Soaring Guidance
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Grand Junction, Colorado
0625 MDT Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This forecast is for Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

If the trigger temperature of 71.4 F/21.9 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Good
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 493 ft/min (2.5 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 13949 ft MSL (9110 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 83.0 F/28.8 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 1015 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................. 12172 ft MSL (7332 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Thursday 08/21..... Good

Wave Soaring Index............................. Not available

Remarks...

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 06:31:56 / 20:03:32 MDT
Total possible sunshine........... 13 hr 31 min 36 sec (811 min 36 sec)
Altitude of sun at 13:17:22 MDT... 63.15 degrees

Upper air data from rawinsonde observation taken on 08/20/2014 at 0600 MDT

Freezing level.................. 15042 ft MSL (10203 ft AGL)
Convective condensation level... 9207 ft MSL (4368 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 11757 ft MSL (6918 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... -4.6
K index......................... +22.2

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  -64.9 -84.8   255   20   10   1.1   0.6   87.0 188.6    33.9      M    M
 45000  -60.2 -76.4   245   59   31   3.7   2.0   69.1 156.3    25.4      M    M
 40000  -53.0 -63.4   230   70   36   7.1   3.9   57.6 135.7    19.5      M    M
 38000  -48.7 -55.7   230   66   34   8.3   4.5   55.4 131.6    18.5      M    M
 36000  -43.7 -46.7   225   63   32   6.3   3.5   54.2 129.6    18.2      M    M
 34000  -40.1 -40.2   225   57   29   7.0   3.9   51.0 123.8    16.3      M    M
 32000  -35.1 -31.2   230   51   26   8.4   4.6   49.8 121.7    15.9      M    M
 30000  -29.7 -21.5   230   42   22   7.8   4.3   48.3 118.9    15.2      M    M
 29000  -27.4 -17.3   230   38   19   7.8   4.3   47.4 117.4    14.7      M    M
 28000  -25.1 -13.2   225   33   17   7.9   4.3   46.7 116.1    14.3      M    M
 27000  -23.0  -9.4   220   34   18   6.8   3.7   45.6 114.1    13.6      M    M
 26000  -21.1  -6.0   220   36   18   2.0   1.1   44.3 111.7    12.7      M    M
 25000  -20.0  -4.0   215   37   19   7.1   3.9   42.2 108.0    11.0      M    M
 24000  -17.5   0.5   215   35   18   8.2   4.5   41.8 107.2    10.7      M    M
 23000  -15.6   3.9   220   32   16   7.1   3.9   40.6 105.1     9.8      M    M
 22000  -13.2   8.2   220   29   15   8.3   4.6   40.0 104.1     9.4      M    M
 21000  -10.8  12.6   225   26   13   5.9   3.3   39.5 103.1     9.0      M    M
 20000   -9.3  15.3   220   31   16   5.1   2.8   37.9 100.2     7.7      M    M
 19500   -8.8  16.2   220   32   17   2.9   1.6   36.9  98.4     6.8      M    M
 19000   -8.0  17.6   215   34   17   9.3   5.1   36.2  97.2     6.2      M    M
 18500   -6.6  20.1   215   34   17   9.2   5.1   36.1  97.0     6.1      M    M
 18000   -5.3  22.5   210   34   17   9.4   5.2   36.0  96.8     6.1      M    M
 17500   -4.2  24.4   215   33   17   0.0   0.0   35.6  96.0     5.7      M    M
 17000   -4.6  23.7   220   32   17   3.5   1.9   33.5  92.2     3.9      M    M
 16500   -3.0  26.6   225   31   16   7.1   3.9   32.8  91.0     3.4      M    M
 16000   -1.9  28.6   230   30   16   7.1   3.9   32.3  90.2     3.0      M    M
 15500   -0.8  30.6   235   28   14   7.0   3.9   31.9  89.4     2.6      M    M
 15000    0.3  32.5   245   26   13   7.6   4.1   31.5  88.6     2.3      M    M
 14500    1.4  34.5   250   24   12   7.0   3.9   31.1  88.0     1.9      M    M
 14000    0.8  33.4   260   23   12  -4.8  -2.7   29.2  84.6    -0.1    694  3.5
 13500    1.1  34.0   255   22   11   5.4   3.0   28.0  82.4    -1.3    670  3.4
 13000    1.9  35.4   255   21   11   5.7   3.1   27.3  81.2    -2.0    631  3.2
 12500    2.7  36.9   250   21   11   5.7   3.1   26.7  80.1    -2.6    593  3.0
 12000    3.5  38.3   245   20   10   5.7   3.2   26.1  78.9    -3.3    554  2.8
 11500    4.3  39.7   245   20   10   5.7   3.1   25.4  77.8    -4.0    515  2.6
 11000    5.2  41.4   240   20   10   6.8   3.7   24.8  76.7    -4.6    475  2.4
 10500    6.1  43.0   240   20   10   6.7   3.7   24.4  75.9    -5.1    432  2.2
 10250    6.6  43.9   240   20   10   7.5   4.1   24.2  75.5    -5.4    411  2.1
 10000    7.2  45.0   240   19   10   8.4   4.6   24.0  75.3    -5.6    385  2.0
  9750    7.8  46.0   240   19   10   8.3   4.5   23.9  75.1    -5.7    360  1.8
  9500    8.4  47.1   245   18    9   8.3   4.6   23.8  74.9    -5.8    334  1.7
  9250    9.0  48.2   245   18    9   8.3   4.6   23.7  74.7    -6.0    309  1.6
  9000    9.6  49.3   245   17    9   8.3   4.6   23.6  74.5    -6.1    283  1.4
  8750   10.2  50.4   245   16    8   8.3   4.6   23.5  74.3    -6.2    258  1.3
  8500   10.8  51.4   250   14    7   8.4   4.6   23.4  74.1    -6.4    232  1.2
  8250   11.4  52.5   250   13    6   8.2   4.5   23.3  73.9    -6.5    207  1.1
  8000   12.0  53.6   255   11    6   8.1   4.4   23.1  73.7    -6.7    183  0.9
  7750   12.5  54.5   255    9    5   8.1   4.4   23.0  73.4    -6.9    158  0.8
  7500   13.1  55.6   260    7    3   8.1   4.4   22.9  73.2    -7.0    134  0.7
  7250   13.6  56.5   265    4    2   8.1   4.5   22.8  73.0    -7.2    110  0.6
  7000   14.2  57.6   285    2    1   8.2   4.5   22.7  72.8    -7.4     86  0.4
  6750   14.8  58.6   285    1    1   8.1   4.4   22.5  72.5    -7.6     61  0.3
  6500   15.3  59.5   000    0    0   8.4   4.6   22.4  72.3    -7.8     37  0.2
  6250   15.9  60.6   135    1    1   7.4   4.1   22.3  72.1    -7.9     13  0.1
  6000   16.3  61.3   130    3    1   4.4   2.4   22.0  71.6    -8.3      M    M
  5750   16.5  61.7   140    2    1   3.1   1.7   21.5  70.7    -8.8      M    M
  5500   16.8  62.2   165    2    1   3.5   1.9   21.0  69.9    -9.3      M    M
  5250   17.0  62.6   205    2    1   3.3   1.8   20.6  69.0    -9.8      M    M
  5000   17.2  63.0   230    2    1   3.3   1.8   20.1  68.2   -10.4      M    M

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

           08/20/2014 at 0900 MDT          |       08/20/2014 at 1200 MDT
                                           |
K index... +25.8  LI... -2.3               | K index... +23.3  LI... -1.7
CAPE... +432.2  CIN... -1.6                | CAPE... +307.4  CIN... -1.6
                                           |
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 -64.4 -83.9  245  35 18   0.8   0.4 | -63.9 -83.0  240  33 17   0.6   0.3
 45000 -61.2 -78.2  245  59 30   6.0   3.3 | -60.4 -76.7  240  58 30   6.1   3.3
 40000 -51.5 -60.7  240  67 34   6.8   3.8 | -51.2 -60.2  235  66 34   6.7   3.7
 38000 -47.4 -53.3  235  64 33   6.9   3.8 | -47.2 -53.0  235  65 33   6.7   3.7
 36000 -43.3 -45.9  230  62 32   6.9   3.8 | -43.1 -45.6  230  64 33   6.7   3.7
 34000 -39.1 -38.4  230  56 29   7.1   3.9 | -39.0 -38.2  230  60 31   7.0   3.8
 32000 -34.8 -30.6  230  49 25   7.1   3.9 | -34.8 -30.6  225  55 28   7.0   3.8
 30000 -30.3 -22.5  230  43 22   7.6   4.2 | -29.8 -21.6  225  50 26   7.5   4.1
 29000 -27.4 -17.3  230  41 21   7.6   4.2 | -27.6 -17.7  225  47 24   7.5   4.1
 28000 -25.1 -13.2  230  38 20   7.4   4.1 | -25.4 -13.7  225  45 23   7.3   4.0
 27000 -23.0  -9.4  230  38 20   7.1   3.9 | -23.2  -9.8  225  43 22   7.2   3.9
 26000 -20.9  -5.6  230  38 19   7.1   3.9 | -21.1  -6.0  225  40 21   7.2   3.9
 25000 -18.8  -1.8  230  37 19   7.2   3.9 | -19.0  -2.2  230  38 20   7.2   3.9
 24000 -16.7   1.9  230  35 18   7.1   3.9 | -16.9   1.6  230  35 18   6.9   3.8
 23000 -14.6   5.7  230  32 17   7.1   3.9 | -14.8   5.4  230  33 17   6.9   3.8
 22000 -12.4   9.7  230  30 15   7.3   4.0 | -12.7   9.1  230  30 15   7.1   3.9
 21000 -10.7  12.7  230  28 14   5.5   3.0 | -10.9  12.4  235  27 14   5.8   3.2
 20000  -9.2  15.4  235  26 14   5.7   3.1 |  -9.2  15.4  240  24 12   5.8   3.2
 19500  -8.4  16.9  235  26 13   5.8   3.2 |  -8.4  16.9  245  23 12   5.8   3.2
 19000  -7.6  18.3  240  25 13   6.1   3.3 |  -7.5  18.5  245  21 11   5.6   3.1
 18500  -6.7  19.9  240  24 12   6.2   3.4 |  -6.7  19.9  250  20 10   5.6   3.1
 18000  -5.9  21.4  240  23 12   6.4   3.5 |  -5.9  21.4  255  19 10   5.6   3.1
 17500  -5.1  22.8  240  22 11   5.1   2.8 |  -5.2  22.6  255  18  9   5.0   2.8
 17000  -4.3  24.3  240  21 11   5.2   2.9 |  -4.5  23.9  255  18  9   5.1   2.8
 16500  -3.5  25.7  245  20 10   5.3   2.9 |  -3.8  25.2  260  17  9   5.4   3.0
 16000  -2.8  27.0  245  18  9   5.3   2.9 |  -3.0  26.6  260  17  9   5.6   3.1
 15500  -2.0  28.4  250  17  9   5.3   2.9 |  -2.2  28.0  260  17  9   5.6   3.1
 15000  -1.2  29.8  255  15  8   5.7   3.1 |  -1.4  29.5  260  16  8   5.4   3.0
 14500  -0.4  31.3  255  14  7   5.9   3.2 |  -0.3  31.5  260  16  8   5.6   3.1
 14000   0.5  32.9  260  12  6   3.7   2.0 |   0.5  32.9  260  15  8   5.6   3.1
 13500   1.0  33.8  260  11  6   4.1   2.3 |   1.3  34.3  260  15  8   6.0   3.3
 13000   1.8  35.2  260  11  5   6.1   3.4 |   2.3  36.1  260  14  7   6.8   3.7
 12500   2.6  36.7  265  10  5   6.2   3.4 |   3.2  37.8  260  14  7   6.9   3.8
 12000   3.6  38.5  270  10  5   8.0   4.4 |   4.2  39.6  260  13  7   7.4   4.0
 11500   4.7  40.5  275  11  6   7.8   4.3 |   5.3  41.5  260  12  6   7.3   4.0
 11000   5.7  42.3  280  12  6   6.2   3.4 |   6.3  43.3  260  12  6   6.6   3.6
 10500   6.6  43.9  280  12  6   4.1   2.3 |   7.2  45.0  260  12  6   4.4   2.4
 10250   6.8  44.2  280  12  6   3.9   2.1 |   7.5  45.5  260  11  6   5.4   2.9
 10000   7.2  45.0  275  12  6   6.7   3.7 |   8.1  46.6  260  11  6   9.2   5.0
  9750   7.6  45.7  275  12  6   5.9   3.2 |   8.6  47.5  260  10  5   8.4   4.6
  9500   8.0  46.4  275  13  7   6.4   3.5 |   9.2  48.6  260  10  5   7.8   4.3
  9250   8.5  47.3  270  13  7   7.6   4.2 |   9.7  49.5  255  10  5   5.9   3.3
  9000   9.1  48.4  270  13  7   8.2   4.5 |  10.1  50.2  255   9  5   6.4   3.5
  8750   9.7  49.5  270  13  7   8.0   4.4 |  10.6  51.1  250   8  4   7.1   3.9
  8500  10.2  50.4  265  14  7   7.8   4.3 |  11.0  51.8  245   7  3   7.1   3.9
  8250  10.8  51.4  265  14  7   7.6   4.2 |  11.5  52.7  240   5  3   7.3   4.0
  8000  11.3  52.3  265  14  7   6.9   3.8 |  12.0  53.6  235   4  2   7.9   4.3
  7750  11.7  53.1  265  13  7   6.3   3.4 |  12.5  54.5  230   4  2   8.3   4.6
  7500  12.2  54.0  265  12  6   6.5   3.6 |  13.1  55.6  225   3  2   9.3   5.1
  7250  12.6  54.7  265  11  6   6.7   3.7 |  13.9  57.0  220   3  2  10.4   5.7
  7000  13.1  55.6  265   9  5   6.2   3.4 |  14.6  58.3  220   3  2   9.8   5.4
  6750  13.5  56.3  260   8  4   5.8   3.2 |  15.3  59.5  220   3  2   9.9   5.5
  6500  13.9  57.0  260   6  3   7.3   4.0 |  16.1  61.0  220   3  2  10.7   5.9
  6250  14.4  57.9  255   5  3   8.5   4.7 |  16.9  62.4  220   3  2  11.8   6.5
  6000  15.0  59.0  250   4  2   7.6   4.2 |  17.8  64.0  220   3  1   9.3   5.1
  5750  15.5  59.9  245   3  2   7.8   4.3 |  18.4  65.1  225   3  1  10.9   6.0
  5500  16.1  61.0  245   3  2   8.9   4.9 |  19.4  66.9  225   3  1  15.5   8.5
  5250  16.7  62.1  245   3  2   8.4   4.6 |  20.5  68.9  225   3  1  12.2   6.7
  5000     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M

           08/20/2014 at 1500 MDT          |       08/20/2014 at 1800 MDT
                                           |
K index... +26.5  LI... -2.9               | K index... +23.4  LI... -3.0
CAPE... +399.3  CIN... -6.2                | CAPE... +316.5  CIN... -28.6
                                           |
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 -64.1 -83.4  240  32 16   1.2   0.7 | -63.9 -83.0  235  33 17   1.5   0.8
 45000 -60.0 -76.0  240  54 28   6.0   3.3 | -59.7 -75.5  235  55 28   5.8   3.2
 40000 -50.9 -59.6  235  65 33   6.7   3.7 | -50.7 -59.3  230  66 34   7.0   3.8
 38000 -46.9 -52.4  230  64 33   6.7   3.7 | -46.5 -51.7  230  66 34   7.0   3.9
 36000 -42.8 -45.0  230  64 33   6.7   3.7 | -42.3 -44.1  230  67 34   7.0   3.9
 34000 -38.6 -37.5  230  61 31   7.1   3.9 | -38.1 -36.6  230  64 33   6.9   3.8
 32000 -33.8 -28.8  225  57 29   7.0   3.9 | -33.4 -28.1  230  59 31   6.9   3.8
 30000 -29.4 -20.9  225  53 27   7.5   4.1 | -29.3 -20.7  230  51 26   6.8   3.8
 29000 -27.1 -16.8  225  50 26   7.5   4.1 | -27.2 -17.0  230  47 24   6.8   3.8
 28000 -24.9 -12.8  225  48 25   7.3   4.0 | -25.1 -13.2  225  42 22   6.8   3.7
 27000 -22.8  -9.0  225  45 23   7.0   3.8 | -23.1  -9.6  230  39 20   6.7   3.7
 26000 -20.7  -5.3  225  41 21   7.0   3.8 | -21.1  -6.0  230  37 19   6.7   3.7
 25000 -18.6  -1.5  225  38 20   7.1   3.9 | -19.1  -2.4  230  34 17   6.7   3.7
 24000 -16.7   1.9  230  35 18   6.3   3.4 | -17.1   1.2  235  32 16   6.5   3.6
 23000 -14.8   5.4  230  33 17   6.3   3.5 | -15.1   4.8  235  30 15   6.6   3.6
 22000 -12.9   8.8  230  30 15   6.4   3.5 | -13.2   8.2  235  28 15   6.7   3.7
 21000 -11.2  11.8  235  27 14   5.4   3.0 | -11.5  11.3  240  26 13   5.2   2.8
 20000  -9.6  14.7  245  25 13   5.4   3.0 | -10.0  14.0  245  24 12   5.3   2.9
 19500  -8.8  16.2  245  24 12   5.4   3.0 |  -9.3  15.3  250  23 12   5.3   2.9
 19000  -8.0  17.6  250  22 12   6.3   3.5 |  -8.4  16.9  255  22 11   7.0   3.8
 18500  -7.0  19.4  255  21 11   6.8   3.7 |  -7.3  18.9  255  20 10   7.7   4.2
 18000  -6.0  21.2  260  19 10   6.9   3.8 |  -6.1  21.0  260  19 10   7.8   4.3
 17500  -5.1  22.8  260  18  9   5.8   3.2 |  -5.1  22.8  260  18  9   6.1   3.3
 17000  -4.3  24.3  260  17  9   6.1   3.4 |  -4.1  24.6  255  18  9   6.3   3.5
 16500  -3.4  25.9  255  16  8   6.0   3.3 |  -3.3  26.1  255  18  9   6.0   3.3
 16000  -2.6  27.3  255  16  8   6.0   3.3 |  -2.4  27.7  255  18  9   6.1   3.3
 15500  -1.8  28.8  255  16  8   6.1   3.4 |  -1.6  29.1  255  18 10   6.3   3.4
 15000  -0.5  31.1  255  16  8   6.4   3.5 |  -0.3  31.5  260  18  9   6.7   3.7
 14500   0.4  32.7  255  16  8   6.5   3.6 |   0.6  33.1  260  18  9   7.5   4.1
 14000   1.3  34.3  255  17  9   6.6   3.6 |   1.8  35.2  260  17  9   8.1   4.5
 13500   2.3  36.1  255  17  9   6.8   3.7 |   2.9  37.2  260  17  9   8.4   4.6
 13000   3.3  37.9  255  17  9   7.2   3.9 |   4.2  39.6  260  17  9   9.0   4.9
 12500   4.3  39.7  255  16  8   7.3   4.0 |   5.5  41.9  255  17  9   8.9   4.9
 12000   5.3  41.5  255  16  8   7.5   4.1 |   6.7  44.1  255  17  9   8.4   4.6
 11500   6.4  43.5  255  15  8   7.5   4.1 |   7.9  46.2  255  16  8   8.4   4.6
 11000   7.5  45.5  255  15  8   7.8   4.3 |   9.0  48.2  255  15  8   7.2   4.0
 10500   8.6  47.5  255  14  7   4.4   2.4 |  10.0  50.0  255  14  7   9.5   5.2
 10250   8.8  47.8  255  13  7   5.3   2.9 |  10.8  51.4  255  13  7  10.1   5.6
 10000   9.5  49.1  255  12  6  10.5   5.8 |  11.4  52.5  255  12  6   7.6   4.2
  9750  10.1  50.2  255  11  6   9.3   5.1 |  12.0  53.6  255  11  6   8.4   4.6
  9500  10.8  51.4  250  11  5   8.8   4.8 |  12.6  54.7  255  11  5   7.8   4.3
  9250  11.4  52.5  250   9  5   7.0   3.8 |  13.1  55.6  255  10  5   6.7   3.7
  9000  11.8  53.2  250   8  4   7.2   4.0 |  13.6  56.5  250   8  4   6.5   3.6
  8750  12.3  54.1  245   7  4   7.4   4.1 |  14.1  57.4  250   7  4   6.7   3.7
  8500  12.9  55.2  245   6  3   8.2   4.5 |  14.5  58.1  250   6  3   7.0   3.8
  8250  13.5  56.3  245   6  3   9.6   5.3 |  15.0  59.0  245   5  2   7.6   4.2
  8000  14.2  57.6  245   6  3  10.1   5.5 |  15.6  60.1  240   4  2   8.3   4.5
  7750  15.0  59.0  245   6  3  10.4   5.7 |  16.2  61.2  240   4  2   8.3   4.5
  7500  15.8  60.4  245   6  3  10.1   5.6 |  16.7  62.1  235   3  2   9.3   5.1
  7250  16.5  61.7  240   6  3  10.0   5.5 |  17.5  63.5  235   3  2  10.9   6.0
  7000  17.3  63.1  240   6  3  10.0   5.5 |  18.3  64.9  235   3  2   9.9   5.4
  6750  18.0  64.4  240   6  3  10.1   5.5 |  19.0  66.2  235   3  2   8.8   4.8
  6500  18.8  65.8  240   6  3  10.6   5.8 |  19.7  67.5  235   3  2  10.1   5.5
  6250  19.6  67.3  240   6  3  11.2   6.2 |  20.5  68.9  235   3  2  11.2   6.1
  6000  20.4  68.7  240   5  3  10.0   5.5 |  21.3  70.3  235   3  2  10.2   5.6
  5750  21.1  70.0  240   5  3  11.8   6.5 |  22.0  71.6  235   3  2   9.3   5.1
  5500  22.2  72.0  240   5  3  15.2   8.3 |  22.7  72.9  240   3  2   9.7   5.3
  5250  23.2  73.8  245   5  3  13.8   7.5 |  23.4  74.1  240   3  2  10.1   5.5
  5000     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
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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 at Walker Field in Grand
Junction, Colorado at

                   North Latitude:  39 deg 07 min 0.000 sec
                   West Longitude: 108 deg 32 min 0.000 sec
                   Elevation: 4839 feet (1475 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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