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AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
600 PM MDT THU JUL 31 2014

.SHORT TERM...(TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT)
ISSUED AT 249 PM MDT THU JUL 31 2014

LOW STRATUS AND PATCHY MORNING FOG BURNED OFF BY 15Z THIS MORNING AS
SURFACE HEATING COMMENCED. THINKING FOG WAS A RESULT OF THE
SATURATED GROUND FROM RAIN YESTERDAY ALONG WITH COOLER OVERNIGHT
TEMPERATURES. STORMS WERE QUICK TO FIRE ONCE THIS LOW CLOUD DECK
CLEARED AROUND 17Z WITH STORMS STAYING CONFINED TO HIGHER TERRAIN
AND MORE NUMEROUS OVER THE SAN JUANS AS EXPECTED. THE EXCEPTION WAS
THE SOUTHERN COLORADO VALLEYS IN WHICH STORMS DRIFTED OFF THE SAN
JUANS JUST BEFORE 18Z. PRECIPITABLE WATER (PW) VALUES AROUND AN INCH
ON THE 12Z GJT SOUNDING THIS MORNING SO STILL PLENTY OF MOISTURE
AROUND TO GENERATE STORMS WITH SOME HEAVY RAIN POSSIBLE. BEST
ACTIVITY WILL BE SOUTH OF I-70 AS OPPOSED TO YESTERDAY WITH LESS
NORTH OF I-70 WHERE THERE IS LESS MOISTURE AND STORMS ARE EXPECTED
TO DRIFT INTO SOME VALLEY LOCATIONS BY MID AFTERNOON. SOME LOCALIZED
FLOODING IS POSSIBLE UNDER THE STRONGER STORMS WITH SOME SMALL HAIL
AND GUSTY OUTFLOW WINDS TO 40 MPH POSSIBLE.  RECEIVED A REPORT OF A
MUDSLIDE ALONG HIGHWAY 133 NORTH OF MCCLURE PASS EARLY THIS
AFTERNOON OUT OF A STORM THAT DID NOT APPEAR THAT STRONG ON RADAR.
LOCALIZED MUDSLIDES AND DEBRIS FLOW ARE STILL POSSIBLE GIVEN THE
SATURATED GROUND FROM RECENT RAINS IN SOME OF THE STEEPER TERRAIN.
STORMS WILL LINGER THROUGH THE EVENING AND COME TO AN END BY
MIDNIGHT.

LESS MOISTURE IN PLACE ON FRIDAY AS THE HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE STARTS
SHIFTING WESTWARD BUT STILL ENOUGH TO GENERATE SHOWERS AND
THUNDERSTORMS DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS WITH PW VALUES
AROUND 0.75 INCHES ON AVERAGE WITH HIGHER AMTS NEAR AN INCH TOWARDS
THE FOUR CORNERS. MUCH LESS MOISTURE EVIDENT ACROSS NE UTAH AND NW
COLORADO WITH 0.5 TO 0.75 INCHES. THE GFS INDICATES A DISTURBANCE
MOVING THROUGH THE NORTHWEST FLOW TOPPING THE RIDGE. THIS IS
INDICATED BY SOME VORT MAXES AND A 55 KT JET STREAK THAT MOVES
THROUGH.  THE NAM IS NOT AS PRONOUNCED WITH THIS FEATURE BUT THIS
MAY ENHANCE ACTIVITY.  DECIDED TO INCREASE POPS AS GIVEN THE
DISTURBANCE MOVING THROUGH AND REMAINING MOISTURE BEING RECYCLED
UNDER THE RIDGE...THIS WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN STORM ACTIVITY
AND COVERAGE. LOOKS LIKE THE WESTERN COLORADO MOUNTAINS ARE FAVORED
IN THE AFTERNOON WITH STORMS DRIFTING OFF THE HIGHER TERRAIN INTO
VALLEYS LATER IN THE DAY.  STORMS WILL HAVE DECENT MOTION WITH SOME
LOCALLY HEAVY RAINERS.  STORMS SHOULD DIE DOWN AFTER SUNSET AS DRIER
AIR MOVES IN FRIDAY NIGHT WITH PW VALUES OF 0.5 TO THE NORTH AND
0.75 TO THE SOUTH.

.LONG TERM...(SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY)
ISSUED AT 249 PM MDT THU JUL 31 2014

...HEAVY RAIN POTENTIAL INCREASES BEGINNING LATER SUNDAY...

SATURDAY...WITH THE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE NEARLY OVERHEAD AND A
LIGHT NORTHWESTERLY FLOW ALOFT FURTHER DRYING IS EXPECTED. PW DROPS
TO AROUND 0.5 INCH ACROSS THE NORTH/0.8 INCH OVER THE FAR SOUTH WITH
NO SIGNIFICANT DISTURBANCE NOTED...THUS A GENERAL DOWN TURN IN
THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IS ANTICIPATED.

SUNDAY THROUGH TUESDAY...THE SUBTROPICAL RIDGE AXIS SLIDES BACK TO
THE PLAINS SUNDAY OPENING THE DOOR FOR ANOTHER SURGE OF DEEP
MONSOONAL MOISTURE FROM THE SOUTH. MODELS CONTINUE TO HINT AT
STRONGER WAVES FOR LATE SUNDAY INTO EARLY MONDAY AND AGAIN MONDAY
NIGHT INTO TUESDAY...WHICH WOULD HELP TO FOCUS CONVECTION AND LEAD
TO AN INCREASED THREAT FOR HEAVY RAINFALL.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY...A DRIER NORTHWEST FLOW IS INDICATED
BEHIND THE TUESDAY DISTURBANCE AS THE HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE REBUILDS
TO OUR WEST. DAILY THUNDERSTORMS ARE STILL EXPECTED BUT LESS WIDESPREAD
COMPARED TO EARLIER IN THE WEEK. TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO BE
AT SEASONAL TO SLIGHTLY BELOW SEASONAL LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE
EXTENDED PERIOD.

&&

.AVIATION...(FOR THE 00Z TAFS THROUGH 00Z FRIDAY EVENING)
ISSUED AT 600 PM MDT THU JUL 31 2014

A FEW SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE NIGHT
ACROSS SOUTHWEST COLORADO. AFTER 17Z...SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS
WILL EXPAND IN AREAL COVERAGE OVER THE HIGH TERRAIN AND SOUTHWEST
COLORADO. LOCALLY HEAVY SHOWERS MAY LOWER CIGS TO MVFR LEVELS OVER
THE MOUNTAINS. THE BEST THREAT FOR STORMS AND SHOWERS WILL BE
OVER SW COLORADO.

&&

.GJT WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
CO...NONE.
UT...NONE.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM...MDA
LONG TERM...TB
AVIATION...PF


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