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March 21, 2015

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH CANCELLED …

by troyk | on Mar 21, 2015 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #8
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
255pm CT – Saturday / 21 March 2015


.NWS/Austin-San Antonio Cancels the Flash Flood Watch…

Some light rain will continue through the afternoon into the evening hours
today but rainfall amounts should not create any problems.

This is my final statement on this weather event…
tk

… Flash Flood Watch Continues … Forecast Rainfall Amounts Down … (1107am CT-Sat/21Mar2015)

by troyk | on Mar 21, 2015 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #7
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
1107am CT – Saturday / 21 March 2015


.NWS/Austin-San Antonio Continues the Flash Flood Watch Until 7pm Today ..

.Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts (QPF)  Continue to Decrease the Amount
of Rainfall Expected Locally ..

Overall… according to latest QPF data sets.. predicted rainfall for the Austin metro area and
the IH35 corridor between now and early Sunday morning is now predicted at 1 1/2 inch or less.
I’m thinking it’ll be less than one inch in most areas.

The NWS/Austin-San Antonio  says it possible that some of the western parts of the current
Flash Flood Watch may be  dropped before the watch expires at 7pm tonight.

At 1100am this morning.. NWS Doppler weather radar shows light to occasionally moderate
rains continue over the area with the heaviest precipitation to the distant south through southeast
of the Austin area.

At 1100am this morning.. there are no flood problems in the area. According to www.atxfloods.com..
ten low water crossings (out of a total of 756 in the general area) have closed but these locations
are the ones affected first with any precipitation. Still, if you come up on these closed crossings,
remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

As of 1100am this morning.. here are some representative area rainfall totals since early Friday…
Austin Great Hills NWS Coop Station…. 1.29″
Austin City (Camp Mabry) NWS ASOS…. 1.52″
Austin Bergstrom International Airport FAA ASOS…. 1.29″
Bull Creek at Loop 360 (LCRA)……………. 1.76″

All LCRA Hydromet totals, for the past 48 hours, in Travis and in surrounding counties are less
than 2 inches.

Light to moderate rainfall will continue across the area today into tonight with rain chances
diminishing after midnight tonight.

I’ll continue to monitor.
tk

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…. FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES …. (910pm CT-Fri/20Mar2015)

by troyk | on Mar 21, 2015 | Comments Off

Austin / Travis County and South Central Texas Weather Update #5
Prepared by UT University/Incident Meteorologist Troy Kimmel
910pm CT – Friday / 20 March 2015


. NWS/Flash Flood Watch Continues Until 7pm Saturday ..

. NWS/Weather Prediction Center Has Issued a Heavy Rainfall
Mesoscale Discussion for Areas Primarily South/Southeast of Austin…
(Link: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/metwatch/metwatch_mpd_multi.php?md=0015&yr=2015 )

Graphic for MPD #0015

MESOSCALE PRECIPITATION DISCUSSION 0015
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD
954 PM EDT FRI MAR 20 2015
 
AREAS AFFECTED...SOUTH TEXAS 
 
CONCERNING...HEAVY RAINFALL...FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE 
 
VALID 210150Z - 210750Z
 
SUMMARY...INCREASINGLY ORGANIZED AND SLOW-MOVING SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS ARE ANTICIPATED OVERNIGHT. THE SLOW MOVEMENT AND
HEAVIER RAINFALL RATES WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A FLASH FLOOD THREAT.

DISCUSSION...THE LARGER SCALE PATTERN FEATURES A DEEP FETCH OF MID
AND HIGH LEVEL SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE CROSSING CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST
MEXICO AND LIFTING ACROSS THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY OF TEXAS.
THIS IS ALL OUT AHEAD OF AN UPPER LOW FOCUSED OVER THE BAJA
PENINSULA. MEANWHILE...A COLD FRONT IS GRADUALLY SETTLING SOUTH
ACROSS SOUTHEAST TEXAS. THE FEED OF MOISTURE ALONG WITH EMBEDDED
SHORTWAVE ENERGY IS INTERACTING WITH THE FRONT AND ALREADY
PRODUCING A BROKEN AXIS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS.

OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS...THERE SHOULD BE A GRADUAL INCREASE IN
CONVECTIVE ORGANIZATION AS MID LEVEL VORT ENERGY OVER MEXICO LIFTS
NORTHEAST ACROSS THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY. THIS COUPLED WITH
H25 RRQ JET DYNAMICS AND LOW LEVEL SPEED CONVERGENCE IN VICINITY
THE AFOREMENTIONED FRONT WILL SUPPORT THE UPTICK IN CONVECTION.

PWATS ARE QUITE HIGH...RUNNING AOA 1.75 INCHES OVER MUCH OF SOUTH
TEXAS...AND THE LATEST GLOBAL MODELS SUGGEST ACTUALLY AN
ADDITIONAL INCREASE IN PWATS OVERNIGHT...LOCALLY APPROACHING 2
INCHES. THE 18Z NAM...12Z ARW AND 12Z NMMB ALL REFLECT SIGNALS FOR
HEAVY RAINFALL...ESPECIALLY AFTER MIDNIGHT...WITH SEVERAL INCHES
OF RAIN POSSIBLE LOCALLY. GIVEN THE ANTICIPATED SLOW MOVEMENT AND
HIGH PWAT ENVIRONMENT...HEAVY TOTALS APPEAR LIKELY...AND SO THERE
SHOULD BE A THREAT FOR FLASH FLOODING. WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR.

ORRISON

ATTN...WFO...BRO...CRP...EWX...HGX...

ATTN...RFC...WGRFC...