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FXUS64 KMAF 170945
AFDMAF

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIDLAND/ODESSA TX
345 AM CST Mon Nov 17 2014

.DISCUSSION...

A relatively quiet period of weather is in store for West Texas and
Southeast New Mexico this week, dominated mainly by an upper lvl
ridge set to move in from the west.

Yesterday`s cold front brrrrought a modified Arctic AMS into the
region, as noted by current temps in the teens along the nrn tier
zones.  Like the previous Arctic AMS, this one was somewhat colder
than anticipated, and current forecast soundings/H85 temp fields
suggest generally staying toward the lower end of guidance in the
short term.  As the sfc ridge slides east later today, winds will
veer to SE by late afternoon and CAA will cease.  However, return
flow will be light, and temps slow to warm under NW flow aloft.  As
noted above, an upper lvl ridge is forecast to develop over the west
coast, but a Pacific trough is set to dampen this feature as it
moves inland, w/the net result of just transitioning NW flow aloft
to zonal.  Thus, temps should not climb back to normal until
Thursday afternoon.  Thursday, the aforementioned Pac trough will
pass thru the area, greatly diminished, and drop a cold front into
the area Thursday night.  The GFS/ECMWF are faster w/the
trough/front than the DGEX/CMC, but this is a rather moot point, as
this will be a dry event, and the front weak.  Temps should drop
just a few degrees Friday, and rebound Saturday.

Meanwhile, a second, deeper Pac trough follows the first, and
arrives Saturday.  Models don`t advertise much of a cold front
w/this feature, but hint at developing a weak dryline over the ern
zones, for a slight chance of convection along the eastern
periphery.  Otherwise, grids stay dry, and temps
near-normal.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
ANDREWS TX                 41  24  49  31  /   0   0   0   0
BIG SPRING TX              41  23  52  31  /   0   0   0   0
CARLSBAD NM                39  23  51  27  /   0   0   0   0
DRYDEN TX                  49  27  51  30  /   0   0   0   0
FORT STOCKTON TX           46  25  56  36  /   0   0   0   0
GUADALUPE PASS TX          38  24  48  34  /   0   0   0   0
HOBBS NM                   40  20  50  24  /   0   0   0   0
MARFA TX                   46  19  52  24  /   0   0   0   0
MIDLAND INTL AIRPORT TX    43  22  49  28  /   0   0   0   0
ODESSA TX                  41  24  48  32  /   0   0   0   0
WINK TX                    45  22  53  25  /   0   0   0   0

&&

.MAF WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NM...NONE.
TX...NONE.

&&

$$

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