FXUS64 KBRO 301120 AAA
Area Forecast Discussion...UPDATED
National Weather Service Brownsville TX
620 AM CDT Sun Apr 30 2017
.DISCUSSION...Updated for latest aviation discussion below.
.AVIATION...VFR will prevail for the next 24 hours. 12Z BRO
balloon sounding and KBRO VWP both indicate 45-knot winds at 020,
so will include low-level wind shear in first couple hours of
TAF for BRO & HRL. Moderate to breezy north winds this morning
veer onshore light this evening.
.PREV DISCUSSION... /issued 408 AM CDT Sun Apr 30 2017/
SHORT TERM (Now through Monday): Cold front has already cleared
all of the land areas. Short-duration gusts of up to 45mph were
observed at several locations. Winds have settled down below
advisory criteria except along the immediate coast. Will let the
remaining advisory expire as scheduled at 10Z, if not sooner.
Cooler and much drier air is being ushered in behind the front,
bringing a welcome break from yesterday's hot and muggy conditions.
Dewpoints have already crashed into the 30s F across the northern
Ranchlands, with mid-40s into the MFE vicinity. NNW winds will
settle in at 10-15mph for most of the day. Afternoon temperatures
will be in the 80s area-wide under sunny skies.
While this might seem to be a good beach day, Rip Current risk will
be high. The High Surf Advisory (waves of 6 ft.) has also been
extended through 1pm today, as NWPS Gerling-Hanson plots and WW3
spectral bulletins for Buoy 42020 indicate that the significant SE
swell (with dominant period of 9-10 seconds) will continue through
around mid-day Sunday, even as winds become N behind the cold front.
Surface high begins to move east overnight, re-establishing a light,
onshore flow. More inland areas will cool into the 50s, with low-
mid 60s along the Mid- and Lower Valley and along the coast. Light-
to-moderate SE flow returns on Monday, with warm-air advection
resuming at H85. Went a little warmer for Monday, with the 90-
degree maximum line roughly straddling Hwy. 77. Mid-90s return to
the Mid- and Upper Valley, though with afternoon dewpoints mixing
out into the 40s and 50s, it still will be reasonably comfortable.
LONG TERM (Monday Night through Saturday): Weak mid level
zonal flow over the region will provide subsidence across Deep South
Texas Monday night. Low to mid level moisture will increase across
the region Tuesday into Wednesday as a 500mb trough develops across
northwest Mexico Tuesday and another mid to upper level trough
develops across the Rockies Wednesday. A slight chance of sea breeze
activity is possible across the area on Wednesday. The 500mb trough
and the associated cold front will bring a good chance of showers
and thunderstorms to the region Wednesday night and Thursday. Drier
and slightly cooler air will filter into the CWA in the wake of the
front on Thursday. Temperatures will generally remain above normal
Monday night through Wednesday. Near to slightly below normal
temperatures and rain free conditions expected through the rest of
the forecast period in the wake of the front.
MARINE (Now through Monday): A cold front has now cleared much
of the Lower Texas Coastal waters, per radar imagery. The
strongest winds are right along and just behind the front, with a
few gusts to gale force noted both on the Laguna and offshore.
Seas have jumped up to 11-12 ft. at Buoy 020 as of 2:50am CDT.
Winds should fall back to SCA levels shortly, and a Small Craft
Advisory for winds is in effect for the Laguna Madre until noon.
Will go ahead and extend the SCA for the Gulf waters through 00Z
this evening. Winds become more moderate by late this afternoon,
but seas remain elevated. Another extension to the SCA for the
outer Gulf zones is likely, as seas only gradually subside to 7-8
ft. by early this evening, but less confident on the 0-20nm zones
remaining at SCA levels. Marine conditions finally become more
favorable by late tonight into Monday morning, as winds become
light-moderate SE and seas relax to 4-5 ft.
Monday Night through Thursday Night...Light to moderate southeast
winds and moderate seas will prevail Monday night through Wednesday
as high pressure continues across the Gulf. Small craft may need to
exercise caution on the Gulf waters Monday night due to elevated
winds and seas. Adverse marine conditions expected late Wednesday
night into Thursday with the passage of a cold front. Small craft
advisories will likely be needed for all of the coastal waters
Thursday due to strong winds and rough seas.
Fire Weather: Fuels are forecast to be dry over the western zones
to extremely dry over portions of Cameron County. Although relative
humidity values will fall to 15-20% roughly west of Hwy. 281 by
early this afternoon, 20-ft. winds will have fallen off to 10-15mph
by then. Not anticipating Red Flag Warning conditions to be met,
but will be issuing a Fire Danger Statement for Hidalgo, Brooks, Jim
Hogg, Starr, and Zapata counties due to the dry fuels, low RH, and
marginal winds leading to Elevated fire weather conditions. SPC has
also placed this area in the same category today.
TX...High Surf Advisory until 1 PM CDT this afternoon for TXZ251-256-
GM...Small Craft Advisory for winds until noon CDT today for GMZ130-
Small Craft Advisory until 7 PM CDT this evening for GMZ150-155-
This product is also available on the web at:
Back to Main Forecast Discussion Page