Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KHGX 241134

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
634 AM CDT Mon Jul 24 2017

A few items of note this morning as northern Texas convective
outflow has provided the initiation and focus for slow-moving
clustering storms north and east of the hubs. Anticipating that
this activity will only impact Huntsville as showers and storms
build back to the west over their air space...VCSH over the next
couple of hours with a possible addition of thunder through 15-16Z
as it continues to be monitored. The second mention will be of a
lower level jet stream hugging the coast through mid-day. Albeit
forecast to weaken...this jet could introduce periodic early day
MVFR ceilings but will most likely be noticed in higher turbulence
within the lower few thousand feet. Thus...early day attention
needs to be paid for the existence of lower level turbulence
across more southern region terminals. 31


.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 351 AM CDT Mon Jul 24 2017/

3 AM temperatures across Southeast Texas range from the upper 70s/near
80 well inland to the mid 80s at the coast. An outflow boundary from
earlier north Texas convection and possibly some weak convergence has
helped to set off slow moving showers and thunderstorms across our far
north and northeast counties, roughly from the Latexo/Crockett area
to around Apple Springs and from the Lake Livingston area to Moscow.
Leftover boundaries from these overnight storms could help to generate
more activity during the day today in and around that area, and that
is where we are carrying the higher rain chances. More stability should
exist the further south and southwest you go, and that is where little
to no rain is expected. Afternoon high temperatures in/around the rain
areas should not be as warm as the rest of the area. With mid/upper
level high pressure building into the area as the rest of the week
progresses, low rain chances (generally 20% or less) and increasing
heat can be expected for a majority of us. We`ll need to keep a close
eye on heat index values that could approach heat advisory values of
108 degrees. Models are still trying to set up a western U.S. ridge
and an eastern U.S trough over the weekend, and this might allow for
a weak frontal boundary to enter our area and bring with it our next
best chances of rain and potential heat relief.  42

Surface high pressure situated off the upper Texas coast is likely
the reasoning for this recent suppression of shower and storm
activity. The presence of the lower level jet stream paralleling the
coast has allowed a more persistent caution level wind to hang on
through early Monday morning. A weakening low level jet with the
westward expansion of northern Gulf-centered high pressure will
lower onshore winds to below caution criteria through the morning.
This will also create enough subsidence to inhibit any significant
local water shower or thunderstorm development through the week. The
general theme this week will be much less shower and storm
activity with light onshore flow over average 2 to 3 foot seas. 31


College Station (CLL)      97  77 100  77 100 /  30  10  10  10  20
Houston (IAH)              97  78  97  78  97 /  20  10  10  10  20
Galveston (GLS)            93  83  93  83  93 /  10  10  10  10  20


TX...High Rip Current Risk until 7 AM CDT this morning for the
     following zones: Brazoria...Chambers...Galveston.

     for the following zones: Coastal waters from Freeport to
     the Matagorda Ship Channel out 20 NM...Coastal waters from
     High Island to Freeport out 20 NM...Matagorda Bay...Waters
     from Freeport to the Matagorda Ship Channel from 20 to 60
     NM...Waters from High Island to Freeport from 20 to 60 NM.



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