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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
359 AM MDT WED AUG 27 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT )
ISSUED AT 335 AM MDT WED AUG 27 2014

THE UPPER LOW IS NOW IN WESTERN UTAH WITH SHORTWAVE TROUGHS
ROTATING AROUND IT. THERE IS ONE SHORTWAVE FROM NORTHWEST COLROADO
TO SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO THAT IS ROTATING NORTHWARD. A LINE OF
SHOWERS AHEAD OF THAT TROUGH ARE POISED TO MOVE BACK ACROSS OUR
HIGH COUNTRY. ANOTHER WEAK TROUGH APPEARED ON SATELLITE TO BE
LIFTNING NORTH ACROSS EASTERN COLORADO...AND WEAK SHOWERS OVER
NORTHEAST COLORADO ARE SLOWLY LIFTING NORTHWARD.

AS THE UPPER LOW MOVES EAST...FLOW ALOFT IS FORECAST TO CHANGE
FROM SOUTHERLY TO SOUTHWESTERLY OR EVEN WEST SOUTHWESTERLY. THIS
WILL RESULT IN DOWNSLOPE FLOW THIS MORNING WITH DRYER CONDITIONS.
DIV Q MAPS SHOW GOOD LIFT OVER NORTHERN COLORADO THIS
AFTERNOON...BUT GOOD SUBSIDENCE OVER SOUTHERN COLORADO.

WE EXPECT A RELATIVELY DRY MORNING ON THE PLAINS...WITH SHOWERS IN
THE MOUNTAINS. THIS AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS WILL SPREAD TO THE
PLAINS...FIRST ALONG THE WYOMING BORDER...THEN OVER MOST OF
EASTERN COLORADO BY EVENING.

TEMPERATURES WILL BE COOL AGAIN TODAY...NO CHANGES TO GOING
FORECAST FOR TEMPERATURES.

.LONG TERM...(THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY)
ISSUED AT 335 AM MDT WED AUG 27 2014

UPPER-LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH CONTINUES ITS SLOW EASTWARD
PROGRESS ACROSS COLORADO DURING THE DAY THURSDAY. NAM...ECMWF...
GFS AND UKMET ALL SHOW THE 700-500MB TROUGH AXIS LINING UP WITH
THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AROUND 12Z/THU...MEANING EASTERN COLORADO
STILL UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A RELATIVELY WARM AND MOIST SOUTHWEST
FLOW ALOFT. ALTHOUGH THE MONSOON MOISTURE PLUME APPEARS TO HAVE
SHIFTED EAST OF THE STATE BY THEN. MEANWHILE...MODELS SHOW LOW-
LEVEL CYCLOGENESIS IN WRN NEBRASKA SPREADING DRIER BOUNDARY LAYER
AIR DOWN FROM WYOMING. BY LATE MORNING...FLOW ALOFT ALSO BECOMES
NWLY WITH PASSAGE OF THE 500MB TROUGH AXIS. THIS CAUSES TEMPERATURES
TO LEVEL OUT OR EVEN FALL A FEW DEGS PRIOR TO THE NOON HOUR.
MODELS SHOW PRECIP COVERAGE EXPANDING OVER THE NORTH-CENTRAL MTNS
DURING THE MORNING HOURS WITH INCREASING NORTH-NORTHWESTERLY FLOW
AND COLD AIR ADVECTION ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE TROUGH. NAM AND GFS
INDICATE 6-HR PRECIP AMTS IN THE NORTHERN MTNS IN THE TWO TO THREE
TENTHS OF AN INCH RANGE DURING THE MORNING...WITH ANOTHER COUPLE
TENTHS OF AN INCH DURING THE AFTERNOON. A COUPLE MODELS EVEN SHOW
SOME LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATION ROUGHLY ABOVE TIMBERLINE BEFORE
MIDDAY. MODELS SHOW RAIN SHOWERS MOVING OFF THE FRONT RANGE AND
OVER THE NEARBY PLAINS DURING THE MORNING HOURS AND FARTHER OUT
OVER THE PLAINS LATER IN THE DAY. PRECIP AMOUNTS EXPECTED TO BE ON
THE LIGHT SIDE AT LOWER ELEVATIONS WITH THE BOUNDARY LAYER DRYING
OUT. DURING THE AFTERNOON...DEVELOPMENT OF GUSTY DOWNSLOPE WINDS
ALONG THE FRONT RANGE SHOULD HELP DRIVE TEMPERATURES UP AND RH
VALUES DOWN...BUT HIGH TEMPS STILL SEVERAL DEGS C BELOW AVERAGE
FOR THE DATE.

BY THURSDAY EVENING THE LAST OF THESE SHOWERS AND WEAK T-STORMS
SHOULD EXIT EASTERN PARTS OF THE FCST AREA AS DRY AND STABLE AIR
CONTINUES TO FEED IN FROM THE NORTHWEST. ON FRIDAY...WARMER
TEMPERATURES RETURN WITH STABLE NORTHWEST FLOW IN ADVANCE OF AN
UPPER-LEVEL RIDGE BUILDING OVER THE GREAT BASIN. LOOKING FOR
TEMPERATURES TO RETURN IN THE LOWER 80S ON THE PLAINS AND BACK TO
THE 60S AND LOWER 70S IN THE HIGH COUNTRY. LATE DAY HEATING AND
LINGERING MOISTURE MAY BE SUFFICIENT TO FUEL A FEW HIGH COUNTRY
THUNDERSHOWERS...WHILE LOWER ELEVATIONS SHOULD REMAIN DRY.

OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND...AN 80-100KT PACIFIC JET MOVING ONSHORE
IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST CARVES OUT A BROAD UPPER TROUGH OVER THE
NORTHWEST CONUS RESULTING IN MODERATE ZONAL FLOW ALOFT OVER
COLORADO. THE COMBINED EFFECTS OF COOLING ALOFT AND STRONG SOLAR
HEATING AHEAD OF THIS TROUGH ARE EXPECTED TO PRODUCE ISOLATED TO
WIDELY SCATTERED T-STORMS IN THE HIGH COUNTRY DURING THE AFTERNOON.
OTHERWISE DRY AND WARM CONDITIONS WILL PREVAIL AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.
FOR SUNDAY...MODELS SHOW A WEAK UPPER AIR DISTURBANCE AND A BATCH OF
MOISTURE ROUNDING THE BOTTOM OF THIS TROUGH. WITH THEIR PASSAGE
COULD SEE ANOTHER ROUND OF ISOLATED TO WIDELY SHOWERS AND T-STORMS
IN THE MTNS AND HIGH VALLEYS. ONE OR TWO LATE DAY STORMS MAY ALSO
MOVE OUT ONTO THE PLAINS...MAINLY UP ALONG THE WYOMING BORDER AS A
SFC COLD FRONT DROPS DOWN FROM WYOMING. THE BOUNDARY LAYER LOOK DRY.
SO THE CHANCE FOR MEASURABLE SHOULD REMAIN LOW AT LOWER ELEVATIONS.
GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS MORE LIKELY THAN RAINFALL.

FOR LABOR DAY...PLAINS AIRMASS COOLS A FEW DEGS AND BECOMES MORE
HUMID WITH UPSLOPE POST-FRONTAL FLOW. AIRMASS LOOKS STRONGLY
CAPPED EAST OF THE MTNS WITH COOLER AIR IN PLACE. HOWEVER UPSLOPE
FLOW AND DAYTIME HEATING SHOULD BE ADEQUATE TO WARRANT MENTIONING
AT LEAST A SLIGHT CHANCE OF T-STORMS IN THE FRONT RANGE MTNS AND
FOOTHILLS. MODEL GUIDANCE INDICATES A 3-4C DROP IN TEMPERATURES
FROM THE DAY BEFORE...MAINLY EAST OF THE MTNS. LASTLY...TUESDAY
LOOKS SLIGHTLY COOLER WITH REINFORCEMENT OF UPSLOPE FLOW EAST OF
THE MTNS AS THE UPPER TROUGH PASSES TO OUR NORTH. HOWEVER PRECIP
CHANCES SHOULD REMAIN LOW.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE TAFS THROUGH 12Z THURSDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 335 AM MDT WED AUG 27 2014

LIGHT RAIN MOVING THROUGH THE METRO AREA IS NOT IMPACTING CEILINGS
OR VISIBILITIES EARLY THIS MORNING...WITH THE MOIST ATMOSPHERE
THERE MAY BE SOME INCREASING STRATUS EARLY TODAY...AND WILL LEAVE
THE TEMPO GROUP IN THE AREA TAFS. THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
AGAIN MIGRATE ACROSS THE METRO AREA AFTER 20Z...WITH BRIEF
REDUCTIONS TO VISIBILITIES POSSIBLE FROM NEARBY STORMS FOR LATE
AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT.

&&

.HYDROLOGY...
ISSUED AT 335 AM MDT WED AUG 27 2014

WE WILL AGAIN SEE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP ACROSS THE CWA THIS
AFTEROON INTO THIS EVENING. WAS NOT ABLE TO PINPOINT AREA OF
GREATEST CONCERN FOR HEAVY RAIN...SO NO FLASH FLOOD WATCH AT THIS
TIME. WILL ADVISE DAY SHIFT TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE POTENTIAL.

&&

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

$$

SHORT TERM...RTG
LONG TERM...BAKER
AVIATION...RTG
HYDROLOGY...RTG



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