Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KPUB 252154

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
354 PM MDT Tue Jul 25 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Wednesday)
Issued at 354 PM MDT Tue Jul 25 2017

...Thunderstorm chances increase for Wednesday...

Monsoon plume extends across the area with one wave rounding through
northern CO attm.  Another one is back across UT which will be
making its way eastward flattening the upper ridge some more and
providing another round of upper forcing across CO on Wednesday.
Thunderstorms activity today has been mostly in the scattered
coverage range over the mountains as most of the forcing is passing
to the north. With a little better shear today (though still in the
weak category) expect convection will be a tad stronger than past
few days, with heavy rain and small hail possible along with gusty
outflow winds up to 50 mph. Increasing flow aloft has also increased
storm motions which could serve to offset flash flood threat some.
Burn scars, especially the vulnerable ones such as Junkins and Hayden
will still need to be monitored closely.  Across the plains, surface
lee trof is advecting some higher dew points northward across the
far eastern counties...while some drying is occuring along the I-25
corridor. Best CAPE this afternoon will be across the far eastern
counties though with shears still relatively weak threat looks
marginal. Once the shortwave passes, a cold front, likely enhanced
by thunderstorm outflows, will move through the plains this evening
and could see a strong to marginally severe storm along it, mainly
north of a line from Colorado Springs, to La Junta to Lamar.

Dew points will increase behind the front for Wednesday across the
plains and with upslope flow and monsoon plume over the area,
thunderstorms will be likely for the mountains and adjacent plains.
Both 12z GFS and NAM12 were moving thunderstorms off into the
southeast plains during the late afternoon and evening...however 18z
NAM12 has backed off considerably with atmos looking more stable and
front farther south across NM. Will play highest pops across the
southeast mountains and I-25 corridor for now.  Later shifts may end
up decreasing pops across the southeast plains if this trend
continues. For the mountains however concerns will revolve primarily
around flash flood threat on burn scars. -KT

.LONG TERM...(Wednesday night through Tuesday)
Issued at 354 PM MDT Tue Jul 25 2017

Not many adjustments required from previous meteorological
reasoning as somewhat active meteorological pattern(typical for
this time of year) is still anticipated over the CWFA during the
longer term.

Main meteorological concerns during the longer term continue to
be pops, heavy rain/flash flood potential, intensity of storms
and temperatures.

Latest forecast model soundings, computer simulations and PV
analysis still suggest that a relatively deep moist airmass(with
projected precipitable waters generally running in the 100% to
150% of average range) will prevail over the forecast district
from Wednesday evening into early next week, allowing for the
potential of locally heavy rain, localized flash flooding
issues(especially over recent burn scars and higher terrain
locations) as well as intense storm potential at times. As
always, WFO Pueblo will monitor closely and issue hydro/severe
products as needed.

At this time, it appears that the highest potential for more
widespread precipitation over many sections of the forecast
district during the longer term should be realized from
Wednesday evening into Thursday and then again by later this

Projected maximum temperatures during the longer term are still
expected to run near to a category or so below late July
climatological averages over most locations, while projected
minimum temperatures should continue above late July
climatological averages.

Finally, continued generally low-grade gradient winds and low-
grade fire weather conditions are projected to continue over the
forecast into early next week.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Wednesday evening)
Issued at 354 PM MDT Tue Jul 25 2017

VFR conditions expected at the TAF sites for the most part.
Scattered thunderstorms will continue across the mountains and
develop along a southward moving front across northern portions of
the southeast plains this evening.  Localized MVFR Cigs/VIS in TSRA
will be possible with the stronger cells along with gusty outflow
winds up to 40 kts.  North winds with the front will pass through
KCOS close to 00z with a brief window of 15-25 kt gusts...which will
progress southward into the PUB area by 01-02z timeframe.
Thunderstorms will diminish for most areas by 06z though some
lingering showers may continue along the Contdvd, particularly
across northern areas.  Wednesday will start off cooler and more
stable across the plains...with winds shifting around from the
northeast then east.  Another round of thunderstorms will develop
across the mountains and spread off into the I-25 corridor during
the afternoon producing erratic wind gusts up to 40 kts and MVFR
cigs/vis.  -KT





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