Soaring Guidance
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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder, Colorado
1931 MDT Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This forecast is for Thursday, July 17, 2014:

If the trigger temperature of 67.7 F/19.9 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Good
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 621 ft/min (3.2 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 13652 ft MSL (8365 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 79.0 F/26.6 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 1000 MDT
Time of overdevelopment........................ 1500 MDT
Middle/high clouds during soaring window....... None
Surface winds during soaring window............ 20 mph or less
Height of the -3 thermal index................. 11534 ft MSL (6247 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Friday 07/18....... 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)................ Weak NVA
Potential height of wave....................... 46086 ft MSL (40799 ft AGL)
Wave soaring outlook for Friday 07/18.......... Poor

Remarks... None

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 05:45:38 / 20:25:47 MDT
Total possible sunshine........... 14 hr 40 min 9 sec (880 min 9 sec)
Altitude of sun at 13:05:37 MDT... 71.31 degrees

Upper air data from numerical model forecast valid on 07/17/2014 at 0600 MDT

Freezing level.................. 14211 ft MSL (8924 ft AGL)
Convective condensation level... 9381 ft MSL (4094 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 11857 ft MSL (6570 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... -3.9
K index......................... +23.4

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  -61.9 -79.4   325   33   17   2.1   1.2      M     M       M      M    M
 45000  -58.2 -72.8   325   43   22   3.7   2.0      M     M       M      M    M
 40000  -52.3 -62.1   335   44   23   4.6   2.5      M     M       M      M    M
 38000  -49.5 -57.1   330   38   19   4.5   2.5      M     M       M      M    M
 36000  -46.8 -52.2   325   32   16   4.6   2.5      M     M       M      M    M
 34000  -42.7 -44.9   330   28   14   7.8   4.3      M     M       M      M    M
 32000  -38.0 -36.4   340   24   13   7.8   4.3      M     M       M      M    M
 30000  -33.2 -27.8   345   23   12   8.1   4.5   43.3 109.9    13.0      M    M
 29000  -30.2 -22.4   340   22   11   8.2   4.5   42.5 108.5    12.6      M    M
 28000  -27.8 -18.0   340   21   11   8.2   4.5   42.1 107.7    12.4      M    M
 27000  -25.3 -13.5   340   21   11   8.2   4.5   41.3 106.4    12.0      M    M
 26000  -22.9  -9.2   335   20   11   8.2   4.5   40.7 105.3    11.6      M    M
 25000  -20.5  -4.9   335   20   10   8.3   4.6   40.2 104.4    11.3      M    M
 24000  -18.4  -1.1   340   20   10   6.8   3.7   39.2 102.6    10.6      M    M
 23000  -16.4   2.5   340   19   10   6.8   3.7   38.1 100.6     9.8      M    M
 22000  -14.4   6.1   345   19   10   6.9   3.8   37.1  98.8     9.0      M    M
 21000  -12.6   9.3   345   19   10   6.0   3.3   35.8  96.5     7.9      M    M
 20000  -10.8  12.6   345   19   10   6.1   3.3   34.5  94.1     6.9      M    M
 19500   -9.9  14.2   345   20   10   6.1   3.3   33.9  93.0     6.3      M    M
 19000   -9.1  15.6   345   20   10   5.9   3.2   33.3  92.0     5.8      M    M
 18500   -8.2  17.2   340   20   10   5.7   3.2   32.6  90.7     5.2      M    M
 18000   -7.4  18.7   340   21   11   5.7   3.1   31.9  89.4     4.6      M    M
 17500   -6.5  20.3   335   21   11   6.6   3.6   31.3  88.3     4.1      M    M
 17000   -5.6  21.9   335   21   11   6.6   3.6   30.8  87.4     3.6      M    M
 16500   -4.6  23.7   330   21   11   6.6   3.6   30.2  86.4     3.1      M    M
 16000   -3.7  25.3   330   21   11   6.6   3.6   29.7  85.4     2.6      M    M
 15500   -2.7  27.1   330   21   11   6.6   3.6   29.1  84.5     2.1      M    M
 15000   -1.7  28.9   330   20   10   6.6   3.6   28.6  83.5     1.6      M    M
 14500   -0.3  31.5   325   19   10   6.4   3.5   27.9  82.1     0.9      M    M
 14000    0.6  33.1   325   18    9   6.1   3.3   27.2  81.0     0.3      M    M
 13500    1.4  34.5   325   17    9   5.8   3.2   26.7  80.0    -0.3    600  3.1
 13000    2.1  35.8   325   15    8   5.0   2.8   25.9  78.6    -1.1    564  2.9
 12500    2.8  37.0   325   13    7   5.2   2.9   25.2  77.3    -1.8    529  2.7
 12000    3.6  38.5   330   12    6   6.0   3.3   24.5  76.1    -2.5    490  2.5
 11500    4.5  40.1   335   10    5   6.0   3.3   23.9  75.0    -3.1    450  2.3
 11000    5.3  41.5   340    9    5   6.3   3.5   23.3  74.0    -3.7    409  2.1
 10500    6.2  43.2   345    9    4   5.2   2.9   22.8  73.1    -4.3    368  1.9
 10250    6.5  43.7   345    8    4   3.4   1.9   22.4  72.3    -4.8    352  1.8
 10000    6.8  44.2   350    8    4   5.7   3.2   21.9  71.5    -5.2    336  1.7
  9750    7.3  45.1   350    8    4   7.4   4.1   21.7  71.1    -5.5    314  1.6
  9500    7.7  45.9   355    7    4   6.6   3.6   21.5  70.7    -5.8    293  1.5
  9250    8.1  46.6   360    7    4   5.0   2.8   21.2  70.2    -6.1    273  1.4
  9000    8.5  47.3   360    8    4   6.2   3.4   20.8  69.5    -6.5    256  1.3
  8750    9.0  48.2   005    8    4   8.1   4.4   20.7  69.2    -6.7    233  1.2
  8500    9.5  49.1   005    9    5   7.6   4.2   20.5  68.9    -7.0    211  1.1
  8250   10.0  50.0   005   10    5   7.8   4.3   20.4  68.7    -7.2    188  1.0
  8000   10.6  51.1   005   10    5   7.4   4.1   20.2  68.4    -7.4    164  0.8
  7750   11.1  52.0   360   11    6   6.8   3.7   20.0  68.0    -7.6    142  0.7
  7500   11.6  52.9   360   12    6   6.5   3.6   19.8  67.6    -7.9    120  0.6
  7250   12.0  53.6   360   12    6   6.3   3.4   19.5  67.1    -8.2     99  0.5
  7000   12.4  54.3   355   12    6   6.5   3.6   19.3  66.7    -8.5     78  0.4
  6750   12.9  55.2   355   12    6   4.8   2.6   19.0  66.2    -8.8     58  0.3
  6500   13.0  55.4   355   11    6   1.1   0.6   18.5  65.2    -9.4     45  0.2
  6250   13.1  55.6   350   11    6   0.6   0.3   17.7  63.9   -10.1     38  0.2
  6000   13.1  55.6   350   11    5  -1.3  -0.7   17.0  62.7   -10.9     30  0.2
  5750   12.9  55.2   350   11    6  -0.3  -0.1   16.2  61.1   -11.8     28  0.1
  5500   13.2  55.8   340    8    4   8.3   4.5   15.8  60.4   -12.2     12  0.1

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

           07/17/2014 at 0900 MDT          |       07/17/2014 at 1200 MDT
                                           |
K index... +18.5  LI... -0.3               | K index... +13.7  LI... -0.4
CAPE... +125.3  CIN... -6.4                | CAPE... +204.2  CIN... -0.4
                                           |
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 -63.5 -82.3  330  29 15   1.1   0.6 | -63.4 -82.1  325  24 12   1.1   0.6
 45000 -60.2 -76.4  330  38 19   5.0   2.8 | -60.3 -76.5  325  30 16   4.4   2.4
 40000 -52.5 -62.5  340  37 19   7.0   3.8 | -53.4 -64.1  340  33 17   7.1   3.9
 38000 -48.3 -54.9  345  35 18   6.9   3.8 | -49.2 -56.6  345  32 16   7.1   3.9
 36000 -44.2 -47.6  350  32 16   6.8   3.7 | -44.9 -48.8  355  30 16   7.1   3.9
 34000 -40.6 -41.1  345  28 15   5.6   3.1 | -40.4 -40.7  360  29 15   7.8   4.3
 32000 -37.3 -35.1  330  25 13   5.7   3.1 | -35.7 -32.3  005  27 14   7.8   4.3
 30000 -32.3 -26.1  330  22 11   8.2   4.5 | -31.3 -24.3  360  24 12   6.1   3.4
 29000 -29.8 -21.6  335  21 11   8.2   4.5 | -29.4 -20.9  355  22 11   6.2   3.4
 28000 -27.4 -17.3  335  20 10   8.0   4.4 | -27.6 -17.7  350  20 10   6.7   3.7
 27000 -25.0 -13.0  340  19 10   7.8   4.3 | -25.4 -13.7  350  18  9   7.3   4.0
 26000 -22.7  -8.9  345  18  9   7.8   4.3 | -23.2  -9.8  355  16  8   7.3   4.0
 25000 -20.4  -4.7  345  18  9   7.9   4.3 | -21.0  -5.8  360  15  8   7.3   4.0
 24000 -18.3  -0.9  355  18  9   6.8   3.7 | -18.8  -1.8  010  14  7   7.6   4.2
 23000 -16.2   2.8  360  18  9   6.8   3.7 | -16.5   2.3  015  13  7   7.6   4.2
 22000 -14.2   6.4  010  18  9   6.8   3.7 | -14.2   6.4  025  13  7   7.6   4.2
 21000 -12.1  10.2  010  18  9   7.1   3.9 | -11.9  10.6  025  14  7   7.7   4.2
 20000 -10.0  14.0  015  18  9   7.1   3.9 |  -9.6  14.7  020  14  7   7.7   4.2
 19500  -8.9  16.0  015  17  9   7.1   3.9 |  -8.4  16.9  020  14  7   7.8   4.3
 19000  -7.9  17.8  015  17  9   6.5   3.6 |  -7.3  18.9  020  14  7   6.2   3.4
 18500  -7.0  19.4  010  17  9   6.2   3.4 |  -6.5  20.3  020  14  7   5.8   3.2
 18000  -6.1  21.0  010  17  9   6.2   3.4 |  -5.6  21.9  015  13  7   5.9   3.2
 17500  -5.2  22.6  010  17  9   5.9   3.3 |  -4.7  23.5  020  13  7   6.3   3.4
 17000  -4.3  24.3  005  16  8   6.0   3.3 |  -3.8  25.2  020  13  7   6.3   3.5
 16500  -3.5  25.7  005  16  8   5.7   3.2 |  -2.9  26.8  020  13  7   6.7   3.7
 16000  -2.7  27.1  005  16  8   5.7   3.1 |  -2.0  28.4  020  13  7   6.8   3.8
 15500  -1.9  28.6  360  16  8   5.7   3.1 |  -1.0  30.2  015  13  7   6.5   3.6
 15000  -0.8  30.6  355  16  8   5.7   3.1 |   0.2  32.4  015  12  6   5.5   3.0
 14500   0.0  32.0  355  16  8   5.6   3.1 |   0.9  33.6  010  12  6   5.2   2.8
 14000   0.8  33.4  350  16  8   5.5   3.0 |   1.6  34.9  005  11  6   5.0   2.7
 13500   1.6  34.9  345  16  8   5.5   3.0 |   2.3  36.1  360  11  6   5.0   2.8
 13000   2.3  36.1  345  15  8   5.4   3.0 |   3.0  37.4  350  11  6   5.1   2.8
 12500   3.1  37.6  345  15  8   5.4   3.0 |   3.7  38.7  345  12  6   5.2   2.9
 12000   3.8  38.8  345  14  7   5.1   2.8 |   4.5  40.1  345  12  6   5.7   3.1
 11500   4.5  40.1  345  13  7   5.1   2.8 |   5.3  41.5  345  11  6   5.7   3.1
 11000   5.2  41.4  345  12  6   5.2   2.8 |   6.1  43.0  345  11  6   5.5   3.0
 10500   5.9  42.6  345  11  6   4.0   2.2 |   6.9  44.4  345  11  6   4.2   2.3
 10250   6.1  43.0  345  11  6   2.6   1.4 |   7.1  44.8  350  11  6   3.6   2.0
 10000   6.4  43.5  345  11  6   6.0   3.3 |   7.5  45.5  350  11  5   6.6   3.6
  9750   6.9  44.4  340  10  5   8.1   4.5 |   7.9  46.2  350  10  5   7.6   4.2
  9500   7.4  45.3  340  10  5   6.9   3.8 |   8.4  47.1  350  10  5   6.5   3.6
  9250   7.8  46.0  340  10  5   4.4   2.4 |   8.8  47.8  350  10  5   4.5   2.5
  9000   8.1  46.6  340   9  5   5.5   3.0 |   9.1  48.4  355   9  5   5.8   3.2
  8750   8.6  47.5  340  10  5   7.9   4.3 |   9.6  49.3  360   8  4   7.6   4.1
  8500   9.1  48.4  345  10  5   6.8   3.7 |  10.1  50.2  360   8  4   6.8   3.7
  8250   9.5  49.1  345  10  5   6.3   3.5 |  10.5  50.9  010   7  4   6.2   3.4
  8000  10.0  50.0  350  10  5   6.1   3.4 |  10.8  51.4  020   7  3   7.0   3.9
  7750  10.4  50.7  355  11  6   5.9   3.3 |  11.3  52.3  025   6  3   8.4   4.6
  7500  10.8  51.4  355  11  6   5.4   3.0 |  11.9  53.4  030   6  3   9.8   5.4
  7250  11.1  52.0  355  11  6   5.4   3.0 |  12.6  54.7  030   6  3  10.7   5.9
  7000  11.5  52.7  355  12  6   4.6   2.5 |  13.4  56.1  030   6  3  10.1   5.5
  6750  11.7  53.1  350  12  6   4.9   2.7 |  14.1  57.4  030   6  3  10.0   5.5
  6500  12.2  54.0  350  11  6   8.3   4.6 |  14.9  58.8  030   6  3  10.7   5.9
  6250  12.9  55.2  350  10  5  10.2   5.6 |  15.7  60.3  030   6  3  11.4   6.3
  6000  13.6  56.5  345   9  5   8.5   4.7 |  16.6  61.9  030   6  3  10.0   5.5
  5750  14.3  57.7  340   8  4  13.2   7.2 |  17.4  63.3  030   6  3  15.5   8.5
  5500  15.6  60.1  340   7  4  24.1  13.2 |  19.0  66.2  030   6  3  28.1  15.4

           07/17/2014 at 1500 MDT          |       07/17/2014 at 1800 MDT
                                           |
K index... +0.8  LI... -0.3                | K index... +17.8  LI... -0.5
CAPE... +185.8  CIN... -44.1               | CAPE... +161.1  CIN... -59.9
                                           |
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 -63.5 -82.3  320  28 14   0.6   0.4 | -63.7 -82.7  320  28 15   0.7   0.4
 45000 -61.1 -78.0  320  31 16   3.8   2.1 | -61.0 -77.8  320  35 18   4.3   2.4
 40000 -54.8 -66.6  330  25 13   8.2   4.5 | -54.0 -65.2  310  31 16   7.2   4.0
 38000 -49.9 -57.8  340  24 12   8.2   4.5 | -49.7 -57.5  310  27 14   7.3   4.0
 36000 -44.9 -48.8  350  23 12   8.2   4.5 | -45.3 -49.5  310  22 11   7.2   4.0
 34000 -40.1 -40.2  355  21 11   8.0   4.4 | -40.4 -40.7  315  19 10   8.3   4.6
 32000 -35.3 -31.5  005  19 10   8.0   4.4 | -35.4 -31.7  320  17  9   8.3   4.6
 30000 -30.4 -22.7  015  17  9   7.0   3.8 | -30.0 -22.0  330  13  7   8.0   4.4
 29000 -28.3 -18.9  015  16  8   7.0   3.8 | -27.6 -17.7  335  12  6   8.0   4.4
 28000 -26.2 -15.2  020  15  8   6.5   3.6 | -25.2 -13.4  340  10  5   6.6   3.6
 27000 -24.4 -11.9  010  15  7   6.1   3.4 | -23.4 -10.1  340  11  6   5.9   3.3
 26000 -22.5  -8.5  360  15  8   6.2   3.4 | -21.7  -7.1  345  12  6   6.0   3.3
 25000 -20.7  -5.3  350  15  8   6.1   3.4 | -19.9  -3.8  345  13  7   6.0   3.3
 24000 -18.6  -1.5  350  15  8   7.4   4.1 | -18.0  -0.4  345  13  7   6.5   3.6
 23000 -16.4   2.5  350  14  7   7.4   4.1 | -16.0   3.2  345  13  7   6.5   3.6
 22000 -14.1   6.6  355  14  7   7.5   4.1 | -14.0   6.8  345  13  7   6.8   3.7
 21000 -11.7  10.9  360  12  6   8.4   4.6 | -11.6  11.1  350  12  6   8.4   4.6
 20000  -9.1  15.6  010  11  6   8.4   4.6 |  -9.1  15.6  350  10  5   8.4   4.6
 19500  -7.9  17.8  015  11  5   8.5   4.7 |  -7.8  18.0  350  10  5   8.5   4.7
 19000  -6.7  19.9  015  10  5   6.5   3.6 |  -6.6  20.1  345   9  5   7.0   3.8
 18500  -5.8  21.6  005  11  5   6.2   3.4 |  -5.6  21.9  340  10  5   6.8   3.7
 18000  -4.9  23.2  360  11  6   6.0   3.3 |  -4.6  23.7  335  12  6   6.7   3.7
 17500  -4.1  24.6  355  11  6   4.7   2.6 |  -3.7  25.3  335  13  7   6.3   3.4
 17000  -3.4  25.9  350  12  6   4.8   2.6 |  -2.8  27.0  330  16  8   6.5   3.6
 16500  -2.6  27.3  345  12  6   6.1   3.4 |  -1.9  28.6  330  17  9   6.1   3.4
 16000  -1.7  28.9  345  13  7   6.4   3.5 |  -1.1  30.0  330  18  9   6.3   3.4
 15500  -0.8  30.6  340  13  7   6.7   3.7 |   0.3  32.5  330  18  9   7.0   3.8
 15000   0.8  33.4  340  13  7   7.1   3.9 |   1.2  34.2  330  18  9   7.0   3.8
 14500   1.8  35.2  340  13  7   7.2   4.0 |   2.2  36.0  330  17  9   7.3   4.0
 14000   2.9  37.2  335  14  7   7.3   4.0 |   3.3  37.9  335  17  9   7.4   4.1
 13500   3.9  39.0  335  14  7   6.9   3.8 |   4.3  39.7  335  16  8   7.1   3.9
 13000   4.8  40.6  335  15  8   6.3   3.5 |   5.3  41.5  335  16  8   6.7   3.7
 12500   5.7  42.3  335  15  8   6.4   3.5 |   6.3  43.3  340  15  8   6.4   3.5
 12000   6.6  43.9  335  15  8   6.5   3.6 |   7.2  45.0  345  14  7   5.7   3.1
 11500   7.5  45.5  335  15  8   6.4   3.5 |   8.2  46.8  350  14  7   5.3   2.9
 11000   8.3  46.9  340  14  7   5.4   3.0 |   8.7  47.7  355  10  5   3.5   1.9
 10500   9.0  48.2  345  13  7   3.9   2.1 |   9.1  48.4  360   6  3   2.6   1.4
 10250   9.2  48.6  350  13  7   3.0   1.7 |   9.2  48.6  360   5  2   4.5   2.5
 10000   9.5  49.1  355  12  6   5.2   2.8 |   9.6  49.3  010   3  2   7.8   4.3
  9750   9.8  49.6  360  10  5   5.2   2.9 |  10.0  50.0  035   2  1   7.3   4.0
  9500  10.1  50.2  010   8  4   5.2   2.8 |  10.5  50.9  090   1  1   7.9   4.3
  9250  10.4  50.7  020   7  3   5.3   2.9 |  11.0  51.8  110   2  1   8.5   4.7
  9000  10.7  51.3  035   5  3   7.7   4.2 |  11.7  53.1  110   2  1  10.0   5.5
  8750  11.3  52.3  055   5  2   9.3   5.1 |  12.5  54.5  110   2  1  10.9   6.0
  8500  11.8  53.2  075   5  2   9.2   5.1 |  13.2  55.8  110   2  1  10.4   5.7
  8250  12.5  54.5  075   5  2   9.5   5.2 |  14.0  57.2  110   2  1   9.9   5.5
  8000  13.2  55.8  080   5  2   9.9   5.4 |  14.7  58.5  110   2  1  10.1   5.5
  7750  13.9  57.0  080   5  2  10.5   5.8 |  15.5  59.9  110   2  1  10.2   5.6
  7500  14.7  58.5  080   5  2  10.1   5.5 |  16.2  61.2  115   2  1   9.9   5.4
  7250  15.5  59.9  080   5  2   9.7   5.3 |  17.0  62.6  110   2  1   9.6   5.3
  7000  16.2  61.2  085   5  2  10.0   5.5 |  17.7  63.9  110   2  1   9.8   5.4
  6750  17.0  62.6  085   5  2  10.9   6.0 |  18.4  65.1  110   2  1  10.3   5.6
  6500  17.8  64.0  085   5  2  11.0   6.0 |  19.2  66.6  110   2  1  10.5   5.8
  6250  18.6  65.5  085   5  2  11.6   6.4 |  20.0  68.0  115   2  1  10.9   6.0
  6000  19.4  66.9  085   5  2   9.0   5.0 |  20.8  69.4  115   2  1   9.5   5.2
  5750  20.1  68.2  085   5  2  15.1   8.3 |  21.5  70.7  110   2  1  13.1   7.2
  5500  21.9  71.4  085   5  2  32.6  17.9 |  22.8  73.0  110   2  1  23.0  12.6
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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.

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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