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FXUS64 KLUB 152322

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Lubbock TX
622 PM CDT Thu Jun 15 2017

KCDS is currently most under the gun with a strong thunderstorm
complex edging in from the northwest for the next 90 minutes or
so. Anticipate visibilities likely dropping quite low with the
intense rain. Storms otherwise appear to have cleared to the east
of both KLBB and KPVW, though a rogue cell or two certainly will
be possible through the mid evening with the outflow boundaries
floating around. VFR otherwise expected to dominate in later hours
of the TAF. RMcQueen


.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 313 PM CDT Thu Jun 15 2017/

Severe thunderstorms are the immediate concern this afternoon
shifting to heat Friday and Saturday.

Hi-res models have handled the initial thunderstorm development
pretty well giving to confidence to evolution this afternoon and
evening. Convective initiation has been along the surface trough
with better low level moisture downstream per surface dew point
temperatures in the low to mid 60s and MLCAPE values of 3000-4500
J/kg generally east of I-27. Impinging mid level speed max is
strong enough to produce 0-6 km bulk shear. This combo should lead
to some supercellular structure. A severe watch has already been
issued. It doesn`t appear at this point that these storms will
organize into a broad MCS, so will keep precip chances in the
chance category.

After this evening, heat becomes the story. The subtropical upper
high centered over Mexico is still progged to amplify over the
western CONUS and become centered over AZ and NM by the end of the
weekend. The evolution of 500 mb heights don`t tell the whole
story with progged 1000-500 mb thicknesses and 850/700 mb
temperatures better indicators of the heat that should expand
eastward over the forecast area. MOS has decreased its highs for
Friday, although not really certain why, and they are now a
decided outlier. Have discounted and run to the higher end of
model blend at this time. It will be warmer still on Saturday with
MOS in line with other guidance. This will put the counties on the
Caprock decidedly in Heat Advisory criteria, and with high
confidence have decided to pull the trigger and issue this
product well in advance.

A pretty healthy cold front is still expected to move through the
forecast area Sunday with timing now favoring it clearing before
noon. This should knock highs back to seasonal norms for Sunday
with a lingering effect into Monday. Focus for convection Sunday
afternoon is thus now expected to be south of the forecast area
with warm mid level temps the other major negative factor toward

Finally, model projections of thicknesses and mid level
temperatures suggest temperatures returning to widespread triple-
digit highs Wednesday and Thursday. Have trended above model blend
and a touch above MOS numbers which in turn are well above climo.


Heat Advisory from 1 PM to 8 PM CDT Saturday for TXZ021>024-



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