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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service El Paso Tx/Santa Teresa NM
331 PM MDT Sun Jul 15 2018

.SYNOPSIS...
An active monsoon pattern will continue to produce scattered
showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening, with another
round expected on Monday. However, drier air will work into the
region on Tuesday. After Tuesday, weather will become more June-
like with isolated thunderstorms mainly in the Sacramento
Mountains and Gila Region, and high temperatures increasing into
the lower-100s in the lowlands.

&&

.DISCUSSION...
Larger scale pattern has evolved as expected, with our split
subtropical ridge still in place (though both the western and
eastern centers are weakening), with a weak trough in between
extending from the Texas Panhandle into south-central New Mexico.
The inverted trough discussed yesterday has wound itself up over
south Texas. While it is most readily apparent at 200 mb, there is
a weak 500 mb reflection as well.

An outflow boundary from Arizona that pushed into SW New Mexico
around Midday has had disappointing results in terms of generating
new convection in SW New Mexico. RAP analysis has a relative
minimum of CAPE over Luna/Dona Ana Counties, but despite this,
cumulus congestus is "clumping up" in southern Dona Ana and
western El Paso counties. Thick anvil blowoff from earlier
convection in the Sacramento Mountains is spreading into the El
Paso and Las Cruces areas from the northeast. Despite this,
outflow has managed to generate new convection from Orogrande
eastward into the Otero Mesa, though this may be aided by the weak
trough hanging back across the eastern half of New Mexico. It`s a
tough call, but El Paso still has a fair shot of getting decent
storms this afternoon/evening.

We`ll hang on to this same pattern again tomorrow, but the NAM/GFS
now suggest eastern parts of the CWA will be clipped by a weak
vort lobe associated with the approaching inverted trough. Several
of the HREF members pick up on this too, showing a more organized
band of thunderstorms moving up from the SE during the early
afternoon.

But for the most part, this inverted trough will mainly benefit
areas south of the border with precip. Drier continental air aloft
will move in behind it, drying out most of the area beginning
Tuesday and lasting through the week. There will be enough
residual moisture around for isolated storms in the higher terrain
of the Gila and Sacramentos, and maybe a lowland stray, but
activity will be much diminished.

Temperatures will slowly climb through the week, likely reaching
the century mark in the lowlands (including ELP) Wed or Thu.
Recycled moisture will try to work around from the north late in
the week, but warm mid-level temperatures will limit instability.

&&

.AVIATION...Valid 16/00-17/00Z.
Moisture remains plentiful with scattered thunderstorms and showers
thru the period for all terminals. Best chances for convection will
be between 00Z and 06Z and again after 18Z. During these periods
look for SCT -TSRA AND +TSRA/WIND VRB15G35KT with CIGS 040-060.
Occasional MVFR ceilings and LCL VSBY 3-5SM AGL will also be
possible with any heavier storms passing directly over individual
terminals. Otherwise expect SCT060-080 SCT-BKN120 BKN-OVC250 to
prevail outside of convective episodes.


&&

.FIRE WEATHER...
Abundant moisture is expected to remain in place through Monday with
decent chances for wetting precipitation for all areas. A drying
trend will begin on Tuesday as deeper moisture is pulled westward
into Arizona and high pressure builds over the state. Circulation
around the high will import drier air into the region and reduce
chances for showers and thunderstorms to a more isolated and
mainly mountain based occurrence for the remainder of the week.

Minimum relative humidity values will drop to the upper teens by the
middle of the week and continue into next weekend.  Vent rates will
continue be in the good to very good range. Non-thunderstorm induced
easterly winds will remain light and generally under 10 mph. Wind
gusts from thunderstorms will have speeds of 40 to 50 mph.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
El Paso                 73  91  75  95 /  50  50  20   0
Sierra Blanca           69  89  69  93 /  40  60  20   0
Las Cruces              69  89  69  94 /  50  40  40   0
Alamogordo              69  90  70  93 /  40  40  20   0
Cloudcroft              53  68  52  73 /  40  70  40  10
Truth or Consequences   70  89  71  91 /  40  30  40   0
Silver City             62  81  65  88 /  50  60  50  30
Deming                  67  88  67  93 /  40  40  30   0
Lordsburg               66  87  69  93 /  50  30  50  10
West El Paso Metro      72  89  72  93 /  60  50  30   0
Dell City               69  94  68  96 /  40  60  20   0
Fort Hancock            71  92  72  96 /  40  60  20   0
Loma Linda              66  87  67  91 /  60  60  20   0
Fabens                  68  90  68  94 /  50  50  20   0
Santa Teresa            71  90  71  94 /  60  50  30   0
White Sands HQ          71  89  72  93 /  60  50  30   0
Jornada Range           67  90  68  94 /  60  40  30   0
Hatch                   68  90  69  94 /  40  40  40   0
Columbus                69  88  69  94 /  40  30  30   0
Orogrande               72  91  72  94 /  50  50  20   0
Mayhill                 57  77  57  82 /  40  60  40  10
Mescalero               57  77  57  84 /  40  70  40  10
Timberon                56  76  55  79 /  40  70  40  10
Winston                 57  81  57  85 /  60  50  50  30
Hillsboro               64  87  64  91 /  50  50  40  20
Spaceport               66  89  66  92 /  40  40  30   0
Lake Roberts            53  80  52  86 /  50  60  60  30
Hurley                  61  83  62  87 /  50  50  50  20
Cliff                   58  86  61  91 /  40  50  60  20
Mule Creek              62  83  65  90 /  40  60  60  30
Faywood                 63  85  63  89 /  40  50  40  20
Animas                  67  88  67  94 /  50  40  60   0
Hachita                 67  87  67  93 /  50  30  40   0
Antelope Wells          67  86  66  91 /  50  50  60  10
Cloverdale              64  82  63  90 /  50  60  60  20

&&

.EPZ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NM...None.
TX...None.
&&

$$

25-Hardiman / 04-Lundeen



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