Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KAMA 230312 AAB

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
1012 PM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016

Have allowed Tornado Watch to expire on time at 10 PM, based on radar
trends and guidance from SPC. A few strong thunderstorms will likely
persist for a few hours in eastern sections.  Will continue with
numerous to widespread thunderstorms with heavy rain in eastern
sections though 1 AM, with PoPs dropping notably thereafter.  Updated
text products have been issued.  Thanks for coordination, WFO DDC.



.Prev Discussion... /Issued 652 PM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016/

Outflow boundary from thunderstorms over eastern parts of forecast moving
slowly westward.  Expect this feature to reach KAMA shortly,
accompanied by southeast surface winds.  Could see new thunderstorm
development along this boundary near KAMA and KGUY early this
evening.  Otherwise, another round of stratus is forecast for KAMA
after midnight, with no low ceilings expected at northern terminals.
Will monitor as convection could disrupt stratus field.  Expect
thunderstorms on Monday to develop mainly east of a line from KGUY to


Prev Discussion... /Issued 356 PM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016/

Mesoscale Update...
.Severe weather expected today...

* Synoptic Overview: H5 center remains located across near the
  Canada/MMontanaline, however broad troughing extends south across
  the WRN US with SW flow aloft across the Panhandles. Models agree
  in very modest large scale lift through 6z assoc w/ weak s/wvs in
  this flow as seen in h7-h3 Q-Vector convergence. Jet level winds
  will only be near 50 kts, however the flow will be somewhat
  diffluent across the area between jet cores centered across desert
  SW and NRN Mexico.

* Mesoscale: SFC Trough/dryline is setting up across WRN panhandle
  counties and this boundary is expected to remain in WRN counties or
  even near the NM border through the event. Initial convection
  formed in highest moist axis just east of AMA where mid-upr 60s
  dewpoints exist. This may lead to a somewhat disorganized pattern
  to convective development as dryline storms were not the initial
  storms to develop and also increases chances of storm/boundary
  interactions. The area is experiencing the most moist low level
  environment of the year given aforementioned high dewpoints and H7
  dewpoints near 6 deg C. This value is AOA the climo max for the
  area for this date. Not surprisingly, mixed layer capes are near
  3000 J/KG and with 1200 J/KG in the hail growth zone. 18Z sounding
  also shows good turning with deep layer shear, but effective bulk
  shear values remain in the 20-30 range, however wind fields will
  become increasingly favorable with 0-6 KM bulk shear values
  forecast to increase to 30-50 kts (highest south) by 00Z per
  WRF/NAM. 35-40 kt LLJ will also develop between 00-03Z leading to
  0-1 km helicity around 200 and 0-3 km helicities of 200-400 by 3Z.
  LCL values are likely maxing out now around 3000-6000 ft and are
  forecast to drop below 2000 ft after 00z also leading to that
  increase tornado potential in the 00z-03z timeframe.

* Threats: Scattered supercells storms with potential for very large
  hail (baseball or larger) and damaging winds across the area with
  an increasing threat for tornadoes between 23z and 3z assuming the
  area is not completely worked over before that time-frame. High
  moisture values could also lead to HP supercellsmaking spotting
  challenging and also providing a flash flood threat in any areas
  where more intense supercells form or training occurs given very
  high rain rates.

* Timing & Location: Entire Panhandles area from now through evening
  with increasing tornado threat in the evening time-frame.
  Disorganized initiation well ahead of dry line makes it difficult
  to more specifically pinpoint any east west timing with this event.


Prev Discussion... /Issued 212 PM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016/

See previously issued Mesoscale Discussion below for details on
today`s severe weather threat. We will provide updates throughout the
afternoon based on trends in the observations and short term

Challenges for this forecast package will be how far east dryline
mixes each day through mid week and severe potential ahead of it.
Upstream soundings across Central and southern Texas are quite deep
with moisture and without significant mean southwesterly flow it may
be difficult for the dryline to mix very far east. Model guidance
has consistently struggled with this all season. Furthermore, and
with this particular model bias aside, they have shifted slowly west
with low-level theta-e ridging/dryline over the last couple of days.
We have shifted thunderstorm chances westward accordingly and are
currently on the western edge of guidance with this forecast cycle.

Deep layer shear values taken at face value are not very impressive,
generally less than 25 knots, but models are also veered in low
levels behind the sharpening dryline they depict too far east.
Backed winds at the low levels east of the dryline yield at least 40
knots of effective bulk shear. Abundant low level moisture should
contribute to a strongly unstable air mass ahead of the dryline
during the afternoon with MLCAPE at least 2,500 J/KG and probably
higher. All modes of severe are possible. Heavy rain should still be
a threat.

Not much change was made to the forecast beyond Tuesday. Main upper
trough will approach Thursday and have added thunder to the far
eastern Panhandles. We may very well see a westward trend with low
level moisture/dryline again on Thursday putting more of the area at
risk, especially if the trough deepens/slows more than currently
depicted in the model guidance.


Mesoscale Update... /Issued 1213 PM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016/
Severe weather expected today...

* Synoptic Overview: This morning an upper-level low pressure system
  was spinning over southern Alberta and western Montana, with a
  pronounced ridge of high pressure aloft extending from Texas
  toward the Great Lakes. The Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles remain
  beneath southwesterly flow aloft between these features and just on
  the western periphery of the ridge. A northern stream jet maximum
  extends from Utah to the Dakotas, while the southern stream jet
  maximum is confined to northern Mexico and South Texas. The
  Panhandles remain under an area of diffluence between the jets, but
  300mb winds will be at a relative minimum across this region today.
  Water vapor imagery showed the remains of yesterday`s convection
  being swept eastward by that shortwave and hints of a few other
  shortwaves rounding the upper low and traversing the Rockies. The
  overall upper-level support will be somewhat limited today due to
  the lack of direct influence from an upper-level jet and the fact
  that passing shortwaves are not expected to be very deep or extend
  very far southeast into our area. At the surface a surface low will
  deepen over eastern Colorado, and a dryline will tighten up
  extending to its south through the length of West Texas.
  Thunderstorms (some of which will be severe) are expected to
  develop along much of the dryline this afternoon and evening.

* Mesoscale: With the deepening surface low over Colorado, we expect
  the dryline to hang back across far western portions of the Texas
  and Oklahoma Panhandles - likely extending from near Boise City to
  Hereford by the late afternoon. In response to the developing
  surface low and dryline, expect low-level winds to back more from
  the southeast as the afternoon progresses. This will aid in low-
  level convergence near the dryline and keep low to mid 60s
  dewpoints in place across most of the Panhandles. Low and mid-level
  clouds are breaking up across the area, with temperatures quickly
  climbing into the 80s. Model guidance suggests that a combination
  of mid-80s temps and low-to-mid 60s dewpoints will lead to a narrow
  corridor of MLCAPE values approaching 3000-4000 J/kg near and just
  east of the dryline. Steep mid-level lapse rates of 8 to 9 C/km
  also expected east of the dryline. Any thunderstorms developing
  near this area will have the chance to rapidly intensify. Deep
  layer shear will be on the marginal side (only around 30-35 kts of
  0-6km shear) during the afternoon and evening but will be
  perpendicular to the dryline, suggesting a weakly organized storm
  mode with a few supercells possible. Increasing low-level wind
  shear by late evening does indicate at least some threat for
  isolated tornadoes, though lack of upper-level support means these
  should be short lived. Storm motion should be to the northeast at
  around 25 kts, though right-moving supercells would have a slower
  ENE trajectory similar to yesterday`s storms.

* Threats: With such a high potential for instability, large hail to
  the size of baseballs and damaging wind gusts will be the primary
  hazards. Increasing low-level wind shear near sunset will also
  allow for a brief window when isolated tornadoes will be possible.
  Slow storm motions for the strongest storms and recent rainfall
  over portions of the threat area mean that localized flooding and
  flash flooding will be possible as well.

* Timing & Location: Though there is some slight uncertainty on just
  how far east the dryline will develop this afternoon, confidence is
  fairly high that it will set up between the TX/NM state line and an
  Amarillo-to-Guymon line. The greatest threat for severe weather
  will be for central portions of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles.
  Timing for storm initiation is expected to be around 2 to 4 pm this
  afternoon, with storm severity and coverage decreasing by midnight.



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