Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service GRAND JUNCTION CO
524 PM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Thursday night)
Issued at 123 PM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

Fairly subsident day today behind the old shortwave that rotated
from south to north across the area last night and this morning.
Minor convection with low areal coverage will continue until about
9 pm this evening then dissipate. Most of this will occur from the
Bookcliffs and Flattop north. Drier air is filtering into the
area from the southwest and this will be the trend through
Thursday night. Another weak trough will pass through Wyoming and
northern Colorado Thursday pushing the focus of convection to the
southeast and out of the forecast area.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 123 PM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

Following the weak trough package Thursday night a ridge begins
building over the Great Basin. This will become the dominant
feature over the western U.S. through Wednesday. Gradually
moisture will increase beneath this huge ridge and mainly
mountains showers and thunderstorms increase incrementally Monday
and thereafter.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Thursday evening)
Issued at 508 PM MDT Wed Aug 23 2017

VFR conditions will prevail for the remainder of the evening.
Overnight, expect mostly clear skies and light diurnal flow. A few
afternoon thunderstorms will develop in the highest terrain again
on Thursday however terminal locations should remain dry with VFR
at all times.




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