Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS San Angelo, TX
FXUS64 KSJT 300444
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN ANGELO TX
1144 PM CDT Sun Mar 29 2015
VFR conditions expected across the terminals the next 24 hours.
Still could see some scattered stratus develop across the
southern terminals early Monday morning but confidence remains
low that this will occur. Expect light winds through the period
with an increase in highs clouds from the west.
.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 735 PM CDT Sun Mar 29 2015/
To adjust current temperatures...
A weak cold front is currently along a San Angelo...to
Ballinger...to Cross Plains line and will continue to move south
through the evening. Temperatures across much of the Big Country
have fallen into the 70s and the current grids were tweaked to
match the current trends. Winds were also tweaked slightly to
match the current position of the cold front. Otherwise, no other
changes are needed at this time.
PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 657 PM CDT Sun Mar 29 2015/
A weak cold front currently near Abilene will move slowly south
across the area this evening. The front will weaken with time
and will likely not make it to the Junction terminal before
stalling. Winds will shift to the north behind the front but
gusty winds will be confined to mainly the KABI terminal for the
next couple of hours. VFR conditions will prevail for the most
part but could see some scattered to possible broken MVFR stratus
develop across the southern terminals early Monday morning.
PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 350 PM CDT Sun Mar 29 2015/
(Tonight and Monday)
A cold front has moved south into the north and northwest part of
our CWA (County Warning Area) this afternoon. This front will
continue to push south through this evening, and should reach a
Mertzon-San Angel-Coleman line between 7 PM and 8 PM. With the
front weakening, its forward progress will decrease tonight. The
front should stall near or just beyond the southeast and southern
border of our CWA by early Monday morning. The NAM low-level
moisture fields favor low cloud development across some of our
eastern and southern counties early Monday morning. At a minimum,
expect an increase in high cloud coverage overnight into Monday.
Overnight lows are expected to be in the lower to mid 50s.
Temperatures will be cooler Monday, with afternoon highs mostly in
the upper 70s to lower 80s.
(Monday night through next Sunday)
The main concerns with the long range forecast will be rain
chances Tuesday into Tuesday night, and a strong cold front at the
end of the week.
The upper level low currently west of the northern Baja Peninsula
will be moving into the Baja Peninsula by Monday night, and then
across northern Mexico on Tuesday. Models agree well that the low
will open up into a wave and weaken significantly as it approaches
our area. Monday night low level flow will back ahead of the low,
resulting in warmer overnight lows as additional moisture is
advected into the area. We may also see a few isolated
thunderstorms for the southeastern 2/3 of the area with the
moisture increase, and weak embedded shortwaves move across the
area ahead of the main trough. As synoptic lift from the main
trough moves in Tuesday and Tuesday night, rain chances increase,
and we have not made any significant changes to the inherited PoP
configuration with chance PoPs Tuesday for western areas, and then
Tuesday night generally for the eastern half of the area. With mid
level lapse rates from 7-9 degrees C/km, and 0-6km bulk shear
values from 25 to 35 knots, there will be the potential for some
of the thunderstorms to become organized and produce some hail
and/or strong wind gusts. We do not expect more than one or two
storms to approach severe levels, but it can`t be ruled out.
Zonal flow will follow the trough from Wednesday through the end
of the week. On Friday as a large trough strengthens over the
Great Lakes area, a strong cold front will move into the area.
850mb temperatures drop roughly 20 degrees Celsius from Friday to
Saturday over west central Texas behind the front according to the
GFS. Raw model data suggest temperatures may not even warm into
the 60s for Saturday. However, we will not go that cold. Models
also show weak shortwave energy moving across the area over the
top of the cold air mass in west/southwest flow, so will keep a
slight chance of precipitation in the forecast over the weekend as
.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Abilene 53 78 61 83 60 / 5 5 10 30 30
San Angelo 53 82 60 85 58 / 0 5 20 30 20
Junction 54 82 57 82 59 / 0 10 20 20 30