Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KHGX 160606

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
106 AM CDT Wed Aug 16 2017

Overall aviation weather concerns remain the same as the past 24
hours with maybe an hour or two of MVFR conditions for KCLL/KUTS
in the morning. Patchy fog may be possible at KCXO as well.
Otherwise VFR conditions are expected for the rest of the TAF
sites. There could be a few showers through the day but this will
depend upon moisture content. Upper level ridge will likely
suppress convection but also tracking an inverted trough over the
Gulf that could help provide lift going into the evening and
overnight hours.



.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 909 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017/

Minor changes to the forecast this evening. Adjusted temps and dew
points to account for observations, which resulted in lowering
dewpoints a degree or two in the near term. Overnight low
temperatures are still forecast to be above normal by 2-4 degrees,
lowering into the low-mid 80s closer to the coast and upper 70s
further inland.

Tomorrow`s pattern will be quite similar to today`s, as the mid-
level ridge continues to build in from the east. High temperatures
will rise up into the low 90s near the coast and upper 90s as you
move inland, actually approaching triple digits in the NW corner
of our area of responsibility. Heat indicies will still range from
104-109 across SE TX Wednesday, but will hold off issuing a heat
advisory for tomorrow to allow the next shift the chance to go
through the 00Z guidance. Streamer showers develop once again in
our eastern coastal counties early tomorrow morning, and should
eventually spread north throughout the day. The most recent runs
of the HRRR and RAP13 show coverage ranging from isolated to
widely scattered development, with most of the precip dissipating
by sunset.


PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 820 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017/

Isolated SHRAs along/near the coast earlier this afternoon have
all dissipated. Did keep a mention of MVFR CIGS in for the nor-
thern sites overnight tonight through early Wed morning as this
has been the trend of late. Guidance indicating a slight uptick
with PWs tomorrow morning/afternoon so no major disagreement in
keeping the mention of VCSH for sites across the southern sites
tomorrow. 41

PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 321 PM CDT Tue Aug 15 2017/

Subtle differences in the atmosphere will continue to dominate
changes in the forecast for the next several days. Temperatures
and humidity will be exactly what you`d expect from Houston in
mid- August - both high. The second half of the week may see a
return of heat advisories as upper ridging builds heights over SE
Texas again, but will ultimately depend on some more difficult to
predict features that preclude a confident statement of how
necessary they will be.

NEAR TERM [Through Tonight]...

It was another warm start this morning, with a couple more potential
record warm minimums in the area hanging on temp trends through
tonight (see Climate below). The current forecast makes it likely
that those tentative records will hold thanks to the high humidity
levels. As in previous days, showers and thunderstorms have been
considerably more numerous to our east, with some bleedover into our
eastern counties. However, vertical growth of today`s cloud streets
on satellite indicate that rain chances tail off from east to west
across our portion of Southeast Texas for the rest of the afternoon.

SHORT TERM [Wednesday Through Thursday Night]...

Another warm night is expected tonight and Wednesday night.
Overnight lows will again be in the vicinity of record high values.
Rain patterns should look pretty familiar - a handful of streamer
showers early near the coast, giving way to isolated to widely
scattered showers and storms in the afternoon. The best potential
for rain, like today, is likely to be along the eastern edge of our
area of responsibility. Though the upper ridge will be trying to
build, there are indications of a very subtle upper low sneaking
across the area somewhere in this timeframe. How much this enhances
rainfall potential will be somewhat dependent on the timing and
amplitude of this low, and there`s not been a lot of real
significant run to run consistency on this. For instance, Wednesday
previously looked drier, but with only modest increases in heights
leaving a lingering weakness in the ridge and an increase in
precipitable water, it doesn`t look quite as dry now. There may be
some more small changes in thinking on this until there is more
confidence in how this transition to a stronger ridge aloft will
play out.

In the current forecast, Wednesday features maximum heat indices of
104 to 108, with isolated spots of 108-110. Thursday`s forecast is a
touch warmer, in the 104-109 range, and some localized spots
reaching 110. These grids may end up being a bit of a worst case
scenario. Am concerned that dewpoints may be able to mix out a
little more, or on the flip side, temps may not get quite as hot if
that mixing doesn`t occur. Either way, a slight shift in either way
on this sliding scale would tip the heat index calculation too far
out of balance, resulting in lower apparent temperatures. Suffice to
say, it`s going to feel hot. Whether or not it`s enough to warrant
the issuance of an advisory is less of a slam dunk.

LONG TERM [Friday Through Tuesday]...

This end of the work week into early next week will feature the
brief reign of a midlevel high, which then moves off to the west and
weakens with the approach of an upper trough. We can look for
temperatures to bounce back upwards heading into the weekend, but
then with slight cooling into early next week. Also, we should see
rain become more isolated (or even drier), with some bounce back
sometime in the back half of the weekend or early next week. As
mentioned above, while there`s been some consistency in the guidance
in showing this upper trough, there hasn`t been as much consistency
in strength or timing. As it is, the Euro keeps this trough more
constant in strength, and is a touch slower. The GFS starts out with
a stronger trough, but shears it out and makes it weaker. The
Canadian, for what it`s worth, is about half a Gulf slower than the
Euro and GFS, and considerably weaker by the time it reaches our
coastal area. That said, it still manages to generate some fairly
widespread seabreeze convection, so I`ve modestly stepped up PoPs
for early next week, but not quite to the level in the guidance, to
account for lack of confidence in the upper pattern.

As far as potential for heat advisories this weekend, much of the
same logic from the short term applies here. If the perfect balance
of temp and RH occurs, which tends to be more of the scenario
currently in the forecast, heat advisories may be needed. Tip too
far to high values in one way or the other, and the meteorology to
require it will likely limit the other too much, capping high heat
index potential.


College Station (CLL)      77  99  77  99  77 /  10  10  10  20  10
Houston (IAH)              80  96  79  97  79 /  10  30  10  20  10
Galveston (GLS)            84  90  84  90  83 /  10  20   0  30  10


     for the following zones: Waters from Freeport to the
     Matagorda Ship Channel from 20 to 60 NM...Waters from High
     Island to Freeport from 20 to 60 NM.



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