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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
532 AM CST Tue Dec 12 2017

/12z TAFs/

Breezy north-northwest winds will prevail at the TAF sites today
with an occasional gust to around 20 kts possible. Wind speeds
will slowly diminish through the afternoon as the pressure
gradient relaxes. High pressure will shift south of the region
this evening and overnight, allowing winds to back around to the
west and southwest. Southwesterly breezes are then in store late
Wednesday morning and into the afternoon ahead of the next cold
front. VFR conditions with nothing more than some passing high
cloud cover from time to time.



.SHORT TERM... /Issued 242 AM CST Tue Dec 12 2017/
/Today and Tonight/

After near-record heat on Monday, today will feel much cooler in
the wake of a cold front, which is pressing towards Central Texas
at this hour. That said, sided with the warmest guidance today as
cold advection will begin to wane later this morning and
afternoon as the blustery north winds start to slacken, and a
nearly cloud- less sky will allow for full insolation. As a
result, expect temperatures to top out in the mid 50s near the Red
River, and into the lower 60s across our Central Texas counties.

Winds will really drop off this evening as a surface high shifts
to our south, allowing light southwesterlies to return to the
area. Lows will be pretty seasonable, in the mid and upper 30s for



.LONG TERM... /Issued 242 AM CST Tue Dec 12 2017/
/Wednesday Onward/

The extended forecast will consist largely of near- or above-
normal temperatures with a couple days of fire weather concerns.
Rain chances will be scarce with only a slight chance for showers
on Sunday.

By Wednesday morning, southwest winds will have resumed area-wide
following Tuesday`s cold frontal passage. With the return of
southerly flow, temperatures should soar into the upper 60s and
70s during the afternoon while moisture remains meager with
dewpoints mostly in the 20s. Above normal temperatures, RHs in the
teens, and winds of 10-20 mph will result in elevated/critical
fire weather conditions during the afternoon hours, especially
given the primed fuels across the region.

By Wednesday evening, another front will begin moving into Texas
from the north. This should clear the entire forecast area
overnight, leaving cooler conditions (closer to seasonal normals)
for Thursday. A secondary push of stronger cold advection will
arrive later Thursday into Friday as the primary trough axis
pivots eastward. Friday should be just a few degrees cooler than
Thursday as a result. North winds will continue through Friday
evening, keeping moisture scoured from the area.

As a southerly flow regime resumes on Saturday, it may bring some
of the highest dewpoints we`ve seen in several days. This increase
in moisture and any associated rain chances however, will be
dependent on the timing/phasing of a couple upstream shortwaves.
At this point, the moisture will likely arrive too late to
prevent some elevated or critical fire danger on Saturday
afternoon. Winds will be quite breezy (gusts 25-35 mph) and with
warm temperatures in the forecast, this could set the stage for a
significant fire weather threat as RHs fall as low as 20%.

Regarding weekend rain potential, the latest ECMWF has come in
with a wetter solution for late Saturday/Sunday owing to a lead
shortwave ejecting through the southern stream which would act to
quickly pull a surge of moisture into the area before a stronger
secondary trough approaches from the northwest while providing
stronger lift. The operational GFS does not eject the lead
disturbance and its rainfall forecast hinges solely on the larger
northern stream trough, hence a drier forecast for North and
Central TX. It`s worth noting that a few GEFS members are
generating a decent amount of rainfall over portions of East TX,
so any westward shift would certainly warrant some higher PoPs.
For now, I`ve introduced some 20%s for areas east of I-35.
Regardless, the potential for meaningful rainfall over the weekend
still appears bleak at best. The shortwave will also be sending
yet another cold front through the area early Sunday, which will
once again scour moisture from the area while returning
temperatures to near-normal. The forecast through early next week
largely appears mild and dry at this time as a transition to
increasingly zonal flow aloft occurs through the middle of the



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