Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KHGX 240850

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
350 AM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018


Relatively quiet week ahead, though that will be more a function
of a progressive, but lower amplitude, pattern rather than much in
the way of stagnation. A mid-week cold front will bring a chance
for rain and some thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon into Thursday
morning. After that, a series of weak upper troughs will multiple
chances of rain, but those chances look to be relatively low at
this time. Otherwise, look for temperatures to be pleasant in the
upper 70s and lower 80s.

.NEAR TERM [Through Today]...

If yesterday was your thing - sunny skies, generally seasonable
conditions - not much is going to be different today. Surface high
pressure will drift just east of us, and light onshore flow may
set up at the coast, making today a bit more humid there. But,
winds should be light and most will see dewpoints still stuck in
the 50s. We may see enough moisture aloft to finally get a few
scraps of clouds, but if skies aren`t completely blue, it should
be pretty close.

.SHORT TERM [Tonight Through Thursday]...

Look for light and variable winds to return tonight, but dewpoints
should be modestly higher, helping tonight be similarly modestly
warmer. However, more established onshore winds don`t look to show
up until Wednesday morning. With the front expected Wednesday
night, that doesn`t give us much chance for quality moisture
return. Still, by Wednesday night, the GFS and NAM both have
precipitable water increasing to around 1.5 inches (the SREF is a
little more modest in the 1.25 to 1.5 inch range), along with some
modest instability. Upper dynamics look fairly lousy with the
upper jet lingering too far behind the front. But, a decent low
level jet should help increase low level convergence into the
frontal zone. Expect that this will push convection back into the
cool sector some and elevate the convection. This will generally
limit severe potential, but steeper lapse rates aloft may allow
for the strongest storms to squeeze out some small hail. This is
likely more of a worst-case scenario. On the other hand, things
could play out more like the 00Z TTU-WRF. Not dry, but not really
stormy, either. Some cooler and drier air will cool things down
for Thursday, but only by 5ish degrees, cutting highs into the
upper 70s rather than the lower 80s. Still fairly close to
seasonal averages.

.LONG TERM [Thursday Night Through Tuesday]...

In the late week, surface high pressure will drop into the area,
then eventually move off to the east, continuing our recent
pattern of rapid shifts from offshore winds in the wake of fronts
to the return of onshore winds as high pressure shifts east of the
region. In the stretch from this weekend into early next week,
multiple weak shortwave troughs pass near/across Southeast Texas,
which may provide some low chances at showers. The weekend may be
too dry to squeeze anything out, so early next week should be the
next best shot at some showers. Next week, a more significant
upper trough should drop off the Rockies, accompanied by lee
cyclogenesis. Right now, it appears the troughing will not dig
enough, and the front stalls out before reaching our area. Will
have to see which way the setup trends in the coming days. But,
for now, with relatively weak deep moisture and lack of strong
forcing, precip potential looks fairly limited.


.AVIATION [06Z TAF Issuance]...

VFR. Calm conditions overnight for inland sites winds becoming
light and northerly after 14z. Closer to the coast winds should
veer to the east or southeast close to the coast in the afternoon.
Moisture increasing should lead to some lower clouds Wednesday
morning. Cold front moving through the region 03-15z Thursday with
the potential for showers and thunderstorms.



Light winds and low seas should persist through Wednesday.
A weak cold front and associated showers will move off the
coast Wednesday night. Offshore winds behind the front
might reach caution levels for a short period Thursday
morning. The offshore flow will persist through the end
of the week as another cold front moves through the area
on Friday. Onshore winds that are expected to return
late Saturday or Saturday night should persist for the
remainder of the weekend and then strengthen into the
start of next week. At this time, it looks like caution
flags might be needed beginning late Monday or Monday
night for the increasing winds and building seas. 42



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