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Mesoscale Precipitation Discussion: #0208 (Issued at 414 AM EDT Thu May 02 2024
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Mesoscale Precipitation Discussion 0208
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
414 AM EDT Thu May 02 2024

Areas affected...central into southeast Texas, portions of
southwestern/central Louisiana

Concerning...Heavy rainfall...Flash flooding likely

Valid 020813Z - 021413Z

Summary...Complicated convective scenario will continue to pose a
potentially significant flash flood risk through 14Z this morning.

Discussion...The ongoing convective scenario is described by a
couple of prominent linear segments - one about 50 miles NNE of
Houston Metro and a second between Austin and Temple.  Weaker
convection persists between these two dominant linear segments,
although the Austin/Temple complex has shown a weakening trend
over the past hour - likely due to low-level trajectories from
rain-cooled air over east-central Texas.  The pre-convective
environment (away from any outflow or ongoing convection) remains
very moist (2 inch PW values) and unstable (~2000 J/kg MLCAPE),
with strong southerly 850mb flow perpendicular to subtle outflows
in vicinity of the convection to support occasional
backbuilding/training.  The complex has exhibited periods of both
slow/nearly stationary and fast forward movement at times,
enabling periods of 2-4 inch/hr rain rates and 5-9 inch storm
totals across portions of the discussion area.  Significant
impacts have also been noted at times.

The ongoing, complicated forecast scenario poses substantial
uncertainty over the next 6 hours.  Current thinking is that the
ongoing linear complex northeast of Houston will maintain its
intensity while moving east-northeastward toward southwestern
Louisiana parishes through the morning.  Continued backbuilding
will occur between this MCS and an upstream MCV (centered near
ACT/Waco) and continue to spread heavy rain and at least 1 inch/hr
rain rates across water-logged areas that experienced 2-7 inches
of rainfall earlier.  These cells appear to be slightly elevated,
which may be hindering intensity/rain rates in the short term.

One key uncertainty regarding the ongoing scenario is whether
convection can deepen near/south of US 290 between Austin and
Houston, where better surface-based instability resides. 
Surface-based development in this region could result in upscale
growth of another linear complex with training characteristics
that promote both 1) 2-4 inch/hr rain rates at times while 2)
potentially affecting more populated areas closer to Houston
Metro.  Although uncertain, a significant flash flood episode
would be likely - especially if the the scenario depicted by the
06Z HRRR run were to materialize.




LAT...LON   32059373 31789276 31299209 30429200 29829265
            29609512 29389661 30059761 30809806 31599753
            31729677 31719584 31819500 32039443

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Last Updated: 414 AM EDT Thu May 02 2024

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