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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
104 PM CDT THU MAY 26 2016

This morning`s convective complex continues to move off to the
east of the TAF sites. In its wake, cigs have gone VFR outside of
shra/tsra. Later this afternoon, thunderstorms are expected to
develop along the eastward-advancing dryline near the Texas Low
Rolling Plains/eastern Texas Panhandle region. Current
indications are that a line of showers and storms will move into
the metroplex late this evening and into the early overnight
hours. Any storms would pose a risk for hail and strong winds
given the availability of very strong instability and increasing
wind profiles.

After this activity clears the area, low MVFR and IFR cigs are
expected to re-develop with the potential for showers lingering
across the area. At this time, have not included mention of TS
during the late overnight period due to uncertainties in the
timing and and coverage of precipitation, but this will be refined
in future forecasts.

For the DFW extended TAF, have indicated precip-free conditions
and MVFR cigs as early-morning precip moves east, but it is
entirely possible another round of showers and storms re-develops
and impacts the region during the late afternoon tomorrow, but
confidence is much too low in this to include in the current

For the ACT TAF, have prevailed VCTS and -TSRA this afternoon as
earlier convection is showing signs of back-building in the
vicinity of an outflow boundary. Another line of showers and
storms is expected to move east this evening along with IFR cigs
into tomorrow morning.




Morning convection has produced rain amounts in excess of 2 inches
over a short period of time generally across the Central Texas
counties of the forecast area. Storms should continue to
develop/back build and train over the same region through the
afternoon. Since the atmosphere is so moist and unstable we have
decided that a flash flood watch would be necessary. The watch is
essentially south of a line from Goldthwaite to Hillsboro to
Athens and begins at noon today and goes through 6 pm Friday.

We still anticipate a threat for severe storms this afternoon and
evening...beginning in the west this afternoon on the dryline.
Shear, instability and lift should all be in place for severe
storms to develop.

The only changes necessary with this update will be to add the
flash flood watch and to adjust the QPF up mainly in the watch



A thunderstorm complex, associated with an approaching shortwave,
is currently impacting the Concho Valley. Rain (with isolated
lightning strikes) from the downstream anvil has reached the
western edge of our CWA. As the upper impulse continues to east,
showers and thunderstorms will spread across North and Central
Texas today. Despite maritime tropical dew points at the surface,
and the instability they portend, the activity this morning will
be elevated. The lapse rates aloft will not be extraordinary and
expect the morning storms will primarily pose a lightning threat.

The 00Z sounding from Fort Worth showed that a formidable cap
remained. Even in our western zones, where the sun pushed
temperatures over 90 degrees Wednesday afternoon with dew points
were in the mid 70s, the cumulus field proved that the inhibition
was as widespread as it was strong. The lift associated with the
initial shortwave today should weaken the inversion to some extent
today, but morning rainfall will likely yield a cooler boundary
layer that is equally unable to overcome it. As a result, the
showers and thunderstorms will likely remain elevated into the
afternoon hours. Short-range guidance is literally all over the
map with respect to the location of the elevated convection this
afternoon, but expect the bulk of the forcing with be in areas
east of the I-35 corridor during the latter half of the day. Some
surface-based (potentially severe) convection will be possible
this afternoon mainly west of I-35, particularly those areas that
remain largely free of precipitation this morning. SBCAPE values
in our western zones should be less than the eye-popping numbers
we saw yesterday but could still yield very strong updrafts
supportive of large hail and damaging downbursts.

With the main upper trough still upstream, it is unlikely this
passing shortwave will veer or intensify the flow beneath it. This
means that the dryline will likely remain across West Texas,
perhaps even farther west than it was Wednesday afternoon.
Regardless of its position, there should be little if any
downglide in the wake of the departing impulse, and the dryline
may again be the focus for convective initiation this afternoon.
This activity would likely maintain its intensity into the evening
hours as it approaches our western zones. These storms would pose
a significant severe threat with large hail, damaging winds, and
tornadoes. This activity may congeal into a complex that would
reach the I-35 corridor after midnight. Although the intensity may
steadily diminish overnight, there would still be a continued
hail/wind threat into the morning commute across our eastern

The main upper trough will emerge from the high terrain of the
southern Rockies on Friday, dragging its final and most intense
spoke of lift across Texas. Widespread showers and thunderstorms
will impact North and Central Texas, with primarily a heavy rain
and flooding threat. However, with considerable instability still
in place, some strong/severe storms will be possible. One of the
favored areas will be Central Texas, the convection within which
may consume the bulk of the moisture flux. Another favored area
will be our western zones, which may see enough sunshine to allow
for surface-based thunderstorms late in the day. In addition,
dryline convection may enter our northwest zones late in the
afternoon or into Friday evening.

Although oppressive humidity will remain on Saturday, North and
Central Texas may experience a rare sunny afternoon, particularly
in areas along and west of the I-35 corridor. But while you`re
at the pool, the next upper trough will be deepening on the West
Coast. Rain chances will increase late Sunday into Memorial Day,
and the unsettled pattern looks to continue throughout the
upcoming week.



Dallas-Ft. Worth    83  70  82  70  89 /  60  60  70  40  20
Waco                83  72  84  70  90 /  70  60  70  40  20
Paris               81  69  78  68  85 /  60  70  80  60  30
Denton              83  69  82  67  88 /  60  70  70  30  20
McKinney            82  70  81  67  86 /  60  60  80  40  20
Dallas              84  70  83  71  89 /  60  60  70  40  20
Terrell             83  72  82  70  88 /  60  60  80  50  20
Corsicana           82  71  81  70  88 /  60  60  80  50  30
Temple              82  72  84  71  89 /  70  60  70  40  30
Mineral Wells       82  68  85  65  89 /  60  70  70  20  10


.FWD Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
Flash Flood Watch through Friday afternoon for TXZ135-142>148-


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