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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
1147 AM CST TUE DEC 23 2014

.UPDATE...
GIVEN TRENDS...HAVE INCREASE WIND SPEEDS THIS AFTERNOON AND
HOISTED A WIND ADVISORY. THERE IS A BIT OF A CLEARING MOVING
THROUGH THE CWFA WHICH IS HELPING TO MIX WINDS DOWNWARD YIELDING
SPEEDS IN THE LOWER 30S JUST TO OUR NORTH. THE HRX AND REE WEST TEXAS
MESONET SODARS HAVE ALSO INDICATED 50KT SPEEDS NOT FAR OFF THE DECK.
MORE CLOUDINESS CONTINUES TO MOVE SOUTH THROUGH THE PANHANDLE AND
SHOULD HELP SUPPRESS SPEEDS A BIT MORE LATER THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE
BOUNDARY LAYER DECOUPLING ALLOWS SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER SPEEDS THIS
EVENING AND OVERNIGHT.


&&

.AVIATION...
MOSTLY VFR CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED NEXT 24 HOURS WITH SOME
POTENTIAL FOR MVFR CEILINGS MAINLY AFTER 03Z AT ALL THREE
TERMINALS. MAIN CONCERN WILL BE GUSTY NORTHERLY WINDS WITH
SUSTAINED SPEEDS IN THE 25 TO 30 KT RANGE ALONG WITH HIGHER GUSTS.
NOTE THAT INCREASING MID LEVEL MOISTURE MAY INCREASE ICING
POTENTIAL THIS EVENING.


&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 525 AM CST TUE DEC 23 2014/

AVIATION...
VFR CONDITIONS IN PLACE AT ALL THREE TAF SITES BUT EXPECT KLBB AND
KPVW TO BOUNCE AROUND BETWEEN VFR AND MVFR. LIGHT PRECIPITATION
MAY IMPACT KPVW AND KLBB OVER THE NEXT 3 HOURS BUT COVERAGE WILL
BE SO SPOTTY AND AMOUNTS SO LIGHT THAT GOING WITH ANY MENTION
WOULD NOT BE WARRANTED. WILL WATCH THROUGH THE MORNING AND AMEND
IF NECESSARY. WIND SPEED WILL CONTINUE TO RAMP UP THROUGH THE DAY
POSSIBLY REACHING THE 25 TO 30 KT SUSTAINED OUT OF THE NORTH WITH
HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON MAY IMPACT KCDS
BUT REMAIN EAST OF KLBB AND KPVW. THESE SHOULD BE HIGH ENOUGH TO
KEEP VFR CONDITIONS IN PLACE. AFTER SUNSET...WIND SPEEDS WILL
DECREASE AND VFR CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL.

JORDAN

PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 432 AM CST TUE DEC 23 2014/

SHORT TERM...
THE HEAVIEST BANDS OF PRECIPITATION HAVE MOVED SOUTH OF THE
AREA...FASTER THAN PRETTY MUCH EVERY OPERATIONAL MODEL RUN HAD IN
THE 12Z RUNS YESTERDAY AND THE 00Z RUNS TODAY.  BEST MODELS HAVE
BEEN THE HRRR AND TTU-WRF WHICH BOTH SEEM TO BE FAIRLY CLOSE IN
THEIR FORECASTS COMPARED TO OBSERVED RADAR DATA.  WV SATELLITE LOOP
SHOWS THE TROF AXIS IS ALMOST OVERHEAD AS IT DRIFTS OFF TO THE
EAST.  THERE ALSO APPEARS TO BE TIGHTENING OF A CIRCULATION EAST OF
THE FOUR CORNERS AREA ALONG THE CO/NM BORDER THAT IS LIKELY HELPING
TO GENERATE SOME OF THE ADDITIONAL RETURNS ON RADAR ACROSS EASTERN
NEW MEXICO.

ANY PRECIPITATION ONGOING ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING WILL LIKELY
REMAIN A MIX OF RAIN/SNOW AS SURFACE TEMPERATURES ARE JUST NOW
STARTING TO FLIRT WITH FREEZING.  THE TREND HAS BEEN FOR A GRADUAL
DECREASE IN AERIAL COVERAGE IN THE RETURNS BUT THERE COULD STILL BE
SOME MIXED PRECIP REACHING THE GROUND BY SUNRISE...MAINLY ACROSS THE
WESTERN AND SOUTHERN SOUTH PLAINS.  THIS ACTIVITY SHOULD CONTINUE TO
DECREASE THROUGH THE MORNING RESULTING IN A BRIEF LULL LATE MORNING
THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON.  STILL IS SOME CONCERN ON HOW STRONG WIND
SPEEDS WILL BECOME THIS AFTERNOON AS THE GFS STILL WANTS TO RAMP
WINDS UP TO 25-35 MPH SUSTAINED ACROSS MOST OF THE CAPROCK.  ALL
OTHER MODELS ABOUT 10 MPH LOWER SO WE OPTED TO KEEP WIND SPEEDS
BELOW WIND ADVISORY CRITERIA FOR OUR AREA THIS AFTERNOON.  MODELS
CONTINUE TO HINT AT THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME WRAP AROUND
PRECIPITATION THIS AFTERNOON AS ANOTHER VORTMAX STRENGTHENS ON THE
BACK SIDE OF THE TROF AXIS.  HIGHER RESOLUTION TTU-WRF AND HRRR ARE
HINTING THAT THESE WILL BE FAIRLY ISOLATED SHOWERS...NOT ANYTHING
THAT WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS.
FORECAST SOUNDINGS SHOW THAT LAPSE RATES INCREASE A BIT AS THE
SECOND VORT MAX ROTATES AROUND THE BACKSIDE OF THE TROF AND THERE IS
JUST ENOUGH MOISTURE ALOFT TO GENERATE SOME PRECIPITATION.  COVERAGE
IS LIMITED TO THE ROLLING PLAINS WHICH WILL BE CLOSER TO THE TROF
AXIS AND WHERE SLIGHTLY GREATER LAPSE RATES WILL BE IN PLACE ALOFT.
INCREASED POPS ACROSS THE ROLLING PLAINS TO ADD SLIGHT CHANCE OF
SHOWERS AS A RESULT.  TEMPERATURES WILL CLIMB TO NEAR 50 ACROSS HERE
SO PROFILE WILL BE TOO WARM FOR ANY KIND OF A MIX OF PRECIPITATION.
CAPROCK WILL BE COOLER MAINLY DUE TO THE PRECIPITATION THAT HAS
FALLEN...CLOUD COVER...AND THE BRISK NORTH WIND.

ANY PRECIPITATION WILL COME TO AN END AFTER SUNSET AS THE TROF AXIS
SLIDES OFF TO THE EAST AND AS LAPSE RATES START TO DECREASE.
TEMPERATURES TONIGHT WILL BE PRETTY CHILLY BUT NOT AS COLD AS IT
COULD BE AS WIND SPEEDS WILL REMAIN UP DUE TO THE PRESSURE GRADIENT
REMAINING SOMEWHAT TIGHT.  STILL WILL SEE READINGS ACROSS THE
NORTHWESTERN SOUTH PLAINS MAKE IT INTO THE UPPER TEENS WITH THE
ROLLING PLAINS HOVERING AROUND FREEZING.

JORDAN

LONG TERM...
THE FINAL DAYS OF 2014 LOOK TO CLOSE OUT ON A CHILLY NOTE AS A
LARGE SCALE PATTERN CHANGE UNFOLDS AND DIRECTS ARCTIC AIR INTO
MUCH OF MIDDLE CONUS INCLUDING WEST TX. THIS TRANSITION WILL
ALREADY BE IN FULL SWING FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND...BUT UNTIL THEN
A WARMING TREND IN STORE UNDERNEATH RISING HEIGHTS BEHIND TODAY/S
UPPER TROUGH. CHRISTMAS DAY IS STILL SHAPING UP QUITE MILD AS LEE
TROUGHING DEEPENS TO OUR WEST AND SUBJECTS MUCH OF THE CWA TO AN
ENHANCED BAND OF SWLY GRADIENT WINDS. EDGED MAX TEMPS UP CLOSER TO
THE ECMWF MOS AS MAV AND MET APPEAR SUSPICIOUSLY COOL FOR THIS
DEEP SWLY FLOW REGIME.

ECM AND GFS ARE IN GOOD ACCORD WITH A STRONG COLD FROPA BY FRI AS
A PIECE OF A TROUGH IN THE FOUR CORNERS LIFTS NORTHEAST. WHERE
THESE MODELS DIFFER IS HOW MUCH ENERGY LINGERS BACK IN THE MAIN
TROUGH AXIS TO OUR WEST FOR FRI NITE INTO THE WEEKEND. THE DEEPER
ECM ADVECTS SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE NEWD ATOP OUR COOL DOME AND AS
SUCH IS EAGER TO GENERATE BOTH LIFT AND QPF ALONG THE ELEVATED
FRONTAL SURFACE. THE GFS IS DRIER AND ABOUT 40 METERS HIGHER WITH
500MB HEIGHTS COMPARED TO ITS FIERCEST COMPETITOR...BUT STILL
GARNERS LIGHT QPF ON SAT WITH ITS DAMPENED TROUGH. EARLIER
SUPERBLEND POPS WERE MASSAGED A BIT TO BETTER WEIGHT THE LATEST
00Z GUIDANCE...BUT A VERY LIGHT RAIN/SNOW EVENT REMAINS IN THE
CARDS FOR FRI NITE-SAT.

BY LATE WEEKEND AND MONDAY...THE STAGE LOOKS PRIMED FOR AN ARCTIC
DUMP AS DEEP NLY FLOW ENSUES FROM THE CANADIAN ROCKIES SOUTH TO
THE CENTRAL HIGH PLAINS. MODELS AND ENSEMBLES ARE NOT DEVIATING MUCH
WITH THIS PATTERN CHANGE...SO CONFIDENCE IS MOUNTING THAT OUR MILD
DECEMBER MAY END ON A CHILLY NOTE. IF THE ARCTIC AIR IS AS STRONG
AS CURRENTLY PROGGED...WE WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED TO AT LEAST SEE
FREEZING DRIZZLE AT SOME POINT EARLY NEXT WEEK AS THESE ARCTIC
AIRMASSES CAN BE NOTORIOUS FOR SUSTAINING LOW CLOUDS ALONG THE
SHARP FRONTAL INVERSION. TEMPS WERE EDGED DOWN IN LINE WITH
CONSALL...BUT IT/S TOO SOON TO JUMP ON ANY POPS EVEN WITH A
DEEPENING TROUGH PROGGED TO OUR WEST BY MON/TUE.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
FRIONA        38  18  46  24  63 /  20   0   0   0   0
TULIA         40  22  48  27  63 /  10   0   0   0   0
PLAINVIEW     41  25  48  28  63 /  10   0   0   0   0
LEVELLAND     41  24  47  27  64 /  20   0   0   0   0
LUBBOCK       42  25  47  29  64 /  10   0   0   0   0
DENVER CITY   42  24  48  28  65 /  20   0   0   0   0
BROWNFIELD    43  25  48  28  64 /  20   0   0   0   0
CHILDRESS     47  31  50  31  67 /  20  10   0   0   0
SPUR          47  28  50  30  65 /  10   0   0   0   0
ASPERMONT     49  30  51  31  66 /  20  10   0   0   0

&&

.LUB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
WIND ADVISORY UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING
ZONES: TXZ021>038.

&&

$$

26/99/26




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