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FXUS65 KVEF 162013
AFDVEF

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAS VEGAS NV
113 PM PDT TUE SEP 16 2014

.SYNOPSIS...HE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE ODILE ARE FORECAST TO TRACK
EAST OF OUR AREA OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS. A SURGE OF MOISTURE FROM
THIS STORM WILL INCREASE THE THREAT OF SCATTERED AFTERNOON
THUNDERSTORMS AND FLASH FLOODING FOR PORTIONS OF THE AREA THROUGH
THURSDAY. AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA ON
THURSDAY EVENING TO BEGIN A DRYING TREND.
&&

.SHORT TERM...
LATEST COMPUTER MODEL GUIDANCE CONTINUES THE TREND OF TRACKING
HURRICANE ODILE (OR HER REMNANTS) FURTHER TO THE EAST. THIS PLACES
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN ARIZONA IN THE CROSS HAIRS FOR WIDESPREAD
PRECIPITATION. OUR FORECAST AREA REMAINS ON THE PERIPHERY OF THE
STORM AS IT TRANSITS THE DESERT SOUTHWEST. ANAYSIS REVEALS THAT
ODILE HAS PUSHED A GREAT DEAL OF LOW LEVEL MOISTURE OUR WAY.
DEWPOINTS TO THE SOUTH OF LAS VEGAS HAVE SOARED INTO THE MID 60S.
UPPER LEVEL CLOUD COVER FROM ODILE IS STAYING TO THE EAST AS WELL
WHICH GIVES OUR AREA THE ABILITY TO DESTABILIZE IN THE AFTERNOON AND
TAP THAT LOW LEVEL MOISTURE FOR THUNDERSTORMS.

SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN FOR OUR AREA? FOR STARTERS...THERE IS A
HIGH AMOUNT OF UNCERTAIN IN THE FORECAST SINCE WE REMAIN ON THE
PERIPHERY OF THE STORM. IT IS NOW CLEAR THAT OUR AREA WILL NOT BE IN
THE AREA WHERE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION WILL OCCUR. RATHER...WE NOW
EXPECT BOTH TODAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY TO BE VERY ACTIVE WITH
AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY...SOMEWHAT AKIN TO A STRONG MONSOON
DAY. FOR THIS REASON WE ARE KEEPING THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY TO MAINTAIN AWARENESS THAT FLASH FLOODING
CONTINUES TO BE A THREAT. THURSDAY REMAINS PROBLEMATIC THOUGH. IF
CURRENT MODEL TRENDS HOLD...WE MAY END UP CANCELING THE WATCH DUE TO
DRIER AIR WORKING IN AHEAD OF THE PACIFIC TROUGH. HOWEVER, IT IS TOO
EARLY TO SAY AT THIS POINT.

.LONG TERM...
HIGH PRESSURE IS FORECAST TO STRENGTHEN OFF THE WEST COAST FRIDAY
WITH TROUGHING OVER THE SOUTHWEST. THE GFS/GEM FORECAST A CLOSED LOW
CENTERED ALONG THE CENTRAL/SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST WHILE THE ECMWF
FORECASTS AN OPEN WAVE. WITH A LOW IN THIS GENERAL LOCATION,
LINGERING MOISTURE OVER THE AREA COULD BE AN ISSUE. THE GFS AND
ECMWF FORECAST THE TROUGH/LOW WILL SWEEP MOISTURE OFF TO THE
EAST...LEAVING DRY AND STABLE CONDITIONS AREAWIDE FOR MUCH OF THE
DAY FRIDAY WITH NO PRECIPITATION FORECAST. THE 06Z NAM12, WHICH RUNS
THROUGH MID DAY FRIDAY, STILL GENERATES PRECIP OVER THE EASTERN CWA
IN THE MORNING SO LEFT CHANCE POPS IN LINCOLN/MOHAVE COUNTY IN THE
MORNING TO ACCOUNT FOR THIS BUT THEN LOWERED CHANCES AGAIN IN THE
AFTERNOON AS THE DRY/STABLE AIR PUSHES IN.

LOW FORECAST CONFIDENCE IN THE SAT-MON TIME PERIOD AS MODEL
SOLUTIONS DIVERGE REGARDING HOW THE LOW EVOLVES. THE ECMWF FORMS A
CLOSED LOW OFF THE COAST EARLY SATURDAY AND THEN RETROGRADES IT
WESTWARD OUT TO SEA THROUGH SUNDAY BEFORE BRINGING IT BACK INLAND ON
MONDAY. THIS LEAVES THE ENTIRE FORECAST AREA DRY ALL WEEKEND WITH
CHANCES FOR PRECIPITATION INCREASING AGAIN ON MONDAY. THE GFS DROPS
THE LOW TO NEAR SAN DIEGO SATURDAY AND THEN SLOWLY MOVES IT ACROSS
THE FORECAST AREA SUNDAY AND MONDAY. MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY
INCREASES, ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN CWA AND THE GFS GENERATES
QPF ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA BOTH SUNDAY AND MONDAY AS THE LOW
INTERACTS WITH THE MOISTURE. MAINTAINED A MENTION OF THUNDER ACROSS
PORTIONS OF THE AREA SAT-MON TO ACCOUNT FOR THE VARIOUS SOLUTIONS.

TEMPERATURES SHOULD GENERALLY RUN A FEW DEGREES BELOW NORMAL WITH
TROUGHING OVER THE AREA FRI-MON PER THE GFS/GEM HOWEVER, IF THE
ECMWF SOLUTION DOES PAN OUT, THE WEEKEND WOULD BE WARMER/SUNNIER
WITH TEMPERATURES NEAR OR SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL.
&&

.AVIATION...FOR MCCARRAN...SOUTH-SOUTHEAST WINDS ARE LIKELY TO
INCREASE EARLY THIS EVENING TO AROUND 10-12 KTS...THEN SETTLING TO
SOUTH UNDER 10 KTS AFTER 06Z THIS EVENING. SCT CUMULUS DEVELOPING
THIS AFTERNOON WITH ISOLATED TO SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY
LIMITED TO THE PEACH SPRINGS CORRIDOR AND THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS.
ERRATIC WINDS DUE TO THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOW BOUNDARIES CANNOT BE RULED
OUT LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WEDNESDAY...MORE AFTERNOON
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY CAN BE EXPECTED ESPECIALLY IN THE AFOR
MENTIONED PEACH SPRINGS CORRIDOR AND HIGHER TERRAIN AROUND LAS
VEGAS.

FOR THE REST OF SOUTHERN NEVADA...NORTHWEST ARIZONA...AND SOUTHEAST
CALIFORNIA...LIGHT WINDS EARLY WILL GENERALLY BECOME SOUTHERLY 10-15
KTS MUCH OF TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING. ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE
EXPECTED OVER MOST OF MOHAVE AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTIES AND PERHAPS
SOUTHERN CLARK COUNTY THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. THUNDERSTORM
CHANCES WILL INCREASE FROM SOUTH TO NORTH WEDNESDAY AND LINGER INTO
THURSDAY.
&&

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT ANY SIGNIFICANT WEATHER CONDITIONS
ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.
&&

$$

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