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FXUS64 KLIX 152047
AFDLIX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
347 PM CDT WED APR 15 2015

.SYNOPSIS...

SOUTHWESTERLY UPPER FLOW CONTINUES ACROSS THE AREA...PUMPING
ABUNDANT MOISTURE INTO THE AREA. WITH A SLIGHTLY
DRIER...PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES NEAR 1.5 INCHES...NO
SIGNIFICANT UPPER FEATURES WERE AVAILABLE TO PRODUCE WIDESPREAD
PRECIPITATION TODAY. STILL SEEING SCATTERED ACTIVITY WHICH IS
PRODUCING TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IN A FEW AREAS THAT HAVE
NECESSITATED FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. OUTSIDE OF CONVECTION...TEMPS
HAVE WARMED INTO THE UPPER 70S AND LOWER 80S WITH DEW POINTS IN
THE UPPER 60S.

&&

.SHORT TERM...

EXPECT THAT MOST OF THE CURRENT CONVECTION WILL DIE OUT SHORTLY
AFTER SUNSET. HOWEVER...THE LULL WILL NOT LAST VERY LONG. NEXT
IMPULSE WILL START PRODUCING WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
TOMORROW MORNING WITH PRECIPITABLE WATER VALUES RETURNING TO
AROUND 1.8 INCHES FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. CAN CERTAINLY SEE ONE
TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN BOTH DAYS IN AREAS THAT RECEIVE
THUNDERSTORMS. AFTER THE RAINFALL OF THE PAST FEW DAYS...FLASH
FLOOD GUIDANCE APPEARS TO BE TOO HIGH. WILL EXTEND FLASH FLOOD WATCH
THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...AND IF GFS/ECMWF SOLUTIONS ARE
CORRECT...WILL PROBABLY NEED TO EXTEND IT INTO SATURDAY IN LATER
FORECASTS. WILL CARRY CATEGORICAL POPS DURING THE DAY THURSDAY AND
FRIDAY...WITH LIKELY POPS DURING THE NIGHT PERIODS AFTER TONIGHT.
FOR NOW...WILL DISREGARD DRIER NAM SOLUTION FOR SATURDAY AND GO
WITH LIKELY POPS. CLOUDS AND PRECIPITATION SHOULD HOLD HIGHS IN
THE 70S...BUT IT WILL NOT TAKE MUCH OF A BREAK IN CLOUD COVER TO
ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO CLIMB INTO THE 80S. 35

&&

.LONG TERM...

MEDIUM RANGE MODELS INDICATING A BREAK IN THE PERSISTENT SOUTHWEST
UPPER FLOW BY SUNDAY OR MONDAY...WHICH SHOULD ALLOW FOR A FEW DAYS
OF DRYING. A SOUTHERN STREAM SHORTWAVE COULD RETURN A CHANCE OF
RAIN TO THE AREA WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY...BUT THERE IS QUITE A BIT
OF DIVERGENCE IN MODEL SOLUTIONS AFTER MONDAY. WILL CONTINUE WITH
CURRENT FORECAST TRENDS BEYOND SUNDAY. 35

&&

.AVIATION...

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE BECOMING MORE MORE NUMEROUS IN
NATURE. THE COVERAGE IS NOT HIGH ENOUGH TO MERIT PREVAILING SHRA
OR TSRA BUT AT LEAST HAVE VICINITY. VIS/CIGS COULD LOWER TO IFR
CONDITIONS IF ONE OF THESE CELLS MOVES OVER THE AREA DUE TO HEAVY
RAINFALL. WINDS COULD GUST TO 30+KNOTS AS WELL. NOT MUCH ACTIVITY
EXPECTED OVERNIGHT...BUT LIGHT FOG IS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT AND
MAINLY AROUND SUNRISE.

MEFFER

&&

.MARINE...

ONSHORE FLOW IS EXPECTED TO BE MAINTAINED AT LEAST THROUGH SUNDAY
BEFORE A COLD FRONT IS PROJECTED TO ENTER THE NORTH GULF LATE
SUNDAY NIGHT/MONDAY MORNING. UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE PATTERN WITH
SOUTHERN BRANCH FLOW WILL MAINTAIN A HEIGHTENED SITUATION FOR
MARITIME THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX DEVELOPMENTS EACH DAY THROUGH
SUNDAY...WHICH WOULD PRESENT LOCALLY ROUGH CONDITIONS FROM THE
MORE ORGANIZED STORM STRUCTURES AT TIMES IN SQUALL LINES. WATER
SPOUTS WILL BE POSSIBLE AS WELL

RR/MEFFER

&&

.DECISION SUPPORT...

DSS CODE...BLUE.
DEPLOYED...NONE.
ACTIVATION...NONE.
ACTIVITIES...MONITORING HEAVY RAINFALL/FLOODING POTENTIAL.

DECISION SUPPORT SERVICES (DSS) CODE LEGEND
GREEN  = NO WEATHER IMPACTS THAT REQUIRE ACTION
BLUE   = LONG FUSED WATCH/WARNING/ADVISORY IN EFFECT OR HIGH
         VISIBILITY EVENT
YELLOW = HEIGHTENED IMPACTS WITH SHORT FUSED
         WATCH/WARNING/ADVISORY ISSUANCES; RADAR SUPPORT
ORANGE = HIGH IMPACTS - SLIGHT TO MODERATE RISK SEVERE; NEARBY
         TROPICAL EVENTS; HAZMAT OR OTHER LARGE EPISODES
RED    = FULL ENGAGEMENT FOR MODERATE TONIGHT RISK SVR
         AND/OR DIRECT TROPICAL THREATS; EVENTS OF NATIONAL
         SIGNIFICANCE

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
MCB  65  77  65  78 /  30  80  60  80
BTR  66  79  67  80 /  30  80  60  80
ASD  68  79  68  80 /  30  80  60  80
MSY  69  79  70  80 /  30  80  60  80
GPT  70  78  70  77 /  30  80  60  80
PQL  69  78  69  79 /  30  80  60  80

&&

.LIX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
LA...FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR LAZ040-046>050-
     056>070-072.

GM...NONE.
MS...FLASH FLOOD WATCH THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING FOR MSZ077-080>082.

GM...NONE.
&&

$$



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