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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
230 AM CDT SAT MAY 16 2015

.SHORT TERM...
AS ANTICIPATED...SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM HAVE FILTERED IN
FROM ERN NM AND SWRN TX...NE TO ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH PLAINS
AND ROLLING PLAINS EARLY THIS MORNING. THIS IS COURTESY OF INCREASED
UL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY AN UA LOW SPINNING ACROSS THE SRN AND CNTRL
ROCKIES...THOUGH IT IS THE BASE OF THE UA LOW AND ITS ASSOCIATED
VORT LOBE THAT IS PROVIDING THE REGION WITH PRECIP. THE PRECIP
ACTIVITY STARTED OUT AS A LINE OF STORMS ACROSS THE NWRN SOUTH
PLAINS EARLIER THIS MORNING...BUT HAS SINCE BECOME A RAGGED/BROKEN
LINE OF STORMS ACROSS THE ROLLING PLAINS...WITH SCATTERED CONVECTION
MORE SO ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE SOUTH PLAINS. SOME OF THE STORMS
BECOME PULSEY AT TIMES AND PERHAPS MAY ENCOMPASS SUB-SEVERE HAIL.
SEVERAL TEXAS TECH MESONET SITES REPORTED INTERMITTENT STRONG WIND
GUSTS OF 40-55 MPH. FURTHERMORE...RAINFALL AMOUNTS THUS FAR HAVE
RANGED FROM A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH UP TO A LITTLE OVER HALF OF
AN INCH. MODEL GUIDANCE HINT AT AN ADEQUATE LLJ OF 30-50 KTS
PERSISTING UNTIL 12Z WHILE S-SE SFC WINDS /AND THUS DEWPOINTS IN THE
60S/ ENSUE. IT IS THEREFORE NOT SURPRISING TO SEE HIGH-RES SOLUTIONS
INDICATING THAT THE PRECIP ACTIVITY WILL CONTINUE TO TRANSLATE NE TO
ACROSS THE SRN TX PANHANDLE AND ROLLING PLAINS THROUGH 12Z BEFORE
FINALLY EXITING THE REGION AND/OR DISSIPATING. ONCE THIS ACTIVITY
HAS ENDED...PERHAPS PATCHY LIGHT FOG AND/OR LOW CLOUDS CAN NOT BE
RULED OUT BY AOA DAYBREAK...SMILIER TO WHAT OCCURRED YESTERDAY.

EARLY THIS AFTN AS THE BASE OF THE UA LOW NEARS THE WRN SOUTH
PLAINS...SFC LEE TROUGHING WILL DEEPEN WHILE DRAGGING ITS SRN
PERIPHERY EAST TO ACROSS THE ROLLING PLAINS BY LATE AFTN...WHICH
WILL BE THE LOCATION OF THE DRYLINE. SOUNDING PROFILES INDICATING
ABL MIXING TO AOA 650 MB WILL MIX DOWN WIND SPEEDS ON THE ORDER OF
35-45 KTS...WHICH IS IN ASSOCIATION WITH A STRONG JET STREAK
EMBEDDED WITHIN THE BASE OF THE SAID UA LOW. THESE SPEEDS ARE PRETTY
STOUT. IT IS NO WONDER THAT MOS GUIDANCE EXHIBITS SFC WIND SPEEDS
ON THE ORDER OF 27-31 KTS FOR AREAS ON THE CAPROCK...WHICH CERTAINLY
FALLS UNDER THE REALM OF WIND ADVISORY SPEEDS. WILL THEREFORE ISSUE
A WIND ADVISORY THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT FROM EARLY AFTN THROUGH
SUNSET FOR AREAS ON THE CAPROCK. GIVEN THE RECENT RAINFALL FROM
TODAY AND RECENT DAYS...FINE SOIL PARTICLES WILL HAVE BEEN MIXED UP
TO THE TOP OF THE SOIL...AND AS SUCH WILL NOT REQUIRE A LOT TO
BECOME LOFTED IN THE AIR. WITH WIND ADVISORY SPEEDS...BLOWING DUST
WILL DEFINITELY BE AN ISSUE...AND RESTRICT VISIBILITIES ESPECIALLY
NEAR OPEN FIELDS...SO MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION.

IF WINDY CONDITIONS AND BLOWING DUST WERE NOT ENOUGH...THE OTHER
WEATHER CONCERN IS THE POTENTIAL FOR STORMS TO INITIATE ALONG THE
DRYLINE ACROSS THE ROLLING PLAINS BY THE AFTN /CIN IS NEGLIGIBLE BY
THEN/. MUCAPE OF 2-3 KJ/KG COUPLED WITH STEERING WIND
PROFILES...INCREASING WIND SPEEDS ALOFT AND 20-30 KTS OF 0-6 KM BULK
SHEAR CERTAINLY RAISES EYEBROWS FOR STORMS TO BECOME STRONG AND
SEVERE...WITH HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS BEING THE PRIMARY THREATS. TO
ONLY COMPLICATE MATTERS...MODEL SOLUTIONS DO NOT COMPLETELY AGREE
THAT THE DRYLINE WILL REMAIN ACROSS THE ROLLING PLAINS...WHERE IN
FACT SEVERAL SOLUTIONS HINT AT THE DRYLINE BEING PUSHED EAST OF THE
ROLLING PLAINS BY LATE AFTN. THIS IS CERTAINLY A POSSIBILITY
ESPECIALLY DUE TO THE IMPENDING STRONG JET STREAK WITHIN THE BASE OF
THE UA LOW...THAT WILL TREK TO ACROSS THE SOUTH PLAINS BY LATE AFTN.
NONETHELESS...THERE COULD BE A SMALL WINDOW FOR ADEQUATE CONVERGENCE
ALONG THE DRYLINE AND HENCE CI TO OCCUR SOMETIME DURING THE AFTN.
WILL THEREFORE HOLD ON TO LOW CHANCE POPS ACROSS THE ROLLING PLAINS.

TEMPS WILL ONCE AGAIN WARM INTO THE 70S AND 80S WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS
IN THE 40S AND 50S. FOG AND LOW CLOUDS WILL NOT BE AN ISSUE
OVERNIGHT...DUE TO THE DRYLINE REMAINING WEST OF THE CWA AND AS A
RESULT...A DOWNSLOPE WIND COMPONENT WILL PREVAIL.

.LONG TERM...
NO SIG CHANGES MADE THIS MORNING AS MODELS REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH
THE OVERALL PATTERN...ONE OF A SPLIT FLOW OVER THE CONUS WITH AN
ACTIVE SRN STREAM CONTINUING TO DEVELOP A SERIES OF CLOSED LOWS
OVER THE WEST. AS THESE LOWS EJECT ONTO THE PLAINS RAIN CHANCES
INCREASE ACROSS THE FCST AREA...NOTABLY MONDAY NIGHT THRU
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHT THRU SATURDAY. A WEAK COLD FRONT
SAGGING INTO THE SRN HIGH PLAINS THURSDAY MAY SERVE AS THE FOCUS
FOR SOME CONVECTION...BUT WITH SHORT WAVE RIDGING ALOFT THIS DAY
SHOULD BE THE RELATIVE QUIET ONE OF THE WEEK. TEMPERATURES NEAR
NORMAL LOOK FINE FOR MOST OF THE WEEK WITH TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
POTENTIALLY NOTABLY COOLER...THE FORMER DUE TO PRECIP AND
WIDESPREAD CLOUD COVER AND THE LATTER DUE TO THE AFOREMENTIONED
FRONT.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
FRIONA        76  47  77  50 /   0  10   0   0
TULIA         77  50  78  52 /  20  10   0   0
PLAINVIEW     77  50  78  52 /  20  10   0   0
LEVELLAND     80  51  80  52 /  10  10   0   0
LUBBOCK       82  51  81  54 /  10  10   0   0
DENVER CITY   78  50  80  54 /  10   0   0   0
BROWNFIELD    80  52  81  54 /  10  10   0   0
CHILDRESS     85  55  83  57 /  50  10   0  10
SPUR          84  54  82  56 /  30  10   0  10
ASPERMONT     84  57  86  61 /  40  10  10  10

&&

.LUB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WIND ADVISORY FROM NOON TODAY TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR
TXZ021>024-027>030-033>036-039>042.

&&

$$

29/07



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