Soaring Guidance
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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder, Colorado
1718 MST Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This forecast is for Wednesday, November 30, 2016:

If the trigger temperature of 36.9 F/2.7 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Good
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 619 ft/min (3.1 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 12696 ft MSL (7389 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 41.0 F/5.5 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 1100 MST
Time of overdevelopment........................ None
Middle/high clouds during soaring window....... None
Surface winds during soaring window............ 20 mph or less
Height of the -3 thermal index................. 8476 ft MSL (3170 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Thursday 12/01..... Poor

Wave Soaring Index............................. Poor
Wave Soaring Index trend (to 1700 MST)......... No change.
Height of stable layer (12-18K ft MSL)......... 14401 ft MSL (9094 ft AGL)
Weak PVA/NVA (through 1700 MST)................ Weak NVA
Potential height of wave....................... 32837 ft MSL (27530 ft AGL)
Wave soaring outlook for Thursday 12/01........ Poor

Remarks...

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 07:01:02 / 16:35:45 MST
Total possible sunshine........... 9 hr 34 min 43 sec (574 min 43 sec)
Altitude of sun at 11:48:31 MST... 28.49 degrees

Upper air data from numerical model forecast valid on 11/30/2016 at 0500 MST

Freezing level.................. Entire airmass below 32 F / 0 C
Convective condensation level... 17190 ft MSL (11883 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 13933 ft MSL (8626 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... +9.3
K index......................... -7.4

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  -56.2 -69.2   315   43   22   2.5   1.4      M     M       M      M    M
 45000  -52.3 -62.1   325   46   24   2.5   1.4      M     M       M      M    M
 40000  -49.0 -56.2   325   53   27   2.2   1.2      M     M       M      M    M
 38000  -48.0 -54.4   330   55   28  -1.0  -0.6      M     M       M      M    M
 36000  -48.5 -55.3   330   54   28  -0.8  -0.5      M     M       M      M    M
 34000  -49.0 -56.2   335   52   27  -0.8  -0.5      M     M       M      M    M
 32000  -49.1 -56.4   330   48   25   0.1   0.0      M     M       M      M    M
 30000  -49.1 -56.4   330   43   22  -0.6  -0.3      M     M       M      M    M
 29000  -47.8 -54.0   325   42   22   6.2   3.4   25.6  78.1    15.6      M    M
 28000  -45.9 -50.6   325   41   21   6.2   3.4   24.1  75.5    14.6      M    M
 27000  -44.1 -47.4   320   39   20   6.2   3.4   22.8  73.1    13.8      M    M
 26000  -42.1 -43.8   320   38   20   7.8   4.3   21.7  71.0    13.1      M    M
 25000  -39.8 -39.6   320   37   19   7.7   4.2   20.8  69.4    12.5      M    M
 24000  -37.5 -35.5   315   35   18   7.7   4.2   20.0  68.1    12.1      M    M
 23000  -35.2 -31.4   315   33   17   7.7   4.2   19.3  66.8    11.6      M    M
 22000  -32.9 -27.2   315   31   16   7.7   4.2   18.5  65.3    11.1      M    M
 21000  -30.6 -23.1   320   29   15   7.7   4.2   17.8  64.1    10.7      M    M
 20000  -28.4 -19.1   320   27   14   6.9   3.8   17.0  62.5    10.1      M    M
 19500  -27.4 -17.3   320   26   13   6.9   3.8   16.4  61.6     9.7      M    M
 19000  -26.3 -15.3   320   26   13   6.9   3.8   15.9  60.7     9.3      M    M
 18500  -25.3 -13.5   320   25   13   6.9   3.8   15.5  59.8     8.9      M    M
 18000  -24.3 -11.7   320   24   12   7.2   3.9   15.0  59.0     8.6      M    M
 17500  -23.1  -9.6   315   24   12   7.7   4.2   14.6  58.3     8.3      M    M
 17000  -22.0  -7.6   315   23   12   7.9   4.3   14.3  57.7     8.1      M    M
 16500  -21.0  -5.8   310   22   11   5.9   3.2   13.8  56.8     7.7      M    M
 16000  -20.1  -4.2   305   22   11   6.1   3.4   13.2  55.7     7.1      M    M
 15500  -19.0  -2.2   305   21   11   3.5   1.9   11.9  53.5     6.1      M    M
 15000  -18.4  -1.1   305   21   11   4.0   2.2   10.9  51.7     5.2      M    M
 14500  -18.1  -0.6   300   20   10   0.6   0.3    9.7  49.4     4.1      M    M
 14000  -17.9  -0.2   300   19   10   0.7   0.4    8.2  46.8     2.8      M    M
 13500  -17.7   0.1   300   17    9   2.4   1.3    6.9  44.4     1.6      M    M
 13000  -17.4   0.7   305   14    7   2.2   1.2    5.7  42.2     0.5      M    M
 12500  -16.8   1.8   305   12    6   6.8   3.7    4.8  40.6    -0.4    599  3.0
 12000  -15.7   3.7   310   11    6   7.1   3.9    4.3  39.8    -0.8    552  2.8
 11500  -14.6   5.7   320   11    6   7.8   4.3    4.0  39.1    -1.1    504  2.6
 11000  -13.4   7.9   325   11    6   7.8   4.3    3.6  38.6    -1.4    454  2.3
 10500  -12.3   9.9   330   11    6   7.9   4.3    3.3  38.0    -1.7    405  2.1
 10250  -11.7  10.9   325   11    6   7.3   4.0    3.2  37.7    -1.9    380  1.9
 10000  -11.1  12.0   325   11    5   9.4   5.1    3.0  37.4    -2.0    355  1.8
  9750  -10.3  13.5   320   10    5   9.8   5.4    3.1  37.6    -2.0    325  1.6
  9500   -9.7  14.5   320   11    6   8.0   4.4    3.0  37.4    -2.1    298  1.5
  9250   -9.1  15.6   320   12    6   8.8   4.8    2.9  37.2    -2.2    272  1.4
  9000   -8.4  16.9   320   12    6   7.4   4.1    2.8  37.0    -2.3    246  1.2
  8750   -8.0  17.6   320   15    7   5.3   2.9    2.5  36.5    -2.6    225  1.1
  8500   -7.6  18.3   315   17    9   4.8   2.6    2.1  35.8    -3.0    206  1.0
  8250   -7.3  18.9   315   20   10   5.4   2.9    1.8  35.2    -3.3    188  1.0
  8000   -6.9  19.6   310   22   11   3.1   1.7    1.4  34.5    -3.7    170  0.9
  7750   -6.8  19.8   305   23   12   2.3   1.3    0.8  33.4    -4.3    159  0.8
  7500   -6.5  20.3   300   22   11   3.5   1.9    0.3  32.5    -4.8    144  0.7
  7250   -6.3  20.7   300   21   11   4.4   2.4   -0.2  31.6    -5.3    129  0.7
  7000   -5.8  21.6   295   19   10   6.7   3.7   -0.5  31.1    -5.6    109  0.6
  6750   -5.3  22.5   295   17    9   7.5   4.1   -0.7  30.7    -5.8     86  0.4
  6500   -4.7  23.5   295   16    8   7.5   4.1   -0.9  30.4    -6.0     61  0.3
  6250   -4.3  24.3   290   14    7   5.1   2.8   -1.1  30.0    -6.3     39  0.2
  6000   -4.0  24.8   285   12    6   3.4   1.8   -1.6  29.2    -6.8     23  0.1
  5750   -3.7  25.3   275   10    5   4.4   2.4   -2.0  28.4    -7.2      8  0.0
  5500   -3.5  25.7   260    8    4  -2.9  -1.6   -2.6  27.4    -7.8      M    M

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

           11/30/2016 at 0800 MST          |       11/30/2016 at 1100 MST
                                           |
K index... -13.5  LI... +9.6               | K index... -21.8  LI... +10.0
CAPE... 0.0  CIN... -0.2                   | CAPE... 0.0  CIN... -0.3
                                           |
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 -56.8 -70.2  320  45 23   2.2   1.2 | -58.0 -72.4  320  50 26   2.0   1.1
 45000 -53.3 -63.9  325  52 27   2.2   1.2 | -54.9 -66.8  320  63 32   1.9   1.1
 40000 -49.9 -57.8  325  61 31   2.3   1.2 | -50.9 -59.6  325  74 38   2.7   1.5
 38000 -48.7 -55.7  325  64 33   1.0   0.5 | -49.3 -56.7  325  78 40   2.2   1.2
 36000 -48.1 -54.6  325  65 33   1.0   0.5 | -48.0 -54.4  325  80 41   2.2   1.2
 34000 -47.5 -53.5  330  65 33   1.0   0.5 | -46.5 -51.7  325  83 43   2.4   1.3
 32000 -47.2 -53.0  325  57 29   0.3   0.1 | -44.8 -48.6  325  75 39   2.8   1.6
 30000 -47.1 -52.8  325  46 24  -0.1  -0.0 | -43.1 -45.6  325  67 34   2.9   1.6
 29000 -45.9 -50.6  320  43 22   5.1   2.8 | -42.2 -44.0  325  59 30   2.8   1.5
 28000 -44.3 -47.7  320  39 20   5.1   2.8 | -41.4 -42.5  320  51 26   2.8   1.5
 27000 -42.8 -45.0  320  36 19   5.1   2.8 | -40.6 -41.1  320  42 22   2.8   1.6
 26000 -41.1 -42.0  320  33 17   7.2   4.0 | -39.4 -38.9  315  35 18   6.1   3.3
 25000 -39.0 -38.2  320  32 16   7.1   3.9 | -37.6 -35.7  315  31 16   5.9   3.2
 24000 -36.8 -34.2  320  30 16   7.1   3.9 | -35.8 -32.4  315  27 14   5.9   3.2
 23000 -34.6 -30.3  315  29 15   8.2   4.5 | -33.9 -29.0  315  23 12   8.3   4.5
 22000 -32.2 -26.0  315  27 14   8.0   4.4 | -31.4 -24.5  310  21 11   8.0   4.4
 21000 -29.8 -21.6  315  26 13   8.0   4.4 | -29.0 -20.2  305  19 10   8.0   4.4
 20000 -27.5 -17.5  315  24 12   7.3   4.0 | -26.8 -16.2  305  17  9   6.9   3.8
 19500 -26.5 -15.7  315  23 12   7.3   4.0 | -25.8 -14.4  300  16  8   6.9   3.8
 19000 -25.4 -13.7  315  22 11   7.3   4.0 | -24.8 -12.6  300  16  8   6.8   3.8
 18500 -24.3 -11.7  315  21 11   7.2   4.0 | -23.7 -10.7  300  15  8   6.8   3.7
 18000 -23.2  -9.8  315  20 10   6.8   3.7 | -22.7  -8.9  295  14  7   6.2   3.4
 17500 -22.3  -8.1  315  20 10   6.1   3.3 | -21.5  -6.7  295  13  7   5.4   3.0
 17000 -21.4  -6.5  315  20 10   6.1   3.3 | -20.7  -5.3  295  12  6   6.0   3.3
 16500 -20.5  -4.9  315  20 10   5.5   3.0 | -19.7  -3.5  290  13  6   6.4   3.5
 16000 -19.3  -2.7  315  20 10   5.4   3.0 | -18.7  -1.7  290  13  7   6.3   3.4
 15500 -18.5  -1.3  315  19 10   4.3   2.4 | -17.9  -0.2  290  13  7   5.3   2.9
 15000 -17.9  -0.2  315  18  9   4.6   2.5 | -17.1   1.2  290  14  7   5.5   3.0
 14500 -17.4   0.7  315  17  9   1.6   0.9 | -16.4   2.5  290  14  7   2.8   1.5
 14000 -17.2   1.0  315  16  8   1.8   1.0 | -16.0   3.2  285  14  7   3.2   1.8
 13500 -16.8   1.8  315  15  7   2.6   1.4 | -15.6   3.9  285  13  7   1.2   0.7
 13000 -16.5   2.3  310  13  6   2.4   1.3 | -15.5   4.1  280  12  6   1.1   0.6
 12500 -15.9   3.4  310  11  5   5.5   3.0 | -15.1   4.8  275  11  6   3.9   2.1
 12000 -15.1   4.8  310   9  5   5.6   3.1 | -14.5   5.9  265  10  5   3.7   2.0
 11500 -14.2   6.4  310   8  4   6.6   3.6 | -13.8   7.2  255   9  5   7.1   3.9
 11000 -13.2   8.2  300   7  4   6.6   3.6 | -12.7   9.1  255   9  5   7.1   3.9
 10500 -12.2  10.0  295   7  3   7.6   4.2 | -11.6  11.1  260   9  5   8.2   4.5
 10250 -11.6  11.1  290   7  3   6.8   3.7 | -11.0  12.2  265  10  5   7.3   4.0
 10000 -11.1  12.0  290   7  3   9.5   5.2 | -10.4  13.3  270  10  5  10.2   5.6
  9750 -10.2  13.6  285   7  3  10.1   5.6 |  -9.5  14.9  275  10  5  10.9   6.0
  9500  -9.6  14.7  290   7  4   7.9   4.4 |  -8.8  16.2  280  12  6   8.4   4.6
  9250  -9.0  15.8  295   7  4   8.6   4.7 |  -8.2  17.2  285  13  7   9.4   5.2
  9000  -8.4  16.9  295   7  4   8.1   4.4 |  -7.5  18.5  290  15  8   7.7   4.2
  8750  -7.8  18.0  305   9  5   8.2   4.5 |  -7.1  19.2  295  17  9   2.9   1.6
  8500  -7.1  19.2  305  11  6   8.4   4.6 |  -7.0  19.4  295  18 10   0.9   0.5
  8250  -6.5  20.3  310  14  7   9.0   4.9 |  -6.9  19.6  295  20 10   1.3   0.7
  8000  -5.9  21.4  310  16  8   4.6   2.5 |  -6.8  19.8  295  21 11   2.8   1.5
  7750  -5.8  21.6  305  20 11   0.0   0.0 |  -6.5  20.3  295  18  9   5.7   3.2
  7500  -5.8  21.6  300  22 12   0.0   0.0 |  -6.1  21.0  290  16  8   6.0   3.3
  7250  -5.8  21.6  295  24 12   1.6   0.9 |  -5.6  21.9  290  14  7   7.5   4.1
  7000  -5.6  21.9  295  23 12   4.4   2.4 |  -4.9  23.2  290  14  7  10.7   5.8
  6750  -5.2  22.6  290  21 11   5.7   3.2 |  -4.1  24.6  290  14  7  10.1   5.5
  6500  -4.7  23.5  290  19 10   6.1   3.3 |  -3.4  25.9  290  13  7   9.2   5.1
  6250  -4.4  24.1  285  17  9   3.3   1.8 |  -2.6  27.3  290  13  7  10.6   5.8
  6000  -4.2  24.4  280  15  7   1.9   1.1 |  -1.8  28.8  290  12  6  11.5   6.3
  5750  -4.1  24.6  270  12  6   1.8   1.0 |  -1.0  30.2  290  12  6  10.4   5.7
  5500  -4.2  24.4  260  11  6  -6.2  -3.4 |  -0.2  31.6  290  11  6  12.4   6.8

           11/30/2016 at 1400 MST          |       11/30/2016 at 1700 MST
                                           |
K index... -25.3  LI... +11.0              | K index... -28.1  LI... +11.8
CAPE... 0.0  CIN... -0.8                   | CAPE... 0.0  CIN... -0.2
                                           |
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 -59.1 -74.4  315  53 27   2.5   1.4 | -59.7 -75.5  305  42 22   2.8   1.5
 45000 -55.3 -67.5  315  69 36   2.4   1.3 | -55.3 -67.5  300  57 29   3.8   2.1
 40000 -49.7 -57.5  315  65 33   3.6   2.0 | -48.8 -55.8  300  57 29   4.3   2.4
 38000 -48.2 -54.8  310  64 33   0.9   0.5 | -47.3 -53.1  295  56 29  -0.2  -0.1
 36000 -47.6 -53.7  310  66 34   0.9   0.5 | -47.4 -53.3  295  52 27  -0.2  -0.1
 34000 -47.1 -52.8  310  67 34   1.8   1.0 | -47.5 -53.5  295  49 25   0.9   0.5
 32000 -44.1 -47.4  310  68 35   5.2   2.9 | -45.0 -49.0  300  48 25   4.4   2.4
 30000 -41.0 -41.8  315  70 36   5.3   2.9 | -41.9 -43.4  305  49 25   5.8   3.2
 29000 -39.6 -39.3  315  67 35   4.6   2.5 | -40.1 -40.2  310  50 26   6.0   3.3
 28000 -37.8 -36.0  320  63 33   4.6   2.5 | -38.3 -36.9  310  52 27   6.0   3.3
 27000 -36.5 -33.7  320  60 31   4.6   2.5 | -36.5 -33.7  310  54 28   6.0   3.3
 26000 -35.3 -31.5  320  54 28   3.4   1.8 | -34.6 -30.3  315  54 28   6.7   3.7
 25000 -34.3 -29.7  320  45 23   3.3   1.8 | -32.6 -26.7  315  52 27   6.7   3.7
 24000 -33.3 -27.9  315  35 18   3.4   1.9 | -30.6 -23.1  320  50 26   6.7   3.7
 23000 -31.9 -25.4  310  28 14   7.2   3.9 | -28.7 -19.7  320  46 24   5.5   3.0
 22000 -29.8 -21.6  305  24 13   7.0   3.8 | -27.0 -16.6  315  40 20   5.5   3.0
 21000 -27.7 -17.9  300  21 11   7.0   3.8 | -25.4 -13.7  315  34 17   5.5   3.0
 20000 -25.6 -14.1  295  19 10   6.9   3.8 | -23.6 -10.5  310  28 15   6.2   3.4
 19500 -24.5 -12.1  295  18  9   6.9   3.8 | -22.7  -8.9  310  26 13   6.2   3.4
 19000 -23.5 -10.3  290  17  9   6.9   3.8 | -21.8  -7.2  305  24 12   6.2   3.4
 18500 -22.5  -8.5  290  16  8   6.9   3.8 | -20.8  -5.4  305  21 11   6.2   3.4
 18000 -21.4  -6.5  285  15  8   6.3   3.5 | -19.9  -3.8  300  19 10   6.0   3.3
 17500 -20.6  -5.1  285  14  7   5.9   3.2 | -19.0  -2.2  295  17  9   5.9   3.2
 17000 -19.7  -3.5  280  13  7   5.8   3.2 | -18.1  -0.6  285  16  8   5.8   3.2
 16500 -19.0  -2.2  280  13  7   4.3   2.4 | -17.4   0.7  285  15  8   4.4   2.4
 16000 -18.3  -0.9  280  12  6   4.5   2.5 | -16.4   2.5  285  15  8   3.3   1.8
 15500 -17.7   0.1  280  12  6   3.3   1.8 | -16.3   2.7  280  16  8  -0.7  -0.4
 15000 -17.0   1.4  275  14  7   3.2   1.8 | -16.4   2.5  275  17  9  -0.5  -0.3
 14500 -16.7   1.9  270  14  7   0.2   0.1 | -16.6   2.1  270  17  9  -2.6  -1.4
 14000 -16.7   1.9  270  15  8   0.2   0.1 | -17.0   1.4  265  17  9  -3.1  -1.7
 13500 -16.4   2.5  270  15  8   3.8   2.1 | -16.9   1.6  265  16  8   5.1   2.8
 13000 -15.9   3.4  270  14  7   3.3   1.8 | -16.2   2.8  270  15  8   4.5   2.5
 12500 -15.1   4.8  275  14  7   7.2   3.9 | -15.4   4.3  275  15  8   7.6   4.2
 12000 -14.1   6.6  280  14  7   7.2   3.9 | -14.2   6.4  280  16  8   7.8   4.3
 11500 -13.0   8.6  285  14  7   6.7   3.7 | -13.2   8.2  285  18  9   5.6   3.1
 11000 -12.0  10.4  295  16  8   6.9   3.8 | -12.4   9.7  290  21 11   5.8   3.2
 10500 -11.2  11.8  300  19 10   5.0   2.7 | -11.7  10.9  290  22 11   4.5   2.5
 10250 -10.8  12.6  300  20 10   4.7   2.6 | -11.3  11.7  290  23 12   3.9   2.1
 10000 -10.5  13.1  300  21 11   6.6   3.6 | -11.0  12.2  290  23 12   6.9   3.8
  9750  -9.9  14.2  295  22 11   6.4   3.5 | -10.4  13.3  290  22 11   8.9   4.9
  9500  -9.6  14.7  295  20 10   4.4   2.4 |  -9.8  14.4  290  21 11   7.2   4.0
  9250  -9.2  15.4  295  19 10   4.5   2.5 |  -9.2  15.4  285  20 10   7.6   4.2
  9000  -8.9  16.0  295  17  9   6.2   3.4 |  -8.7  16.3  285  19 10   7.8   4.3
  8750  -8.3  17.1  295  16  8   9.2   5.0 |  -8.1  17.4  290  18  9   8.8   4.8
  8500  -7.6  18.3  295  15  8   9.5   5.2 |  -7.4  18.7  290  17  9   9.1   5.0
  8250  -6.9  19.6  300  14  7   9.3   5.1 |  -6.7  19.9  290  17  9   9.0   4.9
  8000  -6.2  20.8  300  13  7  10.7   5.8 |  -6.0  21.2  295  16  8   9.4   5.2
  7750  -5.3  22.5  300  13  7  10.7   5.8 |  -5.3  22.5  295  15  8   9.3   5.1
  7500  -4.6  23.7  300  13  7   9.4   5.2 |  -4.7  23.5  300  15  8   8.7   4.8
  7250  -3.9  25.0  300  13  6   9.9   5.4 |  -4.0  24.8  300  14  7   9.2   5.0
  7000  -3.1  26.4  300  12  6  10.3   5.7 |  -3.3  26.1  300  14  7   9.9   5.4
  6750  -2.4  27.7  300  12  6   9.9   5.4 |  -2.5  27.5  305  13  7   9.4   5.2
  6500  -1.7  28.9  300  12  6   9.5   5.2 |  -1.9  28.6  310  12  6   8.8   4.8
  6250  -0.9  30.4  300  12  6  10.2   5.6 |  -1.2  29.8  310  11  6   8.9   4.9
  6000  -0.1  31.8  300  11  6  10.8   5.9 |  -0.5  31.1  315  10  5   9.0   4.9
  5750   0.7  33.3  300  11  6   9.8   5.4 |   0.1  32.2  315   9  5   8.8   4.9
  5500   1.4  34.5  305  11  5  12.0   6.6 |   0.7  33.3  320   8  4   5.0   2.8
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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.

CIN (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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