Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Grand Junction, CO

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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service GRAND JUNCTION CO
945 PM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

.UPDATE...
Issued at 945 PM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Latest guidance consistently supportive of wind advisory criteria
across parts of NW Colorado tomorrow. Thinking thicker cloud
cover will hold off on making it into these areas and allow for
excellent mixing by mid afternoon and gusts 40 to 50 mph at times.
Hoisted wind advisories for 11am through 7pm Tuesday for these
areas. Areas surrounding the advisories will see winds near
advisory criteria, but confidence is much lower on thresholds
being met.

UPDATE Issued at 604 PM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Increased the winds through the overnight period and into Tuesday
afternoon and evening based on latest guidance. With a strong
upper level jet moving overhead, winds are expected to decouple
early Tuesday morning and pick up in the afternoon with gusts in
the 30s and 40s. Winds have potential to approach advisory
criteria in some areas, so will analyze this a bit more to see if
any highlites are needed. Also, updated the Aviation discussion
and corrected an error in the Fire Weather section of the AFD.

&&

.SHORT TERM...(Tonight through Tuesday night)
Issued at 127 PM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

A broad trough is approaching from the west with dry southwest
flow aloft overhead. Winds aloft and at the surface will increase
as the trough approaches. The broad trough axis will skim past the
northern CO and UT borders from 18z to 00z tomorrow with the first
embedded shortwave trough helping drag a weak cold front across
the northern state border areas. A 100 kt jet will travel through
southern Wyoming Tuesday afternoon and night.

The increasing winds and relatively low humidity will increase
fire concerns. Please see the fire weather section below. In
general, the humidity will remain barely wetter than critical
fire weather criteria Tuesday afternoon everywhere except extreme
SW CO and SE UT.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday through Monday)
Issued at 127 PM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

The jet axis remains over Wyoming Wednesday through Thursday and
starts to pivot to take on a more southwesterly orientation
Thursday. Thursday night, a strengthening shortwave trough dives
down the west side of the main low, deepening the low
dramatically. The main jet axis shifts over to Utah and increases
to a solid 120 kts with 100 kts of jet covering most of eastern UT
and into NW Colorado. A shortwave trough will ride up the east
side of the main trough over southwestern and west-central CO
Thursday night and Friday and may produce a band of precipitation
oriented south to north over southwest and central CO with the
axis of the band extended from about Durango to east of
Steamboat.

Following that, the trough slowly moves through the Great Basin
and for the most part a dry slot will reside over the forecast
area. But, moisture begins to be tapped from the south and this
gradually fills the eastern part of the trough and spread over the
forecast area from the north and east toward the southwest. The
main trough is projected to pass over the forecast area Monday.

&&

.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Tuesday evening)
Issued at 604 PM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

VFR conditions will prevail for the next 24 hours with mostly dry
conditions. Mid and high level clouds will increase from the west
across eastern Utah and northwest Colorado as an upper level
trough approaches this evening. Winds will also increase aloft
with some of these winds mixing down to the surface after 08Z.
LLWS will occur across some of the more sheltered areas like KEGE,
KRIL, KVEL, KASE and KMTJ overnight, before stronger winds mix
down to the surface after 16Z. Gusts will approach 30 to 40 kts in
most areas with locally higher gusts possible through Tuesday
evening. These stronger winds aloft will create mechanical
turbulence over and on the lee side of the mountains.


&&

.FIRE WEATHER...
Issued at 127 PM MDT Mon Sep 18 2017

Surface winds will increase across the area Tuesday, with
strongest winds in the northern two thirds of the area. A broad
and strong trough with a series of embedded shortwave troughs will
approach Tuesday and move over the area through the week. All but
the most southern zones should remain too moist with RH not
reaching criteria. Utah zone 491 south of Blanding will have
critical weather conditions but the fuels are not critically dry.
CO zone 207 has critical fuels but it doesn`t look like the
weather will reach criteria long enough for a large enough area to
require a red flag warning.

&&

.GJT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
CO...Wind Advisory from 11 AM to 7 PM MDT Tuesday for COZ001-002-007-
     008.

UT...None.
&&

$$

UPDATE...JAM/MDA
SHORT TERM...CC
LONG TERM...CC
AVIATION...MDA
FIRE WEATHER...CC


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