Soaring Guidance
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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder, Colorado
1850 MDT Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This forecast is for Thursday, August 14, 2014:

If the trigger temperature of 83.6 F/28.6 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Fair
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 391 ft/min (2.0 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 10298 ft MSL (5011 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 84.0 F/29.3 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 1400 MDT
Time of overdevelopment........................ None
Middle/high clouds during soaring window....... Broken/overcast thin middle
Surface winds during soaring window............ 20 mph or less
Height of the -3 thermal index................. 6879 ft MSL (1592 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Friday 08/15....... Good

Wave Soaring Index............................. Poor
Wave Soaring Index trend (to 1800 MDT)......... Decreasing
Height of stable layer (12-18K ft MSL)......... None
Weak PVA/NVA (through 1800 MDT)................ Weak NVA
Potential height of wave....................... 25195 ft MSL (19908 ft AGL)
Wave soaring outlook for Friday 08/15.......... Good

Remarks...

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 06:10:36 / 19:58:06 MDT
Total possible sunshine........... 13 hr 47 min 30 sec (827 min 30 sec)
Altitude of sun at 13:04:01 MDT... 64.42 degrees

Upper air data from numerical model forecast valid on 08/14/2014 at 0600 MDT

Freezing level.................. 16389 ft MSL (11102 ft AGL)
Convective condensation level... 14782 ft MSL (9495 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 13803 ft MSL (8515 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... +0.6
K index......................... +25.2

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  -66.9 -88.4   290   24   12   1.8   1.0      M     M       M      M    M
 45000  -62.3 -80.1   285   33   17   5.7   3.1      M     M       M      M    M
 40000  -52.4 -62.3   260   30   16   9.1   5.0      M     M       M      M    M
 38000  -46.9 -52.4   260   23   12   9.1   5.0      M     M       M      M    M
 36000  -41.4 -42.5   255   15    8   9.0   5.0      M     M       M      M    M
 34000  -36.1 -33.0   240   14    7   9.0   4.9      M     M       M      M    M
 32000  -30.7 -23.3   225   14    7   9.8   5.4      M     M       M      M    M
 30000  -25.8 -14.4   215   15    8   8.2   4.5   51.2 124.1    16.9      M    M
 29000  -22.8  -9.0   210   16    8   8.2   4.5   50.5 122.9    16.6      M    M
 28000  -20.6  -5.1   210   17    9   6.1   3.3   49.8 121.6    16.1      M    M
 27000  -18.7  -1.7   210   18    9   6.3   3.5   48.3 119.0    15.2      M    M
 26000  -16.9   1.6   210   19   10   6.3   3.5   47.1 116.7    14.3      M    M
 25000  -15.0   5.0   210   21   11   6.2   3.4   45.9 114.7    13.4      M    M
 24000  -13.3   8.1   205   21   11   6.0   3.3   44.5 112.0    12.3      M    M
 23000  -11.5  11.3   200   22   11   6.1   3.3   43.1 109.6    11.3      M    M
 22000   -9.8  14.4   195   23   12   5.8   3.2   41.9 107.4    10.3      M    M
 21000   -8.1  17.4   195   22   11   5.4   2.9   40.2 104.4     9.1      M    M
 20000   -6.4  20.5   190   21   11   5.4   3.0   38.7 101.7     8.0      M    M
 19500   -5.6  21.9   185   21   11   5.5   3.0   38.0 100.4     7.5      M    M
 19000   -4.8  23.4   185   20   10   4.5   2.5   37.2  99.0     6.8      M    M
 18500   -4.1  24.6   185   18    9   4.6   2.5   36.3  97.4     6.1      M    M
 18000   -3.4  25.9   190   16    8   5.6   3.1   35.4  95.8     5.4      M    M
 17500   -2.4  27.7   190   15    8   7.4   4.1   35.0  94.9     5.0      M    M
 17000   -1.3  29.7   195   14    7   7.5   4.1   34.6  94.2     4.6      M    M
 16500   -0.4  31.3   195   13    7   6.4   3.5   34.1  93.4     4.1      M    M
 16000    0.5  32.9   195   12    6   6.6   3.6   33.5  92.4     3.5      M    M
 15500    1.3  34.3   200   11    6   7.2   3.9   33.0  91.5     2.9      M    M
 15000    2.4  36.3   200   11    6   7.5   4.1   32.7  90.8     2.5      M    M
 14500    4.0  39.2   200   11    6   7.9   4.4   32.1  89.9     1.9      M    M
 14000    5.1  41.2   200   10    5   8.0   4.4   31.8  89.3     1.6      M    M
 13500    6.2  43.2   200   10    5   8.4   4.6   31.6  88.9     1.3      M    M
 13000    7.5  45.5   195    9    5   8.6   4.7   31.4  88.5     1.1      M    M
 12500    8.8  47.8   190    8    4   8.5   4.7   31.2  88.2     1.0      M    M
 12000   10.0  50.0   195    8    4   8.2   4.5   31.0  87.8     0.8      M    M
 11500   11.3  52.3   195    7    4   8.2   4.5   30.7  87.3     0.5      M    M
 11000   12.5  54.5   200    8    4   8.4   4.6   30.5  87.0     0.4      M    M
 10500   13.8  56.8   210    8    4   6.1   3.3   30.4  86.6     0.2      M    M
 10250   14.2  57.6   210    8    4   6.7   3.7   30.0  85.9    -0.1    384  2.0
 10000   14.9  58.8   215    9    4  10.3   5.6   29.9  85.9    -0.2    356  1.8
  9750   15.6  60.1   215    9    5   9.5   5.2   29.9  85.9    -0.2    327  1.7
  9500   16.3  61.3   220    9    5   9.2   5.0   29.9  85.9    -0.2    298  1.5
  9250   17.0  62.6   220   10    5   8.1   4.4   29.8  85.7    -0.3    271  1.4
  9000   17.6  63.7   225   10    5   8.1   4.4   29.7  85.5    -0.4    246  1.3
  8750   18.2  64.8   225   11    6   8.5   4.6   29.6  85.3    -0.5    221  1.1
  8500   18.8  65.8   225   11    6   8.1   4.4   29.5  85.1    -0.6    195  1.0
  8250   19.3  66.7   225   11    6   7.7   4.2   29.3  84.8    -0.8    172  0.9
  8000   19.8  67.6   220   11    6   7.0   3.8   29.2  84.5    -1.1    149  0.8
  7750   20.3  68.5   225   10    5   7.0   3.9   28.9  84.1    -1.4    129  0.7
  7500   20.7  69.3   225    9    5   5.3   2.9   28.7  83.7    -1.7    108  0.6
  7250   20.9  69.6   230    8    4   3.3   1.8   28.2  82.8    -2.2     94  0.5
  7000   21.1  70.0   245    6    3   3.0   1.6   27.8  82.0    -2.7     81  0.4
  6750   21.3  70.3   265    5    2   1.6   0.9   27.2  80.9    -3.3     69  0.4
  6500   21.3  70.3   285    4    2   0.1   0.0   26.5  79.7    -4.0     62  0.3
  6250   21.1  70.0   285    5    3  -0.8  -0.4   25.7  78.3    -4.9     58  0.3
  6000   21.0  69.8   290    5    3   0.3   0.2   25.0  76.9    -5.8     55  0.3
  5750   20.9  69.6   285    6    3  -2.4  -1.3   24.2  75.6    -6.6     50  0.3
  5500   20.3  68.5   270    5    3 -10.7  -5.9   23.0  73.5    -8.0     63  0.3

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

           08/14/2014 at 0900 MDT          |       08/14/2014 at 1200 MDT
                                           |
K index... +26.6  LI... -1.3               | K index... +28.7  LI... -2.3
CAPE... +64.9  CIN... -161.4               | CAPE... +360.5  CIN... -31.2
                                           |
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 -67.0 -88.6  295  22 11   1.9   1.0 | -66.9 -88.4  285  15  8   1.7   1.0
 45000 -62.2 -80.0  275  26 14   5.9   3.2 | -61.9 -79.4  265  20 11   6.6   3.6
 40000 -51.9 -61.4  230  32 17   9.5   5.2 | -51.0 -59.8  240  24 12   8.5   4.7
 38000 -46.3 -51.3  230  28 15   9.5   5.2 | -45.9 -50.6  230  24 12   8.5   4.7
 36000 -40.6 -41.1  230  24 12   8.9   4.9 | -40.8 -41.4  225  25 13   8.7   4.7
 34000 -35.5 -31.9  220  20 10   8.5   4.7 | -35.5 -31.9  230  27 14   8.8   4.8
 32000 -30.4 -22.7  210  17  9   9.6   5.2 | -30.3 -22.5  230  28 14   9.2   5.0
 30000 -25.8 -14.4  210  17  9   7.7   4.3 | -25.9 -14.6  225  27 14   7.2   4.0
 29000 -22.9  -9.2  210  16  8   7.8   4.3 | -23.2  -9.8  225  26 13   7.2   4.0
 28000 -20.8  -5.4  215  16  8   6.5   3.6 | -21.1  -6.0  220  25 13   6.5   3.5
 27000 -18.8  -1.8  215  18  9   6.6   3.6 | -19.2  -2.6  220  24 13   6.6   3.6
 26000 -16.9   1.6  215  19 10   6.7   3.7 | -17.3   0.9  215  24 12   6.7   3.7
 25000 -14.9   5.2  215  20 10   6.4   3.5 | -15.3   4.5  210  23 12   6.9   3.8
 24000 -13.2   8.2  215  20 10   6.0   3.3 | -13.2   8.2  220  21 11   7.1   3.9
 23000 -11.5  11.3  210  20 10   6.0   3.3 | -11.1  12.0  225  19 10   7.1   3.9
 22000  -9.7  14.5  210  20 10   5.9   3.2 |  -9.0  15.8  235  18  9   6.4   3.5
 21000  -8.1  17.4  205  19 10   5.7   3.1 |  -7.5  18.5  235  16  8   5.4   3.0
 20000  -6.4  20.5  205  18  9   5.7   3.1 |  -6.0  21.2  230  15  8   5.6   3.0
 19500  -5.6  21.9  205  17  9   5.9   3.2 |  -5.3  22.5  230  15  8   5.7   3.1
 19000  -4.9  23.2  205  17  9   4.4   2.4 |  -4.6  23.7  225  14  7   5.1   2.8
 18500  -4.2  24.4  205  16  8   4.5   2.5 |  -3.8  25.2  225  14  7   5.1   2.8
 18000  -3.6  25.5  200  15  8   5.1   2.8 |  -3.1  26.4  220  14  7   5.1   2.8
 17500  -2.7  27.1  195  14  7   6.5   3.5 |  -2.4  27.7  215  13  7   5.1   2.8
 17000  -1.7  28.9  190  13  7   6.6   3.6 |  -1.7  28.9  215  12  6   5.1   2.8
 16500  -0.9  30.4  185  11  6   4.8   2.6 |  -1.0  30.2  205  11  5   5.0   2.7
 16000  -0.2  31.6  185  10  5   4.9   2.7 |  -0.2  31.6  200   9  5   5.0   2.8
 15500   0.6  33.1  185   9  4   6.1   3.4 |   0.5  32.9  190   8  4   5.9   3.2
 15000   1.6  34.9  190   7  4   7.2   3.9 |   1.5  34.7  185   7  4   6.7   3.7
 14500   3.2  37.8  195   6  3   7.9   4.3 |   3.0  37.4  180   6  3   8.2   4.5
 14000   4.4  39.9  195   5  3   8.1   4.4 |   4.3  39.7  180   5  2   8.5   4.7
 13500   5.5  41.9  195   5  2   8.6   4.7 |   5.5  41.9  185   4  2   8.3   4.6
 13000   6.9  44.4  190   5  3   9.0   4.9 |   6.7  44.1  185   4  2   8.1   4.5
 12500   8.2  46.8  190   5  3   9.0   4.9 |   7.9  46.2  190   4  2   8.4   4.6
 12000   9.5  49.1  185   5  3   8.9   4.9 |   9.2  48.6  190   4  2   8.9   4.9
 11500  10.8  51.4  180   6  3   9.0   4.9 |  10.6  51.1  185   5  3   8.7   4.8
 11000  12.1  53.8  185   5  3   8.9   4.9 |  11.8  53.2  190   4  2   7.6   4.2
 10500  13.5  56.3  195   5  3   6.0   3.3 |  12.9  55.2  205   3  1   5.0   2.8
 10250  13.8  56.8  195   5  3   6.5   3.5 |  13.2  55.8  215   2  1   5.2   2.9
 10000  14.6  58.3  205   6  3  10.7   5.9 |  13.7  56.7  280   2  1   8.8   4.8
  9750  15.3  59.5  215   6  3   9.7   5.3 |  14.3  57.7  315   4  2   8.0   4.4
  9500  16.1  61.0  225   6  3   9.3   5.1 |  14.9  58.8  325   6  3   7.8   4.3
  9250  16.7  62.1  235   6  3   6.5   3.6 |  15.4  59.7  330   8  4   6.9   3.8
  9000  17.0  62.6  250   6  3   4.7   2.6 |  15.9  60.6  330   9  5   7.0   3.8
  8750  17.3  63.1  265   5  3   4.8   2.7 |  16.4  61.5  330  10  5   7.2   4.0
  8500  17.6  63.7  285   5  3   4.1   2.2 |  16.9  62.4  330  11  6   7.2   3.9
  8250  17.8  64.0  300   6  3   2.6   1.4 |  17.3  63.1  335  10  5   6.8   3.7
  8000  17.9  64.2  310   7  3   2.4   1.3 |  17.7  63.9  335   8  4   8.1   4.5
  7750  18.0  64.4  320   7  4   2.3   1.3 |  18.3  64.9  340   7  4   9.2   5.1
  7500  18.1  64.6  325   8  4   3.0   1.6 |  19.0  66.2  340   6  3   9.7   5.3
  7250  18.4  65.1  330   9  5   3.8   2.1 |  19.7  67.5  340   6  3  10.7   5.9
  7000  18.6  65.5  335  10  5   3.8   2.1 |  20.5  68.9  340   6  3  10.2   5.6
  6750  18.8  65.8  340  11  6   4.3   2.3 |  21.2  70.2  340   6  3   9.4   5.2
  6500  19.1  66.4  340  12  6   5.6   3.1 |  21.9  71.4  340   6  3  10.2   5.6
  6250  19.6  67.3  335  10  5   6.7   3.7 |  22.7  72.9  340   6  3  11.5   6.3
  6000  20.0  68.0  335   9  4   5.7   3.2 |  23.6  74.5  340   6  3   9.7   5.3
  5750  20.4  68.7  330   7  4   9.4   5.1 |  24.3  75.7  340   5  3  13.1   7.2
  5500  21.4  70.5  325   6  3  18.1   9.9 |  25.7  78.3  340   5  3  25.2  13.8

           08/14/2014 at 1500 MDT          |       08/14/2014 at 1800 MDT
                                           |
K index... +29.0  LI... -2.1               | K index... +28.9  LI... -1.1
CAPE... +139.5  CIN... -26.3               | CAPE... +60.5  CIN... -63.6
                                           |
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 -66.3 -87.3  265  15  8   1.5   0.8 | -66.1 -87.0  250  13  7   1.0   0.5
 45000 -60.9 -77.6  250  24 12   6.7   3.7 | -61.8 -79.2  245  22 11   6.6   3.6
 40000 -50.4 -58.7  250  24 12   8.2   4.5 | -50.9 -59.6  240  23 12   8.4   4.6
 38000 -45.5 -49.9  245  25 13   8.2   4.5 | -45.9 -50.6  240  22 11   8.4   4.6
 36000 -40.6 -41.1  240  25 13   8.4   4.6 | -40.9 -41.6  240  21 11   8.5   4.7
 34000 -35.4 -31.7  245  27 14   8.7   4.8 | -35.7 -32.3  250  19 10   8.6   4.7
 32000 -30.2 -22.4  245  29 15   9.2   5.0 | -30.6 -23.1  255  18  9   9.6   5.3
 30000 -25.0 -13.0  245  25 13   7.8   4.3 | -25.9 -14.6  260  17  9   7.9   4.3
 29000 -22.7  -8.9  245  22 11   7.8   4.3 | -22.9  -9.2  265  16  8   7.9   4.3
 28000 -20.5  -4.9  245  20 10   6.2   3.4 | -20.7  -5.3  270  16  8   6.4   3.5
 27000 -18.6  -1.5  245  19 10   6.4   3.5 | -18.8  -1.8  270  16  8   6.6   3.6
 26000 -16.8   1.8  240  19 10   6.4   3.5 | -16.9   1.6  275  17  9   6.6   3.6
 25000 -14.9   5.2  240  18  9   6.3   3.4 | -14.9   5.2  275  18  9   6.5   3.5
 24000 -13.2   8.2  235  17  9   5.9   3.2 | -13.1   8.4  280  18  9   6.2   3.4
 23000 -11.4  11.5  235  16  8   5.9   3.3 | -11.3  11.7  280  18  9   6.2   3.4
 22000  -9.7  14.5  235  16  8   5.8   3.2 |  -9.5  14.9  285  19 10   6.0   3.3
 21000  -8.1  17.4  240  14  7   5.7   3.1 |  -7.9  17.8  280  19 10   5.7   3.1
 20000  -6.5  20.3  245  13  7   5.7   3.1 |  -6.2  20.8  280  19 10   5.8   3.2
 19500  -5.6  21.9  245  13  7   5.7   3.1 |  -5.4  22.3  280  19 10   5.8   3.2
 19000  -4.8  23.4  250  13  7   5.7   3.1 |  -4.6  23.7  280  18  9   5.1   2.8
 18500  -4.0  24.8  255  12  6   5.7   3.1 |  -3.9  25.0  280  18  9   5.1   2.8
 18000  -3.2  26.2  255  12  6   5.7   3.1 |  -3.1  26.4  280  18  9   5.0   2.8
 17500  -2.3  27.9  255  11  6   5.8   3.2 |  -2.4  27.7  280  18  9   4.9   2.7
 17000  -1.5  29.3  255  11  6   5.7   3.2 |  -1.7  28.9  280  18  9   4.8   2.6
 16500  -0.6  30.9  255  10  5   6.1   3.4 |  -0.9  30.4  280  17  9   6.3   3.5
 16000   0.2  32.4  255   9  5   6.1   3.4 |  -0.0  32.0  280  17  9   6.3   3.5
 15500   1.1  34.0  250   9  4   6.3   3.5 |   0.9  33.6  280  17  9   6.7   3.7
 15000   2.5  36.5  245   7  4   6.5   3.6 |   2.0  35.6  285  16  8   7.1   3.9
 14500   3.5  38.3  245   7  4   6.8   3.7 |   3.5  38.3  285  16  8   7.1   3.9
 14000   4.5  40.1  245   6  3   6.9   3.8 |   4.6  40.3  285  16  8   7.1   3.9
 13500   5.5  41.9  245   6  3   6.7   3.7 |   5.6  42.1  285  16  8   7.3   4.0
 13000   6.4  43.5  255   4  2   6.5   3.5 |   6.7  44.1  290  16  8   7.5   4.1
 12500   7.3  45.1  285   3  2   7.2   3.9 |   7.8  46.0  290  16  8   7.7   4.2
 12000   8.5  47.3  300   3  2   9.1   5.0 |   8.9  48.0  295  16  8   8.0   4.4
 11500   9.8  49.6  310   3  2   9.1   5.0 |  10.1  50.2  295  17  9   8.0   4.4
 11000  11.1  52.0  320   3  2   9.4   5.2 |  11.2  52.2  295  17  9   8.1   4.4
 10500  12.5  54.5  320   3  2   6.8   3.7 |  12.4  54.3  295  16  8   5.3   2.9
 10250  12.9  55.2  320   4  2   7.7   4.2 |  12.7  54.9  295  16  8   6.2   3.4
 10000  13.7  56.7  320   4  2  11.9   6.6 |  13.4  56.1  295  16  8  10.6   5.8
  9750  14.5  58.1  320   4  2  11.1   6.1 |  14.1  57.4  295  15  8   9.6   5.3
  9500  15.3  59.5  320   4  2  10.4   5.7 |  14.8  58.6  295  15  8   9.1   5.0
  9250  16.0  60.8  320   4  2   9.2   5.1 |  15.4  59.7  290  14  7   7.1   3.9
  9000  16.7  62.1  320   4  2  10.1   5.5 |  15.9  60.6  290  13  7   6.9   3.8
  8750  17.5  63.5  320   4  2  10.6   5.8 |  16.4  61.5  290  13  7   7.4   4.1
  8500  18.3  64.9  320   4  2  10.3   5.7 |  17.0  62.6  285  12  6   7.1   3.9
  8250  19.0  66.2  320   4  2  10.2   5.6 |  17.5  63.5  285  11  6   7.0   3.8
  8000  19.8  67.6  320   4  2  10.0   5.5 |  18.0  64.4  280  11  6   6.6   3.6
  7750  20.5  68.9  320   4  2   9.9   5.5 |  18.5  65.3  275  10  5   5.8   3.2
  7500  21.3  70.3  320   4  2  10.0   5.5 |  18.9  66.0  270  10  5   7.2   4.0
  7250  22.0  71.6  320   4  2  10.2   5.6 |  19.5  67.1  270  10  5   8.9   4.9
  7000  22.8  73.0  320   5  2  10.0   5.5 |  20.0  68.0  265   9  5   8.3   4.5
  6750  23.5  74.3  320   5  2   9.4   5.2 |  20.6  69.1  260   9  5   7.5   4.1
  6500  24.2  75.6  320   5  2  10.4   5.7 |  21.1  70.0  260   9  5   9.2   5.1
  6250  25.0  77.0  320   5  2  11.6   6.4 |  21.9  71.4  255   9  4  10.9   6.0
  6000  25.9  78.6  320   5  2  10.2   5.6 |  22.7  72.9  255   9  4  10.1   5.6
  5750  26.7  80.1  320   5  2  13.3   7.3 |  23.4  74.1  250   8  4  10.5   5.8
  5500  28.0  82.4  320   5  2  24.0  13.2 |  24.2  75.6  255   8  4  12.1   6.7
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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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