma with northerly flow at
500 and 700mb increasing. There is some potential for a complex of
thunderstorms to develop and move south late overnight although
the latest high resolution guidance is less bullish on this
scenario. Nonetheless...will have some 20% PoPs late tonight
mainly along and north of I-20.

The more likely scenario is that this passing shortwave sends a
weak boundary down into North Texas for Thursday. With rich
moisture still in the region...scattered showers and thunderstorms
would likely develop along this boundary during the day Thursday.
Will continue with 30-40% PoPs during this time across much of
North Texas.

Beyond Thursday...upper ridging begins to nudge back eastward into
the area. This will confine PoPs on Friday mainly to the eastern
half of the CWA and only across the far northeast by Saturday.
Temperatures will slowly nudge upwards back to near 100 degrees
during this time with rain chances diminishing to near zero by the
latter half of the weekend. A pair of strong shortwave troughs
will move through the northwest U.S. Sunday and Monday which
should help deepen a surface low east of the Rockies. This will
keep wind speeds up a bit across North Texas so it won`t feel too
oppressive across the region.



Dallas-Ft. Worth    96  77  96  77  97 /  50  50  30  10  20
Waco                96  77  97  75  99 /  20  20  30  10  20
Paris               96  74  93  73  94 /  50  50  40  20  30
Denton              93  73  94  74  96 /  60  60  30  10  20
McKinney            93  75  94  75  95 /  60  60  30  20  20
Dallas              96  78  96  76  98 /  50  50  30  10  20
Terrell             95  75  94  75  96 /  40  40  40  20  20
Corsicana           95  76  96  76  96 /  20  20  40  20  20
Temple              94  75  96  75  97 /  20  20  30  10  20
Mineral Wells       95  72  95  72  97 /  50  50  30   5  10


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