Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Corpus Christi, TX

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FXUS64 KCRP 290944 CCA
AFDCRP

Area Forecast Discussion...CORRECTED
National Weather Service Corpus Christi TX
444 AM CDT Wed Mar 29 2017

.SHORT TERM (Today through Thursday)...

The leading edge of a surface boundary /and also a gravity wave as
noted from GOES-R satellite imagery/ was analyzed to be located from
KBEA to just west of KALI to NW of KHBV to south of KLRD as of
writing. Behind the boundary, elevated convection has been trying
to develop but is struggling to maintain itself due to limited
moisture depth. Better convective development may occur closer to
sunrise across the Coastal Plains to Victoria where the moisture
depth is prog to be deeper, where instability is prog to be
greater, and where H25 difluence is prog to be a little better.
Any storms that manage to develop this morning will have the
potential to produce small hail /given the extreme elevated
instability values/ and perhaps an isolated strong wind gust.
Precip chances should quickly end by mid morning as a
significantly drier airmass overspreads most of inland S TX as the
aforementioned boundary stalls along the coast.

Temps today are likely to warm into the 90s in the afternoon given
the expected dry airmass and a weak adiabatic downsloping
component. I am a little concerned that I did not go warm enough
for the coastal counties as this synoptic setup can often lead to
incredible warming across the Coastal Plains. However, given the
expected strong inland warming and quasi-cool Gulf SSTs, the
stalled boundary should start to retreat inland in the afternoon
acting as an effective seabreeze. Thus...I have limited Corpus
Christi`s max temp today to only 92 degrees rather than the mid
90s.

Near surface moisture values are likely to increase this evening
ahead of the main cold front that is prog to push south across the
region late tonight. The GFS wants to develop light showers
across the Coastal Plains/adjacent Gulf right along/ahead of
FROPA late tonight. Despite impressive dynamical features aloft
/95 to 100 kt H25 jet streak and deep H5 trough/ moisture depth
limited to only the lowest 100mb as well as a thin layer around
H5 should preclude any precip development.

NNW winds should increase late tonight with breezy conditions
possible around sunrise Thurs. Mostly sunny skies with low
relative humidity values and temps near seasonable levels should
make for a nice day on Thursday.

&&

.LONG TERM (Thursday Night through Tuesday)...

The deterministic solutions generally agree with regard to the
timing/position of the next upper disturbance...moving SEWD across
the Rockies Friday then slowly approaching TX from the NW
Saturday...moving across TX Sunday/Sunday Night...then lifting NEWD.
Increasing onshore flow expected over the CWA/MSA given the
foregoing upper pattern. At least SCEC conditions expected over the
Coastal MSA Friday Night through early Sunday. GFS deterministic
predict PWAT values to increase to near/above normal values Saturday
over the ERN CWA/MSA. The combination of upper forcing/moisture will
contribute to at least isolated/scattered convection Saturday
Night/Sunday. Strong convection possible given GFS deterministic
CAPE/vertical shear. Drier conditions expected Monday/Tuesday.

&&

.MARINE...Strong southeast flow should rapidly weaken this
morning. Seas, however, may be slow to respond and the Small Craft
Advisory has been extended through much of today for the Gulf
waters to account for the hazardous seas. A brief window for
chances of showers or a storm will exist this morning and early
afternoon. A cold front will push south across area waters late
tonight into Thursday morning bringing a brief period of strong
north flow in its wake.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
Corpus Christi    92  61  82  58  86  /  40  10  10   0   0
Victoria          88  57  79  55  85  /  50  10  10   0   0
Laredo            92  61  86  60  97  /   0   0   0   0   0
Alice             94  58  84  56  90  /  20  10   0   0   0
Rockport          86  60  79  61  80  /  40  10  10   0   0
Cotulla           91  56  84  56  94  /   0   0   0   0   0
Kingsville        96  59  84  57  90  /  20  10   0   0   0
Navy Corpus       88  63  79  63  81  /  40  10  10   0   0

&&

.CRP WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
TX...None.
GM...Small Craft Advisory until 4 PM CDT this afternoon For the
     following zones: Waters from Baffin Bay to Port Aransas
     from 20 to 60 NM...Waters from Port Aransas to Matagorda
     Ship Channel from 20 to 60 NM.

     Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM CDT this morning For the
     following zones: Bays and Waterways from Baffin Bay to Port
     Aransas...Bays and Waterways from Port Aransas to Port
     O`Connor.

     Small Craft Advisory until noon CDT today For the following
     zones: Coastal waters from Baffin Bay to Port Aransas out
     20 NM...Coastal waters from Port Aransas to Matagorda Ship
     Channel out 20 NM.

&&

$$

RH/79...SHORT TERM
WC/87...LONG TERM


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