National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

There will be a threat for showers and a few storms east of Highway 281 on Sunday afternoon. A few storms could be strong with gusty winds. Otherwise, it'll be warm with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Behind the dryline feature, the fire weather threat may increase due to the combination of above normal temperatures, strong winds and low afternoon humidity.
Over the last month, we have had wild swings in daily temperatures. These swings have been impressive, even by Texas standards. In the middle part of December, temperatures were well above normal, followed by an intense cold snap around the New Year. Another stretch of warm weather was then observed, followed by another cold snap. Warm weather in the forecast for the next several days too.
It will be mostly clear and cold tonight with low in the 20s to around 30 degrees. Winds will be southerly at 5 to 10 mph.

 
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Soaring Forecast


THIS FORECAST IS FOR THE DALLAS - FORT WORTH AREA. 

SOARING FORECAST FOR DFW           DATE... 01/18/18...12Z

THERMAL INDEX....MINUS SIGN INDICATES INSTABILITY
       3000 FT MSL........ -1.0
       5000 FT MSL........ 5.5
       6000 FT MSL........ 8.0
      10000 FT MSL........ 18.5
      15000 FT MSL........ 24.0

HEIGHT OF THE -3 INDEX.... 2300 FT MSL
TOP OF THE LIFT........... 3300 FT MSL
DFW MAX TEMPERATURE....... 46 DEGREES F
FIRST USEABLE LIFT........ 51 DEGREES F
MAXIMUM LIFT.............. 211 FT/MIN

UPPER LEVEL WINDS
          SURFACE......... 000 DEGREES AT 00 KNOTS
          2000 FT MSL..... 215 DEGREES AT 10 KNOTS
          3000 FT MSL..... 240 DEGREES AT 11 KNOTS
          4000 FT MSL..... 220 DEGREES AT 07 KNOTS
          5000 FT MSL..... 255 DEGREES AT 11 KNOTS
          6000 FT MSL..... 235 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          7000 FT MSL..... 210 DEGREES AT 09 KNOTS
          8000 FT MSL..... 210 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          9000 FT MSL..... 200 DEGREES AT 09 KNOTS
          12000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          13000 FT MSL.... 280 DEGREES AT 17 KNOTS
          14000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS
          15000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          16000 FT MSL.... 280 DEGREES AT 11 KNOTS
          17000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 16 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          22000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 265 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          26000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS


IT IS EMPHASIZED...THIS SOARING FORECAST INFORMATION IS VALID
ONLY FOR THE RAOB SITE AREA AND FREQUENTLY WILL NOT APPLY
TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE.

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THIS FORECAST IS FOR THE AMARILLO - PANHANDLE REGION. 

SOARING FORECAST FOR AMA           DATE... 01/18/18...12Z

THERMAL INDEX....MINUS SIGN INDICATES INSTABILITY
       3000 FT MSL........ -20.5
       5000 FT MSL........ -8.0
       6000 FT MSL........ -2.5
      10000 FT MSL........ 4.5
      15000 FT MSL........ 9.5

HEIGHT OF THE -3 INDEX.... 5900 FT MSL
TOP OF THE LIFT........... 6600 FT MSL
AMA MAX TEMPERATURE....... 59 DEGREES F
FIRST USEABLE LIFT........ 61 DEGREES F
MAXIMUM LIFT.............. 215 FT/MIN

UPPER LEVEL WINDS
          SURFACE......... 230 DEGREES AT 10 KNOTS
          5000 FT MSL..... 260 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS
          6000 FT MSL..... 235 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          7000 FT MSL..... 230 DEGREES AT 04 KNOTS
          8000 FT MSL..... 260 DEGREES AT 05 KNOTS
          9000 FT MSL..... 345 DEGREES AT 09 KNOTS
          12000 FT MSL.... 010 DEGREES AT 05 KNOTS
          13000 FT MSL.... 335 DEGREES AT 03 KNOTS
          14000 FT MSL.... 360 DEGREES AT 10 KNOTS
          16000 FT MSL.... 315 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 295 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 350 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          26000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          17000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 16 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          22000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 265 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          26000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS


IT IS EMPHASIZED...THIS SOARING FORECAST INFORMATION IS VALID
ONLY FOR THE RAOB SITE AREA AND FREQUENTLY WILL NOT APPLY
TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE.

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THIS FORECAST IS FOR THE MIDLAND - WEST TEXAS REGION. 

SOARING FORECAST FOR MAF           DATE... 01/18/18...12Z

THERMAL INDEX....MINUS SIGN INDICATES INSTABILITY
       3000 FT MSL........ -11.5
       5000 FT MSL........ -3.0
       6000 FT MSL........ -2.5
      10000 FT MSL........ 12.0
      15000 FT MSL........ 16.5

HEIGHT OF THE -3 INDEX.... 5100 FT MSL
TOP OF THE LIFT........... 6500 FT MSL
MAF MAX TEMPERATURE....... 49 DEGREES F
FIRST USEABLE LIFT........ 46 DEGREES F
MAXIMUM LIFT.............. 249 FT/MIN

UPPER LEVEL WINDS
          SURFACE......... 190 DEGREES AT 10 KNOTS
          4000 FT MSL..... 185 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS
          6000 FT MSL..... 215 DEGREES AT 05 KNOTS
          7000 FT MSL..... 185 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          8000 FT MSL..... 225 DEGREES AT 09 KNOTS
          9000 FT MSL..... 255 DEGREES AT 13 KNOTS
          12000 FT MSL.... 250 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          14000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          16000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 07 KNOTS
          18000 FT MSL.... 285 DEGREES AT 01 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 035 DEGREES AT 04 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 105 DEGREES AT 05 KNOTS
          26000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          17000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 16 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          22000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 265 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          26000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS


IT IS EMPHASIZED...THIS SOARING FORECAST INFORMATION IS VALID
ONLY FOR THE RAOB SITE AREA AND FREQUENTLY WILL NOT APPLY
TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE.

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THIS FORECAST IS FOR THE SHREVEPORT - EAST TEXAS REGION. 

SOARING FORECAST FOR SHV           DATE... 01/18/18...12Z

THERMAL INDEX....MINUS SIGN INDICATES INSTABILITY
       3000 FT MSL........ -0.5
       5000 FT MSL........ 5.5
       6000 FT MSL........ 7.5
      10000 FT MSL........ 18.0
      15000 FT MSL........ 23.5

HEIGHT OF THE -3 INDEX.... 2600 FT MSL
TOP OF THE LIFT........... 3100 FT MSL
SHV MAX TEMPERATURE....... 49 DEGREES F
FIRST USEABLE LIFT........ 52 DEGREES F
MAXIMUM LIFT.............. 221 FT/MIN

UPPER LEVEL WINDS
          SURFACE......... 000 DEGREES AT 00 KNOTS
          1000 FT MSL..... 180 DEGREES AT 03 KNOTS
          2000 FT MSL..... 230 DEGREES AT 03 KNOTS
          3000 FT MSL..... 220 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          4000 FT MSL..... 265 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          6000 FT MSL..... 250 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          7000 FT MSL..... 185 DEGREES AT 05 KNOTS
          8000 FT MSL..... 225 DEGREES AT 02 KNOTS
          9000 FT MSL..... 280 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          12000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 13 KNOTS
          14000 FT MSL.... 250 DEGREES AT 19 KNOTS
          16000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 19 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 16 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 26 KNOTS
          28000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 28 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          22000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 265 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          26000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS


IT IS EMPHASIZED...THIS SOARING FORECAST INFORMATION IS VALID
ONLY FOR THE RAOB SITE AREA AND FREQUENTLY WILL NOT APPLY
TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE.

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THIS FORECAST IS FOR THE BROWNSVILLE - DEEP SOUTH TEXAS REGION. 

SOARING FORECAST FOR BRO           DATE... 01/18/18...12Z

THERMAL INDEX....MINUS SIGN INDICATES INSTABILITY
       3000 FT MSL........ 7.5
       5000 FT MSL........ 12.0
       6000 FT MSL........ 13.5
      10000 FT MSL........ 25.5
      15000 FT MSL........ 28.0

HEIGHT OF THE -3 INDEX.... 500 FT MSL
TOP OF THE LIFT........... 800 FT MSL
BRO MAX TEMPERATURE....... 44 DEGREES F
FIRST USEABLE LIFT........ 59 DEGREES F
MAXIMUM LIFT.............. 118 FT/MIN

UPPER LEVEL WINDS
          SURFACE......... 340 DEGREES AT 11 KNOTS
          1000 FT MSL..... 360 DEGREES AT 21 KNOTS
          2000 FT MSL..... 050 DEGREES AT 22 KNOTS
          3000 FT MSL..... 075 DEGREES AT 26 KNOTS
          4000 FT MSL..... 090 DEGREES AT 23 KNOTS
          5000 FT MSL..... 170 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS
          6000 FT MSL..... 180 DEGREES AT 24 KNOTS
          7000 FT MSL..... 180 DEGREES AT 25 KNOTS
          8000 FT MSL..... 220 DEGREES AT 46 KNOTS
          9000 FT MSL..... 220 DEGREES AT 36 KNOTS
          10000 FT MSL.... 240 DEGREES AT 15 KNOTS
          11000 FT MSL.... 230 DEGREES AT 11 KNOTS
          12000 FT MSL.... 245 DEGREES AT 15 KNOTS
          13000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 25 KNOTS
          14000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 26 KNOTS
          16000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 31 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 265 DEGREES AT 36 KNOTS
          24000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 39 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 265 DEGREES AT 46 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS


IT IS EMPHASIZED...THIS SOARING FORECAST INFORMATION IS VALID
ONLY FOR THE RAOB SITE AREA AND FREQUENTLY WILL NOT APPLY
TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE.

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THIS FORECAST IS FOR THE CORPUS CHRISTI - MID-TEXAS GULF COAST REGION. 

SOARING FORECAST FOR CRP           DATE... 01/18/18...12Z

THERMAL INDEX....MINUS SIGN INDICATES INSTABILITY
       3000 FT MSL........ 4.5
       5000 FT MSL........ 11.0
       6000 FT MSL........ 13.0
      10000 FT MSL........ 23.5
      15000 FT MSL........ 27.0

HEIGHT OF THE -3 INDEX.... 700 FT MSL
TOP OF THE LIFT........... 1300 FT MSL
CRP MAX TEMPERATURE....... 44 DEGREES F
FIRST USEABLE LIFT........ 59 DEGREES F
MAXIMUM LIFT.............. 142 FT/MIN

UPPER LEVEL WINDS
          SURFACE......... 030 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          1000 FT MSL..... 035 DEGREES AT 13 KNOTS
          2000 FT MSL..... 125 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          3000 FT MSL..... 165 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          4000 FT MSL..... 145 DEGREES AT 07 KNOTS
          5000 FT MSL..... 170 DEGREES AT 03 KNOTS
          6000 FT MSL..... 210 DEGREES AT 23 KNOTS
          7000 FT MSL..... 220 DEGREES AT 43 KNOTS
          8000 FT MSL..... 230 DEGREES AT 31 KNOTS
          9000 FT MSL..... 195 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          11000 FT MSL.... 230 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          12000 FT MSL.... 230 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS
          13000 FT MSL.... 245 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          14000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 18 KNOTS
          16000 FT MSL.... 260 DEGREES AT 27 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 270 DEGREES AT 34 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 280 DEGREES AT 47 KNOTS
          24000 FT MSL.... 275 DEGREES AT 39 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 265 DEGREES AT 46 KNOTS
          27000 FT MSL.... 255 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS


IT IS EMPHASIZED...THIS SOARING FORECAST INFORMATION IS VALID
ONLY FOR THE RAOB SITE AREA AND FREQUENTLY WILL NOT APPLY
TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE.

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THIS FORECAST IS FOR THE DEL RIO - BIG BEND/EWARDS PLATEAU REGION. 

SOARING FORECAST FOR DRT           DATE... 01/18/18...12Z

THERMAL INDEX....MINUS SIGN INDICATES INSTABILITY
       3000 FT MSL........ -3.0
       5000 FT MSL........ 1.5
       6000 FT MSL........ 10.0
      10000 FT MSL........ 18.0
      15000 FT MSL........ 21.0

HEIGHT OF THE -3 INDEX.... 3200 FT MSL
TOP OF THE LIFT........... 3800 FT MSL
DRT MAX TEMPERATURE....... 47 DEGREES F
FIRST USEABLE LIFT........ 47 DEGREES F
MAXIMUM LIFT.............. 213 FT/MIN

UPPER LEVEL WINDS
          SURFACE......... 095 DEGREES AT 06 KNOTS
          2000 FT MSL..... 145 DEGREES AT 13 KNOTS
          3000 FT MSL..... 190 DEGREES AT 11 KNOTS
          4000 FT MSL..... 175 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          5000 FT MSL..... 180 DEGREES AT 19 KNOTS
          6000 FT MSL..... 190 DEGREES AT 17 KNOTS
          7000 FT MSL..... 260 DEGREES AT 08 KNOTS
          8000 FT MSL..... 235 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          9000 FT MSL..... 235 DEGREES AT 11 KNOTS
          10000 FT MSL.... 250 DEGREES AT 04 KNOTS
          11000 FT MSL.... 230 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          12000 FT MSL.... 230 DEGREES AT 14 KNOTS
          14000 FT MSL.... 250 DEGREES AT 15 KNOTS
          15000 FT MSL.... 235 DEGREES AT 24 KNOTS
          16000 FT MSL.... 240 DEGREES AT 22 KNOTS
          20000 FT MSL.... 250 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS
          21000 FT MSL.... 235 DEGREES AT 19 KNOTS
          23000 FT MSL.... 245 DEGREES AT 20 KNOTS
          25000 FT MSL.... 230 DEGREES AT 29 KNOTS
          29000 FT MSL.... 250 DEGREES AT 58 KNOTS


IT IS EMPHASIZED...THIS SOARING FORECAST INFORMATION IS VALID
ONLY FOR THE RAOB SITE AREA AND FREQUENTLY WILL NOT APPLY
TO OTHER AREAS IN THE STATE.

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