Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KPSR 102316

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Phoenix AZ
416 PM MST Wed Aug 10 2022

.UPDATE...0Z Aviation Discussion...


Chances for showers and thunderstorms will remain somewhat elevated
the next several days with a slightly higher potential over the
weekend. Occasionally heavy rainfall, localized flash flooding,
gusty winds, and localized blowing dust will be possible around any
storms that form. Temperatures will remain near to slightly
below normal through early next week.


A strong H5 598dm, high amplitude anti-cyclone center has migrated
to the CO/WY border early this afternoon allowing deep, moist
southeast flow to prevail across the SW Conus. Within this flow
pattern, larger easterly waves along with any number of MCV`s
continue to stream through the region providing pockets of ascent
supporting periodic showers and storms. While the expanse and
magnitude of the downstream high pressure system will modulate
somewhat through the weekend, the overall synoptic pattern and
location of the anti-cyclone center will change very little. This
will essentially result in little day-to-day change with the deep
ESE flow entrenched and continued MCV`s and other perturbations
shearing off the mid-level front drifting across the forecast area
in a high moisture environment with modest instability - i.e.
occasional shower and thunderstorm chances will be revisited daily.

In the near term, visible satellite imagery depicts a more
pronounced MCV spinning into the northern Gulf of California while
other more subtle cyclonic features drift through central AZ. While
these circulations may provide some focused lift, the larger forcing
mechanism was a large easterly wave propagating through central
Chihuahua. Vorticity extended northward from this latter feature
should focus convective development across SE AZ this afternoon
while localized divergence associated with the former MCV`s could
invigorate storms through western Arizona and SE California.
Unusually high moisture content (mixing ratios 12-15 g/kg and PWATs
1.75-2.00 inches) will aid in rainfall efficiency (rates well in
excess of 2 in/hr) such that any more robust storm will carry a
localized flash flood threat. Additionally, HREF output indicates
the potential for more dense clusters of storms in SE AZ which could
thrust an outflow boundary towards Pinal County. However, weaker
lapse rates and lower DCape (less than 1000 J/kg) may limit the
overall wind threat into more isolated wet microbursts as the more
likely threat versus wide ranging, strong outflow boundaries.

With the pattern changing very little through the weekend and early
next week, forecasts remain nearly status quo with close to
climatological POPs across the forecast area. This typical mid-
August pattern will support daily thunderstorm activity over higher
terrain with activity tending to struggle for survival into lower
elevations with limited lapse rates, decent instability, and notable
CinH. However, undoubtedly there will be one or two days with more
favorable thermodynamic structure and shortwave support to allow
more expansive thunderstorm coverage. Should any PV anomaly be drawn
north from Mexico on the western periphery of the high pressure
system coincident with full daytime insolation, enhanced convective
potential would result. Attempting to identify any particular
feature in the flow pattern this far in advance is rather futile at
this point; but regardless, there is the potential for convection to
be a bit more active and focused perhaps as early as Friday and
continuing through early next week.


.AVIATION...Updated 2320Z.

South-Central Arizona including KPHX, KIWA, KSDL, and KDVT:
Main aviation weather concern will be the potential for
thunderstorm activity and associated outflow winds to affect the
terminals later this evening. In the meantime, conditions will
remain tranquil through the early evening with vrb or light west
breezes aob 10 kts.

Thereafter, will be monitoring the potential for thunderstorm
activity and associated outflows, mostly predominating from the east-
southeast, affecting the area terminals between 04-06z. Evident on
TPHX is another outflow from the north that could briefly impact
terminals on the northern edge of the Phoenix metro over the next
couple hours. At this time, there is a 50% probability of winds
exceeding 30 kts with any surging outflows. Overall confidence in
thunderstorm development near a terminal this evening is rather

Southeast California/Southwest Arizona including KIPL and KBLH:
KIPL: Southeasterly winds aob 10 kts will predominate. An isolated
evening thunderstorm cannot be ruled out in the vicinity,
however, confidence is too low at this time to mention in TAF

KBLH: Mostly SSE winds aob 10 kts will prevail through the
period. VCTS are nearby through early evening with briefly
stronger gusts possible.


A humid airmass will remain in place through the forecast period,
yielding elevated afternoon RH values and good overnight recovery.
Chances for wetting rains will continue for most areas almost daily.
Winds for the most part will remain light, with the exception of
thunderstorm outflows generating stronger gusts. The fire danger
threat is expected to remain low for the foreseeable future.




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