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FXUS64 KFWD 211926

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Fort Worth TX
226 PM CDT Thu Sep 21 2017

/Rest of today and tonight/

Temperatures early this afternoon have warmed into the mid 90s in
most locations which, combined with dewpoints in the low 70s is
resulting in heat index values near the century mark. Latest
visible satellite imagery reveals a fairly flat cumulus field
streaming overhead, and this is probably due in part to relatively
warm and dry air present just under 500 mb based on recent ACARS
soundings. A more active and roiling cumulus field is apparent
just south and east of our region where showers and thunderstorms
are ongoing inland of the Upper Texas Coast. With moisture in
better supply here, it seems reasonable to expect additional
isolated to scattered thunderstorm development through the rest of
the afternoon along the northward surging outflow. Paltry mid and
upper-level flow mean individual cells will pulse up and rain
themselves out, but will be capable of producing some strong
downburst wind gusts as their cores collapse. Activity will
diminish this evening with the loss of heating.

Low cloud cover will surge northward out of the Texas Hill Country
once again tonight, and temperatures overnight will once again be
pretty mild--only falling into the lower to upper 70s. We`ll need
to keep an eye on our south and eastern counties late tonight and
into Thursday morning as there is some potential for fog
development. Winds atop the cooling and moistening boundary layer
do not appear overly strong, and mixing ratios increasing with
height portend some potential for downward-direction moisture
fluxes. The 12z NSSL WRF and SREF probabilities highlight locales
from a Sulphur Springs to Terrell to Cameron line as potential
candidates for fog formation. Confidence in low visibilities
(under 1 mile), however, is not high enough to warrant the
introduction of fog into the forecast at this time, but the
evening shift will monitor this potential as additional high-
resolution guidance becomes available.



Friday through the weekend will be defined primarily by a
deepening upper trough across the western CONUS, an elongated
ridge from Texas to the Great Lakes and a weak inverted trough
across the Southeast. The upper trough to the west will slowly
shift eastward late this weekend and next week, while the
inverted trough to the east works its way westward around the
base of the ridge. The inverted trough will be responsible for
diurnal convection across the Southeast States this weekend. As we
head into next week, however, the system will become absorbed
into the West Coast system (the leading edge of which will have
worked its way into the Plains) and become a non-factor.

All eyes will be on the large upper level trough as it trudges
eastward towards the middle part of the country. Forcing for
ascent will remain west of the forecast area this weekend, but
will begin to affect the western counties of North Texas early in
the workweek. Chance POPs are in place west of I-35/35 W late
Monday and Tuesday. The persistent slow but steady eastward
progression of the trough will spread strong ascent slowly
eastward, causing an increase in showers and storms across the
central and eastern portions of the forecast area late Tuesday
and Wednesday.

The upper level system will be accompanied by a cold front, which
could locally enhance rain rates as it provides additional focus
for development. The front is currently progged to push steadily
southeastward across the region late Tuesday and Wednesday,
eventually clearing the southeast counties sometime Thursday.

Though it`s still early on in the forecast, the current thinking
is that instability and shear will be sufficient for a few strong
storms, but the severe threat appears pretty low. The bigger
concern may turn to locally heavy rainfall and the potential for
flooding. Tropical moisture will surge northward late Tuesday,
with fairly widespread 2" PWATs by Wednesday. Additional moisture
pooling along the surface boundary could create a narrow swath of
2.25" PWATs along the front as it pushes through Wednesday into
Thursday. Fortunately, the region has dried out significantly due
to the lack of any appreciable rain this month. That said, the
possibility of heavy rain will be something to keep an eye on as
we head for the middle of next week.

The upper level trough and cold front will progress east of the
forecast area late next week, which should hopefully bring more
comfortable early Fall weather by next weekend.



.AVIATION... /Issued 1217 PM CDT Thu Sep 21 2017/
/18z TAFs/

The overnight intrusion of stratus which impacted all sites along
the I-35 corridor continues to lift and thin early this afternoon
as the still potent late-September sun facilitates strong
boundary layer mixing. VFR conditions will prevail through the
rest of the day and evening along with southeasterly winds of
around 15 kts. Some occasional gusts to 20-25 kts will be possible
today. There is some potential for sea breeze activity to push a
couple showers towards the Waco airfield later this afternoon, but
relatively subsident air overhead should help minimize the threat
for impacts from thunder.

An additional round of MVFR cigs is anticipated tonight as flow
in the 925-850 mb layer increases to 25-30 kts and once again
draws additional moisture northward atop the cooling boundary
layer. Forecast soundings show this moist layer may be a bit
shallower than what impacted our sites this morning, and
scattering to VFR should therefore occur a bit more hastily.
Sufficient moisture may linger in the low-levels for a rogue
shower near Waco during the heating of the day, but this potential
is much too low to warrant a mention in the TAF.



Dallas-Ft. Worth    77  93  75  94  74 /   5   5   0   5   5
Waco                75  93  72  94  71 /  20   5   0   5   5
Paris               72  91  71  92  71 /   5   5   0   5   5
Denton              75  91  73  93  72 /   5   5   0   5   5
McKinney            75  91  72  92  72 /   5   5   0   5   5
Dallas              77  93  76  94  75 /   5   5   0   5   5
Terrell             74  92  71  94  72 /  10   5   0   5   5
Corsicana           74  92  71  94  72 /  20   5   0   5   5
Temple              74  91  70  93  70 /  20  10   0   5   5
Mineral Wells       74  92  70  93  70 /   5   5   0   5   5




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