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Friday, Aug. 12 & Saturday, Aug. 13 Outlook
Monsoonal rains continue for Southwest and Rockies; meager moisture marginally supports thunderstorm development around ORD on Saturday
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Friday, August 12
We forecast TSA will screen 2.384 million travelers (± 0.5σ, or a prediction interval of about 38%, is 2.32-2.45 million travelers).
Monsoonal storms continue for portions of the Southwest and Rockies. The cold front that tracked through the Northeast yesterday has become quasi-stationary across the Tennessee and Mississippi Valleys. As the front slowly sags south, a very moist pre-frontal airmass will support multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms. By late Friday, a secondary cold front will begin to sweep out the stalled boundary.
Friday likely won’t prove to be the best use case for this new automation, as we’re concerned about LAS, PHX and IAH [which fall outside its scope]. Additionally, the 100% probability for EWR is overdone: airlines are allowed to schedule more flights (in this case, 42 and 45 in the 2p and 3p hours, respectively) than the airport’s “normal” arrival capacity (40 aircraft per hour), though the airport can flex-up to a 48-rate (which this rudimentary model generally misses). If you’re wondering why more arrivals can be scheduled than the airport’s default capacity, so are we.
Saturday, August 13
We forecast TSA will screen 2.154 million travelers (± 0.5σ, or a prediction interval of about 38%, is 2.09-2.22 million travelers).
On Saturday, our attention will shift to the Midwest, where a disturbance attempts to wrestle some control from an elongated area of high pressure. More favorable dynamics for rain/thunderstorm development look to be northeast of ORD, though the forecaster maintains a slight chance for thunder.
You can check out hourly estimates in this workbook.