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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
349 AM MDT WED JUL 29 2015

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT)
ISSUED AT 349 AM MDT WED JUL 29 2015

A WEST-SOUTHWEST FLOW ALOFT WILL PREVAIL AS AN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE
REMAINS OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS. A FEW SHOWERS HAVE FORMED THIS
MORNING OVER LINCOLN COUNTY AND ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE EAST OF THE
AREA. MONSOON MOISTURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE STATE...WITH THE
GREATEST MOISTURE BEING OVER THE SOUTHEAST COLORADO. PRECIPITABLE
WATER VALUES WILL BE THREE-QUARTERS OF AN INCH TO ONE INCH.
HOWEVER...AIRMASS WILL BE STABLE OVER THE PLAINS AND SLIGHTLY
UNSTABLE ALONG THE FRONT RANGE AND OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN WHERE
CAPES WILL BE LESS THAN 500 J/KG. BEST CHANCE FOR A SHOWER OR STORM
WILL BE SOUTH AND OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN THIS AFTERNOON AND
EVENING.

SURFACE HIGH WILL MOVE FROM THE NORTHERN ROCKIES TO CENTRAL PLAINS.
THIS WILL PRODUCE SOUTHEAST WINDS TO WITH GUSTS THIS AFTERNOON UP TO
25 MPH. HIGHS TODAY WILL BE SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY`S READINGS WITH
HIGHS IN THE 80S OVER NORTHEAST COLORADO.

.LONG TERM...(THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 349 AM MDT WED JUL 29 2015

ON THURSDAY...A BROAD UPPER LEVEL RIDGE WILL STRETCH FROM SRN
CALIFORNIA TO THE SERN GULF STATES AND ALONG ITS NORTHERN PERIPHERY
60-80KT MID-LEVEL ZONAL FLOW. BENEATH THE WRN SECTOR OF THIS RIDGE
WILL BE A PLUME OF SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE WHICH MODELS SHOW NUDGING
NORTHWARD OVER SRN COLORADO. FROM THERE THEY SHOW THE MAIN CORE OF
THIS MOISTURE BEING SHEARED EASTWARD AWAY FROM NERN COLORADO AND THE
FRONT RANGE. HOWEVER LATE ON THURSDAY...MODELS ALSO SHOW SELY SFC-
700MB ON THE PLAINS OF COLORADO DRIVING A LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE/THETA-E
RIDGE UP INTO NERN COLORADO. BY THURSDAY EVENING...NAM INDICATES 750-
1000 J/KG OF SFC BASED CAPE ACROSS DOUGLAS...ELBERT AND LINCOLN
COUNTIES. GFS AND ECMWF CAPES ARE SPREAD OUT ACROSS THE PLAINS WITH
THE HIGHER VALUES APPROACHING A 1000 J/KGS ACROSS THE SERN CORNER OF
THE CWA. IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE WARM TEMPERATURES ALOFT AND STG CAP
UP AROUND 550 MBS...ERN SECTIONS OF THE FCST AREA COULD END UP
SEEING MORE THAN JUST A FEW LOW TOP T-STORMS PRODUCING NO MORE THAN
A RAIN SHOWER AND GUSTY WINDS. THAT SAID...HAVE SLIGHTLY RAISED
PRECIP CHANCES OVER THE FRONT RANGE AND ALONG THE PALMER DIVIDE OUT
ACRS LINCOLN COUNTY THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. AREAS ROUGHLY
NORTH OF DENVER SHOULD ESCAPE ANY PRECIP OR STORMS AS THIS AIR
APPEARS DRIER AND TOO CAPPED. HIGHS ON THURSDAY ONLY SLIGHTLY WARMER
THAN WEDNESDAY AND SLIGHT A 1-2DEGS C BELOW AVERAGE FOR THE DATE.

FOR FRIDAY...THE UPPER RIDGE IS FORECAST TO BUILD NORTHWESTWARD UP
OVER THE GREAT BASIN PLACING NERN COLORADO MORE UNDER NWLY FLOW
ALOFT. THIS LEADS TO DRYING ALOFT BUT NOT MUCH IN THE WAY OF
COOLING. THIS AMPLIFICATION ON THE RIDGE ALLOWS FOR SOME SUBTROPICAL
MOISTURE POOLING OVER NEW MEXICO/ERN ARIZONA TO FLOW NORTHWARD ALONG
THE SPINE OF THE COLORADO ROCKIES. PW CHARTS SHOW HIGH COUNTRY
VALUES CREEPING UP THROUGH THE DAY WITH THE NAM AND GFS INDICATING
POCKETS OF LIGHT QPF OVER AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE BY AFTERNOON.
HOWEVER THE EC AND SREF SHOW THE BULK OF THIS LIGHT PRECIP FARTHER
OUT ON THE PLAINS IN PROXIMITY OF GREATER LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE...
ELEVATED CAPE AND SHEAR VALUES. FOR NOW WILL HOLD ONTO 20-30PCT POPS
OVER THE HIGH TERRAIN...AND 10-20PCT POPS MAINLY OVER THE PALMER
DIVIDE AND ADJACENT PLAINS THRU EVENING ON FRIDAY.

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE PERIOD SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY...THE UPPER RIDGE
CONTINUES TO BULGE NORTHWESTWARD TOWARDS THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST OVER
THE WEEKEND...PLACING THE FCST AREA UNDER A DRIER AND MORE STABLE
NORTHWESTERLY MID-LEVEL FLOW. THEREFORE SHOULD SEE LESS STORM
ACTIVITY ON SATURDAY...WITH THE BETTER CHANCE OF T-STORMS WITH
STEEPER LAPSE RATES OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. ON SUNDAY...MODELS SHOW
THE UPPER RIDGE SHIFTING EAST WITH LIGHT W-NWLY FLOW OVER THE CWA.
SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE TRAPPED BENEATH THE RIDGE COUPLED WITH STG
DAYTIME HEATING MAY RESULT IN A BIT MORE T-STORM COVERAGE IN THE
HIGH COUNTRY. SO RAISED POPS SLIGHTLY UP THERE. DO NOT SEE MUCH
CONVECTIVE ACTIVITY ON THE PLAINS. HIGHS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
CONTINUE TO CREEP UP WITH READING RETURNING TO NEAR TO SLIGHTLY
ABOVE AVERAGE. MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...THE UPPER RIDGE IS PROGGED
TO REMAIN OVER THE ROCKY MTN REGION WITH LITTLE DAY-TO-DAY CHANGE IN
WEATHER. EXPECT NEAR AVERAGE TEMPS AND A SLIGHT CHANCE OF AFTERNOON
AND EVENING T-STORMS MTNS AND PLAINS EACH DAY.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE TAFS THROUGH 12Z THURSDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 349 AM MDT WED JUL 29 2015

VFR CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE NEXT 24 HOURS. LOW LEVELS
WILL REMAIN DRY. WILL SEE MID AND HIGH CLOUDS...MAINLY LATER TODAY
BETWEEN 22Z TO 04Z. CEILINGS WILL REMAIN ABOVE 8000 FEET. SOUTHEAST
WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE DAY WITH GUSTS TO 25 KNOTS POSSIBLE
21Z TO 03Z. AIRMASS WILL BE STABLE WITH THE ONLY CHANCE FOR STORMS
BEING SOUTH OF THE DENVER AREA.

&&

.BOU WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...MEIER
LONG TERM...BAKER
AVIATION...MEIER


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