Soaring Guidance
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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder, Colorado
0651 MDT Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This forecast is for Wednesday, July 20, 2016:

If the trigger temperature of 85.1 F/29.5 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Excellent
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 854 ft/min (4.3 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 15284 ft MSL (9999 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 94.0 F/34.9 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 0945 MDT
Time of overdevelopment........................ 1700 MDT
Middle/high clouds during soaring window....... None
Surface winds during soaring window............ 20 mph or less
Height of the -3 thermal index................. 12791 ft MSL (7505 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Thursday 07/21..... Excellent

Wave Soaring Index............................. Poor
Wave Soaring Index trend (to 1800 MDT)......... No change
Height of stable layer (12-18K ft MSL)......... None
Weak PVA/NVA (through 1800 MDT)................ Neither
Potential height of wave....................... 14371 ft MSL (9086 ft AGL)
Wave soaring outlook for Thursday 07/21........ Poor

Remarks...

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 05:48:39 / 20:23:09 MDT
Total possible sunshine........... 14 hr 34 min 30 sec (874 min 30 sec)
Altitude of sun at 13:05:54 MDT... 70.65 degrees

Upper air data from rawinsonde observation taken on 07/20/2016 at 0600 MDT

Freezing level.................. 17378 ft MSL (12093 ft AGL)
Convective condensation level... 16670 ft MSL (11385 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 16282 ft MSL (10996 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... -1.4
K index......................... +21.5

Height  Temperature  Wind  Wind Spd  Lapse Rate  ConvectionT  Thermal  Lift Rate
ft MSL  deg C deg F   Dir   kt  m/s  C/km F/kft  deg C deg F   Index    fpm  m/s
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 50000  -66.7 -88.1   225   25   13   5.3   2.9   80.1 176.2    26.7      M    M
 45000  -61.5 -78.7   175   14    7   5.2   2.8   64.6 148.2    18.9      M    M
 40000  -51.7 -61.1   250    9    5   8.1   4.5   55.9 132.6    14.4      M    M
 38000  -46.9 -52.4   285   18    9   8.3   4.6   54.5 130.0    13.8      M    M
 36000  -41.7 -43.1   275   19   10   6.8   3.7   53.4 128.2    13.5      M    M
 34000  -38.3 -36.9   265   16    8   6.5   3.6   50.1 122.2    11.4      M    M
 32000  -33.2 -27.8   260   12    6   8.1   4.4   49.2 120.6    10.9      M    M
 30000  -28.1 -18.6   245   13    7   8.2   4.5   48.3 118.9    10.4      M    M
 29000  -25.9 -14.6   240   13    7   7.4   4.1   47.3 117.2     9.8      M    M
 28000  -23.7 -10.7   230   13    7   7.3   4.0   46.5 115.6     9.2      M    M
 27000  -20.8  -5.4   215   13    7   6.5   3.6   45.5 113.9     8.6      M    M
 26000  -18.6  -1.5   205   13    7   9.2   5.1   44.6 112.2     8.0      M    M
 25000  -15.8   3.6   215   11    6   8.9   4.9   44.3 111.8     7.9      M    M
 24000  -13.2   8.2   210   11    6   9.0   4.9   44.0 111.2     7.7      M    M
 23000  -10.9  12.4   210   11    6   7.9   4.3   43.4 110.1     7.1      M    M
 22000   -9.3  15.3   245   11    6   3.3   1.8   41.9 107.4     5.9      M    M
 21000   -7.7  18.1   270   15    8   1.3   0.7   40.3 104.5     4.7      M    M
 20000   -5.9  21.4   265   14    7   8.7   4.7   39.1 102.3     3.6      M    M
 19500   -4.7  23.5   260   14    7   7.2   3.9   38.8 101.8     3.4      M    M
 19000   -3.7  25.3   250   15    8   6.9   3.8   38.2 100.8     2.9      M    M
 18500   -2.5  27.5   245   17    9   8.5   4.7   37.9 100.3     2.7      M    M
 18000   -1.4  29.5   240   19   10   7.1   3.9   37.6  99.7     2.4      M    M
 17500   -0.4  31.3   240   18    9   7.3   4.0   37.1  98.8     1.9      M    M
 17000    0.6  33.1   240   17    9   7.4   4.1   36.7  98.1     1.5      M    M
 16500    1.7  35.1   240   15    8   7.7   4.2   36.4  97.4     1.1      M    M
 16000    2.9  37.2   240   14    7   7.8   4.3   36.0  96.8     0.8      M    M
 15500    3.9  39.0   240   15    8   6.3   3.5   35.6  96.1     0.4      M    M
 15000    4.8  40.6   240   15    8   6.2   3.4   35.0  95.0    -0.2    839  4.3
 14500    5.6  42.1   245   16    8   6.3   3.4   34.4  94.0    -0.8    798  4.1
 14000    6.9  44.4   245   17    9   6.3   3.5   33.6  92.5    -1.6    737  3.7
 13500    7.8  46.0   245   15    8   6.4   3.5   33.0  91.4    -2.3    696  3.5
 13000    8.7  47.7   245   14    7   6.5   3.5   32.5  90.4    -2.9    655  3.3
 12500    9.6  49.3   240   13    7   7.4   4.1   31.9  89.5    -3.5    614  3.1
 12000   10.8  51.4   240   12    6   8.5   4.7   31.7  89.1    -3.7    562  2.9
 11500   12.1  53.8   240   12    6   8.6   4.7   31.5  88.8    -3.9    509  2.6
 11000   13.3  55.9   240   12    6   8.6   4.7   31.4  88.4    -4.1    457  2.3
 10500   14.6  58.3   240   12    6   8.7   4.8   31.2  88.1    -4.3    404  2.1
 10250   15.2  59.4   245   12    6   8.8   4.8   31.1  88.0    -4.4    377  1.9
 10000   15.9  60.6   250   12    6   8.8   4.8   31.0  87.9    -4.5    351  1.8
  9750   16.5  61.7   255   13    7   8.8   4.8   31.0  87.7    -4.6    324  1.6
  9500   17.2  63.0   260   13    7   8.8   4.8   30.9  87.6    -4.7    297  1.5
  9250   17.8  64.0   265   14    7   8.8   4.8   30.9  87.5    -4.8    271  1.4
  9000   18.5  65.3   270   14    7   8.8   4.8   30.8  87.4    -4.8    244  1.2
  8750   19.1  66.4   275   13    7   8.8   4.8   30.7  87.3    -5.0    218  1.1
  8500   19.7  67.5   280   13    7   8.8   4.8   30.6  87.1    -5.1    191  1.0
  8250   20.4  68.7   285   12    6   8.8   4.8   30.6  87.0    -5.1    164  0.8
  8000   21.0  69.8   290   12    6   9.1   5.0   30.5  86.9    -5.2    138  0.7
  7750   21.6  70.9   285   12    6   7.0   3.8   30.4  86.7    -5.4    112  0.6
  7500   22.0  71.6   285   12    6   5.2   2.8   30.1  86.1    -5.7     92  0.5
  7250   22.5  72.5   280   12    6   5.5   3.0   29.8  85.6    -6.0     73  0.4
  7000   22.9  73.2   280   12    6   5.9   3.2   29.4  85.0    -6.4     53  0.3
  6750   23.3  73.9   270   12    6   4.1   2.2   29.1  84.4    -6.7     34  0.2
  6500   23.4  74.1   260   12    6   0.9   0.5   28.5  83.4    -7.3     22  0.1
  6250   23.4  74.1   255   12    6   0.0   0.0   27.8  82.1    -8.0     15  0.1
  6000   23.2  73.8   245   13    7  -8.1  -4.4   26.9  80.4    -9.0     15  0.1
  5750   22.0  71.6   235    9    5 -19.9 -10.9   25.1  77.1   -10.9     42  0.2
  5500   20.2  68.4   215    6    3 -23.7 -13.0   22.6  72.8   -13.5     88  0.4

 * * * * * * Numerical weather prediction model forecast data valid * * * * * *

           07/20/2016 at 0900 MDT          |       07/20/2016 at 1200 MDT
                                           |
CAPE...  +322.7    LI...       +1.3        | CAPE...  +193.3    LI...       +0.9
CINH...   -86.9    K Index... +23.2        | CINH...   -30.5    K Index... +23.3
                                           |
Height Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate | Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate
ft MSL deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft | deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 50000 -65.1 -85.2  205   6  3   1.2   0.7 | -65.0 -85.0  205   8  4   1.3   0.7
 45000 -60.8 -77.4  210   7  4   5.8   3.2 | -60.4 -76.7  210   8  4   5.4   2.9
 40000 -51.1 -60.0  225   6  3   7.7   4.2 | -51.5 -60.7  220   6  3   8.1   4.4
 38000 -46.5 -51.7  240   6  3   7.7   4.2 | -46.7 -52.1  220   6  3   8.1   4.4
 36000 -41.9 -43.4  255   6  3   7.9   4.3 | -41.8 -43.2  225   6  3   8.2   4.5
 34000 -37.1 -34.8  255   7  3   8.0   4.4 | -36.9 -34.4  225   6  3   8.3   4.5
 32000 -32.3 -26.1  255   7  4   8.5   4.7 | -31.9 -25.4  225   6  3   8.7   4.8
 30000 -27.2 -17.0  245   7  3   7.6   4.2 | -26.7 -16.1  220   7  3   7.8   4.3
 29000 -25.0 -13.0  240   7  3   7.6   4.2 | -24.4 -11.9  220   7  4   7.7   4.3
 28000 -22.8  -9.0  235   7  3   7.0   3.8 | -22.2  -8.0  220   7  4   6.8   3.7
 27000 -20.7  -5.3  230   7  4   7.0   3.8 | -20.2  -4.4  225   8  4   6.8   3.7
 26000 -18.6  -1.5  225   7  4   7.0   3.8 | -18.2  -0.8  225   8  4   6.8   3.7
 25000 -16.6   2.1  225   8  4   6.8   3.7 | -16.2   2.8  230   9  5   6.5   3.6
 24000 -14.6   5.7  225   8  4   6.8   3.7 | -14.3   6.3  230   9  5   6.5   3.6
 23000 -12.6   9.3  225   9  4   6.8   3.7 | -12.4   9.7  235  10  5   6.6   3.6
 22000 -10.6  12.9  230   9  5   6.9   3.8 | -10.5  13.1  235  10  5   6.7   3.7
 21000  -8.6  16.5  230   9  4   7.0   3.8 |  -8.5  16.7  235  10  5   6.7   3.7
 20000  -6.5  20.3  230   9  4   7.0   3.8 |  -6.6  20.1  235  10  5   6.7   3.7
 19500  -5.5  22.1  235   9  4   6.9   3.8 |  -5.6  21.9  235  10  5   7.0   3.8
 19000  -4.5  23.9  235   8  4   6.8   3.7 |  -4.5  23.9  240  10  5   7.3   4.0
 18500  -3.6  25.5  235   8  4   6.8   3.7 |  -3.5  25.7  240  10  5   7.4   4.0
 18000  -2.6  27.3  235   8  4   6.7   3.7 |  -2.4  27.7  240  10  5   7.2   4.0
 17500  -1.6  29.1  235   7  4   6.7   3.7 |  -0.8  30.6  245   9  5   7.3   4.0
 17000  -0.6  30.9  235   7  4   7.0   3.8 |   0.2  32.4  245   8  4   7.1   3.9
 16500   1.0  33.8  235   6  3   7.5   4.1 |   1.2  34.2  245   8  4   7.1   3.9
 16000   2.1  35.8  235   6  3   7.7   4.2 |   2.3  36.1  250   7  4   7.2   3.9
 15500   3.2  37.8  235   6  3   8.0   4.4 |   3.3  37.9  250   6  3   7.3   4.0
 15000   4.4  39.9  235   5  3   8.0   4.4 |   4.4  39.9  250   6  3   7.3   4.0
 14500   5.6  42.1  235   5  2   8.2   4.5 |   5.5  41.9  250   5  3   8.1   4.4
 14000   6.8  44.2  235   4  2   8.2   4.5 |   6.7  44.1  255   5  3   8.0   4.4
 13500   8.0  46.4  235   4  2   8.0   4.4 |   7.9  46.2  255   4  2   8.3   4.5
 13000   9.1  48.4  235   4  2   8.0   4.4 |   9.1  48.4  255   4  2   8.2   4.5
 12500  10.3  50.5  240   3  2   8.1   4.5 |  10.3  50.5  260   3  2   8.6   4.7
 12000  11.5  52.7  245   3  1   8.1   4.5 |  11.6  52.9  260   3  1   8.6   4.7
 11500  12.7  54.9  250   2  1   8.1   4.5 |  12.9  55.2  265   2  1   8.7   4.8
 11000  13.9  57.0  265   2  1   8.1   4.5 |  14.2  57.6  275   2  1   8.7   4.8
 10500  15.2  59.4  275   2  1   9.8   5.4 |  15.5  59.9  295   1  1  10.4   5.7
 10250  15.9  60.6  285   2  1   8.8   4.8 |  16.3  61.3  310   1  1   9.4   5.2
 10000  16.4  61.5  290   2  1   6.8   3.7 |  16.9  62.4  320   1  1   7.9   4.3
  9750  17.0  62.6  295   3  1   7.4   4.0 |  17.5  63.5  325   1  1   8.4   4.6
  9500  17.5  63.5  295   3  1   7.3   4.0 |  18.1  64.6  335   1  1   8.5   4.7
  9250  18.1  64.6  300   3  1   7.7   4.2 |  18.7  65.7  355   1  1   9.4   5.1
  9000  18.7  65.7  305   3  1   8.5   4.7 |  19.4  66.9  005   1  1  10.4   5.7
  8750  19.3  66.7  305   3  2   8.8   4.9 |  20.2  68.4  010   1  1  10.7   5.9
  8500  19.9  67.8  305   3  2   8.5   4.6 |  20.9  69.6  015   1  1  10.5   5.8
  8250  20.5  68.9  305   3  2   8.5   4.7 |  21.7  71.1  020   1  1  10.7   5.9
  8000  21.1  70.0  305   4  2   7.8   4.3 |  22.5  72.5  025   1  1   9.8   5.4
  7750  21.7  71.1  305   4  2   6.9   3.8 |  23.2  73.8  025   1  1   9.4   5.2
  7500  22.2  72.0  305   4  2   6.9   3.8 |  23.9  75.0  025   1  1  10.3   5.7
  7250  22.6  72.7  310   4  2   7.0   3.8 |  24.7  76.5  030   1  1  10.8   5.9
  7000  23.1  73.6  310   4  2   6.5   3.6 |  25.5  77.9  035   1  1   9.6   5.3
  6750  23.5  74.3  305   5  2   4.7   2.6 |  26.2  79.2  030   1  1   9.2   5.1
  6500  23.8  74.8  305   4  2   4.1   2.3 |  26.9  80.4  030   1  1  10.4   5.7
  6250  24.0  75.2  300   3  2   4.1   2.2 |  27.7  81.9  035   1  1  10.2   5.6
  6000  24.3  75.7  300   3  1   5.1   2.8 |  28.5  83.3  035   1  1  11.0   6.0
  5750  24.8  76.6  300   2  1  10.6   5.8 |  29.5  85.1  040   1  1  18.2  10.0
  5500  25.7  78.3  300   2  1  16.2   8.9 |  31.2  88.2  040   1  1  27.7  15.2

           07/20/2016 at 1500 MDT          |       07/20/2016 at 1800 MDT
                                           |
CAPE...  +115.2    LI...       -0.5        | CAPE...  +282.9    LI...       -1.5
CINH...   -13.0    K Index... +28.2        | CINH...   -12.0    K Index... +31.3
                                           |
Height Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate | Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate
ft MSL deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft | deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 50000 -65.3 -85.5  210  10  5   1.9   1.0 | -65.5 -85.9  230  10  5   1.5   0.8
 45000 -60.3 -76.5  220  10  5   5.2   2.8 | -60.5 -76.9  230  11  6   5.6   3.1
 40000 -51.6 -60.9  230   8  4   8.1   4.5 | -51.3 -60.3  235  10  5   8.2   4.5
 38000 -46.7 -52.1  225   8  4   8.1   4.5 | -46.4 -51.5  235   9  5   8.2   4.5
 36000 -41.8 -43.2  225   8  4   8.4   4.6 | -41.4 -42.5  235   8  4   8.4   4.6
 34000 -36.8 -34.2  220   8  4   8.4   4.6 | -36.4 -33.5  225   8  4   8.4   4.6
 32000 -31.1 -24.0  215   8  4   8.6   4.7 | -31.4 -24.5  220   8  4   9.0   5.0
 30000 -26.4 -15.5  215   8  4   8.0   4.4 | -26.3 -15.3  225   8  4   7.7   4.2
 29000 -24.0 -11.2  215   8  4   7.9   4.4 | -24.0 -11.2  225   8  4   7.7   4.2
 28000 -21.8  -7.2  220   8  4   7.1   3.9 | -21.8  -7.2  225   8  4   7.2   3.9
 27000 -19.7  -3.5  225   8  4   7.1   3.9 | -19.7  -3.5  230   9  4   7.2   3.9
 26000 -17.5   0.5  230   9  4   7.1   3.9 | -17.6   0.3  230   9  4   7.2   3.9
 25000 -15.5   4.1  235   9  5   6.5   3.6 | -15.5   4.1  230   9  5   6.1   3.3
 24000 -13.6   7.5  240  10  5   6.5   3.6 | -13.7   7.3  225   9  4   6.1   3.4
 23000 -11.7  10.9  240  10  5   6.5   3.6 | -11.9  10.6  225   8  4   6.2   3.4
 22000  -9.8  14.4  240  11  5   5.9   3.2 | -10.2  13.6  220   8  4   6.2   3.4
 21000  -8.1  17.4  240  10  5   5.9   3.3 |  -8.4  16.9  210   7  4   6.2   3.4
 20000  -6.4  20.5  240  10  5   6.0   3.3 |  -6.6  20.1  200   7  3   6.3   3.4
 19500  -5.5  22.1  240  10  5   6.1   3.4 |  -5.7  21.7  195   6  3   6.3   3.5
 19000  -4.6  23.7  240   9  5   6.4   3.5 |  -4.8  23.4  190   6  3   6.3   3.5
 18500  -3.7  25.3  240   9  4   6.3   3.5 |  -3.9  25.0  185   5  3   6.3   3.4
 18000  -2.8  27.0  240   8  4   7.4   4.0 |  -2.9  26.8  180   5  2   7.3   4.0
 17500  -1.2  29.8  240   7  4   7.3   4.0 |  -1.9  28.6  170   4  2   7.4   4.0
 17000  -0.0  32.0  240   6  3   8.5   4.6 |  -0.8  30.6  165   4  2   7.8   4.3
 16500   1.2  34.2  240   6  3   8.5   4.7 |   1.0  33.8  155   3  2   8.6   4.7
 16000   2.4  36.3  240   5  3   8.6   4.7 |   2.3  36.1  145   3  1   8.8   4.9
 15500   3.7  38.7  240   5  2   8.7   4.8 |   3.6  38.5  145   2  1   9.1   5.0
 15000   4.9  40.8  235   4  2   8.8   4.8 |   5.0  41.0  140   2  1   9.1   5.0
 14500   6.3  43.3  235   3  2   8.9   4.9 |   6.3  43.3  140   2  1   9.6   5.3
 14000   7.6  45.7  230   3  2   8.9   4.9 |   7.8  46.0  145   1  1   9.5   5.2
 13500   8.9  48.0  230   3  1   9.3   5.1 |   9.2  48.6  145   1  1   9.7   5.3
 13000  10.3  50.5  225   2  1   9.3   5.1 |  10.6  51.1  150   1  0   9.7   5.3
 12500  11.7  53.1  220   2  1   9.4   5.2 |  12.1  53.8  160   1  0   9.6   5.3
 12000  13.1  55.6  215   1  1   9.5   5.2 |  13.5  56.3  000   0  0   9.6   5.3
 11500  14.5  58.1  205   1  0   9.5   5.2 |  14.9  58.8  000   0  0   9.6   5.3
 11000  15.9  60.6  200   1  0   9.5   5.2 |  16.3  61.3  275   1  0   9.6   5.3
 10500  17.4  63.3  000   0  0  11.4   6.2 |  17.8  64.0  290   1  1   9.7   5.3
 10250  18.2  64.8  000   0  0  10.3   5.7 |  18.5  65.3  290   1  1   9.5   5.2
 10000  18.9  66.0  000   0  0   8.7   4.8 |  19.2  66.6  295   2  1   9.3   5.1
  9750  19.6  67.3  000   0  0   9.2   5.0 |  19.9  67.8  295   2  1   9.5   5.2
  9500  20.2  68.4  000   0  0   8.6   4.7 |  20.6  69.1  295   2  1   8.1   4.5
  9250  20.9  69.6  000   0  0   9.2   5.1 |  21.1  70.0  295   2  1   8.6   4.7
  9000  21.6  70.9  000   0  0  10.4   5.7 |  21.9  71.4  300   3  1  10.7   5.9
  8750  22.4  72.3  000   0  0  10.4   5.7 |  22.7  72.9  300   3  1  10.7   5.9
  8500  23.2  73.8  000   0  0  10.6   5.8 |  23.5  74.3  300   3  2  10.0   5.5
  8250  24.0  75.2  000   0  0  10.8   5.9 |  24.2  75.6  300   3  2   9.7   5.3
  8000  24.8  76.6  000   0  0   9.9   5.4 |  24.9  76.8  300   4  2   9.6   5.3
  7750  25.5  77.9  085   1  0   9.4   5.2 |  25.6  78.1  300   4  2   9.5   5.2
  7500  26.2  79.2  080   1  0  10.3   5.6 |  26.3  79.3  300   4  2   9.8   5.4
  7250  27.0  80.6  075   1  0  10.8   5.9 |  27.1  80.8  300   4  2   9.9   5.4
  7000  27.8  82.0  075   1  0   9.8   5.4 |  27.8  82.0  300   4  2   9.7   5.3
  6750  28.4  83.1  070   1  0   9.1   5.0 |  28.5  83.3  300   4  2   9.5   5.2
  6500  29.2  84.6  070   1  0   9.8   5.4 |  29.2  84.6  300   4  2   9.7   5.3
  6250  29.9  85.8  070   1  0  10.3   5.7 |  29.9  85.8  300   4  2   9.8   5.4
  6000  30.7  87.3  070   1  0   9.3   5.1 |  30.7  87.3  300   5  2   9.6   5.3
  5750  31.5  88.7  065   1  0  16.0   8.8 |  31.4  88.5  300   4  2  12.8   7.0
  5500  33.2  91.8  065   1  0  29.5  16.2 |  32.6  90.7  300   4  2  18.4  10.1
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This product is issued twice per day, once by approximately 0630 MST/0730 MDT
(1330 UTC) and again by approximately 1830 MST/1930 MDT (0130 UTC).  It is not
continuously monitored nor updated after its initial issuance.

The information contained herein is based on rawinsonde observation and/or
numerical weather prediction model data taken near the old Stapleton
Airport site in Denver, Colorado at

                   North Latitude:  39 deg 46 min 5.016 sec
                   West Longitude: 104 deg 52 min 9.984 sec
                   Elevation: 5285 feet (1611 meters)

and may not be representative of other areas along the Front Range of the
Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Note that some elevations in numerical weather
prediction models differ from actual station elevations, which can lead to
data which appear to be below ground.  Erroneous data such as these should
not be used.

The content and format of this report as well as the issuance times are subject
to change without prior notice.  Comments and suggestions are welcome and should
be directed to one of the addresses or phone numbers shown at the bottom of this
page.  To expedite a response to comments, be sure to mention your interest in
the soaring forecast.

DEFINITIONS:

CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy) - An integrated measure of the
     energy available for convective development, also known as the positive
     area on a thermodynamic diagram.  Units are Joules per kilogram.  Larger
     values are indicative of greater instability and the possibility of
     stronger convective activity, including thunderstorms.  Values around or
     greater than 1000 suggest the possibility of severe weather should
     convective activity develop.

CINH (Convective Inhibition) - An integrated measure of the amount of energy
     needed to initiate convective activity, also known as the negative area on
     a thermodynamic diagram.  Units are Joules per kilogram.  The more negative
     this number, the more energy is required to initiate convection.  This
     inhibitive energy can be overcome through surface heating, cooling aloft,
     lifting mechanisms (orographic, frontal, gravity waves, etc.)

Convective Condensation Level - The height to which an air parcel possessing the
     average saturation mixing ratio in the lowest 4000 feet of the airmass,
     if heated sufficiently from below, will rise dry adiabatically until it
     just becomes saturated.  It estimates the base of cumulus clouds that are
     produced by surface heating only.

Convection Temperature (ConvectionT) - The surface temperature required to make
     the airmass dry adiabatic up to the given level.  It can be considered a
     "trigger temperature" for that level.

Freezing Level - The height where the temperature is zero degrees Celsius.

Height of Stable Layer - The height (between 12,000 and 18,000 feet above
     mean sea level) where the smallest lapse rate exists.  The location and
     existence of this feature is important in the generation of mountain
     waves.

K Index - A measure of stability which combines the temperature difference
     between approximately 5,000 and 18,000 feet above the surface, the amount
     of moisture at approximately 5,000 feet above the surface, and a measure
     of the dryness at approximately 10,000 feet above the surface.  Larger
     positive numbers indicate more instability and a greater likelihood of
     thunderstorm development.  One interpretation of K index values regarding
     soaring in the western United States is given in WMO Technical Note 158
     and is reproduced in the following table:

          below -10    no or weak thermals
           -10 to 5    dry thermals or 1/8 cumulus with moderate thermals
            5 to 15    good soaring conditions
           15 to 20    good soaring conditions with occasional showers
           20 to 30    excellent soaring conditions, but increasing
                       probability of showers and thunderstorms
           above 30    more than 60 percent probability of thunderstorms

Lapse Rate - The change with height of the temperature. Negative values indicate
     inversions.

Lifted Condensation Level - The height to which an air parcel possessing the
     average dew point in the lowest 4000 feet of the airmass and the forecast
     maximum temperature must be lifted dry adiabatically to attain saturation.

Lifted Index (LI) - The difference between the environmental temperature at a
     level approximately 18,000 feet above the surface and the temperature of
     an air parcel lifted dry adiabatically from the surface to its lifted
     condensation level and then pseudoadiabatically thereafter to this same
     level.  The parcel`s initial temperature is the forecast maximum
     temperature and its dew point is the average dew point in the lowest 4000
     feet of the airmass.  Negative values are indicative of instability with
     positive values showing stable conditions.

Lift Rate - An experimental estimate of the strength of thermals.  It is
     computed the same way as the maximum rate of lift but uses the actual
     level rather than the maximum height of thermals in the calculation.
     Also, none of the empirical adjustments based on cloudiness and K-index
     are applied to these calculations.

Maximum Height of Thermals - The height where the dry adiabat through the
     forecast maximum temperature intersects the environmental temperature.

Maximum Rate of Lift - An estimate of the maximum strength of thermals.  It
     is computed from an empirical formula which combines the expected maximum
     height of thermals with the difference in the environmental temperatures
     between the maximum height of thermals and the temperature 4,000 feet
     above the ground.  After this computation, further empirical adjustments
     are made based on the value of the K-index and the amount and opacity of
     middle and high level cloudiness expected between the time of trigger
     temperature and the time of overdevelopment.

Middle/High Clouds - The amount and opacity of middle (altostratus, altocumulus)
     or high (cirrus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus) clouds.  Broken means that
     between 60% and 90% of the sky is covered by the cloud, with overcast
     conditions occurring when more than 90% of the sky is covered by the cloud.
     Thin implies that the clouds are predominantly transparent, meaning that
     some sunlight is reaching the ground, in contrast to opaque which suggests
     that little sunlight is reaching the ground.

Potential Height of Wave - The minimum of the following two heights:
     1. Level above the height of stable layer (or 14,000 feet if none exists)
        where the wind direction changes by 30 degrees or more
     2. Level above the height of stable layer (or 14,000 feet if none exists)
        where the wind speed no longer increases with height

PVA/NVA - Positive vorticity advection (PVA)/negative vorticity advection (NVA)
     on the 500 millibar isobaric surface (approximately 18,000 feet above mean
     sea level).  Weak PVA has been shown to assist in mountain wave soaring.

Soaring Window - The time between the time the trigger temperature is reached
                 and the time of overdevelopment.

Thermal Index - The difference between the environmental temperature and the
     temperature at a particular level determined by following the dry adiabat
     through the forecast maximum temperature up to that level.  Negative values
     are indicative of thermal lift.

Thermal Soaring Index - An adjective rating (for sailplanes) based on the
     computed maximum rate of lift, and the wind speed and middle and high
     cloud cover expected during the soaring window (the time of the trigger
     temperature and the time of overdevelopment) according to the following:

                 Maximum rate of lift        Adjective Rating
                      >= 800 fpm                 Excellent
                 >= 400 and < 800 fpm              Good
                 >= 200 and < 400 fpm              Fair
                       < 200 fpm                   Poor

Time of Overdevelopment - The time one or more of the following phenomena,
     which essentially shut off thermal lift, is expected to occur:
     1. formation of broken to overcast convective cloud cover
     2. formation of scattered to numerous downbursts
     3. initiation of widespread precipitation

Time of Trigger Temperature - The time the surface temperature is expected to
     reach the trigger temperature.

Trigger Temperature - The surface temperature required to make the first 4000
     feet of the atmosphere dry adiabatic.

Wave Soaring Index - An empirical, adjective rating (for sailplanes) which
     attempts to combine a variety of phenomena important in mountain wave
     soaring into a single index number.  Objective points are assigned to
     these phenomena: wind speed and direction at 14,000 ft MSL, the static
     stability in the 12,000-18,000 ft MSL layer, the wind speed gradient above
     the stable layer, jet stream location and frontal and upper trough
     movements.

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