Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KBOU 182136

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
336 PM MDT Tue Jul 18 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 331 PM MDT Tue Jul 18 2017

Moisture under an upper ridge along with a weak shortwave
continues to spark thunderstorms over the high terrain this
afternoon. A convergence line stretching from Limon northeast to
the state corner will be a focus line for storms through the rest
of the afternoon. Better CAPE and shear over the northeast corner
will put a threat of stronger storms. Shear values are not
impressive, this environment would allow for brief heavy rain,
strong outflow winds and some hail to be possible. There has been
some indication of some convective activity to continue into late
evening over the east central plains, with light flow aloft. With
this being shown over several runs of the HRRR, will stretch a
mention of slight chance PoPs through midnight.

Not much of a change to the weather pattern for Wednesday,
although the mountains will have a slight increase in moisture as
monsoonal moisture begins to push into the area. Highs may be a
few degrees warmer especially over the plains. Southerly winds
over the plains will be increasing in the afternoon in response to
a deepening low over eastern Wyoming. Thunderstorms tomorrow will
again mainly produce brief heavy rain and gusty outflow winds.

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 331 PM MDT Tue Jul 18 2017

The upper level pattern is expected to undergo subtle changes over
the next 48 hours which will allow a strong surge of monsoonal
moisture into the state. The center of the upper ridge will shift
eastward, allowing the flow across Colorado to switch from
westerly to south and southwesterly. Specific humidity and layer
precipitable water values across the state are expected to surge.
Daytime heating and any embedded short waves rotating around the
upper ridge will then produce afternoon and evening shower
activity that will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall.
Winds aloft will remain light, and slow moving thunderstorms will
be the main thing to look out for. Thursday and Friday will be the
two days with the biggest threat of heavy rainfall. A model
sounding at Denver from the NAM for Thursday evening shows a
precipitable water value of 1.45 inches, indicative of how moist
the airmass is going to be Thursday afternoon. No highlights
necessary at this time, but after thunderstorm activity today and
again tomorrow, this situation may change.

Evolution of the upper air pattern over the weekend will play the
key role in modulating the ongoing flash flood threat. The
forecast will keep mentioning afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
Temperatures are going to continue to be around seasonal normals
for the end of July.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Wednesday evening)
Issued at 331 PM MDT Tue Jul 18 2017

VFR conditions are expected through Wednesday. Outflow from the scattered
thunderstorms over the higher terrain west will continue to impact
the airports through 00z, with a few isolated thunderstorms over
the airports possible. Ceilings and visibility should remain in
above ILS conditions for DEN under the storms, but brief heavy
rain and outflow winds to 40kts are possible. The chance for
storms will likely end by 03Z. After a few possible wind shifts
due to convection, winds are expected to settle at a southerly
drainage direction around 06Z, then likely remain south to
southwesterly Wednesday morning and afternoon.




SHORT TERM...Kriederman
LONG TERM...Dankers
AVIATION...Kriederman is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.