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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder, Colorado
0644 MDT Sunday, July 26, 2015

This forecast is for Sunday, July 26, 2015:

If the trigger temperature of 84.4 F/29.1 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Good
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 426 ft/min (2.2 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 14627 ft MSL (9342 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 90.0 F/32.7 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 1130 MDT
Time of overdevelopment........................ None
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................. 9522 ft MSL (4236 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Monday 07/27....... Good

Wave Soaring Index............................. Fair
Wave Soaring Index trend (to 1800 MDT)......... Improving
Height of stable layer (12-18K ft MSL)......... 18059 ft MSL (12774 ft AGL)
Weak PVA/NVA (through 1800 MDT)................ Weak PVA
Potential height of wave....................... 18550 ft MSL (13265 ft AGL)
Wave soaring outlook for Monday 07/27.......... Fair

Remarks...

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 05:52:55 / 20:19:19 MDT
Total possible sunshine........... 14 hr 26 min 24 sec (866 min 24 sec)
Altitude of sun at 13:05:56 MDT... 69.58 degrees

Upper air data from rawinsonde observation taken on 07/26/2015 at 0600 MDT

Freezing level.................. 16130 ft MSL (10845 ft AGL)
Convective condensation level... 15325 ft MSL (10040 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 15331 ft MSL (10045 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... -2.7
K index......................... +23.1

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  -69.9 -93.8   245   36   19   0.6   0.3   75.2 167.3    25.1      M    M
 45000  -61.7 -79.1   240   55   28   6.8   3.7   64.5 148.1    20.2      M    M
 40000  -50.8 -59.4   240   52   27   8.4   4.6   57.5 135.5    17.0      M    M
 38000  -45.8 -50.4   245   50   26   6.7   3.7   56.4 133.5    16.7      M    M
 36000  -42.2 -44.0   245   47   24   6.7   3.7   53.3 128.0    14.9      M    M
 34000  -37.2 -35.0   240   38   20   8.4   4.6   52.2 126.0    14.5      M    M
 32000  -32.1 -25.8   245   37   19   8.4   4.6   51.1 123.9    14.0      M    M
 30000  -27.2 -17.0   250   34   18   5.3   2.9   49.9 121.7    13.4      M    M
 29000  -25.6 -14.1   250   32   16   5.3   2.9   48.0 118.5    12.2      M    M
 28000  -23.8 -10.8   250   29   15   2.4   1.3   45.7 114.3    10.6      M    M
 27000  -23.2  -9.8   245   26   13   3.8   2.1   42.9 109.1     8.4      M    M
 26000  -20.7  -5.3   240   23   12   8.2   4.5   42.2 108.0     8.0      M    M
 25000  -18.2  -0.8   235   21   11   8.6   4.7   41.7 107.1     7.7      M    M
 24000  -15.7   3.7   230   17    9   8.1   4.5   41.2 106.1     7.4      M    M
 23000  -13.3   8.1   235   17    9   8.1   4.5   40.6 105.0     6.9      M    M
 22000  -11.0  12.2   240   17    9   7.4   4.0   39.8 103.7     6.4      M    M
 21000   -8.8  16.2   240   17    9   7.3   4.0   38.9 102.1     5.7      M    M
 20000   -6.6  20.1   245   17    9   7.3   4.0   38.2 100.7     5.1      M    M
 19500   -5.5  22.1   240   16    8   7.2   3.9   37.7  99.9     4.8      M    M
 19000   -4.7  23.5   235   17    9   3.6   2.0   36.9  98.4     4.1      M    M
 18500   -4.2  24.4   235   18    9   6.1   3.3   35.9  96.6     3.2      M    M
 18000   -4.9  23.2   230   19   10  -7.0  -3.9   33.7  92.6     1.1      M    M
 17500   -4.3  24.3   230   20   11  10.2   5.6   33.0  91.4     0.2      M    M
 17000   -2.8  27.0   225   22   11   9.8   5.4   33.0  91.4     0.2      M    M
 16500   -1.3  29.7   225   21   11   9.7   5.3   33.0  91.4     0.2      M    M
 16000    0.1  32.2   220   19   10   9.7   5.3   33.0  91.4     0.2      M    M
 15500    1.6  34.9   220   17    9   9.7   5.3   33.0  91.3     0.2      M    M
 15000    2.9  37.2   220   15    8   9.2   5.0   32.9  91.2     0.1      M    M
 14500    4.3  39.7   215   13    7   9.2   5.1   32.8  91.1    -0.0    825  4.2
 14000    6.3  43.3   215   11    6   9.2   5.0   32.7  90.9    -0.1    742  3.8
 13500    7.7  45.9   215   11    6   8.1   4.4   32.6  90.7    -0.2    686  3.5
 13000    8.3  46.9   215   11    6   4.4   2.4   31.9  89.4    -1.1    654  3.3
 12500    8.9  48.0   215   11    6   8.7   4.8   31.3  88.4    -2.0    620  3.2
 12000   10.3  50.5   215   11    6   9.5   5.2   31.3  88.4    -2.0    564  2.9
 11500   11.7  53.1   215   11    6   9.6   5.3   31.3  88.3    -2.1    507  2.6
 11000   13.1  55.6   210   12    6   9.5   5.2   31.2  88.2    -2.2    451  2.3
 10500   14.5  58.1   210   12    6   8.7   4.8   31.2  88.2    -2.3    394  2.0
 10250   15.0  59.0   210   11    6   7.3   4.0   31.1  87.9    -2.5    371  1.9
 10000   15.5  59.9   215   11    5   7.4   4.0   30.9  87.6    -2.7    348  1.8
  9750   16.1  61.0   215   10    5   7.5   4.1   30.7  87.3    -2.9    325  1.7
  9500   16.6  61.9   220    9    5   8.9   4.9   30.6  87.0    -3.0    300  1.5
  9250   17.4  63.3   220    9    4   9.6   5.3   30.6  87.0    -3.0    270  1.4
  9000   18.2  64.8   225    8    4   9.6   5.2   30.5  87.0    -3.0    240  1.2
  8750   18.9  66.0   225    9    4   9.2   5.0   30.5  86.9    -2.9    210  1.1
  8500   19.6  67.3   220    9    5   8.6   4.7   30.4  86.8    -3.0    183  0.9
  8250   20.2  68.4   220   10    5   8.9   4.9   30.4  86.7    -3.2    157  0.8
  8000   20.8  69.4   220   10    5   7.9   4.3   30.3  86.5    -3.3    131  0.7
  7750   21.1  70.0   210   11    6   0.9   0.5   29.9  85.9    -3.7    114  0.6
  7500   21.0  69.8   205   12    6   3.7   2.0   29.2  84.5    -4.5    110  0.6
  7250   21.2  70.2   200   14    7   7.4   4.1   29.0  84.2    -5.1     98  0.5
  7000   21.7  71.1   195   15    8   4.0   2.2   28.6  83.6    -5.3     75  0.4
  6750   22.2  72.0   200   12    6   4.2   2.3   28.3  82.9    -5.5     51  0.3
  6500   22.6  72.7   210   10    5   1.0   0.5   27.7  81.9    -5.9     33  0.2
  6250   22.6  72.7   220    8    4  -1.4  -0.8   26.9  80.5    -6.6     26  0.1
  6000   22.6  72.7   245    6    3   1.3   0.7   26.2  79.1    -7.4     18  0.1
  5750   22.6  72.7   235    5    2  -7.0  -3.9   25.4  77.7    -8.1     11  0.1
  5500   20.9  69.6   210    3    2 -37.5 -20.6   23.1  73.6   -10.6     55  0.3

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

           07/26/2015 at 0900 MDT          |       07/26/2015 at 1200 MDT
                                           |
K index... +29.9  LI... -2.7               | K index... +31.6  LI... -4.0
CAPE... +251.5  CIN... -62.6               | CAPE... +699.7  CIN... -35.9
                                           |
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 -66.8 -88.2  255  37 19   1.7   1.0 | -67.1 -88.8  245  36 19   2.3   1.3
 45000 -61.9 -79.4  250  49 25   6.4   3.5 | -61.5 -78.7  240  50 26   6.4   3.5
 40000 -51.4 -60.5  240  50 26   8.2   4.5 | -51.1 -60.0  235  52 27   7.8   4.3
 38000 -46.5 -51.7  240  48 25   8.2   4.5 | -46.4 -51.5  235  51 26   7.8   4.3
 36000 -41.6 -42.9  240  46 24   8.0   4.4 | -41.8 -43.2  235  49 25   7.8   4.3
 34000 -37.0 -34.6  240  42 22   7.7   4.2 | -37.1 -34.8  235  48 24   7.8   4.3
 32000 -32.4 -26.3  240  39 20   8.1   4.4 | -32.4 -26.3  230  46 24   8.7   4.8
 30000 -28.3 -18.9  240  36 19   6.7   3.7 | -28.1 -18.6  235  42 22   7.2   4.0
 29000 -25.8 -14.4  240  35 18   6.7   3.7 | -25.4 -13.7  235  39 20   7.2   4.0
 28000 -23.9 -11.0  240  34 17   6.7   3.7 | -23.3  -9.9  235  37 19   6.7   3.7
 27000 -21.9  -7.4  235  30 15   6.7   3.7 | -21.3  -6.3  235  34 17   6.7   3.7
 26000 -19.9  -3.8  230  26 14   6.7   3.7 | -19.4  -2.9  240  31 16   6.7   3.7
 25000 -17.9  -0.2  225  23 12   6.6   3.6 | -17.4   0.7  240  27 14   6.3   3.4
 24000 -16.0   3.2  225  21 11   6.5   3.6 | -15.6   3.9  235  25 13   5.9   3.2
 23000 -14.0   6.8  225  18  9   6.5   3.6 | -13.9   7.0  235  22 11   5.9   3.2
 22000 -12.1  10.2  225  16  8   6.2   3.4 | -12.1  10.2  230  20 10   6.2   3.4
 21000 -10.4  13.3  225  16  8   6.1   3.3 | -10.3  13.5  230  17  9   6.5   3.6
 20000  -8.7  16.3  230  16  8   6.3   3.4 |  -8.4  16.9  230  14  7   6.5   3.6
 19500  -7.8  18.0  230  16  8   6.5   3.5 |  -7.5  18.5  230  13  7   6.6   3.6
 19000  -6.9  19.6  230  16  8   6.9   3.8 |  -6.5  20.3  230  12  6   6.7   3.7
 18500  -5.9  21.4  235  16  8   6.9   3.8 |  -5.6  21.9  230  11  6   6.7   3.7
 18000  -4.9  23.2  235  15  8   7.7   4.2 |  -4.6  23.7  230  10  5   7.0   3.8
 17500  -3.7  25.3  235  15  8   8.1   4.4 |  -3.6  25.5  225  10  5   7.1   3.9
 17000  -2.5  27.5  235  14  7   8.2   4.5 |  -2.6  27.3  225  10  5   7.2   3.9
 16500  -1.2  29.8  235  13  7   9.2   5.0 |  -1.5  29.3  225  10  5   8.5   4.7
 16000   0.1  32.2  225  13  7   9.2   5.0 |  -0.3  31.5  220  11  6   8.3   4.6
 15500   1.4  34.5  220  12  6   9.0   4.9 |   1.0  33.8  220  12  6   9.2   5.1
 15000   3.3  37.9  215  13  7   9.0   4.9 |   3.0  37.4  215  12  6   9.4   5.2
 14500   4.6  40.3  210  12  6   9.4   5.2 |   4.4  39.9  215  11  6   9.1   5.0
 14000   6.0  42.8  210  12  6   9.4   5.2 |   5.7  42.3  210  11  6   9.1   5.0
 13500   7.4  45.3  205  11  6   8.7   4.8 |   7.0  44.6  210  11  6   9.1   5.0
 13000   8.6  47.5  205  11  5   8.6   4.7 |   8.4  47.1  205  11  6   9.1   5.0
 12500   9.9  49.8  205  10  5   8.9   4.9 |   9.7  49.5  200  11  6   9.2   5.0
 12000  11.2  52.2  205  10  5   9.0   5.0 |  11.1  52.0  195  11  5   9.2   5.0
 11500  12.5  54.5  205  10  5   8.8   4.8 |  12.5  54.5  185  11  5   9.0   4.9
 11000  13.8  56.8  205  10  5   8.3   4.6 |  13.7  56.7  185  10  5   8.5   4.7
 10500  15.0  59.0  205  10  5   4.5   2.5 |  15.0  59.0  185  10  5   5.1   2.8
 10250  15.2  59.4  205  10  5   5.9   3.2 |  15.3  59.5  180  10  5   6.3   3.5
 10000  16.0  60.8  205  10  5  11.8   6.4 |  16.1  61.0  180  10  5  11.6   6.4
  9750  16.8  62.2  205  10  5  10.9   6.0 |  16.9  62.4  180   9  5  10.9   6.0
  9500  17.6  63.7  210  10  5   8.5   4.6 |  17.6  63.7  180   9  5   8.3   4.6
  9250  18.1  64.6  210  10  5   6.0   3.3 |  18.1  64.6  180   8  4   6.0   3.3
  9000  18.6  65.5  210   9  5   8.5   4.7 |  18.6  65.5  180   8  4   8.4   4.6
  8750  19.2  66.6  215   9  5   9.7   5.3 |  19.3  66.7  180   7  4   9.2   5.0
  8500  19.9  67.8  215   9  4   8.0   4.4 |  19.9  67.8  180   6  3   7.9   4.3
  8250  20.4  68.7  220   8  4   6.8   3.7 |  20.4  68.7  180   5  3   6.6   3.6
  8000  20.9  69.6  225   7  4   6.3   3.5 |  20.9  69.6  180   4  2   7.1   3.9
  7750  21.3  70.3  230   6  3   5.5   3.0 |  21.4  70.5  165   3  1   7.2   3.9
  7500  21.7  71.1  235   6  3   4.2   2.3 |  21.9  71.4  145   2  1   8.6   4.7
  7250  21.9  71.4  240   6  3   3.1   1.7 |  22.6  72.7  125   1  1   9.7   5.3
  7000  22.1  71.8  245   5  3   3.3   1.8 |  23.2  73.8  095   1  1   9.5   5.2
  6750  22.3  72.1  255   5  2   2.1   1.1 |  23.9  75.0  080   1  1  10.2   5.6
  6500  22.4  72.3  260   4  2   0.5   0.3 |  24.7  76.5  070   1  1  10.6   5.8
  6250  22.3  72.1  265   4  2   1.0   0.6 |  25.5  77.9  065   1  1  11.3   6.2
  6000  22.3  72.1  275   3  2  -2.1  -1.1 |  26.3  79.3  055   1  1   9.4   5.2
  5750  22.1  71.8  295   2  1   3.8   2.1 |  27.0  80.6  050   1  1  14.1   7.8
  5500  23.1  73.6  305   2  1  23.9  13.1 |  28.6  83.5  050   1  1  28.0  15.4

           07/26/2015 at 1500 MDT          |       07/26/2015 at 1800 MDT
                                           |
K index... +28.6  LI... -2.4               | K index... +28.7  LI... -2.5
CAPE... +275.9  CIN... -7.1                | CAPE... +219.7  CIN... -6.7
                                           |
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 -67.4 -89.3  240  38 20   2.2   1.2 | -67.8 -90.0  240  42 22   2.4   1.3
 45000 -61.8 -79.2  235  52 27   6.7   3.7 | -62.0 -79.6  235  53 27   6.7   3.7
 40000 -50.9 -59.6  235  51 26   8.0   4.4 | -51.0 -59.8  230  51 26   8.3   4.5
 38000 -46.1 -51.0  230  48 25   7.9   4.4 | -46.1 -51.0  230  50 26   8.3   4.5
 36000 -41.4 -42.5  230  46 23   7.9   4.3 | -41.1 -42.0  230  48 25   8.1   4.5
 34000 -36.7 -34.1  230  44 23   7.8   4.3 | -36.3 -33.3  230  47 24   8.0   4.4
 32000 -32.0 -25.6  230  43 22   8.6   4.7 | -31.5 -24.7  235  45 23   8.8   4.8
 30000 -26.8 -16.2  230  39 20   7.8   4.3 | -26.8 -16.2  235  40 21   7.9   4.3
 29000 -24.5 -12.1  230  38 19   7.8   4.3 | -23.9 -11.0  235  38 19   7.9   4.3
 28000 -22.3  -8.1  230  35 18   7.0   3.8 | -21.8  -7.2  235  34 18   6.4   3.5
 27000 -20.2  -4.4  230  33 17   7.1   3.9 | -19.9  -3.8  235  29 15   6.5   3.6
 26000 -18.1  -0.6  235  31 16   7.1   3.9 | -18.0  -0.4  235  23 12   6.5   3.6
 25000 -16.0   3.2  235  28 14   6.5   3.6 | -16.1   3.0  235  18  9   6.2   3.4
 24000 -14.3   6.3  235  25 13   6.0   3.3 | -14.3   6.3  235  16  8   5.9   3.3
 23000 -12.5   9.5  230  22 11   6.1   3.3 | -12.6   9.3  235  14  7   5.9   3.3
 22000 -10.8  12.6  230  18 10   6.0   3.3 | -10.9  12.4  240  12  6   5.9   3.3
 21000  -9.0  15.8  230  16  8   5.9   3.3 |  -9.1  15.6  240  10  5   6.0   3.3
 20000  -7.3  18.9  230  14  7   5.9   3.3 |  -7.4  18.7  240   8  4   6.0   3.3
 19500  -6.4  20.5  230  12  6   5.9   3.3 |  -6.6  20.1  235   7  4   6.0   3.3
 19000  -5.5  22.1  235  11  6   6.7   3.7 |  -5.7  21.7  240   6  3   6.0   3.3
 18500  -4.5  23.9  240  10  5   6.6   3.6 |  -4.8  23.4  245   6  3   6.0   3.3
 18000  -3.6  25.5  245   9  5   6.9   3.8 |  -3.9  25.0  255   5  3   6.3   3.4
 17500  -2.5  27.5  250   8  4   7.1   3.9 |  -3.0  26.6  260   6  3   6.5   3.6
 17000  -1.5  29.3  250   8  4   7.1   3.9 |  -2.0  28.4  270   6  3   6.5   3.6
 16500  -0.4  31.3  250   8  4   6.7   3.7 |  -1.0  30.2  275   6  3   7.4   4.0
 16000   0.5  32.9  250   8  4   6.8   3.7 |   0.0  32.0  275   6  3   7.3   4.0
 15500   2.0  35.6  240   8  4   7.1   3.9 |   1.8  35.2  270   7  4   8.5   4.7
 15000   3.1  37.6  235   7  4   7.0   3.9 |   3.0  37.4  265   7  4   8.4   4.6
 14500   4.1  39.4  225   7  4   7.6   4.2 |   4.3  39.7  260   7  4   9.0   5.0
 14000   5.2  41.4  210   7  3   7.7   4.2 |   5.6  42.1  250   7  3   9.0   5.0
 13500   6.3  43.3  200   7  3   8.6   4.7 |   7.0  44.6  240   6  3   9.3   5.1
 13000   7.5  45.5  190   7  3   8.9   4.9 |   8.4  47.1  230   6  3   9.5   5.2
 12500   8.7  47.7  185   7  3   9.2   5.1 |   9.8  49.6  220   5  3   9.2   5.0
 12000  10.1  50.2  185   7  3   9.5   5.2 |  11.0  51.8  215   5  3   8.9   4.9
 11500  11.5  52.7  180   7  3   9.6   5.3 |  12.3  54.1  205   5  3   9.0   5.0
 11000  12.9  55.2  180   6  3   9.5   5.2 |  13.7  56.7  205   5  3   9.1   5.0
 10500  14.4  57.9  180   6  3   5.7   3.1 |  15.0  59.0  200   5  2   5.4   2.9
 10250  14.7  58.5  180   6  3   6.9   3.8 |  15.2  59.4  195   5  2   6.4   3.5
 10000  15.5  59.9  180   6  3  12.9   7.1 |  16.0  60.8  195   5  2  12.2   6.7
  9750  16.4  61.5  180   6  3  11.8   6.5 |  16.8  62.2  195   4  2  11.0   6.0
  9500  17.3  63.1  180   6  3  10.3   5.6 |  17.6  63.7  190   4  2  10.1   5.5
  9250  17.9  64.2  185   6  3   8.8   4.8 |  18.3  64.9  190   4  2   8.9   4.9
  9000  18.7  65.7  185   6  3  10.5   5.8 |  19.0  66.2  190   4  2   9.9   5.5
  8750  19.5  67.1  185   6  3  10.9   6.0 |  19.7  67.5  190   4  2  10.2   5.6
  8500  20.3  68.5  185   6  3  10.5   5.7 |  20.4  68.7  190   4  2  10.1   5.5
  8250  21.0  69.8  185   6  3  10.1   5.6 |  21.2  70.2  190   4  2  10.1   5.5
  8000  21.8  71.2  185   6  3   9.9   5.4 |  21.9  71.4  190   4  2  10.0   5.5
  7750  22.5  72.5  185   6  3   9.6   5.3 |  22.7  72.9  190   4  2  10.0   5.5
  7500  23.2  73.8  185   6  3   9.8   5.4 |  23.4  74.1  195   3  2   9.9   5.4
  7250  24.0  75.2  185   6  3  10.0   5.5 |  24.1  75.4  190   3  2   9.8   5.4
  7000  24.7  76.5  185   6  3   9.7   5.3 |  24.9  76.8  190   3  2   9.6   5.3
  6750  25.4  77.7  185   6  3   9.5   5.2 |  25.6  78.1  190   3  2   9.3   5.1
  6500  26.2  79.2  190   6  3  10.3   5.7 |  26.3  79.3  190   3  2  10.2   5.6
  6250  27.0  80.6  190   5  3  11.3   6.2 |  27.1  80.8  190   3  2  11.1   6.1
  6000  27.8  82.0  190   5  3   9.9   5.4 |  27.9  82.2  195   3  1  10.1   5.5
  5750  28.5  83.3  190   5  3  13.8   7.6 |  28.6  83.5  195   3  1  10.9   6.0
  5500  29.9  85.8  190   5  3  24.7  13.6 |  29.5  85.1  190   3  1  15.6   8.5
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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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