Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KBOU 122145

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
345 PM MDT Sat Aug 12 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Sunday)
Issued at 242 PM MDT Sat Aug 12 2017

Scattered thunderstorms over Weld County spurred on by a passing
short wave to the north. Activity will continue to spread east
southeast across the northeast plains where CAPES are around 2500
j/kg at this time. Large hail and damaging winds the main threat
along with locally heavy rainfall.  Scattered thunderstorms with
brief heavy rain and small hail moving across northern Jefferson
County. HRRR keeps the thunderstorms active through this evening
with diminishing activity after midnight. Severe Thunderstorm
Watch 449 in effect until 2300 mdt for Morgan, Logan, Washington,
Logan, Sedgwick and Phillips counties. On Sunday the ridge will be
a little stronger, but the flow aloft will remain northwesterly
aloft. Shear not as strong, but sufficient CAPE over the northeast
plains to support marginal risk for storms. Forecast soundings
yield CAPES from 1300-2300 j/kg east of the urban corridor,
highest over the northeast corner. Some patchy fog possible
overnight for the plains may make its way into the Denver area by

.LONG TERM...(Sunday night through Saturday)
Issued at 242 PM MDT Sat Aug 12 2017

The zonal flow pattern is expected to continue for a few more
days, with enough moisture lingering over the state to produce
afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The continuing moderate
westerly flow aloft will keep storms moving along. Models do not
pin point any particular day with heavier rain, so it is difficult
to say any day will have flooding problems. After Wednesday, the
GFS and ECMWF show stronger upper level ridging building over the
western U.S. which will start to dry things out across Colorado.
This will result in Thursday and Friday being the driest days of
the week. Temperatures will remain around seasonal normals through
the forecast period. Locally heavy rain will be the primary threat
from each afternoon of shower activity.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Sunday afternoon)
Issued at 242 PM MDT Sat Aug 12 2017

ILS restriction over through 2330Z as storms over northern Jeffco
continue to move to the east. Heavier rain showers and small hail
may produce brief MVFR ceiling and visibility restrictions.
Additional development over Denver at this time. Storms should
shift to the east after 01z in Denver so should see primarily VFR
conditions until 12z. Clearing skies in the mid and upper levels
could lead to patchy fog around the terminals around 12z but it
should scour out by 15z. Isolated thunderstorms expected for the
metro area Sunday aftn but will leave it out of the terminals at
this time. vrb winds over the next couple of hours with colliding
boundaries, should switch to light drainage later this evening,
light and variable by 12z Sunday.




LONG TERM...Dankers
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