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FXUS64 KLUB 221957

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lubbock TX
257 PM CDT SUN MAY 22 2016

After a (very) brief hiatus from clouds this morning we are socked
in once again. These clouds, however, should not hinder much in the
way of convection this afternoon and evening. As of 12:30pm MLCAPE
over 3000 J/kg was creeping into the FA from the south and is
expected to continue to increase. The 18z AMA sounding shows MLCAPE
of 2320 J/kg already in place with no cap left. MLCIN was also on
the downward trend and beginning to erode. There are also a couple
areas of enhanced surface convergence as shown by the radar.
Once is located near the edge of the caprock while the other is
located across a line from Bailey county to Terry county. These will
probably be some areas to watch for convective initiation later this
afternoon. The other area to watch will be the dryline that is
beginning to mix in eastern NM. The trigger will likely be an upper
level speed max currently moving across southern NM per WV imagery.
The highest threat today will be very large hail up to softball size
as high MLCAPE values are coupled with 0-6km shear of 50 knots.
Damaging winds upwards of 75 mph are also possible as are a few
tornadoes. The tornado threat will increase into the afternoon and
peak evening as SRH values of 400 m2/s2 are progged by short term
models. Heavy rain with localized flooding will also be a
possibility as storms will be slow moving and PWATS will be in the
1.5 inch range. The severe threat will continue into the late
evening but will steadily decrease after sunset as large scale lift
will be to weak to sustain severe convection late into the night.

Another round of severe thunderstorms will be possible again
tomorrow afternoon as the dryline will push back westward across the
FA. The dryline should only make to just slightly west of Lubbock
tomorrow which will limit the bulk of the  severe threat to the
I27/Hwy 87 corridor and east. Very large hail with damaging winds
will be possible again as the thermodynamic environment will be
similar to what we are seeing today. The main difference is more
surface heating will be possible tomorrow allowing for the increase
in CAPE across the eastern half of the FA. Aldrich

Pronounced southwest flow aloft with weak embedded disturbances
will be our dominant feature late Monday through Wednesday. We
should remain near or just north of a strong subtropical jet and
south of the polar branch with favorable upper level divergence
much of this period. Lower levels will remain moist at least
across the Rolling Plains, and later solutions have trended further
west onto the Caprock at least late Monday and Tuesday. We have
likewise adjusted for more thunder mention further west through
Tuesday and added severe mention as well as expected instability
continues to look quite impressive. By Wednesday we still are
banking that deep flow will dry enough to clear moisture off the
caprock, but at least minimal mention is still valid for parts of
the Rolling Plains.

On Thursday, the next sharp upper level low pressure trough will
lift across the southern Rockies, and solutions have continued to
trend a little deeper and further south with this system with more
enhanced southerly low level flow and backed flow aloft. We have
followed as well with thunder chances pulled back west to near or
just onto the Caprock. Friday should be drier with flow more
veered but after a very low amplitude anticyclone passing late
Friday or early Saturday, the next west coast upper trough will be
digging into place with backed and enhanced southwest flow once
again by mid or late next weekend. This should support a decent
chance of thunder once more. RMcQueen


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