Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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FXUS64 KAMA 241059 AAA

Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
559 AM CDT Thu May 24 2018

Southerly winds will increase and will get gusty by late this
morning/early this afternoon. Some showers and thunderstorms may
develop this afternoon, but confidence is not very high that they
will affect a certain TAF site, so have left the mention of them
out of this forecast. Gusty winds will decrease again this
evening. Skies are expected to remain VFR.


.PREV DISCUSSION... /Issued 408 AM CDT Thu May 24 2018/

Showers and storms continue this morning across the eastern
Panhandles, as southwest flow aloft continues across the area.
Temperatures will be pretty warm today, with highs in the upper
80s to lower 90s. Flow will begin to shift more westerly and
briefly northwesterly as a ridge of high pressure builds over the
Panhandles. Temperatures over the holiday weekend will be quite
toasty. Highs on Friday will start to creep near the 100 degree
mark area wide, with the Palo Duro area exceeding 100 degrees.
Saturday looks like widespread 100s, with possible Heat Advisory
criteria being met in the Palo Duro Canyon. There is a little
issue with Saturday`s highs, it`s possible that some high clouds
will move in, knocking down the Max T`s a few degrees, but it may
be late enough in the day that the clouds won`t be an impact.

A little relief on Sunday as the ridge shifts east and southwest
flow returns, but highs will still be near 100 panhandle wide. We
start to reintroduce the chances for showers and thunderstorms,
but it will depend on where the dryline sets up, and how much
moisture will be available.

Overall, very warm/hot temperatures will continue for the early to
mid part of the next work week. Slight chance of thunderstorms
will continue to be possible each day across different parts of
the Panhandles. High temperatures are forecast to be near the
records maximums for the holiday weekend.


Thunderstorms will affect the AMA TAF site early in this
forecast. DHT and GUY should stay thunderstorm free. Winds will be
variable and gusty with the storms in AMA and winds will be
southerly at DHT and GUY with winds decreasing through the early
morning hours. Gusty southerly winds are expected to return to all
TAF sites by late morning/early afternoon, then the winds will
decrease again this evening. Skies are expected to remain VFR, but
may go briefly MVFR in a stronger storm.


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