Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Tulsa, OK

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Tulsa OK
240 PM CST Thu Dec 14 2017

.DISCUSSION...

The main items of interest today will be fire weather Saturday and
rain chances Saturday night into Sunday. A pattern change toward
the Christmas holiday weekend could bring some big weather
changes.

After another near or slightly above average cool day on Friday,
strong south winds and warmer temps can be expected on Saturday.
The winds will elevated fire weather concerns across the region,
where the fire danger remains very high due to the very dry
conditions and cured vegetation.

A pair of PV maxes over AZ and the Baja will consolidate and form
a closed low. The system will then open up and eject northeast
this weekend as an upstream kicker moves onshore from the Pacific.
This southern system will be able to tap a couple pools of better
PW air...one over the Pacific and another over the western Gulf.
Moisture will stream rapidly north and east as the system ejects
Saturday night. The best rain chances will be in the south and
east, with the heavier rains staying east of the forecast area.
Rain chances will come to a fast end from SW to NE as the system
lifts away from the region Sunday morning. The latest data
suggests that there will not be enough moisture available for the
second, kicker system as it moves across Monday night and Tuesday
to warrant a PoP mention.

Deterministic models still point toward a major pattern change
toward the Christmas holiday weekend. A westward shift of the
ridge and height falls in the Four Corners region could spell more
active days ahead for the Plains weather-wise. Colder weather
with the potential for wintry precip can`t be ruled out, but the
details still remain quite uncertain at this point.

Lacy

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
TUL   30  53  37  62 /   0   0   0   0
FSM   33  54  29  61 /   0   0   0   0
MLC   31  55  34  62 /   0   0   0   0
BVO   28  52  32  62 /   0   0   0   0
FYV   26  48  31  58 /   0   0   0   0
BYV   28  47  33  56 /   0   0   0   0
MKO   32  52  32  61 /   0   0   0   0
MIO   29  49  33  60 /   0   0   0   0
F10   32  52  33  61 /   0   0   0   0
HHW   33  54  32  60 /   0   0   0   0

&&

.TSA WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
OK...None.
AR...None.
&&

$$


LONG TERM....30



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