Soaring Guidance
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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder, Colorado
1736 MST Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This forecast is for Thursday, February 23, 2017:

If the trigger temperature of 49.4 F/9.7 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Poor
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 0 ft/min (0.0 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 7023 ft MSL (1687 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 39.0 F/4.3 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... None
Time of overdevelopment........................ 1500 MST
Middle/high clouds during soaring window....... Broken/overcast opaque middle
Surface winds during soaring window............ 20 mph or less
Height of the -3 thermal index................. 5994 ft MSL (658 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Friday 02/24....... Poor

Wave Soaring Index............................. Poor
Wave Soaring Index trend (to 1700 MST)......... Little change
Height of stable layer (12-18K ft MSL)......... None
Weak PVA/NVA (through 1700 MST)................ Weak PVA
Potential height of wave....................... 44728 ft MSL (39392 ft AGL)
Wave soaring outlook for Friday 02/24.......... Poor

Remarks... Upper level low moving across southern wyoming through Thursday along
           with a surface low intensifying over northeast colorado.

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 06:40:30 / 17:45:00 MST
Total possible sunshine........... 11 hr 4 min 30 sec (664 min 30 sec)
Altitude of sun at 12:12:45 MST... 40.60 degrees

Upper air data from numerical model forecast valid on 02/23/2017 at 0500 MST

Freezing level.................. Entire airmass below 32 F / 0 C
Convective condensation level... 13392 ft MSL (8056 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 10347 ft MSL (5011 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... +11.1
K index......................... +8.4

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  -57.2 -71.0   255   34   18   4.0   2.2      M     M       M      M    M
 45000  -51.2 -60.2   255   49   25   4.3   2.3      M     M       M      M    M
 40000  -50.3 -58.5   245   43   22   0.4   0.2      M     M       M      M    M
 38000  -49.9 -57.8   245   41   21   1.6   0.9      M     M       M      M    M
 36000  -49.0 -56.2   240   39   20   1.5   0.8      M     M       M      M    M
 34000  -48.0 -54.4   240   38   19   1.3   0.7      M     M       M      M    M
 32000  -45.8 -50.4   235   37   19   3.8   2.1      M     M       M      M    M
 30000  -43.5 -46.3   235   38   19   3.6   2.0      M     M       M      M    M
 29000  -42.0 -43.6   235   38   20   5.4   3.0   31.9  89.4    21.2      M    M
 28000  -40.4 -40.7   235   38   20   5.4   3.0   30.1  86.1    20.1      M    M
 27000  -38.8 -37.8   235   39   20   5.4   2.9   28.4  83.2    19.1      M    M
 26000  -37.1 -34.8   235   39   20   6.6   3.6   27.0  80.5    18.2      M    M
 25000  -35.2 -31.4   235   39   20   6.5   3.6   25.6  78.1    17.3      M    M
 24000  -33.2 -27.8   235   39   20   6.5   3.6   24.4  76.0    16.6      M    M
 23000  -31.3 -24.3   235   39   20   6.7   3.7   23.3  74.0    15.9      M    M
 22000  -29.2 -20.6   235   38   20   6.8   3.7   22.2  71.9    15.1      M    M
 21000  -27.2 -17.0   235   37   19   6.8   3.7   21.1  70.0    14.4      M    M
 20000  -25.4 -13.7   235   36   19   4.5   2.5   19.8  67.7    13.5      M    M
 19500  -24.7 -12.5   235   35   18   4.7   2.6   18.9  66.0    12.8      M    M
 19000  -23.6 -10.5   235   33   17   4.7   2.6   17.6  63.6    11.7      M    M
 18500  -22.9  -9.2   235   32   17   4.8   2.6   16.7  62.1    11.0      M    M
 18000  -22.2  -8.0   240   31   16   5.4   3.0   15.9  60.7    10.4      M    M
 17500  -21.4  -6.5   240   29   15   6.0   3.3   15.2  59.4     9.9      M    M
 17000  -20.5  -4.9   240   28   14   6.0   3.3   14.6  58.3     9.3      M    M
 16500  -19.5  -3.1   240   26   13   6.6   3.6   14.0  57.2     8.8      M    M
 16000  -18.6  -1.5   235   24   12   6.4   3.5   13.5  56.3     8.4      M    M
 15500  -17.5   0.5   235   22   12   7.8   4.3   13.0  55.4     8.0      M    M
 15000  -16.4   2.5   235   21   11   7.9   4.3   12.7  54.9     7.8      M    M
 14500  -15.2   4.6   235   19   10   8.3   4.6   12.4  54.4     7.6      M    M
 14000  -13.9   7.0   235   18    9   8.5   4.7   12.2  54.0     7.4      M    M
 13500  -12.6   9.3   235   17    9   8.3   4.6   12.0  53.6     7.3      M    M
 13000  -11.4  11.5   235   17    9   8.1   4.4   11.7  53.1     7.0      M    M
 12500  -10.2  13.6   235   18    9   8.1   4.5   11.5  52.7     6.8      M    M
 12000   -9.0  15.8   230   16    8   8.2   4.5   11.2  52.2     6.6      M    M
 11500   -7.8  18.0   230   15    8   8.2   4.5   11.0  51.8     6.4      M    M
 11000   -6.6  20.1   225   14    7   8.3   4.6   10.7  51.3     6.1      M    M
 10500   -5.4  22.3   220   13    7   8.3   4.5   10.5  50.9     5.9      M    M
 10250   -4.8  23.4   220   13    7   8.0   4.4   10.4  50.7     5.8      M    M
 10000   -4.2  24.4   220   12    6   8.8   4.8   10.3  50.5     5.7      M    M
  9750   -3.5  25.7   220   12    6  10.0   5.5   10.2  50.4     5.7      M    M
  9500   -2.8  27.0   220   11    6   8.4   4.6   10.2  50.4     5.7      M    M
  9250   -2.2  28.0   215   10    5   7.2   4.0   10.0  50.1     5.5      M    M
  9000   -1.7  28.9   215    9    5   7.0   3.8    9.9  49.7     5.3      M    M
  8750   -1.2  29.8   215    8    4   5.8   3.2    9.6  49.3     5.1      M    M
  8500   -0.9  30.4   215    7    4   2.7   1.5    9.2  48.5     4.7      M    M
  8250   -0.8  30.6   215    6    3   0.7   0.4    8.5  47.3     4.1      M    M
  8000   -0.7  30.7   220    5    3   1.6   0.9    7.9  46.1     3.4      M    M
  7750   -0.7  30.7   220    4    2   0.4   0.2    7.2  45.0     2.8      M    M
  7500   -0.7  30.7   230    3    2  -2.1  -1.2    6.4  43.5     2.0      M    M
  7250   -0.9  30.4   240    3    1  -3.2  -1.8    5.4  41.8     1.0      M    M
  7000   -1.1  30.0   260    2    1  -2.0  -1.1    4.5  40.0     0.1      M    M
  6750   -1.2  29.8   280    2    1  -0.1  -0.0    3.6  38.6    -0.7    169  0.9
  6500   -1.2  29.8   300    2    1   0.5   0.3    2.9  37.3    -1.4    161  0.8
  6250   -1.2  29.8   320    3    1  -0.3  -0.2    2.2  36.0    -2.1    153  0.8
  6000   -1.2  29.8   335    3    2   1.9   1.0    1.5  34.7    -2.8    146  0.7
  5750   -0.9  30.4   335    3    2   2.1   1.1    1.0  33.7    -3.4    132  0.7
  5500   -1.0  30.2   330    2    1  -3.8  -2.1    0.2  32.3    -4.2    127  0.6

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

           02/23/2017 at 0800 MST          |       02/23/2017 at 1100 MST
                                           |
CAPE...     0.0    LI...       +0.7        | CAPE...   +10.0    LI...       +0.1
CINH...     0.0    K Index... +12.8        | CINH...    -8.9    K Index... +12.8
                                           |
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 -56.7 -70.1  250  37 19   3.4   1.9 | -54.8 -66.6  245  31 16   2.6   1.4
 45000 -51.3 -60.3  250  48 25   3.5   1.9 | -50.6 -59.1  245  46 24   2.6   1.4
 40000 -48.4 -55.1  245  43 22   1.9   1.0 | -47.2 -53.0  245  42 22   2.3   1.3
 38000 -47.3 -53.1  245  41 21   1.5   0.8 | -45.8 -50.4  245  40 21   1.6   0.9
 36000 -46.4 -51.5  245  39 20   1.5   0.8 | -44.8 -48.6  245  39 20   1.7   0.9
 34000 -45.5 -49.9  245  38 19   1.5   0.8 | -43.8 -46.8  250  38 20   1.7   0.9
 32000 -43.8 -46.8  240  37 19   2.9   1.6 | -42.4 -44.3  250  38 19   2.3   1.3
 30000 -42.1 -43.8  240  37 19   2.9   1.6 | -41.0 -41.8  250  38 20   2.3   1.3
 29000 -41.0 -41.8  240  37 19   4.2   2.3 | -40.2 -40.4  250  38 19   3.4   1.9
 28000 -39.7 -39.5  240  36 19   4.2   2.3 | -39.2 -38.6  250  37 19   3.4   1.9
 27000 -38.5 -37.3  235  36 18   4.2   2.3 | -38.1 -36.6  250  35 18   3.4   1.9
 26000 -37.2 -35.0  235  36 18   5.0   2.7 | -37.1 -34.8  245  34 18   3.3   1.8
 25000 -35.6 -32.1  235  34 18   5.3   2.9 | -36.2 -33.2  245  31 16   3.1   1.7
 24000 -34.0 -29.2  235  33 17   5.3   2.9 | -35.2 -31.4  245  27 14   3.1   1.7
 23000 -32.4 -26.3  235  32 17   5.1   2.8 | -34.3 -29.7  245  24 12   3.2   1.7
 22000 -31.0 -23.8  235  30 15   4.7   2.6 | -33.3 -27.9  245  20 10   3.5   1.9
 21000 -29.6 -21.3  235  28 14   4.7   2.6 | -32.2 -26.0  245  17  8   3.5   1.9
 20000 -28.2 -18.8  235  25 13   5.1   2.8 | -31.1 -24.0  240  13  7   5.5   3.0
 19500 -27.4 -17.3  235  24 12   5.2   2.8 | -30.2 -22.4  245  12  6   6.3   3.5
 19000 -26.7 -16.1  240  23 12   5.2   2.8 | -29.3 -20.7  245  12  6   6.4   3.5
 18500 -25.5 -13.9  240  21 11   5.2   2.9 | -28.3 -18.9  245  11  6   6.4   3.5
 18000 -24.7 -12.5  245  19 10   5.6   3.1 | -27.4 -17.3  245  11  6   6.4   3.5
 17500 -23.8 -10.8  245  18  9   7.0   3.8 | -25.8 -14.4  250  11  5   7.8   4.3
 17000 -22.7  -8.9  245  17  9   6.8   3.8 | -24.7 -12.5  255  11  6   7.7   4.2
 16500 -21.7  -7.1  245  17  9   7.9   4.3 | -23.5 -10.3  255  11  6   8.0   4.4
 16000 -20.5  -4.9  250  16  8   7.9   4.3 | -22.3  -8.1  255  12  6   8.0   4.4
 15500 -19.3  -2.7  250  16  8   8.1   4.5 | -21.2  -6.2  260  12  6   8.2   4.5
 15000 -18.1  -0.6  250  15  8   8.3   4.5 | -19.9  -3.8  260  12  6   8.4   4.6
 14500 -16.9   1.6  250  15  8   8.3   4.6 | -18.7  -1.7  260  12  6   8.4   4.6
 14000 -15.6   3.9  245  15  8   8.5   4.7 | -17.4   0.7  265  12  6   8.5   4.7
 13500 -14.4   6.1  245  14  7   8.5   4.7 | -16.2   2.8  265  12  6   8.5   4.6
 13000 -13.1   8.4  240  14  7   8.4   4.6 | -14.9   5.2  265  12  6   8.2   4.5
 12500 -11.9  10.6  240  14  7   8.4   4.6 | -13.7   7.3  265  11  6   8.2   4.5
 12000 -10.7  12.7  235  13  7   8.0   4.4 | -12.5   9.5  265  11  6   8.0   4.4
 11500  -9.5  14.9  230  12  6   8.0   4.4 | -11.3  11.7  270  11  6   8.0   4.4
 11000  -8.4  16.9  225  12  6   7.6   4.2 | -10.1  13.8  270  11  6   8.3   4.6
 10500  -7.2  19.0  225  11  6   7.4   4.1 |  -8.9  16.0  270  10  5   8.3   4.5
 10250  -6.7  19.9  220  10  5   6.1   3.3 |  -8.3  17.1  270  10  5   7.6   4.2
 10000  -6.3  20.7  220  10  5   6.2   3.4 |  -7.7  18.1  270   9  5   8.4   4.6
  9750  -5.8  21.6  220   9  5   7.1   3.9 |  -7.1  19.2  270   9  5   9.5   5.2
  9500  -5.3  22.5  220   8  4   6.4   3.5 |  -6.4  20.5  270   9  5   9.0   4.9
  9250  -4.9  23.2  220   8  4   5.7   3.1 |  -5.7  21.7  270   8  4   9.0   4.9
  9000  -4.5  23.9  220   7  3   5.0   2.8 |  -5.1  22.8  270   8  4   8.2   4.5
  8750  -4.1  24.6  220   6  3   3.8   2.1 |  -4.5  23.9  270   7  4   7.2   3.9
  8500  -3.9  25.0  225   5  3   2.6   1.4 |  -4.0  24.8  270   7  4   6.4   3.5
  8250  -3.7  25.3  230   4  2   2.0   1.1 |  -3.6  25.5  275   6  3   5.8   3.2
  8000  -3.6  25.5  245   3  2   2.2   1.2 |  -3.1  26.4  280   6  3   5.9   3.3
  7750  -3.5  25.7  260   3  1   1.4   0.7 |  -2.7  27.1  280   5  3   6.9   3.8
  7500  -3.4  25.9  280   3  1  -0.1  -0.1 |  -2.2  28.0  285   5  2   5.1   2.8
  7250  -3.5  25.7  295   3  1  -0.3  -0.2 |  -1.9  28.6  295   4  2   3.4   1.9
  7000  -3.5  25.7  310   3  2  -0.8  -0.4 |  -1.7  28.9  300   4  2   3.3   1.8
  6750  -3.5  25.7  320   3  2   1.4   0.7 |  -1.4  29.5  310   3  2   8.4   4.6
  6500  -3.3  26.1  325   3  2   2.4   1.3 |  -0.5  31.1  310   3  2  11.4   6.3
  6250  -3.2  26.2  335   3  2   0.7   0.4 |   0.2  32.4  315   3  2  10.2   5.6
  6000  -3.2  26.2  345   3  2   2.2   1.2 |   1.0  33.8  315   3  1   7.5   4.1
  5750  -2.8  27.0  345   3  2   8.0   4.4 |   1.5  34.7  320   3  1  12.0   6.6
  5500  -2.0  28.4  340   3  1  14.5   8.0 |   3.1  37.6  320   3  1  29.4  16.1

           02/23/2017 at 1400 MST          |       02/23/2017 at 1700 MST
                                           |
CAPE...   +20.1    LI...       +0.8        | CAPE...    +2.9    LI...       +0.3
CINH...    -0.2    K Index...  +8.2        | CINH...    -5.5    K Index...  +7.4
                                           |
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 -52.8 -63.0  245  28 14   2.4   1.3 | -53.6 -64.5  255  29 15   3.5   1.9
 45000 -49.0 -56.2  245  44 23   2.4   1.3 | -48.1 -54.6  250  40 20   3.4   1.9
 40000 -46.4 -51.5  245  41 21   1.6   0.9 | -46.2 -51.2  250  36 19   1.0   0.6
 38000 -45.5 -49.9  245  38 20   0.9   0.5 | -45.6 -50.1  250  34 18   0.8   0.4
 36000 -45.0 -49.0  245  38 19   0.8   0.5 | -45.2 -49.4  250  35 18   0.7   0.4
 34000 -44.5 -48.1  250  37 19   0.8   0.5 | -44.7 -48.5  255  35 18   0.7   0.4
 32000 -43.2 -45.8  255  37 19   2.4   1.3 | -43.7 -46.7  255  35 18   2.5   1.4
 30000 -41.8 -43.2  255  38 19   2.4   1.3 | -42.0 -43.6  255  36 19   2.5   1.4
 29000 -41.0 -41.8  255  37 19   3.3   1.8 | -41.2 -42.2  260  36 18   3.0   1.6
 28000 -40.0 -40.0  255  36 19   3.2   1.8 | -40.3 -40.5  260  34 18   2.9   1.6
 27000 -39.1 -38.4  255  35 18   3.2   1.8 | -39.5 -39.1  260  33 17   2.9   1.6
 26000 -38.1 -36.6  255  33 17   3.1   1.7 | -38.6 -37.5  260  31 16   2.9   1.6
 25000 -37.4 -35.3  255  30 15   2.3   1.2 | -38.0 -36.4  260  27 14   1.6   0.9
 24000 -36.7 -34.1  255  25 13   2.3   1.2 | -37.6 -35.7  255  22 12   1.6   0.9
 23000 -36.0 -32.8  255  21 11   2.1   1.2 | -37.1 -34.8  255  18  9   1.5   0.8
 22000 -35.1 -31.2  255  17  9   3.7   2.0 | -36.5 -33.7  250  14  7   2.2   1.2
 21000 -34.0 -29.2  250  12  6   3.7   2.0 | -35.9 -32.6  240  11  6   2.2   1.2
 20000 -32.9 -27.2  235   8  4   4.8   2.6 | -35.2 -31.4  225   9  4   4.3   2.4
 19500 -32.0 -25.6  235   8  4   5.7   3.2 | -34.3 -29.7  230   8  4   6.2   3.4
 19000 -31.1 -24.0  235   7  4   5.8   3.2 | -33.3 -27.9  230   7  4   6.3   3.5
 18500 -30.3 -22.5  235   7  4   5.8   3.2 | -32.4 -26.3  240   6  3   6.4   3.5
 18000 -29.4 -20.9  230   7  4   5.9   3.2 | -31.5 -24.7  245   6  3   6.4   3.5
 17500 -28.0 -18.4  235   7  4   7.8   4.3 | -29.8 -21.6  260   5  3   8.8   4.8
 17000 -26.9 -16.4  240   8  4   7.6   4.2 | -28.6 -19.5  280   5  3   8.6   4.7
 16500 -25.7 -14.3  250   8  4   8.0   4.4 | -27.3 -17.1  295   6  3   8.4   4.6
 16000 -24.5 -12.1  260   8  4   8.1   4.4 | -26.1 -15.0  300   7  4   8.3   4.6
 15500 -23.3  -9.9  270   9  4   8.0   4.4 | -24.8 -12.6  305   8  4   8.4   4.6
 15000 -22.1  -7.8  275   9  5   7.8   4.3 | -23.6 -10.5  305  10  5   8.6   4.7
 14500 -21.0  -5.8  280  10  5   7.9   4.3 | -22.3  -8.1  305  11  5   8.6   4.7
 14000 -19.7  -3.5  285  11  6   8.4   4.6 | -21.0  -5.8  305  11  6   8.6   4.7
 13500 -18.5  -1.3  290  12  6   8.4   4.6 | -19.7  -3.5  305  12  6   8.6   4.7
 13000 -17.2   1.0  290  13  7   8.5   4.7 | -18.5  -1.3  305  12  6   8.6   4.7
 12500 -16.0   3.2  290  14  7   8.5   4.7 | -17.2   1.0  305  12  6   8.6   4.7
 12000 -14.7   5.5  295  14  7   8.5   4.7 | -15.9   3.4  300  12  6   8.9   4.9
 11500 -13.5   7.7  295  13  7   8.5   4.7 | -14.5   5.9  300  12  6   8.9   4.9
 11000 -12.1  10.2  295  13  7   9.6   5.3 | -13.2   8.2  300  12  6   9.0   4.9
 10500 -10.7  12.7  295  13  6   9.4   5.2 | -11.9  10.6  300  11  6   9.0   4.9
 10250 -10.0  14.0  295  12  6   8.8   4.8 | -11.2  11.8  300  11  6   8.5   4.7
 10000  -9.4  15.1  295  12  6   9.4   5.2 | -10.6  12.9  300  11  6   9.2   5.1
  9750  -8.6  16.5  300  12  6  10.3   5.6 |  -9.9  14.2  300  11  6  10.1   5.6
  9500  -7.9  17.8  300  12  6  10.0   5.5 |  -9.1  15.6  300  11  6  10.0   5.5
  9250  -7.1  19.2  300  12  6  10.2   5.6 |  -8.4  16.9  300  11  6  10.1   5.6
  9000  -6.3  20.7  300  12  6   9.9   5.4 |  -7.6  18.3  300  11  5   9.9   5.4
  8750  -5.6  21.9  300  12  6   9.2   5.1 |  -6.9  19.6  305  10  5   9.2   5.0
  8500  -4.9  23.2  300  12  6   9.7   5.3 |  -6.2  20.8  305  10  5   9.8   5.4
  8250  -4.2  24.4  300  12  6  10.5   5.8 |  -5.4  22.3  305  10  5  10.6   5.8
  8000  -3.4  25.9  300  12  6  10.1   5.5 |  -4.6  23.7  305  10  5  10.1   5.5
  7750  -2.7  27.1  300  12  6   9.0   5.0 |  -3.9  25.0  305  10  5   8.5   4.7
  7500  -2.0  28.4  300  12  6   9.6   5.2 |  -3.3  26.1  305  10  5   9.0   4.9
  7250  -1.2  29.8  300  12  6  10.6   5.8 |  -2.6  27.3  305  10  5   9.5   5.2
  7000  -0.4  31.3  305  12  6  10.0   5.5 |  -1.9  28.6  305   9  5  10.9   6.0
  6750   0.3  32.5  305  12  6   9.4   5.2 |  -1.0  30.2  310   9  5  10.9   6.0
  6500   1.0  33.8  305  11  6   9.9   5.4 |  -0.3  31.5  310   9  5   9.3   5.1
  6250   1.8  35.2  305  11  6  10.3   5.7 |   0.4  32.7  310   9  5   9.5   5.2
  6000   2.5  36.5  305  11  6  10.4   5.7 |   1.2  34.2  310   9  4  10.2   5.6
  5750   3.4  38.1  305  10  5  15.7   8.6 |   2.0  35.6  310   8  4  11.9   6.5
  5500   4.9  40.8  305   9  5  23.7  13.0 |   2.9  37.2  310   7  4  12.0   6.6
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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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