Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Houston/Galveston, TX

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FXUS64 KHGX 222348

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
648 PM CDT Sat Jul 22 2017

A cluster of strong storms over near KIAH will end within the
next 30 minutes or so and other than a few showers near KUTS and
KCLL, not expecting much more precip tonight. The upper low over
the western Gulf will meander near the coast tonight into Sunday
and some showers along the immediate coast will be possible toward
sunrise Sunday morning. Daytime heating will trigger another round
of afternoon storms...impacting mainly the Houston terminals and
KCXO and KSGR. Convective temps on Sunday are around 89 degrees
and PW values will reach 2.11 inches by 21z with soundings showing
a weak capping inversion developing near 850 mb but this looks
breakable during peak heating. 43


.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 351 PM CDT Sat Jul 22 2017/

Precipitation not quite as widespread across SE TX this afternoon
likely owing to the extensive clouds and persistent storms
offshore (limiting stability and preventing decent inflow
respectively). While temperatures have been a touch lower than
yesterday, the higher dewpoints are keeping heat index values
elevated (100-106F) so far today.

With the upper low lingering around the coast between GLS and LCH
through tomorrow am a bit hesitant to lower POPS too much...especially
for our eastern and coastal counties. Progged PWs from 2.0 to 2.2
inches do appear supportive of some decent rains tomorrow. agree that the main issue with the upcoming forecast
could be the rising heat/heat indicies for next week. As this low
washes out, we should see the upper ridge out west begin building
east into the Central/Southern Plains. Rain chances will decrease
starting Monday save for some isolated development at or along
the seabreeze. Daytime highs are progged to be in the upper
90s to around 100 for central/northern parts of our CWA, and with
dewpoints remaining in the 70s, this could translate to heat
index values at or near our heat advisory criteria of 108
degrees. 41

The upper level low pressure system is continuing to fill into the
region and aid in the development of showers and thunderstorms this
afternoon. Although coverage this afternoon has diminished in
comparison to this mornings convection, lingering showers and an
isolated thunderstorm or two can be expected over the waters through
the remainder of this evening. Gusty winds can also be anticipated
with these stronger storms. Onshore flow overnight will begin to
increase in wind speed as the pressure gradient tightens over SE TX
Sunday into Monday. Winds should increase to between 10-15 knots
tonight and hold through Sunday. Sunday night into Monday winds
again will pick up in speed and stay closer to 15 knots before
diminishing late morning on Monday. Therefore, we will be flirting
with SCEC criteria while this tighter pressure gradient holds place.
Seas will also pick up during this time from 2 feet to 2-4 feet. By
Tuesday an area of high pressure begins to build in resulting in a
lowering in wave height and weaker onshore flow. Conditions will
also be drier through next Friday.



College Station (CLL)      78  95  77  98  76 /  20  30  20  10  10
Houston (IAH)              80  91  80  96  78 /  30  50  30  20  10
Galveston (GLS)            82  88  84  91  82 /  30  50  20  20  10



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