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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
323 AM MDT MON JUL 25 2016

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 246 AM MDT Mon Jul 25 2016

the features to watch the next 24 hours are the upper ridge
building northward a bit across the southern rockies...with
northwest flow over northeast Colorado. The surface high in
south dakota will sink southward to kansas by this afternoon.
This will bring southeast flow across northeast Colorado which
would be upslope flow into the cheyenne ridge.   The models also
suggest an upper jet along the colorado/ Wyoming border...with jet
and upslope raised pops a bit along the border. The mountains will
again see the highst pops today.   There will still be good low
level moisture in northeast Colorado...but the precipitable water
in the column will be slightly dryer than yesterday as a result of
the ridging aloft.

Not sure about the Nam today...at 00z it did not initialize
the Kansas convection very well. Today it has much of northeast
Colorado in 2500 to 3000 capes. Think the 1000 capes on the HRRR
are much more reasonable. SPC did not show any severe for today.

Previous forecast had good handle on things...temps...winds looked
good...only change was slight chance to afternoon pops and a
slighly faster clearing tonight.


.LONG TERM...(Tuesday through Sunday)
Issued at 246 AM MDT Mon Jul 25 2016

The upper level high will still be affecting the area on Tue with
weak flow aloft.  The ECMWF and GFS still show a weak disturbance
possibly affecting the area in the aftn and evening hours so will
continue with chc pops over the mtns.  Across nern CO there will
still be decent cape over portions of the plains with lower values
closer to the foothills so should see at least widely sct storms. As
for highs will keep readings in the lower to mid 90s across nern CO.

On Wed the upper level high will retrograde into the Great Basin
with the flow aloft becoming more wnw.  This will force subtropical
moisture south of the area so tstm coverage over the higher terrain
will be rather isold.  Over nern CO there are some differences in
relation to the sfc ptrn as the NAM shows a wk fnt moving across the
plains while the GFS keeps it further north across sern WY into wrn
NE.  The ECMWF had shown this wk fnt moving into nern CO but has
backed off on that scenario tonight.  Overall not real confident
about how things may evolve on Wed.  If this bndry does move across
the plains then temps would be a few degrees cooler along with an
increase in low lvl moisture.  Thus this would lead to a chc of
storms.  If the bndry stays further north then highs would stay in
the 90s across the plains with tstm coverage more isold in nature.
For now will just mention low pops and keep highs in the lower to
mid 90s.

For Thu and Fri the upper level high will remain over the Great
Basin with increasing wnw flow aloft.  The ECMWF continues to show a
decent cool fnt affecting nern CO on Thu while the GFS has the fnt
closer to the WY-NE border.  At this point would probably favor the
ECMWF solution with highs only in the 80s across the plains versus
the GFS which has readings in the mid to upper 90s across the urban
corridor.  As far as tstms coverage in the mtns will remain rather
isold both days as subtropical moisture stays well south of the
area. Across nern CO capes will be rather high both days along with
favorable shear so expect there will probably be sct stg storms as
activity develops in the foothills and then moves ese across the
plains.  Temperatures on Fri should stay in the 80s across the
plains.

By Sat the upper level high will remain over the Great Basin with
wnw flow aloft remaining over the area.  Once again a rather dry
airmass will be over the mtns so tstm activity will stay rather
isold.  Over nern CO the low lvl flow will become more sely which
will allow for deeper low lvl moisture to remain over the plains
with decent cape.  Thus will continue to see a threat of stronger
storms. Highs on Sat may rise a few degrees with readings in the
upper 80s to lower 90s across nern CO. For Sun the upper level
high will begin to shift eastward into CO with possibly some
subtropical moisture affecting the mtns which may increase tstm
coverage. Across the plains will keep in a slight chc of storms
with highs rising into the lower to mid 90s.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Monday night)
Issued at 246 AM MDT Mon Jul 25 2016

should be vfr today and tonight...the convection will be most
likely from 23z to 02z. Again the main threats will be gusty winds
with the storms. With surface high on the plains the winds will be
downslope this morning becoming southeasterly today then downslope
tonight.

&&

.BOU Watches/Warnings/Advisories...
None.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...RTG
LONG TERM...RPK
AVIATION...RTG



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