Soaring Guidance
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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder, Colorado
0653 MDT Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This forecast is for Tuesday, July 22, 2014:

If the trigger temperature of 90.4 F/32.5 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Excellent
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 1469 ft/min (7.5 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 19979 ft MSL (14694 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 96.0 F/36.0 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 1045 MDT
Time of overdevelopment........................ None
Middle/high clouds during soaring window....... None
Surface winds during soaring window............ 20 mph or less
Height of the -3 thermal index................. 9166 ft MSL (3881 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Wednesday 07/23.... Excellent

Wave Soaring Index............................. Poor
Wave Soaring Index trend (to 1800 MDT)......... No change
Height of stable layer (12-18K ft MSL)......... None
Weak PVA/NVA (through 1800 MDT)................ Neither
Potential height of wave....................... 15623 ft MSL (10338 ft AGL)
Wave soaring outlook for Wednesday 07/23....... Poor

Remarks...

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 05:49:42 / 20:22:22 MDT
Total possible sunshine........... 14 hr 32 min 40 sec (872 min 40 sec)
Altitude of sun at 13:05:53 MDT... 70.38 degrees

Upper air data from rawinsonde observation taken on 07/22/2014 at 0600 MDT

Freezing level.................. 16374 ft MSL (11089 ft AGL)
Convective condensation level... 17975 ft MSL (12690 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 18615 ft MSL (13329 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... -2.3
K index......................... +23.8

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  -71.6 -96.9   245   34   17   5.1   2.8   72.6 162.7    21.6      M    M
 45000  -62.1 -79.8   250   45   23   7.7   4.2   62.1 143.7    16.7      M    M
 40000  -50.5 -58.9   255   54   28   8.1   4.4   58.1 136.6    15.2      M    M
 38000  -45.6 -50.1   260   57   29   8.1   4.4   56.9 134.4    14.7      M    M
 36000  -40.7 -41.3   265   47   24   7.5   4.1   55.3 131.6    14.0      M    M
 34000  -36.5 -33.7   255   39   20   6.3   3.5   53.0 127.5    12.7      M    M
 32000  -32.6 -26.7   265   39   20   7.6   4.2   50.4 122.8    11.1      M    M
 30000  -27.2 -17.0   260   40   20   6.8   3.7   48.9 120.0    10.2      M    M
 29000  -25.1 -13.2   260   36   18   6.8   3.7   47.7 117.8     9.4      M    M
 28000  -23.1  -9.6   260   32   16   6.7   3.7   46.6 115.9     8.7      M    M
 27000  -21.9  -7.4   270   31   16   5.5   3.0   44.3 111.8     6.9      M    M
 26000  -19.2  -2.6   280   31   16   7.3   4.0   44.1 111.4     6.9      M    M
 25000  -19.2  -2.6   290   32   16   6.6   3.6   40.4 104.8     3.9      M    M
 24000  -16.9   1.6   285   33   17   8.8   4.8   39.7 103.4     3.4      M    M
 23000  -14.3   6.3   285   28   14   9.4   5.1   39.3 102.8     3.1      M    M
 22000  -13.2   8.2   285   23   12   6.7   3.7   37.2  99.0     1.3      M    M
 21000  -10.9  12.4   285   18    9   7.6   4.2   36.5  97.7     0.7      M    M
 20000   -8.6  16.5   305   12    6   7.4   4.1   35.7  96.3     0.1      M    M
 19500   -7.7  18.1   315   10    5   6.3   3.5   35.2  95.3    -0.5   1433  7.3
 19000   -6.7  19.9   320    9    4   7.3   4.0   34.7  94.4    -1.0   1390  7.1
 18500   -5.4  22.3   325    7    4   9.6   5.3   34.5  94.1    -1.2   1336  6.8
 18000   -4.1  24.6   330    6    3   9.3   5.1   34.5  94.0    -1.2   1279  6.5
 17500   -2.9  26.8   320    5    3   7.8   4.3   34.3  93.7    -1.5   1229  6.2
 17000   -1.9  28.6   295    4    2   7.9   4.3   33.8  92.9    -2.1   1186  6.0
 16500   -0.7  30.7   270    4    2   9.8   5.4   33.8  92.8    -2.3   1134  5.8
 16000    0.8  33.4   245    5    2   9.7   5.3   33.8  92.8    -2.3   1076  5.5
 15500    2.2  36.0   245    5    2   9.7   5.3   33.8  92.8    -2.3   1018  5.2
 15000    4.4  39.9   260    5    2   9.7   5.3   33.7  92.7    -2.4    930  4.7
 14500    5.8  42.4   270    5    2   9.7   5.3   33.8  92.8    -2.4    872  4.4
 14000    7.3  45.1   280    5    3   9.7   5.3   33.8  92.8    -2.4    814  4.1
 13500    8.7  47.7   290    5    3   9.7   5.3   33.7  92.7    -2.4    755  3.8
 13000   10.2  50.4   295    5    3   9.7   5.3   33.7  92.7    -2.4    697  3.5
 12500   11.6  52.9   300    6    3   9.7   5.3   33.7  92.7    -2.5    639  3.2
 12000   13.1  55.6   305    6    3   9.7   5.3   33.7  92.7    -2.5    582  3.0
 11500   14.5  58.1   320    8    4   9.7   5.3   33.7  92.7    -2.5    524  2.7
 11000   15.9  60.6   325   10    5   9.7   5.3   33.7  92.6    -2.6    466  2.4
 10500   17.3  63.1   325   10    5   9.2   5.1   33.6  92.5    -2.7    409  2.1
 10250   18.0  64.4   320   10    5   9.1   5.0   33.6  92.4    -2.7    382  1.9
 10000   18.7  65.7   315   11    5   9.1   5.0   33.5  92.3    -2.8    354  1.8
  9750   19.3  66.7   315   11    6   9.1   5.0   33.5  92.2    -2.9    327  1.7
  9500   20.0  68.0   310   11    6   9.1   5.0   33.4  92.2    -2.9    299  1.5
  9250   20.7  69.3   305   12    6   9.1   5.0   33.4  92.1    -3.0    272  1.4
  9000   21.3  70.3   305   12    6   9.3   5.1   33.4  92.0    -3.0    244  1.2
  8750   22.0  71.6   300   11    6   8.6   4.7   33.3  91.9    -3.1    217  1.1
  8500   22.6  72.7   295   11    6   6.0   3.3   33.1  91.6    -3.3    193  1.0
  8250   22.9  73.2   290   10    5   4.8   2.6   32.7  90.9    -3.7    175  0.9
  8000   23.3  73.9   285   10    5   5.1   2.8   32.4  90.3    -4.1    157  0.8
  7750   23.6  74.5   290    9    5   5.3   2.9   32.0  89.6    -4.5    139  0.7
  7500   24.0  75.2   295    8    4   4.1   2.3   31.7  89.0    -4.8    120  0.6
  7250   24.1  75.4   305    7    3  -2.2  -1.2   31.0  87.9    -5.5    110  0.6
  7000   23.8  74.8   315    6    3  -0.1  -0.0   30.1  86.1    -6.5    110  0.6
  6750   24.2  75.6   275    5    3   6.2   3.4   29.6  85.4    -6.9     93  0.5
  6500   24.6  76.3   245    7    4   6.1   3.3   29.4  84.8    -7.2     73  0.4
  6250   25.0  77.0   230   10    5   5.4   2.9   29.1  84.3    -7.5     52  0.3
  6000   25.2  77.4   220   14    7  -2.2  -1.2   28.5  83.3    -8.1     39  0.2
  5750   24.4  75.9   220   10    5 -22.0 -12.0   27.0  80.5    -9.7     57  0.3
  5500   21.7  71.1   220    5    2 -42.7 -23.5   23.7  74.7   -13.1    130  0.7

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

           07/22/2014 at 0900 MDT          |       07/22/2014 at 1200 MDT
                                           |
K index... +22.1  LI... +0.4               | K index... +22.2  LI... -1.8
CAPE... +21.1  CIN... -83.7                | CAPE... +408.4  CIN... -99.4
                                           |
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 -66.4 -87.5  270  35 18   1.1   0.6 | -66.8 -88.2  270  31 16   2.0   1.1
 45000 -61.1 -78.0  265  54 28   7.5   4.1 | -60.7 -77.3  270  50 26   7.1   3.9
 40000 -49.9 -57.8  260  58 30   7.5   4.1 | -49.9 -57.8  270  58 30   7.6   4.2
 38000 -45.3 -49.5  260  53 27   7.5   4.1 | -45.3 -49.5  270  55 28   7.6   4.2
 36000 -40.8 -41.4  265  47 24   6.7   3.7 | -40.8 -41.4  265  51 26   6.7   3.7
 34000 -37.3 -35.1  265  41 21   5.9   3.3 | -36.7 -34.1  270  42 21   6.0   3.3
 32000 -33.3 -27.9  270  33 17   6.4   3.5 | -33.1 -27.6  270  33 17   6.2   3.4
 30000 -29.3 -20.7  275  27 14   6.5   3.6 | -29.5 -21.1  275  25 13   6.1   3.4
 29000 -27.4 -17.3  280  25 13   6.5   3.6 | -27.6 -17.7  280  21 11   6.2   3.4
 28000 -25.4 -13.7  285  22 12   6.9   3.8 | -25.6 -14.1  290  19 10   7.3   4.0
 27000 -23.3  -9.9  290  21 11   6.9   3.8 | -23.5 -10.3  290  19 10   7.3   4.0
 26000 -21.3  -6.3  290  20 10   6.9   3.8 | -21.3  -6.3  295  19 10   7.3   4.0
 25000 -19.1  -2.4  295  19 10   8.4   4.6 | -19.1  -2.4  295  19 10   7.8   4.3
 24000 -16.6   2.1  300  18  9   8.5   4.7 | -16.7   1.9  300  16  8   7.8   4.3
 23000 -14.0   6.8  300  16  8   8.6   4.7 | -14.4   6.1  300  14  7   7.8   4.3
 22000 -11.6  11.1  300  14  7   6.1   3.3 | -12.1  10.2  295  11  6   7.3   4.0
 21000  -9.8  14.4  280  11  5   6.3   3.4 |  -9.9  14.2  280  11  6   7.4   4.1
 20000  -8.0  17.6  250  10  5   6.4   3.5 |  -7.7  18.1  265  11  6   7.4   4.1
 19500  -7.1  19.2  235  10  5   7.2   3.9 |  -6.6  20.1  255  11  6   7.3   4.0
 19000  -5.9  21.4  235  10  5   7.8   4.3 |  -5.6  21.9  255  11  6   7.4   4.0
 18500  -4.8  23.4  235   9  5   7.9   4.4 |  -4.5  23.9  255  10  5   7.4   4.1
 18000  -3.7  25.3  240   8  4   8.2   4.5 |  -3.5  25.7  255  10  5   7.6   4.2
 17500  -2.5  27.5  240   8  4   8.2   4.5 |  -2.4  27.7  255   9  5   7.8   4.3
 17000  -1.3  29.7  240   7  4   8.7   4.8 |  -0.6  30.9  255   8  4   9.3   5.1
 16500   0.0  32.0  240   7  3   9.2   5.0 |   0.7  33.3  245   7  4   9.2   5.1
 16000   2.0  35.6  235   6  3   8.9   4.9 |   2.0  35.6  235   7  3   8.9   4.9
 15500   3.4  38.1  230   5  3   8.8   4.8 |   3.3  37.9  230   6  3   8.9   4.9
 15000   4.7  40.5  220   4  2   8.8   4.8 |   4.6  40.3  225   5  3   9.0   5.0
 14500   6.0  42.8  220   4  2   8.9   4.9 |   6.0  42.8  225   5  3   9.3   5.1
 14000   7.3  45.1  220   4  2   9.0   4.9 |   7.4  45.3  225   4  2   9.3   5.1
 13500   8.6  47.5  225   3  2   9.4   5.1 |   8.7  47.7  225   4  2   8.6   4.7
 13000  10.0  50.0  230   3  1   9.4   5.1 |  10.0  50.0  230   4  2   8.6   4.7
 12500  11.4  52.5  240   3  1   9.0   4.9 |  11.3  52.3  235   3  2   9.4   5.1
 12000  12.7  54.9  255   2  1   9.0   4.9 |  12.7  54.9  245   3  1   9.4   5.1
 11500  14.0  57.2  270   2  1   9.3   5.1 |  14.1  57.4  255   2  1   8.6   4.7
 11000  15.4  59.7  280   3  1   9.8   5.4 |  15.4  59.7  275   2  1   8.9   4.9
 10500  16.5  61.7  290   3  1   2.8   1.6 |  16.5  61.7  285   2  1   6.7   3.7
 10250  16.8  62.2  290   3  1   7.9   4.3 |  17.1  62.8  290   2  1   8.6   4.7
 10000  17.6  63.7  300   3  2  13.3   7.3 |  17.8  64.0  305   2  1  10.5   5.8
  9750  18.5  65.3  310   3  2  10.1   5.6 |  18.6  65.5  315   2  1   8.6   4.7
  9500  19.1  66.4  320   3  2   6.8   3.8 |  19.1  66.4  320   2  1   6.6   3.6
  9250  19.6  67.3  325   3  2   6.5   3.6 |  19.6  67.3  325   3  1   6.7   3.7
  9000  20.2  68.4  335   4  2   8.9   4.9 |  20.2  68.4  330   3  2   8.0   4.4
  8750  20.9  69.6  340   4  2   8.2   4.5 |  20.8  69.4  330   3  2   6.0   3.3
  8500  21.4  70.5  340   5  2   6.3   3.4 |  21.0  69.8  345   4  2   3.2   1.7
  8250  21.9  71.4  340   5  3   5.6   3.1 |  21.3  70.3  360   5  2   4.1   2.2
  8000  22.4  72.3  340   6  3   8.2   4.5 |  21.5  70.7  005   5  3   2.5   1.4
  7750  23.0  73.4  340   7  4   3.6   2.0 |  21.6  70.9  020   6  3   6.0   3.3
  7500  22.9  73.2  355   8  4  -2.5  -1.4 |  22.2  72.0  020   6  3  10.0   5.5
  7250  22.7  72.9  005   9  5  -1.0  -0.6 |  22.8  73.0  020   6  3   9.0   4.9
  7000  22.5  72.5  010  11  6  -1.3  -0.7 |  23.4  74.1  020   6  3   9.6   5.3
  6750  22.4  72.3  020  13  7   0.9   0.5 |  24.0  75.2  020   6  3  10.1   5.6
  6500  22.5  72.5  015  11  6   2.8   1.6 |  24.8  76.6  020   6  3  10.5   5.8
  6250  22.6  72.7  015  10  5   1.3   0.7 |  25.6  78.1  020   6  3   9.9   5.4
  6000  22.7  72.9  010   8  4   5.7   3.1 |  26.4  79.5  015   6  3  11.9   6.5
  5750  23.5  74.3  010   8  4  14.6   8.0 |  27.5  81.5  015   6  3  19.1  10.5
  5500  24.7  76.5  010   7  4  16.9   9.3 |  29.1  84.4  015   6  3  25.2  13.8

           07/22/2014 at 1500 MDT          |       07/22/2014 at 1800 MDT
                                           |
K index... +23.0  LI... -1.7               | K index... +26.9  LI... -2.1
CAPE... +538.0  CIN... -20.0               | CAPE... +442.3  CIN... -24.6
                                           |
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 -66.8 -88.2  270  34 17   2.0   1.1 | -67.1 -88.8  275  34 17   2.4   1.3
 45000 -60.9 -77.6  270  50 26   7.0   3.9 | -60.8 -77.4  280  49 25   7.1   3.9
 40000 -50.2 -58.4  270  56 29   7.4   4.1 | -49.7 -57.5  275  56 29   7.2   3.9
 38000 -45.8 -50.4  270  51 27   7.4   4.1 | -45.4 -49.7  275  50 26   7.2   3.9
 36000 -41.3 -42.3  270  47 24   7.0   3.9 | -41.1 -42.0  275  44 23   7.0   3.8
 34000 -36.7 -34.1  270  39 20   6.8   3.8 | -36.9 -34.4  275  38 20   7.0   3.9
 32000 -32.6 -26.7  275  32 17   6.5   3.6 | -32.7 -26.9  280  33 17   6.9   3.8
 30000 -28.8 -19.8  275  24 12   6.3   3.4 | -28.8 -19.8  285  25 13   6.5   3.6
 29000 -26.9 -16.4  275  20 10   6.3   3.5 | -26.9 -16.4  285  21 11   6.5   3.6
 28000 -25.0 -13.0  280  18  9   7.0   3.9 | -24.9 -12.8  285  18  9   7.0   3.8
 27000 -22.8  -9.0  285  17  9   7.1   3.9 | -22.3  -8.1  290  17  9   7.0   3.8
 26000 -20.7  -5.3  290  17  9   7.1   3.9 | -20.2  -4.4  295  16  8   7.0   3.8
 25000 -18.6  -1.5  295  16  8   7.5   4.1 | -18.0  -0.4  295  15  8   7.7   4.2
 24000 -16.4   2.5  290  14  7   7.4   4.1 | -15.8   3.6  290  13  7   7.6   4.2
 23000 -14.1   6.6  285  12  6   7.5   4.1 | -13.5   7.7  285  12  6   7.7   4.2
 22000 -11.9  10.6  280  11  6   8.3   4.5 | -11.3  11.7  285  11  6   7.2   4.0
 21000  -9.4  15.1  280  12  6   8.2   4.5 |  -9.2  15.4  290  11  6   7.3   4.0
 20000  -7.0  19.4  280  13  7   8.3   4.5 |  -7.1  19.2  295  12  6   7.4   4.1
 19500  -5.8  21.6  280  14  7   7.8   4.3 |  -6.0  21.2  295  12  6   8.1   4.4
 19000  -4.7  23.5  280  14  7   7.6   4.2 |  -4.9  23.2  295  12  6   8.2   4.5
 18500  -3.6  25.5  280  14  7   7.6   4.2 |  -3.7  25.3  295  12  6   8.3   4.5
 18000  -2.5  27.5  280  13  7   7.6   4.2 |  -2.4  27.7  295  11  5   8.6   4.7
 17500  -1.4  29.5  275  13  6   7.7   4.2 |  -1.2  29.8  295   9  5   8.5   4.7
 17000   0.3  32.5  275  11  6   8.1   4.5 |   0.1  32.2  295   8  4   8.5   4.7
 16500   1.4  34.5  275  10  5   8.1   4.5 |   1.3  34.3  285   6  3   8.5   4.7
 16000   2.6  36.7  270   9  5   8.6   4.7 |   2.6  36.7  275   5  3   8.6   4.7
 15500   3.9  39.0  265   8  4   8.7   4.8 |   3.8  38.8  250   4  2   8.7   4.8
 15000   5.2  41.4  255   7  3   8.7   4.8 |   5.1  41.2  215   4  2   8.7   4.8
 14500   6.5  43.7  240   6  3   8.7   4.8 |   6.3  43.3  190   4  2   8.8   4.8
 14000   7.8  46.0  225   6  3   8.7   4.8 |   8.2  46.8  165   5  3   8.9   4.9
 13500   9.1  48.4  215   6  3   8.8   4.8 |   9.5  49.1  160   5  3   9.0   5.0
 13000  10.4  50.7  205   6  3   8.8   4.8 |  10.8  51.4  150   5  2   9.1   5.0
 12500  11.7  53.1  200   6  3   9.3   5.1 |  12.1  53.8  140   5  2   9.2   5.1
 12000  13.0  55.4  190   5  3   9.3   5.1 |  13.5  56.3  130   4  2   9.2   5.0
 11500  14.3  57.7  180   4  2   8.6   4.7 |  14.9  58.8  125   4  2   9.6   5.3
 11000  15.6  60.1  160   3  1   9.3   5.1 |  16.3  61.3  125   4  2  10.5   5.7
 10500  16.5  61.7  135   3  1   3.8   2.1 |  17.2  63.0  120   4  2   4.2   2.3
 10250  17.0  62.6  120   2  1   9.6   5.3 |  17.8  64.0  120   4  2  11.3   6.2
 10000  17.8  64.0  095   3  1  13.4   7.3 |  18.7  65.7  115   4  2  13.9   7.6
  9750  18.7  65.7  075   3  2  10.6   5.8 |  19.7  67.5  115   3  2  10.7   5.9
  9500  19.3  66.7  065   4  2   7.6   4.2 |  20.3  68.5  115   3  2   6.8   3.7
  9250  19.8  67.6  065   4  2   8.8   4.8 |  20.9  69.6  115   3  2   9.2   5.1
  9000  20.6  69.1  060   4  2  11.8   6.5 |  21.7  71.1  115   3  2  12.8   7.0
  8750  21.4  70.5  060   4  2  10.7   5.9 |  22.6  72.7  110   3  2  11.1   6.1
  8500  22.1  71.8  060   4  2   9.0   4.9 |  23.3  73.9  110   3  2   9.3   5.1
  8250  22.8  73.0  055   4  2   8.8   4.8 |  24.0  75.2  110   3  1   9.6   5.3
  8000  23.5  74.3  055   4  2  11.0   6.0 |  24.8  76.6  110   3  1  10.3   5.7
  7750  24.4  75.9  055   4  2  11.3   6.2 |  25.6  78.1  105   3  1  10.1   5.5
  7500  25.1  77.2  055   4  2   9.3   5.1 |  26.3  79.3  105   2  1   9.3   5.1
  7250  25.8  78.4  055   4  2   9.8   5.4 |  27.0  80.6  100   2  1   9.3   5.1
  7000  26.6  79.9  050   4  2   9.9   5.4 |  27.7  81.9  095   2  1  10.3   5.7
  6750  27.3  81.1  050   4  2  10.2   5.6 |  28.5  83.3  095   2  1  10.6   5.8
  6500  28.1  82.6  050   4  2  10.5   5.7 |  29.2  84.6  090   2  1   9.7   5.3
  6250  28.9  84.0  045   4  2   9.8   5.4 |  30.0  86.0  090   2  1   9.6   5.3
  6000  29.6  85.3  045   4  2  12.4   6.8 |  30.7  87.3  085   2  1  10.9   6.0
  5750  30.8  87.4  045   4  2  19.4  10.6 |  31.6  88.9  085   2  1  14.7   8.1
  5500  32.4  90.3  040   4  2  23.2  12.7 |  32.8  91.0  080   2  1  17.0   9.3
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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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