Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
701 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2016

Just transmitted an area extension to the Tornado Watch to include
Ochiltree, Roberts, and Beaver counties. Recent radar trends have
indicated intensification of convection in Roberts and Lipscomb
counties. This is near the portion of the dryline that bends back to
the northeast extending from near Borger, to just south of Perryton
to near Slapout. This portion of the dryline is not retreating as
quickly as further south and so the threat probably will not make it
too far into Ochiltree and Beaver counties. Recent uptick in this
convection may primarily be driven by moisture convergence along this
segment of the dryline and perhaps very weak ascent from subtle
shortwave passing to our north over the Central High Plains.
Otherwise, thoughts from previous Mesoscale Discussion have not



.Prev Discussion... /Issued 643 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2016/

Any thunderstorms this evening expected to remain east of all
terminals.  Retreating dryline will cause surface winds to return to
a southerly or southeasterly direction early this evening.  Generally
clear sky expected overnight with no visibility restrictions
foreseen.  Southwest surface winds resume early Tuesday with gusts
in the 25 to 30 knot range by afternoon.  Thunderstorms Tuesday
afternoon expected to remain east of all terminals.  VFR forecast
continues next 24 hours.


Prev Discussion... /Issued 609 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2016/

Mesoscale Update...
Recently tweeted image NSSL sounding shows weak capping and implied
small CIN from just south of Wellington. This fits trends in WV
imagery of drying/subsidence and short term guidance of very subtle
mid-level height rises. Typical diurnal cycle of the dryline from
density differences of the two separate air masses has resulted in
the onset of westward movement of the dryline. This is being
augmented/enhanced just south of our forecast area near Silverton and
Floydada, with recent westward acceleration of the fineline noted on
radar over this area. Further north another echo has been observed on
radar just west of Clarendon in an area of enhanced CU/TCU seen in
visible satellite. This may be a result of maximized low-level
moisture convergence along the dryline since this portion of the
dryline is retreating very slowly relative to the rest of the
dryline. This seems to be the most likely area for convection early
this evening. Optimism on additional convection further north across
the eastern Texas Panhandle is waning given the above stated trends.
If a storm can sustain hail, wind and tornadoes remain a threat.


Prev Discussion... /Issued 448 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2016/

The primary challenge for this forecast will again be diurnal cycle
of the dryline each day and thunderstorm potential. See previously
issued mesoscale discussion for convective/severe potential this
afternoon and evening. Additional updates will be sent based on
observational trends and short term guidance.

One additional short term concern is additional heavy rain in the
eastern Texas Panhandle and we have decided to issue a small Flash
Flood Watch for two counties to account for this. Many areas of
Donley and Collingsworth counties received around 2 inches of rain
and locally higher. Flash flooding occurred last evening and
additional flash flooding may occur with any heavy rain producing
thunderstorms. GPS precipitable water values from Childress site show
marked decrease in values from this time yesterday, at least
partially due to 0-2 km layer average trajectories from convectively
overturned air mass to our southeast from overnight, and partially
from veering aloft and drier mid-levels. Nevertheless, best estimates
are 1-1.25 inch PWAT values which will be supportive of heavy rain.
Bunkers storm motions for right-mover supercells is faster than
yesterday but still relatively slow.

No significant changes were needed to the previous forecast. The
trough in the west will gradually move toward our area with mid-
level flow gradually increase. Dryline should mix east again
tomorrow afternoon and slow once it moves east of the caprock into
deeper moisture. Ahead of the dryline MLCAPE values could rise to
very high levels (~4,000+ J/KG) supporting severe thunderstorm
potential. Mid-level flow of 25-30 knots particularly impressive low
level backed south-southeasterly flow should yield 35-40 knots 0-6 km
bulk shear, sufficient for storm organization and persistence. Flow
near the equilibrium level should be stronger than previous days as
upper jet seen on 1.5 PVU surface overspreads the region. This should
lead to larger storm depth shear values which should favor
supercells that are slightly less HP with greater potential for
significant hail sizes (stronger anvil layer winds). Neutral to
possibly slightly increasing mid-level heights is one potential
negative and could at least keep activity isolated. We will watch
trends and observational data as the time nears for possible
perturbations aloft that may aid in convective development.

Dryline should become more synoptically-active and mix far enough on
Wednesday but could be barely in the eastern Panhandles Thursday for
a threat of more thunderstorms. We will watch the trends of the
guidance and make adjustments as this potential nears. If the main
upper trough slows/deepens, there would be a better chances for more
of the eastern Panhandles to be involved. Thunderstorms may be
possible at least across the northern Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma
Panhandle Friday until this upper trough moves east. Not much of a
cold surge is expected in the wake of this trough and as another
western CONUS trough deepens next weekend, low-level response should
quickly bring better moisture back into the Panhandles and at least
subtle lift should be sufficient for thunderstorms again by Sunday.
Medium range guidance differs on timing of subtle shortwaves embedded
within the larger trough so details are not clear at this time range
but confidence is expected to increase later this week.



.AMA Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
TX...Flash Flood Watch until 4 AM CDT Tuesday for the following
     zones: Collingsworth...Donley.




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