FXUS64 KLIX 171328

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans LA
828 AM CDT Tue Jul 17 2018


This morning's balloon launch was successful, and there were no
issues. Looking at the sounding, the vertical profile is moist
throughout the atmospheric column. There is a small temperature
inversion at the surface which should dissipate throughout the
day as atmospheric mixing occurs. The CIN is higher today,
especially when compared with recent previous soundings (-51
J/kg). The CAPE is at or below average for this time of year (1521
J/kg), which could help to fuel some showers throughout the day.
The vertical wind profile is variable throughout the atmospheric
column. At the surface and in the lower levels of the atmosphere,
the winds are light (10-15 knots) and westerly. At the middle
levels, the winds are northerly and light (5-10 knots). At the
upper levels and at the jet stream, the winds are average for this
time of year (30 knots) and northeasterly in direction. MSW

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