Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KMAF 021110
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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
510 AM CST Mon Mar 2 2015

.DISCUSSION...

Pessimism and persistence rule, as much of West Texas and Southeast
New Mexico remain socked in w/stratus and fog.  Current sfc obs show
this backed up against the mtns, w/widespread FZFG over much of the
Permian Basin and Wrn Low Rolling Plains.  However, w/temps only
near freezing (as opposed to well-blo the last few days), we`ll
continue to handle these hazards in the HWO and with an SPS.  Over
the past few days, models have been way too optimistic in scattering
things out by late morning/early afternoon, yet this has not panned
out.  Although sfc flow will veer to SE later today, we`re not
betting on things improving appreciably, and so have stuck to the
lower end of guidance on temps.  Sfc winds will continue veering to
SW overnight as a sfc trough over CO moves out into the Central
Plains.  An upper trough making landfall on SoCal will begin sending
disturbances thru SW flow aloft as soon as tonight, favoring
isolated -SHRA omtns out west.

Tuesday, w/SW flow at the sfc, a downslope warming component and
decreasing clouds should allow temps to warm to above normal for the
first time in awhile.  However, some high clouds will still be
present and, w/all the precip of the past few days and saturated
soils, warming will be retarded somewhat.  Therefore, we again
prefer to stay on the lower end of guidance temps.  Meanwhile, the
west coast trough will dig down to Baja, open, and move thru Sonora
towards the region.  Ahead of this feature, a sfc trough and
shortwave will move thru West Texas Tuesday night, w/forecast
soundings showing enough moisture/instability down south for a
mention of isolated thunder.

Wednesday, winter returns as a strong cold front moves thru the
area.  The GFS is fastest, w/fropa at KMAF at around 14Z, followed
by the NAM at 18Z, and the ECMWF after.  Using a blend, temps will
drop throughout the day in the NE, w/a normal diurnal curve down by
the Rio Grande.  As the front moves SW, overrunning will commence as
winds begin to veer, w/a changeover to winter precip in the NE
beginning as soon as 18Z Wednesday.  Unfortunately, this far out,
models are in big disagreement over several factor which will
determine type/extent of the winter precip.  For one, as noted
above, models differ on timing of the front, and also on strength.
But the biggest difference is vertical saturation of the column.
The NAM soundings portray rather shallow moisture, favoring a
rain/freezing rain scenario, whereas the GFS saturates the column
deeply and well through the dendritic growth zones, favoring
sleet/snow.  This far out, we`ll not get too specific yet, as models
will/should come more in agreement as the event
nears.

Otherwise, this should taper off over the SW zones Thursday, w/a
slow warmup thru Sunday, but temps should stay blo normal in dry, NW
flow aloft.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
ANDREWS TX                 45  38  69  43  /  10  10  10  20
BIG SPRING TX              42  41  69  44  /  10  10  10  30
CARLSBAD NM                48  39  70  42  /  10  10  10  20
DRYDEN TX                  51  43  71  51  /  10  10  10  40
FORT STOCKTON TX           50  43  72  47  /  10  10  10  50
GUADALUPE PASS TX          52  46  59  42  /  10  10  20  30
HOBBS NM                   45  36  63  39  /  10  10  10  10
MARFA TX                   69  39  66  38  /  10  10  10  60
MIDLAND INTL AIRPORT TX    45  40  70  44  /  10  10  10  30
ODESSA TX                  46  40  68  44  /  10  10  10  30
WINK TX                    50  39  72  44  /  10  10  10  30

&&

.MAF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NM...NONE.
TX...NONE.

&&

$$

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