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FXUS64 KMAF 211926

223 PM CDT Thu Aug 21 2014


Currently, there is an upper low over the southern boarder of
California and northern Mexico with an upper ridge over the Gulf
coast states.  This is resulting in southwest flow the Texas
panhandle and eastern New Mexico which is bringing in mid-level
subtropical moisture.  The increase in moisture along with an
increase in omega values across the Big Bend region, southeast New
Mexico, and the Guadalupe Mountains is contributing to showers and
thunderstorms across this area this afternoon.  Thunderstorms will
also be possible today across most of the Permian Basin and the
Davis Mountains with CAPE values around or above 2,000 J/kg.  Bulk
shear values will be low across the whole area so not expecting
widespread severe development.  Upper level winds are still fairly
weak so storms will not likely have much movement which may result
in locally heavy rain and flash flooding.  The PWAT value on the 12z
MAF sounding was 1.45 which would support heavy rain.  High
temperatures today will be near normal and similar to yesterday.

After today, the upper low over California will move eastward as an
upper trough moves over the Pacific Northwest.  The upper ridge over
the southern states will begin to build which will keep the area on
the western edge of the ridge.  This will allow for moisture to keep
streaming into western portions of the CWA and for shortwaves to
move over the region.  This will result in a chance for convection
across the higher terrain and mostly western portions of the CWA
through the forecast period.  High temperatures and the eastern
extent of the precipitation will depend on the strength and
placement of the upper ridge.  During the early to middle part of
next week, an upper trough will move over the Central/Northern
Plains which which will cause the upper ridge to shift eastward and
weaken over the CWA.  The GFS and ECMWF are differing greatly on the
timing and placement of this upper trough.  Temperatures will not
change too much through the forecast period and should remain near
normal despite the presence of a surface trough across eastern New
Mexico and West Texas.  The GFS indicates a cold front moving into
the area next Thursday as a result of the upper trough passing to
the north so will continue to monitor this.


ANDREWS TX                 72  94  69  93  /  30  20  20  20
BIG SPRING TX              73  96  70  95  /  20  10  10  10
CARLSBAD NM                71  93  70  92  /  30  40  40  30
DRYDEN TX                  74 100  76  99  /  20  10  10  10
FORT STOCKTON TX           72  95  70  95  /  20  20  20  20
GUADALUPE PASS TX          65  83  63  80  /  30  40  40  30
HOBBS NM                   68  91  67  90  /  30  30  30  30
MARFA TX                   62  88  60  85  /  40  30  30  30
MIDLAND INTL AIRPORT TX    73  95  71  94  /  20  20  20  10
ODESSA TX                  73  95  71  94  /  20  20  20  20
WINK TX                    76  99  72  97  /  30  30  30  20






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