Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS64 KOUN 161059

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Norman OK
559 AM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018

Please see the 12Z aviation discussion below.


VFR will apply through the period. Winds will rapidly increase
from the southwest and west this morning. Expect gusts near 35 kt
for 1-3 hours during the early afternoon hours. Winds will
decrease near sunset and become northerly. Skies will generally
remain clear.


.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 431 AM CDT Fri Mar 16 2018/

Fire weather today, and a chance of severe thunderstorms by
Sunday will be the primary concerns with this forecast package.

Very dry air will continue to spread north and east today as the
vort max over western KS does the same. Still expect breezy west
winds to develop across much of the FA by late this morning, with
the dryline mixing east very quickly. Will keep winds higher than
most solutions, especially across west and northwest where deep
mixing is expected along with subsidence. The winds will begin to
weaken around sunset, especially central and west central OK
within prefrontal trough. A weak attendant cold front will then
follow during the overnight hours resulting in a slow wind shift
from the north. Saturday will generally be around 10 degrees
cooler under the weak surface ridge.

Moisture will begin to return to north TX as early as Sat night,
as a mid level shortwave trough moves out of west TX & SE NM. This
wave could result in some elevated showers/sprinkles developing
near the Red River, but for now have kept the forecast dry for Sat.
Low level moisture advection will ramp up Sun AM ahead of a
negatively tilted mid to upper trough moving into NE NM.
Isentropic ascent late Sat into the late morning hours of Sun will
likely support some initial elevated activity mainly across
southern OK. Would not be surprised to see hail develop during
the early afternoon hours across the southern half of OK, mainly
along/east of I-35 and south of I-40 as this initial mid level
shortwave trough lifts NEwrd. This activity may limit overall
instability for some areas during peak heating hours, but as the
stout mid to upper low enters the panhandle and northern OK during
the early evening hours additional redevelopment will be possible
along and ahead of the dryline after sunset. It`s unclear exactly
where this development may take place, but overall consensus for
the time being appears to be over portions of central and north
central OK. In addition to severe hail, damaging winds may
accompany storms.

As the mid to upper low moves near NE OK Monday, some elevated
showers and storms will remain possible mainly across northern and
eastern OK. However, dry slot may limit overall potential across
our region. Near critical fire weather conditions will be possible
on the backside of the surface low by Monday afternoon. Winds will
remain elevated throughout the entire day Mon, only slowly
weakening after sunset given the pressure gradient.

Things will quiet down through the extended forecast periods as an
upper level ridge amplifies and shifts eastward by mid week over
the Rockies. This ridge should be somewhere over the central CONUS
by Thu resulting in above avg temps and dry conditions.


Oklahoma City OK  79  41  69  46 /   0   0   0  10
Hobart OK         78  38  69  44 /   0   0   0   0
Wichita Falls TX  81  42  70  49 /   0   0  10  10
Gage OK           77  35  69  42 /   0   0   0   0
Ponca City OK     80  36  68  40 /   0   0   0   0
Durant OK         79  47  74  52 /  10   0  10  20


OK...Red Flag Warning from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM CDT this
     evening for OKZ004>042-044>046-050.

TX...Red Flag Warning from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM CDT this
     evening for TXZ083>090.



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