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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
943 AM MDT SUN JUL 13 2014

.UPDATE...
ISSUED AT 943 AM MDT SUN JUL 13 2014

NO CHANGES TO THE GOING FORECAST. AIRMASS HAS COOLED AND DRIED
SOME FROM YESTERDAY. MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO
APPROACH YESTERDAY READINGS. THREAT FOR HEAVY RAIN WILL BE LOWER
BECAUSE OF DRIER AIRMASS...FEWER STORMS AND QUICKER STORM
MOVEMENT...THOUGH THERE IS A SLIGHT THREAT FOR FLOOD PRONE AREAS.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(TODAY THROUGH TONIGHT )
ISSUED AT 448 AM MDT SUN JUL 13 2014

SLIGHTLY DRIER AND COOLER LOW LEVEL AIR HAS MOVED INTO NORTHERN
COLORADO OVERNIGHT. SURFACE DEW POINTS HAVE COME DOWN A LITTLE AND
PRECIPITABLE WATER IS BACK AROUND AN INCH...DOWN FROM AROUND 1.3
INCHES YESTERDAY. THERE MAY BE SOME PATCHY FOG/STRATUS EARLY THIS
MORNING...THOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE IT HAS DRIED ENOUGH TO KEEP IT FROM
BEING WIDESPREAD. WITH MORE SUNSHINE...WE SHOULD WARM BACK UP TO
TEMPERATURES SIMILAR TO YESTERDAYS. THIS SHOULD SPUR ANOTHER ROUND
OF DIURNAL CONVECTION...A BIT LESS WIDESPREAD AND LESS INTENSE
THAN YESTERDAY. CAPES SHOULD BE BETWEEN 500-1000 J/KG ALONG THE
FRONT RANGE WITH LESS IN THE MOUNTAINS. ON THE PLAINS TEMPERATURES
MAY NOT BE WARM ENOUGH FOR SURFACE BASED CONVECTION...IF SO CAPES
WILL ALSO BE FAIRLY LOW THERE. FRONT RANGE CONVECTION SHOULD MOVE
SOUTHEAST AT 10-15 MPH TOWARD THE PALMER DIVIDE...SO WILL CARRY
LOWER POPS IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER. WITH LESS MOISTURE AND DECENT
STORM MOTIONS EXPECTED THE FLOOD RISK SHOULD BE A BIT LOWER...MORE
LIKE IT WAS FRIDAY WHEN THERE WAS HEAVY RAIN WITH SOME OF THE
STORMS BUT ONLY ISOLATED MINOR FLOODING. STILL SOME THREAT IF THE
RIGHT STORM HITS A BURN SCAR...BUT A LOW THREAT DAY. EXPECTING
CLEARING TO COME A BIT EARLIER TONIGHT...SO LOWS WILL BE SLIGHTLY
COOLER.

.LONG TERM...(MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY)
ISSUED AT 448 AM MDT SUN JUL 13 2014

MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...THE UPPER LEVEL RIDGE WILL REMAIN TO
THE WEST WITH A PERSISTENT NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT. A COUPLE OF
FRONTS WILL REINFORCE THE MOIST LOW LEVEL AMS THAT HAS REMAINED
ALONG THE FRONT RANGE. THE NXT FRONT WILL MOVE INTO NERN CO ON
MONDAY...WITH ON WEDNESDAY. PW VALUES WILL REMAIN HIGH GENERALLY
AROUND ONE INCH...SO THE THREAT OF LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL
CONTINUE. NORTHWEST STORM MOTIONS ARE PROGGED TO BE AROUND 15 KTS
WHICH MAY HELP OFFSET THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING. NAM12
FORECAST SOUNDINGS ON MONDAY RANGE FROM 500-700 J/KG OVER THE
URBAN CORRIDOR AND NERN PLAINS TO 1000 J/KG OVER THE PALMER
DIVIDE. ONE OR TWO STORMS COULD BE SEVERE BUT OVERALL THE
POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE WILL BE LOW ON MONDAY. ON TUESDAY...GREATER
INSTABILITY WILL BE PRESENT ALONG THE URBAN CORRIDOR AND PALMER
DIVIDE...WITH CAPES 1100-1400 J/KG. AS A RESULT...SEVERE THREAT
MAY BE ELEVATED. LESSER CAPES PROGGED IN A MORE CAPPED AMS OVER
THE NERN PLAINS. TEMPERATURES THROUGH THURSDAY WILL CONTINUE TO
FALL SHORT OF SEASONAL NORMALS. THE AMS WILL START TO DRY OUT ON
THURSDAY...WITH A WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS PROGGED FOR FRIDAY
AND SATURDAY. TEMPERATURES BY THAT TIME WILL CLIMB BACK TO NORMAL
WITH LESSER TSTM COVERAGE. THE FLOW ALOFT WILL CONTINUE TO BE
NORTHWEST TO WESTERLY AS THE AXIS OF THE RIDGE ALOFT SHIFTS OVER
CO.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE TAFS THROUGH 18Z MONDAY MORNING)
ISSUED AT 943 AM MDT SUN JUL 13 2014

SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE DENVER
AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING WITH BEST CHANCE BEING 22Z TO 02Z.
HEAVY RAIN...SMALL HAIL AND WIND GUSTS TO 30 KNOTS WILL BE
POSSIBLE WITH THE STRONGER STORMS. LIGHT WINDS THIS MORNING WILL
TURN SOUTHEASTERLY AROUND 18Z. OUTFLOW WINDS FROM STORMS MAY CAUSE
WIND DIRECTION TO VARY LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

&&

.HYDROLOGY...
ISSUED AT 448 AM MDT SUN JUL 13 2014

THERE WILL BE LESS MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY TODAY AND LESS RISK
OF STATIONARY OR TRAINING STORMS. HOWEVER THE ATMOSPHERE IS STILL
MOIST SO STORMS MAY STILL PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL OF AN INCH IN 30
MINUTES. MINOR FLOODING WILL BE THE MAIN RISK...THOUGH MORE
SERIOUS FLASH FLOODING WOULD RESULT IF THE HEAVIEST STORMS MOVE
OVER BURN AREAS OR URBAN AREAS. OVERALL THE RISK OF FLASH FLOODING
APPEARS LOW TODAY.

THE PATTERN WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED THROUGH WEDNESDAY. THE FLOW
ALOFT WILL REMAIN NORTHWESTERLY WITH A SERIES OF SURGES ALLOWING
FOR MOIST AMS TO REMAIN ALONG THE FRONT RANGE. PW VALUES WILL
REMAIN AROUND ONE INCH. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN
ISSUE BUT STORM MOTION AROUND 15 KTS SHOULD HELP LESSEN THE FLASH
FLOOD THREAT. IF TRAINING OCCURS OR HEAVY RAIN FALLS ON ALREADY
SATURATED SOIL...THEN THE FLASH FLOOD THREAT IN THOSE AREAS MAY
BE ELEVATED.

&&

.BOU WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
NONE.
&&

$$

UPDATE...MEIER
SHORT TERM...GIMMESTAD
LONG TERM...COOPER
AVIATION...MEIER
HYDROLOGY...COOPER/GIMMESTAD


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