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FXUS64 KLUB 132352

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lubbock TX
652 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017

Biggest concern tonight is potential impacts from convection on
the terminals. KCDS and KPVW appear most likely to experience
storms moving in from the northwest later this evening, though
even KLBB could see a storm this evening. These storms will be
robust with strong outflow winds and heavy rain (and resultant low
visibilities) likely the biggest impacts. Carried TEMPO groups to
address this starting at 03Z at KPVW and 04Z at KCDS. Also
included VCTS in the KLBB TAF, though will amend if a direct storm
impact becomes more likely. Otherwise there is some concern for
sub-VFR stratus development again late tonight with the very moist
atmosphere in place, but the convection may disrupt this and have
not explicitly included it in the TAFS attm. Outside of storm
influences, winds should be rather light with additional (though
perhaps more limited) storm chances Monday afternoon and evening.


.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 410 PM CDT Sun Aug 13 2017/

Following encores of storms from this evening through midweek,
the overall pattern is favored to trend hotter and drier by late
week as upper ridging re-emerges across the southern Great Plains.

Regional 3 PM surface analysis featured a surface trough extending
from Clovis to Carlsbad and an outflow boundary from about Tulia
southeast to Guthrie. GOES-R derived PWATs ranged from 1.3" near
the surface trough to 2" in the Rolling Plains, which is roughly
120 percent of normal. Visible satellite shows a relative dearth
of boundary layer destabilization over all of the South Plains
where low level lapse rates are a measly 6-7* C/km, but farther
west deeper mixing is underway across the NM plains and we expect
this to expand east in the coming hours. Another area of interest
will be the outflow boundary, particularly in the central Panhandle
where upper diffluence is more apparent in the base of a high
level jet maximum.

Expectation this evening is for two primary areas of storms to
impact our CWA - the first (and probably earliest) from eastern
NM, while the second unfolds over the Panhandle near a stout N-S
instability axis centered near Hereford. Greatest severe threat
involves the latter given the lingering outflow boundary and
potential for storms to acquire rotation near the outflow
boundary. Saving grace for a more defined supercell threat may be
the fact storms congeal by the time they reach our CWA, largely
due to only modest deep layer shear this far south of the
aforementioned upper jet. Still, some severe events appear likely
with heavy rain a good bet considering such rich PWATs. Hail
growth CAPE around 1000 J/kg could breed up to golfball size hail,
while downbursts will certainly be of the wet variety given such
high ELs and LCLs generally under 6000 feet. The largest coverage
of storms may evolve late tonight as a trough (presently in
southern CO) tracks SE across the Panhandle and benefits from a
30 knot LLJ. Storms should wane rapidly behind this wave toward

Largely zonal flow on Monday looks to direct at least one impulse
our way from the Mexican Plateau, particularly by late in the day.
PWATs will be largely similar to today, although a pressure trough
is progged to shift into our western zones by peak heating.
Although mid-level winds become very anemic tomorrow, convective
temps could easily be attained near the surface trough where
SBCAPEs of 2000+ J/kg could foster severe pulse modes. Much better
kinematics develop on Tue as broad troughing emerges to our west
and backs upper winds more SW. This SW component will advect drier
air east and result in the pressure trough assuming more of a
classical dryline structure by mid afternoon - likely across our
western zones given such deep moisture over the CWA. Convection
on Tue and Tue night could certainly be more organized and
sustained given an overall uptick in deep layer shear.

Beyond Tue, SW upper flow may play host to one more disturbance on
Wed before the broader upper trough over the western CONUS
dampens while moving across the Great Plains. GFS ensembles and
the ECMWF are in good agreement that the subtropical high in the
Deep South will redevelop westward by late week across Texas.
Although some lingering moisture could foster lingering storm
chances, we`re continue to favor a drier theme from Thu night
through Sat as subsidence and much greater thicknesses look to
shut down additional rain chances. This is also why max temps have
been nudged up to above normal territory from late week into the
weekend - mostly on par with raw MOS data.




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