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Area forecast discussion...updated 
National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas
1121 PM CDT Tuesday Sep 23 2014

all North Texas terminals will remain VFR with light southeasterly
flow less than 10 knots through this forecast cycle. 75


a dry airmass is in place across the region with dewpoints in the
40s and 50s. Scattered to broken high clouds will slowly sink
southward overnight. Skies will be mostly clear skies near the
Red River. Mostly cloudy skies across central Texas will become
partly cloudy late tonight. Have lowered the overnight lows by a
few degrees across the east and south central zones... other changes were made to the previous forecast.



Previous discussion... /issued 342 PM CDT Tuesday Sep 23 2014/

The official first day of fall is turning out to be a very
pleasant day. Morning lows started in the middle 50s to middle 60s and
afternoon temperatures are currently in the upper 70s and 80s.
Overnight lows tonight will be in the 50s to around 60 degrees
with highs on Wednesday in the 80s. The upper level pattern will
undergo a significant shift over the next few days but the overall
impacts to the region will be minimal and the forecast will remain
fairly persistent and dry.

The region is currently dominated by an upper level ridge that is
centered over Arizona and Southern California. An upper level low
has been moving through the northern plains today and will
continue an eastward progression on Wednesday. However...on
Thursday...the upper low will pinch off into a closed low and
retrograde back into the Midwest and plains over the weekend. In
the meantime...another upper level low will develop over West
Texas tomorrow and remain stalled over West Texas for the next
several days. As the Midwest upper level low retrogrades into the
plains...the West Texas upper low will eventually merge with the
other low. This merger is expected to happen Saturday night/Sunday
and then the entire system will move east early next week as
an upper level trough enters the northwestern Continental U.S.. the GFS is
an outlier on this set of model runs. It strengthens the West
Texas low significantly...never merges it with the plains low and
keeps it over the state through Monday night. For this forecast
package...followed the European model (ecmwf)/Canadian/NAM which were in better

Despite an upper level low over the region this weekend...rain
chances will be very minimal due to a lack of moisture. Generally
east winds in the lower levels of the atmosphere will keep the Gulf
of Mexico closed and thus moisture return will be very minimal the
next several days. Forecast soundings support a dry forecast
through at least Saturday with dry and capped middle levels. Some
slightly higher moisture is expected to arrive in the southeastern
zones this weekend with precipitable waters increasing to just over an
inch...but with the upper level low and best large scale lift west
of the appears the southeastern zones will remain dry.
A few showers over the weekend cannot be completely ruled out but
confidence and coverage is not high enough to warrant probability of precipitation at this

As the upper level low system moves east early next week...dry
zonal flow will occur. An upper level trough is expected to move
across the country but the longer range models are in disagreement
on the location/timing/strength of the trough.

Persistent temperatures are expected for the next several days
with highs in the 80s and overnight lows in the upper 50s and 60s.
Temperatures will warm slightly early next week as zonal flow
develops over the region. Some of the western counties could
approach 90 degrees next week. 82/jld


Preliminary point temps/pops...
Dallas-ft. Worth, Texas 60 84 63 86 64 / 0 0 0 5 5
Waco, Texas 55 84 55 87 62 / 0 0 0 5 5
Paris, Texas 53 80 60 83 60 / 0 0 0 5 5
Denton, Texas 54 84 56 85 59 / 0 0 0 0 5
McKinney, Texas 52 83 55 85 58 / 0 0 0 5 5
Dallas, Texas 61 84 64 86 65 / 0 0 0 5 5
Terrell, Texas 55 84 59 86 62 / 0 0 0 5 5
Corsicana, Texas 57 85 59 87 63 / 0 0 0 5 5
Temple, Texas 57 85 58 87 61 / 0 0 0 5 5
Mineral Wells, Texas 56 84 57 85 60 / 0 0 0 0 5


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