Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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FXUS64 KAMA 210135 AAB
AFDAMA

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
835 PM CDT SAT SEP 20 2014

.UPDATE...
MAIN REASON FOR EVENING UPDATE WAS TO REMOVE THE MENTION OF ISOLATED
SHOWERS OVER THE SOUTHERN TEXAS PANHANDLE. SHOWERS THAT WERE OVER THE
ROLLING PLAINS HAVE WANED IN COVERAGE.

COLD FRONT IS CURRENTLY PUSHING INTO SOUTHERN KANSAS AND IS ON TRACK
TO MOVE INTO THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE OVERNIGHT. SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS CAN DEVELOP ALONG AND IN THE WAKE OF THIS FRONT SO HAVE
LEFT THE INHERITED POPS INTACT. CONCERN FOG OVERNIGHT/EARLY SUNDAY
MORNING MAY BE A LITTLE MORE WIDESPREAD THAN WHAT THE GOING FORECAST
SAYS. HOWEVER CONFIDENCE IN INCLUDING A MENTION OF FOG OVER THE
NORTHERN TEXAS PANHANDLE IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO INCLUDE IN THE
FORECAST.

CLK

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 655 PM CDT SAT SEP 20 2014/

AVIATION...
FOR THE 00Z TAFS...VFR CONDITIONS AND LIGHT SOUTHERLY WINDS TO START
THE PERIOD AT ALL TAF SITES. A COLD FRONT PUSHING SOUTH WILL BRING A
CHANGE TO NORTHERLY AND THEN NORTHEASTERLY WINDS TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY
MORNING. AT KGUY...THE FRONT WILL BRING A CHANCE FOR TSRA AND
POSSIBLE MVFR CONDITIONS BETWEEN 08Z TO 15Z. AT KDHT...EXPECT LOW
CLOUDS AND PATCHY FOG TO BRING AT LEAST MVFR CONDITIONS AS THE FRONT
MOVES THROUGH. AT KAMA...PATCHY FOG AND POSSIBLE IFR CEILINGS WILL
DEVELOP AHEAD OF THE FRONT AND LAST THROUGH MID MORNING. THERE IS
ALSO A CHANCE FOR SHOWERS OR STORMS NEAR KAMA SUNDAY AFTERNOON...BUT
CHANCES ARE TOO LOW TO INCLUDE IN TAFS AT THIS TIME.

NF

PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 403 PM CDT SAT SEP 20 2014/

DISCUSSION...
INTERMITTENT THUNDERSTORM CHANCES TO CONTINUE THROUGH MID TO LATE
NEXT WEEK.

AN UPPER RIDGE WAS CENTERED OVER THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ROCKIES
THIS AFTERNOON...FLANKED BY AN UPPER LOW OFF THE CA COAST AND AN
UPPER TROUGH OVER THE UPPER MIDWEST/GREAT LAKES. THE REMNANTS OF
ODILE CONTINUE TO GENERATE SOME SHOWERS MAINLY TO OUR SOUTH...BUT A
FEW OF THESE MAY CLIP THE FAR SOUTHERN TX PANHANDLE THROUGH SUNSET.
EXPECT ANY SHOWERS TO QUICKLY DISSIPATE WITH THE LOSS OF DAYTIME
HEATING GIVEN THE ABSENCE OF ANY OTHER FORCING. FOCUS FOR ANY
CONVECTION WILL THEN SHIFT TO THE NORTH TONIGHT...AS A COLD FRONT
MOVES SOUTH OUT OF THE CENTRAL PLAINS. ATTENDANT FORCING MAY BE
SUFFICIENT TO TRIGGER SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE OK
PANHANDLE AND NORTHERN TX PANHANDLE AS THE FRONT SLOWLY SLIPS SOUTH
OVERNIGHT. SOUTH OF THE FRONT...SOME FOG MAY DEVELOP AGAIN TONIGHT
ACROSS THE SOUTHERN TX PANHANDLE AS A VERY MOIST LOW-LEVEL AIRMASS
REMAINS IN PLACE.

THE COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO GRADUALLY PUSH SOUTH/SOUTHWEST ACROSS
THE PANHANDLES ON SUNDAY AS SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS SOUTH
THROUGH THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PLAINS. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
WILL REMAIN POSSIBLE ALONG AND AHEAD OF THE FRONT. RAIN CHANCES WILL
END ACROSS THE NORTHEAST PANHANDLES BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON OR
EVENING AS MORE STABLE AIR BUILDS IN BEHIND THE FRONT. RAIN CHANCES
WILL LINGER HOWEVER ACROSS THE WEST/SOUTHWEST PANHANDLES SUNDAY
NIGHT WHERE SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE SINKING SOUTHEAST INTO THE MID MS
VALLEY WILL KEEP A MOIST LOW-LEVEL UPSLOPE FLOW IN PLACE...WHILE
LINGERING MID/UPPER-LEVEL MOISTURE FROM ODILE IS RECYCLED BACK
NORTHWEST INTO EASTERN NM AND THE WESTERN PANHANDLES BENEATH THE
UPPER RIDGE.

THIS MID/UPPER-LEVEL MOISTURE PLUME...WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM BOTH
THE REMNANTS OF ODILE AND POLO...WILL SPREAD EAST ACROSS THE AREA ON
MONDAY AS A SHORTWAVE TROUGH ACROSS THE NORTHERN/CENTRAL ROCKIES
FLATTENS THE UPPER RIDGE. RESULTANT WEAK HEIGHT FALLS...ALONG WITH
THE INCREASING MOISTURE...WILL SUPPORT THUNDERSTORM CHANCES MONDAY
WITH THE BETTER CHANCES ACROSS THE WESTERN HALF OF THE AREA. THIS
SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL SLOWLY PROGRESS EAST ACROSS THE CENTRAL PLAINS
ON TUESDAY...WITH ITS SOUTHERN EXTENSION BRINGING SOME WEAK BUT
SUFFICIENT FORCING TO THE EASTERN PANHANDLES FOR SOME POSSIBLE
THUNDERSTORMS.

UPPER RIDGING WILL AMPLIFY OVER THE ROCKIES WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY OF
NEXT WEEK. A WEAKNESS/SHEAR AXIS EMANATING FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED
SHORTWAVE TROUGH WILL EXTEND SOUTHWEST FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST THROUGH
THE PANHANDLES DURING THIS TIME. WILL LEAVE SOME SMALL POPS IN PLACE
DURING THIS TIME...AS MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY WILL REMAIN IN PLACE
AS WELL.

THE UPPER RIDGE IS EXPECTED TO BUILD EAST OVER THE PLAINS FRIDAY
INTO NEXT WEEKEND AHEAD OF A DEEP UPPER LOW ALONG THE WEST COAST. THE
ECMWF IS MUCH SLOWER THAN THE GFS IN PROGRESSING THIS LOW
EASTWARD...AND HAVE GENERALLY FOLLOWED ITS LEAD. THUS WILL KEEP THE
FORECAST DRY FOR FRIDAY INTO NEXT WEEKEND.

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN RATHER PLEASANT THROUGH THE
PERIOD WITH HIGHS GENERALLY IN THE 70S AND 80S.

KB

&&

.AMA WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
TX...NONE.
OK...NONE.

&&

$$

06/05




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